It’s National Pasta Day – Hooray!

October is National Pasta Month, and today is National Pasta Day. Did you know there are over 150 different kinds of Common Pastas to choose from? According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta (yeah, a real thing) there are 310 specific kinds of pasta, with 1,300 different names. While noodles were invented in China, pasta is usually associated with Italian Cooking. Yet pasta can be found in dishes worldwide.

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Chicken Fajita Foil Packets

I can think of many reasons NOT to live in California. Crime (especially in large cities) is up. Housing is outrageous, leading to more and more homelessness. Throughout the pandemic, the restrictions have been crushing.

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Chicken Florentine Rigatoni

Growing up, when my sisters and I were teenagers, Dad felt it was time to get us more involved in the family meal. For as long as I can remember, everyone helped. Helping was just a part of everyday family life. Helping lets children feel a sense of self-worth within the family dynamics.

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Grilled Chicken and Wives

Today is the 3rd Sunday of September. While Sundays are traditionally reserved for families as a whole (at least back in the day), today is extra special. It’s Wife Appreciation Day.

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Another Delicious National Day

Today was tough to pick just one National Day to focus in on. Four of the National Days inspire amazing talking points, none “food” based. On the other hand, two are great food focal points, just not together. Let me explain . . .

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What to Serve with Mac and Cheese

Today is National Macaroni and Cheese Day. Now I suppose you could grate a few different cheeses, create a yummy sauce, boil up some macaroni and put the two together. There’s a soft spot in every heart for Macaroni and Cheese. Warm childhood memories.

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No Ordinary Fried Chicken

A number of my posting are written in advance – sometimes weeks in advance. I create my actual menus each week for our family around things I need to research or photograph for the blog. Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Now I bring that up because this isn’t the recipe I had intended to share.

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Trinity Sunday and Yucatan Goodness

Tomorrow is Memorial Day – and the start of another awesome Grilling Season. Before we get to all that awesome foods plucked from our grills, let’s take a moment to talk about today.

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Chicken Jalapeno Lime Soft Tacos – Oh Yeah!

Today is National Brown Bag It Day. It’s also Tijuana Tuesday in our house. My guys Brown Bag It most days. And Taco Fixings travel so well.

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Not Your Typical Chicken Lazone

Chicken Lazone sounds intriguing. It has an international ring to it. At lease to these American ears. Nothing could be further from the truth. Chicken Lazone is a dish born right here, in America. While Chicken Lazone has been around since the 1990s, recently with more people cooking at home, it’s achieving renewed popularity.

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The Advent Season Begins

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Our Advent Wreath will grace our dinner table each evening as we embark on the new liturgical year as Catholics. The traditions and rituals of Advent bring comfort and peace to those who believe.

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Buffalo Spicy Chicken Tenders

While these Chicken Tenders might not look like your typical Buffalo Spice Chicken, believe you me they bring on the heat. There’s heat in the flour coating, buttermilk dip and Panko breading.

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Skillet Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Today is Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of Saint Michael and All the Angels or simply Feast of the Archangels. Most of us recognize the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Catholics tradition teaches there are seven Archangels, one for each of the Seven Sacraments.

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Gotta Love Quesadillas – Olé!

So yesterday was Quesadilla Day. These delicious Chicken Quesadillas were my first choice to share. But yesterday was also Lobster Day. I simply could not pass up Lobster Quesadillas. Could you?

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