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Top 10 Fast Family Dinners

No Comments | Written on September 19, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

We’ve all been there.  Suddenly it’s 5 o’clock and you have no idea what is on the menu for dinner.

That’s just the time when you should turn to one of these Fast Family Dinners!  They can call be whipped up in minutes and are always a hit at mealtime.

Which one will you try this week? 

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Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

No Comments | Written on September 5, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

The other night I was preparing fish for dinner and wanted to find just the right side dish to complement the delicate main dish without overpowering.  This “Mediterranean Rice Pilaf” was exactly what I was looking for!

It starts with basmati rice, toasted with turmeric to give the dish that alluring golden hue.  Dried currants are included for a subtle sweetness and slivered almonds finish off the dish for crunch.

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Beef and Vegetable Lo Mein

No Comments | Written on September 3, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

There’s no need to order take-out when you can make this restaurant-quality “Beef and Vegetable Lo Mein” at home!

I love the colorful vegetables tossed with sizzling steak over a bed of noodles.  It’s a complete meal that the whole family will love.

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Baja-Style Fish Tacos

No Comments | Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I have such a soft spot for fish tacos, and sometimes I simply crave them for dinner!  I think it is because they remind me of the years I lived in Los Angeles.  There’s something about that combination of corn tortillas, crispy fish, vegetable slaw and a spicy kick that takes me right back to dinner at sunset along the Pacific ocean.

This beer-battered fish version is one of my favorites.  I suggest using one bottle of Corona in the recipe and serving the rest of the six-pack with dinner!

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Creamy Tomato Soup

No Comments | Written on August 21, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

You don’t have to wait until the colder months to enjoy soup – it’s a fantastic lunch or light dinner any time of year.

I could have soup just about any day of the week – a trait I share with my grandma, who is turning 93 years old today!  This blog post is dedicated to her.  I think this recipe is right up her alley!

(Happy Birthday Grandma!  I promise to make this when I come to visit soon!)

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New Orleans Seafood Salad with Creole Mustard Vinaigrette

2 Comments | Written on August 13, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Get ready, because this seafood salad and the (super simple, yet spectacular) homemade vinaigrette is sure to be your new favorite!

Piled high with crab, shrimp and eggs, this New Orleans classic is more than a salad – it is a meal.

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Chutney Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

No Comments | Written on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I have always been a fan of chicken salad for its versatility.  You can always go the healthy route and make this a high protein lunch over a bed of lettuce.  Of course, there’s always the option to serve it as a sandwich, nestled inside a flaky, buttery croissant.

I’ll let you guess which route I went with today’s recipe…

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Chicken Tenders with Apricot Barbecue Sauce

1 Comment | Written on June 26, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This week the food world has been buzzing about the hottest trend coming out of Los Angeles – CocoaChicken.  That’s right, chocolate fried chicken.

Now, I am going to reserve judgement since I haven’t had a chance to taste this new concoction.  It may sound crazy, but everyone is saying it is fantastic!  Think about it, we love the classic Mexican mole chicken also made with bittersweet cocoa.  Maybe it’s not such a wild idea after all?

Today’s recipe is similar in a wild but wonderful way.  These chicken tenders are baked not fried, and they also have a very unique secret ingredient!

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10 Awesome Recipes with Avocado

No Comments | Written on June 20, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Dare to go beyond the guacamole!

Avocados are awesome, and there are countless ways to incorporate them into summer dishes.  The following list showcases ten of our favorite!  Which recipe do you want to make this weekend?


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10 Recipes to Make in a Muffin Pan

No Comments | Written on June 13, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Muffin pans – they come in mini, standard size and even jumbo!

These versatile pan can be used to make so much more than just muffins.  From breakfast through dessert, appetizers and main dishes, you won’t believe all the exciting recipes you can make in a muffin pan!  We even have a few unexpected cooking tips using a muffin pan.

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