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Posts from — August 2012

… with a chance of meatballs

You gotta love the versatility of your basic meatball. Thrown into pasta, stuffed into a sub sandwich, or tossed with a little sauce for the perfect toothpick ready party food – all options are delish!

And when you substitute ground turkey for the usual beef or pork… you can have your healthy meatball and eat it too.

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August 31, 2012   4 Comments

a lighter sweet note

With the Labor Day weekend just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a recipe for a light, cool, and refreshing potato salad.

This version leaves out the often cloying mayonnaise base and is lightened up with yogurt and then slightly sweetened with a touch of honey.

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August 30, 2012   3 Comments

blue cheese perfection

Often the simplest, purest, and easiest things are the best. That is the case with this perfect appetizer. It is reminiscent of THIS appetizer that I posted, strangely enough, exactly 1 year ago today. Only thing is, this is about 10 times quicker and like I say, simple and pure.

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August 29, 2012   2 Comments

Connor’s last summer breakfast

Before Connor packed up his belongings and headed back to school, I made him a special going-away breakfast.

Good luck in school, sweet boy, study hard and have fun! xoxo

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August 28, 2012   5 Comments

my very first instructional iMovie!

Now that I am a pro at shooting, editing, downloading, and posting iMovies – as you know, I’ve done three of them now – I figured it was time to post my first “Cooking Tip iMovie.”  Hopefully it won’t receive horrid reviews from you … and end up being my last “Cooking Tip iMovie.”

Before you have the privilege of feasting your eyes and ears on the actual video, I have to give shout-outs and props to a few awesome folks:

Firstly, huge props and thanks to my friend and neighbor, Amy (that would The Amy – as in Amy’s Famous Taco Soup) who so sweetly turned me on to this super cool tip.  Amy sent me a video of a Chinese dude doing this technique. But since the video is in Chinese, without subtitles, I decided to demonstrate it myself, in English, instead of linking you to the original.

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August 27, 2012   9 Comments

silly Shirley

Ten days ago today, was my 3rd Blogiversary and I put up my 1000th post. On that momentous day, I included this picture.

Yesterday, I found this picture of a painting by artist Sarah Ashley Longshore, on Facebook…

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August 26, 2012   1 Comment

back to life, back to reality

We arrived home on Wednesday night and hit the ground running on Thursday. Dave and I have been singing THAT SONG for the last couple of days now.

I have enough photos and stories from our Alaskan adventures to fill days and days of blog posts – but of course, this IS a cooking/food blog, NOT a travel log – so this will be my last Alaskan entry. A pictorial really, which much to Dave’s dismay, is not necessarily in chronological order – I hope you enjoy it…

The photos above and below were taken in Ketchikan, and they just caught my fancy.

While in port in Ketchikan, Dave and I went on a “Cruise George Inlet and Crab Feast” excursion. I was one of the lucky two chosen to haul up a crab trap.

Here is Dave holding the largest Dungeness crab of the day.

And below is the pile of crab shells our table of four amassed at the feast! There was a competition between tables for the tallest tower.

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August 24, 2012   5 Comments

where the heck are the photos?!?

photo credit: Erik Roper

So sorry! I was just informed that the last two posts had no photos. Without my knowledge, they were not uploaded while I was WiFi challenged in Alaska.  Please go back two posts and check out the missing pictures… they are awesome!

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August 23, 2012   1 Comment

Amazing Alaska

I have very limited minutes of free internet while we are in Juneau… so I give you just a few of my amazing Alaska images. That is Sawyer Glacier behind us in the photo above.

It looks tiny compared to the fabulous Hubbard Glacier. We watched as it calved more than a dozen times. Spectacular!!!

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August 21, 2012   3 Comments

end of land tour

We’ve seen and done some wonderful things… all prior to boarding the ship for the cruise portion of our trip. The final day and night were spent in at The Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, surprisingly, one of the few ski resorts in Alaska.

Upon viewing the map of ski trails, I’ve never seen so many black double-diamond runs in one place before!

The best thing I did that last day?

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August 20, 2012   3 Comments