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Pumpkin pie muffins with homemade whipped cream – An easy recipe

I made a treat for a work friend whose last day at our tv station was Friday. Brad is moving on to further his education, which I applaud! However, since he’s been someone I’ve enjoyed working with as he cheerfully ran camera for my cooking segments, helped me post stories to our website, and other… Continue reading Pumpkin pie muffins with homemade whipped cream – An easy recipe

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Three nearly-perfect weekend breakfast ideas

Where do you fall in the “breakfast vs. no breakfast” debate? Some of us can’t imagine a day without a good breakfast, while some can’t be bothered to stop to eat before heading out the door to their busy, nonstop days. Happily, that’s why weekends are so great! (Well, one of many reasons…) You can… Continue reading Three nearly-perfect weekend breakfast ideas

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Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas

There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars.  I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much  money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas

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Simple pasta alla checca

In the summertime, when we are all blessedly swimming in fresh tomatoes, whether homegrown or from the farmers market, we eat our fair share of tomato sandwiches, salads, and the like. But what else can you do with fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes? This year, we have something new to do with those gorgeous, juicy orbs. It’s my… Continue reading Simple pasta alla checca

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Mama Steph’s lightened-up spicy red beans and rice

I revisited my mom’s Cajun-style red beans and rice recipe last weekend; we had a little cool snap and I thought it would be tasty to pull that together to enjoy with the boys on a cool night.  I still have my mom’s handwritten recipe for this recipe. I am not sure whether she copied… Continue reading Mama Steph’s lightened-up spicy red beans and rice

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Can balsamic vinegar say I love you on a day like today?

We have so much to be thankful for. We do live in a crazy world, I’ll give you that. I work in a TV news station, so believe me, I hear the craziness on the police scanners and on the other end of the telephone, and I see it in my inbox and via satellite… Continue reading Can balsamic vinegar say I love you on a day like today?

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Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?

A simple recipe for a drink I call a Purple Cow has always  made my boys very happy. It makes me happy, too, because the PC packs a healthy dose of fruit, and is loaded with potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber for their growing bodies. I’ve made these for years…it’s a healthy drink (unlike… Continue reading Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?

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Springtime coconut birds’ nest cookies

Happy spring and Happy Easter, friends! It’s officially springtime here in the U.S., and though I love winter and it’s frosty scenery, heartfelt holidays, and warm clothes, I love the happy birds and sunny skies and blooming flowers of spring. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, as I do, I know you must love the… Continue reading Springtime coconut birds’ nest cookies

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7-minute side dish: skillet-roasted potato dumplings

I’ve been missing my mom lately, and comforting myself at times with food that reminds me of her. Do you ever do that? Crave a meal or dish or dessert that reminds you of someone you love? Food is closely tied to our memories. Almost every time someone mentions, for instance, their grandmother, they’ll say… Continue reading 7-minute side dish: skillet-roasted potato dumplings

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Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss

Here is a great meal idea that I love to make for my family. It’s very quick to prepare; even on a weeknight after work, you’ll have time to make this! The flavors of the vegetables,  garlic, olive oil,  chicken and  pasta all come together to make this cheerful, healthy main dish that your family… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss