Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps with ThymeEntertaining can seem like a daunting task whether it’s your first time or 100th!  The key to any successful party is in the planning.  When I plan a dinner party its roots are usually based on a country we have been to and have enjoyed the food.  From there I start thinking about what I’d like to serve, where some of the food will be consumed and what libations will accompany the food.  I make a list…it’s the crucial part of making an evening end well.   Continue Reading →

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Easy-To-Make Almond Milk

easy to make almond milkAlmond milk is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while but like anything else I investigate, timing is always key and I need to be in the ‘mood’ to experiment.  When I found out just how easy it was to make and the taste didn’t put me off, I wondered why it took me so long.  Continue Reading →

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Zucchini Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Zucchini & Goat Cheese BruschettaBruschetta (pronounced brusketta), is an Italian antipasto where grilled slices of bread are rubbed with garlic and a splash of olive oil added.  Who would have thought a simple Tuscan recipe of grilled bread could turn out to be so magical.  Continue Reading →

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Turkey Stew

30 minute turkey stewEvery Thanksgiving and Christmas we indulge in a massive turkey dinner and each year I say next time I will buy a smaller turkey with enough food for the evening and leftovers for the following day.  Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we end up having too much turkey leftover and as a result eat our way through turkey fajita wraps, tetrazzini, jambalaya, casseroles, and chili.  Continue Reading →

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie CupcakePumpkin is a vegetable, ok, it’s actually a fruit because it contains seeds, and I use it throughout the fall and winter but usually serve it as a savory dish.  However, when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around it’s the only time I serve it as a dessert.  Thanksgiving makes the pumpkin a favorite family tradition whether it’s in a pie or in this case, a cupcake.  Continue Reading →

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How To Make Pulled Pork

easy to make pulled porkEver go past the meat counter in your grocery store and pass by the ugly cuts of meat? Guilty as charged, however, it’s only the two of us so a big honking piece of meat such as a pork shoulder would go off before we ever finished it. Having said that, I’ve been wanting to make pulled pork f-o-r-e-v-e-r!  The food stars aligned as we had a pot luck to attend and this was my opportunity to make it and not worry what to do with the leftovers.  I was delighted!  Continue Reading →

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Overnight Oats in a Jar

overnight oatsMy kids always had breakfast and as they got older I reinforced the values of eating something first thing in the morning.  I still do even though they may roll their eyes at me.  I can hear them saying, ‘yes mom, we know’ (insert happy face here).  But all kidding aside, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, period.  Yes, I know there are those who say they get along just fine without it but as adults we need it to give us a kick start to our morning routine and kids need a breakfast, too.  Their bodies and brains are growing and need refueling from food.  Studies show that children who skip breakfast tend to be late or absent from school.   Breakfast gives us energy to start our day and if you skip it you may end up eating more during the day.  Continue Reading →

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Easy-To-Make Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin soupI enjoy the change of seasons and if you asked me what is my favorite season, I’d have to say autumn.  While I don’t look forward to the cooler and shorter days ahead, I do like all that comes with the fall and  its harvest. The orange signature of autumn…sugar pumpkins (aka pie pumpkins) are abundant this time of the year but don’t get them confused with the large jack-o’-lantern pumpkins (carving pumpkins).  Continue Reading →

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Kohlrabi Slices

kohlrabi slicesFor months I have passed by the vegetable section of my local food market and wondered what kohlrabi (German word for cabbage turnip) was.   The other day I finally picked up a bunch and decided to do a little research on this curious vegetable.  It’s an odd-looking thing and couldn’t get my head around how to use it.  Continue Reading →

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Fish Taco Recipe

fish tacoLooking to serve fish in a fun, slightly messy way?  Tacos have been around for hundreds of years and we all have our favorite fillings but have you tried using fish?  Baja California is considered the birthplace of the fish taco – Continue Reading →

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