Spinach and Pancetta Salad with Fried Egg

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Baba Ghanouj | Eggplant Dip

SONY DSCWeekend warriors!  It’s Saturday!  What’s the good word?

We have a whole lot of nothing planned this weekend and I just couldn’t be more thrilled about it.  The weather here in MN is feeling a bit crisp and fall like-so as you can imagine, I intend on a cozy cup of coffee this morning with my husband who is [finally] back in town and a couple of kids running around in jammies until we decide what random Saturday adventure we would like to partake in.  Man, my kind of day.   Continue reading

B.B.T Lettuce Wraps

SONY DSCMonday Monday.  Give me allllll the coffee today, friends.  You feeling it too?  Some Mondays I am so ready to rock into the week…this Monday, totally ready to rock myself back to sleep.  Perfect day for a hardly-a-recipe recipe, no?!

B.B.T Lettuce Wraps.  Bacon Bleu Tomato Lettuce Wraps.  Because you know what?  Sometimes I don’t really feel like cooking.  And sometimes, even though I don’t feel like cooking, I still feel like eating something yummy.

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Quick + Easy Garden Fresh Salsa

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There really is no excuse not to make this stuff.  It takes about as much time as it takes to open up a jar of salsa from the market and, well, I don’t need to tell you how the taste compares, right?

We all know how delicious fresh salsa is.  And when the tomatoes, peppers and onions are as fresh and perfect as it comes it really is just the most unbeatable condiment on the planet, in my humble opinion.  Gobs of garlicky, acidic, sweet, spicy flavor…yes, please, I’ll go right ahead!  Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Mediterranean Bowls

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Summer is officially halfway over you guys.  Each year around this time I seem to begin easing into fall mindset; it’s a  point of bittersweetness thinking about what’s shortly ahead.

School.  Structure.  Less daylight.  Earlier bedtimes.  More responsibility.  And quite honestly, each time around this year, that all tends to sound slightly appealing to me.  As much as I adore our summers here in MN, the fall brings so much wonderful newness.  The scenery is impeccable.  The crisp air and lack of mosquitos are like a dream.  The kids getting into a new routine and their utter excitement about school is so uplifting.  And schedules…you know I love a solid, predictable schedule 😉

But before all of that comes, while things are still warm and sticky and loosey-goosey, please, please, I beg you, do me a favor?  Celebrate these last days of summer in your kitchen and make this dish.  It’s sheer delight; summer at its very very very finest.  And if you have even the slightest love for Mediterranean flavor, this is absolutely for you. Continue reading

Cheesy Mexican Zucchini Boats

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Truth:  my family has about had it with zucchini, I am afraid.  As promised, I am dedicating this entire week on the blog to zucchini-because man, it’s everywhere and it’s just got to be utilized.  So, as one would assume, I have been testing zucchini recipes left and right in my kitchen for the last couple of weeks.  Some failed miserably, some were just mediocre, and some wowed us and actually convinced me that my children like zucchini; these Cheesy Mexican Zucchini boats were one of those.

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I shared the recipe on KARE11 a couple of days ago and it was such a great time.  I always love spending afternoons around there-the people are just so darn friendly, the work space is so far beyond most local TV station kitchens, and it’s a total excuse for me to get out and ‘work’ outside of my own kitchen; so fun!  Click here to see the video if you didn’t catch it. I’m happy to say the recipe was totally loved by all! Continue reading