Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto

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  Last week I posted this delicious kale pesto recipe and I  have been enjoying it all week.  I've made mini zucchini pizzas with pesto, tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella that I served as an appetizer at a girls'-night-in party.  I layered it between grilled eggplant, roasted heirloom … [Read more...]

Potato-Cauliflower & Leek AuGratin

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Ingredients 3 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1 head of cauliflower, cored and broken into smaller florets 2 quart milk 1 bay leaf 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 6 leeks, washed, trimmed, and thinly sliced 2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup grated … [Read more...]

Chicken Tzatziki Dinner

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I have been cooking for a long time and I am constantly trying to find new recipes that my kids will tolerate and my husband and I will still enjoy.   It seems like an impossible task most nights.   I scored huge mom points with this simple meal that pleased all of our palates.  My boys really … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps

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Click {here} to enter our current giveaway for a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus with Mop--it's an absolutely amazing cleaning tool!I don't know if it is all this crazy cold weather we're experiencing in VA but I am craving some major comfort food. Lasagna to be exact.  Hot, cheesy, saucy, carbohydrate … [Read more...]

Fall Harvest Breakfast

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    Every Saturday morning I visit my local farmers' market to pick up some fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.  I typically build my menu for the week around what I find.  As the weather changes so does the bounty.   Root vegetables, squash, pumpkins,  leafy greens and apples are … [Read more...]

Farmers Market Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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Last Saturday I came home with a bounty of goodies from my local farmer's market: green beans, tomatoes, red onion, blackberries and a bulb of fresh garlic. There is nothing better than cooking with fresh ingredients especially when your main course is a vegetable.  Tonight I am making Eggplant … [Read more...]

In the Kitchen with 11 Magnolia Lane: Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad

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Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad I have to give credit to Amy for sharing this tasty and healthy little salad with me.  It is perfect for summer, a wonderful side to share at your next pot luck, and a high protein vegetarian meal tossed in one bowl.  This salad comes from the Barefoot Contessa, How … [Read more...]

Stars and Stripes Inspiration Board and Summer BBQ Recipes

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Are you ready to kick off BB-Q season?  Do you have a "go to" recipe that you are planning  to bring to your next pot luck cook out?  Are you looking forward to some patriotic fireworks this Independence Day?   For those of you who need a bit of red white and blue inspiration, this post is for you! … [Read more...]

Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

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Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms I made these wonderful stuffed portabella mushrooms caps the other evening for dinner and I just had to share the recipe.  I found an image for stuffed portabella mushrooms on Pinterest and fell instantly in love, so I of course … [Read more...]

In the Kitchen: Spring Menu Reveal

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  My Spring Menu has "hatched" and I am so excited to share this healthy but satisfying menu that truly captures the essence of spring (at least I think so!).  This menu offers a ton of fresh veggies, light and fluffy fritattas, and energy-packed protein shakes that will get you … [Read more...]

Ginger Soy Marinated Skirt Steak with Sugar Snap Peas and Asaparagus Stir Fry

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For the Marinade: Ingredients 1/2 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced green onion Handful of coarsely chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon of black … [Read more...]

Sneak a Peek at the Spring Menu: Fish Cakes with Remoulade Sauce and Romaine and Carrot Shredded Slaw

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  As you all know the Spring Menu/Meal Plan is almost ready to be revealed and I have been testing the recipes and enjoying every bite.  This particular recipe may be a family staple as it is light, crispy and wonderful for spring and summer.  The remoulade sauce is a favorite and goes … [Read more...]

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