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Avocado and Corn Salsa

My generous neighbor Jack gave me a bunch of fresh corn and tomatoes from his garden. I was making a Mexican meal for dinner and decided to incorporate the fresh veggies into a salsa. I’ve been seeing a lot...

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White Chocolate and Semi Sweet Chocolate Swirl Chip, Coconut, Pecan Cookies

The name may be a mouthful but these cookies are absolutely amazing. We were having friends over for dinner and the kids and I decided it would be fun to bake cookies for dessert. I was going to use...

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Roasted Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes, Mushrooms and Green Beans

It was cloudy and cool last week so I was happy to use my oven to roast veggies and meats. I was craving chicken and decided to roast some fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, red onions and green beans right along...

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Grilled Blackened Salmon with Pineapple Mango Salsa

I found a really fresh and delicious looking salmon at Costco recently and decided to grill it up with some blackened seasonings and serve it topped with a pineapple mango salsa. The spicy fish was so delicious with the...

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bread

I was recently sent a sugar replacement product called Xagave as well as a cookbook and I was excited to try some recipes. I love that the Xagave is all natural without a bunch of chemicals. It has a...

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Balsamic Green Bean and Potato Salad

My generous neighbor Jack gave me a huge bag of freshly picked green beans – aren’t I so lucky to be his neighbor? I had some small baby Dutch potatoes in the refrigerator that needed to be used up...

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Blueberry Crisp

We had friends over for dinner and I wanted to make a nice yet simple dessert. I’ve seen a lot of terrific recipes for crisps out there lately and I thought a blueberry crisp would be a perfect way...

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Spinach Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing

One of my very favorite restaurants here in Portland is called Seasons and Regions. It has wonderful seafood, great service and they have the best spinach salad with a soy ginger dressing. I have tried to recreate it at...

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Crab Cakes

I’ve been craving crab cakes lately so when I saw a container of lump crab meat at Costco, I instantly knew what I would be making for dinner. I wanted to taste the crab not a bunch of fillers...

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Beef and Bean Enchiladas

I had some lean ground beef to use up in my refrigerator and since I am always craving Mexican food I decided to make beef enchiladas. This was the first time using Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and while I...