Valarie Russell on September 24th, 2012

I wanted to make something savory and packed with flavor, enough to be a meal all on its own. Acorn squash has 145% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, along with Vitamin C, B, folate, and a hefty dose of beta carotene! Add in the black beans for protein, the tomatoes as an […]

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Valarie Russell on September 19th, 2012

Acorn squash’s natural shape makes it just right for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, tomato paste, white beans and Feta cheese. Serve with: Mixed green salad, a crusty baguette and crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio.   2 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, […]

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Valarie Russell on February 22nd, 2012

Last month as you all know was the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. My mom and I had the pleasure of experiencing that beautiful ship a few years ago while traveling in the Mediterranean.  I hadn’t thought much about that trip for awhile, but as soon as I heard of the tragedy […]

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Valarie Russell on January 10th, 2012

This comforting stew makes a hearty meal when served with a salad and crusty bread. This is much like my Rustic Cabbage Soup; both are delicious and well worth trying. 2 cans white beans (rinsed & drained) 32 oz of  vegetable broth  or (low sodium chicken broth for you non-vegetarians) 1 bay leaf 1 generous […]

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Valarie Russell on October 18th, 2011

My niece, Amanda, from Seattle sent me this recipe earlier this week, so since we have plenty of spaghetti squash I decided to try this recipe for myself. Delicious!  I made as a vegetarian style side dish, but she often adds chicken which makes it a main course. INGREDIENTS: 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded 2 tablespoons vegetable […]

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Valarie Russell on October 18th, 2011

While on vacation at Lake Barkley a couple of weeks ago, my sister and I cooked the entire trip.  This was one of the  soups that we fixed, it was fairly easy to prepare and you could really taste the apples and onions.  This is a really delicious creamy soup and diffidently worth trying for yourself on […]

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Valarie Russell on September 21st, 2011

A great way to use surplus tomatoes from your garden, or ours… we still have plenty of tomatoes to make this tasty dish.  When it comes to savory pies, tomato pie is my favorite by far. The tang of the tomatoes, enhanced by the basil and oregano and complemented by the creamy cheeses and buttery, […]

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Valarie Russell on January 20th, 2011

This is my quick corn cake recipe, we love it with a variety of our bean dish suppers. Sometimes we top with butter and sometimes we love to drizzle with honey.  Try this it’s delicious! We use local honey purchased from Hillview Farms in Depauw, Indiana.  We carry their products at the New Albany Farmer’s Market.  Watch […]

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Valarie Russell on January 16th, 2011

This recipe makes the most of local farm-fresh ingredients such as cherry tomatoes and corn.  Roasting the corn and tomatoes enhances their flavor, and the little ear-shaped pieces of pasta serve as perfect nests for the sauce.  Serve with a salad for a quick, easy and light meal. Ingredients: 2 ears corn, husked 2 tablespoons […]

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Valarie Russell on December 23rd, 2010

I found this recipe a year or so ago in The Parade magazine which was inserted in our local newspaper.  We tried it and loved it; I ran across it again the other day and decided to make again to have with Chili.  I now remember why I saved the recipe.  Try it; I think you will […]

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