Archives: Quick Cooking

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

September 27, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Spaghetti Squash with Sausage | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Vegetable

I’m always looking for creative ways to eat veggies, so this Italian-inspired recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Sausage is a great find! The dish is tasty and quick enough for an easy weeknight meal. Plus, spaghetti squash is good for you and a great alternative to pasta. The recipe calls for microwaving the halved squash […]

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Fresh Corn Salad

September 12, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Fresh Corn Salad | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Fresh summer corn is definitely one of life’s simple, old-fashioned pleasures. I will drive way out of my way to a local farm stand to buy farm fresh corn in the summer. This simple summer salad  is easy to make but full of fresh seasonal flavor: sweet, crisp-tender corn, fresh basil, plus a little zing […]

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Grilled Garlic Bread

August 15, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Grilled Garlic Bread | Filed in Appetizer, Bread, Grilling/BBQ, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish

Grilling bread is such an easy way to take good artisan bread to the next level! And it can be used to make a variety of appetizers (like bruschetta) or simply be a compliment to a meal. Even a novice cook can tackle this recipe with confidence!! First you need to start with a good […]

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Smoky Corn Quesadilla

June 24, 2018 by andrea | Comments Off on Smoky Corn Quesadilla | Filed in Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Southwestern

The boys and I got stuck in late-afternoon traffic on Friday so I had to come up with a different dinner then what I had originally planned on making that evening. Since I’d had enough stress sitting in traffic with my learning-to-drive teenager at the wheel, I wanted to make something easy with ingredients I […]

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Cat Head Biscuits

February 26, 2015 by andrea | Comments Off on Cat Head Biscuits | Filed in Baking, Bread, Comfort Food, Quick Cooking, Recipes

I was instantly intrigued by this recipe because of it’s name and because my family loves biscuits. This Cat Head version is super easy to make (no rolling pin required), and they bake up tender, fluffy and delicious! They don’t have the flaky texture that a rolled out biscuit has but they are tasty all the same…and perfect when slathered […]

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Turkey Poblano Chili

February 2, 2015 by andrea | Comments Off on Turkey Poblano Chili | Filed in Chili, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Southwestern, Turkey

Chili is one of those perfect dishes for casual entertaining because it can be made a day ahead of time and you can easily double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. This recipe features ground turkey and poblano  peppers, a type of chili pepper used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. Poblanos range in heat from mild to […]

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Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

November 26, 2014 by andrea | Comments Off on Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Winter

I love trying new ways to make cranberry sauce. You can easily have several different types of cranberry sauces, relishes or chutneys at a holiday feast because they’re so easy to make. This recipe for Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is flavored with a hint of cinnamon, cloves and a double hit of orange (Grand Marnier and freshly-grated […]

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Grilled Sausage and Balsamic Onion Sandwich

June 13, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich

Until about five years ago, I was never that excited about sandwiches. Then all of a sudden I started finding creative recipes for them all over the place, like this one that combines simple ingredients in a fresh new way:  Grilled balsamic red onions and flavorful Italian sausages, juicy tomatoes, and peppery arugula served on lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. It’s a great […]

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Coconut Rice

May 19, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Asian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Fragrant, steamed jasmine rice is good—but jasmine rice made with coconut milk and fresh ginger is even better! This is a great side dish for Asian-themed meals, and could even be paired with some Caribbean and Latin American dishes. It’s super easy to make and a step up from plain ol’ rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro if […]

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Crab & Avocado Salad

May 7, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Crab & Avocado Salad | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Seafood

This light and refreshing salad is perfect for Mother’s Day, or a light lunch or dinner. Because the flavors are so simple, fresh crab (not canned) is best in this recipe and definitely worth the splurge! The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled (or more) making it perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining. Serve with crusty artisan […]

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