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Salad with Cranberries & Feta (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cool Foods)

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a Fourth of July recipe. How fun! This week we’re talking cool food. Last summer I shared my version of Creamy Layers Gelatin, made with ice cream instead of Cool Whip. This week has me leaning toward a favorite salad of mine that couldn’t be simpler to prepare. And […]

Rice Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Allergies/Special Diet)

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Many moms face the challenge of adapting their kitchen habits to accomodate food allergies or special diets within their families. It’s usually a question of good health, if not life and death that is at stake. So, although it can be a huge bummer, it is an important accomodation to make. Glutton that I am, […]

Greens with Fruit, Nuts & Cheese (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Your Favorite Recipe Ever)

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It’s hard to limit myself to one favorite recipe. There are a myriad of them stored in my cookbook cupboard, in the archives here, and on my food blog. FishBoy12 likes to pose the question, “What would you most like to eat right now?” Ah, a man after my own heart! And dependent on what […]

A Salad Buffet (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Salad’s On!)

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Summer is the perfect occasion for salads. It’s cool and crisp. It makes the most of fresh produce which are in abundance during this season. And a salad can be prepared ahead of time to keep the cook out of the kitchen on a hot summer day. For some bizarre reason, I have always been […]

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]

Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)

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Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad

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This recipe is inspired by a similar salad from The Pioneer Woman. I’ve frugalized it and tweaked it so that it’s my very favorite salad – ever. 1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into […]

Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

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Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]