Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers are superb summertime fare. They go great on salads, in sandwiches, and atop baguette with oil and herbs.

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This month I’ve been spending a lot of time reading. Our homeschool schedule has downshifted to the kids doing some math and reading independently which means my time has freed up dramatically. Since there’s no cookbook deadline putting pressure on me, I’ve been reading. Reading, reading, reading. At last count, I’ve read thirteen books in June, with plans to have completed at least 15. That might be the full number I read in all of 2015.

Anyway, with all the political nonsense going on in the world, I’ve wanted some distractions as well as written words to focus on that might actually make me a better person instead of make me mad.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been a decent dose of “beach reads”; not everything I’m reading is of the self-improvement variety, but even with those, I’m trying to glean bits and pieces to make me a better wife, a better mom, even a better cook. Continue Reading »

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Red Potato Salad with Whole Grain Mustard

Looking for good old fashioned comfort food in the middle of summer? Serve up this Red Potato Salad with Whole Grain Mustard at your next BBQ. It is full of flavor and oh so comforting.

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Potatoes just may be one of my favorite foods. I can’t think of a time when they aren’t appealing. I mean: french fried, baked, hashbrowned, mashed, au gratin, smothered in cheese, or stirred into potato salad? Pretty good all day, all the time.

Now, of course, some means of preparing potatoes are better for you than others. And some methods are better for summer than others.

That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to share with you potatoes for all seasons.

The best way to enjoy potatoes in the summertime is, of course, stirred into a creamy, flavorful potato salad.  Continue Reading »

Grocery Shopping with Kids at ALDI

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Grocery shopping with kids can be a tricky affair, but after 19 years of parenting, I realize its value: in spending time together, learning about commerce, and teaching them the value of a dollar. I’m pleased to be partnering with ALDI for this post. I’ve been compensated for my time, but all opinions are my […]

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Don’t Miss: A Month of Meals Salad’s On!


Take a load off this summer with simple salad meals. Better yet, let me do your meal planning for you with A Month of Meals: Salad’s On! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy delicious salads piled with protein, flavor, and texture. Salads are easily made-ahead and can travel well — provided you keep the […]

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Icebox Cakes: Easiest Summer Dessert (VIDEO)

Icebox Cakes Easiest Summer Dessert Ever

Icebox cakes are the easiest summer dessert you could make, well, aside from scooping up ice cream. Watch this week’s video to see how truly easy it is. As summer gets under way, consider how you can open your doors, invite friends over, and enjoy delicious meals together. Summer entertaining can be some of the easiest […]

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Grocery Geek: First Half of June

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Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m grocery shopping and feeding eight people on the cheap. Wow! The month is half over. Where did it go?! I already have a sense that back to school supplies are waiting in the recesses of the stores, ready to be stocked. How can that be? […]

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Enjoy the ice cream shop experience with this homemade Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made with just a few whole ingredients. As a child, one of the highlights of a week would be a stop at Thrifty Drug Store. There was an old fashioned ice cream counter where for 10 cents a scoop I could get […]

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Chicken Strip Salad with Blue Cheese & Pumpkin Seeds

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Want to eat a little more healthy? Enjoy this hearty Chicken Strip Salad full of vegetables and topped with blue cheese and pumpkin seeds.  This post is sponsored by SuperSeedz. I have received sample product as well as compensation for my time. All opinions are my own. Summer is salad season. And with good reason. […]

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Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

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Add a dash of French cuisine to your daily salad when you mix up a batch of this simple Dijon Vinaigrette. It’s quick to make and adds a flavor that can’t be beat. I grew up eating plenty of salads. I was a salad girl, always choosing a salad when dining out or even when […]

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Sweet Almond Toasts (Poorman’s Bostock)

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These Sweet Almond Toasts are like the French Bostock, but with less expensive ingredients and a simpler preparation — and with all the great almond flavor and texture.  A few months ago we were visiting family in Santa Barbara when FishPapa and I slipped away for a coffee date at Peets. I was feeling reckless and ordered […]

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