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10 Things To Make With Leftover Shredded Chicken

Leftover cooked chicken is one of the most perpetually useful things to have in your fridge.  Whether it’s from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, or just extra from a dinner earlier in the week, it’s a goldmine of future recipes and meals waiting to happen. If you’re super smart, you’ll plan ahead and make a few extra breasts or thighs whenever you cook chicken and then you’ll have this springboard for all sorts of great meals later in the week. Here are 10 great ways to put that leftover chicken to excellent use: 1. Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup …

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How Long Do I Marinate That?

Why Marinades are So Great Marinades are brilliant because essentially you can take any kind of meat or fish or seafood you like, give it a dunk in the mixture and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. The more delicate the protein, the less you want to marinate it, especially if it contains citrus juices which can start to “cook” the food and change its texture (eg, make it mushy). Some Guidelines for Marinating Success The thinner the food, and the less dense the food, the less time it needs in the marinade. The more acid (citrus …

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5 Weeknight Dinners to Make in Between the Big Holiday Meals

Newspapers, magazines, and websites are currently stuffed to the gills with extravagant appetizers, centerpiece-worthy main courses, lush sides, and practically immoral desserts to make for the holidays. If an alien who couldn’t read fell onto our planet and just looked at all the pictures, he/she might get the impression that we ate nothing but jumbo shrimp, standing rib roasts, leg of lamb, spoonbread, and chocolate cake. Just writing this, I can feel the button of my jeans pop. And the reality is that in between these lavish meals and parties, we kind of need to, you know, make dinner. At …

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Great Food Gifts for Families

It’s time to start thinking about presents, which I happen to love, love, love to do.  And because I also happen to love food, naturally I think along the lines of food-centric gifts for the people on my list. Here are some family-sized, family-style food presents that I will be sorting through this year for the people on my list…. For the Breakfast Lovers. Stonewall Kitchens makes a slew of fantastic products, and if the first meal of the day is the one the gang most looks forward to, then you will find a PERFECT gift for them here.  You …

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Thanksgiving Potatoes to Please the Whole Family

  This is pretty much how the discussion about which mashed potato dish(es) to serve at Thanksgiving goes in our family. We need to have everything that we’ve always had, just the way we’ve always had it, but we also need to not have the same old everything or it’s boring. Also, no one really likes marshmallows on their sweet potatoes, but that’s the way Aunt Sue always made them, so it’s tradition. But marshmallows have gelatin in them, and then Grannie Annie, Lizzie, and Charlotte, who are vegetarians, can’t eat them, plus, they are the ones who really depend on the sides …

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10 School-Night Dinners That Will Make Your Life Easier

Some of you reading this have already run through that perennial gauntlet known as the back-to-school period. Some of you may still be reading school supply lists and wondering when you will find the time to get those medical forms signed by your pediatrician. Some of you (read: me) may find yourselves with your fingers stuck in your ears and your eyes squinched tight, saying “la-la-la-la-la” over and over again. But no amount of toddler-esque behavior will stave off the inevitable (just ask my kids). And mere days from now, weeknight dinners will magically turn into school-night dinners, which usually …

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