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Smoked Salmon Flatbreads

Ingredients Flatbread or flour tortillas Smoked Salmon Crumbled Chèvre Sour Cream Lemon Diced onion Chopped chives Minced bacon Capers Black Pepper Preparation Preheat oven to 400F. Combine most of the Chèvre wit the sour cream and lemon juice. Bake flatbread … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing and Crunchy Cashews

Ingredients ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups shredded red cabbage 1 red bell pepper, diced ½ red onion, diced 1 cup shredded carrots ½ cup chopped cilantro ¼ cup diced green onions ½ cup cashew halves 1 cup edamame Fresh … Continue reading

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Ingredients 1  eggplant cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 cup grated parmesan 12 plum tomatoes EVOO thinly sliced fresh basil minced garlic Preparation Heat barbecue. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil and EVOO and set aside. Coat eggplant with EVOO. Grill about … Continue reading

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

These turned out as delicious as they look. Ingredients olive oil 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 package diced frozen peas and carrots 2 medium celery stalks, diced 1 cup green beans 1 potato, diced … Continue reading

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Cauliflower, Potato and Green Bean Curry

Here’s a simple recipe for curry made from scratch. You can pretty much use any vegetables, this is just what I had lying around. Ingredients (in order used) 4 potatoes, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large sweet or red … Continue reading

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Lamb Burgers

These turned out well. They taste like Kefta. I served them with Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Ingredients 8 oz. ground lamb 1 tsp. dijon mustard 1/2 tsp. finely chopped parsley 1/2 tsp. finely chopped mint 1/2 tsp. finely chopped dill 1/2 … Continue reading

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Peach, Brie and Bacon Pizza

Thanks to Kara for bringing this recipe to my attention! It was fabulous. If served to me blind, I don’t think I could have identified the ingredients, they meshed so well. Ingredients 1 lb pizza dough Flour 2 Tbsp extra … Continue reading

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Smoke House Garlic Bread

For years I’ve been trying to duplicate the amazing garlic cheese bread served at the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, California. Tonight I finally did it. The secret is to make up a paste and spread that on the bread. … Continue reading

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Easy Salmon Cakes

I’m not a fan of crab cakes, which I usually find boring. A lot of places brag about “very little filler,” but I actually think the filler is the only thing that makes them interesting. So I was skeptical of … Continue reading

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Bisquick Coffee Cake

  Since Bisquick isn’t the most healthful stuff in the world, I hadn’t had it in about ten years, but got in the mood to make some waffles. That reminded me of the delicious coffee cake we used to make. … Continue reading

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Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing

I heavily modified this, and have modified it more since testing it. Quinoa and Mango Salad: 1 cup quinoa 1/2 cup lentils Water to cook quinoa and lentils 1 container of fresh mango from Whole Foods (slicing mangos is a … Continue reading

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Vegetable Ceviche

This salad was billed as “Vegetable Ceviche” in a vegetarian magazine I was reading, and it sounded good. It actually does taste quite a lot like ceviche. I used completely different vegetables than they did, however. Ingredients juice of 3 … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

This recipe includes changes I made to the original on manifestvegan.com and also some procedural changes I would make next time: 1 large head cauliflower olive oil grapeseed oil spray 1 Tbsp garam masala 3 medium peeled sweet potatoes, cut … Continue reading

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

Libby posted this recipe on Facebook, and I decided to try my own version of it, substituting for buttermilk and adding cilantro. It was quite good. 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks 3 medium celery stalks, roughly chopped … Continue reading

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Olivje (Оливье) Recipe

Dmitri brought this Olivje (Оливье) to Glen’s St. Patrick’s Day Party and we really liked it. (makes 1 medium-sized salad bowl) Ingredients 4 potatoes 2 large carrots boiled and peeled. 6 eggs hard boiled and peeled 5 medium sized dill pickles … Continue reading

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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salad

For my birthday, Linda fixed this recipe which she modified from a version at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/grilled-salmon-with-citrus-salsa-verde-recipe/index.html She also made a tuna tartare, avocado and cucumber vorspeisenringe. We enjoyed all three on the veranda and then went in the spa. Ah, Orlando in … Continue reading

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Masala Chickpea Burger Recipe

Dani made these vegetarian hamburger patties that were actually better than regular hamburgers. Ingredients 2 cans chickpeas 2 cups cooked brown rice I carrot, grated 1/2 large zucchini, grated 1 cup grated uncooked sweet potato 1/2 white cabbage, chopped/grated 1/4 … Continue reading

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Dani’s Salmon Wraps

This was a great lunch wrap sandwich Dani made. Ingredients 1 package cooked shredded salmon 3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon white sugar a pinch of brown sugar garlic powder 3 or 4 … Continue reading

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Dani’s Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna

This was the best lasagna ever: Ingredients About 9 Pasta sheets (make your own or use fresh pasta from Whole Foods) 1 15oz package of part skim ricotta cheese 3/4 cup mozzarella 1/4 cup parmesan 1 egg Approximately 4 cups … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Dani and I decided to try to duplicate the roasted cauliflower pizza from Anthony’s in Orlando, and we came darned close. We started with some pizza dough from Whole Foods, which I rolled out repeatedly, really thin, and then baked … Continue reading

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5-Spice Apples

I invented this simple recipe to use up ingredients before leaving town. It turned out delicious. Ingredients 2 apples 3 Tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp Chinese 5-spice Preparation Peel and chop up apples. Dump in a covered casserole dish, add … Continue reading

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Balsamic Fruit Glaze

I fiddled with this recipe so much I’m calling it my own. This is a really good way to cook boneless, skinless chicken; it ends up crisp yet moist. And the glaze can be prepared in a leisurely fashion while … Continue reading

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Grilled Zucchini with Pesto

These turned out great. I used much more garlic and twice the pine nuts the original recipe suggested. I don’t see how you could stretch it to recommended six zucchini, though. I used more than half the pesto on one … Continue reading

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Garden Lasagna

Last night I made a vegetarian lasagna. I was skeptical because of the large amount of skim milk in the recipe, but it worked great. I left out the corn the recipe called for, and used ricotta cheese rather than … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market

On Saturday mornings Evanston has a farmers’ market behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Unlike many farmers’ markets I’ve been to, this one is actually a market of farmers. Nearly every booth has fresh picked (or sometimes potted) herbs and vegetables … Continue reading

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Green Beans and Bacon

This is a dish we used to have all the time, but had forgotten about. Maybe if I put it here it will remind me to fix it more often, as it is extremely succulent. Ingredients 3/4 lb Green Beans … Continue reading

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Lemony Hummus

This recipe comes from Scott Joesph’s blog. Make 2 cups 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons water 4 tablespoons lemon juice 1 clove garlic, peeled 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons coriander 1 teaspoon paprika, plus more … Continue reading

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Three Bean Chili

I know there’s a big disagreement over whether chili should have beans in it, but to me it’s all about the beans, and to heck with the meat. This is a new recipe Linda got from a co-worker at a … Continue reading

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Thai Beef Salad

This is my favorite salad recipe. We originally got it from Standolyn Robertson, Jamie Robertson’s wife. She served it at a dinner that was memorable because it was the night, twenty years ago, that a micro burst blew down our … Continue reading

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Stuffing Meat Loaf

Linda made a new meat loaf recipe last night that’s the best I’ve tasted. Rather than bread or cracker crumbs, it uses Stove Top Stuffing mix: 2 lbs ground round 1 package Stove Top Stuffing mix 2 eggs 1 medium … Continue reading

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