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Ruby Trout with Roasted Brussels Sprout Hash and Saffron Pasta

March 17, 2015

So when I saw these ruby trout filets at my local Heinen’s grocery, my drab winter-starved eyes knew it was time for a colorful plate of fish. While still in the store I rounded a corner and spotted a display of bright golden-fresh saffron pasta which made my heart go pitty-pat.

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Root Vegetable Tart Tatin

February 19, 2015

Use maroon carrots here if you can find them as they add a beautiful touch of red along with their white and orange brethren roots. A dose of goat cheese and sage adds just the right amount of rich and herbal notes to this simple (yes, really) meatless meal.

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Sausage in Pastry with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

January 16, 2015

Game day calls for simple but hearty snacks and nothing is easier than pulling together this juicy, rich, man-pleasing appetizer.

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A Sort-Of-Cuban Sandwich for Two

January 10, 2015

Some may question a sandwich for dinner. But when it’s like 1°F outside, a fast, hot and complete meal wrapped between two slices of buttery toasted bread never disappoints.

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Crunchy Black Bean Quesadillas

December 14, 2014

I always have an assortment of canned beans in my pantry; especially black beans. Luckily for busy people (which pretty much means everyone these days), canned black beans are not only delicious but they’re easy to incorporate into quick to prepare week-night meals.

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Cream of Tomato Bisque with Toasted Cheese and Apple Sandwich

November 18, 2014

Most of us have happy childhood memories of slurping away at a bowl of tomato soup. This decidedly adult version will charm with just the right touch of creamy tomato paired with the crunch and sweetness of apple and cheese sandwiched between lovingly toasted bread.

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Peach Crisp with Lemon Verbena

September 12, 2014

This is my favorite rendition of the classic crisp. I also have an affection for plums, and apricots in this summery dessert but my trademark addition is lemon verbena, which I plant every spring without fail.

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Grilled Pizza with Artichokes, Prosciutto and Pepper Jack Cheese

August 10, 2014

It really isn’t hard to make pizza and it’s a luxury to make it with the toppings exactly the way you like it. Fun and fast to cook on the grill, I even grill pizza in the dead of winter so walking outside to slap a hunk of dough on the grates is no big deal when the weather is fine.

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Sauteed Chicken Breast with Swiss Chard and Rubies

July 15, 2014

My husband loves beets and though I aim to please him, whipping up a bunch of beets for dinner can take more time than I usually allot for dinner prep. So, I came up with a quick way to get delicious ruby-red beets on our Tuesday night dinner plate.

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The “Cure” for the Common Party

June 2, 2014

The hardest part of this no fuss appetizer is rolling up the meat. With no cooking and hardly any prep, you can make up an appetizer or weekend lunch out of purchased sausages and cheeses from your local grocery in no time flat.

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