Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Did you ever think about how hard it must be to learn the English language? Words spelled the same way are pronounced differently and have different meanings. For example, “desert” means to abandon, or it can refer to a dry, sandy environment. Rules have tons of exceptions and words that you would think would be… [read more]

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Spinach Salad with Candied Walnuts and Golden Beets

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Red Lentil Soup with Collards

Red Lentil Soup with Collards

I admit that I'm a carnivore from way back. I've been a serious meat eater for most of my life, and I've always justified my meat-loving ways by thinking that my body requires animal protein. However, I'm turning over a new leaf in 2015, and rethinking the types of protein that I consume. Now I'm not saying that I'm giving up meat (I don't think that'll ever happen), but there are so many other great sources of protein that are satisfying and delicious. I've been on a little bit of a cashew ... [read more]

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Rosemary Asiago Potato Stacks

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Celery Caesar Salad

Celery Caesar Salad

I've always thought of celery as a background ingredient, chopped and sauteed with onion and bell peppers before ending up as a minor player in a soup or stew. Being a big fan of celery, however, I've been spotted before with a stalk in one hand and a container of peanut butter or hummus in the other. I thought today's post should move celery out of the shadows and into the spotlight, so I've created a Celery Caesar Salad. Celeriac, also called celery root and a cousin of common celery, ... [read more]

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

I grew up in an era of church socials and covered dish dinners. Whenever there was such an event, all the church ladies prepared their best dishes, casseroles, and desserts, filling the tables to capacity. Without fail, there was enough food to feed an army. The spread always included fried chicken, casseroles of every variety, and an array of cakes and pies. At some point, every church in town published a cookbook, featuring their members' recipes. When I was a child, casseroles and one-dish ... [read more]

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Tortelloni Soup with Chicken and Spinach

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Steak Oscar

Steak Oscar

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Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

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