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Chicken Enchilada Casserole (URS: Hot and Spicy)

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Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with. But Mexican food is not the […]

Budget Living: Make Your Own Chicken Stock

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You’ve probably heard it said again and again how you can save money by making your own ______________ (fill in the blank). From baked goods to birthday cakes, cooking from scratch generally is the less expensive road to travel. One of the easiest things to make yourself (and it tastes better, too) is chicken stock. […]

Maple-Oat Heart Scones – They Work for Me!

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I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie […]

Fresh Guacamole: It’s a Fine Thing!

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Lately, we’ve scored major big time in the avocado department. Not only have they been a great deal ($0.49 each), but they’ve also been beautiful, creamy, and delicious. It was almost a shame to turn some into guacamole. But, we like our avo dip. So, I did. Years ago, FishPapa had a run in with […]

Mustard Grilled Chicken (Recipe Swap: The Healthy New Year Edition)

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Not only is New Year’s a time for goal setting and getting a fresh start, it’s also a time to purge that Christmas candy from the pantry. Oh my! We had a little too much fun around here the last month or so. My jeans feel a lot tighter than they did back in early […]

Garlic Brie Bread

Garlic Brie Bread

This appetizer is just fantastic! It is very “make-ahead” and only contains a few ingredients. One great aspect of it is that you get to eat the bowl!

Chocolate Crescents

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The francophile in me just can’t call these croissants. They’re just Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls gussied up a bit. But, they do resemble, in an Americanized way, the pains au chocolats (or chocolate croissants) I ate in France. These are an easier cheat than the traditional way. The recipe is only problematic in that the […]

California Chicken Gumbo for a Mob

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Now, I didn’t really name this recipe, though I certainly could have. I know all about cooking for a mob in California. This recipe is actually adapted from A Feast of Soups, one of my very favorite cookbooks. If your family enjoys soups, then it is worth it to hunt down a copy of this […]