Monthly Archives: April 2012

Crispy Baked Chicken Taquitos with Pinto Beans

This dish could be called Slow Cooker Chicken and Beans.  It started out that way, then sort of morphed into taquitos.  Spraying the taquitos with cooking spray and baking them gave them a nice crunchy texture without the added fat … Continue reading

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Creamy Cauliflower Bake

Here’s a great way to use up leftover steamed cauliflower.  The panko gives it a nice crispy crust and the mozzarella cheese doesn’t hurt either! 1 C. steamed cauliflower, chopped 1 egg, beaten 1/4 C. plus 2 T. shredded mozzarella … Continue reading

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Nolan’s Asparagus Fettuccine

I’m told this dish got my young friend Nolan to eat asparagus…and like it!  The asparagus curls are thin and flexible like a noodle and can be slurped up right along with the pasta. 1/2 lb. asparagus spears salt 1 … Continue reading

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Hoisin Duck Wraps

If you are looking to cut back on red meat, duck is a great alternative.  It’s rich and satisfying but has less saturated fat and duck contains more iron per serving than many other meats, including chicken, turkey, Cornish game … Continue reading

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Homemade Cola

When I read the list of ingredients for making homemade cola I couldn’t believe that in combination they would really create the flavor I expect cola to be.  The fragrance is what I noticed first.  When this mixture was steeping, … Continue reading

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Pepperoni Chicken Roll Ups

My kids love pizza, but I get a little tired of it sometimes.  I had some chicken tenders in the freezer and the makings for pizza, so I came up with these yummy roll-ups.  Easy, simple, your kids will love … Continue reading

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Lavender Lemon Drop

This drink started out with a G rating.  I made a batch of lavender lemonade to serve at a party.  Then I saw an icy bottle of vodka in the freezer.  The drink quickly became rated R. Lavender Simple Syrup … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa

Turn on the slow cooker on your way out the door.  Come home and spend 5 minutes throwing together this simple salsa, and you’ve got a healthy and flavorful meal in no time.  Taco night is all about the toppings… … Continue reading

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White Bean Crostini

A terrific, quick, vegan appetizer.  You can make this with any canned bean and fresh herb combination.  Get creative!  When toasting the crostini you want them a little bit charred.  The nearly-burnt edges give it tons of flavor. 1 baguette … Continue reading

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Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry

Here is a fresh, tasty, and vegan way to prepare stir fried greens.  I find baby bok choy in bags at Asian grocery stores.  They are about three or four inches long and so adorable your kids might even try … Continue reading

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