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Dec 24

Gluten Free for Grandma: XMAS Eve Menu

Making cookies for Santa on xmas eve has become a family tradition. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease so this year’s festivities call for a gluten free menu. No problem! AppetizersGF Chicken Fingers with Chili Mayo and Honey Mustard Dipping SaucesShrimp-Pineapple Skewers* Main CourseMustard Roasted SalmonBrown Rice Pasta with Arugula PestoSauteed Green Beans DessertGluten Free Sugar Cookies (King Arthur has a great recipe on box of GF Baking…

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Dec 13

Dinner in a Flash: Pita Bread Pizza

No need for take-out on a busy weeknight. This healthy, kid-friendly dinner comes together in minutes. Pita Bread PizzaServes: 4 4 (6-in) piece whole-wheat pita breads 1 cup marinara sauce, pesto sauce or 2 sliced plum tomatoes 1 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded Topping suggestions: fresh veggies, basil leaves, part skim ricotta, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, roasted shrimp, grilled chicken breast  Preheat oven to 400°F. Place pita bread on a…

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Nov 24

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin-Cranberry BreadMakes 1 loaf (12 slices) Ingredients:2 cups all purpose flour1 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup light brown sugar1 large egg, beaten½ cup canola oil¼ cup applesauce½ cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract½ can pumpkin puree3 cups fresh cranberries 1 tablespoon turbinado or sparkling sugar (optional)Nonstick cooking spray Directions:Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray…

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Nov 13

Microwave Breakfast

My house is under (major) construction and every day something different is being turned off. Last night it was the gas – and just like that I am stove-less. I managed dinner – homemade baked fish sticks and roasted potatoes and cauliflower. Oatmeal in the microwave was simple enough for the kids this morning but I was really in the mood for eggs…… Place leftover roasted potatoes in a microwave…

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Oct 10

Asiago-Bruschetta Burgers

  With some delicious inspiration from my garden and Sartori Cheese, I whipped up the best tasting burger I’ve had in a long time! Asiago-Bruschetta Burgers Serves 4 Ingredients:1 pound ground beef (90% lean)3 large tomatoes, quartered½ glove garlic2 tablespoons chopped red onion½ cup fresh basil leaves1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 4, 1-ounce slices Asiago cheese (Sartori Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago recommended)4 whole-wheat rolls Kosher salt…

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Oct 04

Perfecting Homemade Pizza

About 4 years ago I decided that Friday night would be pizza night in our house. I’ve been experimenting with recipes ever since. The dough, the toppings, the cooking method. With inspiration from this Tyler Florence recipe I have come up with the perfect formula for whole wheat dough – toss on some fresh sauce and seasonal toppings and dinner is ready is less than 30 minutes. From scratch pizza…

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Sep 04

The Best Salsa You’ve Ever Had Is 2 Minutes Away

Ok – I have no choice but to be tomato-obsessed this time of year. Fresh salsa is always delicious but a little time consuming to do all that chopping. Here is my answer – get out the food processor. Start with fresh tomatoes (please note, my daughter’s little fingers stealing them faster than I can pick ’em!). Process red onion, jalapeno pepper and garlic first to give them a head…

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Aug 23

Top Tomato Tips (and Recipes!)

My garden is bursting with all kinds of tomatoes. What to do (and not do) with all of them?! What a lovely dilemma! 1) Make Tomato Jam – Serve with sharp cheddar and crusty bread. 2) Try the ugly ones. Sometimes the tastiest tomatoes are the bizarre looking ones. See my Heirloom Tomato Taste Test 3) Experiment! You know tomatoes taste fabulous with basil, but they’re just as delish with…

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Aug 14

EZ Side Dishes: Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Saute

This low calorie dish is bursting with summer flavors. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet. Add sliced zucchini and corn kernels (just cut off the cob); season with salt, pepper and fresh oregano. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes until veggies are tender. Turn off heat — add cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve warm or at room temp.

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Aug 09

Asian Cucumber Salad

With so many cukes coming in from my garden, this 3-ingredient recipe is a family favorite. It’s inspired by the best gardener I know, my mother-in-law. Serve as a side dish and stack leftovers on sandwiches and wraps.   Asian Cucumber SaladServes 6 6 cups sliced thinly cucumbers2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamariPinch kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine ingredients in…

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