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Lisa Schroeder

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    Greek Macaroni & Cheese

    This is one of my lighter versions of mac and cheese (lighter, not low calorie!) because it uses no cream. But if its popularity among our guests is any indication, your family will…

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    Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

    When looking for inspiration for my macaroni and cheeses, I turned to stuffed potatoes and omelets, believing that what works well with eggs and potatoes would be delicious with pasta, too.…

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    Mother’s Crunchy French Toast

    If I had to pick our one signature breakfast dish, this would be it. French toast goes by the name pain perdu in France, which translates as “lost bread.” It’s…

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    Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

    I love the flavor of almonds in cakes, cookies, and muffins, and it also translates deliciously to pancakes. With almond paste, almond extract, and sliced toasted almonds, these pancakes are…

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    Migas (Scrambled Eggs with Corn Tortillas)

    The recipe for this tex-mex dish came from one of my former sous chefs, Edilberto (Edi) Rodriguez, Jr., who had an excellent way with food. He nominated his grandmother, Carmelina,…

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    Jan’s Stuffed Eggplant

    Stuffed with garlic, Parmesan, and breadcrumbs, this dish makes a perfect vegetarian supper when paired with a crisp green salad. It’s also a great way to use up stale bread.…

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    Mama Mia Trattoria’s Pomodoro Sauce

    This is the secret tomato sauce we serve with many dishes at Mama Mia Trattoria. It’s bright, naturally slightly sweet, and perfect with a bowlful of pasta or as an…

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    Chicken and Dumplings

    Traditionally, chicken and dumplings is like a thick, creamy chicken soup with a layer of doughy dumplings that steam right on top while the soup simmers. Some make the dumplings…

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    Chicken Cacciatore

    My version of this quintessential comfort food strives for a balance of fresh, bright flavors. If you prefer a deeper flavor, you can substitute red wine for the white and…

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    Classic Manhattan Clam Chowder

    This chowder is a great change of pace from the creamy New England version. With its base of stock and tomatoes, rather than roux and cream, it’s lighter and a…

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