Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime

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Here’s a fresh simple pasta I threw together for lunch in no time. Spinach fettuccine pasta noodles were tossed with olive oil, olives, garlic, basil, a little butter, and lime zest, then finished off with a squeeze of bright lime juice for a simple, happy, light pasta dish. I’m thinking it would be mighty fine served as a chilled pasta too. Mighty fine, indeed.

4 Special Occasion Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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These are some of our favorites which double as comfort food and special occasion meals. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or another special event, any of these would be great options to serve along with a big salad, and a tempting dessert.

Fish and Corn Chowder

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    Chowder is, without a doubt, one of those foods that says “comfort food.” This Fish and Corn Chowder I recently discovered over at Tasty Kitchen is no exception. The recipe is pretty basic and can be put together fairly quickly, which makes it perfect for any weeknight where a little comfort is needed… 

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Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup - a lighter version of the decadent comfort food

The soup came together in no time and disappeared just as fast. Although this lighter version uses a reduced-fat milk instead of heavy cream, it was still mighty rich and creamy. Serve alongside a salad, and/or a baked potato for the perfect lunch, or low-key weeknight meal. I can’t see how you’d be disappointed with this one. It’s one totally satisfying soup.

Poached Eggs with Gouda on Toast

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Poached Eggs with Gouda on Toast. Nothing fancy. Nothing especially interesting. But sometimes, those are the best kind of dishes ever. And this is that sometime. Try it. You’ll like it. It’s really good. Good, I tell ya.

Simple Rib-Eyes

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We ran by The Fresh Market (where, by the way, I think you can find some of the best meat around) and hunted down the best looking, thick cut, Hereford rib-eyes we could find, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and the fancy Herbs de Provence, then shrugged a bit wondering if it would make a difference at all.

Lazy Chicken Recipe

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Well here’s one solution. I just tried an easy chicken recipe that I found at Tasty Kitchen. It’s called Lazy Chicken, and uses frozen chicken pieces and some seasonings to make dinner stress free. I wrote all about Lazy Chicken over at Tasty Kitchen, where you’ll find a full tutorial on prepping the recipe.

White Bean Chicken Chili

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This chili has become a family favorite over the past year. Hearty and full of flavor, it’s a nice change from the regular tomato based chilis. It was inspired by Paula Dean’s White Bean Chili recipe but since first making it, I’ve deviated a bit and have come up with my own plan of attack.