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Garden Gazpacho

Garden Gazpacho is a perfect meal for warm weather. I decided to make this when the temperature reached 105 and I did not want to turn on my oven or stove to make dinner. It is an extremely refreshing soup that is served chilled.

Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Chipotle peppers and cilantro give this dish a very special, unique taste that will make everyone ask for more!

Shrimp & pumpkin in coconut milk

Shrimp & pumpkin in coconut milk

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

This is a Kerala (a South Indian state) recipe called Konju Pulungari. Konju means shrimp and pulungari is a curry with coconut milk and something sour, either vinegar or tamarind. Pumpkin is a festival vegetable in South India. This dish is originally ma…

Meatball and Vegetable Soup

Meatball and Vegetable Soup

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes

One of my favorite supermarket shortcuts, pre-cooked frozen meatballs, make a star appearance in this super-easy and savory soup. Kids love meatballs, so I bet this will be a new favorite at your house. While this recipe does not cook in 30 minutes or les…

Easy Marscapone Cheese Danish

Easy Marscapone Cheese Danish

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Marscapone Cheese, sugar and sour cream combine for a filling that tastes much like the richest of cheesecakes. Encased in buttery and flaky puff pastry, this quick and easy treat will surely impress your breakfast or brunch guests!

Mom's Pastina Egg drop soup

Mom's Pastina Egg drop soup

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

My mom used to cook pastina for us kids a lot, she had four kids and she always made sure that we always had some kind of protein in us. So the eggs of course was one of them, She even used to make it without the eggs when we used to have the flu. Us ki…

Honey & Mustard Marinated Pork Chops

Honey & Mustard Marinated Pork Chops

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

This is a recipe that is elegant enough for a special occasion or simple enough for a weeknight. Enjoy!

Sassy Stuffed Peppers

Sassy Stuffed Peppers

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

I think everyone's mom or family member had a recipe for stuffed peppers they remember from their youth. Maybe not everyone feels this way, but I always loved stuffed peppers. This recipe is different than my Mother's, but still very very yummy. I mixed i…

Sesame Seed Chicken

Sesame Seed Chicken

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Have had for years, not sure where I got it. We serve as main dish, so easy. Hard to find the wingettes, use wing parts, all I can find.

Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

These are my boyfriend's favorite cookies. He has never been a big chocolate fan (I know, unthinkable) but these fulfill his sweet tooth. This recipe came from Mary Butler Ringhand, who I believe is my Mother's great aunt. She knows how to make some gr…

Glazed Sausage and Ham Balls

Glazed Sausage and Ham Balls

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Short on time and big on flavor, these are served at our annual harvest party and there's never any leftover!

Penang Style Hokkien Hae Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup)

Penang Style Hokkien Hae Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup)

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes

I am not a noodle addict, but I do enjoy eating it sometimes. Not just a die hard enthusiast. But I fell in love with Laksa and Hokkien Mee. Too bad. I can't make my own Laksa soup here because there are no Laksa leaves available here in the Philippines.…

Chicken Breast Alfredo w/Paprika and Tarragon

Chicken Breast Alfredo w/Paprika and Tarragon

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

A delicious and appetizing way to serve a family favorite, baked chicken.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Crockpot Chicken

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Crockpot Chicken

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes

I am a huge fan of spinach and artichoke dip! This recipe came about when I was trying to put together an orange sweet potato crockpot dish, and I forgot to buy sweet potatoes! I had to leave for work and had minutes to improvise. Grabbing what I had on h…

Curried Lentil Soup

Curried Lentil Soup

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

The spices used to flavor this hearty, vegetarian soup were inspired by the time I spent in India and my love of Indian food. I top each serving with yogurt and serve it with toasted naan. The spicy scent takes me back to India.

Lasagna Sandwiches

Lasagna Sandwiches

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Yes, that's right! Lasagna in sandwich form. This sandwich has everything you love about lasagna -- the thick sauce, the meat, the ricotta -- but it's layered between garlicky rolls. These are simple and delicious, and can even be made ahead of time for e…

Scones

Scones

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

What a lovely way to start a day.

Quick and Easy Hamburger Casserole

Quick and Easy Hamburger Casserole

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Being a working Mom like so many of you, I love easy fast, filling bug nutritional dishes. This dish can be made in the crock pot or baked in the oven. I tend to use my crock pot especially on work days but tastes every bit as good in the oven.

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

This is the best chocolate cake I've ever had; moist, flavorful and frugal! It's also vegan and costs less than $3 including the icing! We make this often here and the kids adore it.

Crazy Mixed Up Beans and Rice (And Chicken Sausage too!)

Crazy Mixed Up Beans and Rice (And Chicken Sausage too!)

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

As you may have noticed I like rice a lot, and beans, AND chicken sausage. I could literally live off rice and beans, and be completely happy. When I was in Puerto Rico last year, I would eat rice and beans almost twice a day. I would save any dinner left…

Mexican Green Spaghetti

Mexican Green Spaghetti

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

This isn't a "traditional" Mexican dish but it is very common in the Northeast of Mexico, everyone in my family loves it and it's been a great hit among my friends now that I live in the USA, it is usually served to go with any type of meat (pork, beef, c…

Homemade Saltine Crackers

Homemade Saltine Crackers

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

These are very simple to make crackers. They are a blank canvas that can take on many flavors. You can make these two ways crispy and crunchy. The only diffrence is how much butter you use. If you use 2 tablespoons they are crunch after they cool. If you…

Chocolate Eclair Ring

Chocolate Eclair Ring

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

This is perfect for the holidays! I've been making this for several years and it is always a hit. To give it some color around the holidays, sprinkle the icing with seasonal nonpareils before the icing dries.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes

I made this dish for Ron's sister Julie and her hubby Chad after they had little Drew. It looked so yummy Ron and I had to make it for ourselves. The picture does not do this casserole justice because it is so yummy! Enjoy!

Tomato Vegetable Soup

Tomato Vegetable Soup

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

For a 5 year old a mystery is magic! That is how it was for me that beautiful sunny morning when my parents woke me from my sleep and announced that something was waiting for me and all I had to do was to find what was hidden somewhere in the house, What…

Pinakbet (tagalog)

Pinakbet (tagalog)

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Actually, this has been originated in Ilocos Provinces here in the Philippines but as time goes by, people in Manila have finally created a new version of this dish by simply adding ingredients, that differ from the original pinakbet of Ilocanos. My mom i…

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