9 January, 2018

Let’s Dress Things Up A Bit – Salad Dressings You’ll Love

Let’s Dress Things Up A Bit – Salad Dressings You’ll Love
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It’s a New Year! Holiday parties are over and it’s time to pay attention to healthy eating again. Salads are an easy way to get back on track. But sometimes it’s the dressings that can derail an otherwise healthy meal. Today’s post features four guest contributors sharing their favorite homemade salad dressings. Meet Antimo Cimino –
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17 November, 2017

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me
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This recipe goes w-w-a-a-a-y-y-y back to my college days. One of the elective classes I took was theater – hard to believe, right? I was surprised at how much I loved this class because I was on a straight and narrow business track. Yet, I was being drawn into a love of the theater. My
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19 August, 2017

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad
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As much as I love cooking and creating meals if I had to, I could live on salads in the summer and soups/stews in the winter. So it’s summer, and you guessed it, I made another salad. And for those traditionalists, salad doesn’t have to include “lettuce.”  Last year we grew broccoli in our garden
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7 July, 2017

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One
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Raise your hand if you knew what fava beans were before the movie “Silence of The Lambs.” The famous line from the movie:  Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Well, skip the liver, human or otherwise, and enjoy
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3 July, 2017

Just A Little Bit Corny Grilled Salad

Just A Little Bit Corny Grilled Salad
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Corn on the cob is abundant in the summer in most areas of the US. My hubby is such a traditionalist when it comes to corn on the cob. Boil it or grill it – that’s the only two ways he will eat it. And slathered in butter, of course. He was over-the-top thrilled when
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27 June, 2017

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad
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Hot days filled with lots of summer activities, and warm nights begging for an easy dinner – what do you do? Taco salad is a quick meal and enjoyed by all members of the family because they can add their own favorite ingredients.  Sauté ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Add taco seasoning and beans (pinto,
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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7 June, 2017

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad
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  What can I say about salads? Just that I love them and can eat them almost every day for lunch and/or dinner, especially in the summer. Each day is a new adventure – what ingredients to put in my salad today? And frequently, leftovers dictate what the day’s lunch will be.  I know you
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15 May, 2017

Cornering the Markets (Farmer’s) And More…

Cornering the Markets (Farmer’s) And More…
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Each month I gather up tidbits to share and this month it was hard to keep the list down to a reasonable size. Since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve noticed other blogs doing the same thing on a weekly basis. Since my “staff” consists of my dog and hubby, I just don’t have the
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22 March, 2017

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad
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It’s been a long winter. In one day we had snow, rain, sleet, hail, and sun (for a nanosecond). So when the weather in Oregon gets me down, I think about other places that uplift my mood. Where would that be? Almost anyplace in Italy. When in Tuscany last year I enjoyed a delicious tuna and
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6 March, 2017

Copy Cat Warm Brussel Sprouts Slaw

Copy Cat Warm Brussel Sprouts Slaw
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We were out to dinner with friends recently. MaryLou and I ordered a Brussel sprouts salad to share. (Hubbies are not fans of the vegetable.) It was delightfully different than any I’ve tasted with Brussel sprouts as the main ingredient.  We immediately dissected the salad to identify the ingredients so we could recreate it at home. Brussel
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25 February, 2017

Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You
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Did you grow up with iceberg lettuce as the main ingredient in salads and side dishes? Don’t get me wrong, iceberg is the go-to leaf when making a lettuce wrap, but to quote Rachael Ray (RR), “when it comes to nutrition, romaine leaves iceberg out in the cold.” A few fun facts: Vitamin K (may help regulate
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