Brunch Rice Cakes with Hollandaise

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It's a long weekend for me and what better way to spend it than to have a nice leisurely brunch.  I just love brunch - a meal eaten late in the morning that combines the best of breakfast with some reminders of lunch.  Perfect.  Hearty, flavorful and sometimes involving mimosas.  I ask you, what could be better? These Brunch Rice Cakes with Hollandaise are a favorite of mine not just … [Read more...]

Spicy Tuna Puttanesca

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Tuna in a jar in oil???  I have heard of it, I have seen it at some stores, but I have never had it....until now.  Tuna, as you know, can come in many forms.  Fresh is my favorite way to eat tuna with it's soft fresh meat and clean rich taste.  Perfection.  I also love solid white albacore tuna in a can with its firm texture and salty taste.  Tuna in oil is a new … [Read more...]

Smoky Pea Soup

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Spring is here but I don't think that Mother Nature has gotten the memo.  We are having a little burst of cold right now – which really makes me glad I did not fully put away all my warm clothes.  It's spring and I have rushed head first into eating more spring type meals.  I have begun eating lighter meals and more fruit lately.  Artichokes have been my best friend these past … [Read more...]

Crockpot Asian Meatballs

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  I remember as a child spending holidays at my grandmother's house - surrounded by food.  Meat pies, pastas, fried dough, salads, and meatballs.  The meatballs were always in the crockpot warming in their tasty, thick sauce.  So good, so warm and perfect as an appetizer or meal. I still crave the foods of my childhood, but I do like to play around with the … [Read more...]

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

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The most popular recipe on my blog is Crockpot Salsa Chicken.  This recipe has been a simple favorite of mine for many years.  I love how I can quickly throw everything in the crockpot and have a flavorful meal in a few hours.  Amazing. I've decided to expand the simplicity of the Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe - Crockpot Green Salsa Chicken.  This dish requires just a few … [Read more...]

Ginger Salmon Sliders with Slaw

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Recently I have recovered from being ill...so ill that I feel as though I have subsided on ginger ale and crackers for weeks.  Now that I am feeling better, I still seem to have a craving for ginger.  My mom always gave me ginger ale when I was sick because she knew, as many people do, that ginger is helpful when you have an upset tummy.  Ginger is a mini wonder food for the … [Read more...]

Crockpot Pomegranate Applesauce

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 This time of year brings about a lot of changes.  The change in the weather is a big one.  I start getting antsy for spring and start wearing clothes that don't keep me warm enough.  I forget to take my heavy jacket places and then regret it immediately.  I start wearing more sandals and then my toes freeze. Do you do this??? Then a cold spell comes back and brings … [Read more...]

Crockpot Roast

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When I was growing up, pot roast was one of the meals in my mom's repertoire.  We loved it as a family but we never referred to it as pot roast.  I never knew what pot roast was growing up.  Why?  Because instead of calling this dish pot roast, my mom referred to it as "stringy beef".  She served stringy beef just as you see it above.  The meat was shredded and … [Read more...]

Pineapple Vodka Martini

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Have you ever had one of those weeks?  This one has been building for quite a while and the reason it was rough doesn't really matter.  The week happened.  What makes a week like that bearable???   A friend to watch movies with, eat good food with and a friend to make drinks with. My friend stopped over with a few different vodkas and some mixes and we had some fun … [Read more...]

Speedy Dijon Dill Sauce

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It happened...it finally happened.  Surprise!  Guests for dinner and not a plan in mind.  Has this happened to you before?   I am sure it has.  I had some salmon on hand and was thinking of just serving them plain with some rice - ugh - so boring.   Then I remembered this quick sauce that I used to make when I was alone and wanted a little indulgence without … [Read more...]