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How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Kids Will Eat [Recipe]

April 10, 2015
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I’ve tried everything when it comes to making homemade ranch dressing. I can’t even count how many “ranch spice” mixes I’ve experimented with. I’ve made it using yogurt, buttermilk and sour cream. The thing is my ranch lover (Big A) will have none of them. She tells me her favorite is Granny’s ranch dressing. And […]

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Summer Kale Salad [Recipe]

July 8, 2014
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Every year my husband and brother-in-law run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and every year they ask me to do it. This was the first year I said yes. It was fun but a trek up there (about an hour from where we live). The course was hilly with lots of obstacles and, towards the […]

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3 Ingredient Crepes [Palachinke]

May 16, 2014
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Both of my parents immigrated to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia and I grew up with Serbian food traditions.  One of my favorites was palachinke, a Serbian crepe.  My mom made it with just flour, eggs and milk and we usually filled it with jam or cinnamon sugar. Other recipes call for adding butter, […]

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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas [Recipe]

May 2, 2014
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I love Greek food. We have a family-owned restaurant nearby that we love to visit and the chicken and pita bread is amazing. I’ve been playing around with these Greek pitas for some time and finally got to the point where I’m able to confidently say “these are good!” I like that they are easy […]

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Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese [Recipe]

December 18, 2012
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I realize this is my third macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve posted. The truth is I really don’t make it very often, but macaroni and cheese made with butternut squash sounded really good! I got it from the new cookbook Cooking Light sent me, The New Way to Cook Light. This recipe is a keeper. […]

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Thanksgiving Meal Plan

November 20, 2012
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This isn’t a normal week for a variety of reasons. First, it’s Thanksgiving, and instead of the relaxing dinner at my mother-in-law’s, we are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. Second, the book is back, with the edits due before we leave for our week-long vacation this Sunday (exciting details to follow after our return). Two words sum […]

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Baked Salmon Sticks [Recipe]

November 13, 2012
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Salmon is one of our favorite fish dishes around here.  Little D used to be a fan but is off it at the moment.  Big A has always like the “idea” of salmon. When she was around 4, she used to say how much she loved it even though she’d barely touch it.  As she turned […]

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20-Minute Shrimp and Broccoli Surprise [Recipe]

July 19, 2012
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After looking up a couple of recipes for roasted and baked shrimp, I came up with this simple combination. I like to buy the bags of broccoli from Trader Joe’s that are ready to go. This time I used the combo of cauliflower and broccoli — my two roasted faves! I served this with Big […]

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How to Make Whole Grain Bread Crumbs

May 1, 2012
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Awhile back I posted on my Facebook page about freezing bread heels to make bread crumbs — a tip I read in Real Simple. Well, the time had come for me to use the heels I had accumulated. What was I waiting for? Some recipes call for “fresh” bread crumbs vs. dried/toasted, so make sure […]

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Beef Empanadas — and Laura’s Lean Beef Giveaway

June 21, 2011
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I got a great little recipe and product for you. The nice people from Laura’s Lean Beef contacted me a while ago about their product. They sent me some vouchers and I went out and got some of their 8% lean ground beef. We made these empanadas — one of the recipes on their website. […]

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