Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes (URS: Chef’s Choice)

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If you’re the chef, you get to decide what’s for dinner. Share a favorite recipe with us and check out how I give leftovers new life. This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. What that means is that I’ve been trying to make good use of the things that we already have in the pantry, […]

Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Salads)

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Summer salads are a great way to eat well on these hot summer days. Try out this Cannellini Bowtie Pasta that comes together in a flash. A few weeks ago I boasted how moderate the temps are here in San Diego. I spoke too soon. You knew that would happen, right? Last week it felt […]

Grilled Pizza (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cooking Out)

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Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Cooking out doesn’t have to be limited to meats and burgers. Try grilling pizza. The first time we grilled pizza was about five kids and ten years ago. It was amazing! And then we didn’t do it again for quite some time. Last summer we took […]

Sorbet Punch (URS: Bridal & Baby Showers)

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Sorbet, juice, and club soda combine for a refreshing punch, perfect for showers and other special occasions. This time of year is one in which I got married and years later had several babies. That also means that it is bridal and baby shower season — at least in my memories. One lovely shower recipe […]

Making Affordable Homemade Ice Cream (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert)

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

Believe it or not, homemade ice cream not only tastes better than store bought, but the cost analysis is comparable. Imagine all the custom-made concoctions you can enjoy this summer! I’ve always loved the flavor and fun of homemade ice cream. It tastes so much better than store bought. And there is such excitement when […]

Cajun Spiced Cauliflower (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Spring Produce)

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Spice up your life — and your cauliflower with Cajun-inspired spices. Even though it took hours of preparation and only minutes to eat, I must say that this year’s Easter dinner was pretty fab. Honeybaked Ham (recipe created on the fly), Tastiest Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus, and Cajun Spiced Cauliflower were on display. And it was […]

Jesus Cookies for Easter (Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies)

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We started a new tradition this year. It’s one that I’ve been wanting to do for years. But, somehow, something always got in the way. This year, I seized the day. We baked and decorated Jesus Cookies for Easter. In Christmases Past, at least the last 12 of them, we’ve baked Jesus Cookies in December, […]

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Sandwich (URS: Breakfast)

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Hard cooked eggs and toast make a fabulous base for an easily assembled and highly portable breakfast sandwich. Breakfast can be a tricky meal. It’s the most important, but it’s also happening at a busy time. Mornings can be a rush. Somedays, I get the kids fed, but forget to feed the Mama. That’s when […]