Recipes & Food Finds

Orange Is the New Black’s Laura Prepon Shares Her Mom Life

Actress and director Laura Prepon has played plenty of memorable roles in her life—feminist teenager Donna Pinciotti on That ‘70s Show and prison inmate Alex Vause on Orange Is the New Black both come to mind—but her newest one is mom to 1-year-old Ella, who she shares with husband Ben Foster. Here she speaks to The Local Mom’s Network about how motherhood has fundamentally changed her life, from how she cooks to how much she worries...

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Five Ingredient Friday (FIF)! Brie En Croute…Perfect Appetizer for the Holidays!

FollowFollowFollow I love brie and when you wrap it in puff pastry and stuff it with sweet filling, it can’t really get any better. I make this appetizer for every get together and there is never, ever any leftover. Another plus? You can leave them pre made in the freezer and pop them in the oven whenever some unexpected guests drop in…WIN!   Serves 6 to 8   • 1 Medium Brie, entire wheel • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry, I love...

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Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, Compliments of Anna Gass

Once cold weather months are upon us, we begin craving the dishes that keep us warm and stick to our ribs.  One fall favorite for my family is good old fashion, macaroni and cheese.  It’s filling, super comforting and meal my kids always request.  Because it’s fall and I love roasting, which fills the kitchen with great smells and warms it up in the process, I love adding butternut squash to my pasta. Roasted pieces of butternut...

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How to Get Dinner on the Table FAST.

Debra Ponzek knows something about trying to get dinner on the table after a busy day. Not only is she a successful chef—she and her husband Greg own four popular Aux Délices cafes in Fairfield County, CT, as well as an in-demand catering business and cooking school—she’s a mom of three. “I am a huge advocate of eating dinner together as much as possible! When all my kids were home I would aim for 5-6 days a week to eat together if we...

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Cindy’s Meatballs; A Palmers’ Family Recipe

INGREDIENTS 1 lb. Ground Round 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs 1 cup fresh Romano, finely grated 1 tsp. Salt 1 Egg ½ cup Raisins ¾ cup Milk Black Pepper, freshly ground DIRECTIONS   1. Mix all the ingredients together 2. Scoop (we recommend using an ice cream scooper) to portion out meatballs. 3. Sear each side of the meatballs in a hot pan. 4. Cover meatballs in marinara sauce and cook 1 hour. 5. Cool meatballs and...

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Five Ingredient Fridays: Labor Day Eats!

FollowFollowFollow This delicious potato salad is a Labor Day BBQ favorite in my house.  Simple and inexpensive and of course, only five ingredients.  The best part?  It tastes better the second day so it’s perfect for entertaining.    Anke’s German Potato Salad   2 ½ to 3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes (boiled, then peeled) 1 small red onion, minced fine 6 to 7 small POLISH dill pickles, diced small 6 to 7 tablespoons Hellman’s...

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