Shrimp in Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

This sun-dried tomato cream sauce is golden. It’s flavored with my favorites- sun dried tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil, over a creamy chicken broth and sherry background. I used one pound of fresh medium shrimp, but I’m sure you could use frozen. Just let them sit out while you prepare the sauce, and by then…

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Tilapia Poppers with Caper Parsley Dipping Sauce

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…

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Brown Rice Casserole

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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Lentil and Sausage Soup

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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Sloppy Joes

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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Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

There are a million reasons why I love cooking with my pressure cooker. For one thing, it cuts WAY down on time. I have a to-die-for Bolognese Sauce that tastes like magic, but takes up 8 hours of my day! That’s fine when I’m having a lazy Sunday at home and stirring every hour or…

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Asian Meatloaf

I’ve heard meatloaf get such a bad rap- not sure why, I’ve always been a fan. I used to ask my mom to make a big meatloaf for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes and corn. Here with this Asian-style meatloaf, I’ve taken the same idea of an easy to throw together dinner and made…

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Potato Corn Chowder

Here’s a great transition recipe that recognizes summer fading into fall. We have both fresh ears of warm weather corn and abundant cool weather potatoes. Warm, bulky chowder is satisfying enough to be enjoyed on a fall day, but this lightened up version is also refreshing enough for summer. The base is made with chicken…

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Grilled Salmon with Warm Pineapple Salsa

I think I might have told you already how much I love seafood?  Yup I definitely have, because it’s always high on my list of go-to meals.  Not only is it healthy and versatile, it’s so quick and easy to prepare on busy weeknights. This fresh and vibrant grilled salmon with warm pineapple salsa comes together…

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Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas can be used as a base for all types of Mexican foods. I like to spoon it into corn tortillas and top with avocado, cotija cheese, freshly chopped cilantro, and a splash of lime juice. But if you want to go ahead and eat this right out of the slow cooker, I won’t…

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Souvlaki Chicken Skewers

I can’t think of a better time to fire up your grill than Labor Day weekend (besides Memorial Day, 4th of July, and any given weekend during summer). But Labor Day is what we’re celebrating at this moment, and I’m going to make the most of this clear and sunny day in Washington. Today we’re…

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Polenta Lasagna

Here comes a weeknight staple- ready instantaneously, simple, filling, and a lifesaver when dinner time comes a knocking. Can you guess what it might be? Lasagna, of course! But not just any lasagna- Polenta Lasagna! Because who doesn’t like those soft golden circles baked and bubbled up with some Italian chicken sausage and cheese? This recipe speaks…

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