White Chicken & Veggie Lasagna

If you’re a fan of Chicken Alfredo, you’re going to love these mini lasagnas for dinner. They are so pretty and petite, you could even serve them for dinner a party. These little dishes have a good balance of rich alfredo sauce, fresh sautéed veggies and of course, cheese. The wonton wrappers keep the lasagna […]

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Beef Stir Fry

While I was in college I was introduced to BD’s Mongolian Barbecue. From the first time I tried it, I was hooked. It’s basically a long buffet of meats, seafood, vegetables and sauces to construct your own stir fry or noodle dishes. I used to really have fun mixing different proteins with different spices, sauces […]

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Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Crema

There is an incredible restaurant in Detroit called Katoi. Earlier this year it was broken into and set on fire. A horrible tragedy for the owners and for the huge following they had. One of their signature dishes is something they called Thrice Cooked Sweet Potatoes, which is absolutely delicious. To save my wallet and […]

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Thai Drunken Noodles

I first tried this dish a few years ago when a friend of mine recommended it at a Thai restaurant. Being a huge fan of Pad Thai and Pad Sieu, it didn’t take much convincing to give it whirl. One of my favorite things about this dish is the balance, for a couple of reasons. […]

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Sweet Sriracha Salmon

Confession: before I met my friends Jeff and Stephanie I hated cooking and eating salmon at home. I would rarely order it at a restaurant either because I can’t stand any type of fishy flavor. Jeff and Stephanie introduced me to a rub they used when cooking ribs and salmon at home. This rub and Stephanie’s cooking […]

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Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Fettuccine

If you like Alfredo sauce, you’ll love this pasta. The sun-dried tomatoes and oregano really elevate the sauce to another level. As for the vegetables, you can completely customize this recipe to include your favorite vegetables. If you’ve read any of my posts over the last few weeks, you’ll remember that I’m really trying to […]

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Spanish Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been really trying to incorporate more vegetables into my life lately. So, this dish is not the result of a low carb diet, it was really about trying to incorporate more vegetables into our taco Tuesday this week. However, this could definitely be part of your low carb diet, if that’s your thing! I […]

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Asian Noodle Bowl with Salmon & Veggies

When I’m visiting Chicago, I love to visit a small restaurant called Doc B’s. They have the freshest ingredients and the most interesting flavors profiles, paired with a healthy serving of vegetables. This dish is my version of their Wok Out bowls. The salmon is moist and sweet and really goes nicely with the sweet […]

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Korean Short Rib Tacos

A few years ago I was introduced to Korean flavors with a dish called Bibimbap. I immediately fell in love with the dish and the sauce that is drizzled on top of it. The sauce is primarily Gochujang with similar additions of sugar and sesame oil. The sauce for these tacos was inspired by this delicious […]

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Braised Short Ribs

This dish is the ultimate comfort food. If you haven’t had short ribs before, they are really similar to a chuck roast but with a more robust flavor and a tender texture. Short ribs can be dressed up or down, I’ve used them for something as casual as tacos but for this dish I decided […]

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Creamy Tortilla Soup

I’m a huge fan of tortilla soup, but a while ago I had an enchilada soup that was a nice twist. It was creamy, cheesy and delicious. This version isn’t cheesy but is still rich and creamy. The roasted pepper, spices, and crushed tortillas really give this a good Mexican flavor, while the cream makes it […]

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Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

This dish just reminds me of vacation. When my husband and I visited San Juan a few years ago, I was addicted to this chicken and mango salad. While day dreaming of tropical destinations today that salad inspired my dinner idea. This coconut rice is so good, the coconut milk gives it a richness that […]

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

If you’ve ever been to a Japanese steakhouse, you’ll recognize this salad dressing. It’s simple, flavorful and healthy. It’s perfect on iceberg lettuce with a few cucumbers or you could add it to any salad. When we have a lot of extra time we’ll make this salad to go along with a hibachi style dinner. […]

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Garlic Pasta with Italian Sausage and Roasted Broccoli

This dish is a combination of some fantastic pairings. I’ve joined them all together to make a delicious pasta dish that tastes like it took hours to make. You can really customize this dish by using your favorite sausage. I happened to be at an Italian grocery store and picked up a fennel, mild and […]

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Chicken Fajitas

This recipe is from my very first cookbook, I bought it when I was in college. It’s not a particularly fancy dish but it’s a staple in our house and one of my personal favorites. Back in the 90’s Chi-Chi’s Restaurant was one of my favorite places to go. They had the best fajitas, salsa, […]

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Chicken Greek Salad

One of my favorite salad dressings of all time is this greek salad dressing. I first had it at Zef’s Coney Island in Bay City and was instantly hooked. It took me forever to figure out what was in it. I was absolutely stumped by the pink color. I tried many times to recreate it […]

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Patatas Bravas

If you haven’t tried Patatas Bravas at a tapas restaurant, you definitely need to try this recipe. Even if you have, you need to try this recipe. I had about 5 different types of these in Spain and truthfully, this recipe tops all of them. The smokiness of the red sauce and the creaminess of […]

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Shrimp Scampi

This summer I took my first trip to Europe… first stop Barcelona, Spain. Of course any vacation of mine is filled with delicious food and drinks. This is one of those delicious dishes, along with the famous spanish croquettes, patatas bravas, and iberico ham sandwiches. In Spain this dish is called gambas al ajillo, meaning garlic […]

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Baked Salmon with Coconut Curry Sauce & Mixed Vegetables

This dish was inspired by one of my favorite thai dishes, Gang Gai. I usually order it with chicken, but it’s a coconut curry sauce with mixed vegetables, served over rice. It’s amazing and incredibly addicting. Looking for a new way to prepare salmon, I thought I’d bring those thai flavors over and try making […]

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Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

This dish was definitely one of those strange ideas that came to while lying awake at night, thinking about food. My thoughts were, I like hot wings with sweet potato fries – what about making it healthy by using rotisserie chicken and sweet potatoes. Score! This is amazing, you have to try it for yourself.

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Shrimp Tostadas

This fresh and delicious mexican dish makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. The shrimp and guacamole just scream beach to me for some reason.  You definitely have to try making the shells yourself, it just takes a few minutes and it’s sooo worth the extra work!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting P.F. Chang’s you know how good Chicken Lettuce Wraps are. This recipe is a bit of a twist PF’s version adding cashews and creating a slightly more saucy chicken. You’ll love this recipe and will definitely add your own twists each time you make it.      

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Buffalo Chicken Alfredo with Squash Noodles

Starting this weekend, I’ll be adding a section for easy weeknight meals. So you know, I work a full time job and work on my blog at night and on the weekends. I don’t have kids at home but have many friends who do. Time is tight on weeknights, so we all need quick meals […]

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Chicken Caesar Bowls

Every once in a while you want to create something with some wow factor. These pretty little salads were part of our Christmas Eve dinner this year and really did impress. The bowls are a little time consuming, but you can make them a day ahead and quickly assemble the salad the day of your […]

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Pork Spring Rolls

If you love egg rolls, you have to try the egg roll’s younger sister…the spring roll. Spring rolls are similar in contents, but use a much more delicate, crispy skin. Be careful, these are so petite and delicious you can literally eat 10 without blinking an eye.

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Chicken Marsala Gnocchi

This is another weeknight favorite of mine. In twenty minutes you can have a delicious meal your family will love. This is a little different twist on Chicken Marsala using gnocchi as the starch instead of noodles or mashed potatoes. It’s really delicious with the sweetness of the Marsala wine, the saltiness of the broth and […]

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Chicken Piccata

Many people have heard of Chicken Marsala, but aren’t sure what Chicken Piccata is. The very definition of Piccata is “cooked in a sauce of lemon, butter and parsley.” Sounds simple, right? It is. The buttery, lemon goodness of this chicken dish will definitely knock your socks off and leave you with plenty of time […]

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Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque. When it comes to soup, does it really get any better? The buttery, creamy richness of this soup will take any meal to the next level, or definitely shine on its own. This bisque became a hit at our family Christmas Eve dinner a few years back, even the kids love it. The […]

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Mac N Cheese

My Stepson Steven is kind of a picky eater, so when he started liking Mac N Cheese and wanting to explore different varieties, I wanted to help. Whenever we’re dining together, it’s always fun to find a place with Mac N Cheese so he can try a new version. After years of exploring, I think […]

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Hello Dolly Bars

My husband has two favorite desserts, chocolate chip cookies and Hello Dolly bars. Back when he was a child his Mom used to make these yummy treats for him and every once in a while he starts dropping hints that he’s craving them. Since it’s the holidays and we clearly aren’t watching what we are […]

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Shredded Beef Tacos

When my brother and I were in high school we both loved to cook. My Mom worked and didn’t get home until after 7, so some nights we would make dinner for the family.  At first she would to leave us hand written recipes or instructions to go with the meat she got out earlier. We’d follow […]

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Sweet & Sassy Chili

When I was growing up we had chili quite a bit. It was definitely one of my Dad’s favorite dishes, so he made it for us whenever my Mom left him in charge of making dinner. Now, whenever it’s cold out I pull out my big red pot and make my own chili. This chili is […]

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Beef Wellington

After watching many hours of Hell’s Kitchen and listening Gordon Ramsey scream at experienced chefs for messing this dish up, I really wanted to give it a try. So, after a couple practice rounds and serving at Christmas Eve dinner, I thought I’d give it a try again. The flaky-buttery crust, earthy mushrooms and prosciutto really take […]

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Beef Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Spirals

When I was attending college at MSU I was intrigued at all the new food options to explore. I always had a curiosity for new food and until then had never heard of Thai food.  I visited the Thai restaurant down the road from me and made the mistake of ordering Chinese dishes like Mongolian […]

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Sunday Dinner – Crispy Cod with Red Potato/Fennel Hash

In the town where I grew up they have an adorable family restaurant called Riverside.  They always have this Baked Cod available that was so crispy you’d swear it was fried. This dish was inspired by this dish and my search for a crispy piece of fish (that isn’t deep fried). A few weeks ago […]

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Pork Carnitas Tacos

It’s TACO TUESDAY everyone! Since I moved to the big city of Detroit, I’ve realized that Taco Tuesday is as popular as Thirsty Thursday back where I came from. This is a tradition, I’m happy to embrace as I am in love with Mexican food and street tacos. Today I made something more on the […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to the first blog post for thisgirleats.com. I’m very excited to have this platform to expand on my food photos on instagram (@royaloakfoodie) and my restaurant adventures. Stay tuned for our first food post! ~BB

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