Stuffed Squash

Stuffed Squash squareThe Autumnal Equinox is here! I am ready for cooler weather and hearty slow cooked foods.

What I am not ready for is Pumpkin Everything!!!

Ugh, it has been everywhere for the last month: on my newsfeed, on my blog hops, in the grocery store. Enough already. There are so many other delicious squashes out there that deserve some love.

Carnival, buttercup, acorn, kabocha, Blue Hubbard, sweet dumpling, delicata, butternut.  Oh yum!

If you are feeling adventurous, pick up one of those and make this simple scrumptious Stuffed Squash.

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Easy Black Beans and Rice

Easy Black Beans and RiceWe have been in a food rut lately, especially side dishes. Rice (brown or white), potatoes (baked, fried, mashed) and pasta. YAWN!

While converting the old recipes from the original site to the new format, I came across these Easy Black Beans and Rice.

This can be made as a side dish as well as a great vegetarian main dish because black beans and rice together make a complete protein.

And if you make extra rice one night like I always do, this cooks up in about 15 minutes. Even if you have to cook the rice in another 5 minutes you could have these instead. Continue reading

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Pesto Fries

I remember the first time I had Garlic Fries. I trudged all the way around Qualcomm Stadium asking everyone I saw with them where to find them. Then all the way back to my seat. But, oh my! was it worth it. It almost made up for the Chargers beating my Niners that day. Almost.

But, do you know what is even better than Garlic Fries?

Pesto Fries


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Foil Wrapped Salmon and Vegetables

foil wrapped salmon and vegetablesConfession time: I am afraid to cook fish.

If I mess up $3 a pound chicken I can somewhat come to grips with that. But, $19 a pound salmon fillet. No way! I would be devastated for days.

While strolling through the store this week I spied a wild caught Keta salmon fillet for about $6 a pound. Okay, let’s do this!

I had been thinking about making “something” in foil packets one of these days. So last night was the night for both: Foil Wrapped Salmon and Vegetables. Continue reading

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French Onion Soup

French Onion SoupWith just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand you can quickly whip up this warm and hearty French Onion Soup to serve as a first course or even a main course.

The idea came to me when I was cleaning out the freezer to get ready for the new appliances. I made a batch of beef broth with some bones I had been saving. But one pint jar didn’t seal. I hate it when that happens, but it gave me a chance to make this yummy soup. Continue reading

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White Chocolate Cran-Oat Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oat CookiesToday is the first Thursday of the month so that means it is time for another installment of Fill The Cookie Jar, when some amazing bloggers get together and make cookies based on a monthly theme. Our September theme is “Fall”.

Ah, Fall.

When the days start to shorten and the weather begins to cool. Unless you live in California where the weather NEVER seems to cool. But, let’s pretend it is actually a chilly morning for argument’s sake, shall we? On those mornings nothing is better to me than a nice bowl of oatmeal.

So, I knew I was making some kind of oatmeal cookie. But Oatmeal Scotchies or Oatmeal Raisin seemed a bit overdone. Pecans are a fall crop, but I am saving that for November’s theme. Wait a minute, not raisins, but Craisins! (not a sponsor). Cranberries are a fall crop. And what is that in my cupboard next to the dried cranberries? White Chocolate. Ladies and gentleman, we have a cookie: White Chocolate Cranberry Oat Cookies!

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Are you overdue for new appliances?

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I am notoriously frugal. I pinch pennies so hard, Lincoln screams like a 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert (translation for non-Americans: I really don’t like to spend money). And here I am about to tell you to spend thousands of dollars replacing perfectly good kitchen appliances. Sort of.

The worst thing that can happen with major appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher and range) is not that they break down at an inconvenient time and you have to do without while you go shopping for a new one. It isn’t even that you might have to over pay because you need to buy when they are not on sale.

No, the worst thing is they cause fire or flood damage. Trust me. Learn from my painful experience. Continue reading

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Tomato Preserves

tomato preservesDo you have too many tomatoes and are running out of things to make? Salsa, Caprese Salad, spaghetti sauce, Pasta alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes are all great, but …

Or has the weather started to turn cold where you are and you are worried you will have unripened tomatoes? Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Tomato Chow Chow or even Green Tomato Bread are all possibilities.

But, I just made a recipe that you probably never thought of trying before: Tomato Preserves.

That’s right, a sweet jam made with tomato instead of berries, stone fruit or just about any other fruit you would normally associate with jam.

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Berry Hibiscus Cooler

Berry Hibiscus CoolerTechnically this is not a copycat recipe from a certain chain of coffee houses that shall remain nameless, you know, the omnipresent one that is on almost every street corner, mall and grocery store these days. Their Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is made with fresh blackberries and “a boost of natural energy from Green Coffee Extract”.

Mine is a tisane, a fancy word for an herbal tea without caffeine. And it has a deep rich beautiful color and you can use any berry, fresh or frozen, that you desire. And you can make it sugar free if you desire.

And it is considerably cheaper than the coffee house version. Even if you add in some green coffee extract.

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Perfect Cream Scones – Cookbook Club Reviewers

Have I got some awesome recipes for you this week! This month the Cookbook Club Reviewers decided to review The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond. Each of us were supposed to make two recipes from the cookbook and write about it. I know I wasn’t the only one that made more than two. Link ups to some of the other reviews are below as well as a chance to win your very own copy of the book, so be sure to check that out. First recipe up is Perfect Cream Scones. In the book she also offers variations for Lemon Rosemary Scones and Maple Bacon Scones. I ended up making all three! Pioneer Woman's Maple Bacon Scones Continue reading

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