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Sheet Pan Mediterranean Roasted Carrots and Acorn Squash

Carrots and Acorn Squash are even more flavorful when roasted along with these warm Mediterranean and classic Middle Eastern spices. I tossed them in coriander and cumin, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them on a sheet pan to make the most incredible healthy side dish. Try this for a weeknight dinner along with chicken, on top of a salad or puree the leftovers into a hearty soup (recipe coming soon!). 1 lb tri colored carrots, […]
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Slow Cooker Bolognese – A Weeknight Win!

With the hint of fall, nothing could more comforting than a bowl of messy, saucy, meaty Bolognese. Follow these simple tips to making it in a slow cooker. When you get back from work (or soccer practice with tired, sweaty kids) your house will smell like an Italian Mama has been slaving in the kitchen all day! Comment below and let me know how yours turns out. Ingredients: ¾ lb Ground beef, 85% lean 2 slices of bacon 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 tbsp […]
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Panzanella Salad – Last Bite of Summer Ripe Tomatoes

At peak freshness, tomatoes are begging to be the star ingredient for your summer salad. I’m savoring every last bite of summer with this vibrant dish complete with crusty, crunchy croutons to soak up all their juices. If you think it looks good today, just wait until tomorrow, when the leftovers are even tastier. Panzanella – Mediterranean Tomato and Cucumber Salad 3 cups cubed (1 inch size) sourdough bread 2 lb ripe tomatoes […]
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Hot Summer Drinks and Eats to Cool You Down

  It’s HOT, I get it. But there’s no reason you can’t celebrate summer, by the pool or the grill, with good friends (and a few drinks). Do it in style with these easy recipes that will seriously impress your guests. I was inspired by the granita when I ate a similar version topped on briny oysters at the outstanding Dallas restaurant, Gemma. And I always keep cans of sparkling wine spritzers in the wine cooler. They are […]
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Pulled Pork 4 Ways – Reinvent this Fall Slow cooker Basic Throughout the Week

Pulled-pork-stuffed-sweet-potatoes Fall is upon us (hooray!) and that means pulling out the slow cooker.  It’s a hectic time of year, between school activities, Halloween and the upcoming holidays, so let’s take the help any way we can get it.  Start with a basic pulled pork recipe, then reinvent it throughout the week.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how many things you can do with pulled pork (and how far you can stretch your $). Below are several […]
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Video on Cooking with tequila for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo can easily be a family affair with this simple, flavorful Tequila Lime Chicken.  If peaches aren’t ripe yet, swap them out for mangos, which are amazing in salsa.  Grab some remade guacamole, or simply top with sliced avocado and this meal is on the table in no time! I hope you have a margarita and chill on the back patio, that’s exactly what I have planned for tonight (while my screaming toddlers throw rice at each […]
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Video how to make Zucchini Pasta with Herbed Cream Sauce

Zucchini pasta It’s not that I’m completely void of all food coloring.  I wish I could remove it from my children’s diet all together, but I think it’s nearly impossible.  But for St Patrick’s Day I am determined to try new ways of incorporating green that are completely natural.  Of everything I prepared, the natural green cupcakes were the biggest hit.  But this zucchini pasta with asparagus and peas, sautéed […]
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Mushroom Quiche and other Mood Boosting Foods

Mushroom Spinach Quiche Slice I’m so over February.  It’s cold, gloomy, dreary, and here in Dallas we just got an extra blast of sleet and snow.  Ya, my mood is pretty blah.  Luckily I’m cooking foods which naturally boost your mood and energy simply by eating them! We often assume supplements and vitamins are the key to boosting mood naturally, but in fact, the foods we eat can affect how we feel emotionally.  Don’t believe me? Check out […]
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Restaurant Style Guacamole Recipe for Superbowl Sunday

Ever wonder why guacamole you order in a restaurant is so amazing? The avocados are perfectly green ripe and the flavor is the perfect balance of salty, tangy and creamy. I visited Uncle Julio’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas, where they take their guac making as seriously as I do.  I was surprised to learn three little secrets they use in the restaurant biz that I now incorporate into my home recipe. First, at restaurants, they  […]
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