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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 […]

Pasta with Broccolini & Chicken

Pasta with Broccolini & Chicken

Local farmer’s markets have broccolini on the shelves right now.  Flavor is a cross between broccoli and asparagus, and can be used in dishes using either vegetable. Here’s one of our favorites! Ingredients: 2 bunches fresh broccolini, rough-chopped (approx. 2½-3 cups) 2-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced (I, of course, used five) 5 tablespoons olive oil […]

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

In case you haven’t heard, tumeric is not only delicious, it’s a very healthy addition to our diet. “Yellow” rice, famously Indian, may be made with saffron also—but tumeric is far less expensive and just as tasty! Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1-2 tbsp. butter (optional) 1 cup basmati or jasmin white rice 2 cups […]

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