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Back from Vacation…

We had a fantastic trip to Idaho visiting our family and friends. We started in Boise and had a wonderful time relaxing, checking out the farmer’s market, going on bike rides, dining at our favorite restaurants, celebrating some birthdays,...

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Grilled Havarti and Tomato on Kalamata Olive Bread

I made this sandwich for my kids’ lunch and couldn’t help myself from sneaking a bite… it was so good! I loved the creamy cheese with the crisp and tangy bread and the sweet tomatoes – it was a...

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Kalamata Olive Bread

I made this loaf of bread for my son because he’s likes bread and he loves kalamata olives. He loved this bread so much he didn’t even want to slather it with butter – he just ate it plain...

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Panko Crusted Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Basil

I needed to get rid of some leftover ricotta cheese and spinach so I created this recipe. It was SO DELICIOUS! The chicken was really moist and tender while the panko was crunchy and the ricotta mixture was flavorful...

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Green Bean Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

I found this recipe on Culinary Coryand decided to make it tonight. I made the vinaigrette earlier in the day and let the flavors mingle together. This salad is colorful and flavorful and was a hit with all of...

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Spinach, Garlic, Mushroom, and Fresh Basil Pizza

When I am having one of those days where I don’t feel like cooking, I pick up some pizza dough and sauce from Trader Joe’s and create a quick and easy pizza using whatever ingredients I have in the...

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Last, but certainly not least, on the kids’ teachers’ gift plates are these chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars. (The other treats on the gift plates were Lemon and Blueberry Bars with a Coconut Crust, Triple Chocolate Cookies, and...

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White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

For the third treat in the kids’ teachers’ gift plates (first two treats were the Lemon and Blueberry Bars with a Coconut Crust and Triple Chocolate Cookies)I made pretzels dipped in melted white chocolate and topped with sprinkles. They...

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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Next up on my kids’ teachers’ gift plates (first was the Lemon and Blueberry Bars with Coconut Crust) are these rich and decadent cookies. I am certain they are delicious because I managed to save a few for my...

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Lemon and Blueberry Bars with a Coconut Crust

Need I say more? It’s that time of year again… gift plates for my kids’ teachers. I decided to make four special treats for the teachers this year. First up are these lemon bars. Words cannot express how tasty...