• Fall Fruit and Fennel Salad

    Here in the Eastern United States deciduous trees arrest our attention during this time of year, compelling us to travel along red-maple-lined parkways, into yellow-birch-dotted forests, and onto rusty-red-oak-covered mountains to take in the intense fall color. Similarly, mounds of scarlet, ruby pink, golden and blonde apples and pears, at indoor and outdoor food markets, help set the mood of the season.  What finer way to honor the season than with a sweet, crisp seasonal fruit salad?

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  • A Lot on My Plate – Busy Day Taco Pasta Bake

    When my three boys were little, I used to jokingly say I worked from “son” up to “son” down. These early birds would greet the still-dark morning with the kind of energy it took me a couple espresso shots to ease into.  At night, I would be asleep before my head hit the pillow – that is, if I wasn’t already dozing in the nursery rocking chair. Today, these guys sleep much longer, as most teenagers who stay up late playing video games do. But, somehow I feel busier than ever with all this (ahem) free time.

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  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Bagel Bites

    I hate to admit that I tend to waste a lot of food in my household.  With only two people in my house it becomes difficult to cook without having to eat the same leftovers for an entire week.  I’ve been trying to be better about waste because it is practically like throwing money in the garbage. I’ve been spending more time lately rifling through my refrigerator and pantry and trying to use what I have for meals. With a little creativity I have done a pretty good job of wasting less food.  Here’s a prime example: Chicken Bacon Ranch Bagel Bites

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