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Shrimp and Jicama Salad

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June is National Seafood Month, and here is a recipe to celebrate – Shrimp and Jicama Salad.

Shrimp and Jicama Salad - An easy summer salad with jicama, radish, cilantro, lime and shrimp

Seafood is perfect for summer meals, because it is so quick and easy to prepare. I know my family is always busy during the summer, running from one activity to another, so we need quick and easy dinners.

Salt Potatoes – A Syracuse Tradition

Salt Potatoes are a staple recipe in upstate New York. These creamy, buttery, bite sized potatoes are simple to make and delicious, especially drizzled with melted butter. They make an amazing addition to your outdoor barbecue or cookout.

Bowl of Salt Potatoes

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Spring Rolls with Black Bean Noodles

These easy to make Spring Rolls use Black Bean Spaghetti and lots of fresh veggies, like carrots, bok choi and yellow peppers, served with peanut dipping sauce.

Spring Rolls are a great way to enjoy vegetables. There is something about seeing vegetables all sliced thinly and wrapped up neatly that makes them more appealing, and like most Americans I could stand to eat more veggies. So I recently decided I should make Spring Rolls at home, and made these Spring Rolls with Black Bean Noodles.

These easy to make Spring Rolls use Black Bean Spaghetti and lots of fresh veggies, like carrots, bok choi and yellow peppers, served with peanut dipping sauce.

Once I decided to make the Spring Rolls I turned to Pinterest to learn how. I quickly found this Pin which promised step by step instructions on how to wrap spring rolls. Luckily it isn’t very difficult!

Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze

Spice up your holiday ham with an easy Mango Jalepeño Ham Glaze made with a few simple ingredients

Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner! I can’t believe how quickly the holiday season is coming up, and I am busy planning for holiday entertaining. When it comes to the holiday meals nothing is better than ham. It is easy to make, delicious, and serves a crowd at a reasonable price. This year I made this tasty Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze for the holidays.

glaze next to ham

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A ham glaze adds flavor, texture and color to a ham, is the perfect finishing touch for a nice presentation. The glaze makes the ham shiny and glossy, and it takes only a few minutes to achieve a nice effect. I wanted to use some different, less traditional holiday flavors for my ham glaze this year, and I decided on mangoes and jalapenos for a spicy and sweet glaze.

Maple Roasted Carrots

I am always looking for new ways to serve old favorites, like carrots. While browsing Pinterest for sides for Thanksgiving I came across this recipe for Maple Glazed Carrots, and decided it would work well. So I changed it up a little and made these Maple Roasted Carrots.

Maple Roasted Carrots - a simple side dish made by roasting carrots and garlic and tossing them in maple syrup. Perfect side for Thanksgiving.

I modified the recipe up by using olive oil instead of butter, and adding garlic too. I love garlic, so I tend to add it to most vegetable dishes! I also used multi-colored carrots to make the dish look pretty, which makes it perfect the the Thanksgiving table.

Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is the perfect time of year for making winter squash. One of my favorite winter squash is Acorn squash because the size is perfect for our family. This weekend I made this Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner, and it was delicious.

Couscous and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash - and easy seasonal fall meal

Couscous makes a nice base for stuffing a squash because it has a nice nutty flavor which goes well with the squash. I used Israel couscous, which is larger and has a chewy consistency that is closer to pasta. To add to the seasonal nature of the dish I stirred in some dried cranberries.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears

This recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears - An easy Holiday side dish

I used to think I didn’t like sweet potatoes, because the only way I’d ever eaten them was the typical Thanksgiving side dish where they are covered with brown sugar and marshamallows.  That dish is way too sweet for me, but it turns out that I love sweet potatoes when are served so that their natural flavor shines through.  Now I eat roasted, bake or sauteed sweet potatoes all the time, and enjoy them quite a bit.

Strawberry Cranberry Salad Recipe

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It is no secret that the average American diet is not very healthy.  But few of us probably realize how bad it is – Most Americans only meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for proper nutrition about 7 days out of the year!  That is only 2% of the time, which is quite a disturbing statistic.  And one of the most important things we can do to make our meals better is to include more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Strawberry Cranberry Salad - an easy salad with strawberries, cranberries and sunflower seeds

Spicy Sriracha Lime Popcorn

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Popcorn is practically a staple food in my house – between me, my husband and our three kids it is a rare night when someone doesn’t decide to make popcorn!  This weekend we had a family movie night featuring spicy Srirach Lime Popcorn.  The popcorn was perfect for enjoying during an action filled science fiction movie!

Sriracha Lime Popcorn - a spicy treat for family movie night

The popcorn is easy to make using ACT II Butter Lovers’s microwave popcorn as a base.  I have made spicy popcorn before, but this is the first time I have added lime to popcorn and it really gave the popcorn a nice kick, and the mild lime flavor complemented the spicy hot sauce.

Onion Dill Dip – Perfect Big Game Snack

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My family and I love watching college basketball, so we are excited about all the big games that will be starting soon. The game is fast paced and unpredictable, and of we love to see upsets and surprises! Basketball is the perfect sport to watch with friends and family, and you can all enjoy snacks like this Onion Dill Dip.

Onion Dill Dip - a creamy yogurt based dip that is a perfect complement for spicy snacks

Guinness Bread

This hearty quick bread recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness Bread - A hearty quick bread made with Guinness Stout which is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

I love cooking with Guinness – whether it is a hearty Irish stew like Instant Pot lamb stew or a sweet treat like Guinness brownies the beverage adds flavor and excitement to many dishes.

This Guinness Bread is packed with flavor, and has an amazing moist texture. Since it is a quick bread you don’t have to mess around with proofing yeast, the carbonation in the Guinness Stout combines with the baking soda to make the bread rise.

Tropical Fruit Salad

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Now that it is January cold weather is really settling in around here!  It is the perfect time to warm up with comfort foods like Marie Callender’s pot pies, which deliver a true sense of homemade.

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And to counteract the weather I like to pair my pot pies with a Tropical Fruit Salad – an excellent reminder that warmer weather will come, eventually!  It is easy to put together a fresh fruit salad while the pot pies are baking, and the fruit provides a nice sweet accompaniment to the toasty warm pot pies.

Jalapeno Crab Bites

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Holiday season is all about parties!  We always host a big family party on Christmas Day and have lots of appetizers and finger food for everyone to eat until Christmas dinner. This year one of the appetizers I am planning to make is these Jalapeno Crab Bites, a delicious party food.

Jalapeno Crab Bites - Easy Party Appetizer

I like to have a large variety of food for our Christmas Day, because it is one of those days many people don’t each much for breakfast!  The excitement of presents means breakfast tends to be rushed, if it is eaten at all.  Everyone in my family loves seafood, so I try to include some every year.  A few years ago I made a squid appetizer, and that was not a big hit, so I figured I’d stick to something more traditional this year and make crab cake bites.  This recipe uses Tabasco Green Jalapeno sauce to enhance the flavor of the crab meat.

Apple Fennel Salad

I have been making lots and lots of apple desserts, but this weekend I need a side dish to take to a pot luck picnic. I wanted to bring something healthy and seasonal, so I made this Apple Fennel salad.

Apple Fennel Salad with Blueberries and Salad Turnips

This salad uses fennel, which pairs well with apples because it has a nice licorice taste.  The sweet blueberries and tart apples make a nice contrast to the crisp fennel, and the secret ingredient – salad turnips.

Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad Recipe from Redpack Tomatoes

Recently Redpack Tomatoes sent me some tomatoes and delicious recipe for using canned tomatoes in summer salads. I like this idea, because around here vine ripened tomatoes are still at least a month away, and the tomatoes at the grocery store are usually picked before they ripen, so they lack flavor.

Canned tomatoes are picked ripe, which makes them juicy, healthy, and economical. Because of that, they are perfect for salads all year round. The Redpack test kitchen has developed some delicious salad recipes which incorporate summer fruit, like this Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad.

Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad from RedPack Tomatoes - sponsored
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Raspberry Shrimp Salad

Summer is the perfect time for salads!  They made a tasty main dish, and best of all they are easy to make ahead and have waiting after a busy day.  This Raspberry Shrimp Salad is a simple and cool supper for summer.

Raspberry Shrimp Salad

I made a simple vinagrette dressing for this using Raspberries, oil and vinegar, but you could make the recipe even simpler by purchasing a Raspberry Dressing.  But even with making your own dressing this can be on the table (or in the refrigerator) in less than 15 minutes.