19 October, 2018

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes
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  A potato side-dish complements almost any meat, chicken, or fish meal. This simple version of cheesy scalloped potatoes are not only great for a “big dinner” but also make good leftovers (particularly with leftover ham!). First we need to clear up some controversy about scalloped potatoes.  From Cooksinfo.com:  “A few people speculate that for
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28 September, 2018

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lunch at our house often turns out to be a repurposing of last night’s dinner. Hubby is not a fan of leftovers so I have to be creative to make the meal appealing a second time around.  Let’s start with the pasta element of this salad. You do save cooked pasta don’t you? Or is
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11 September, 2018

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans
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Scarlett runner beans are not a universally well-known bean. Since my hubby started growing them a few years ago I’ve been working on converting recipes for this versatile bean.  He was first introduced to these beans by a neighbor who had grown them in his garden for years. A nod to Vern for sharing.  Hubby
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7 August, 2018

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini
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Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature song of “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire” was playing in the background. What a song to get you pumped up and motivated. Since I was going to be cooking zucchini AGAIN, I needed some motivation! I had 13 zucchini in the fridge, neighbors and friends were avoiding me when I
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5 August, 2018

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, & Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, & Tomato Salad
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Cooking truly “in season” can be challenging sometimes but in today’s world grocery stores can supply fruits and vegetables from other states or countries year around. We would all like fresh tomatoes in January sometimes, right? However, you will notice that the best flavor of fruits and vegetables is when they really are “in season” and
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31 July, 2018

Think Outside The Box With Zucchini Nachos

Think Outside The Box With Zucchini Nachos
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  Everybody loves nachos, right? Well here’s a healthy twist to a time-tested recipe that is sure to please everyone. The only chips used in this recipe are zucchini chips. (Yes I’m still peddling zucchini in my recipes.)  If you are a nachos purest, you may have to adjust your thinking about this recipe. Consider
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17 July, 2018

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!
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  Fava beans are one of my favorite summer beans that we include in our garden. I have fond memories of growing up eating them as a staple at my Italian relatives’ dinner table. Favas sautéed in olive oil and garlic with swiss chard was Uncle Frank’s specialty. He would take me out to his garden
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10 July, 2018

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style
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Summer season is salad season in our house. Salads just taste better in summer. You can’t get ingredients fresher than picking off the vine in a backyard garden or picking them up at a local farmer’s market. Even the vegetables in the local grocery stores seem to carry fresher veggies this time of year.  When
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15 June, 2018

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!
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I love the time of year when the vegetable garden is in high production. Neighbors are scoping out each other’s gardens and comparing the size of their zucchini plants (…among other things). When we first moved to Oregon we were aghast that zucchini would not grow in our yard. For years the plants did nothing
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13 April, 2018

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad
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Some movies are destined to become popular and ultimately classics that live on in the minds of movie goers. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of those classics that is revisited every Christmas time and quotes from the movie are shared over and over. “When Harry Met Sally” is another movie that falls into the
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23 March, 2018

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!
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Have you ever experienced the odor from a cauliflower field when it’s past its prime? A farm near our house hadn’t cleared the fields and let the cauliflower disintegrate on the vine. Ohh the smell was awful!! I even avoided the streets that bordered that field so I wouldn’t get the rotten field stench. It kept
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23 February, 2018

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw
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Coleslaw is such a versatile dish and can be prepared with a large variety of ingredients. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say, “Coleslaw (from the Dutch term koolsla meaning ‘cabbage salad’), also known as coleslaw or slaw, is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise.” There are hundreds of recipes on the internet and in cookbooks, all varying just
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