I Heart You Fruit Tart

The first fruit tart I ever made was from a Paula Deen recipe. There was plenty of sugar and butter involved, as you well know if you’ve ever seen her cooking shows. I remember starting with the crust and sampling some of the raw dough, just to make sure it tasted…

Dijon and Herb Roast Pork with Winter Vegetables

I love this dish.  It’s a beautiful presentation, a perfect dish for when you have company, and it looks like you toiled away in the kitchen for hours when, in reality, you haven’t at all.  The complete recipe does take an hour and a half.  But most of that time…

Cheesy Potato Nachos

It’s really tough to strike a balance between a dinner that’s satisfying and delicious and one that’s still healthy and not overloaded with fat and calories.  When you have that craving for something cheesy and filling, I think this dish offers that perfect combination. It tastes sinful while providing a…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Did you know a lot of the dried herbs and spices in your kitchen pantry are full of healthy antioxidants? They are!  And they’re a great way to add tons of flavor to your dishes without fat and lots of calories. I created this homemade taco seasoning because I questioned…

Lightened Up Beef Stew

To say I’m not the biggest fan of red meat would be an understatement.  To put it more into perspective:  I’ve never been known to order anything but seafood at steak houses.  Any big meat-and-potatoes fans will find this extremely strange, and I couldn’t argue with you there.  I am…

Crispy Parmesan and Dijon Chicken Strips

    This is my go-to recipe when I’ve had a crazy day, I’m running 30 minutes behind, and I’m starving.These chicken strips are healthy, delicious and nearly as easy to throw together as the frozen chicken tenders you find at the grocery store.Served with a couple quick sides like…

Mashed Cinnamon Squash with Almond Butter

There is a local restaurant in my town that serves delicious steak and seafood entrees along with a ‘seasonal vegetable.’  This ‘seasonal vegetable’ is always Cinnamon Squash (made with mashed butternut squash and, I would guess, cream, butter, sugar, and cinnamon).  When I went in mid-July, I thought surely they would have…

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