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Cucumber Citrus Salad

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone.  I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad.  I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch.  I hope you will enjoy this salad! (more…)

Pearsauce

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Pearsauce!  I have made applesauce for years for my family.  I was looking at the bowl of pears that sat on my counter and thought, hmmm, pearsauce!  This was my first attempt at making it and my family loves it!  I peeled and diced the pears and slowly simmered it on the stove.  When I added the spices to it, the whole house smelled yummy!  Pearsauce is great on toast or just in a bowl for breakfast. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it, too! (more…)

Irish Bell Pepper Eggs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

If you slice a bell pepper across the width into 1/2 inch slices, they form a shamrock! I heated eggs in the center of each bell pepper slice and it made a surprising morning breakfast. What a wonderful way to make eggs and vegetables a star for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast! (more…)

Stir fry Spaghetti Squash

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Stir Fried Spaghetti Squash

I  love spaghetti squash!  It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner.  I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell.  When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta.  We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry.  I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry.  I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
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Colcannon

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Have you ever eaten Colcannon?  It is a wonderful creamy combination of mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage or kale, and oozing butter.  It is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a warm and hearty dish for any day! (more…)

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie.  This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family.  We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage.   It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead.  It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner.  You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon.  True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! (more…)

Wonton Soup

Sunday, February 16th, 2014


When I go to an Asian restaurant, I love to try the wonton soup!  Different regions of Asia make wonton soup their specialty by adding spices or meats from their areas.  Some wontons are filled with shrimp, pork, beef, or vegetables.  Wontons are similar to small dumplings filled with delicious bites of flavor.  I like to use ground pork and lots of spices to make wonton soup.  I hope you will enjoy this soup recipe! (more…)

Blackberry Sour Cream Muffins

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Blackberries are always a special treat for me!  When I was seven we lived in Washington and could pick wild blackberries.  They were so fresh and sweet that most of them ended up in my mouth instead of the bucket!  I still love blackberries and when Bountiful Baskets included them I could not wait to eat some.  I did, however, save some for these muffins, which are a family favorite.  I hope you enjoy them too! (more…)

Squash Quesadilla

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

The challenge was on.  What can you do with an acorn squash that is different and tasty?  At our house, we love quesadillas!   A quesadilla is a flour tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, vegetables, chicken, beef, or even, tofu.  It is a basic tortilla “grilled cheese sandwich” but with a spicy kick!  I cooked the acorn squash in the oven until tender and mashed it.  I added lots of jalapeno chiles and onions to the squash.  I made the quesadilla by layering the squash mixture in the tortilla with cheese and heating it.  It was a great new way to use acorn squash! (more…)

Panko Acorn Squash Rings

Friday, February 7th, 2014

I love trying new recipes with winter squash!   Acorn squash is a small, ribbed squash, shaped like an acorn. It is most commonly baked, but can also be micro-waved, sautéed or steamed. It may be stuffed with rice, meat or vegetable mixtures. This time I decided to try slicing, peeling, and breading it with panko crumbs. My family loved it and I hope yours will, too! (more…)