Conquering the deep freeze- 5 foods to heat up any dish

January 9, 2011

A trip to the warehouse club can be a dangerous thing if you own a chest freezer.  One moment you’re innocently walking down an aisle buying a package of toilet paper, and the next thing you know– you have a 48-pack of mini quiche sitting in your deep freezer.  How long has it been there? […]

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Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

June 2, 2009

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been spending much of my spare time working in the yard. I’m thrilled with the way everything is turning out; the flowers are beautiful, my herbs and starter plants are doing well and my newly-decorated deck looks great. The yard definitely […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

March 24, 2009

I usually don’t use vegetable stock. Chicken broth is an excellent substitute, and it usually costs much less. For some reason, our grocery stores don’t carry generic or reduced-sodium vegetable stock. Now that it’s Lent, I have needed vegetable stock for several recipes. It seemed foolish to pay $1 or more for vegetable-flavored water, when […]

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Cavatelli and Broccoli

February 17, 2009

I got this Cavatelli and Broccoli recipe from a friend of mine whose Italian cooking is second to none. It’s one of my favorite vegetarian dinners. It is very easy to make, and the only tip I have is to make sure to use fresh broccoli! It really just isn’t the same without that crisp […]

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Asparagus and Ravioli with Dijon Alfredo Sauce

February 1, 2009

I’ve been making this recipe for Dijon Alfredo Sauce for years. My husband and I stumbled across this on when we were searching for a cream sauce to go along with a bottle of Gew?rztraminer that we had picked up. The Dijon mustard adds an interesting bite to the creamy Alfredo sauce and complements […]

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Black Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas

January 13, 2009

I pulled this recipe for Black Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas from a Cooking Light magazine. The vegetable filling provides a nice change from some of the more typical meat-heavy Mexican dishes. This is a relatively time consuming recipe, but the resulting meal is well worth the effort. The enchilada sauce requires 30 minutes of […]

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January 9, 2009

Preparation for this dish requires a great deal of chopping, but the results are well worth it. Ratatouille is an interesting way to incorporate many different kinds of vegetables into a meal. This is yet another meal that I found inspiration for on My finished product is somewhat saucier than the original. I have […]

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Black Bean Chili

January 7, 2009

Since I have concluded my baking marathon, I’ve decided to return my focus to regularly cooking filling, flavorful, wholesome meals. I found this Black Bean Chili recipe on a few years ago. My husband was initially skeptical about trying a chili recipe with no meat. His fears were allayed when he found that this […]

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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

November 20, 2008

Since our evening was quite busy, my husband and I opted to have appetizers for dinner. We both love Mexican food. It’s tasty, fun to make and pairs perfectly with a yummy margarita. We decided that quesadillas would be a quick, filling appetizer-for-dinner. I adapted this recipe from the “Black Bean Quesadilla” recipe in Favorite […]

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