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No-Bake Dishes

Shrimp Summer Rolls Bring water to a boil and cook 2 ounces Thai rice noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and cool (makes about 2 cups). In small prep bowls, have ready 6 rice paper rounds, 12 fresh Thai basil…

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Ahhh! Summertime Salads

Grilled Shrimp Santa Fe Salad with Lime-Cumin Dressing Peel and devein shrimp. Drizzle with 1 tsp of canola oil and 1 tsp of chili powder. Wrap 2 cobs of corn in foil. Place on grill over medium-high for about 16…

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The Freshness Factor

  Risotto with Zucchini and Spring Peas Heat 2 cans of chicken broth and 2½ cups water over stove and keep warm. Place large saucepan over medium heat and melt 2 Tbsp butter in saucepan. Add 1 lb of cubed…

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Spring’s Holiday Table

Cornish Hens with Apricots Soak 3½ cups dried apricots in hot water for 1 hour, then drain. Heat 6 Tbsp peanut oil in a large saucepan. Sprinkle 6 Cornish hens (split in half) with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp cinnamon…

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Munch Madness

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Brown 16 oz sliced sausage in saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 stalks chopped celery, 1 chopped medium yellow onion, 1 chopped bell pepper and sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1½…

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Recipe for Romance

Choose a night this month, have the kids pack a picnic dinner to enjoy on the family room floor (baby carrots and chicken nuggets, anyone?) And the stage is set for a romantic dinner for two. While sharing the meal…

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Soup’s On!

One-Pot Harvest Soup In a large saucepan, melt 1 stick of unsalted butter. Add one cup chopped onion, 2 peeled garlic cloves, and 1 cup each: peeled, cored, and diced Gala apple; peeled and sliced parsnip; peeled and chopped butternut…

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Gadgets And Gizmos!

What does the busy parent (translation: the one who makes the meals) want this holiday season? Here are three fantastic kitchen tools and time savers that I use all the time, and four more that I really want in my…

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Squash Watch!

Fall is here and area stores are stocked with a variety of gorgeous, interesting-looking squashes. So what can we do with them – besides arrange them artfully on our tables, countertops, or front steps, that is? Botanically speaking, a squash…

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