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    Super Bowl Food! Chicken Wings Three ways!

    It’s Super Bowl time again!!  One of the favorite foods for anyone’s game time spread is chicken wings!  Below you will find three easy and tasty recipes for wings.  Try one or all three.   These chicken wings can be served hot or at room temperature, but always with lots of napkins. All recipes are for 4 servings. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake wings for 30 minutes. BUFFALO WINGS 16-18 chicken wings 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar 3 tablespoons chicken broth 2 teaspoons canola oil 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce) Mix vinegar, chicken broth, oil and Tabasco.  Add wings and marinate the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain…

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    Recipe for Turkey Sheppard’s Pie

    Making one dish meals like Sheppard’s Pie is quick, easy and economical.  I make this one with turkey instead of the usual beef because I like to save my “beef days” for a big, juicy steak!  So in this recipe you can still get your meat and potato fix, just with lower calorie, lower fat turkey.  And in my mind, mashed potatoes are pretty close to the perfect food so what’s not to like?  Oh, and don’t forget you get your veggie requirement is in this, too. Recipe (serves 4):  3 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed  Sea salt  tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  1 1/2 pound ground turkey breast…

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    Spinach and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

    I made this fantastic Spinach and Mushroom Risotto recipe the other day and wanted to share it with you! Risotto is made with the short-grain Italian rice Arborio, using the technique of gradually stirring hot stock into a mixture of rice and onion to create a creamy and chewy consistency.  The broth can be meat, fish, or vegetable based.  It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy.  Risotto’s origins are in northern Italy, where rice paddies are abundant. Usually risotto is a primo (first course), served on its own before the main course. Risotto is considered labor intensive but stirring is what its all about and no big deal…

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    Recipe for Mustard Baked Beef Ribs

    I’m always looking for a new way to prepare beef ribs instead of with good ol’ BBQ sauce, which I love, but every once in a while I want something different.  Over the last several years I have become a big lover of mustard, one of those things I just hated as a little kid! Here’s my latest:  (I made these ribs in my oven, but you can certainly do them on your outdoor grill.) 3 pound beef ribs 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (maybe even 1 more tablespoon if you are a “mustard person”) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 cloves fresh garlic Salt and pepper…

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    Pasta di Olive – Black Olive Paste

      Try this versatile olive paste.  Use it as a pizza base, in a tomato pasta sauce or on toasted ciabatta.  It’s also great added to a vinaigrette. 1 Cup black olives, pitted and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Fresh ground Black pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a food processor.  Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

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    Taquito Turkey Leftovers

    This recipe was originally created with cooked chicken, but it works just as well with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.  Even a little bit less in calories, not only because of the turkey, but also because these taquitos are baked, not fried. I serve these for lunch (also easily re-heated to take to work), or dinner with a green salad.  I have even added egg substitute for a high protein, filling breakfast. Ingredients: 3/4 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup white onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 cups shredded cooked turkey meat (white or dark) 2 cups…

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    French Dressing…Homemade Quick and Easy

    When I was a kid I really didn’t care much for French salad dressing.  I must not have known it was made with ketchup; otherwise I would surely have loved it!    Maybe it was that I just didn’t like the ‘store bought’ type (or because my sister liked it, which is a very good childhood reason not to like something).    But I really do like this homemade recipe.  It’s my tweak on my sister’s recipe.  Go figure!  As I said, it’s “my tweak”, therefore it’s not really my sisters, but mine…………all mine!  Well, almost.   French Dressing   1 cup ketchup 3/4 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup sugar…

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    Braised Short Ribs, one of my favorite recipes

    I wanted to share with you one of my favorite recipes.  I noticed today that my local market had short ribs on special, and since I’m always looking for a deal,I bought some for myself and my client. The following recipe is for four people, however, I usually cook for two.  I have made this several times over the past three years, and have found for my personal taste, I do not cut the sauce in half even though I cook half the beef.  That’s my personal preference, but please try it a couple of times to find out what works for your personal taste.  I think it is really good no…

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    Homemade Ketchup Recipe

    Now that summer is coming to a close…yes, much too soon, I agree… you may have more ripe tomatoes than you know what to do with.  So, why not make your own ketchup?  Heinz won’t mind.   I know that when I was growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, we often had tomato plants in the back yard, and my grandparents always had some in their garden.  As a matter of fact, we never bought tomatoes from the grocery store!  We only had fresh tomatoes during the summer months, and I just loved eating them right off the vine.   It wasn’t until I moved to California that I ever bought…

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