21 August, 2017

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers
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On this day of the total Eclipse of the Sun it was hard to choose which blog to post. Since we live in the “path of totality” I was trying to think of ways to equate this cooking experience with today’s event. Should we start with a song? “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie
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14 August, 2017

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots
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Move over tater tots, there’s a new tot in town. Now why this recipe appealed to me is a mystery because I don’t like tater tots. I remember cooking tray after tray of them for the kids when they were little. They loved them! I thought those days were over until we moved to Oregon
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21 July, 2017

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan
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The seasons is over for sugar snap peas, can I have an awwwwww? It’s always sad to see the dying plants at this time in summer when the leaves are yellowing and the beans look less than perfect. And then you spot a few flowering pods that seem impossible to mature – but they do!
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12 July, 2017

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette
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“Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” With zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and onions? This sweet and savory recipe is perfect to use up the bountiful harvest of these garden vegetables.  In the summer it seems like we are invited to a lot of backyard barbecues, patio parties, and picnics. For most of
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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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16 June, 2017

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.
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  Want a quick breakfast that goes beyond the everyday choices? We know that eating breakfast is a healthy thing to do. You may not be a morning person or enjoy eating first thing in the day. This recipe may appeal to you as it isn’t the typical cereal, egg, yogurt, or oatmeal type meal. 
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5 June, 2017

“E” Is For Eggplant

“E” Is For Eggplant
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Have you ever played word games like charades, or Scattergories? Recently a friend on Facebook challenged her friends to play Scattergories with a twist – using the first letter of their last name to fill in various categories. Since the first letter of my last name starts with an “E” every category in the Scattergories challenge had
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12 May, 2017

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay
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“My oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way”, dippity doo dah, dippity dee ay. (Song quote from the “Song of the South” 1946. Original lyrics “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” ) Spring has finally sprung in the Pacific Northwest and we’re planning a party! Truthfully, some of our friends are choosing to get together early in
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8 May, 2017

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta
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It’s Spring! Backyard gardeners are prepping their soil, checking seeds, or veggie starts. Anticipation of summer harvests looms in the air. Since moving to Oregon I have had the worst luck trying to grow zucchini. In fact I haven’t harvested one full grown zucchini in 10 years! In my Southern California garden, I couldn’t pick
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28 April, 2017

Dressed Up Potatoes With Garlic And Parmesan

Dressed Up Potatoes With Garlic And Parmesan
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Potatoes are a staple in many households and can be cooked in so many ways – mashed, baked, fried – to mention a few methods. They can also dress up a meal with a smart presentation like hassle back potatoes.  These garlic roasted potatoes with parmesan make an impressive side dish to any meal and complement
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24 March, 2017

Dirt Candy – Really?

Dirt Candy – Really?
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Dirt candy? The title of this recipe really confused me. I had to find out more about it. I found a restaurant by that name DirtCandy. It only serves vegetables. Interesting menu with items like: Korean fried broccoli – described as “crack in broccoli form.” Well, maybe they think so, I’m not so sure. Now I’ve
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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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