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Grilled Steak with Avocado Sauce

I was searching the web for avocado recipes and when I saw this recipe on Life’s AmbrosiaI knew I had to make it. I adapted it a bit by using the steaks I had on hand, which happened to...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

We were heading over to our good friend’s house for dinner and I was asked to bring a dessert. My friend, Currié, loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate so my son and I decided to make these...

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Spinach and Avocado Salad

I had a bag of baby spinach to use up and two ripe avocados so I decided to make a tossed salad with a few of my favorite ingredients. I tossed this salad with my favorite dressing – Fran’s...

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Penne with Mixed Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese, and Pine Nuts

I adapted this recipe from one I found in a Sunset Fast and Freshmagazine. I threw in whatever veggie I had on hand, shitake mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, zucchini, and tomatoes. This pasta was light, hearty, and so delicious....

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Banana, Raspberry, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

My son and I were in the mood to bake an after school snack. I had a couple of bananas to use up as well as some fresh raspberries so we decided to make bread. The raspberries were a...

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Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

I am always on the lookout for new recipes using pork tenderloin so I was excited to see this recipe in Cooking Light – October 2010. I loved how easy this dish was to make and how delicious it...

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Chicken and Rice with Veggies

I saw this recipe in my Cooking Light magazine and decided to make it immediately. It was a quick and simple recipe and had very little clean up. The chicken turned out really moist and tender while the rice was...

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My son and I decided to bake oatmeal raisin cookies this afternoon. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitten and knew it would be amazing. I wanted to add walnuts or pecans but my son opted for plain oatmeal...

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Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans and Corn

It was cool and cloudy outside which is the perfect weather for making soup. I had some leftover roasted chicken to use up so I decided to make a Southwestern flavored chicken soup. I threw in some black beans,...

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Gemelli with Chanterelles, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

My amazing friend Currié gave me more fresh chanterelles this week and I couldn’t wait to make another recipe with them. I wanted their flavor to shine in the dish so I simply sautéed them in butter and garlic...