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Gonna Eat That: Black bean and jalapeno soup

I came home from work tonight, tired and hungry, and there was nothing premade in my fridge.  So, on the verge of blowing $20 and calling for pizza delivery, I decided to throw a bunch of stuff in a soup pot and see if I could scare up anything edible.  The result turned out to be deeee-licious.  If you like black bean soup, give this version a try! By the way, I'm not posting a…
I was afraid of my gas grill! Eek!
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7 super basic tips for new gas grill users

For about two months now I have been experimenting with my gas grill. Until this spring it has always just been a big, black, shiny contraption in the corner of my patio, used mainly by "guest grillers." I don't know why it took me until age 45 to discover how easy and convenient it is to use it. I suppose it was a bit intimidating - maybe I thought it would explode (what with the…
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Gonna eat that: homemade chicken marsala

  Just a quick note to say DAMN, that was a good dinner last night! This recipe earned a spot of honor in the blue binder where I keep only tried-and-true favorites. (Note to self: I should tell you about that binder sometime.) This one is quick, delicious, and has just a few ingredients. I will make this again as a weeknight dinner for sure, but you could totally serve it to company as well.…
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First Christmas in my new home

My new home is decorated for Christmas, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  The living room mantle is my favorite spot because it includes two of my best snowmen including one (on the left) which was made by my Aunt Connie.   The living room: It was fun to decorate this year since it meant figuring out where everything fits in the new place. (I've always wanted a tree in the…
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Squash season

It's fall here in Ohio!  I think this morning was our first frost, but it's been getting gradually chillier all week.  Mike makes me laugh - he marks the passing of the seasons by the change from outdoor foods (grilling) to indoor foods.  In other words, I've been cooking more.  My favorite thing to make is homemade soup, and we've had plenty of that lately as well as some chili. This week we enjoyed squash…
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Gonna eat that: 10 things to do with hummus

Yesterday was a 14+ hour work day with lots of time spent running around and moving heavy stuff.  (We had a fundraiser at work.  It was a boatload of work but also a boatload of fun.)  Maybe I depleted my salt and electrolytes, because I woke up this morning hungry for a batch of fresh, homemade hummus that is extra tart and extra salty.  I'm sitting here now noshing on it with my morning coffee,…
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Killer Griller

Mike and I have started calling ourselves, “The Dynamic Duo of Dinner.”  Mike is a total bad-ass with a gas grill, and we’ve been having a good time cooking together.  Our latest favorite is these grilled veggies. The first night we made them, it was a delicious mix of green pepper, onion, and zucchini.  I chopped everything into large pieces (the zukes were probably ¾”-1” chunks, and everything else was similarly chunky), then placed them…
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Time for some healthy eating

Dating is fattening!  Mike and I have been going out for nice dinners and watching movies on the couch all winter.  Time to get back to healthier eating and more outdoor fun.  Today’s lunch was homemade tomato salad.  Fresh chunks of Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, thinly sliced celery, and black beans, topped with sunflower seeds and my favorite balsamic vinegar. (It’s Alessi’s 20-year-old balsamic; sweet and tangy.)  Good lunch.