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Pinwheels of salmon on spinach leaves

Looking for an healthful, elegant salad that can be done ahead of time and has a stunning presentation as well as being delicious?

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Fruit and Nutty Banana Oat Muffins

I can hardly believe our weather warmed up a bit this past week.

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Better-than-Canned Tomato Soup/Sauce

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
*1 “institutional” size can of organic whole tomatoes, drain and reserve the juice
3 medium onions, rough dice
3-4 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
10 cups, total,  vegetable or chicken broth, preferably low sodium, mixed with the reserved tomato juice
4-5 bay leaves-be sure to count the number you put in so you can remove them before pureeing the soup
1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
3 Tablespoons dried herbs such as basil, sage, rosemary or parsley or a combination of same- I use sage and parsley
1 quart half and half or milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Pork & Noodle Salad with Roasted Veggies

8 oz. linguine, broken in half and cooked  according to package directions
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2  Tablespoons salad oil, I use a light-tasting  safflower oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 & 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces (you can also use broccoli raab if you have some growing in your garden
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/8 inch pieces
1 package mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1 package snow peas
2-3 Tablespoons salad oil
1/2 pound cooked pork, beef, chicken, tofu or firm fish
1/4 green or red cabbage, finely shredded
5 green onions cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
chili garlic sauce *

*Chili garlic sauce is optional and can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. It is usually fairly hot so proceed with caution!

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Cabbage , Potato and Rutabaga Medley

We Southerners really enjoy the restaurants that serve up a “meat and three”.

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Almost vegetarian Brunswick stew

A favorite memory growing up in rural Wilcox county is the barbecues and the all-night-cooking of Brunswick stew in huge cast iron pots.

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Spinach Tortelloni in mushroom, bacon and tomato sauce

1 or 2 Packages Barilla spinach tortelloni
6-8 strips bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1 recipe  Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce (or bottled sauce)
1 large package sliced mushrooms
1 package cherry tomatoes, preferably organic
1 teaspoon each/or combination of basil, rosemary and  oregano
Grated Parmigano cheese to taste

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Spicy Potato and Mushroom Croquettes

2 floury-such as Russett- potatoes, (about 12 ounces) steamed, mashed and set aside
1  8 ounce package of mushrooms, coarsely chopped and lightly sautéed
1 bunch green onion, lightly sautéed -you can do the onions and mushrooms together
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Tablespoon paprika, preferably smoked
1 teaspoon each, ground cumin and coriander (if you are not familiar with these spices you may want to cut the amount down to 1/2 teaspoon each)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup mashed tofu or cheese of choice (I use tofu in mine and the spices season it nicely.)
1 cup cooked quinoa (after rinsing, I cook mine in chicken stock)
1/2 cup small, frozen green peas, rinsed and thawed
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs (if you are wanting to make this gluten free, make your own crumbs from the ends of gluten-free bread)
2-3 Tablespoons oil of choice for pan-frying (I use coconut oil . Clarified butter gives these croquettes a great taste and browns them nicely)

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Crock pot Cannellini bean stew

3 Cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight
1 meaty ham bone and/or 2 teaspoons Better Than Bullion Ham Base*
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 red or yellow potatoes, scrubbed and diced into one inch pieces
6 carrots, scrubbed and sliced into one inch pieces
2 bay  leaves
water to cover
1 Tablespoon each of the following herbs:
1 Teaspoon sage
salt and pepper to taste

*I find this item in Publix.  Walmart and Foodland carries the beef and chicken base but I have not found the ham or mushroom base in Scottsboro.   I find, with using this base,  salt is not usually needed but everyone’s salt taste varies.

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Thirty Minute Potato and Mushroom Soup


1 medium onion, thinly sliced (leeks are also good here instead of the onion)
2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
1 8 ounce package “Baby Bella” or button mushrooms
1 32 ounce package beef broth-preferably organic
6 thinly sliced red or Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed
1 teaspoon “Better than Bullion” Mushroom Base (I found this at a Publix-it has a super-rich mushroom flavor and I find many uses for it)
1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
black pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese -optional

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