Valarie Russell on September 11th, 2018

As summer comes to a close, squash once again makes its grand appearance at the farmer’s market. And, if you ask me, it’s never too early to get back into squash season. Sweet, hearty winter squashes are my favorite because they’re so versatile – they’re great in soups, hashes, and especially curries. Even better, they’re […]

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Valarie Russell on September 4th, 2018

What is a Thai eggplant? It’s a dinky little eggplant, and if you lop off the top and quarter them, they make a great ingredient in many dishes. Try this simple and delicious Thai eggplant recipe. 8-10 THAI EGGPLANT (quartered) 1½ cup ONION (chopped) 1 cup RED BELL PEPPER (chopped) 4 cloves GARLIC (finely chopped) […]

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Valarie Russell on August 28th, 2018

This is a delicious, quick and easy salad to make for any meal. I sometimes add salmon or chicken for a dinner entrée. This makes plenty for Kenny and myself, but could be doubled easily to feed more. 1 Asian pear, thin sliced (can be peeled) 2 cups mixed baby greens ¼ cup crumbled feta […]

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Valarie Russell on July 24th, 2018

My brother has been raving about his fiancée making Zucchini Au Gratin so I thought I might give it a try. I’m not sure of her exact recipe but here’s my take on it. It’s easy  and low carb too.   4 cups sliced raw zucchini 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thin salt and […]

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Valarie Russell on July 10th, 2018

This is one of Kenny’s favorite casseroles and he suggested I share with all of you. It’s really delicious… but maybe not so healthy. Enjoy! 2 cups eggplants, chopped ½ cup celery, chopped ½ cup bell pepper, chopped ½ cup onion, chopped 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1 (4 ounce) jar […]

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Valarie Russell on June 12th, 2018

This recipe is a quick and flavorful way to use up an otherwise unassuming gourd. Simply baked with a slathering of marinara sauce, a sprinkling of cheese, and topped with crispy toasted garlic breadcrumbs (perhaps the best part of the entire thing). It’s like a deconstructed eggplant parmesan… but with squash (although you could very […]

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Valarie Russell on September 26th, 2017

This is the perfect season for fixing this quick, easy and delicious salad. Perfect for any dinner or family gathering. Hope you like this as much as we do. Enjoy!   1 head broccoli 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 1/2 cup chopped red onion 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks […]

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Valarie Russell on September 19th, 2017

This hummus is crazy delicious. It’s savory, creamy, smoky, subtly spiced, slightly sweet from the squash and lemony. This is the perfect dip to have on hand for a week of healthy snacking. It would also be great for entertaining or taking along to parties. It gets its flavor from both roasted and fresh garlic, […]

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Valarie Russell on September 12th, 2017

This is a favorite of mine, great side dish with any meal. We especially like it with chicken and turkey at Thanksgiving. It’s so good it could be dessert!   2 small acorn squash whole 3/4 cup cranberries ½  tsp orange zest ¼ cup  water 3 tbsp sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2 tbsp brown […]

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Valarie Russell on September 5th, 2017

My latest infatuation is with the sweet flavor and hearty texture of kabocha squash, and when I saw these personal-sized beauties I knew I wanted to  stuff them. But with what? I wanted to match kabocha’s big flavor, so I opted for salty, spiced sausage, creamy ricotta and earthy sage. Add in red onion for […]

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