Grilled Steak Gyros


Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email or follow me on Facebook or twitter. Are you done with turkey yet? Wondering where’s the beef? Well, last year in the Eat from the Pantry Challenge, I created this recipe for grilled beef gyros. It […]

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Soup

I’ll never forget the first Thanksgiving dinner I ever hosted for my family. I cooked and cleaned for days. And, it turned out to be the best Turkey dinner ever or since. Even though I’ve recreated some of the same recipes, for some reason, they don’t taste as good as they did that triumphal day. […]

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Lemon Ginger Bars

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I grew up with a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Loved that! We had a huge crop of lemons twice a year. And since I started cooking and baking at an early age, I was rather possessive of the lemon crop. I still am, come to think of it. So thankful when my dad […]

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Simple Rice Pilaf

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Rice pilaf is one of my go-to side dishes. Hubs could eat the whole pan himself. There’s just something about the combination of butter, onion, rice, and chicken broth that comes together in a happy, comforting way. In “the old days” I made this with white, long grain rice, but since last Christmas I’ve been […]

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Planning for Thanksgiving

Is Thanksgiving really less than two weeks one week away? I’m stunned. The year has gone by so quickly. It gives me pause: am I stopping often enough to smell the roses? This year in an effort to do just that, we’re staying home for a quiet Thanksgiving. I’m going to make our favorites and […]

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Have a Healthy Holiday!

Ready for a healthy holiday? Check out these recipes from around my bloggy friends. All are designed to help you eat a little healthier this year. Breakfast/Brunch Turkey-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls from LifeasMOM Organic Hot Chocolate from The Thrifty Mama Starters Cranberry Apple Cider from $5 Dinners Healthier Spinach Dip from Good Cheap Eats Cactus Salsa […]

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Butternut Squash Puree

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Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?! What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the […]

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Cactus Salsa

Cactus Dip

Earlier this week I shared some ideas for creating healthier appetizers at holiday time. Today, I wanted to share with you an app that you may not have ever considered: Cactus Salsa Yes, really. Growing up in Southern California, I was exposed to a wide range of flavors at an early age and cactus happened […]

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Healthier Spinach Dip & Healthy Holiday Appetizers


Munchies, appetizers, starters, aperitif, whatever you want to call them, those little snacks to whet your appetite before a meal are some of my favorite foods. Often we make a meal of little apps. A cocktail party can be so delicious! As the holiday season rolls around, you’re going to want to have a few […]

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Homebaked Pita Bread

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When I was in high school, my girl friends and I packed pita bread sandwiches all. the. time. We filled the pocket breads with chopped meats and cheeses, lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes and then packed salad dressing to add at the last minute. It wasn’t really “cool” to pack a lunch, but we were all […]

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