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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Spring is finally here! The strawberries are finally showing up in farmers’ markets everywhere in the south and I wanted to make a tall cool smoothie. Cooking Light has plenty of smoothies options but this one takes the cake. The key to a fantastic strawberry smoothie is having a blender that can really grind those …

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Lemon Chicken with Olives

We are in the middle of another spring cold snap and I took advantage of the weather to use my oven again. I limit the oven use in the hottest parts of the summer and try to utilize mostly stove-top cooking or slow cookers. I was actually thinking of making some lemon chicken soup but …

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strawberry mousse recipe with fresh strawberries, sour cream, and whipped cream.

Strawberry Mousse Recipe

  The strawberries have arrived! These beauties are the first crops of our spring farmer’s markets and I have seen a big harvest in our area markets. Some years, the strawberries do not make a great first showing. This year looks to be a great crop of strawberries. Naturally, I had to bring home a …

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Dijon Sausage Potato Salad

I know summer is still a few weeks away, but I had a big craving for a savory potato salad. Spring is definitely blooming all it’s pollinated glory and allergies are attacking. I’ve had so much soup lately, I wasn’t looking forward to more of it. I wanted comfort food in the form of a …

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Mushroom Frittata Cooking Light

Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals. With the New Year healthy cooking spree I’ve been on, I’ve been eating several variations of the classic frittata. I love frittatas because I can use a wide variety of ingredients and put the pan under a broiler. It doesn’t get much easier! No tossing or …

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

I can’t get enough of this new tradition. I love the spices in this hot chocolate and I love how good it tastes without a lot of sugar. In face, I usually cut the honey to about a half of cup. This recipe from Cooking Light is a great addition the holiday drink lineup. New …

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Mozzarella Omelet with Sage

The weather is finally cooling off and the days are getting shorter. One of the things I love on a crisp fall night is “breakfast for dinner”. Some nights, I dig out the cast iron pan for pancakes and bacon and other nights I will shred potatoes for a cheesy potato and sausage frittata. Last …

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Hot Mulled Cider

It’s cloudy and cool outside and it’s almost October. I have no shame in pulling out the spices and cider to make a hot drink for the season. One of my favorite times of the year are these first brisk days with leaves beginning to change and pleasant days replacing the heat and humidity. I …

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Cottage Pie

Down here, when the temperatures dip below 90*, we think fall sweaters and hot cocoa are just around the corner so it must be time to turn the ovens back on. During the humidity of June-August, I rarely turn on the oven. But I have missed hot roasted meals and vegetables. I’m also enjoying as …

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Mexican Chicken Casserole

Comfort foods are always in high demand, no matter the season or the weather. Through cooking and preparing favorite dishes, we bring back those memories that make us feel happy, secure, and even hopeful. Lately, I’m needing a lot of all of those. Cooking Light has this Mexican Chicken Casserole that definitely fulfilled that craving …

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Kale with Balsamic Butter

This is one of those dishes that I was reluctant to try, but the reviews at Cooking Light convinced me that I should at least taste it. And then one taste blew me away. I’ve never been a huge fan of balsamic vinegar. I have a really good bottle of the stuff but I’m not …

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Raspberry Freeze

We just got back from a great vacation and it is HOT in Alabama. It’s quite shocking to feel the humidity that settled in while we were gone. I went to the farmer’s market this weekend and they had beautiful raspberries and I knew just what to do with them. My July issue of Cooking …

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Shrimp Pesto Kebabs

Grilling season is in full swing! I’m ready to put anything on the grill that I can. I’m a firm believer that if it can fit on a skewer, it should be grilled. I bought some beautiful peppers this weekend and while I love steak and peppers, this savory pesto shrimp recipe looked easy but …

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