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Southwestern Corn Salad #WeekdaySupper

When the temperature rises, you need a meal that is filling, flavorful, and doesn't heat up your kitchen. This salad combines healthy veggies, beans, and a spicy dressing — no cooking required! We've been having crazy heat waves in Philadelphia this summer. The most recent one lasted for 8 days! High heat and high humidity …

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Puffs

I'm celebrating Galentine's Day with this take on chocolate-covered strawberries: cream puffs filled with strawberry pastry cream and drizzled in chocolate. Happy Galentine's Day! What is Galentine's Day, you ask? It's a fictional celebration from the television show "Parks and Recreation." It's the best day of the year. Celebrated on February 13th, women leave their husbands and their boyfriends …

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Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream

Originally published Feb. 11, 2015. Photos updated 7/18/2017. Chicken tacos are spiced with ancho chile powder and topped with cilantro slaw and avocado cream. This delicious meal is ready in under 30 minutes! We're finally getting settled into our new apartment, and getting into a routine. I have finally started meal-planning again. Even though I'm …

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas + a cookbook giveaway

I believe I have confessed before that I was rather picky as a child. For a period of time, I boycotted tomatoes in all forms (even pizza). For nearly two decades, I refused to touch any kind of fish or shellfish. The most "exotic" cuisine I would eat was Americanized Chinese takeout. I'm happy to …

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Corn and Pepper Taquitos: Vegetarian Recipe Swap

It's recipe swap time again, hosted by A Taste of Home Cooking. Our host changed up the themed swaps a little — instead of being assigned a particular recipe, we're assigned a blog (similar to the Bloggers' Choice swaps), and we get to choose any recipe that fits the theme. I was assigned one of my …

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Orecchiette and Chickpeas in Rustic Tomato Sauce

If you're looking for Monday Bites, I've decided to move it to Friday. Thank you to all who've submitted answers to the First Annual Reader Survey so far! To those who haven't, there's still time to submit your answers! You could win a Starbucks gift card! Now, on to the food. As I've mentioned before, …

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Baked Ziti and Summer Vegetable Casserole

This baked ziti casserole is loaded with fresh summer vegetables. With so many veggies, less pasta is needed. Part-skim cheese thickened with egg holds everything together.  A little while ago, I was contacted by Cooking Light, inviting me to join the Cooking Light Blogger's Connection. I was really honored to get the invitation, because I …

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

I hope you're not sick of pumpkin. Personally, pumpkin is a year-round ingredient for me, but I know that not all agree with me. Can we at least compromise that it's an all-winter ingredient? Pumpkin is comfort food to me, as is macaroni and cheese. When I saw that The Cookaholic Wife had made a …

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