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Cornbread

I’m nutty about cornmeal. I love the crunch and texture that it adds. This whole-grain cornbread recipe has yogurt and honey. Cornbread has always been a favorite. Both Grandmas and my mom baked it regularly. Always in a cast-iron skillet. Always. Crazy for cornmeal I’m nutty about cornmeal. I love the crunch and texture that it adds to cornmeal cookies, pancakes, muffins, biscotti, pizza crusts, and even in chili as a thickener. To keep pizza …

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup: a bit of spice, a bit of sweet, a bunch of healthy goodness. An easy carrot soup recipe that’s also easy on your wallet. The main character in the book had vision problems. So when I hosted my book group, I thought we should channel some good vibes and eat an eye-friendly soup. Carrots nutrition Carrots are rich in beta-carotenes, which help vision. These powerful compounds provide protection against macular degeneration …

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Pear Quesadilla

As much as I hate to see peaches and cherries go. I’m already stocking up on pumpkins, apples, and pears. Pears are one of my favorite fruits. That’s obvious when you walk in my kitchen because pears, in art form, adorn my kitchen. Not only do they make great art, they are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C, and are great both raw and cooked. That’s a lot of …

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Asparagus Mushroom Frittata

A frittata is a mixture of eggs, cheese, and vegetables or meat. This one-pan meal is a great way to repurpose food like this Asparagus Mushroom Frittata recipe! The right tool for the job If you fish you need the right rod for the right fish and the right fly for the time of day, time of year, and nearly every other variable you can imagine. I saw this first hand as my husband continued …

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Tabouleh Stuffed Peppers

Tabouleh Stuffed Peppers are filled with fresh veggies, healthy fats, fiber and spices that all add up to a dish with healthy benefits! But people likely won’t notice that. They’ll just notice the refreshing flavors and how cute it looks!  Bulgur is a cook’s best friend Bulgur has to be one of a cook’s best friends. Why? It’s economical, it’s a loaded-with-fiber whole grain and there is no cooking required (just a presoak)! Bulgur is …

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White Sangria

White Sangria, Sangria Blanco, is a wine-based drink with fruit and brandy topped off with club soda. Served over ice, this easy sangria recipe is just what summer wants – a porch sittin’ sip! Sangria is so agreeable I say when life gives you strawberries, make sangria! But the good thing about sangria is that it’s not picky. You can use many types of fruit including peaches, mango, apples, grapes, pears, kiwi, oranges, lemons, limes, and …

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Rhubarb Ginger Jam

Rhubarb + Ginger = OMGosh Jam! A best friend to toast, this rhubarb recipe is also a good oatmeal topper, mixed with yogurt or served with cheese. Rhubarb I started with some rhubarb from the garden. I love to say that because I’m not a great gardener. But I do have some fruits (pun intended) of my labor. Good thing rhubarb is such a self sufficient plant. It returns year after year and doesn’t require much …

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Sauerkraut, a DIY project

Sauerkraut is fermented food and a prebiotic. This old-world food is a hot food trend you can make at home! DIY food projects are keeping experimental cooks busy this summer. Count me among them. I’ve made sauerkraut and fresh cheese and dehydrated a few things. Simple? Yes. Worth it? Yes, but not sure I’ll repeat some of them. It’s a new day for sauerkraut and food preservation My dad remembers sneaking down to the cellar …

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LiveBest Popcorn

LiveBest Popcorn with almonds, coconut, walnuts, dried apricots, cayenne, make this movie night snack special! Popcorn time My parents used to send us to bed, and not much later we’d hear the popcorn kernels falling into the pan. My sister and I would hop out of bed to see our dad act surprised that we were up. Then we’d sit on the couch in the living room eating popcorn. I’m pretty sure it was my dad’s plan all …

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa is summery, fresh, sweet and spicy. Top grilled fish or chicken. This salsa recipe is even chip worthy! LBD I think salsa is the little black dress for a chicken breast or fish filet. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce.” It could be a cooked sauce or a fresh mixture. Fresh ingredients make it one of the easiest flavor boosters around. It’s also a great way to repurpose some fruits and vegetables. Salsa typically include …