Tilapia Poppers with Caper Parsley Dipping Sauce

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Washington state is really starting to grow on me- especially with its abundance of fresh seafood all year long. I heard about this yummy appetizer from an Inn in Seaview and had to try my own take on it. I used one of my favorite fish, tilapia, as the base for these poppers. The great thing about tilapia is that it takes on any flavor you bring to it. I mixed some flaked fillets with green onion, garlic, parsley, panko (use plain ol’ breadcrumbs if you can’t find panko), a whole lot of fresh lemon, and eggs for binding. Roll all that flavor into 1 inch balls, dip in milk, then into breadcrumbs, then into some hot oil- easy! I have even tested this recipe out on a few friends who don’t ‘love’ fish and they gave rave reviews! And of course you’re going to want a green caper-parsley dipping sauce for the poppers. And once all the poppers are gone you’re going to think about finishing that sauce with a spoon because it’s just that good.

Cranberry Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

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Okay cookie season, we’re ready for you! I seem to be interested in cranberry cookies around this time of year. Last year I made a batch of Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with coconut and walnuts that had a little more crunch to them than these do. This time we’re still going with a chewy oatmeal background…

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is one of those dishes that can easily get overlooked at your Thanksgiving table. It makes the perfect accompaniment to turkey, but doesn’t shine much on its own. Cranberries are naturally very tart, so I like to add a sweetener like maple syrup or agave to brighten up the flavors a bit. I…

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White Chocolate Cherry Bark

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Bark is one of the easiest desserts to whip up. And when I say easy, I’m talking 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time. AND you can add just about anything you’d like into the mix. I love love love anything with a fruit and chocolate combination, so naturally that had to happen. When…

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Brown Rice Casserole

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Here comes another great fall-inspired casserole to solve all your ‘what to cook for dinner’ problems. That’s the great thing about casseroles- they’re easy to prepare, and everything bakes up together so nicely to create a well rounded, hearty meal. This time we’re loading up with fresh butternut squash, kale, brown rice, Italian chicken sausage,…

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Apple Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins

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About 60 percent of the nation’s production of apples comes from Washington state, including just about every variety imaginable. Did you know that? That explains why I see apples for sale everywhere I go, and they always taste so freshly picked. I had a whole bunch of honeycrisp apples that were just starting to soften, so I…

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Cinnamon Pear Pancakes

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Cinnamon and pears go together like maple syrup and pancakes, and this recipe has all of the above. I love the unusual presentation of these pancakes. We didn’t grate or chop a pear into the batter. Instead, there’s a full slice of pear poking through the middle of each pancake that’s been seared with cinnamon…

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Lentil and Sausage Soup

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It’s windy, rainy, and chilly, and I’m thinking that today’s a good day for making a big batch of  hearty soup. Soup is one of those cooler-weather comfort foods that makes you feel good from the inside out, especially if it leans towards the healthy side. Today I’m making a pot of one of my favs-…

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Power Breakfast Baked Oatmeal

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Here’s a breakfast dish worth getting out of bed for. Baked oatmeal is becoming a popular replacement for the traditional not-so-healthy bacon and egg casserole, and for good reason. This version is packed to the brim with power-house ingredients, and gives me all the energy I need to get through a weekday. You’ll want to use old-fashioned…

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Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Bacon

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Happy Halloween! Amongst all the sweets and treats that are so tempting this time of year, I like to try and at least make Halloween dinner healthy. Last year I enjoyed a big bowl of Butternut Squash Risotto. This Halloween I’m keeping the savory flavors of butternut squash, and adding in some Granny Smith apples…

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Sloppy Joes

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Football season is in full swing, and on those chilly Sunday nights I’m usually craving just one thing-  something warm, comforting, and FAST. I’m talking on the table in 20 minutes. How about Sloppy Joes as a blast from your childhood? This is the best version I’ve had- packed with so much flavor and tenderness;…

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Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread

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I have brunch on the brain, and the best way to quickly curb that craving (and use up those ripe bananas at the same time!) is with an extra large slice of this guilt-free Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread. This recipe is as clean as can be- no butter, no dairy, no salt, no sugar…

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