Author: sandradalton

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Cooking Ahead

If you’re like me, you don’t always have the time or energy to cook a big meal. Cooking ahead and freezing food can mean having food on hand whenever you need it, but for some that sounds like spending all day, or at least several hours, in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to be that […]

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Food Recalls

I’ve said it before, but it’s just getting worse. EATING IS SCARY!!! It seems like there has been a recall on every type of food imaginable, lately. If I weren’t so addicted to food I’d be tempted to give it up. In case you don’t know already, I am no fan of the FDA, but […]

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Turkey Wrapped Zucchini Spears

Turkey Wrapped Zucchini Spears, by Sandra Yvonne Duke1 large zucchini8 slices honey roasted turkeySwiss cheeseCream cheeseSalt Peel zucchini and slice lengthwise into 8 pieces. Cut 8 slices of Swiss cheese (about ¼” by 1” by 3”). Lay one piece of zucchini and one piece of Swiss cheese across one piece of turkey, and add cream […]

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Steak and Sweet Potato Soup

Steak and Sweet Potato Soup, by Sandra Yvonne Duke1 cooked steak (cut into very small pieces, leave fat on)1 sweet potato (peeled and thinly sliced)1 onion (diced)5 cups water1 cup chicken stock or brothPowdered garlicBasilOreganoThymeGarlic chivesParsleyChili Pequin2 cups milk Place all ingredients except milk in a pan and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and […]

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Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad, by Sandra Yvonne Duke You can vary this recipe in many ways for different flavors, and different purposes. I suggest playing with different amounts and kinds of vegetables. I use Simply Organic salad dressing mix because it has no MSG! Dressing1 package garlic vinaigrette (or Italian) dressing mix4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar¼ cup water1/3 […]

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Bacon “Wrapped” Shrimp

Bacon “Wrapped” Shrimp, by Sandra Yvonne Duke This was inspired by a dish served at Viva Vallarta, in Canon City, Colorado. Theirs is different in a few ways and, as in most restaurants, to me the portion size is just a tease. They actually wrap their shrimp with the bacon. I don’t. That takes a […]

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A Different Broccoli Mac & Cheese

A Different Broccoli Mac & Cheese, by Sandra Yvonne Duke Normally, I like to make everything from scratch, including my sauces, but sometimes there’s just not time. This cheater recipe comes out almost as good as homemade, and is much, much easier. It uses a pre-made sauce, Alfredo or other white cheese. 1 cup dry […]

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Deep Fry Fetish

Many of you already know how much I love my deep fryer. Well, I have discovered a whole new joy in deep frying – tortilla chips! It’s too easy! Just cut corn tortillas into quarters and throw them in the deep fryer for about one minute. Drop them in a papertowel lined bowl and salt […]

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Peach and Spinach Salad

Peach and Spinach Salad, by Sandra Yvonne DukeFresh spinachPeach slicesGreen onionsFeta cheeseRaspberry vinaigrette place in each serving bowl:2 to 3 handfuls fresh spinach leaves6 to 8 peach slices1 green onion, sliced1 to 2 tablespoons feta cheese (crubled or cubed) Serve with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Peaches can be fresh or preserved. I have found that […]

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Questions From Readers

Today a reader asked if I take questions on food and/or gardening. The answer is Yes! Please, send me your questions! I may not have all the answers, but I will gladly post your questions so that other readers can comment and provide feedback! So, here is Mattie’s question: I am planning to spray compost […]