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Jul 31 2015
Comments Off on Left Over Salad Serves as Summer Chilled Soup!

A SOUPER SENSATIONAL way to re-purpose left over green salad into soup! How many times have you felt remorse throwing a terrific salad with dressing into the trash because it just won’t keep another day? Weep no longer and whip yesterday’s lunch into today’s 1st course on the table in only five (5) magic minute steps. 1. Add left over veggies and lettuce to blender 2. Add in V8 Juice slowly and blend to desired consistency 3. Mix in extra dressing and a few dashes of Worcestershire...

Apr 09 2015
Comments Off on It’s Garlic Month! Celebrate With Easy Roasted Garlic Blender Salsa!

It’s National Garlic Month! Break out the breath mints and prepare yourself for delicious roasted garlic salsa made in minutes. Years ago, I started making this fresh salsa to accompany taco night, and it’s become one of my favorite fresh recipes. It’s also a go-to spicy garnish + snack when paired with tortilla chips. Roasted Garlic Blender Salsa (Makes about 3 cups) INGREDIENTS 1 whole head garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes 1- 10...

Feb 28 2015
Comments Off on A Savory St. Patrick’s Day Staple: Steak and Ale Pie!

A four leaf clover celebrates spring and a celtic lifestyle! So let’s stop and smell the corned beef and cabbage...or maybe an Irish staple: Steak and Ale Pie! Something a little different that will delight friends and family in a delectable way! Gavin baked up this hearty meat pie during a visit and we’ve been waiting for the perfect time to showcase this St. Patrick’s Day showstopper. Serve along side buttered peas, or a cucumber salad! Never hurts to add...

Feb 11 2015
Comments Off on A Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Meal Made In A Hurry!

A heart healthy Valentine’s dinner that was both delicious and didn’t demand a lot of time in the kitchen! Company was coming mid-week and we pre-prepped pesto salmon, a pepper medley, + red potatoes confettied with parsley and EVOO! Cupid even made an appearance via fresh watermelon straight from the heart. When light and fast is a priority, this is the perfect way to celebrate heart health month. Our good friend Ann was in town and and we were able to relax and wind...

Jan 19 2015
Comments Off on The Man Cave: Super Bowl Pig-Skin Pig-Out Part 2!

The Championships have come and gone…now the Super Bowl is coming up quick! Get ready for another Pig skin Pig Out with a Man Cave staple = BACON! Come on, it goes with darn near everything. To further heat up the crowd before the kick-off – “Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers!” (Jackie and Bill’s favorite!) These sweet and smoky poppers have just the right amount of sweet and heat with brown sugar bacon and spicy chili powder! Ingredients: – 12-15 jalapeños,...

Jan 09 2015
Comments Off on Part Two: Waste Not, Want Not – A Week of No-Shop, Quick Comfort Meals!

Ham and Potatoes are a classic combo and family favorite featured throughout the holidays. When served in big batches for Christmas or New Years, leftovers are likely! What to do? Whip up warm Potato Soup with a secret ingredient…and prep a must-have pasta with asparagus and a hint of mustard dill cream sauce! Both of these recipes are personal heart-warmers that have been in our family for years. You’ll never guess the easy to find favorite that makes up the secret...

Jan 07 2015
Comments Off on Waste Not, Want Not: A Week of No Shop Quick Comfort Meals…Part One!

Clean out the fridge and waste not-want not while you work on another New Years Resolution + cook up great comfort food! As the decor is “un-decked”, cleaning out the fridge is on-deck…and with that comes being constantly on the prowl for yummy leftover recipes.  With so much grocery shopping over the holidays, I find myself being challenged to create that delish dish without going to the market. And so…we have three tasty meals in one! At a family get-together...

Nov 19 2014
Comments Off on Books and Brunch: Well “Red” with Ripe Offerings for the Holidays!

With the holidays around the corner, hosting “Book Club” at our house brings new “Brunch for Lunch” ways to munch mid-day. We’re crunching right along with amazing apple offerings: Overnight Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal and Applewood Smoked BLT’s on a Bun! All while “booking it” right along to enjoy a day with our literary lovelies. Read into fast and festive ways to minimize the effort of a big brunch, while still enjoying a memorable...

Oct 15 2014
Comments Off on The Man Cave: Tonight’s Leftovers are Tomorrow’s Omelets!

Outside the Cave – Over the years we got into a teenager tradition in the kitchen with the kids. Every now and then we’d have some leftovers in the fridge, and we’d all declare – “Tonight’s Left-overs are Tomorrow’s Omelets! What better way to use up delectable leftovers, than to have them for breakfast the next day? This awesome omelet idea could also be breakfast for dinner. Omelets are quick to make, and completely customizable to even the fussiest eaters…(and...

Oct 11 2014
Comments Off on Delectable and Different: A Practically Perfect Thanksgiving Menu for a Small Fall Group!

With our tablescape falling into place, it’s time to plan our Practically Perfect Thanksgiving menu for 4! When keeping your holiday gatherings intimate, you can play with different and delectable dishes that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve. We chose a few classic recipes to bring to the table: Nana’s Glazed Cornish Game Hens, Homemade Harvest Wild Rice, a Pear & Gorgonzola Salad, and “Pear Crisp” Made-Microwave-Easy! Simple dishes, big...

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