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Pulled Pork Ragu

 I think I have already explained my love of pulled pork. Here is another way to use up that delicious slow-cooked meat for another "left-over make-over!" I think it pairs perfectly with the red sauce and cheeses. The balsamic adds depth to the flavor and I can't make a sauce without sweet onions. Yum! Ingredients: 1 ounce grated parmesan 1/2 ounce grated reggiano 1 can tomato sauce 1 sweet onion, diced 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 pound pulled pork 1 pound orecchiette pasta olive oil balsamic vinegar butter Method: Bring heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic; cook until fragrant.  Add pulled pork to pan and cook until browned; remove to a plate. Add tomato sauce, reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Add pork to same skille

Chicken Pot Pie

 I used to hate pot pie as a kid. I think the creme sauce and flaky buttery crust was too rich for my little underdeveloped palate to take. Nowadays, I adore it. I like to sub pizza dough for pie crust on occasion; it's slightly less decadent and slightly more like bread (and bread and I have an ongoing love-affair). I hope you enjoy the change-up! Ingredients: 3/4 cup frozen peas 2 cups chicken broth 2 cloves garlic 2 large carrots 1 onion 1/2 pound chicken  1 russet potato 1 lb pizza dough 3 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 egg olive oil salt and pepper Method: Place pizza dough in a lightly oiled bowl and set aside to come to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a medium baking dish. Trim ends from carrots and cut into ¼-inch pieces. Cut potato into ½-inch pieces. Dice onion. Finely chop 2 teaspoons garlic. Pat chicken dry and cut into bite-sized pieces. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, salt and pepp

Meatball Parm Casserole

  The meatball is one of the world's most perfect food. Delicious, herb-filled, garlicky, cheesy and full of umami. Pair it with cheese, delicious marinara sauce and pasta, and you have a casserole that is filling AND whose leftovers you will want to eat! Ingredients: 1/2 pound cheese ravioli 8 ounces diced tomato 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/4 cup panko 10 ounces ground beef 8 ounces mozzarella 1 egg salt and pepper to taste garlic Method: Cook pasta to package instructions. Set aside.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F with a rack in the upper third. Finely chop  2 teaspoons garlic . Coarsely grate  mozzarella  on the large holes of a box grater. In a medium bowl, combine  beef, panko, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon each of garlic and Italian seasoning, ¾ teaspoon salt , and  a few grinds of pepper . Shape into  12 meatballs . Heat  1½ tablespoons oil  in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add  meatballs  and cook, turning occasionally, until browned al

Orange Chicken and Snow Peas

Nothing satisfies me quite as much as American-Chinese food. Eggrolls, wontons, crab rangoon, chicken teriyaki, and my favorite, orange chicken. The sauce! It is super easy and delicious to make at home and is a weeknight fave of mine. Ingredients: 1 orange 8 ounces chicken breast 2 ounces teriyaki sauce 1 ounce fresh ginger 2 ounces snow peas 1/3 cup jasmine rice garlic apple cider vinegar oil salt and pepper flour Method:   Place  1 1/4 cups water ,  rice , and 1/2  teaspoon salt  in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and cook over low heat until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered until ready to serve. Trim stem ends from  snow peas , then halve crosswise. Finely chop  2 teaspoons each of ginger and garlic . Using a peeler, peel  4 (1-inch) orange zest strips . Squeeze  3 tablespoons orange juice  into a medium bowl. Stir in  teriyaki sauce, 2 tablespoons water , and  2 teaspoons vinegar . Heat  1 tea