Meat and Bean Chili
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Meat and Bean Chili

I think I’m enjoying the winter CSA I joined even more than I enjoyed the summer/fall CSA. Both are great, but the winter version includes such items as locally raised meats, cheeses, milk, and even root beer in addition to the late harvest/cold storage fruits and veggies. Our most recent share included a pound of ground goat meat. If you’ve never had goat, it’s similar to but gamier than lamb. It can replace beef in just about any dish, and it stands up particularly well in spicier recipes. … Continue Reading →

Salsa Cruda
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Salsa Cruda

I love this salsa. It is such a versatile recipe. In addition to the traditional way of serving it with tortilla chips, I’ve had it on top of burgers – both beef and turkey. This morning I discovered it works great as the veggie in a frittata. My husband’s reaction: “The eggs are outdoing the bacon for flavor. It’s a battle to the death!” … Continue Reading →

Black Bean Soup
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I love the black bean soup at Panera, but I can’t always get to one. I decided to look online for a knock-off recipe and found a decent one on RecipeZaar. It’s not quite the same as the soup at Panera; Panera’s version is vegetarian and the one on RecipeZaar uses chicken bullion. I went one better and used beef stock. I also sautéed the veggies before adding the rest of the ingredients and spiced it all up with some cayenne pepper. Yum! It must have been good because, by the time I ladled out a bowl for myself and … Continue Reading →

Shrimp Tacos
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Shrimp Tacos

While in Kauai, we discovered this place called the Shrimp Shack. Its appearance lives up to its name. I was a bit skeptical about eating anything from this place, but thank goodness I got over that! They make the most amazing shrimp tacos! I made this version about 3 weeks after tasting the ones in Hawaii, so I don’t know how close they are to the original, but they’re still very tasty! Print Shrimp Tacos Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 3 minutesTotal Time: 8 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 … Continue Reading →

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
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Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

A quesadilla is basically a dressed up grilled cheese sandwich. They’re incredibly versatile. Scan your fridge for leftover cooked meats and diced vegetables, and you’re halfway there. This is my favorite way to make quesadillas. Print Grilled Chicken Quesadillas Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2 meals or 4 appetizers Ingredients1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast 1/4 teaspoon creole seasoning, or to taste 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 large flour tortillas (burrito style) 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese 2 tablespoons sliced black olives 2 tablespoons sliced jalapenos 1/2 small onion, diced 1/2 tomato, … Continue Reading →