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Sep 082017
 
A Giant Pot of Zucchini Turkey Black Bean Chili

Why a GIANT pot? Well, summer squash and zucchini season is the only time I cook with these vegetables.  And when it is zucchini season, we are FLUSH. Plus, it is hot and humid during zucchini season, so I like to cook a huge pot of dinner one day and then eat leftovers for three days. If you hate leftovers,  you might want to cut the recipe in half and ….

Aug 182017
 
5 Fresh Summer Smoothies

Summer mean fresh, seasonal fruit that is just not the same at other times of the year. Save the winter squash for ………winter. While the heavier smoothies are great in colder months, we love something light and fresh when it is hot outside, or when you just wish it was hot outside! Some of these could be a meal replacement, while some could just be a base for a great ….

Jul 252017
 
Cherry Chive Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (On Chicken & Spinach Wraps)

*Cherries c/o Northwest Cherry Growers/ Washington State Fruit Commission. Our cherrypalooza is winding down, although, only because we need room in our fridge for some other things soon. We had a huge bowl of fresh bing cherries out for Baby E’s birthday celebration and the all the neighborhood kids were more into the cherries than they were the cake! Once you reach the bruised fruit in the bottom of your ….

Jul 122017
 
Cherry Rum Fizz with Basil

*Cherries c/o Northwest Cherry Growers/ Washington State Fruit Commission. It is that time. The stone fruit are ready to rock! I am always a bit sad when citrus season ends and the clementines turn sour, but then I remember berry and stone fruit season is coming. Who can resist in-season peaches, plums, and cherries? I am a huge cherry lover. Maybe it is because they are so elusive through most ….

May 012017
 
Breakfast Cookies with Casein Protein, Almonds, Raisins, & Cherries

Ironically, I have been on a casein free diet these days to reduce inflammation and joint pain. I figured, since I had a dairy allergy as a kid, maybe it was contributing to issues as an adult. So, right now is not really an optimal time to be doing experimental baking with dairy protein. However, it is almost that time of year, when my husband starts planning out his guy ….

Mar 292017
 
Garlic Lime Whole Roasted Duck

No matter what style of cooking you prefer, you have to admit, buying a whole item, whether a whole turkey or whole head of cabbage, is just about always cheaper than buying it already yanked apart for you. Obviously, some of us are quite busy and don’t always have time for the whole ordeal of processing foo from scratch. However, you can really stretch your budget once you get into ….

Feb 272017
 
A Root Vegetable Beef Stew with White Beans & Ginger

In a few weeks you may be wondering what else to make with that potato and carrot harvest. Or maybe not. I assume anyone who grows vegetable and tubers is always a big creative cooking genius. My husband has gotten really into growing celery lately, and really, you don’t need to be creative to use celery. It is a staple in pretty much everything. As of late, I am really ….

Feb 132017
 
Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

It seems like we are constantly prepping for a party, or brainstorming our next party these days. Between four kids’ worth of birthday bashes, then holidays, summer barbecues, and get-togethors just because, there is always something I need to cater. I started experimenting with coming up with easy party food because really, not that many people appreciate the fancy stuff anyway. Don’t waste the energy! Go simple! Plus, the kids ….