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Kale with Pine Nuts and Garlic Vinaigrette

I woke up today with a jumbo-sized carb hangover. And you might have, too. Unless you were born with willpower. And then, well, I’m totally jealous. Last night, barely 30 minutes after I crammed the last load of dishes into the dishwasher and swore off cooking forever, I was in the kitchen, toasting pine nuts [...]

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Crockpot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

How often do you use your crockpot? A while back, mine actually broke. The safety glass in the lid exploded into eleventy billion perfect little squares that scattered across the kitchen and pantry floor. And none of us were wearing shoes. I wasn’t that sad. Aside from pulled pork and french dip sandwiches, it saw [...]

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Tomato Gratin

Tomato Gratin

Growing up, summer dinners were pretty predictable. We always seemed to have at least one watermelon in the garden that the squirrels and birds hadn’t found. And there were always plenty, plenty of tomatoes. We might have hot dogs, chips, and tomatoes. Or chicken-friend steak, mashed potatoes, and tomatoes. Or lasagna, garlic bread, and – [...]

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Maple Vinaigrette

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

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 Onions with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

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

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

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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