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Beet and Blueberry Salad

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For the 4th of July this year I wanted to make a red, white and blue dish, and I came up with this Beet and Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette.

Easy and Healthy Beet Salad Recipe with blueberry vinaigrette


I got a huge bunch of beets in my CSA share this week, so I figured it made sense to roast them and combine them with blueberries.  So I had red and blue covered, but wasn’t sure what to use for the white. I also received a bunch of salad turnips, and they turned out to be perfect for the salad, both for adding the white color and for taste.

Utica Greens Recipe

Utica Greens – a traditional Italian-American dish featuring escarole, hot cherry peppers and garlic – a delicious way to serve greens

Delicious Zucchini Recipes

This time of year it seems like everyone has plenty of zucchini! Zucchini plants seem to produce faster than most people can eat it. So to help I put together a collection of zucchini recipes from blogs around the internet, with many different ideas for what you can make with it.

Zucchini Recipes - Delicious and creative zucchini recipes for using up all the extra zucchini from your garden

There are many creative options beyond just sauteeing it in olive oil.  You can make it into chips for a snack, serve it in a frittata for breakfast or turn it into cupcakes or cake for dessert.  I even found a recipe for zucchini popsicles, which I have to try! 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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I have so much zucchini this year it is ridiculous! My husband and I love zucchini, but there is only so much that we can eat in a week.  My mom is visiting this week, so she made her traditional Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe for us, and it is a delicious way to use up some of our abundance of zucchini.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread - this moist and tasty zucchini bread is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden.

The recipe uses two zucchini, shredded in the food processor, to make the bread moist and tender. This is the same recipe that my grandma made and taught to my mom, with a few small differences.  My grandma always made Zucchini Bread with Raisins, but my mom is not a big fan of raisins. So she made a simple subsitution, and now it is Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread instead.  And while I like raisins, chocolate chips are better!

Beet Gratin Recipe

Beet Gratin - a healthy summer casserole

Last week I received a huge bunch of beets as part of our CSA vegetable share. I had never really cooked with beets, so I wasn’t sure what to do with them! I ended up roasting them, and using most of them in this Beet Gratin recipe, which uses both the beets and the beet greens.

Beet Gratin Recipe using Beets and Beet Greens

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.

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.

Marie Callender's Pot Pies & Tropical Fruit Salad #EasyAsPotPie #Ad

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.