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Five Perfect Summer Recipes

There's something special about Summer. The air smells cleaner, the wine tastes better, and grass (really is) greener. Why not make sure you've got some great food to celebrate the great weather. Here are five of my favorite summer time dishes!...

Turkey Chili

When my 3 yr old announced “I love chili”, it quickly became a staple on our dinner table; as the options that she “loves” are pretty limited.  While, I’d say that homemade chili is actually pretty good for you, I started making turkey chili, which is a bit lighter and healthily than traditional beef or pork.  And best of all, because chili is such a rich recipe, with so many different op

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Chicken Breast Marinara

I made this Chicken Marinara recipe after thinking about ways I could put a spin on a more traditional chicken parmesan…and I think you’ll notice that it is indeed very similar.  Here, I skip the process of breading, and frying up the chicken, which saves a lot of time and effort.  But, I still use a combination of a great marinara sauce, some mozzarella cheese, and a good hot over that c

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Tortellini with Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

The quality of store bough Tortellini these days, really allows everyone to cook like a star, with actually very little work.  Here I use some packaged cheese tortellini to make a simple Tortellini with Mushroom Alfredo Sauce that is tastes awesome and only takes about 30 minutes to cook.  The longest time is sautéing up the mushrooms, but it’s time well spent, as you end up with a sauce

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Chimichurri Sauce

I discovered Chimichurri sauce a few years ago, and it has become one of my favorite goto sauces or marinades for chicken, steak, pork and even fish - especially when grilled.  Chimichurri is a Latin American sauce, treated almost as a condiment, and on pretty much every restaurant table in Argentina.

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How to Peel a Shallot: A One Minute Cooking Class

Shallots are an under used cousin of the onion; and I love them.  First, they are smaller than onions, and so there tends to be less waste if your cooking for one or two people.  They also have a flavor that is bit more mild and sweet than the average onion…with just a hint of garlic.  They are especially great with sauces.  But very much like the onion, they can be a bit of a pain to peel.  Here’s a couple tips to help you out.

How to Peel a Shallot

Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

A favorite of these Flatbread pizzas is the flexibility they provide to use just about any ingredients.  Here, I use some butternut squash and sage to create a Fall inspired flatbread pizza, but frankly, I’ll make it all year long.  The sweet butternut squash is sliced thin, and then roasted in oven until just tender.

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Soup - The Key to Winter Survival

In the deep depth of Winter, when the snow is deep, and the winds chilly, I find myself taking solace all too frequently in a warm bowl of soup. There are literally thousands of soup recipes, some complex, but many more, so simple they can made is just 30 or so minutes. And of course, so...
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My Walk Home - Week 6: Fallon, NV

So…things have been a bit busy, and I haven’t gotten to posting my progress recently…it’s been a three week gap for those counting…but rest assured, I continue to walk. In fact, the walking itself has gotten quite a bit easier and I’m now regularly doing days with more than 20K steps. I was...
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My Walk Home - Week 3: Stockton CA

I just made it through Stockton CA, and am cruising accross the central valley (a huge valley running north/south through much of CA). Pretty happy with my progress this week, as it's a full 10 miles more than last week. Stockon is going to be the last good sized town that I hit for quick...
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