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Pesto

I am in love. I can’t believe I have never made pesto before…it was quick and simple to make and tasted fantastic. I have tried several different store bought pestos but never found one that I liked – I...

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Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

My wonderful neighbor Cheryl invited my kids over to pick some fresh cherry tomatoes from her tomato plant and they had so much fun picking and eating them. We ended up with a large bowl of cherry tomatoes and...

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Baked Zucchini Sticks

I have been trying to find new ways to cook the zucchini from my neighbor Jack’s garden. I was in the mood for something crunchy and decided to try baked zucchini with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. I love...

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Pork Chops with Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions and Feta Cheese

This is one of my favorite pork recipes. As you can tell from my blog, I love cooking with garlic, tomatoes and caramelized onions. I used thin chops this time but I prefer to use thick chops because they...

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Coconut and Lemon Blondies

Our dear friends often babysit our kids so my husband and I can have a date night. Since they won’t let us pay them, I decided to bake them a special treat as a thank you. My three year...

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Penne with Shrimp and Roasted Vegetables in a Roasted Garlic Lemon Sauce

We had friends over for dinner and I wanted to make something light, healthy and filling so I decided on pasta with shrimp and veggies. The flavors combined well and the pasta dish turned out really delicious. The roasted...

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Chicken, Basil and Orzo Soup

My daughter woke up with a stomach ache so I decided to make her a pot of homemade chicken and orzo soup for lunch. The soup needed to be nutritious, delicious and mellow on the tummy. I had left...

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Sloppy Joes

Okay, so this isn’t a culinary masterpiece but it is an easy dinner when you have left over ground beef and hamburger buns to use up. I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy and I was really tired...

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Zucchini Bread

My amazing neighbor Jack has been giving me loads of fresh zucchini from his beautiful garden. We love zucchini bread so my kids and I decided to make a couple of loaves. This was my best batch of zucchini...

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Pork Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo and Gaucamole

We love Mexican food, especially tacos. I had ripe avocados to use up and a pork tenderloin in the fridge, so I decided tacos would be a great dinner. I made fresh guacamole (see link to recipe below) and...