Category Archives: quick and easy

  1. Easy Maple Syrup Candied Pecans (or walnuts)

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    May 4, 2013 by Flora Dawn

      Okay, so I originally came up with this recipe out of necessity. Well, maybe that sounds a bit extreme. …
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  2. Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

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    August 22, 2012 by Flora Dawn

    Quinoa is one of those “super foods” we are all supposed to be eating. However, I still struggle with incorporating it into our diets. We have found that quinoa salads are one of the easiest ways to eat quinoa, not to mention it’s a perfect meatless meal.

  3. House Seasoning

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    April 28, 2012 by Flora Dawn

    I recently discovered the recipe for the Deen family House Seasoning recipe. It’s a basic recipe with salt, pepper, and garlic and it tastes great.

    I have found it super convenient to have a dish of this in my spice cupboard. It is perfect for seasoning meat, casseroles and even savory snacks like popcorn.

  4. Baked Breaded Chicken

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    April 5, 2012 by Flora Dawn

    have to admit there is something incredibly delicious about a piece of fried chicken. When executed correctly, you get a perfectly crispy coating with moist and flavorful meat inside. It’s no wonder fried chicken is considered American comfort food.

    However, fried chicken is not exactly healthy. It’s really quite the opposite, so when I am wanting breaded chicken I typically make a baked chicken. You can actually achieve a pretty good version of baked “fried” chicken. However, I discovered that adapting my usual recipe to be gluten-free became a bit problematic. I couldn’t get the right flavor or texture and it was a bit expensive to keep experimenting with dinner, so I all but gave up.

  5. No Bake Cookies with Applesauce

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    February 19, 2012 by Flora Dawn

    Whenever I have a chocolate peanut-butter craving, but don’t want to go to the effort to make peanut butter balls or drop cookies, I whip up a batch of no bake cookies. They are super easy, super fast, and made entirely on the stove top.

  6. Toasted Coconut

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    December 24, 2011 by Flora Dawn

    Although coconut is quite delicious straight from the package, toasting it for a few minutes give it a slightly crunchy and dried texture that is perfect for many recipes. And it’s lightly browned color makes it perfect for garnishing.

    On occasion I have seen prepackaged toasted coconut, however it is quite expensive and not always available. Besides, it is super easy and less expensive to simply toast it at home in the oven.

  7. Blueberry Sauce

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    September 22, 2011 by Flora Dawn

    We are still enjoying fresh, local blueberries here in Oregon, so I decided to whip up some blueberry sauce for breakfast. You can literally make this sauce in a couple of minutes, which makes it perfect for breakfast (or an impromptu dessert topping). If you have a kid that enjoys cooking, this is one of those super easy, yet super delicious, recipes they would probably enjoy making themselves.

  8. Grilled Flank Steak & Vegetables

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    September 11, 2011 by Flora Dawn

    Flank steak grills up very quickly, making it the perfect choice for a weeknight dinner or easy entertaining. And has become a favorite at my house for a quick dinner.

    This recipe is based on a dish from The Dean Family Cookbook. It’s much more my style than the typical Paula dishes, which are heavy on the cream and butter (making them not so friendly on my waist or cholesterol).

    This isn’t a recipe truly from Paula Deen, it’s from her husband Michael. If this dish is any indication of his cooking, I am thinking maybe he should write a cookbook, because it is delicious.

  9. Heirloom Tomato Salsa

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    August 29, 2011 by Flora Dawn

    You know how some kids have faces only a mother could love? Or at least that is the expression. Well, heirloom tomatoes are the produce only a cook could love.

    Their ugly, wrinkly, and multicolored, but I just love them! They are interesting and colorful and are bursting with flavor this time of year.

    Perhaps salsa is not the best use of these expensive tomatoes, but what can I say, I am a girl that loves a homemade salsa. So these beautiful tomatoes met their fate in the food processor today.

  10. Baked Zucchini Sticks

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    August 23, 2011 by Flora Dawn

    Plant a zucchini, feed a neighborhood. If you garden or have neighbors that do, chances are you have some zucchini waiting to be used. I know a lot of people dislike zucchini, but I actually like it and have no problem coming up with ways to use it.

    Even if you don’t care for it, chances are there are two ways you’ll eat it: zucchini bread and fried zucchini sticks. Maybe. No? Come on, who doesn’t like a quickbread. And anything fried is better right? With enough cripsy, crunchy coating and red sauce it’s not so bad. You know it’s true.

    Well, fried zucchini might get your family to eat their veggies, but it’s messy and not exactly the recommended way to get your 5 a day. I came across a baked zucchini recipe from King Arthur Flour. Of course, with panko crumbs, it was full of gluten.

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