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Wild Rice Salad

My friend, Cinnamon, brought this Wild Rice Salad over for an event at our house the other day, and I knew I had to add it to my website for summer entertaining.  It is hearty enough to be a main dish … Continue reading

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Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

My neighbor had mentioned making a BLT salad and I wanted to make something similar for a dinner party I was bringing a salad to.  After reading a ton of recipes I decided this dressing recipe by Ina Garten would taste the best.  … Continue reading

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Tomatoes!

Tomatoes have always been a particularly difficult food to make kid-friendly dishes with.  I didn’t even start eating them (unless they were disguised in soup) until a few years ago when a friend grew some of the smaller, yellow tomatoes in her garden and … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta

1 baguette 3-4 ripe roma tomatoes, chopped into small pieces 2 t. crushed garlic handful of fresh basil, chopped 6 oz. goat cheese salt and pepper Slice baguette on the diagonal about 1/2 in thick.  Lightly brown each side on grill.  … Continue reading

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Autumn Soup

2 c. boiling potatoes, peeled and diced 1 1/2 c. diced carrots 1 1/2c. diced celery 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 med. onion chopped 2 bay leaves 1 T. Kitchen Bouquet 2 t. salt 1 t. ground pepper 2 T. dried basil 28 … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken, Basil and Sun-dried Tomato Pizza

Prepared pizza dough (most stores carry it in the refrigerated or freezer section, you can also make your own if you feel motivated 🙂 2 T. olive oil 1 grilled chicken breast half, shredded handful of fresh basil leaves, julienned 1/4- … Continue reading

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Basil

Cooking with fresh herbs is always a good choice.  It looks better and it tastes better.  But it’s also more expensive and you typically have to buy way more than you need and the rest goes to waste.  I try … Continue reading

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Easy Alfredo Sauce

1 c. heavy cream 3 T. butter 1 c. parmigiano-reggiano or other good parmesan cheese, shredded pinch of ground nutmeg Salt to taste Heat heavy cream and butter in a medium sauce pan.  Just before it comes to a boil, … Continue reading

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Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained 1 batch Easy Alfredo Sauce 5-6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 2 half grilled chicken breasts, shredded or thinly sliced 1 handful fresh basil, chopped Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shredded Cook pasta according to package directions.  Immediately, … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad with Cucumber, Tomatoes and Feta

2 c. prepared quinoa, follow package directions 1/2 english cucumber, peeled and cut into bite size pieces 10-15 yellow cherry tomatoes or your favorite small, sweet tomato, cut in half 1/2 c. crumbled feta 1/2 handful of basil, julienned Balsalmic … Continue reading

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