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Taco Soup

  …and a lesson about self-care. Since I realize I don’t put date stamps on my blog posts, for future reference this is being posted on December 5, 2013, the day after my 37th birthday. I know many of you wonder what to do on your birthday. In a former life there was cake and ice cream and overly indulgent …

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Stuffed Portabella Mushroom featuring Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Cheese

Dear Foodies who hate mushrooms: While I do not apologize for this dish, I understand. You feel about mushrooms the way I feel about… … (trying to think of something I don’t like…) … oh, terragon! I hate terragon. So yes, I can empathize! But rest assured the other Laughing Cow recipes I developed are mushroom free and delicious. Check …

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From the BF Barbecue: Ronnie’s Crustless Spinach Quiche

It’s very rare that I am at a loss for words. You guys see me. I wrote whole BOOKS before I get to my recipe. For this dish I only have a few words: it is DAMN good! Wait, no I have a few more. A funny story. This is La Grande Diva: She HATES eggs. At the barbecue we’re …

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From the BF Barbecue: Wanda’s Berry Almond Quinoa Salad

So…quinoa was representing up in the barbecue! Although I must admit I’d never had it with fruit before. Julia’s Jerk Shrimp & Caribbean Quinoa also had fruit. I guess I need to play with my food, eh? Wanda says she got her recipe from this website. The only change Wanda made was to use sliced almonds. Otherwise, she stuck to …

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Nik’s Buffalo-Style Meatballs

Ok, I am now a live-blog cooking addict. It all started a few weeks ago when I live-blogged on Facebook as I made what would become Yumbalaya. Last night I decided to do it again! It’s fun to post as I’m cooking and see/hear reactions from folks. Plus, there’s something about preparing food that just naturally brings out good conversation. …

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Nik’s Berry Chicken Salad

Forgive me, Foodies! Both for the less than ideal pic AND for totally missing the potential Independence Day connection. 🙂 Chicken is a staple in my household. And for my family – me, the two divas, dog and cat – it is most economical to buy a whole chicken rather than buying packs of chicken pieces. The elder diva loves …

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Playing with my Squash!

I love squash. I love yellow squash. Zucchini squash. I love acorn squash and butternut squash and spaghetti squash. By far, for me, squash is about the easiest vegetable to get down. It’s full of water and lends lots of color and flavor to any dish! So last night I made myself an Egg Burger for dinner and wanted a …

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Nik’s Divas Proudly Present: Spagilli!

While I was in Las Vegas my divas were playing with their food. Apparently the story goes like this. My dear friend Katey bravely agreed to stay with them while I was away and one evening they decided to make Zar’s famous chili (Zar = Zariyah = La Petite Diva), which is very similar to my Turkey/TVP Chili, but with …

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Nik Loves Egg Burgers!!!

After my multiple mentions about them in my WLSFA Meet & Greet recaps…(read parts one and two to catch up if you need to), you all HAD to know I was gonna make an egg burger! I had two varieties in Vegas. The first was a turkey burger with cheese, turkey bacon and an egg. It was good. But here’s the …

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BF Cook-Along, Week One Round-up: Quinoa Recipes!

So in addition to my Asian-style Cold Quinoa salad, many of you submitted your own recipes for the inaugural week of the “BF Cook-along!” This is a round-up of the first week’s recipes, all of which used quinoa. Some folks have not gotten back to me with full recipes so I just put what information they gave me. I’ll add …

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