cherry-apple salad with homemade creamy feta dressing

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Two salads in a row!  Wooohooo!  Not sure why that's exciting but it is!  Maybe because this salad was so  different and delicious.  Maybe  I was so completely busy all weekend this is all I had time to make.  Maybe our downstairs air conditioner was not cooling and it was 95 degrees outside and I couldn't imagine eating or cooking anything hot. . . . Continue Reading

Chipotle Chicken Salad

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I had a big time craving for grilled chicken salad.  There is no special meaning behind the craving thing.  I'm too old for that.  Yeah, I'm a grandma.  It probably just means I needed more vegetables and protein.  So we made a ginormous salad and went in search of a good, flavorful chicken marinade.  Bingo!  We found the perfect marinade that would be . . . Continue Reading

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

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Memorial Day - the wonderful long weekend marking the start of summer; the end of school; the opening of neighborhood pools; family BBQ's; vacation; watermelon and ice cream.  But Memorial Day means so much more than those things listed here.  Memorial Day is a Federal holiday originally set aside to honor those who died in the Civil War.  Eventually it was expanded to include all . . . Continue Reading

Photo Tip No. 5 – iPhoneography

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iPhoneography: Traveling Husband's favorite photo apps Hey it's NON-traveling husband today.  I'm dog-sitting and guest-blogging while Tricia is on the road to a family gathering in Atlanta. As I've mentioned before I'm really becoming a fan of iPhoneography.  I thought this week we could take a quick look at some of my go-to apps which you might find useful and . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt (Gluten free)

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Rich bittersweet chocolate cookies with a little zing from a sprinkle of sea salt ... absolutely perfect.  This lovely little cookie is soft with a gooey center and so simple to make. If you want a gluten free version try using coconut flour instead of AP flour.  The only other ingredients you need are eggs, butter, vanilla, sea salt, baking powder, sugar and a bag of . . . Continue Reading

It’s good to be yellow

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Hello friends!  I've been a little MIA lately.  It's been one of those weeks.  Not necessarily bad, just so busy and not the normal routine.  Consequently I haven't been in the kitchen cooking,  at all.    But I will cook this weekend!  I can't wait.  So as I'm planning my menu I started thinking about lemons.  You are probably wondering . . . Continue Reading

PB Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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Have you ever thought you're a good enough cook to overcome anything, even barometric pressure?  Let me back up a minute.  I had a wonderful cookie recipe to post today.  "Had" is the key word here.  But after two batches it become apparent (I'm a little slow) there's a good reason not to make meringue cookies on a day when rain is probable.  Meringue becomes a sticky, runny mess when . . . Continue Reading

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

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I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning in my freezer and look what I found!  A small turkey breast picked up on sale during the holidays.   I like to use frozen meats within 6 months if possible.  And since I would never dream of messing with the standard roasted turkey and gravy at Thanksgiving (my family would be very unhappy) I thought this would be a perfect time to try an herb . . . Continue Reading

Photo Tip #4: Shutter Speed

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Swing batta batta swing!  This time we're going to finish our discussion of "the exposure triangle."  We've already covered aperture and depth of field in part one and in part two we talked about ISO and light sensitivity. The third side of the triangle is shutter speed.The triangle is just an analogy--a way of trying to simplify the mystery of exposure.  Granted, . . . Continue Reading