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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Maple Vinaigrette

August 23, 2011
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Maple Vinaigrette

The outdoor thermometer read 108 degrees yesterday. One hundred and eight. But despite the fact that summer is still going strong and southeast Texas is only going to get hotter (waaaah!) before it gets cooler, we’ve started seeing just the faintest hints of a distant end to summer: “Meet the teacher night” announcements on the [...]

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Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

July 12, 2011
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

I’m sad to report that our two rockstar zucchini plants fell victim to their nemisis: the vine borer. I’ve started a couple of new seedlings in hopes of being run over by zucchini again soon. Because I really do want more zucchini. But prior to their demise, they teamed-up and tested my love for zucchini. [...]

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Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

June 29, 2011
Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Our garden continues to crank out zucchini like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily, “we” like zucchini! One of our favorite sides is grilled zucchini. But not just plain grilled zucchini. Noooo. We grew tired of plain grilled zucchini very soon after our plants started producing 3 baseball-bat sized zucs a day. Grilling the zucchini caramelizes the [...]

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Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

June 16, 2011
Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

Next to blackberries and peaches, the fruit I look forward to most during the summer is watermelon. It brings back such fun memories, back when life was simpler. And there were fewer diapers to change. My parents always kept a huge watermelon chilling in our fridge. After dinner, we’d go out to the front porch [...]

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

May 28, 2011
Bacon & Ranch Potato Salad

Three day weekends around our house are usually celebrated in a very predictable way: hammers, drywall dust, 5 trips to a home improvement store, and a cook-out… or three. This weekend is no different. A laundry list of to-dos has set the theme for this weekend’s menu: quick & easy. There’s a baking dish in [...]

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Tangy Apple Coleslaw

March 31, 2011

The Foodie Groom and I sometimes have very different ideas about a specific dish. Like coleslaw. If you ask me, coleslaw ain’t coleslaw without mayo. The Foodie Groom? He despises coleslaw with mayo. Actually, he despises all coleslaw. So when he pointed to the TV and said, “Ooh!” I was a little surprised. (That’s how [...]

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Grilled Corn and Poblano Rice

March 29, 2011
Roasted Corn and Poblano Rice

I’m a brown rice girl. I’m not crazy about white rice. I also don’t like most restaurant versions of Spanish/Mexican rice – I’m all about getting an extra order of pinto beans instead! The Foodie Groom is a white rice kind of guy. He’s not crazy about brown rice. He is all about the rice [...]

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Thyme Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese

January 14, 2011
Roasted Carrots

“Here, try this.” If I had a dollar for every time I shoved a veggie-loaded fork into The Foodie Groom’s face, I’d… I’d have a whole lot of dollars. I usually get the, “Dude, you could have poked my eye out!” look, followed by a very cautious bite. Win some, lose some. These carrots, surprisingly, [...]

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