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balsamic mushrooms |

Balsamic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great side next to a steak, chicken, tossed in a salad, or on an antipasto platter.  Add balsamic to the mushrooms to make them more flavorful, but only add at the end of cooking. Balsamic vinegar isn’t intended to cook with, cooking it kills the distinctive flavorful taste =)

Also, before you use the balsamic, make sure you bought a good balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Salad with Farro

This is a great salad as a side for a BBQ or as a base for a lunch or dinner salad.  You can make it hearty or fresh based on the fresh vegetable you add into it.  Chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, red onions with warm grilled cut off the cob for a great summer salad and add your favorite salad vinaigrette dressing.  The dressing can be store bought or homemade.  I like adding zesty Italian dressing into the mix.

Check out the grilled corn recipe before adding corn into this toasted salad.  Enjoy!

Sugar |

Going Sugar Free…

With so many diet plans out there, not many are as simple as just going sugar free.  Yet going sugar free isn’t as simple as people assume it is.  Everything you eat has some type of sugar in it!  If you check your pantry, your cereals, oatmeal, crackers, breads, pastas have some type of sugar. […]

Oatmeal Bars |

Fruit Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal bars are great to have all year round.  No need to use fresh fruit for them. Use any preserve you like from your pantry.  Another great thing about this recipe is it’s egg-free.  Hope you love this as much as my family does! By the way, if you are wondering why there is baking soda […]

mashed potatoes |

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I love creamy mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes are a great side next to most proteins and it is easy to make.  There’s so many ways to make mashed potatoes and there’s so many different potatoes to choose from.  I prefer Yukon gold potatoes for their natural creaminess and their beautiful golden color.  Yukon potatoes are also best […]