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Quick Family Recipes: Collard ‘n Cannellini Quesadillas

October 13, 2010
Quick Family Recipes: Collard ‘n Cannellini Quesadillas

I’ve been known to throw collard greens in where you’d least expect them, so this combination should come at no surprise.  Before you say “Yuck” and move on, think about the nutritional benefits of these quesadillas.  A little shredded cheese, the right tortillas, and a hot griddle can turn good-for-you-greens into a cheesy delight. ...
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Poppy Seed Cake

October 8, 2010
Poppy Seed Cake

I’ve received some requests for a poppy seed cake recipe, so here it is.  Growing up, the only poppy seed cake we ever had was made with boxed pudding and cake mix.  I don’t cook that way, so this one is au naturale- only the good stuff.  It’s delicious for brunch, afternoon snack, just...
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Cilantro and Mint Pesto

September 28, 2010
Cilantro and Mint Pesto

Cilantro.  You either love it or hate it.  And for cilantro lovers or those who like to create the unexpected, this cilantro and mint pesto fits the bill.  Toss it with pasta and some fresh tomatoes, spread a thin layer on a roasted turkey sandwich, or use it as a base for pizza.  This...
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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

September 22, 2010
Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This soup is so lite and healthy, and you can really make it what you want it to be.  Top it with some fresh cilantro or a dollop of sour cream and serve with nachos or quesadillas.  Or add a little freshly chopped basil or crumbled bacon (Is there anything that bacon doesn’t compliment?). ...
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It’s Wine-Thirty

September 18, 2010
It’s Wine-Thirty

I won’t even begin to bore you with the details of my long Saturday, except to say that H was pushing limits, didn’t take a nap, and we are both grumpy.  Oh, and S is out of town with The Guys.  Here’s what I want.  Right now.  With fancy pizza. The Prisoner 2008 California...
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Easy Family Recipes: Basic Beef Chili

September 9, 2010

Yes, I know it has been very hot outside. But something made me want to make a big pot of chili. So I did. And we ate it, with sweaty upper lips. And it was awesome. This is one of those easy family recipes that makes plenty, so you can freeze some for later. ...
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I Really Want To Break Up With You

August 27, 2010

Growing up, we were one of those families.  We were called “health nuts” back when it was considered weird.  We shopped at a place called Ye Seekers Horizon, with creaky wooden floors and a vitamin smell, where “treats” like carob and Tiger’s Milk Bars got me as excited as Christmas morning.  By the time...
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Creamy Carrot Couscous

August 24, 2010
Creamy Carrot Couscous

Mmm, mmm, mmm!  I am channeling What About Bob? right now- need I say more?  This side dish is so creamy and easy to pair with just about any thing, be it chicken, fish, or pork chops.  Plus, this carrot recipe is a great way to serve up some beta carotene when you are...
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Herb Roasted Chicken

August 5, 2010
Herb Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken can be a daunting task, especially when doing it for the first time, but this chicken is both versatile and economical.  Serve it at a dinner party with friends or a casual, weeknight family supper.  A three pound chicken could serve a family of four for several days- get creative...
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Summertime Series: Grilled Salmon “Caesar”

August 2, 2010

I do not get to eat enough salad.  Hayden won’t eat it, and since I try my hardest to make one meal for everyone, I have been missing out.  The great part about this salad is the salmon, which Hayden loves.  I just serve his without the salad and offer him a little dressing...
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Blueberry Pumpkin Bundt Cake

July 23, 2010
Blueberry Pumpkin Bundt Cake

With fresh blueberries in season, this is a great way to incorporate an already delicious fruit into a tasty treat. With two cups of berries and a cup of pumpkin, this cake is packed with super-food nutrients. 3 cups flour 4 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground...
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Delicious Deviled Eggs

July 20, 2010
Delicious Deviled Eggs

This weekend I was in the mood for something a little naughty but nice, so I made these deviled eggs.  They are a little different from traditional deviled eggs, with shallots and sun-dried tomatoes.  They were a big hit- the creamy filling melts in your mouth, while the bacon crumbles on top add a...
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Summertime Series: Less-Guilt Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 4, 2010
Summertime Series: Less-Guilt Chocolate Chip Cookies

For those who are looking for an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert for today’s feast, here is your recipe.  And the best part?  These cookies are made without butter and egg yolks, making them a great choice for those watching their cholesterol intake. 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 4 tbs...
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Summertime Series: Refreshing Hibiscus Margarita

July 3, 2010
Summertime Series: Refreshing Hibiscus Margarita

A cold margarita pairs beautifully with, well, just about everything.  These bright red hibsicus margaritas would be a perfect choice for July 4th, or any hot summer day. 3 cups hibiscus tea (such as Tazo) 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups tequila 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/3 cup Cointreau Combine all ingredients in...
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