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Home Cooking Recipes: Italian Sausage with Penne and Cabbage

April 18, 2010
Home Cooking Recipes: Italian Sausage with Penne and Cabbage

This was inspired by a dish served at a restaurant in our area, and I think substituting the cabbage for green peas turned out beautifully.  The best part was that Hayden cleaned his plate and ate it again for lunch today.  This will be one of my go-to home cooking recipes.  Mmm… 3/4 lb...
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Quick Family Recipes: Smoked Crab Quesadillas

April 13, 2010

Crab meat is so delicious (and nutritious!), and every time I make something with it, Hayden ends up eating big chunks of it right out of the pan.  These quesadillas made me feel like I was in Cabo, sans the margarita.  I’ll have to say, though, my Frontier Red (lot 81) complemented the smokey...
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Quick Family Recipes: Easy Bowties with Sauce

April 2, 2010
Quick Family Recipes: Easy Bowties with Sauce

I wasn’t able to get a picture of this dish because Hayden was eating it up so quickly!  As soon as I gave seconds, he was asking, “Can I have some more pasta, please, Mommy?”  Oh, if only every meal went over this well! 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced 1 tbs olive oil...
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Home Cooking Recipes: Chicken and Rice Soup

March 11, 2010
Home Cooking Recipes: Chicken and Rice Soup

Feature recipe:  This recipe is from Eat It, It’s Good For You! by Barbara Brown Rynders.  This cookbook is like the underground bible for wholesome cooking.  My mother, aunt, and grandmother all made this soup (along with other dishes and baked goods from this book), and now I am carrying on the tradition.  In...
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Home Cooking Recipes: Comforting Potato Soup

March 3, 2010

When the cool, cloudy weather returned, I pulled some of this soup out of the freezer.  I was just as delicious as I remembered.  This soup is actually the only way I can get Hayden to eat potatoes! 2 1/2  lbs potatoes, any kind (peeled & chopped- approx 6 Russets or 8 large Yukons)...
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Quick Family Recipes: Power Pizza

February 28, 2010
Quick Family Recipes: Power Pizza

Pizza Pizza!  Who says pizza isn’t healthy?  We eat a LOT of pizza at our house.  We love it, Hayden loves it, and it sure is easy.  Sometimes we cheat and order in, and other times we make our own.  The fresh toppings on this pizza are packed with vitamins, so shed your guilt,...
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Bacon-Topped Butternut Squash

February 26, 2010
Bacon-Topped Butternut Squash

Mmmm… this is one of those home cooking recipes.  Butternut squash is always good, but add bacon and a hint of pure maple syrup, and you’ve got heaven in a dish. 1-2 butternut squash, peeled, chopped 1/4  cup maple syrup salt 2 strips bacon Preheat oven to 375°  In a large skillet, fry bacon...
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Home Cooking Recipes: Southern-Style Greens

February 25, 2010

We just ate these with dinner.  I am so excited about them, I couldn’t wait to post.  Growing up, we ate a LOT of collards and mustard greens.  They were usually just steamed in a little water, and we liked them just fine.  Try cooking your greens in chicken broth, and you might think...
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Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

February 21, 2010
Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

We had this broccoli and cauliflower soup tonight.  Hayden asked for seconds, and thirds, and then turned down his grilled cheese sandwich.  I can’t complain! 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbs olive oil 1 cup chicken broth 3...
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Tender Brussels Sprouts with Thyme

February 18, 2010
Tender Brussels Sprouts with Thyme

Hayden LOVES brussels sprouts (must have been how many he was getting in the womb!), and this is our favorite way to eat them. Cook this brussels sprouts recipe for your family or friends, and you just might convert them to brussels sprouts lovers! 1 lb brussels sprouts (about 2 doz) 1 clove garlic,...
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Easy Fix For a Dinner Crisis

February 14, 2010
Easy Fix For a Dinner Crisis

On a day when I am having what I call a dinner crisis, meaning I have nothing to cook or no time to do it, a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken fits the bill.  Even when I already have some vegetable or sides planned, I may not feel like cooking chicken, and a rotisserie chicken makes...
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Easy Family Recipes: Classic Italian Meat Sauce

February 12, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Classic Italian Meat Sauce

Lately, Hayden has been more into meat- especially if he doesn’t have to work very hard to chew it.  This meat sauce is packed with protein, iron, and lycopene.  Serve it over your kids’ favorite pasta shape. 2 lb ground beef 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced 1 tbs...
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Thanksgiving In February

February 10, 2010

Perhaps I was temporarily insane when I came up with this idea.  I mean, cooking Thanksgiving dinner is quite an undertaking, even when you spread it out amongst several cooks.  But, when my CSA box arrived yesterday with two bunches of green onions, celery, and potatoes, Thanksgiving dinner was all I could think to...
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Easy Family Recipes: Honeyed Orange Chicken

February 8, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Honeyed Orange Chicken

Baking this chicken in a broth of sweet honey and orange keeps it moist, tender, and guaranteed to please! 1 pkg chicken breast tenders 2-3 tbs oil 1 egg 1 cup breadcrumbs 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup hot water juice from 1 orange 1/2 tsp salt, plus extra 1/4 tsp ground ginger Preheat oven...
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