Hearty Italian Minestrone

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It’s a blustery February afternoon with freezing rain outside as I write this, and I can’t help but believe that a warm, hearty bowl of minestrone would make all of the cold weather blues just go away. This minestrone is warm and flavorful without being too complicated, and it is packed with vegetables, so it makes me feel good about taking second helpings! Continue reading


Fresh Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is one of those condiments that makes a simple dish seem like it took a lot more time and effort than it did. I use it on nachos, tacos, burritos, chicken, and even on pasta. It just requires a few fresh ingredients and a few minutes to dice them. This recipe makes about 1 quart, plenty to share or keep all for yourself! Continue reading

Pepper Steak

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A great love of my life—besides my husband, of course—is Chinese food. I could eat Chinese food every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Cold or hot.  It doesn’t matter what season.  I even love those cute white containers the food comes in. They are like little presents of deliciousness, just waiting to be opened. That being said, I have been trying for a while to concoct a pepper steak that lives up to my greatest Chinese food fantasies, and I think I have finally done it—or at least gotten pretty darn close!

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Vegetable Pizza

Vegetable pizza

Like any warm-blooded American, I love pizza. Vegetables, on the other hand, were not always my first food choice. Then a few years ago my mother-in-law introduced me to her vegetable pizza. This simple recipe brings together a little of both worlds. I get a creamy (and a bit cheesy) delicious finger food with the added benefit of fresh produce!

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