Build Your Own Nacho Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Party Food)

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Summer is an ideal time to throw a party or other festive gathering. And a build your own nacho bar is an easy appetizer or main dish to serve your guests. I love a good party. And I love good eats. When the two come together — with as little work and mess as possible […]

6 Great Recipes to Make with Berries (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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Spring and summer are ideal times to enjoy fresh berries. Check out this round-up of great berry recipes. It’s been years since I took the kids berry picking, but it was a highlight of our spring back when we lived in Paso Robles. Then, it was olallieberries that we were after, specialty berries that grow […]

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 […]

5 Meatless Main Dishes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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Going meatless at dinner time is a great way to save money. And it can be healthier, too. Molly wrote in recently to request a Meatless-themed Ultimate Recipe Swap. I thought for sure we had just done one, but searching the archives I found that I was mistaken. Since going meatless is not only healthier […]

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

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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 […]

5 Family-Friendly Beef Dinners (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Beef)

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Where’s the Beef? Right here! Today we’re swapping beef recipes that are tasty and family-friendly. I love beef! This week on date night we went to a local restaurant with a gift card from my mom. (Thanks, Mom!) I ordered what I fondly remember my mom bringing home from her date nights: steak, salad, and […]