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Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion AND a Giveaway

It was another cold and rainy day here in Portland so I decided to roast a chicken. I didn’t want anything fancy… just simple comfort food. I found this recipe for a perfect roasted chicken by Ina Gartenand decided...

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Lemon and Garlic Broccolini

I picked up some broccolini at the store and I wanted to make a simple and healthy side dish. I found an Ellie Krieger recipe from the Food Network that sounded easy and delicious. I added some minced garlic...

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My kids and I were shopping at Trader Joe’s and they were passing out samples of their frozen turkey meatloaf muffins that were topped with spinach and mashed potatoes. We all really loved them so I decided to re-create...

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Poblanos, Oregano, and Cotija Cheese aka Sopa de Jitomate y Rajas

I saw this recipe on the Whole Foods blog and I couldn’t wait to make it, especially after watching Rick Bayless make it here. The soup was extremely simple to make and tasted so amazing. My poblanos turned out...

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White Chocolate and Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

My kids had a day off of school for parent/teacher conferences so we decided to make some pumpkin muffins. They wanted to add white chocolate and I wanted to add pecans. They were very simple and fun to make...

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Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups

I saw this recipe on the Martha Stewart website and decided to give it a try. She made several egg cups at once using a muffin tin but I was only cooking for myself so I used a Pyrex custard...

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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....