Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Peppers

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I’ll be honest, this is the first time I have ever made stuffed peppers!  I love to eat bell peppers, but I’m kinda cheap and I usually only buy the green ones because they are the cheapest, but this was my lucky week because the grocery store had all peppers, all colors, on sale for $0.88!  So, naturally, I bought way more than I could ever eat.  Usually, I just eat peppers raw or chop them up and add them to tacos, or eggs, but this year, I have been trying to experiment more with food and make dishes that I have never made before.  I looked up a few stuffed pepper recipes online, some looked pretty tasty, others looked the opposite of tasty…, and then I thought about what flavors and ingredients I like to eat (cheese!) and I came up with this recipe.  I was originally going to use quinoa, to my husband’s dismay, but I cooked it in chicken stock and somewhere a long the line something went wrong, because it tasted awful, so instead I used rice, to my husband’s joy!  He ended up eating three of them and told me over and over how much he loved them, so I think they were a hit!  I hope you enjoy them!

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Potato Salad Bites

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I love entertaining and I love little bite sized appetizers.  Although potato salad might not be considered an elegant food to eat, it becomes a little more elegant when you serve it in a little potato cup!  My husband and I bought our very first house when we moved to Tucson and since then I have been fantasizing about throwing a house warming party where everyone just brings cute little appetizers to eat.  I might want to get on that soon though, because we have been living in our new house for about six months now!  Is it still considered a house warming party when the house is already well warmed after living in it for half a year?!

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Turkey Bacon, Avocado, BLT

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I do pretty much all the cooking in our house, which I am perfectly fine with because I love to cook, and it helps that Eric does the dishes!  Most of the time…  As much as I love to cook, I can be pretty low maintenance when it comes do dinner, especially after a long day at work.  Eric is a little bit more high maintenance and likes to have a few sides to choose from.  The other night, Eric was away for a training and when I got home at 5:30 I was starving!  I needed dinner and I needed it fast, and what could be faster than a sandwich?  Although, as fast as it was, I must admit that I did eat almost half a bag of chips while waiting for the bacon to cook!  Eric jokes that I’m like an old person because I need dinner early, it makes me cry inside a little bit when we get invited over to a friends house for dinner and they tell us to be there at 7:00.  I’m going to blame it on my college days when the cafeteria closed for dinner at 7:30, but again, I have to admit that I was one of those people that got in line at 4:45 so I could be the first one in when the doors opened at 5:00.  I guess I’m just an early dinner person!  Long story short, this is a really quick meal to make!

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Turkey Meatball Subs

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We eat a lot of ground turkey at our house, so I am constantly trying to come up with creative ways to cook with it.  My go-to recipes are usually tacos, turkey burgers, meatloaf, and meatballs.  When making turkey burgers, meatloaf, and meatballs I follow the same general recipe, a little liquid, a binder, and a bunch of herbs and spices.  I always have a fully stocked supply of dried herbs and spices and a few months ago when I was in my Amazon.com shopping addiction phase I stocked up on gluten free bread crumbs (I wish I could say I was completely out of the phase, but that would be a lie…).  Other ingredients that I like to add that we usually already have in the refrigerator are; eggs, milk, a little bit of ketchup, and depending on my mood, Sriracha sauce, Tabasco, and even a little mustard sometimes.  One of the great things about making recipes like meatloaf and meatballs is that once you have a general recipe for them you can play around with the seasonings and rather than go out and buy a bunch of ingredients you will only use a little bit of once, you can use things that you already have in your house.  I come up with some of the best recipes when I’m too lazy to go to the store or I want to use up some ingredients I already have in the pantry.Continue Reading

Potato Tacos

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I love Mexican food!!  I could eat it everyday and never get sick of it.  Chips and salsa, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, you name it, I love to eat it.  We recently moved to Tucson from Montana where the best Mexican restaurant we had was Cafe Rio, which isn’t saying much.  Come to think of it, Cafe Rio might have been the best restaurant in town, period, which again, is not saying much.  One of the reasons that I was so excited to move to Tucson was because I knew there would be a bunch of amazing Mexican restaurants to choose from.  When we got here, we tried out of a few, but most were so-so, although, honestly, if you put cheese and beans on a tortilla I’m usually pretty happy with it.  About two months ago, a friend suggested that we meet for dinner at a Mexican taco place that she had recently discovered.  Since that day, my husband and I have been back there about ten times, which is a little embarrassing, because we have had the same server almost every single time.  I’m a huge chips and salsa fanatic and they have a salsa bar with about 7 different kinds of salsa and you can help yourself to all the chips you want!  It really is heaven!  You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but my absolute favorite is their potato tacos.  They sound really simple and they only have a few ingredients, but as my husband says, “They are out of this world.”  One of my new years resolutions was to start saving more money, so rather than go out to get these tacos once a week, I decided to make them at home.  I also really love guacamole, so I have added a little to these tacos and it makes them even more delicious, if that is possible!  I hope you love these potato tacos as much as I love them!

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Good Luck Black Eyed Pea Salad

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I’m a pretty superstitious person and I also really love traditions, so naturally I’m going to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day!  I few years ago I figured that I could use all the luck I could get in the new year so I bought a can of black eyed peas, microwaved them, and put some garlic salt on them, there might have been some champagne involved in the decision to prepare them that way…  Needless to say, they did not taste very good and since then I have been preparing them in tastier ways, that is how this salad was born.  My husband, who is a very picky eater, also really loves this salad, although it might be because I told him that the more black eyed peas he eats the luckier he will be in the new year!  It is really easy to make and tastes delicious, even if you don’t think you are a black eyed pea fan!

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Chicken Pot Pie

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The first time I ever made a chicken pot pie I was terrified.  I had never made a rue based sauce before and it seemed like there were so many steps to it and I was sure I was going to mess things up.  I was finally able to finish it and my husband absolutely loved it, he even told me that if I was on a cooking competition tv show, Master Chef or Hell’s Kitchen, that the pot pie would be my signature dish!  Unfortunately for him, I didn’t make it again for another two years because I had such stressful memories from the first time.  The second time I made it I took a deep breath, calmed down, and realized that the recipe is actually really easy, and now Eric gets to enjoy it a few times a year!

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Pizza Burgers

 

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When my husband and I first moved to Tucson, we spent three months living in a really tiny guest house.  The bedroom, kitchen, and living room were all the same room, thankfully we had a separate bathroom!  The only kitchen appliances we had access to were a microwave, convection oven, toaster, and one hot plate, and if you used more than one appliance at a time, the power would go off.  The only saving grace I had was the grill outside.  Needless to say, during the three months that we lived there we ate a lot of hotdogs, grilled chicken, and hamburgers.

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Winter Quinoa Salad

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Ok, you may be thinking that there is no winter in Tucson, but in my defense I started making this recipe when I lived in Montana, and trust me, there is definitely a winter in Montana!  You can really make this dish anytime of the year, but squash and kale always make me think of the winter time.  I started making this dish last winter when I started experimenting with a gluten and dairy free diet to help  with some stomach issues I was having.  We were getting invited a lot of holiday parties and potlucks and I was always worried that there would be nothing for me to eat there.  This salad was great because not only did everyone else love it as much as I love it, but if I was ever in a situation where this salad was the only gluten-free dish at the party, it was enough to fill me up and satisfy me for the evening. Continue Reading

Curry Cilantro Hummus

Curry Cilantro Hummus

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I love hummus!  When I was in college and would come home for breaks, my mom would always ask me what meal I wanted waiting for me when I got home and I would always tell her, a big bowl of hummus with pita bread.  She made an amazing garlic hummus!  I make a lot of different variations, but this is one of my favorites.  For a base I use garbanzo beans, cumin, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil, then I add whatever flavors I am in the mood for.Continue Reading