From Good to Great: 5 Tips for Delicious Meatloaf/Meatballs

I love a tasty meatball coated with marinara sauce or a flavorful slice of meatloaf on a Wednesday night after work. I am not alone because one of the most common questions I receive from home cooks is: What can I do for a better-tasting meatloaf??  Well, here are 5 tips to delicious, moist meatloaf […]

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Chef Donna Around the Web

Just a few articles out there giving Chef Donna a little love… Check ’em out!  

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Weekly Meal Options

Hello Happy Cookers! This is one of my most popular dishes on the weekly meals menu: Moist and smoky-sweet BBQ Turkey Meatloaf accompanied by Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and Peas/Carrots with Dill.    Easy to heat and eat – a perfect weeknight treat! (Cauliflower recipe follows)   Print Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Author: Chef Donna Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: American […]

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California-Style Dirty Rice


Print California-Style Dirty Rice Author: Chef Donna Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Cajun, California Fusion Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  1 hour Serves: 4-6   Looking for a new one-pot meal for your family? This colorful, flavorful and nutritious twist on a Crescent City classic has become a favorite of our Dinner Solutions clients in […]

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Chicken Under A Brick


Print Chicken Under A Brick Author: Chef Donna Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 4-6   Be a show-off in the kitchen when you prepare this recipe with your cast iron pan and shiny-covered bricks. The results will turn basic chicken into an amazingly juicy and tender dish with oh-so-tasty crispy skin. Ingredients 1 3-to 4-pound whole chicken (fryer) […]

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New look!!

In case you haven’t checked out our site in a while, I invite you to come back and take a look.. On Valentine’s Day our webmaster launched the newly “remodeled” Your Plate or Mine website. I’m pretty stoked, but would love for you all to check it out.. Please stop by the Your Plate or […]

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Cooking with Whole Grains – Pinhead Oats


Print Pinhead Oat-Crusted Fish with Lemon Cream Author: Chef Donna Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 4   Cooking with Whole Grains - This recipe is a tasty and creative way to make use of whole grains. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter, divided 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, minced ½ cup white wine 1 cup heavy cream Zest […]

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Whole Grains

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about whole grains, but what exactly is a “whole” grain and how can you prepare them in enticing ways? Well, let’s try to demystify a bit. A grain consists of three main parts (which are found inside an inedible layer called a hull. Each part has its own nutritional characteristic: […]

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