in the kitchen with mama jess

30 Minute Shrimp Diavolo Pasta

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on 30 Minute Shrimp Diavolo Pasta

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, mamas! My goal this week was to bring you all a recipe that is easy to make in a short amount of time, while still being romantic to share with your Valentine! One of my favorite, hands off, recipes is a One Pot Pasta that I copied from a Martha Stewart magazine years ago and have since tweaked for my taste. Today I am turning it into a Shrimp Diavolo dish and it will not disappoint! And when you have enjoyed the heat in this dish, cool down with something sweet like the cherry coconut macaroons we featured last week! Here’s how to make it: First, cook your shrimp (unless you bought pre-cooked!). All you have to do is lightly sauté...

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Cherry Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Cherry Coconut Macaroons

Because it’s a wet, dreary Wednesday here in Chicago, I am sharing my new favorite cookie recipe…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! These cherry coconut macaroons are the perfect amount of sweet and take the perfect amount of time (about 25 minutes from start to finish!). Make them with your little Valentines at home on a slow Sunday or after school for the perfect snack. I actually made them yesterday to test out, and ended making them again today because they seemed to have mysteriously disappeared over night…. Regarding the ingredients, I went with organic when I could, which is why the cherry color in the macaroons turned out a bit more...

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The Perfect Crispy Baked Steak Fries

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on The Perfect Crispy Baked Steak Fries

Everyone has a vice. For some people it’s a glass of wine with dinner, for others it’s a bit of chocolate after lunch. For me? French fries. Anytime of the day. Anywhere in the world. I don’t have a type either. Waffle fries, shoestring, crunchy, soft, salty, parmesan, drizzled with truffle oil…it doesn’t matter. In honor of my vice, I have created a salty blend of spices with a kick to top the perfect crispy, thick cut steak fries! The beauty of this recipe is in a tip I found online (bless you, Pinterest): after slicing the potato wedges, microwave them for 5 minutes, uncovered. This will not only get some of the water out, but also give you that soft inside...

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Guilt Free Deep Dish Pizza

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Guilt Free Deep Dish Pizza

It turns out that here at Mama Jess, we have been in a pizza mood lately. While last week we focused on this lovely puff pastry pizza (sort of like a fancy hot pocket), this week, we are showing a much more guilt free version of our famous, local Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! The process, while a bit timely, is very easy. I was able to pop this dish in the oven, check some emails, take it out and prep before popping it back into the oven, read my book (currently can’t put down One Day in December by Josie Silver), and then served it to my family! Definitely got a mouths full, thumbs up: the ultimate compliment. Here is how to make the Mama Jess Pizza Pie! First, preheat...

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One Pan Dinner: Lemon Butter Chicken and Spinach

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on One Pan Dinner: Lemon Butter Chicken and Spinach

Get your taste buds excited, because today I have a treat for you: One Pan Lemon Butter Chicken with Spinach. Post Thanksgiving, I have some family in town, so feeding a group of 7 people has become a bit more challenging than my typical four. This recipe was one I found online and improved upon for our big group and our dear readers, and it was the perfect meal: protein and greens all wrapped up in one, with a creamy sauce to top it all off! Here’s how to make it: Part one is marinating the chicken. I prefer skin on, bone in thighs for this dish, but the grocery store was out (I know! The horror!) so I went with wings and drumsticks instead. I just love the way that...

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Spaghetti Nests

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Spaghetti Nests

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We are trotting right along in our Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe Series to bring you mamas the cutest version of a pasta dish we have ever had: Spaghetti Nests! These easy to make, fun to eat bites are perfect for the younger guests at your feast and are simply the best portion size for when you’re craving a bit of carbs (because sometimes you just are, I know). One of the best parts of this snack (other than our Organic Garden Pasta Sauce) is the little meatball nestled in the pasta. I used frozen organic meatballs for this recipe, but you can always make your own too! The first step is to preheat your oven to cook your meatballs. I put my...

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