Baked Pears with Ricotta-Yogurt Cream

honey nut baked pears with ricotta yogurt cream

I bought a 10-pound box of pears at a roadside fruit stand last week and I have been enjoying them everyday. For the past three days I have been eating baked pears for dessert and this morning I had one of these leftover baked pears for breakfast.  It has been satisfying my cravings for sweet treats and making me feel like I am making a healthy choice when I want a dessert. …

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Roasted butternut ginger soup

Roasted Butternut Ginger Soup

October, and the leaves have turned red and gold, the morning air is crisp and cool and I am thinking of a soup project.  Specifically, a good low-calorie, low-fat soup and roasted butternut-ginger soup fits the bill.   Perfect for a cool-weather lunch. A couple years ago, Don gifted me a huge book, entitled The…

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Lemon Shrimp Salad

Lemon Shrimp Salad

I stopped at the store to buy some lemons as I needed a couple for my Lemon Shrimp Salad and I was stunned to see the size of these babies.    Holy Moly…They must grow those in the Land of the Giants.  I bought several and have decided to showcase them with this Lemon-Shrimp Salad…

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sleeping baby shower cake

Sleeping Baby Shower Cake

When one of my co-workers hosted a baby shower for her niece, she asked if I could make a cake for the shower. This shower cake was for a soon-to-be baby girl so I decorated it in pink and white.

Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

When Don was in the Army he spent about a year in Germany and became a connoisseur of bratwurst.  I’m just kidding about the ‘connoisseur’ part but he sure does like his bratwurst.  Personally, I am not inclined to have cravings of sausage, but since it is October and Oktoberfest is coming up I decided to…

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Oatmeal Shortbread

Oatmeal Shortbread

I love an easy recipe that has amazing results. This oatmeal shortbread is just that. Throw the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the butter, blend it together then put it in the pan and bake it. If you have oat flour on hand and do not have to grind your oats then it is…

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Grilled Italian Sweet Peppers

Grilled Italian Sweet Peppers

I saw a display of these beautiful, red peppers in the produce section of Central Market and the sign said they were ‘grilling peppers’ and as I had never seen any like this before I bought several to try out.   I asked the produce man what kind of peppers they were and he told me…

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Braised Fennel with Parmesan Cheese

Braised Fennel

It is curious that I have lived so many years without incorporating into our meals all the wonderful different vegetables that are available.  Am I the only one that gets stuck buying and preparing the same foods from childhood?  Since making a conscious decision to try different vegetables I am finding some exciting choices and…

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The Food Bloggers Conference

The Food Bloggers Conference

On September 19, 20 and 21st. Dahn and I attended The Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, WA.  What a weekend that was!   The International Food Bloggers Conference of 2014 is the first conference that we have attended as we are new to the blogging world and we were just blown away with the entire three-day event. …

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Beef and sausage lasagna

Beef and Sausage Lasagna

Beef and Sausage Lasagna Lasagna is a dish that often found its place on our table when our kids were growing up.  It was relatively inexpensive, easy to make and there would always be a lot of it and some left over for a lunch time.  This beef and sausage lasagna is a delicious, hearty main…

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Hot Dilly Green Bean Pickles

Hot Dilly Green Bean Pickles

In our back yard we have a small garden area which this year got started a little late in the season.  Our carrots and beats did not do well, maybe because the weeds were so prolific that they took over the entire plot.  Oh, well….life is too short to spend time pulling weeds.  But our green…

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Lentil-Sausage soup, full of vegetables, and full of flavor.

Lentil-Sausage Soup

I love this time of the year when we still have some really warm, sunny days but it is cool in the morning and in the evening.  My mom used to tell me it was Indian Summer.   Anyway, it is my favorite time of the year.  It is also a time when I start…

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Tomato-Basil-and-Garlic-Sauce

Tomato, Basil and Garlic Sauce

  Is it spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, marinara sauce, ragu or just tomato sauce?   There are a lot of different brands of these sauces in the grocery stores and they seem to have different names.  I am not adverse to buying a commercial sauce occasionally as it really is convenient.  But, I always check out the ingredients…

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