Creamy Poblano Sauce with Pasta

One year we rented a condo in Cancun, and we had the option of hiring the owner’s cook/housekeeper to prepare our meals. We weren’t sure if that would be a good idea, so we hired her just for a few days. Big mistake–we should have hired her everyday! Our first…

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Slow Cooked Beans

You don’t need a slow cooker to slow cook beans. Basically a large pot will do, although you wouldn’t want to leave it on all day if you’re going to be away. Once you’ve tasted beans cooked the slow way, you may never buy canned beans again! These instructions are…

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Baked Scallops

Sea scallops are the large (and more commonly found) type. Bay scallops are very small. You can use either one, but we typically go with the larger ones. Make sure that they’re very fresh and cook them on the same day if possible. You don’t need to do much to…

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Creamy Garlic Soup

This soup will knock out a cold in no time! But beware–your breath might knock out your partner, too. 🙂 Actually, the soup tastes great, and it’s my go-to food when I’m dragging around from a cold or flu. Speaking of the flu, doesn’t it seem that EVERY year is called…

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Eggplant with Chickpeas

This recipe is for all of you who don’t particularly like eggplant, but are intrigued by these odd, purple (or white, or striped) vegetables. Or perhaps you’re like my daughter who kept getting eggplants in her produce box and just let them rot rather than cook them. So, the last…

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Cajun Crab Cakes

My husband is Cajun and is very particular when it comes to crab cakes. He does NOT like filler, but it can be difficult to hold the cakes together without any. These are packed with crab, using only the smallest amount of breadcrumbs. Adjust the Tabasco to suit your tastes, then serve some on the side as well.

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Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken

This is my go-to chicken recipe. You can use any fresh herb or combination, or skip the herbs and garlic altogether for a simple salt and pepper chicken. Either way, the instructions will teach you how to make a moist-on-the-inside and crisp-on-the-outside chicken! The number of people served is approximately what we get out of it.

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Radish and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Radishes are in season during the cool weather of spring and fall. Once exposed to long periods of warm weather, the spicy heat of the radish intensifies, sometimes to the point of becoming inedible. Radishes are easy to grow, but once they’re ready to pick, you could end up with…

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