Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a fairly simple salad with just a few ingredients involved.  A good dressing is what makes it remarkable.  This is a different take on the classic Caesar salad which contains anchovies and a touch of mayonnaise in the dressing in place of raw eggs. Avocado is also added into the mix to […]
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Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a super simple, minimally prepared salad that is a classic in the summer when tomatoes are at its best. A great Caprese salad depends on the quality of its ingredients – sweet and juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella that is soft and creamy, and fresh basil to liven things up. Also, a good […]
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Garlic-Herb Chicken

This is an easy way to transform your rather plain chicken and make a stunning dish with a simple marinade of herbs, onion, and garlic. Cooking chicken should be effortless and not complicated, right? However, that is not always the case. It is actually easy to screw up chicken, by overcooking and drying it out. […]
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Grain and Bean Salad

A delicious and hearty salad, one that will make you feel fuller longer.  This grain and bean salad is not a mere side dish or an introduction to your entree, but substantial enough to become a meal of its own.  It is also a great portable salad to bring to picnics or potlucks.   The […]
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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara is a delicious pasta dish you can whip up in 15 minutes. It is rich and creamy (with no cream) but made with simple ingredients – eggs, bacon, cheese and a generous amount of black pepper. So easy to make that you can have it for breakfast (to inspire you to get out of […]
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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

As we anticipate summer, we start thinking about picnics and backyard parties. Then comes packing picnic baskets or prepping dishes to bring to potlucks or cookouts. Salads (or desserts) usually come to mind. Something that travels well and easy to put together are ideal. Delicious is a must. This Mediterranean orzo salad is one of many simple, creative and […]
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Chicken and Mushroom Stir-Fry

A better-than-takeout recipe for a fast and delicious Chinese meal. I used a combination of cremini, oyster and portabella mushrooms Ingredients Chicken Marinade: 1 lb chicken (dark or white meat), cut into thin slices 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1 Tbsp water 1 Tbsp oil (canola, vegetable or peanut oil) Salt & pepper, to taste Aromatics & […]
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Citrusy White Sangria

A light and refreshing sangria with white wine, liqueur and citrus.   Ingredients 1 750-ml dry white wine  (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio) 1/4 cup triple sec (or other orange liqueur or brandy) 2 oranges, juiced (I used navel and cara cara) 1 orange, sliced  2 lemons, juiced (I used pink and regular lemons) 1 lemon, […]
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