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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black bean soup

Best Black Bean Soup

Posted on Sep 21st, 2011

I'm of the opinion that black bean soup is ugly, but delicious.  Really delicious.  This version is full of flavor with a spicy kick, but you can…

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caprese panini

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 Quinoa Cakes

Posted on Jan 9th, 2012

Now that I've discovered quinoa cakes, I could be a vegetarian.  Except for bacon.  But seriously, these are that good.  Even my husband, who…

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Tomato Crisp

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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Chili Cheese Frito Frittata

Posted on Jan 4th, 2014

Any time I can come up with an excuse to serve Chili Cheese Fritos for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner), I'm in! Frittatas are also one of my family's…

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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna

Posted on May 14th, 2010

This is my first attempt at a variation on traditional lasagna, and I loved it.  So did my husband.  And my most adventurous child said it was…

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Creamy Curried Beans

Posted on Aug 18th, 2011

Late one night I was craving curry--enough to actually get into the kitchen and make something.  But it had to be quick, so rice and chicken (I…

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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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Crisp Bean Burritos (Taco Time Copycat Recipe)

Posted on Feb 18th, 2014

If you've ever been to Taco Time, you'll understand how excited I am about these Crisp Bean Burritos. I spent my high school years in a small town in…

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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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Curried Chickpea Salad

Curried Chickpea Salad

Posted on Jan 13th, 2011

I'm always on the look-out for healthy, protein packed lunches, and this chickpea salad fits the bill. It's also great as a pita filling, or even…

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baked mac cheese

Easy Baked Mac and Cheese

Posted on Apr 16th, 2012

I originally posted this recipe a few years ago, but I've made some minor changes since then and wanted to share it again.  I've tried a lot of…

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Easy Individual Pizzas

Posted on Oct 1st, 2012

This is really more of an idea than a recipe, but with everyone around here having such different tastes in pizza, it's an idea that gets put to…

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Easy Sesame Noodles

Posted on Sep 13th, 2010

It's hard to believe something so easy can be so good.  This takes less than 15 minutes to make, and everyone in my family loved it.  Even the…

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vegetarian tortilla soup

Easy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Posted on Nov 17th, 2010

It looks like a long list of ingredients, but really you're just throwing everything into a pot, so this soup comes together in no time.  It makes a…

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edamame salad

Edamame and Black Bean Salad

Posted on Oct 17th, 2011

I recently bought a salad like this from my local supermarket deli and new I had to try and recreate it at home.  I'm not going to lie, my husband…

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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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Greek Quesadillas

Posted on Jun 5th, 2012

I'm always looking for delicious meatless meals that my family will enjoy (my husband is pretty much a carnivore).  These Greek quesadillas fit the…

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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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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: 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: 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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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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One Pot Pinto Beans

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2010

I'm pretty sure the title of this recipe wasn't suggesting one pot of beans per person, but since I'm the only one in my family who likes beans, I…

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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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Orzo and Cheese with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Posted on Feb 9th, 2014

I'm always looking for new ways to serve up traditional macaroni and cheese, so when I spotted this orzo version, I couldn't wait to try it. It's…

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Pomegranate and Couscous Salad with Mint and Feta

Posted on Feb 11th, 2014

I'm sharing another fabulous salad over at Marzetti Kitchens today, along with some helpful tips on peeling pomegranates without all the mess. This…

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Quinoa, Apricot and Almond Salad

Posted on Jun 27th, 2011

If you haven't tried quinoa, you should!  This is one of my favorite quinoa salads.  Although quinoa isn't a grain, you can use it to replace…

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Roasted Chickpeas

Posted on Apr 29th, 2010

These roasted chickpeas are my favorite new snack.  Kind of like Corn Nuts, only much healthier.  Most recipes I've seen call for one can of…

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Posted on Mar 17th, 2010

Tomato soup and grilled cheese are a staple around here, and more often than not we serve up good old Campbell's.  But this version of tomato soup…

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southwest quino salad

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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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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Tex-Mex Black Bean Dip

Posted on Oct 27th, 2009

This is the kind of recipe where you don't need to worry about exact measurements. Just toss in what you have, although I think the fresh cilantro…

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The Art of Cheese: Easy Gourmet Party Appetizers Featuring President Cheese

Posted on Apr 1st, 2014

Brought to you by President Cheese. Visit for a chance to win $50. When I host a get together with friends, my goal is always to…

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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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Tuscan Chickpea Dip

Posted on Mar 6th, 2014

I am a huge fan of hummus and other varieties of bean dip. In fact, this Tuscan Chickpea Dip is the sort of thing I like to make myself for lunch now…

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Ultimate Baked Ziti

Posted on Aug 27th, 2010

This is a slightly adapted version of the America's Test Kitchen recipe for baked ziti. So yes, it's a bit more work than mixing up some pasta with…

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White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip with Rosemary & Olive OIl

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite snacks. Yes, it does look a lot like mashed potatoes. Which isn't a bad thing....but this white bean dip…

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