Med Melts With Creamy Ricotta Walnut Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

mediterranean grilled cheese

There’s a restaurant near me that has these sandwiches I adore.  They are Mediterranean melts, which us locals refer to as ‘med melts’.  It’s at one of those hipster places that bake their own bread, have gigantic chocolate filled croissants for breakfast, and there’s lots of dark wood inside.  I love it for the atmosphere, but…

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

chocolate zucchini bread

I made chocolate zucchini bread for breakfast yesterday.   Chocolate for breakfast?  Why yes I did.  Warm bread, fresh out of the oven and filled with shredded zucchini…I refuse to feel guilty, even if it’s laden with rich chocolate flavor.     First, I have a confession to make.  I don’t like zucchini.  It’s never…

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Easy Herb Rubbed Garlic Ranch Salmon

herb rubbed garlic ranch salmon

Remember the ranch dressing mix I posted a few weeks ago?  This stuff?     Like most people, I use it for more than making ranch dressing.  I use it for a ton of recipes that call for a packet of dry ranch dressing mix.  I use it for dips.  And I use it for…

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Simmered Tuscan Chicken

This is one of those easy dishes that is chock-full of veggies and the whole family eats.  In fact, my youngest (8) gets 2-3 servings every time I make it and it is the only dish in which she eats green beans.  She doesn’t even blink twice, just scarfs them down.  The veggie hating husband…

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Crock Pot Garlic Ham and White Bean Soup

I’ve always been curious about my college roommate’s favorite soup, ham and navy bean soup.  She talked about how good it was, putting in a ham bone, she’d lick her lips while talking.  I’d never had it.  I grew up in a house that didn’t eat ham.  I’d have some at friend’s houses and restaurants,…

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Herb Marinated Tomatoes with Parmesan Crusted Crostini

The sweet 100 tomatoes and yummy yellow pear tomatoes are exploding in my garden.  I also have a ton of fresh herbs and a need to use them up.  Fresh summer produce is in full swing!  It’s a great problem to have.  This recipe uses up some of that delectable healthy produce from my garden, as…

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