Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Our neighbor gave us a beautiful spaghetti squash last week.   Oh,  I love my neighbors!  Since our big party on August 8th I have reverted to calorie-watching and this recipe for spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs is perfect for my menu-making plans.  It is a nice low-budget, low-calorie meal with a lot of flavor and it is also a nice quick dinner.   Add a little jared marinara sauce and that’s it. 

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Goat Cheese Custard with Roasted Figs

Roasted Figs in Goat Cheese Custard

The figs are just beginning to appear in the farmers’ markets and stores and I am lovin’ it.  I see the dark mission figs and a green variety but my favorite figs are the big Brown Turkeys.   I bought a pound of them to make this dessert of roasted figs in goat cheese custard…

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one pot beef basil spaghetti

One Pot Basil Beef Spaghetti

Sometimes life calls for easy, no-fuss meals that gets dinner to the table and keeps you on schedule for busy days. This one pot basil beef spaghetti just called your name. Everything is cooked in the same pot, including the uncooked noodles. There is no need to get out an extra pot to boil your…

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strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

One of my favorite fruit pies ever is strawberry-rhubarb pie.  Rhubarb has a very unique tart flavor and mixes well with the sweetness of many kinds of fruit.  Rhubarb blends well with peaches, blueberries, raspberries and most other fruits but strawberries and rhubarb is a classic and an all time favorite. 

Green Beans with Bacon Crumbles

Green Beans with Bacon Crumbles

Our little garden is going crazy with all this hot weather.   I just picked a nice basket of green beans and made this side dish of green beans with bacon crumbles for our dinner.  We don’t have a very big garden but it has some chard, kale, three kinds of squash and the beans.

zucchini bread

Zucchini Bread

This is a perfect no-fail zucchini bread. It does not require an electric mixer or any highly technical skills. The main thing is to UNDER mix your batter for a perfect outcome. Over-mixing will develop the gluten in the flour and make it tough and chewy.

chipotle pork skillet dinner

Chipotle Pork Skillet Dinner

Right now I have a super busy schedule and I just don’t have a lot of time for meal preparation.   But, I can whip this chipotle-pork skillet dinner together and it is going to be our dinner for several nights and save me a lot of time!   Just re-heat and eat, one-pot warm-ups, easy…

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Smoked Salmon Spread

Smoked Salmon Spread

Don had a birthday gift card to a great restaurant in Tacoma, WA and we took advantage of it last week.  What a great dining experience!  While waiting for our entree we sipped a glass of white wine and shared an appetizer of smoked salmon spread on toasted sourdough bread.  It was delicious!

cascading flowers cake design

Cascading Flowers Cake Design

We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  We had an amazing party with sixty five of our dear family and friends gathered at my parents home to help them celebrate their momentous and loving occasion. It was a joyful evening full of reunions, stories, and overwhelming love and admiration for my parents. My…

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Peanut Butter Tart

Peanut Butter Tart

You are going to love this peanut butter tart but I have to warn you, it is sinfully and delectably delicious!  I do not make this very often but we will be having a bunch of people visiting soon and I can make this today, freeze it and have a dessert to serve on short notice. 

zucchini garlic soup

Zucchini Garlic Soup

This zucchini garlic soup is simple and healthy. The white beans give it body and a creamy richness while the garlic adds a bold flavor. Drizzle the top with some extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some chopped chives or basil over it then serve it up with some crusty bread and a salad.

Tomato-Tuna Salad

Tomato-Tuna Salad

This tomato-tuna salad is served in Italy as a cold antipasto and it is a little different from the American version that I am familiar with.   The American version uses mayonnaise as a binder with celery and onion mixed with the tuna where this Italian version features capers, parsley and onion and a little olive…

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Sake-Soy Grilled Rib-Eye Steak

Sake-Soy Grilled Rib-Eye Steak

Recently, Don and I joined our long-time friends, Val and Nori, for a dinner at a great restaurant in Gig Harbor, Washington.  While munching on our appetizers, Val told us of one of his most memorable appetizers, he called it sake-soy grilled rib-eye steak bites.  It sounded so good that I had him write the…

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