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Texas Chile

Slow cooked, richly flavored Texas Chile is great for entertaining. Lean chunks of tender beef is a flavorful sauce. That’s comfort food! As winter seems to be hanging on I’m rallying with comfort food. I mean, when you’ve had a recipe for more than 35 years, isn’t that the definition of comfort? Or is it something that simmers and sends yummy aromas wafting through the house? Comfort food seems to taste better when it’s shared, don’t you …

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Brussels sprout slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw is a super simple salad that even those who aren’t crazy about Brussels Sprouts like! Have you ‘gone green?’ Spring is the time. Most of us turn right when we enter a grocery store. And that’s a good direction because it usually propels you directly into the produce department. Green means go. So don’t hesitate to push your cart toward the green food – kale, Romaine and leafy green lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, …

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Berry Banana Smoothie

An icy-cold berry banana smoothie is how I start most weekends. Filled with foods that deliver health-boosting benefits, I’m happy to share with with you. A glass of liquid crimson. A glass of goodness. Tart, sweet, fresh … can’t you just taste it? That glass of juice can help close the gap if you fall short on eating fruits and vegetables. But there is more hype to the benefits of juicing than proven results. Juicing …

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Dijon Vinaigrette

Easy, fresh, flavorful and economical, Dijon Vinaigrette is a staple in my refrigerator.  Easy, fresh, flavorful and economical, a vinaigrette is a staple in my refrigerator. Even though it’s a salad dressing, I brush it on baked fish and drizzle it over roasted vegetables. 3 + 1 + 1 = vinaigrette A vinaigrette typically has a ratio of 3 to 5 parts oil (olive, canola, etc.) to 1 part acid (vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice). …

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White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip is a quick and easy protein- and fiber-packed friend to dip fresh vegetables and whole-grain crackers! Canned beans make it super simple! Bean dip sounds so ho-hum, but… beans are one of the most high-octane foods you can dip your pepper strips! The fiber in beans helps keep the munchies away. After eating them you feel full longer because the fiber slows the emptying of your stomach. I make this recipe a few times …

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Peruvian Quinoa Soup

Peruvian Quinoa Soup. Quinoa, veggies and a little spice make this humble soup PERFECT comfort food. Real food naturally. Julia Child said you don’t have to cook a masterpiece, just use good ingredients. Peruvian Quinoa Soup is a example. The Peruvians have been using good ingredients for centuries. I had to go to the remote Taquile island on Lake Titicaca to eat this delicious soup. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) Quinoa continues to be a staple in Peruvian’s diets. …

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Apricot Ginger Biscotti

These are a few of my favorite things…apricots, ginger, walnuts. All folded together in a crunchy Apricot Ginger Biscotti. Super treat and travel snack! When I travel, I always pack snacks. You just never know when hunger will strike. Though it’s usually not when you have enough time during a layover. It’s when time is tight. Girl Scout ready Like a Troop 838 Girl Scout, I come prepared. Cooking badge, circa…let’s see, that was a few years …