Zucchini & Squash Pasta with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

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Ok, I know what you are going to say.  Nothing can possibly take the place of your beloved pasta, and, not to worry, I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise.  I still eat a lot of pasta (corn pasta), it is my go-to “I’m tired and I want dinner now” meal, and I don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon.  But, since I’m still struggling to lose that holiday weight and since it is almost summertime (at least in this side of the country), which means bathing suit season,  eek!  I’m trying to incorporate a few more vegetables into my diet.  If you are anything like my husband and the idea of eating only zucchini, squash, and tomatoes for dinner scares you, you could always add in a little bit of  regular pasta, maybe about 1/4 of how much you would usually make and then supplement the rest with this veggie spaghetti recipe.

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Panzanella Salad

 

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I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but I know that in Tucson right now, it is spring.  And I’m really not trying to brag about our weather because, trust me, in about a month it will probably hit 100 degrees.  I’ve been told that spring doesn’t last long here, so I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here.  After all, spring is my favorite season.  It is a time of renewal.  Flowers are popping up and new leaves are sprouting on trees.  Everything is new and exciting.  Another thing I love about spring is gardening. Continue Reading

Caramelized Vegetable Pizza with Goat Cheese and Pepperoni

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If you ask anyone who has recently gone gluten free what they miss the most, chances are they will say pizza.  The idea of giving up pizza was never an option, so when I first started experimenting with gluten free eating, finding a good pizza crust recipe was at the top of my to-do list.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t  quite as easy as I was hoping.  I tried a lot of pizza crust mixes hoping that they would taste just a little bit like regular pizza, at that point I had given up the hope that I would find something that would taste remotely like regular crust, I just wanted something that didn’t taste like cardboard and have the texture of sand.Continue Reading

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia Sandwiches

 

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia Sandwiches

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia Sandwiches

 
When I think of crispy, breaded fish sandwiches I immediately think of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish.  That thought might evoke nausea in some people, but for me it brings up feelings of nostalgia and memories of road tripping from Arkansas to New York every summer with my mother and sister (and father once we started attending summer camp).  My mother is from Poughkeepsie, NY and every summer, up until I was a teenager, we would make the three day road trip to visit my aunt and grandparents for the entire summer.  Back then, my sister and I weren’t as great friends as we are now (Hi Faune!) and looking back, I’m not sure how my mother (and my father for a few summers) stayed sane with two fighting sisters in the back seat.  Needless to say, we played a lot of car games, including the usual A,B,C sign game and license plate game, and we even made up a few of our own games.   We would pretend that we were part of famous families and go one and on about all our famous relatives (we were really into celebrities back then!), and there was one game that I’m sure our parents loved, the premise was that my sister would do something to hurt me, like hit me or pull my hair, and then I would do it back to her, but harder.  I think I might have been the one to come up with that game and I loved the fact that she went a long with it.  I guess you do get pretty bored being in a car for eight hours a day.

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Crostini

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Crostini

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Crostini

As I was making these crostini, I had to laugh a little bit.  Up until a few years ago I very much disliked the two main ingredients in this dish.  I think it is understandable that most young people, maybe even most people period, don’t like asparagus.  If you don’t cook it correctly it can be bland and tough, and if you are one of those very lucky people, it can also make your pee smell not so pleasant, more on that later.  I could survive on cheese, so I’m not sure why I never liked goat cheese.  I only started eating goat cheese about 4 years ago.  We were renting an amazing house in Southern Utah.  The house was situated on a large piece of property and our landlord owned a burrow, named Cactus, and a bunch of goats.  All the goats were so cute, but I especially loved the feisty black and white goat named Cookie.  The goats were so fun and personable, I started to think that nothing that they produced could possibly taste bad.  I then decided to try goat cheese and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

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Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Brown Butter

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We moved to Tucson, Arizona from Montana almost a year ago and I’m convinced that I will never see snow again.  Right now it seems like every other state in the universe is getting foot upon foot of snow, and I have to admit that I’m a little bit jealous.  My craving for snow and winter temperatures is only spurred on by the fact that in Tucson, this weekend, we might hit 90 degrees, eek, so while the rest of the world is building snowmen and shoveling their sidewalks I will be slathering on the sunblock and blasting the air conditioner.   In my fit of jealousy I decided to make a dish that makes me think of winter and gives me the cozy feeling of being inside a warm house while the snow is falling outside.

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Blueberry Crisp

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I love blueberries, in fact, they might be my favorite fruit.  Unfortunately, they can be kind of expensive sometimes.  When I was a kid my mom would take us to the blueberry farm every summer and we would pick bags and bags of blueberries.  I don’t remember what kind of desserts we made with all of our blueberries, but I’m guessing that a lot of them got eaten before we made it home.  I have some really great memories of picking blueberries all day and then going for a nice, refreshing swim in the creek afterwards.  Unfortunately, for this crisp, I had to settle for store bought blueberries, which still taste great, they are just not quite as fun to pick out.

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Taco Pizza

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I apologize for being a lazy food blogger.  If I was really on top of things I would have made this taco pizza days before the Superbowl, so I could post it in time for you to make it for the Superbowl.  It would have also allowed for me to eat taco pizza twice in one week, which would have been pretty great.  But instead I made it for myself the evening of the Superbowl and am just getting around to posting the recipe now.  In my defense, I don’t think that you really need an excuse like the Superbowl to enjoy some taco pizza.  In fact, taco pizza is so good that every time I make it, I think to myself, “Why do I not eat this every single day?”.

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Pesto Potato Chips

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Have I mentioned my love for potatoes yet?  Especially when I get to roast them in the oven and they get all crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about them.  Well, I also have a soft spot for crispy potato chips, really any kind of chips for that matter, but not much compares to a crispy, salty potato chip.
The Lay’s potato chip company has a contest going on right now to pick the next great potato chip flavor.  I could really use the 1 million dollars of prize money, so I entered.  I know that the chances of me winning are probably slim to none (knock on wood), although I might have a better chance at winning than some, like the people who entered: Water, Awesomeness, Waste Runoff, and Babies Delight, I have no idea what that chip would even taste like and I don’t think that I want to know, especially since the picture on the front of the bag looked like a bowl of white mush…

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