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Backyard Barbecue, Anyone?

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Ready to save some money and eat great meals? You will find everything you need to know here at Good Cheap Eats, from meal planning to savvy shopping to eating down the pantry. Join thousands of people who’ve decided to eat well, spend less, and enjoy time at the table a whole lot more. Become […]

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Pizza Bagels

Pizza Bagels

That’s me in high school. I attended your typical high school in suburban Los Angeles county in the late 1980s. And, yes, I really drove that car. Good times. But, before I was allowed to drive that car to school — yes, I had to get permission — my friends and I ate from the […]

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Visit a Tropical Island with the World Harbors Sweepstakes

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While our family lives in “America’s Finest City,” that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of taking trips to places unknown and seeing a little bit of the world. Hubs once lived in Hawaii for a time and the desire to return is strong. A trip to Hawaii is on our family’s bucket list. So, the […]

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5 Great Ways with Chicken

Jalapeno Burn

Lately it would seem that chicken breast has gone on sale frequently in my neck of the woods. Ground beef? Not so much. It reminds me of the year my parents took red meat out of our diet. We ate chicken for 365 days. I know, memory is a funny thing. I’m sure it has […]

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Grilled Mini Peppers

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Grilled peppers are one of the easiest side dishes to pull together. Not only are they full of flavor, but they also add an element of vibrant color to the plate. Recently I found a package of mini peppers marked down at the store. They were still fresh, but the store simply had more than […]

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Portion Control and A Typical Dinner (What’s On Your Plate?)

Orange-Ginger Marinated Chicken

Years ago my friend Christina, a nutrition science major, told me that half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. That stuck with me. And while I don’t always adhere to that rule, I try to. Loving salads helps. Pictured is a typical dinner plate for me: a large portion of salad, covering about half […]

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The Ice-Blended Mocha & Tips for an At-Home Date Night

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Hubs and I have been married for 16 years. We met in 1992. I was a sophomore in college and thin and could eat anything. He was older, athletic, and very conscious about what he ate. I corrupted him. I’m not sure what did it first…. the bacon and avocado thrown onto a turkey sandwich, […]

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables in olive oil and garlic gives them a delicious depth of flavor. And this recipe is amazingly easy to prepare. I used broccoli, cauliflower, and red pepper, but you could add onion, beans, peas, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, squash, or tomatoes. Anything that is growing in your garden is a great candidate for roasting. […]

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Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

The Buffalo Chicken Salad was so good that I decided to put it into a wrap. Wraps are easily portable and not as heavy as sandwiches, making them light fare for hot nights. Hubs grilled up a batch of Buffalo Chicken Breasts that I had marinated while I assembled lettuce, chopped tomatoes, tortillas, and a […]

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3 Delicious Ways to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

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It’s one thing to create a welcoming atmosphere when you’ve invited guests over, but it is quite another thing to do so for our families, for our husbands, those that we see everyday. I confess that it is all too easy to make extra special efforts for other people, instead of for those that I […]

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