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Garden Fresh Marinade: Rosemary Garlic Pork Chops

Garden Fresh Marinade: Rosemary Garlic Pork Chops

| June 15, 2009 | 4 Comments

Knock, knock! That’s what Paige says when she’s running into a room. It’s her own special way of announcing her presence. It brings an ear-to-ear smile to my face just to think about it. She is so sweet, so smart and so loving … I couldn’t ask for more. And this weekend, she impressed me […]

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Easy Low-Fat Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts

Easy Low-Fat Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts

| April 19, 2009 | 3 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, Paige woke up long before Will from their afternoon nap, a very rare occurrence. Apparently all that fresh air really did him in. Finally, as it neared evening, I had to wake him up. Paige was munching on tasty low-fat chocolate chip cookies and scampered into their bedroom with me. Did she boast […]

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Honey Garlic Chipotle Flank Steak

Honey Garlic Chipotle Flank Steak

| April 4, 2009 | 3 Comments

Until a few years ago, I had never even heard of flank steak. Chuck, cube, sirloin, strip, porterhouse, filet, T-bone . . . those were all fine and recognizable. But flank steak? No clue whatsoever. And it’s certainly not the sexiest of names so I didn’ t have high hopes. Finally, after reading about it […]

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Evolving Food: Buffalo-Spiked Chicken Meatballs

Evolving Food: Buffalo-Spiked Chicken Meatballs

| March 4, 2009 | 4 Comments

Growing up, I had a very cut and dry sense of food. It wasn’t anyone’s doing, just in my head I created this black and white picture of food. It had to fit into the little niche space I mentally created for it. Pasta was always served with marinara (except for the one or two […]

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Garlic Soy Stir Fry

Garlic Soy Stir Fry

| February 22, 2009 | 7 Comments

Tender beef and veggies are cooked in a fragrant garlic-soy sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Garlic Soy Stir Fry. In my single days, a mainstay of my cooking was stir fry. It is just so easy. Chop up a few veggies, toss it in a pan with a little oil and stir, […]

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Healthy and Tasty Turkey Meatballs

Healthy and Tasty Turkey Meatballs

| November 26, 2008 | 5 Comments

Sometimes, I just don’t know where to start when I write about a recipe. Do I tell you how Paige ate so many of these meatballs that I wondered if she was hiding them in her shirt for later? Or do I tell you how Will was reluctant to eat them, but ended up cleaning […]

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Fajita Beef and Vegetables over Rice

Fajita Beef and Vegetables over Rice

| November 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

We did it with $7, including a dessert or appetizer. And somehow, that seemed not too bad. Yes, it was challenging. But it wasn’t so challenging that I ever worried that I might not have made the limit. But this week, with a slightly larger $10 budget and without the added stress of an app […]

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10-Minute Salsa Chicken

10-Minute Salsa Chicken

| October 20, 2008 | 5 Comments

Of course I knew it was a school day for Will the other day, but I felt like there was still plenty of time before the rush and routine of getting ready to go. I was sitting on the couch, Will on my lap, watching something forgettable when it struck me: It was nearing noon […]

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Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

| October 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

This photo doesn’t do the dish justice. I love mixing a tomato sauce with broccoli. And when it’s lightly roasted broccoli like you find in this recipe, it’s all the better. Roasting broccoli brings out a great, lightly sweet flavor in it. Will and Paige gobbled this up. (This is part of The $7 Dinner […]

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All-American Beef Cheddar Bacon Hand Pies

All-American Beef Cheddar Bacon Hand Pies

| October 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

When I was a kid, my family had a tradition that we called Fun Friday. Each Friday, we’d eschew our regular eating habits in favor of fun, but not necessarily good for you, food. Sometimes we’d layer tacos with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and salsa. Other weeks, we’d make homemade pizzas with pre-formed […]

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