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Michelle’s Quinoa Salad

Michelle’s Quinoa Salad

It took me a while to fall in love with quinoa, but I’m happy to say that we are now close friends. For best savory results, sauté quinoa with onion and olive oil before boiling. Also see below for other quinoa tips. Then you can make this delicious, nutritious, and gorgeous salad—and won’t you be […]

Caprese Sandwiches

Caprese Sandwiches

My girlfriend, Teri, is actually the wonderful chef who introduced me to these tasty sandwiches. It was love at first sight…taste…whatever. My girls and I (my son is not a tomato fan—go figure) have been hooked on caprese sandwiches ever since we wolfed ’em down at the party where Teri and I first met. This […]

Baked Apples

Baked Apples

My daughter made these the other night and reminded us all how simple, fresh recipes are usually the best!   Ingredients: 3-6 fresh apples, sliced Few table spoons of real maple syrup Few shakes of cinnamon. Directions: Place sliced apples into baking dish. Drizzle with maple syrup, gently mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 […]

Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Ingredients: 15 oz can Garbanzo (chick peas), drained and rinsed 8 oz (½ can) white beans (navy, northern, any will do), drained and rinsed ¼ cup tahini paste ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (I squeezed one large lemon) 3-4 tbsp. olive oil, plus a little more for on top when finished, if you like 3-4 […]

Potato Vegetable Soup

Potato Vegetable Soup

What to do with those post-Thanksgiving leftovers? If you included a ham on your table, save the bone, and check this out… I’ve been hesitant to share this recipe because it looks intimidating with the multi-steps, but it is seriously easy-peasy. Trust me. This is a HONKIN’ sized recipe perfect for a house full of […]

Michelle’s Pumpkin Waffles

Michelle’s Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles!! I cannot write the name of this recipe without at least two of these: !! I also cannot make this recipe without doubling it—thus the mountain of pumpkin waffles featured today. Why make a mountain of waffles? Because they keep in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for far longer—and if you’re […]

Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Those Greeks got it goin’ on in the food department. I mean seriously: the olives, the meats, the vegetables; pita dipped in the most delicious sauces… which brings us to this month’s recipe from my house to yours. As the rest of the country is sliding into fall, here in the foothills of Southern California we have […]

Whiskey Chops

Whiskey Chops

Oh my goodness, these are sooooo good. OK.  Whiskey Chops. Ingredients: 4 pork chops with bone (always, ALWAYS with bone) ¼-½ cup whiskey (depending on your, uh, target audience) ¼ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup honey 2 tbsp. soy sauce 1 medium onion, sliced 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed 1-2 whole fresh peaches, sliced Slug of […]

Shake Up Your Summer

Shake Up Your Summer

Raise your hand if you don’t like a real homemade milkshake—nobody’s hand should be up! I love cold delicious shakes, but am always looking for recipe alternatives that cut the calories without cutting the flavor. I like to add fresh fruit because it’s healthy, available, and can “bulk up” the drink in a nutritious snap. […]

Michelle’s Hearty Summer Salad

Michelle’s Hearty Summer Salad

Lazy days of summer… not! My kiddos are keeping me busy this summer. Apparently it takes some serious fuel to keep three kids chugging along under the the So Cal sun (who knew?) because all I hear between swimming lessons, bike riding, and friends, friends, friends is “We’re hungry!” This salad is a good staple […]

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