Creamy Yogurt Avocado Dip

March 4, 2018

Here’s a quick and easy appetizer recipe for you: Creamy Yogurt Avocado Dip. How quick and easy is it? You dump a bunch of ingredients in the blender, turn the blender on, and you’re done! Check out these ingredients: Read the rest of this entry »


Peach Salsa in Seconds

June 25, 2017

You guys, salsa is super easy to make. Like, really easy. Here’s how I make my Peach Salsa. First, wash and prep all your ingredients:

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Butternut and Bison (!) Casserole

October 6, 2014

I’ve eaten bison before, at restaurants. I love a bison burger. But I’ve never cooked with it. That’s why, when I saw bison during a trip to Costco with my friend Jen, I snatched some up.

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What should I make with it? That question became easier to answer once Read the rest of this entry »


Walnut-Crusted Fish

May 7, 2014

I have a quickie recipe for you today. I didn’t take many pictures, partly because I was dealing with raw fish and didn’t want to touch my camera, and partly because I didn’t really know how this was going to turn out. It turned out well, though, and I wish I had more photos, but I don’t, so we’re all just going to have to deal.

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Pan-Seared Balsamic Artichokes

February 24, 2014

Artichokes are one of those vegetables that just seem like a hassle. Artichoke hearts are delicious – I buy them in cans or jars a lot – but getting a heart out of an actual fresh artichoke takes roughly 23 steps, and it’s a mess. Similarly, cooking fresh artichokes takes forever, and the payoff, while delicious, is small. Most of an artichoke is inedible.

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Despite all this, when a friend Read the rest of this entry »


A Fresh Take on Tuna Casserole

February 11, 2014

A few weekends ago, while flipping through the channels, I settled on a PBS cooking show called “Pati’s Mexican Table,” and for a few minutes I watched host Pati Jinich make a tuna casserole that I wanted to eat right then. It stuck in my head for two weeks. A couple friends came over for dinner the other night, providing me the perfect opportunity to try it out. I modified the recipe somewhat (like I always do, with mixed results), but it still turned out pretty tasty. It starts, like a lot of good recipes do, with onion and garlic.

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The recipe from “Pati’s Mexican Table” is called Read the rest of this entry »


Cookin’ with My Chinese Gourd

November 21, 2013

I love trying new things, especially when those things are produce items. I recently picked up a couple new-to-me items at the farmers market, and one of them was a Chinese gourd.

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The farmer that sold it to me gave me a little information about it: Read the rest of this entry »


Black-Eyed Pea and Canadian Bacon Salad

October 23, 2013

Need an easy, healthy salad recipe? I got one for ya! I made this over the weekend to take to a BBQ, and it was a hit. It was the first time I’ve bought black-eyed peas, and quite possibly the first time I’ve eaten them, and you know how I love trying new things!

Before we get to the black-eyed peas, though, let’s address the other titular ingredient: bacon! Read the rest of this entry »


What’s in the Crockpot? Part Nine

October 7, 2013

All of you that are counting the days at home know that it’s been six long months since we’ve played a riveting, edge-of-your-seat game of What’s in the Crockpot? If you missed Part Eight, have no fear – just click right here. That’s right, I rhymed. And if you’d like to peruse my entire collection of crockpot recipes (and you know you do), then just hold your horses, because I’m in the process of creating a brand-spankin’-new Recipes page, and hopefully I should have that up this week.

In the meantime, turn off your Playstation, because this game is all you need for hours of fun game action. Are you ready? You’ll learn the rules quick enough, trust me.

WHAT’S IN THE CROCKPOT?

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Macrae’s Spaghetti Sauce

May 23, 2013

There aren’t tons of upsides to having surgery, but one of the upsides after I got home from the hospital was having a huge vat of spaghetti sauce in the fridge. My cousin Macrae brought it over so my mom and I had good, healthy food already prepared while I recuperated, and we made good use of it.

The sauce is loaded with vegetables and lean meat, has tons of flavors, and is thick and satisfying. I’ve now eaten it as part of four meals. The first time was over whole wheat spaghetti (which I forgot to photograph). I’ve also had it over a spinach salad…

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