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28 December, 2012

Hearty and Healthy Bean Dip.. Hey it’s Good!

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Yes, I know most of you will cringe when I say bean dip is good.  I promise this hearty and healthy bean dip is not just good, it’s amazing!  It’s pretty cheap too! Keep in mind as you prep the veggies, you want them to fit in a tortilla chip scoop! When I make this
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20 August, 2012

Stewed Tomatoes

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I stopped in to my local grocery store the other night, and I came across 7 large packages of tomatoes reduced to 99 cents.  When I see deals like that, I can’t pass them up!  Tomatoes are popular for canning, but there’s a high risk for botulism if they’re not done properly.  Stewed tomatoes are really
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12 August, 2012

Mexican-Style Soup

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  After a few days at a cottage with my family, I came back home with some random leftovers I wanted use up.  I decided a Mexican-Style Soup would take care of that quite nicely, and the weather is gloomy today, so out came the soup pot! Making homemade soups are a great way to
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12 August, 2012

Mexican-Style Soup

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  After a few days at a cottage with my family, I came back home with some random leftovers I wanted use up.  I decided a Mexican-Style Soup would take care of that quite nicely, and the weather is gloomy today, so out came the soup pot! Making homemade soups are a great way to
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31 July, 2012

Working with Jalapeno Peppers

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Working with jalapeno (or any hot peppers) doesn’t have to be a scary task.  As long as you make sure not to rub your eyes while preparing your peppers, you’ll soon be a master at cleaning and dicing them for your recipes! When choosing the jalapeno for your recipe, make sure to choose dark green
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9 June, 2012

Macaroni Salad

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The first thing to do is choose your favourite short cut pasta.  Elbows, baby shells, ditali (as you see here), any other you may enjoy.  Cook the pasta until the al dente stage, meaning there’s a nice bite to it, and it’s not mushy.  This step is VERY important.  As you drain the pasta, run
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18 May, 2012

Mandoline Slicer

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The mandoline slicer.  If you watch cooking shows, you’ll have seen this kitchen gadget in one form or another.  This is my go-to tool when I need uniform slices, crinkle cut slices, etc.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a decent one for home use; this one was roughly twenty
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5 March, 2012

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Made Easy

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  While the oven is heating, dice about six medium to large potatoes.  Put them in a microwave-safe bowl or dish, and cover with water.  Microwave on high for about ten minutes.  This will greatly reduce the oven time needed to produce crispy roasted potatoes. Meanwhile, put 1/3 cup of
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4 March, 2012

Rice Cooker

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If you enjoy rice, and have a hard time cooking it stove top a rice cooker is a great investment.  For small appliances like this, if I don’t find them on sale, I keep my eye out at yard sales.  I don’t like to spend good money on something like this unless I know for
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29 February, 2012

Stuffed Pasta Shells

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I noticed chicken legs on sale the other day, and I was craving something healthy but pasta-related.  I came up with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells that satisfied my craving completely! I often use chicken legs and not boneless chicken breast because it’s so much more budget-friendly.  If you’re not sure how to prepare
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