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Asian Salad

Posted on May 14th, 2011

You may have come across a version of this salad before.  It's obviously not a real Asian dish, but it's really tasty and always a crowd pleaser. …

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Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Posted on Feb 10th, 2012

I love peanut inspired Asian flavors, so when I saw this salad on Pinterest, I couldn't wait to try it.  It was just as delicious and flavorful as I…

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Blackberry Sour Cream Pie

Posted on Nov 24th, 2013

The first time I made this blackberry sour cream pie, I unknowingly bought way too many blackberries, so I decided to just go ahead and make two…

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BLT Brunch Pie

Posted on Jul 7th, 2011

When I have an abundance of tomatoes from my garden, this is one of my favorite things to make.  Because BLT anything is pretty much a guaranteed…

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BLT Pasta

Posted on Jan 21st, 2011

This was a big hit at my house! Okay, some of my picky eaters removed the tomatoes, but they don't know what they were missing.  I love that this…

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Posted on May 27th, 2010

This blueberry crumb cake is unbelievably good, considering the simple ingredient list. It's not too sweet and has a fabulous texture.…

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Caprese Panini

Posted on Aug 7th, 2011

It's that time of year where my garden is producing an abundance of tomatoes, and this is one of my favorite ways to use them.  This recipe is so…

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Pasta Caprese Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad

Posted on Jun 30th, 2012

If you love the flavors of caprese salad, you'll love this light, fresh pasta version too.  I have tons of basil and tomatoes in my garden right…

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Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken with Tomatoes

Posted on Sep 30th, 2011

There's nothing I love more than a fancy looking dish that's easy to make and incredibly delicious.  And these cheesy stuffed chicken breasts are…

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Cherry Tomato Crisp

Posted on Jul 16th, 2012

I saw this recipe in my Everyday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook and couldn't wait for my garden to produce enough cherry tomatoes to make it. …

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Chickpea Edamame Salad with Avocado Ginger Dressing

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014

I love chickpeas and edamame and often incorporate them into salads and other healthy lunches, so putting them together seemed like a natural thing…

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Chocolate Covered Raspberries

Posted on Feb 1st, 2014

It seems that chocolate covered strawberries get all the attention when Valentine's Day rolls around. And for good reason. They're beautiful and…

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

Posted on Aug 14th, 2013

Whenever I have an abundance of strawberries (I really hope you like strawberries, because there will probably be a lot of strawberry recipes coming…

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Creamy Chicken Picasso

Posted on Apr 19th, 2013

This is the best chicken dish I've made in a long time, and my family wholeheartedly agrees.  The creamy sauce is amazing, with such a great depth…

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Creamy Pasta with Greens & Tomatoes

Posted on Aug 26th, 2012

I know I should eat my greens, but sometimes it's a challenge to serve them up in a way that will appeal to my kids--and if we're being honest, my…

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Creamy Quinoa Primavera

Posted on Mar 18th, 2011

If you've never tried quinoa, you really should.  I'm always looking for new quinoa recipes, and this is one of my favorites. Technically, quinoa…

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Creamy Tomato Parmesan Soup

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013

I love soup weather! Especially when I find an easy, delicious soup recipe like this Creamy Tomato Parmesan Soup. It takes about 30 minutes from…

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Dill Dressing

Posted on Oct 24th, 2009

This is a great summer salad, especially if you've had a successful garden (not me). I don't think it matters much how you slice or chop your…

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Easy Fruit Cobbler

Posted on Oct 29th, 2009

It is so handy to have a dessert like this in your repertoire.  And let me tell you, dessert doesn't get much easier than this. It only took about…

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No-Bake Lemon Tart

Easy No-Bake Lemon Tart

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2014

I received a tart pan with a removable bottom for Christmas and I may never go back to using a regular pie pan again. In fact, I love my tart pan so…

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Elote: Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob

Posted on Jul 16th, 2010

Elote, or corn on the cob, is often sold by street vendors in Mexico, with the husk pulled down and used as a handle.  Unlike some grilled corn…

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French Onion Mushroom Pizza

Posted on Apr 24th, 2013

Wow! This was one amazing pizza!  Even my onion-hating husband admitted it was "pretty good."  I wasn't sure how French onion dip would work as a…

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Fresh Corn Salsa

Fresh Corn Salsa

Posted on May 23rd, 2013

This fresh corn salsa is so simple (with only five ingredients) but so delicious!  It's great with tortilla chips or as a topping for your…

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Fresh Strawberry Sweet Rolls

Posted on Aug 28th, 2013

You may remember the Orange Creamsicle Rolls I posted awhile back. I thought it might be fun to experiment with a strawberry version. The result was…

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Fruit & Pudding Cake

Fruit & Pudding Cake

Posted on May 24th, 2012

This is hands down my family's favorite cake. I actually can't believe I haven't shared it already. I especially love making it during the summer…

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Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Posted on Jul 14th, 2011

This is an update of one my one of my favorite pasta salad recipes.  I'm not sure what's Greek about pepperoni, but I'm not complaining. I've…

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

Posted on Feb 24th, 2014

No matter how I make them, tacos are always a big hit around here. I think my boys all prefer beef tacos, but even so, everyone loves this grilled…

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Grilled Corn and Potato Chowder

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013

I love a good chowder, and corn chowder is one of my favorites. I've tried a lot of corn chowder recipes over the years, and this recipe is the one I…

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Grilled Sesame Chicken Kabobs

Posted on Jun 21st, 2010

Every weekend, on of my boys helps me plan and prepare dinner.  These kabobs were my nine year-old's choice this weekend.  They're one of my…

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Noodle Vegetable Salad

Healthy Noodle and Vegetable Salad

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2010

I often fix myself this quick, healthy salad for lunch.  It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days and is perfect for people who want to…

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Hearty Minestrone

Posted on Jan 28th, 2014

There's nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day, and minestrone is one of my favorites. I've tried a lot of minestrone recipes and finally…

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2012

These are hands down the best strawberry shortcakes I've ever made. I'm so glad my oldest spotted the recipe and asked to have it for dessert. I cut…

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Individual Black Forest Brownie Trifles

Posted on Sep 4th, 2013

My husband is a huge fan of black forest cake--and chocolate covered cherries too--so any time I come up with a chocolate-cherry dessert it's sure to…

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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

Posted on Nov 5th, 2009

This is the only thing I have ever canned with any success, and the recipe has not failed me yet.  I don't have any special canning equipment (or…

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Market Monday Double Feature: Heirloom Tomato Bread Salad & Tomato Butter with Tarragon

Posted on Sep 16th, 2013

I simply couldn't resist picking up some of the beautiful heirloom tomatoes that were available from the Spring Kite Farm stand at the farmers market…

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Market Monday Double Feature: Strawberry Butter & Simple Strawberry Sauce

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

I'm up to my ears in strawberries people! My farmer Amy, from Garden Sweet Farms, was having a deal on flats this week and I just couldn't resist…

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Market Monday: Best Fried Green Tomatoes with Barbecue Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Can you believe I'd never had fried green tomatoes until recently? I've always had a funny feeling I was really missing out.  So when I stopped by a…

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Market Monday: Farmer’s Market Veggie Tortilla Pizza

Posted on Jul 8th, 2013

Today's Market Monday recipe features a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables, including a few items from my backyard garden!  As we get further…

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Market Monday: Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Of all the things I make with produce from my garden, this salsa is the hands-down favorite. I don't know why, but my children--who would normally…

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Market Monday: Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

Posted on Jul 1st, 2013

Until last week, I'd never even heard of a garlic scape.  And I certainly didn't know what to do with one.  But as a garlic lover, I was definitely…

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Market Monday: Made From Scratch, Better Than Anything Peach Cake

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013

I've been thinking it's time for a dessert recipe on Market Monday.  So I was thrilled to see all of the peaches available at this week's market.…

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Market Monday: Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Tomatoes

Posted on Sep 9th, 2013

Of all the squash varieties available, spaghetti squash is definitely one of my favorites. It's also the only type of squash (unless you count…

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Market Monday: Quinoa Caprese Bake

Posted on Aug 12th, 2013

I have a Sun Gold tomato plant in my garden (courtesy of Amy at Garden Sweet Farms) that's finally producing more than a small handful of tomatoes at…

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Roasted Corn Salsa

Market Monday: Roasted Corn Salsa

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

First, if you haven't entered the giveaway for a $100 Visa gift card and Pillsbury Celebration Starter Kit, head on over and do that now! You may…

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Market Monday: Roasted Garlic & Lemon Green Beans

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013

Today's Market Monday recipe is a simple but delicious way to prepare green beans.  I picked up a big basket of fresh green beans from Miller Farms…

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Market Monday: Strawberry Cantaloupe Salad with Mint & Feta

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

A few weeks ago my husband was in Germany at a business meeting where he was served watermelon with feta cheese for dessert. He made a point of…

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Market Monday: Strawberry Chipotle Jam

Posted on Jun 17th, 2013

I've been wanting to try this recipe for Strawberry Chipotle Jam ever since I spotted it over at  A Spicy Perspective.  So when Amy from Garden…

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Mediterranean Breakfast Strata

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011

This is one of the best overnight breakfast casserole dishes I've tried.  Don't be put-off by the long list of ingredients.  It's really quite…

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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Posted on Aug 30th, 2013

If you're planning an end-of-summer Labor Day barbecue (and even if you aren't), I highly recommend putting this salad on your menu. It's one of the…

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Mini Berry Tarts

Mini Berry Tarts

Posted on Jun 18th, 2013

These mini berry tarts look so pretty that no one will ever believe how easy they are to make! Just pretend that you slaved for hours in the kitchen…

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No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Posted on Jun 13th, 2013

Fresh cherries and chocolate combine with a creamy, no-bake cheesecake filling in these Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.  A chocolate ganache…

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Open Face Caprese Sandwiches

Posted on May 12th, 2010

I love anything caprese, and these open face sandwiches are such an easy, delicious take on the classic tomato, basil and mozzarella combination. …

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Potato, Herb & Goat Cheese Frittata with Tomatoes

Posted on May 17th, 2013

This delicious frittata features potatoes and fresh herbs.  It's a quick and easy meal that's perfect for breakfast or dinner. I tried this recipe…

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Quinoa with Roasted Corn and Scallions

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013

I know it doesn't sound that exciting, but this quinoa and corn dish was absolutely amazing! I couldn't stop "testing" it before I put it on the…

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Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013

Salads and sandwiches are two of my favorite summertime meals, and this tasty pasta salad combines both into one amazing dish.  It has all the…

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Raspberry Cream Muffins

Posted on Oct 7th, 2011

I dare say this is one of the best muffin recipes I've ever tried.  They're moist but fluffy, and bake up beautifully.  And raspberry and white…

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Raspberry Mousse Pie Bars

Posted on Jan 25th, 2013

These raspberry mousse pie bars are absolutely amazing!  The flavor and texture are just perfect--sweet, but not too sweet, and incredibly smooth…

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Saucy Italian Noodles with Sausage and Peppers

Posted on Sep 11th, 2013

Honestly, there are no words. Nothing I could say that would do this fabulous pasta dish justice. But if you're in the mood for a big bowl full of…

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Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

Posted on Jun 27th, 2013

This is one of our family's favorite Greek style meals.  The chicken comes out so tender and juicy in the slow cooker.  And honestly, it couldn't…

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

Posted on Mar 7th, 2012

Quinoa is quickly becoming one of my favorites grains.  It's just so versatile, especially as the base for a nutritious, protein packed salad. …

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Southwest Stuffed Peppers

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

Posted on Apr 29th, 2012

I admit, when I was a kid, stuffed peppers were not something I ever wanted to see on the dinner table.  But now that my tastes have matured, I love…

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Spaghetti With Garlic Gravy & Tomatoes

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2012

Two words my friends: garlic gravy.  That's pretty much all you need to know about this pasta dish. And then there's the fresh basil, tomatoes and…

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Strawberries and Cream Muffins with Almond Streusel

Posted on Sep 19th, 2013

These gorgeous muffins have become one of my favorites, with their combination of fresh strawberries and sweetened cream cheese. Not to mention the…

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Strawberry Bread

Posted on Apr 30th, 2010

Honestly, I'd never seen strawberry bread until my sister in-law shared this recipe.  It sounded so good, I had to try it that day!  I replaced one…

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Strawberry icebox cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Posted on Jun 12th, 2012

This strawberry filled no-bake dessert has summer written all over it.  Not only is it loaded with fresh strawberries, but you don't have to turn…

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Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

Posted on Jan 5th, 2010

This fruit salsa is so fresh tasting and delicious!  Not to mention, heathy.  It's especially wonderful in the summertime, when strawberries are in…

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Posted on Jun 18th, 2012

When I first served this salad to my family, I didn't expect rave reviews.  My husband is not a fan of mixing fruits with vegetables in a salad. …

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Tomato, Basil & Chickpea Salad

Posted on May 29th, 2012

I'm always looking for quick, healthy salad recipes for lunch, and this is one of my new favorites.  The recipe, as written, makes about 2…

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Tzatziki Sauce

Posted on Aug 16th, 2010

We have a favorite Greek restaurant in town (truthfully, it's about the only Greek restaurant in town) and we love the tzatziki sauce.  This comes…

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Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

Posted on Mar 26th, 2012

I've been wanting to make this dish ever since I had it last summer on a trip to San Francisco.  It was just as flavorful and delicious as I…

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins

Posted on Jan 15th, 2013

Muffins are a popular grab and go breakfast at our house, and these were a big hit with my family.  They aren't overly sweet, and my kids didn't…

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Yellow Bean and Mushroom Gratin

Posted on Nov 4th, 2013

I have a confession to make. I've never like that green bean casserole that is so popular at Thanksgiving. Well, minus the French fried onions, that…

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