Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

January kind of gets me down. All the celebrations (and food) from Thanksgiving through Christmas and even New Year’s, then that “What have I done feeling” when it’s all over. Then there are the New Year’s Resolutions. And the cold. And even though every day brings another minute or so of light, the dark, dreary winter. But sometimes, there’s an opportunity to inject a little sunshine into your life, and this Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette is just that.

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Lemon Yogurt Dressing - three ingredients

Lemon Yogurt Dressing

This simple dressing started out as kind of a made up thing, and has since become a favorite. It doesn’t have any sweetness to it at all, and a quick taste might lead you to be a bit doubtful, but it transforms once it hits a salad. It’s creamy goodness reminds me a bit of what I think Ranch should taste like.

Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Lemon Yogurt Dressing

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Healthy Harvest Salad

Healthy Harvest Salad

Such a classic - shaved pears and apples and a home-made dressing

I was first introduced to Harvest Salad at a friend’s house and immediately took to the crunch of pears and apples combined with the crisp lettuce, the chewy dried cranberries and the lovely dressing…I’ve since “remade” not only the salad but the recipe here in my home and in doing so, made it not only a bit healthier but also the most decadent Harvest Salad you’re ever likely to eat.

Healthy Harvest Salad

Healthy Harvest Salad

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Basque Chicken - Poulet Basquaise, chicken, wine, ,peppers, piperade, sausage

Poulet Basquaise – Basque Chicken over Rice

Poulet Basquaise - traditional Basque Chicken is a one skillet meal

Let’s take you back to 1969:  Jack LaLanne was on every afternoon, followed by the very dashing Galloping Gourmet. We know him today as Graham Kerr, and I can still see him flitting about the kitchen. One day he made Basque Chicken and my baby sister, who must have been around six, begged Mom to make this dish. Poulet Basquaise became a family favorite – I hope it becomes one of yours, too.

Basque Chicken - Poulet Basquaise, chicken, wine, ,peppers, piperade, sausage

Basque Chicken – Poulet Basquaise

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Ratatouille

Here’s the thing about Ratatouille – it’s originally a Provencal vegetable stew, and like any stew, just calls out for the personalized touch. Don’t like eggplant – who cares? Peppers aren’t your thing? Use something else. I think you’ll love this version, roughly adapted from Tyler Florence. We do.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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