Monthly Archive: April 2011

Easy Quick Microwave Polenta

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What was once considered a simple peasant food, polenta which is made from ground cornmeal, has gained popularity as a gourmet food. You have probably seen it on menus of many upscale restaurants. The traditional cooking method requires slow cooking cornmeal and water on the stove top while constantly stirring. Stir- ins like butter or a …

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Carrot Cake

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What goes better with Spring than a carrot cake? There are so many recipes for carrot cake. I found several that looked promising and of course I altered the ingredient list to use what I had in my pantry. I tried to make it lighter and a bit healthier by using whole wheat pastry flour …

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Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken

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It doesn’t get any easier than chicken breasts cooked on an outdoor gas grill! What I like about this recipe is the chicken only needs to marinate for 30 -40 minutes. Not a lot of pre-planning or waiting required. I love that! The marinade was borrowed from a chicken dish I make in the oven. …

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Easy Chinese Chicken Salad For One


I used Trader Joe’s Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette, the preshredded coleslaw mix and leftover chicken breast that I chopped. A few toasted sesame seeds, sliced almonds and green onions and my dinner was ready in minutes. It was fantastic! When I toast sesame seeds or nuts I do a larger amount than needed and then freeze …

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Chewy Pecan Bars

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Over 20 years ago when we lived in Iowa our friend and neighbor Kay made these for a 4th of July get together and I had to have the recipe! They are like little squares of pecan pie but even better because they aren’t overly sweet. Rich with pecans, nuts and coconut makes every morsel …

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