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Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

Over the years my mom and I have tried to make our own chips numerous ways, with numerous gadgets never to really succeed. {I seem to remember one crazy microwave contraption from many years ago}. I guess our quest began {and our addiction to the latest potato chip gadgets} out of our love of potato […]

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Mexican Restaurant Copy Cat – Spanish Rice Recipe

I love Mexican Rice at the local restaurant. But, forever I couldn’t figure out how to make it so good at home. A lot of trial and error and I finally figured it out! This rice is SOOOO good. And, you’re going to be shocked at how easy it is! The trick to this rice […]

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Real Food on a Budget: Sauteed Garlicky Cabbage

This is one of our favorite side dishes. It is simple food that is simple to make but don’t let that fool you – it is not simple in flavor.  This frugal, REAL food side dish almost has a Chinese-food flavor.  I think it is because it tastes like and reminds me of egg roll […]

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Recipe: Fantastically Saucy Stovetop Mac & Cheese

I have another recipe on this blog for Mac and Cheese that is baked with lots of eggs.  It is awesome – and can be eaten with a side salad and totally be a meal… especially since it has eggs {eggs=protein}.  BUT, when I want quick, easy, and DECADENT mac and cheese I choose this […]

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Roasted & Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas

This dish has evolved over time which is why I think it is sooo good.  At first, I learned to roast butternut squash – and after a couple of trials and recipes I found that my family devoured it when I roasted it with a little butter and brown sugar.  It really brings out the […]

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Zucchini, Tomato, & Garlic Saute

Here’s a recipe  recently acquired from my sister in law.  She made it for us on the fourth of July and I loved it!  I immediately took down the recipe and rushed home to add it to my menu plan the following week.  It was just as delicious as I remembered. (: :: Zucchini, Tomato, […]

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Recipe: Artichoke and Sweet Pea Gratin

I found this recipe in Food Network’s Magazine {January/February 2012} and thought it sounded delish. I tweaked it just a bit and now I think I’ve found a new family favorite! What makes this side dish an even bigger hit is the fact that the it uses pantry ingredients and things I always have on […]

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Recipe: Yellow Rice with Vegetables aka Lazy Mama’s Mexican Rice

I have a few dishes that are go to dishes.  They are side dishes I make without even thinking about it.  Certain sides just “go” with certain main dishes, you know? This recipe is one of those for me.  When I make Mexican food: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc, I always make yellow rice with vegetables.  […]

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Green Goodness Rice

I recently watched Food Network’s 5 ingredient fix with Claire Robinson and was inspired to try her Green Goddess Rice.  It sounded both healthy and delicious.  However, when I decided to make it I didn’t have any fresh basil so I left that ingredient out and changed the measurements on a few of the other […]

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Broccoli Salad

One of my favorite summer salads is broccoli salad.  It is tangy, sweet, and savory… delicious!    I know some people see Labor Day as the close of summer, but the way the weather is feelin’ around here I don’t think it is going to be totally gone any time soon!  I imagine we’ll have it […]

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