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Keeping It Simple: Cucumber Ricotta Sandwiches

We Americans complicate our food. We are busy and stressed.  We stare into our pantries endlessly. We overwhelm ourselves in the kitchen with good intentions, and then throw in the towel, and head to a restaurant or worse, we make our way through a drive thru to pick up a tasteless bag of sodium, fat,

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Weeknight Lamb Ragu

Lets jazz up a weeknight dish with something other than chicken breasts. Have you thought about lamb?  Lamb is perfect for changing up the weeknight routine. Ground lamb can be used exactly as ground beef in most recipes. Lamb is flavorful and delicious, and more healthy than ground beef due to the health promoting omega

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Scenes from My Pantry: Turkey Lentil Sloppy Joes

Loved “sloppy Joes” as a kid.  Messy by design and delicious.  These days the aim is still delicious but, lighter more healthy choices. Using lean ground turkey and the hearty lentil beans, is a great alternative to preparing this traditional meat-centric meal that still feels substantial and comforting without sacrificing the flavor. This recipe makes

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Scenes from my pantry: Italian Bean Ramen

My youngest son departed for the college this year.  His exodus left us with an empty nest and ramen noodles.   A case of ramen noodles tucked into the trunk of his car now seems like overkill, and we are left with at least half of case of chicken flavored ramen noodles.  This may be

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Scenes from My Pantry: Coconut Chicken Corn Chowder

Soup is on! One of my favorite ingredients in soup is coconut milk. Coconut milk provides a smooth and creamy base without the heaviness of cream.  This recipe not only delivers coconut milk as a layer of flavor but the base of the broth is simmered with fresh corn cobs to release the milky sweet

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Scenes from My Pantry: Tabbouleh Summer Salad

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad traditionally made with parsley, mint, tomatoes, bulgur (cracked wheat) lemon juice and olive oil.   Like the spelling of Tabbouleh or  Taboule, or Tabouli, the variations are endless.  Traditional Lebanese and Israeli versions are focused squarely on the herbs, and the bulgur is meant only to be a garnish.

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