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Irish Nachos

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I know, I know, who’s ever heard of Irish Nachos?  Well I hadn’t either, but I was channel surfing last weekend and hit on some special on the Travel Channel where they were talking nachos, and they mentioned some Irish pub somewhere that made nachos using potatoes.  Of course they made theirs by making fries.  […]

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Hot Black Bean Dip

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We went to a party this weekend and as I didn’t have what was required for my usual 7 layer dip, I had to come up with something else.  What I arrived at was an adaptation of this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.  The end results were delicious, lighter than my usual dip, and disappeared just […]

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Retake Homemade: Mexican Corn Muffins

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After last week’s meh Mexican spoon bread, I opted to try a jazzed up version of my mother’s Mexican cornbread.  Since we were taking it to a party, I thought muffins would be best (and it fits with my obsession for mini these days).  Results were moist and flavorful, a nice side to a Mexican […]

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Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers

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I have no idea why I’m so into the mini versions of stuff this week  I was really enamored after buying the new mini muffin pan, I guess.  In any event, I had a package of sweet peppers in the fridge, plus a few from the garden that were close to the same size that […]

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Retake Homemade: Mini Pizza Puffs

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The inspiration for this recipe hails from the April 2010 issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray (pg. 83).  I offer this up as a homemade alternative to stuff like Totinos pizza roles.  They’re fresh, light, easy as can be, and a WHOLE lot healthier.  I made a few substitutions to the original recipe to lighten […]

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Mango Salsa

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After the peach and red pepper salsa I made last week, my daily grilled cheese at lunch seemed positively naked with nothing else on it.  So this week I went a bit more tropical and made up a version with mango.  I have always adored mango salsa, especially with blue corn tortilla chips.  It’s just […]

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Chicken and Peach Pepper Salsa Quesedillas

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Part of the many dishes I made with last week’s Peach and Red Pepper Salsa was a straight up basic quesedilla.  It was a classic “use what you have in the fridge” sort of dinner that took advantage of the leftover shredded chicken from the enchiladas, the salsa, and some cheese.  The end result was […]

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Peach and Pepper Salsa

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My fellow food loving pal Jessica Tudor pointed me to this recipe last week, and I just had to try it.  Of course, being me, I had to make a few small modifications based on what I had on hand or personal preferences.  You will never see me eat a habanero pepper.  The end result […]

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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Possibly our favorite eat out appetizer is cheese sticks.  Ooey, gooey melty cheese, breaded in yumminess and fried.  Can you get any better?  As it happens it can get considerably better for you.  Know why?  Because–NEWSFLASH–you can bake ’em! Combine that with reduced fat cheese sticks and some marinara sauce and you have a healthy […]

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Cream Cheese Mexi-Dip

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I’ve gotten into veggie trays and veggie dips lately.  It’s become my go to thing to take to get togethers so that I am assured there is at least ONE healthy thing there.  After the last one, the celery and carrots were decimated, but I was left with a big pile of bell pepper strips.  […]