Valarie Russell on April 12th, 2016

The splash of vodka works as a flavor enhancer, adding a little jolt to the creamy sauce. This was one of Kenny’s favorite meatless Monday meals.  I served with a small salad and garlic bread.   8 ounces uncooked fettuccine 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, cut into 2-inch pieces 3/4 teaspoon kosher […]

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Valarie Russell on March 29th, 2016

This easy slow cooker soup is loaded with veggies, beans, and whole wheat pasta! It is the perfect meal for “Meatless Monday!  1 small red or yellow onion, diced  2 small carrots, diced  2 celery stalks, diced  4 cloves garlic, minced  1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces  1 (28 […]

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Valarie Russell on March 15th, 2016

Our  “Meatless Mondays” continue, this week was roasted Brussel sprouts. This was plenty for me but, Kenny opted to add a baked potato with his meal.  The Brussel sprouts were amazing. 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup onion, thin sliced ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper, Coarse Ground 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed […]

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Valarie Russell on March 1st, 2016

Meatless Mondays is a recent global campaign aimed at lowering our overall meat consumption for our health and the environment. Believe it or not, the movement has a history stretching back to World War I. It all started with Herbert Hoover prior to his presidency… and it was originally Tuesdays, not Mondays, when Americans were […]

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Valarie Russell on November 17th, 2015

I have to tell you this is a recipe I received from the chef at Publix grocery store in St. Augustine this past week. He was giving one of their weekly cooking demos and I stopped to watch his presentation.  I was so glad I did, it’s delicious.  I hung around until he was finished cooking […]

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Valarie Russell on October 27th, 2015

There comes a time every year when we start to get really excited about all the things we can roast and all the different hearty dinners we can make that warm us up and keep us feeling good…and this dish is no exception! Butternut squash has just the right touch of sweetness and basically goes great […]

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Valarie Russell on July 28th, 2015

If you are over run with zucchini, you may want to try this creamy and tangy Middle Eastern zucchini dip recipe, also known as Koosa Ma Laban, is best served with baked pita chips or crunchy vegetables.   2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium zucchini, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup low-fat or […]

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Valarie Russell on March 17th, 2015

I found this recipe on the internet a several weeks ago, thought it sounded delicious and wanted to experiment with the idea. The first time I made exactly by the recipe, we like it but it seemed to be missing a little something. So I thought… lets try with a bit of Ms. Dash, we were introduce […]

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Valarie Russell on February 17th, 2015

What an awesome day to just hang out inside where its toasty warm and watch the snow collecting outside. I was trying to come up with something yummy to cook from our panty stash, this was something quick and easy I fixed for lunch. 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 3 1/2 cups canned […]

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Valarie Russell on October 7th, 2014

A good way to use up your “Basket of the Week”, or clean out the refrigerator. This recipe could easily be vegetarian by using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. Makes a lot and freezes well. 1 T olive oil 1 c chopped onion (candy onion) 1 c sliced carrot 3/4 c sliced celery 3 […]

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