Easy Healthy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a few easy spaghetti recipes under their belts.  Spaghetti noodles are cheap and fast to cook.  If you have a few different sauce recipes memorized you can always … Read more

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How to Make Candied Orange Peel

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Candied orange peel is one of my favorite treats, yet for some reason I’ve only  made it once since I was a little girl.  When I saw beautiful, seasonal Royal Mandarins at my local grocery store, I knew I had to candy their gorgeous peels.  This is such a simple recipe, and also creates orange simple syrup and orange sugar, three recipes in one!My mother is a very smart woman.  From a very young age she taught me that cooking and food were a lot of fun.  I realize that sometimes this caused her more work than it was worth.  For instance, at age two I put a plastic Cool Whip (yes, we did eat Cool Whip growing up) container in the broiler before we went off to a church event.  Imagine how traumatized I was when we came home to a house full of black, oily smoke and a screeching fire alarm.  I was certain that an ancient dragon had turned our little home into his fiery den and was bellowing a warning to stay away.  I think it took a few weeks, but my excitement for cooking was renewed, this time with an element of caution.

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Vegan Bell Pepper Corn Soup Recipe

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Half way through winter I start itching for fresh produce.  I’m grew up in Hawaii where so much fresh produce is available year round because of the mild weather.  While we love our root vegetables and kale chips, I start craving the things I see in the store that I know just won’t taste as good out of season.  That’s when I remembered that I had a bag of corn in the freezer that I cooked and froze the moment I got it home from the farm last fall.  The soup I turned it into has now become one of our favorite soups of all time!

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Irish Beef Stew Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

My ethnic background is so mixed and confusing, that I tend to associate myself with Asian cultures since that’s what I grew up in.  But I know I’ve got some Scottish and English blood running through my veins, and I think I’m part Irish as well.  I’ve always felt a longing to visit Ireland, Guinness was the first beer I actually liked, and my iPod is full of Celtic tunes (a lot of which were played at our wedding).  One of my favorite ways to get in touch with my Irish roots, is the best beef stew on the planet.

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Pork Chop Recipe for Spaghetti

Leftover recipes! In my house that’s something there’s never enough of.  Eric doesn’t like eating leftovers, but if I turn them into another dish, he doesn’t know they’re leftovers, and I can save tons of money in our food budget by re-purposing leftover food.  I love making leftover pork chop recipes because pork chops are SO CHEAP!

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Easy Kale Recipe for a Hearty Winter Casserole

I’m always excited to come up with new kale recipes.  This time of year it’s the only local leafy green I can get.  I used to see it in the store but never buy it because I wasn’t sure how to prepare kale, but I finally let my sense of adventure take over, and now when I buy kale I get excited as I think of the possibilities.  This kale casserole is what I consider one of my southern recipes, and was one of the side dishes I serve at my local and seasonal Christmas party because it’s so simple to make.

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Simple Seafood Chowder and I’m off to Mexico!!!

This time of year in Washington, I want hearty warm meals like soup, stew, and chowder.  Some of my stew recipes simmer for hours to reduce and thicken, so I make a huge batch that I can freeze for a quick meal later.  But sometimes I want something right away and don’t have any in the freezer.  That’s when my seafood chowder steps up to the plate.  This is such an easy seafood chowder recipe, and totally satisfies that heartiness craving.

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