Valarie Russell on July 4th, 2017

I love these cute little summer squash, these could easily be stuffed with a vegetarian mix. Try quinoa or rice, borrowing from a stuffed pepper recipe. One squash makes a very filling dinner.   4 Small Ronde De Nice summer squash 1 pound ground beef 1 cup finely crushed bread crumbs 2 teaspoons unsalted butter […]

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Valarie Russell on April 25th, 2017

This is a light and refreshing dish, it could be used as a main course with salad and crusty bread or as a side dish with and meat entrée. Either way it’s a delicious way to use the fresh local asparagus this spring.   1 lb asparagus 1 lb linguine 3 tablespoons butter 3⁄4 cup heavy […]

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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 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 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 February 24th, 2015

This spicy, creamy plate of pasta rivals any Italian restaurant fare—and comes together in 30 minutes.  Add with this a small simple salad and a nice slice of homemade bread, talk about delicious! 1 lb. Italian sausage 1 each green and red pepper, cut into thin strips 1 medium onion, cut into thin strips 1 jar […]

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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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Valarie Russell on August 12th, 2014

Crisp, tender zucchini sticks oven-roasted to absolute perfection. It’s healthy, nutritious and completely addictive!   4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoon chopped […]

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