Month: June 2008

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Planting Again

You may remember my post Planting Salsa. Well, that night it got down to 22 degrees and killed the tomatoes, peppers, and all the seedlings. We had four more freezes last week! Today we did some re-planting. We replace two of the tomato plants, added two zucchini plants, two habaneros, some more onions, and some […]

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4th of July Alternatives

Some of you have mentioned wanting to do something different for the 4th of July. I make a couple of things from time to time that are a refreshing twist on hamburgers and hotdogs, but not so different that they’ll completely freak out your guests. Stuffed Burgers Instead of a plain old burger, I like […]

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Ground Beef and Mashed Potato Casserole

This is really easy if you have leftover mashed potatoes. If not you can always make some. Ground beefMashed potatoesWorcestershire sauceOnion powderGarlic powderSaltPepperFlourMilkFresh spinach (cut up fairly small)Cheese (2 to 4 oz, cubed)Butter Preheat oven to 350. Brown the meat with Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drain off most, but not […]

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Leftover Roast Salad

When I make a roast, after the first meal, I cut up the remaining roast into bite-sized pieces and refrigerate in its juices. It makes a perfect addition to salads. Fresh spinach leavesLettuce of your choiceSproutsGrated carrotsSproutsLeftover roastDressing of your choice (goes great with raspberry vinaigrette or ranch) This also works well with leftover chicken. […]

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Don’t Fear the Potluck

Today I am going to a Father’s Day get-together that happens to be a potluck. I used to find the whole notion of a potluck intimidating and disturbing on so many levels. For one thing, I wasn’t always a good cook, or more honestly, I didn’t cook at all. Then there was the double standard […]

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Honey Mustard Potato Salad

PotatoesBaconCheddarVidalia onionHoney-Dijon dressing Pell potatoes and cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Simmer until tender. Cut up cooked bacon, cheddar, and onion into very small pieces (about ¼ inch if possible). Drain potatoes and mix all ingredients in a large bowl, covering with the desired amount of dressing. Mix gently, but thoroughly.

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Easy Chicken Florentine

You can alter this in many ways. My goal was to make this as easy a humanly possible, with the illusion of being a complex gourmet dish. In other words, I wanted to make something really wonderful and be lazy about it. It can be done! 2 Chicken breastsFresh spinach (about ½ bag)Garlic (5 or […]

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Raspberry Jalapeno Chicken

Raspberry jelly, 12ozVinegar, 2 tablespoonsBrown sugar, 1 tablespoonOnion powder, 1 teaspoonFresh jalapenos, 2, sliced and seededFresh garlic, 1 clove, sliced Preheat oven to 325. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, slowly bring to a boil, while stirring. Remove from heat. Place chicken in casserole dish. Top with sauce and cover. Bake until done (30-45 […]