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Bowl of chicken enchilada soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

  Hi all! Just popping in to share a recipe, this one made with my kitchen gadget du jour, the Instant Pot!  This recipe is from Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today... it's her awesome and EASY recipe for chicken enchilada soup.  This soup literally takes moments to throw together and is ready to eat in half an hour. Rather than repeating her recipe here, just pop over to her site to check it out. But…
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I’m getting on the Instant Pot bandwagon!

  'Fessing up in advance here... I am easily lured by the siren song of a new kitchen gadget.  If a gizmo claims it will save me time or effort or will outperform another gizmo, then tell me more! And so, of course, the new Instant Pot craze captured my attention.  I resisted its appeal for a few months, but as of last week, it won. If you've been living under a rock and aren't…
Recipe reviews and tried and true recipes from my kitchen
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Gonna Eat That: Black bean and jalapeno soup

What's for dinner? 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.  And the result turned out to be deeee-licious.  Do you like black bean soup?  If so, give this version a try! By…
Pecan pound cake
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Pecan pound cake recipe

Oh. Em. Gee.  You have to try this pecan pound cake recipe from AllRecipes.com.   It's everything that a cake should be - moist, sweet, and delicious.  I omitted the butter flavored extract simply because I didn't have any, but it was amazing anyway.  I shared this cake with several friends, all of whom were as excited about it as I was. My girlfriend Ginny's husband loved it so much that he asked if he…
Mashed avocado on a rice cake
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Gonna Eat That (While Blogging): Mashed Avocado Spread

Maybe it's because I was starving, but this tastes soooooo good.  This is what I'm eating while working on the blog today.  It's a ripe avocado seasoned with some garlic powder, garam masala, and kosher salt. Mush it all up and spread it on a couple of rice cakes. Gluten-free, healthy fat, crunchy goodness. This will not be my last go-round with this particular treat. Yum!
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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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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: easy dinner with coconut curry sauce

Tonight's dinner was the bomb.  With the elimination diet I've been on for the past few weeks, my food choices have been limited - and a bit bland.  I've been craving Indian food but much of it contains dairy.  So tonight I tried something new to spice up a plain dinner of grilled sausage, jasmine rice, and green beans... a coconut curry sauce recipe from Real Simple that took about 10 minutes from start to…
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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,…
braised cabbage with kielbasa
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Braised cabbage with kielbasa and apples

What to do with a half a head of leftover cabbage? Hmmm. Chef Google recommended braising. And, who knew? It's delicious! Here's my version... Braised Cabbage with Kielbasa and Apples You'll need: 2 Tbsp butter 1 c water ½ head of green cabbage, chopped 1-2 apples, diced ½ to 1 ring of kielbasa, halved lengthwise then sliced into 3/8” slices kosher salt Do this: In a large skillet, heat butter over medium high. Add cabbage…
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