Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pasta - super easy, super fast, super fresh.

So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta

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Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans - simple enough for every day; elegant enough for company! There are potatoes, too, making it a complete meal. Try it with artichokes in the spring!

A gorgeous dish, it really should have a fancy name…a little wine, lemon and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes spark up gorgeous green beans, chicken and a few potatoes. Fingerling potatoes or Yukons are perfect but a red potato makes a great budget stand in. And everything is napped with that bright sauce. Shhh…don’t tell anyone how simple this dish is and they’ll think you’re a genius.

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

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Spicy Korean Meatballs

Spicy Korean Meatballs

Fun little appetizer sized spicy Korean meatballs. They're tossed in a sweet/spicy glaze.

These pretty little meatballs with a bit of a Korean kick & a sweet/spicy glaze are just fun, fun, fun. They’d also be great for game day or an appetizer at any party – but can I just mention Super Bowl?! It’s coming right up and you’ll want these. Even if you don’t know you do, yet, you’re gonna want them!

Spicy Korean Meatballs

Spicy Korean Meatballs

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Essential Oven Roasted Cauliflower

This is the recipe you want for roasted cauliflower! So simple, so good.

I’m a cauliflower lover and roasting is my favorite way to cook it. It’s crisp/tender, and the roasting really brings out the best in cauliflower. I’ll eat it just as is, on its own, dress it up for a fancier side or use it as a part of another recipe. Heck, I’ll eat it like some people eat popcorn!

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

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Salmon en Papillote

Salmon en Papillote

So January has rolled around and so has my annual attempt to eat healthy. Are you with me? At least for a while, anyway? Besides, this Salmon en Papillote is so lovely, you won’t even care whether its healthy or not.

Salmon en Papillote

Salmon en Papillote – this will keep cooking inside the packet, so open immediately

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Stupid Simple French Fries great oven baked fries!

Stupid Simple French Fries

Stupid Simple trick to getting fantastic fries baked in the oven = almost as easy as tearing open a freezer bag but so much better!

First of all, I’m just not that much of a French Fry fan. I think they’re okay, don’t get me wrong, and every once in awhile I have one that’s great. But that one great one ruins every other French Fry for me for a long time. And Frozen French Fries? I’m a hater. It’s a strong word, hater, but it’s true.

Stupid Simple French Fries great oven baked fries!

Stupid Simple French Fries

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes - so simple & so good. The big surprise? Those tomatoes steal the show.

As summer morphs into fall, it’s fun to make recipes that still take advantage of the abundance of tomatoes out there (yes, it’s me again – the tomato lady, lol!) but to give them a heartier twist. And when that twist includes easy boneless-chicken breast and a simple balsamic vinegar reduction? Well, count me in.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Tomatoes

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Old Bay Substitute

Old Bay Substitute

When I wanted to make my Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (how’s that for a teaser?!) I wanted to use some Old Bay Seasoning. Well, I have some at home (probably ancient – I DO live in the Midwest, after all) but none here at the folk’s. In the middle of nowhere. In South Dakota. It’s rather dry here, not to mention landlocked with very few lakes.

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

 

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Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Coladas. They’re so good. Sweet, but good. What if you could make a fruit salad that had all the flavor (but none of the booze) of a Pina Colada? I’d drink to that. And the fruit in this salad, especially the bananas and pineapple, play so nicely with the lovely coconut flavors of the Pina Colada mix. Whoaa – mix? Yeah, mix.

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

This Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread has become a new fave at our house - maybe at yours, too?

I love that Quick Breads just seem to scream “good home cooking” don’t you? They’re great for all kinds of occasions: when company is dropping by, for brunch, or maybe to take to the office or to a family who needs a bit of a boost. This would make anyone feel better, at least while they’re eating it!

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

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