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Lentil, Kale and Bacon Soup

We are having another rainy, windy and dreary day here in Portland which means it’s time for more soup. I grabbed some steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s along with some fresh kale to make a hearty but healthy lentil...

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Roasted Asparagus and Steamed Egg on Toast

I’ve always wanted to try eggs with asparagus on toast so I decided Easter morning would be a perfect time to try it. I thought the combination of flavors and textures was fantastic. It was a really quick and...

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Beef Pot Pie with Chive Crust

When I saw this recipe in the newest issue of Cuisine at Home I knew I would make it as soon as possible. One of my very favorite meals is chicken pot pie so I had a feeling that...

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Roasted Broccoli with Shallots, Pine Nuts and Parmesan

I wanted a simple yet hearty side dish to go with the Apricot-Glazed Chicken Thighs. After looking through my vegetable drawer, I decided on broccoli. It was a very cold and rainy day so I decided to roast the...

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Apricot-Glazed Chicken Thighs

I adapted a recipe I found in Cooking Light – June 2009. I loved how simple and easy this recipe was to make. The chicken thighs were tender and juicy and the apricot glaze was sweet with a nice...

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Turkey and Roast Beef Sandwich with Extra Sharp Cheddar

Sandwiches make me happy. I can trace my love for the sandwich back to my childhood and being at my good friend Molly’s house. Molly had the most wonderful refrigerator that her mother kept filled with fresh cuts of...

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Black Bean and Roasted Anaheim Chile and Bell Pepper Soup

I want to say thank you for your sweet comments about my missing rings. I received a phone call on Saturday afternoon from a gentleman who found two of my rings. We discovered that he had my engagement/wedding ring...

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Flank Steak and Avocado Taco Salad

I marinated some flank steak in my favorite marinade then let everyone decide what they wanted for dinner. My husband and daughter wanted steak burritos and my son wanted steak nachos. I decided on a steak and avocado taco...

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Pomegranate Margarita

I went to the park with a girlfriend and our kids yesterday. We decided to incorporate some exercise into our play time at the park. I took my rings off so I could do pull-ups on the monkey bars,...

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

My kids and I decided to create some muffins together for breakfast. I had two VERY ripe bananas to use up and I thought that instead of regular banana muffins we would try chocolate banana muffins. They were super...