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Feeling Thankful, Chicken Marsala and Celebrations

My oldest daughter, Phoebe, started Kindergarten yesterday.

I’ve been kind of dreading this day for a while and couldn’t sleep the night before and woke up at 4am because I was tossing and turning.

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Chicken and Black Bean-Stuffed Burritos

My awesome husband spent Labor Day doing some much needed yard work. It literally took him all day to weed, mow, do some other things with soil and put down some mulch. A whole lot of freakin’ mulch. Continue reading

Mac n Cheese Cups with Pork Shoulder Ragù

Today’s recipe is all about comfort food. When I think comfort food, the first thing that comes to my mind is macaroni and cheese. Oh yeah. .

I absolutely love mac n’ cheese and if I could, I would

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Anything Goes Stromboli

I attended the University of Texas at Austin for college. Big school located in Austin, Texas. Loved the vibe on campus (most of the time) and the city and the people. One thing I remember was walking Continue reading

Chicken Pot Pie. . Oh yeah

Ah, good ole Chicken Pot Pie. . . When I think of Chicken Pot Pie, I immediately think of Marie Callender’s. They’re the best if you want something fast, right? When I was younger, I gobbled these things up. . the frozen ones.

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Risotto with Mushrooms, Peas, Parmesan & Mozzarella

My hair dresser and I were chatting one day. . . she’s a foodie and loves to cook. . and she told me she has never attempted to make risotto because she’s heard how hard to was to make. What?! If I Continue reading

Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese & Spinach

I absolutely love chicken. Here’s a new way to prepare your chicken if you haven’t tried stuffing it!


Another Pinterest find. This one is from Cooking Creation. For whatever reason, I have never attempted Continue reading

Penne Pasta with Olives and Sugar Plum Tomatoes

This meal was 100% inspired by the sampling counter at Trader Joe’s. Thought I would share it since the kids loved it and I had dinner on the table in literally 14 minutes. Can’t get any faster Continue reading

Hummus, Zucchini & Tomato Pizza

Food & Wine is one of my favorite food magazines. In their most recent September issue, they feature their best 3-ingredient recipes. I love that even Food & Wine is trying to simplify. . hey, Continue reading

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Recipes for chicken salad are only as good as the chicken itself. If the chicken is dry or flavorless, no amount of dressing, mayo or seasoning will camouflage it. To ensure silky, juicy, and flavorful Continue reading

Oven Roasted Vegetables

So here’s a method that you probably already know about and are doing. . but for those who are not (and might have kiddos who won’t eat or even go near vegetables), give this one a try!

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Pork Shoulder Ragù with Linguine

Pork Shoulder Ragù with Linguine by Hip Foodie Mom
I recently finished reading Dinner, A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. If you haven’t heard of the book, check it out! It’s great for helping you get started with meal planning tips with a family and is filled with great, yummy recipes. I’m going to post my review of the book soon. To celebrate finishing the book, I cooked up Jenny’s Pork Shoulder Ragu!

I made a couple changes because I couldn’t get my hands on fresh thyme (TJ’s didn’t have any and I didn’t want to stop at another store with kids in tow) so I used rosemary I had at home. Don’t do this unless you enjoy picking out all the little rosemary leaves or like eating them. I also used linguine noodles since I had them at home already (I’m a big believer in using ingredients you already have if possible)!

Now I know why she cooks this dish so often! Takes some time for the braising but is super easy. I put mine in the oven, took the girls to the park, recruited my husband to turn every hour or so, came home and voila! We had dinner. Hope you enjoy!


Pork Shoulder Ragù with Linguine
This pork shoulder ragu is fabulous! Must try recipe.
Recipe type: Main

  • 2 to 2½-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion; chopped
  • 1 garlic clove; minced
  • 1 – 28 oz can whole tomatoes or diced, with juice
  • 1 cup red wine; plus more if needed
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs fresh oregano
  • Small handful of fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, for smokiness (Jenny uses Trader Joe’s Hot Chili Sauce; optional)
  • Linguine
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Liberally salt and pepper the pork roast. Add olive oil and butter to large Dutch oven and heat over medium-high until butter melts, but does not burn. Add pork roast to pan and brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes in all.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, thyme, oregano, fennel and hot sauce (if using) and bring to a boil. Cover, and put in oven. Braise for 3-4 hours, turning every hour or so. If you are cooking less pork (only 1 pound or 1.5), you only need to braise for 2 hours. Add more liquid (water, wine, or tomato sauce) if needed. I recommend adding more tomato sauce. (The liquid should come to about ⅓ of the way up the pork.) Meat is done when it’s practically falling apart. Put on a cutting board and pull it apart with two forks, then add back to pot and stir.
  3. Cook 1 to 2 pounds pasta (depending on how many people you are feeding) according to package directions. When it’s ready, place into individual bowls and top with the pork shoulder ragu and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano!


Stacked Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guacamole

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

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Lemongrass-Barbecued Pork with Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodles

I’m always up for trying different kinds of Asian foods. There’s something about the different flavors and textures and how everything comes together. . . and I wanted to make a dish using lemongrass!


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