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Tip of the Week!! ((Faux-made Pickles))

Tip of the Week!! ((Faux-made Pickles))

Pickles!! Pickles!! Pickles!! Three cheers for pickles! If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen some of my pictures, hinting at this TotW. I am in love with this tip for a few reasons:

Brown Sugar & Soy Glazed Green Beans with Pecans

Brown Sugar & Soy Glazed Green Beans with Pecans

When it comes to making meals, I seem to have an unlimited stock of ideas. But sides? That is an entirely different story. I work so hard on the main-dish, I often find I have over-looked the items that turn a main dish into a meal…

Ranch & 3-Cheese Creamy Rice –“Faux-sotto”

Ranch & 3-Cheese Creamy Rice –“Faux-sotto”

This simple side-dish is a perfect addition to any meal. Rich, velvety & flavorful, it really tastes like it should be much harder to make than it is. It tastes so much like a creamy slow-cooked risotto — I can’t help but call it “Faux-sotto”. No need to hover over a hot pan stirring your life away! Just cover the rice – let it steam to perfection & add a short list of simple & delicious ingredients…your family will never know what hit them! Continue reading Ranch & 3-Cheese Creamy Rice –“Faux-sotto”

Mexican-Style Cream Corn

Mexican-Style Cream Corn

Mexican night has been on our lake dinner menu for as long as I can remember – and it’s a pretty big deal for our clan.  Even though we love our Mexican food  – we are committed to keeping it simple, because food is not…

Masa Coated “Healthi”-fried Yellow Summer Squash & Garden-fresh Parsley

Masa Coated “Healthi”-fried Yellow Summer Squash & Garden-fresh Parsley

One of my favorite summer sides is fried yellow squash. In the summer, grandpa always had an abundance of yellow summer squash & brought a sack ((or 2)) crammed full every time he & grandma came for a visit. Mom sliced it & tossed it in…

Dad’s Favorite Macaroni Salad ((Just in time for Father’s Day!!))

Dad’s Favorite Macaroni Salad ((Just in time for Father’s Day!!))

Every time I think of this macaroni salad, a scene plays over in my mind. It isn’t an exciting scene, nor is it monumental in forming me into who I am today. But it is still quietly and comfortingly present every single time I recall this recipe. I can see my dad, sitting in ‘his spot’ at the head of the dining table. Continue reading Dad’s Favorite Macaroni Salad ((Just in time for Father’s Day!!))

Oven-Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips

Oven-Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips

Just when you thought you’d tasted all the land of zucchini has to offer, curry moves into the neighborhood & things will never be the same!

Cucumber-Yogurt Dipping Sauce ((made light))

Cucumber-Yogurt Dipping Sauce ((made light))

About 6 weeks ago, I was given a mission…’create a healthier/lightened-up version of Cucumber Yogurt salad dressing’. I finally got a minute to work it out & as a major (purposeful) bonus I pared it with my Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs. ((it was beyond yum)).

Not Your Average Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips

Not Your Average Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips

It is always a sign I have a recipe superstar when:

  1. I forget to take a picture before eating half of the food.
  2. David eats another handful ((a long-time hater of squash-like foods)) muttering mmm’s all the way out the door.
  3. I have to ‘hide’ it from myself for fear of eating every last bite. (Hey, healthy or not – that can’t be good for the ‘winter-coat shed of 2014!’)

Continue reading Not Your Average Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips

Lime Cilantro & Jalapeño Salad ((serve with curry…if you please))

Lime Cilantro & Jalapeño Salad ((serve with curry…if you please))

I recently invented the wheel. It was hard but somebody had to do it…Life will be so much brighter & simpler for all of humanity. Okay, as you know, I did no such thing – but even three days later, I am still beaming about…

Tartar Sauce made lite!! ((and a fishing story))

Tartar Sauce made lite!! ((and a fishing story))

Seems like Memorial Day and fish fry’s are our tradition. Striper is what we have most of  –  but I am hearing whispers of Crappie being part of this year’s fry day! Yum, Crappie is my all time favorite — more because of a memory, but…

Grilled Broccoli for Mother’s Day!

Grilled Broccoli for Mother’s Day!

We had such a tasty Mother’s Day meal – all prepped, planned & executed by hubby. Continue reading Grilled Broccoli for Mother’s Day!