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Oktoberfest: Warm German Potato Salad

daisi - December 29, 2011
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In Oktober, my mom and a friend of hers hosted an Oktoberfest party in Kingfisher, America. Sam and I can’t resist a theme party, much less a Jo-Mom party, so we headed over for an evening of German beer, wine and food. And the family time was a bonus! Everyone did such a good job on the food. We had braised red cabbage, deviled eggs, …

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Cheesy Corny Muffins

daisi - December 13, 2011

Today I have the perfect thing to accompany your winter time soups/stews/chilis. These cheesy, corny muffins are hearty enough to stand up to the soup and they just add a little something to your dinner table. Did I mention they are really easy? What you’ll need: Jiffy corn muffin mix 1 egg 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup frozen corn 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded Preheat your …

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Caramelized Red Onions

daisi - December 7, 2011

I really like the idea of caramelized onions. It makes a perfect accompaniment to a lot of main dishes. Steak, bratwursts, risotto, pizza, salads, you get the idea. The problem is: caramelized onions take time. Typically 45 minutes to an hour with constant attention. That’s why when I came across a new (to me) way to caramelize them using the oven, I had to try …

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Meatless Monday: Roasted Veggies

daisi - October 10, 2011

There are probably a million “recipes” out there for roasted vegetables. You don’t need them. This is why: All you need is some olive oil, spices, and your favorite vegetables. That’s it. You’re done. Ingredients a large bowl of your favorite veggies, chopped into bite-size pieces – I used: 2 squash 1 red onion 2 zucchini 1 red pepper spices – I like garlic powder, …

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Meatless Monday: Swiss Chard with Grilled Polenta

daisi - September 15, 2011

Get to your local farmer’s market and pick up some swiss chard right now. It is a must have for your future meatless meals. It’s so hearty I doubt you will miss the meat, especially when you pair it with grilled polenta as a base. Ingredients 1 tube polenta 2 tablespoons butter Approximately 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons 1 tablespoon minced garlic …

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Hummus Two Ways

daisi - September 11, 2011

You might remember a few months ago when I gave you my favorite (and very easy) hummus recipe. Today I thought I’d share a variation to spice things up a little. By adding a few additional ingredients, you transform your hummus to a spicier snack. You’ll need everything from the original recipe: 2 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved 2 cloves garlic, crushed …

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Just Peachy

daisi - August 10, 2011

Salsa is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. Especially in the summer when a nice, cool snack always sounds refreshing. Unfortunately, the unrelenting heat has turned my plants into something like this. Needless to say, I have zero tomato plants. In all honesty, I have zero plants. I left for one weekend and they all dried out. You could probably say I’m a …

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Boursin Creamed Spinach

daisi - April 25, 2011

The return of meatless Monday is back with a fantastic, super delicious, mildly unhealthy side dish. But who doesn’t love a rich and savory side dish full of spinach and cream? I made this for our valentine’s day dinner date (yeah, I’m just now getting around to posting). I served it with garlic butter scallops and wild mushroom risotto. It was a very rich, but amazing meal, …

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Extra Cheesy Bread

daisi - March 14, 2011
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Cheesy bread is a great addition to any meal, vegetarian or not. And when you mix fresh mozzarella cheese with your basic dip recipe, the results are a delicious versatile (yes, versatile) side dish. I say versatile because once you’ve used this as a side dish, you can use it as the base for a nice open face sandwich with the toppings of your choice. …

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

daisi - March 2, 2011

For those of you who have never attempted risotto, please take a chance on this recipe, it’s worth it. For those who have mastered the at of risotto, this one is worth adding to your collection because it is delish! I have two tips for you when making risotto: 1) use a wide pan and 2) recruit someone to do the stirring.     Wild Mushroom Risotto …

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