2022: The Year of Abundant Asparagus!

Asparagus, so much asparagus!

Asparagus. As a kid I never liked asparagus. Maybe because they were mushy (canned)? I’ve never been a fan of cooked-to-death veggies. I love a crunch. So I’m good with them cooked as little as possible (unlike meat – right or wrong, I go in the opposite direction there – I like meat cooked)! Never in my life have I eaten as much asparagus as I did this year…

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A Quick & Light Salad = Perfect Lunch!

This salad happened by mistake one day while I was baking – I had an orange that had been zested, so I needed to use it. I was also hungry, ha ha… So, I was thinking how to incorporate the orange into my lunch. This was perfect. Fresh, delicate, with a bit of crunch – the vinaigrette was OUTSTANDING!

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A Lunchtime Hummus Delight!

Day after day we think about what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day, over and over again. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut eating the same foods, or eating something that isn’t all that exciting. That’s when it’s nice to change things up and try something different. This comes together so quickly, with just a few ingredients, and it couldn’t be better (or more refreshing)!

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Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe by Suzy Karadsheh!

Creamy Chicken Pasta on Bowtie

Fall is in the air! With the change in weather comes a change in light – it goes quickly during the day – so we have to eat dinner earlier and earlier to be able to capture a good food shot, haha. #thanksfred This recipe comes together quickly and is out of this world delicious! If there are just two of you, this heats up well the next day!

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Pumpkin Seeds – The Best Part of Halloween!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – My Favorite!

Trick or Treating, dressing up in fun costumes, going to Halloween parties, eating candy, even carving the pumpkin are probably most people’s favorite Halloween memories. Mine has always been the pumpkin seeds, well, at least as I got older! If you’ve got a pumpkin and you’re going to carve it – take a few minutes and roast those seeds and be in for a treat of a lifetime!

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Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe by Epicurious!

Sheet pan dinner: Sausage, Kale & Potatoes…

This Sheet pan dinner recipe of Sausage, Kale & Potatoes is heavenly. For many reasons: It’s quick, it’s healthier than other options and it makes THE BEST leftovers ever (photo above is leftovers heated on a sheet pan until hot). I just sliced the sausage so it would heat quickly. #delish

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The Best Avocado Toast – So easy to make!

Are you Team Sliced or Team Smushed 🙋‍♀️ for your avocado toast?

Avocado toast. It’s so delightful. It has such a nice creamy texture, and what you add to it can only enhance it’s fabulous taste. It’s best on “good bread” something a little hearty. Avocado toast can get pricey in restaurants, but did you know – it’s super easy to make! Done in just a few minutes…

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Monterey Chicken *Recipe* – SO good!

Monterey Chicken – My version (only slight changes)

Do you ever get in a rut with recipes? We do. It seems like I’ll make the same dinners over and over for a while because they sound good, taste good, etc. However, it’s SO NICE to branch out and find something different on occasion. This recipe is healthy, came together quickly and I made a nice side to go with it. We ate it for two nights. (#winwin)

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Favorite Things: Jeni’s Ice Cream!

The first two flavors of Jeni’s Ice Cream that we’ve tried. #wow

I have seen Jeni’s Ice Cream at grocery stores, and remember driving by a Jeni’s in Charleston, SC (always with a long line of customers), but I never tried it. After talking with a neighbor (ALMD, you are responsible for this, ha ha) – and after recuperating after a cold, where nothing seems to taste good – Jeni’s sounded fabulous!

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan – So delish!

This Eggplant Parmesan tastes like lasagna minus the pasta and a good bit of the fat

I have an Eggplant Parmesan recipe that my mom made (recipe from a Detroit cookbook) – a winner, but I wanted to try a version without frying the eggplant. I found one – everything about this dish was so good, and made a full 9×13″ pan. The dish was hearty, so I made a cucumbers/Greek yogurt side dish – an all time summer favorite.

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A Green Smoothie – that doesn’t taste green!

Two green smoothies, whipped to perfection!

Green smoothies. Many are very (very) green tasting, some are very acidic, I just haven’t found one I love, until now… I took the green smoothie recipe from Vitamix and changed it a bit. It came out delightful (and packed with goodness)! With just a few ingredients and the flip of a switch, breakfast is served!

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Mozz/Tomato/Basil Salad on the Menu – Happy Weekend!

Well, hello! Happy Saturday – hope you have wonderful plans (which can mean no plans, hehe) for the weekend. I love these colorful frogs – they always seem so happy jumping around. It seems like Fred is always saving frogs from the pool. Scoop them out and they jump right back in 🙄.

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