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Posted June 28, 2017in Recipes

Chicken Alfredo

A semi-homemade favorite A few years ago, I used to watch a cooking show on Food Network called “Semi-Homemade.”  The program’s title described it well as the show’s hostess shared recipes and techniques using a variety of store-bought convenience items to easily create a “homemade”-type meal. Although this recipe didn’t

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Posted May 24, 2017in Recipes

Fresh green bean salad

Garden season is in swing, and soon we’ll be able to access fresh produce from our gardens or local farmer’s markets. I can’t think of anything more tasty than red, ripe tomatoes and crisp, cool cucumbers on a hot summer evening. We normally plant a large garden, but this year

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Posted May 02, 2017in Recipes

Extraordinary potato salad

This is a must for the summer celebrations and picnics. You will not resort to purchased potato salad again after you taste this. It is chunky, smoky, bright and tangy. I started with the family standard and added a few key ingredients. Because we live in the land of gorgeous

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Posted April 05, 2017in Recipes

Taco spaghetti

I think I might be considered, by some, as a “recipe geek.” Not only do I enjoy cooking and baking, I especially enjoy exploring new recipes and occasionally, in my spare time, I can be found reading a cookbook like some people read novels. Specific things entice me, and I

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Posted March 01, 2017in Recipes

Jan’s Banana Bars

Ahhhhhhh…..Spring in Iowa….I’ve waited for you for so long! It is my favorite long awaited season as we slowly experience warmth and longer days after the coldness of the winter months. The past few months have been extremely eventful for my husband and I. We welcomed an adorable new granddaughter

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Posted January 31, 2017in Recipes

Silky chicken soup

The cold wind seems to cut right into my bones. There is a low gray ceiling of clouds, and it would be easy to give in to depression at this time of year. I find I need a big pot of comforting, silky soup! This recipe uses frozen ravioli for

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Posted January 03, 2017in Recipes

Meatball supper

This hearty recipe has stood the test of time: I got it from my aunt, who is 90 years old. She was making it for herself one afternoon, and it smelled so good I begged for a taste. After I tasted it, I had to have the recipe, and now

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Posted December 07, 2016in Recipes

Breakfast Casserole

As we approach the holidays a couple of things come to mind for most of us:  Family/Friends and Traditions.  Sometimes tradition not only includes the places we go and the things that we do, but also the foods that we have.  Nearly every family member has their “must haves” when

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Posted March 02, 2016in Recipes

Quinoa with chicken and mushrooms

This recipe is a little twist on a vegetable and chicken stir fry. The quinoa is lighter than rice and not as sticky. Quinoa has more protein than rice also. You can add more balsamic vinegar to the sauce at the end if you like a more pronounced flavor and

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Posted March 02, 2016in Recipes

Cherry chocolate bars

It’s February, and visions of white paper doilies and red hearts are dancing in my head. Even though the weather is usually blustery and cold, I have always liked the month of February. The crown jewel of the shortest month of the year is Valentine’s Day, and we generally think

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