Vibrant Vegetarian Casserole with Perfect Brown Rice

We’ve had a new addition to the family – last week I was able to visit my lil sis, her son and his wife, and a brand new baby grand-nephew. It was truly a week of excesses, traveling, graduations, Memorial Day.

Vibrant Vegetarian Casserole with Perfect Brown Rice
Vibrant Vegetarian Casserole with Perfect Brown Rice

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Three Berry Shortcakes

There are shortcakes, and then there are shortcakes, and these Three Berry Shortcakes are the latter – an absolute show stopper of a summer dessert. Wait, this is more than a dessert, this is an extravaganza.

Three Berry Shortcakes

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Pho Ga, Vietnamese Noodle Soup . $5.23

Chicken Soup – it’s so familiar to so many cultures – I had to try my hand at Pho Ga. Rich golden broth and rice noodles make the backbone of the soup, but it’s the garnishes that make the meal.

Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Soup
Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Soup

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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (Cacik or Tzatziki)

Cacik has a million different uses. A gorgeous Cucumber Yogurt sauce, flavored with dill or mint, it can be used for a dip for pita, kebabs, fresh vegetables. It can be used as a fresh salad dressing or eaten as a salad.

Cacik
Cacik

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Turkish Rice Pilaf

There are a ton of different pilafs from a ton of countries – and most of them rely on method and a few aromatics, maybe a handful of herbs and a few spices.  Most don’t take but a minute or two more time than a boxed version – Turkish Rice Pilaf will take about 25 minutes.

Turkish Rice Pilaf
Turkish Rice Pilaf

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Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad

Curious about what to serve with my favorite Yogurt Marinated Shish Kebabs, I did a bit of searching. I was inspired by a Turkish recipe, Ezme. Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Onion and spices, all mashed together in a side dish/condiment.

Bell Pepper & Tomato Salad
Bell Pepper & Tomato Salad

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Yogurt Marinated Shish Kebabs & Bell Pepper Salad

Now that summer grilling season is here, think about this simple, healthy recipe. The flavor is outstanding; interesting with the faintest hint of heat and the marinade ensures they are tender and moist, even when using breast meat. I’ve had this on my list of things to make since I saw it in a 2009 Bon Appetit and am so glad I pulled it out and made them.

Yogurt Marinated Shish Kebobs
Yogurt Marinated Shish Kebobs

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