Spanakopita

In the small Iowa town I grew up in, we had one Greek family – the Grandmother of the family lived across the street from us, and my sister is forever best friends with one of her grandchildren.

Spanakopita
Spanakopita

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Classic Vegetable Soup, Perfected with “Crusty” Bread

Now that fall is nipping at us here and there in Minnesota, I can’t help but think “soup!” As far as a budget friendly and healthy meal, there’s hardly anything that can beat a Vegetable Soup – and it’s such a classic, it doesn’t even read “budget” or “healthy,” it just reads “Good!”

Classic Vegetable Soup, Perfected
Classic Vegetable Soup, Perfected

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Chicken Piccata

When I think of Chicken Piccata, it’s easy to think “Old School Italian,” and images of long simmering red sauces and white tablecloths come to mind. Although it’s a classic, there’s nothing “Old School” about this fresh, vibrant dish – even better it literally takes minutes to make.

Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata

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Jerk Chicken Breasts

We’re deep into fall but still having those marvelous summery days and chilly evenings. Love that, seriously. Except when I wake up and it’s cold, cold, cold! Jerk chicken will just make you forget all that. Serve it with a fun salsa and some sweet potato fries and you’ve got a party on your hands!

Jerk Chicken Breasts, shown here with Pineapple Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Fries
Jerk Chicken Breasts, shown here with Pineapple Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Fries

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Stupid Simple Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s tried dozens of different and increasingly complicated ways to get oven baked Sweet Potato fries to come out right. I almost gave up on the idea of a crispy Sweet Potato Fry when I tried one more method – and it is so easy it’s “stupid” simple.

Stupid Simple Sweet Potato Fries - They're actually crispy!
Stupid Simple Sweet Potato Fries – They’re actually crispy!

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Mango or Papaya Salsa

There is something about a Mango or Papaya Salsa with spicy foods, like my Jerk Chicken – it lends just the right cooling effect. Add a little spice or hot pepper and it turns fiery, itself. Either way:  delicious, easy and cost-effective.

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Cracked Black Pepper and Honeydew Sorbet

It’s been such an obscenely hot summer I’ve been looking for lots of ways to cool off. I posted Strawberry Sorbet and my Lemon (or Lemon Thyme) Buttermilk Popsicles, and I’m at it again – Cracked Black Pepper Honeydew Sorbet. Yeah, this is another of weird flavor combination but it really works – the flecks of pepper dance off your tongue and give interest to the sweet, fruity honeydew flavor.

Cracked Black Pepper Honey Dew Sorbet
Cracked Black Pepper Honey Dew Sorbet

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