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Vegetable Chowder Recipe

10 Mar

Vegetable Chowder Recipe is the perfect spring soup.  Even though it is called a chowder, it is not as thick as you would think.  Fresh veggies and a cheese sauce make for one awesome chowder.

There is nothing I like better then eating homemade soups, stews, and chowders.  I love how the longer ingredients simmer the more the flavor develops, and you can get completely different tastes from similar ingredients depending on how they are combined.  Soups are multi-talented, they can be served nearly any time of the day.  They can be hearty and warm on those cool days, or they can be chilled and light when it’s warm out.  Soups are simply fabulous!
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Scallops and Vegetables with Citrus Soy Sauce

4 Sep

Scallops and Vegetables with Citrus Soy Sauce is great for entertaining, and is sure to please even the biggest seafood skeptic.  The Citrus Soy Sauce adds an amazing bust of flavor.

Scallops and Vegetables with Citrus Soy Sauce hold a special place in my heart.  This is one of the first meals I made my husband when we had first started dating.  I love scallops, they are tender and sweet jewels from the ocean.  This dish is great for entertaining, and is sure to please even the biggest seafood skeptic.
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Roasted Vegetables for Pasta

24 Jun

Roasted vegetables served on a bed of pasta puts a new spin on classic comfort food.  Try them topped with a spinkling of Parmesan or feta cheese.

Roasted vegetables served on a bed of pasta puts a new spin on classic comfort food.  Try them topped with a spinkling of Parmesan or feta cheese.

To ensure even cooking and a pleasing appearance, cut all of the vegetables into approximately 1-inch cubes or pieces.  Seed the zucchini if it has a very seedy center.  Roasted vegetables are best served soon after baking.  If you’re not serving them right away, leave them on the baking sheet; when hot roasted vegetables sit in a serving bowl for too long, they steam and lose some of their special roasted texture.
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Steak and Vegetable Kabobs

14 Jun

The marinade I use for this Steak and Vegetable Kabob recipe is wonderful and full of flavor.  It has a nice touch of citrus, and tastes great as a dressing for a salad too.

Kabobs make outdoor entertaining festive and fun. They can be easily assembled ahead of time, grilled to perfection in minutes and there’s little clean up after the meal. They’re perfect for backyard picnics and parties.  Who doesn’t love a kabob?  You can put anything you want on a kabob, and these are no exception.  The traditional meat for kabobs is lamb, but you can also use: beef, goat, chicken, fish, seafood (shrimp, scallops), vegetable or tofu.
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Heirloom Vegetables

19 Apr


Until recently, farmers and plant breeders saved the seeds of the most desirable plants from each year’s harvest for the next year’s crop.  Gardeners gave their  surplus to friends and relatives, and especially noteworthy varieties found their way to seed companies for wider distribution.  Today with larger mechanized farms, fewer gardeners harvesting seeds, and more hybrids and sterile seeds, many heirloom varieties have become rare or extinct.

This amounts to more than just the old being pushed out by the new. Heirlooms are not the first choice for agribusiness where concerns of perishability, yield, shipping endurance, pest resistance, and appearance are more important than flavor. As more old varieties are lost, we also lose a broad genetic base. This creates a less diverse source of food crops that may not be as adaptable or hardy.

What can the consumer do?  If you enjoy gardening, grow heirloom vegetables yourself.  Patronize farmers’ markets and produce stands where farmers label and promote  heirlooms.  Buy locally grown fresh produce to support growers who can produce a wider range of varieties than what is offered at typical supermarkets.  Another option is to join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to encourage regional small-scale farms.  CSA members buy shares in the produce they will eventually receive.  Most CSAs encourage participation, including input on what to grow.  For more information, visit

Here is a list of a few favorite heirloom varieties that can be found if you look hard enough.

BEANS:  Cherokee trail of tears – Carried by the Cherokees on their forced march west to Oklahoma.  These are very tasty purple podded beans.

Kentucky wonder – A classic green bean, excellent flavor, great fresh, frozen, or canned.

Jacob’s cattle – White beans attractively spotted with maroon.  Good for all bean dishes, especially soups or baked beans.

BEETS:  Chioggia – Strong-growing beautiful Italian variety.  Horizontal slices show alternating rings of rose pink and white.  Nice in salads.

Golden beet – Brilliantly colored roots that are also particularly sweet.

BROCCOLI:  Romanesco – Spiraling florets form psychedelic patterns on this nutty-flavored Italian heirloom.

CABBAGE:  Early jersey wakefield – A very tender and sweet English variety from the eighteenth century.

CARROTS:  Scarlet nantes – Non-fibrous texture and sweet flavor for all uses, particularly jucies.

CORN:  Golden bantam – Introduced in 1902, this is still a popular sweet corn for home gardeners.

EGGPLANT:  Rosa bianca – Delicate flavor, smooth texture, and unusual  lavender stripes on a white fruit make this Italian heirloom worth trying.

KALE:  Russian red (ragged jack) – Brought to North America by Russian traders, this is a favorite variety of a very nutritious cooking green.  The flat, violet-veined leaves are milder and more tender than other kales.

LEEKS:  Black seeded simpson – A crisp, tasty, classic looseleaf with bright yellow leaves.

Forellen schluss (speckled trout) – An Austrian heirloom with very tender, light green leaves speckled with maroon.

MUSTARD GREENS:  Mizuna – A Japanese type that is versatile; baby greens are good in salad, mature leaves cook quickly for soups or stir-frys.  Plant has a lovely feathery, fern-like habit.

Tatsoi – A Chinese heirloom with deep green leaves on white stalks, similar to pak choi, but smaller.  Use like mizuna.

PEAS:  Golden sweet – Unusual chartreuse snow pea, new to this continent but grown for centuries in India.  Eat the pods before peas develop.

SWISS CHARD:  Five color silverbeet – The flavor of this Swiss chard is not different from the green variety, but the gorgeous color range of red, pink, yellow, orange, and cream range stops people in their tracks.  Good in both flower and vegetable gardens as an edible ornamental.

SQUASH:  Delicata – A nineteenth-century introduction valued today for its dry, sweet flesh.  Sized just right for individual servings of stuffed squash.

TOMATOES:  Amana orange – Huge slicing tomatoes with rich flavor.  Combine with other colored slices for festive platters.

Black krim – Russian heirloom with full flavor and purplish-red fruits that turn almost black in hot weather.

Brandywine – Large pink beefsteak, good for slicing, intense tomato-ey flavor.  An Amish family heirloom that has become very popular.

Cherokee purple – Tennessee variety reputed to be one of the sweetest.  Unusually colored rose, green, and brown.

Costoluto genovese – Italian variety good for sauce, juice, fresh eating.  Somewhat tart, bright red.

Green zebra – An introduction from the eighties that is grouped with heirlooms because of its appearance and non-hybrid status.  Zesty tart-and-sweet flesh that is, not surprisingly, striped yellow to yellow-green.

Joya de oaxaca – Mexican variety that is god both fresh and dried.  Yellow flesh streaked with pink, orange, and red.  Highly flavorful.

Mortgage lifter (radiator charlie’s mortgage lifter) – Huge beefsteaks that enabled the breeder to pay off his mortgage by selling the plants and seeds of this exceptional tomato.

Yellow Pear – Prolific producer of sweet, juicy small tomatoes that are low in acid and very flavorful.

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Gingered Sweet Potatoes

26 Mar

Gingered Sweet Potatoes offer a a different way to prepare and serve this awesome potato.  The ginger adds a touch of bit, heavenly!

Sweet potatoes are amazing, and I love to make them all the time.  They are a perfect side dish, full of vitamins and flavor.  One problem I have with sweet potatoes is that I always seem to prepare them the same way; baked, mashed with some butter and cinnamon, and maybe some brown sugar added in if I’m feeling like I want more sweetness.  Gingered Sweet Potatoes is a great alternative way to present sweet potatoes.
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Shepherd’s Pie

25 Feb

Shepherd's Pie is a super tasty traditional comfort food, and an all-in-one meal.  Perfect for chilly nights.

Beef Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional, all-in-one comfort dish.  Shepherd’s Pie is full of flavor, and with the veggies mixed in with the beef filling, it is the perfect way to sneak in veggies to picky eaters.  The creamy mashed potatoes on top are one of my favorite parts of this dish.  To help make the preparation easier, you can purchase frozen potatoes that are ment for mashing.  Simply cook in microwave and you are ready to mash away.  Much faster then peeling, cubing, and boiling your own potatoes.
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Matzo Ball Soup

5 Jan

Matzo Ball Soup is simple, and packs super flavor.  Hailed for its cold curing properties, Matzo Ball Soup rivals chicken soup for the ultimate cold remedy.

Matzo Ball Soup is simple, yet it packs some super flavor.  Hailed for its cold curing properties, Matzo Ball Soup rivals chicken soup for the ultimate cold remedy.  Perfect for those with diet restrictions, such as, vegetarians or those on kosher diets.
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Flank Steak

28 Dec

Flank Steak is a tender, flavorful and easy recipe, a must for every household.  One of my favorite broiled flank steak recipes.

Every household should have delicious, foolproof recipes for affordable cuts of meat.  The Hungry Wife Flank Steak recipe is just that.  Flank Steak is a relatively long, flat cut of meat and used in a variety of dishes, such as, London Broil and fajitas.  Because it is a tougher cut of meat, you want to make sure you take the time to marinade and cook it just right.  Paying attention to not over-cooking is very important so that you have a tender steak and not a tough, chewy steak.
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Crock Pot Stuffing

15 Dec

Crock Pot Stuffing is a great way to make this traditional dish.  Super moist and flavorful, sure to be a family favorite at the table.

Stuffings are a delicious side dish, often found on tables around the holidays with turkey, but is also a perfect accompaniment to pork chops and chicken.  It seems like there are endless possibilities to stuffing recipes, but my Crock Pot Stuffing Recipe is one that I found is a hit with all that try it.  When you are going to be busy in the kitchen preparing your holiday meal, it is great to be able to make Crock Pot Stuffing and not have to worry about it until you are ready to serve.
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Chicken Pot Pie

8 Nov

Chicken Pot Pie is a wonderful comfort food, perfect for chilly days.  Don't buy the typical frozen pot pies, make your own, you'll be glad you did!

There is nothing better than a Chicken Pot Pie to comfort you, especially on chilly nights.  This is one of my all time favorite dishes, but I never really made it that much until I found this awesome Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
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Chicken Nuggets Recipe

5 Oct

Chicken Nuggets are a meal everyone has had before, but not like this.  A super crispy, seasoned coating and the most tender chicken.  You'll never go to the drive-thru again for nuggets.

Chicken Nuggets are something that everyone has had before at some point in time.  If you have picky eaters in your house, you might have them more often then others.  Parents often pick up Chicken Nuggets in large bags from the freezer section or at fast food drive-thru’s.  These are not Chicken Nuggets, don’t fool yourself.  They are seriously lacking in flavor and texture.  Instead of feeding your family the fake imitations, serve up some of these awesome, flavorful, and easy homemade Chicken Nuggets.
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Zucchini Bread Recipe

1 Sep

Zucchini Bread Recipe: Moist and delicious.  Perfect when company stops over and to give as a little housewarming gift.  This is a wonderful homemade treat!

Zucchini bread is one of my all-purpose standbys.  It is so moist and delicious, perfect for when company stops over, and great for holidays to wrap up and give as a wonderful homemade treat.  When making Zucchini Bread I like to use small loaf pans, where this recipe will make 4 loaves at a time.
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Jerk Chicken Reicpe

2 Jun

Jerk Chicken is a spicy, flavorful dish that is perfect for summer BBQs.  The sauce can be used as a marinade or at the table on top of your favorite foods.

Jerk Chicken is an amazing dish I love to eat, but have always been a bit intimidated to make myself.  This was mainly because I didn’t have my own recipe for it, and when you go looking for Jerk sauce recipes, there are many variations out there.  It seems as though everyone has their own special Jerk Chicken recipe, that varies slightly from each other.  After much searching I came up with my own Spicy Jerk Sauce recipe, made from a combination of recipes I found.  I think you’ll agree that this is a good contender with authentic Jerk Chicken that can be found at Jamaican restaurants.

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Tomato Basil Sandwiches

24 May

Tomato Basil Sandwiches is a  great summertime entree.  When it starts getting hot outside, I like recipes that don't require a lot of prep work or cooking.

Tomato Basil Sandwiches is a  great summertime entree.  They are easy to make, and the tomato-basil is very refreshing.  When it starts getting hot outside, I start looking for recipes that don’t require a lot of prep work or cooking.  These Tomato Basil Sandwiches can be made on the grill, along with corn or other veggies to be served as a side dish.  However, I like to use a Panini press or similar indoor grill sometimes instead of cooking outside, especially when it is really hot out.
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Creamy Pasta Primavera

17 May

Creamy Pasta Primavera is a favorite dinner recipe, especially when spring veggies are abundant.  This is a great recipe that truly highlights the best in-season, local vegetables.

Creamy Pasta Primavera is a favorite dinner recipe, especially when spring veggies are abundant.  With farmers markets reopening, this is a great recipe to make that truly highlights the best in-season, local vegetables have to offer.  Creamy Pasta Primavera is a cinch to make, taking about 20 minutes total.  This recipe gets even better though, by offering a low calories, low fat, yet full flavor to the traditional Pasta Primavera recipes, with a hint of lemon.
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Chicken Gumbo Recipe

6 May

Chicken Gumbo Recipe is a healthy, flavorful, easy dish that families will love.  Add some spice to your life, and prepare this great slow-cooker meal.

Like a lot of my recipes, this is not a traditional Chicken Gumbo Recipe.  Even though this Gumbo is not prepared in the traditional sense, it tastes every bit as amazing, with a fraction of the effort.  With no roux, this Chicken Gumbo is more thin like a soup, but works wonderfully when served on top of rice.  This more of a Creole Recipe then Cajun.  By not adding a roux to the recipe, this Chicken Gumbo Recipe is much healthier, reducing fat and calories.
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Mushroom Pasta Recipe

21 Apr

Mushroom Pasta Recipe is a simple dish to make, perfect for those busy weeknight meals.  A creamy, low-fat dish that is full of flavor.

Mushroom Pasta Recipe is a simple dish to make, perfect for those busy weeknight meals.  The best thing about this recipe though, is that it is low fat so you can feel good about serving it to you and your family.  The recipe results in a creamy dish, full of flavor with no heavy cream in sight.  So much so, that you will have a hard time believing it is low fat.
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Corn and Cheddar Chowder

14 Apr

Corn and Cheddar Chowder is hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but still makes an excellent spring and summer soup.  Highlight seasonal corn in a whole new way.

If you couldn’t tell by now, I am a soup lover.  I love trying out new soups, finding new ways to delicately simmer ingredients until their flavors meld together.  With Spring in full bloom and Summer just around the corner, soon grocery stores and farmers markets will be flooded with local sweet corn.  What better way to celebrate the great corn harvest, then to make and amazing Corn and Cheddar Chowder.
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Broccoli Casserole Recipe

17 Mar

Broccoli Casserole is the perfect way to sneak vegetables into dinner.  This dish is creamy and flavorful, and my favorite part, cheesy!

Broccoli Casserole is the perfect way to sneak vegetables into dinner.  This dish is creamy and flavorful, and my favorite part, cheesy.  One of the things I love best about this recipe, is that you can really play with the ingredients.  Your not going to make any major mistakes if you decide to add a little something extra to it.  This allows you to really make Broccoli Casserole Recipe your own.
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