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Home Cooking Recipes: Hearty Bean Soup

February 5, 2010
Home Cooking Recipes: Hearty Bean Soup

As we like to say in our home, this soup is “nutritious and delicious!”  This is one of the best bean soup recipes.  Tonight, Hayden asked for more of this- twice! 4 cans white beans, drained (navy or cannellini) 1 qt chicken broth 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 onion, chopped 1 bunch carrots, chopped...
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Holiday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Bread

February 4, 2010
Holiday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Bread

After trying many pumpkin bread recipes, I created this one, and it is awesome.  This recipe makes two loaves.  Enjoy one now, and freeze one for a rainy day! 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4...
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Perfect Guacamole

February 3, 2010
Perfect Guacamole

Fresh, simple ingredients are the key to making perfect guacamole. 3 ripe avocados 1 small tomato, chopped 2-3 tbs finely chopped onion 2 squeezes of lime salt Halve avocados and scoop out flesh with a spoon.  Place in a medium sized bowl.  Add tomato, onion, and lime, and a little salt.  Lightly mash with...
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Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

January 31, 2010
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Apple and spices enhance the flavors of the squash in this antioxidant-rich soup. 2 small butternut squashes 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped 2 leeks, whites only, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced 3 tbs olive oil 1 qt chicken broth 1 can chick broth 1/2 tsp cinnamon few shakes nutmeg 1/2...
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Simply Sauteed Spinach

January 29, 2010
Simply Sauteed Spinach

“Simply” doesn’t imply boring.  Often, cooking a food simply just brings out its taste and nutritional value.  This sauteed spinach recipe could satisfy any vegetable craving- with, or without the garlic! 1 bag pre-washed spinach 2 tbs olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced salt In a large sauté pan or skillet, heat...
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Home Cooking Recipes: Tuna Fondue

January 26, 2010
Home Cooking Recipes: Tuna Fondue

The chilly weather is back and creating a need for warm, comforting food.  This meal holds a bit of nostalgia.   When I was a little girl, my mother made me grilled cheese sandwiches with tuna salad in the middle, calling it “tuna fondue.”   Perhaps it was simply the name, but I loved it then...
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Hungry For Spring Omelette

January 24, 2010
Hungry For Spring Omelette

Although we still have two more months of winter, today’s blue Los Angeles sky reminds me of spring. 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot 1 leek (tender white only, finely chopped) 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed 3 eggs pinch dried tarragon (or herbs de Provence) pinch salt olive oil In an omelette pan, heat 2-3...
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Crushed Garlic Salmon

January 20, 2010

Having this salmon in a skillet makes it hard to overcook it, which is one reason why I love cooking it this way.  Plus, little Hayden gobbles it up every time. 1 lb salmon fillets 2 tbs olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed or finely minced salt Lightly salt salmon.   Using fingers, rub...
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Banana Cake

January 20, 2010
Banana Cake

This was the cake I made for my son’s 2nd birthday party.  And again for his 3rd.   He and our adult guests flipped over it.   With the whole wheat flour and bananas, you don’t need to feel so guilty about serving something sweet.  It is fantastic with or without the frosting. 1...
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