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    Baked Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

    Sometimes my phone’s autocorrect totally hits the nail on the head. For example, the other day I heard a quote that totally reminded me of my grandma Mary Jane. She was the queen of quotes and always had a poignant comment or comeback no matter what life was throwing your way. Something to remind you to […] More

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    Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables

    One thing’s for sure: It’s rare I meet a pasta salad I don’t like. I may not have loved them all, but I do seem to have a high tolerance of acceptability for even the most marginalized salad bar pasta salad-types. But that’s the main reason I choose to make my own pasta salads at […] More

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    Pie Fest

    Bookend-ed vacation days for the win! I hope your 4th of July was safe and so well spent. Our day consisted of pool time, golfing, and relaxing with friends. We also got some good laughs at the daring individuals who entered the belly flop competition of whom we were certainly not one even though we […] More

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    The Best Dry Rub for Ribs

    When I was a novice rib cooker, I thought you cooked ribs just like a steak or a hamburger—you simply put the uncooked ribs in the oven or on the grill, then slathered them with bbq sauce to cook until they were just cooked through. What resulted from that bonehead technique was ribs that were […] More

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    lassic Three Bean Salad (That’s Really Four)

    This straight-from-the-pantry/salad-bar-staple salad is just one reason why I majored in art instead of in math, because apparently I can’t count. While this salad is most often called a three bean salad, I just couldn’t help but add in another bean to make it four, not just because it added a different shape and a […] More

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    Friday Faves

    Summer weekends are made for living it up and man, I am doing my best to do my part. Last weekend we made the 1 1/2 hour drive to the ultra-glam Wendover, NV (pop. 4,261) where gambling is legal, the concert hall rocks, and it’s all just inches over the border from Wendover, UT (pop. 1,407) […] More

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    Baby Back Ribs In the Instant Pot

    Last year my mom and dad gave away their grill. My dad had rebuilt that thing at least five times over the years, but as the grill got older as they have too, the good old Char Broil just really didn’t see much grilling action anymore. So off to the trash heap it went. However, […] More

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    Healthy Homemade Egg McMuffin

    We’re all guilty of it. The alarm blares at some ungodly time of the morning (no matter what time it is) and our first reaction is to fumble about and emphatically hit that snooze button for just.10.more.minutes.of.I.NEED.MORE.SLEEEEEP. And that my friends is how you your morning time table suddenly becomes irrevocably out of whack. So […] More

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    RECIPES Caprese Pasta Salad with Garlic Marinated Tomatoes

    This is a re-do of one of my favorite tomato pasta salad recipes I published my first year of blogging. I’ve been making this caprese pasta salad on repeat ever since the clock struck summer, but it’s very likely that many of you haven’t ever even seen it, and that’s a darn shame because it’s just […] More