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Chicken with Asparagus and Quinoa

Chicken with Asparagus and Quinoa

It’s asparagus time in Minnesota! Our friends have a beautiful asparagus patch and they shared a couple bags with us yesterday. ***HEALTHY ALERT *** A friend recently shared a healthy recipe – Chicken with Broccoli and Quinoa.  I adjusted the recipe a bit and substituted asparagus for […]

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Hamburger Hotdish with Peas

Hamburger Hotdish with Peas

Just when I thought winter was coming to an end….more snow and cold.  I am in need of some comfort food and nothing says comfort quite like hotdish. Minnesotans take their hotdish serious and I have realized over the years, the simpler the better. Hamburger Hotdish with […]

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Tex-Mex Cheese Soup

Tex-Mex Cheese Soup

It’s soup time of year in Minnesota. Tex-Mex Cheese Soup is quick to throw together and loaded with flavor. Let’s get started… Sauté diced onion and green pepper in olive oil and butter until translucent. Add seasonings; cumin, garlic powder, pepper, chili powder and salt. Stir in […]

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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

I picked up a few huge red peppers at our local Farmers Market and decided to roast and stuff them.  I made them a day ahead of time which is convenient, especially during Fall harvest. Let’s get started… Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the peppers in […]

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Corn and Wild Rice Chowder

Corn and Wild Rice Chowder

This soup recipe screams M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A! Southern Minnesota sweet corn and Northern Minnesota Wild Rice When these two merge, it makes for a delicious autumn soup. Let’s get started. Cook the wild rice according to the package directions.  I used a combination of low sodium chicken broth and […]

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Loaded Sloppy Joe’s

Loaded Sloppy Joe’s

There are several ways to make Sloppy Joe’s and I don’t believe I have ever had one I didn’t like.  This version is one of my favorites.  It isn’t a traditional Sloppy Joe, if there is such a thing.  It’s loaded with extras and can be made […]

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Tex Mex Scrambler

Tex Mex Scrambler

My Farmers Market Finds this week call for an egg scramble with a little kick. Here’s what we need…. Jalapeños… Diced Green Pepper… Diced Onion… Diced And cherry tomatoes. Set aside. Shred some cheese.  I used Manchego, a Spanish cheese. Scramble eggs with milk and set aside. […]

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Chili and Chili Dogs

Chili and Chili Dogs

I recently asked our daughter about her favorite childhood food memory.  Without hesitation, she said, “hot dogs and canned mandarin oranges.”  After I laughed (and wanted to cry), I asked her why.  She said it was because this is what she and her brothers were sometimes allowed to eat […]

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

The two pasta dishes our family appreciates most are spaghetti and spaghetti carbonara. I traveled to Rome, Italy several times for my prior work.  In addition to the sites, there were five things I especially loved in Rome – the people, coffee, red wine, gelato, and spaghetti carbonara. Spaghetti carbonara […]

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon.  One of my favorite comfort foods is Shepherd’s Pie.  I make it year round but for some reason, it tastes especially good on St. Patrick’s Day. Before we begin, I want to highlight a star ingredient – sweet corn. My […]

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