Desserts

Peaches and Cream

Ahhhh, June is here!  It’s officially the summer season for most of us here in the northern hemisphere and all the fresh fruits and vegetables will be spilling over on us in the next few months!  I can’t wait to bring you fresh, healthy summer recipes using all that amazing bounty! Here in southern Arizona,

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Appetizers

Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

So, I had this thought to do some shrimp cocktails for a small group of ladies that came to my house for a cabi party.  Call out to Ms. Ginger Etcheson my cabi consultant.  If you aren’t familiar with cabi, you should check it out.  Quality clothing, shown in private homes so all women can

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Breads

Veggie Donuts or Muffins

Happy Mothers Day!  I have to admit it is pretty fun for me to have a little one in my life again. Finding new ways to get veggies and other whole foods on his plate has spurred a new direction for my cooking at times.  These veggie donuts have been a real hit. They can

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Gluten-free

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Vegan Cream Sauce

Oh, I love me a stuffed pepper!  Brings back memories from my youth. My Mom would make them with ground beef and rice stuffed into whole green peppers with a simple, but flavorful tomato sauce over them.  We loved them!  This is my modified (as always) version, to make them healthier, prettier and with that

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Appetizers

Salsas and Guacamole!

Here in Tucson, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) in true Mexican style, even though the holiday seems to be an American creation!  There are parties and restaurants have specials and basically, it is an excuse for indulging in Margaritas and Mexican food and all the fun, festive things that brings.  Bright

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Ethnic

Stuffed Turkey Breast with Wine Gravy

Ahhh, Easter!  For those that celebrate it, it tends to have all those feeling of re-birth and rejuvenation and is a highly religious holiday that celebrates not only the resurrection of Jesus, but the re-birthing of the land and all its flora and fauna.  We eat eggs and spring greens and ham and peas.  Maybe

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Beverages

Ginger Spiced Cocktail (Virgin)

I’m not usually one for virgin cocktails, mostly because I like to save my caloric drinks for the real thing (like wine), but I created this low-calorie cocktail for my cooking classes and everyone has raved about it, so I thought I would share! Plus, it makes a very enjoyable cocktail for when you may

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Ethnic

Tuscan-style Spring Soup

This light and tasty soup uses spring seasonal vegetables to make a Tuscan-inspired meal. As I settle in to a chaise lounge in my Tucson, Arizona backyard and gaze out at all the new life that has arisen in the desert, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back, I am remembering, with fondness,

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Ethnic

Mashed Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage (Colcannon)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and since I am a carbaholic and kind of steer clear of much meat, I am bringing this dish to my son and DIL’s party.  It’s simple, humble ingredients and can be made vegan (although I added a bit of ham/bacon just to keep it close to

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Gluten-free

Turkey Quinoa Patties

High protein powerhouse patties can be made ahead and used for sandwiches, wraps, or just take-away snacks for kids or parents!  They are high in protein, gluten-free, and nut and dairy-free as well. I have to admit, this recipe came about because of my almost 9-month old grandson.  I love feeding him homemade Kiki food

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