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Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

I am one of those people who like to graze all day long on backyard BBQ get together type food, like this Summer Pasta Salad Recipe.  Whether it’s bone suckin’ ribs, potato salad or just watermelon, this is comfort food at its finest!  Another huge benefit is the ease of making these delicious dishes!  Outside of smoking BBQ ribs, pork, brisket or chicken these foods should be ready in no time. Pasta salads are incredibly given the seasonality of the fresh produce you want to throw in there.  For example, pasta salads can change a bit during those cooler months…

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Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

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No joke, I’ve been making this Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese for the longest time but for some reason I’m just getting it up on BillyParisi.com for the first time.  Talk about a ridiculously easy to make but tasty side dish to serve up at any meal.  Most people always go with the traditional rice or potato as a starch but they’ve been missing out big time.  Polenta is not only delicious as a side dish but it also works great as a main component of a main meal.  For example, you can fold in roasted vegetables and chicken into…

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Boiled Green Beans Recipe with Butter Glaze

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I know this Boiled Green Beans Recipe with Butter Glaze is beyond simply, but sometimes it’s the easiest dishes that can bring out the most joy.  For me this recipe reminds me of my childhood a bit, because I always remember my mom outside watching us runaround while she picked green beans and threw them into a pot.  We cook them different nowadays as I like a much firmer greener green bean, but the taste is still there. We actually even trim the green beans different as well lol, mom I promise your’s are still great!  I remember when I was…

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How to Make Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

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If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese then you’ve come to the right place.  Similar to that of it’s more fatty counterpart potatoes dauphinoise, scalloped potatoes have no cream in them which makes them a little healthier to eat.  In face you could make them as healthy as you want by even replacing the small pads of butter I put in between each layer with olive oil or even coconut oil if you are really looking to keep anything unhealthy down.  I’ve always been in the mindset that anything in moderation is ok.  However this is…

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Roasted Sweet and Savory Acorn Squash

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When it comes to cooking for the holidays I know how stressing it can get.  You’ve got “those” family members coming over that you only see like 3 times a year, kids are running around, your house is trashed and your kitchen has crusty foil lids laying around and food is everywhere.  Yeah, I’ve been down that road a few times.  But, it’s all good because eventually that delicious meal you’ve been working up to will get served, people and kids will eat, and your favorite relatives will eventually go home :-).    One of the biggest questions I get…

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Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing

Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Save Print Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: Side Dish   Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Ingredients 1 small diced yellow onion 3 small diced stalks of celery 8 cups of cubed crusty bread 1 tablespoon of dry sage 1 tablespoon of dry thyme 1 cup of melted butter 1 cup of chicken stock salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients into a slow cooker,…

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Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

I’ve done plenty of leftover Turkey recipes after the holidays, and while those are fantastic and always delicious I decided to change it up in this Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe!  You don’t want to miss this one, it’s a keeper! Save Print Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe Author: Chef Billy Parisi   This Leftover Creamy Mashed Potato Soup Recipe is perfect to get your creativity kick started after the holidays! Ingredients 1 small diced yellow onion 3 small diced stalks of celery 4 tablespoons of butter 3 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour 4 cups of vegetable stock 6 cups…

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Tabouleh Quinoa Salad Recipe with Fried Feta Cheese

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I’ve always said that you have to master the classics before it’s time to move on and start adding your twists, but my tune has changed a bit in the past year. While that is certainly a traditional way to think in a professional food setting, it’s really no longer feasible. I’m not going to lie, I’ve made tabouleh salads only a handful of times, so I’ve not really mastered anything. BUT, what I am good at is twisting up classics and DANG was this twist successful.       I’m not so much of a fan of the authentic…

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