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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 Wonders: Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry

We have embraced our empty nest status and continue to focus on creating a less hurried lifestyle (still a struggle) and rising to the challenges of cooking for two. Until recently, I was not sure what I felt about tofu.  Tofu is essentially mashed soybean curd.  Does that sound appetizing to me?  No, it does

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Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

  Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated~Confucius   There is nothing complicated here.  Only a few fresh ingredients needed.  Take a moment and savor the simplicity. Potato and Kale Soup Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 strips applewood bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced

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Spicy Ramen Stir Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

My post-parenting years begin soon.  We are moving from a child focused life, back to our own lives.  As parents of two amazing sons, who are fiercely independent, intelligent, humorous, kind and inspiring, this would be the time in our lives we pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done.  If only it were

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Stove to Table within 30 minutes: Moroccan Lentil Stew with Raisins

This lentil stew with raisins is considered a traditional Moroccan comfort soup much like our beloved chicken soup.   Chick peas, lentils, and golden raisins stew in a savory tomato broth with cinnamon, cumin and red pepper.   Dried fruits are a staple in a Moroccan kitchen and the raisins here are a perfect addition

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Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

I was searching for a recipe to highlight the use of both fresh and dried herbs, and stumbled upon this great recipe from Elise at simplyrecipes .  This recipe creates a oven dish wonder.  The dish is layered with potatoes, onions, and garlic cloves, which will roast in the pan juices.  The seasoned chicken thighs will roast on

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