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Tuscany Pork Chops



Roasted fall vegetables are one of the most delicious ways to enjoy the season's bounty! So easy and with the right seasoning such as Herbes De Provence, brings out more flavor than any other preparation. The pork chops are seasoned with An Evening in Tuscany—a family favorite. The vegetables marry so well with pork chops and a quick and easy meal to prepare. My family loves it and it works well for company.


Make sure you let the chops sit on your counter for about 25-30 minutes before you cook it. Allowing them to come to room temperature helps the meat cook more evenly. Also, letting your chops rest for 10 minutes ensures that all the juices remain inside and not on your cutting board!


I served this with mashed potatoes seasoned with Roasted Garlic Pepper, salt and a balsamic vinegar reduction. Simply add 1/2 cup vinegar to a sauce pan and reduce on medium heat, until syrupy, about 10 minutes.


A glass of Sangiovese pairs beautifully with these flavors!


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MiMoms Peach Crisp




My friend Tweedy and I love canning and preserving at the end of summer.  We found these fantastic local organic peaches and canned slices.  I am not much of a dessert eater but baked fruit and ice cream!  What makes this so good is the reduction of the peach syrup!

A cup of tea went very well with this delicious dessert!

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Chicken Soup with Egg



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Spaghetti Sauce



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Greek Orzo Salad



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Deviled Eggs



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Fabulous Fajitas



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Barb's Saturday Crock Pot Stew



I really never measure! Guess it's all those many years of cooking.
Here's what I throw into the stew: whatever vegetables I have on hand early in the morning—do this before you start anything else, even before coffee!

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Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups with Cheese Sauce



Today is definitely time for some comfort food! We love Italian food and lasagna is my one of children’s favorites. I don't have the time today to make a full lasagna so this is a delicious, quick and easy version.


I used the low fat versions of the cheeses and used fresh mozzarella. I also skipped the heavy cream for 1% milk. Choosing prepared bacon crumbles vs. freshly cooked also saves on the fat and calories. The sauce tastes sinful but will not be too sinful on the hips. 


I used the Johnny Pizza pack with this recipe because it's fantastic for Italian food—not just pizza. 


The rollups were served with a green salad and garlic bread—quite satisfying!


Savored some Chianti with this rich delight.


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Moroccan Twice Baked Potato



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Adobo Lime Ceviche


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Mediterranean Vegetable Frittata


This Frittata uses Mediterranean Blend and is delicious for breakfast or dinner! Pair with a salad and toast and it will make your day.


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Massaman Curry – A Mildly Spicy Introduction to Thai Food

Thai food is known for its harmony of flavors and rich blend of herbs. And they can be extremely spicy if you don’t say to the cook ‘mai pet’ (not spicy). So if you want to acquire a taste for Thai food, it would be best to ease yourself into the exotic Thai flavors by starting with the less adventurous yet tasty Massaman Curry. 
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Spice Up Your Cooking Without Salt

Many people believe that absolutely nothing beats the taste of salt. Salt does have a way of bringing out the flavor of many foods it’s used in, and generally speaking, salt is widely used by just about everyone to cook. Most of the pre packaged food that we regularly eat is preserved using salt. Salt is not only a form of flavoring food, but it also acts as a main preservative.
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Moroccan Stuffed Bell Peppers with Smokey Paprika Sauce


I was feeling adventurous and thought it might be fun to go Moroccan.  Who doesn’t love a stuffed bell pepper!  The Moroccan Spice Blend has an enormous amount of flavor!  Very warm, rich and inviting on a cool night!  I prepared a Sweet Smoked Paprika Tomato Gravy to serve on top for another layer of flavor.  I served this with a simple Dill Yogurt Sauce and Naan (Pita bread works just as well).


I generally prefer to use a yellow, red or orange bell peppers for this dish because the green can be a little bitter.  The reason I add a little sugar to the Gravy is to stabilize the acidity of the tomatoes, a little bit goes a long way.


I really like to explore spices and foods from other cultures.  Its like a culinary mini vacation for the taste buds!  My three teenage girls and hubby loved it!


We sipped a lovely Champagne with this meal.  What a fabulous combination!


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South of the Border Pulled Pork Sliders


It is Football Sunday and I have a bunch of people coming for dinner. I have a ton of errands to run and chores to do around the house. So, I decided to use the slow cooker to make it easy on myself. I have some pork sirloin roasts in the freezer and they truly make fabulous pulled pork! 

From a frozen state just defrost in the microwave for about 10 minutes on medium power. I have to be honest and say that I am not a fan of barbecue sauce! I think it makes everything (chicken meat or pork) taste the same. However, pulled pork is the exception! I enjoy a sauce that has a little bit of a kick and is not too sweet. 

This recipe is easy and quick to get going, but, it does take all day to cook. The upside is that your house smells fantastic and everyone’s mouth is watering by the time dinner is ready! Shredded Green Cabbage tops the slider. Coleslaw is also a delicious addition.

Today I chose baked french fries and a broccoli salad as sides. 

An IPA (India Pale Ale) is the perfect accompaniment! Touchdown! 

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Tuscan Chicken Pesto Panini




There are few things that taste as luxurious as homemade pesto and scrumptiously seasoned chicken. Pile that on a toasted bun with lots of fresh veggies and you have an instant crowd pleaser


I was cleaning out my garden area and noticed that I had an abundance of basil and decided to make Pesto. This sandwich tastes like summer!


We enjoyed this with some gourmet chips.


A glass of Merlot really brought out the flavors.


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