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Smoked Grilled Vegetables

August 30, 2013
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{Thank you to McCormick Grill Mates for sponsoring this post, the final post in a three-part series showcasing this summer’s grilling trends.} “You smell like barbecue,” remarked my three-and-a-half year old little boy, upon taking a deep sniff of my forearm. It was true…after overseeing our grill, which now housed a box of smoldering wood […]

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Chicken Tomato Saute + Nonstick Skillet Giveaway!

February 21, 2012
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There are only 2 teaspoons of olive oil in this entire heart healthy Chicken Tomato Sauté dish – I was amazed! Most recipes usually call for 2 tablespoons of oil, but when you’re using a nonstick pan you scarcely need any at all. I often forget this about my nonstick pans. I usually just glug in a tablespoon […]

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Penne with Artichokes…and How I Started This Blog

March 8, 2011
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How many times have you come across a recipe like the one below for Penne with Artichokes on a food label? A tiny 3″ square with no photo or headnotes, significantly truncated to fit on the box? Recipes like this are kind of mysterious. You have no idea of what the dish looks like or […]

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Citrus Salsa…Are You Sweet or Salty? (Take the Quiz!)

January 24, 2011
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Before I get to today’s recipe for a bright, refreshing Citrus Salsa – a fresh salsa made with oranges, tomatoes, sweet onions, lime juice and jalapeños – I thought we might start with a fun little (non-scientific) quiz for a change. Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you tend to go salty? Let’s […]

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It’s Dip Week! ~ 7-Layer Dip

June 13, 2010
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I hit the mother lode…on the back of a bag of tortilla chips. A whole menu of fabulous Mexican and southwestern party dips is printed on the Mission Tortilla Strips bag! With lots of celebrations and family gatherings coming up this time of year I’m declaring this week Dip Week on Cooking On the Side […]

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Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas

April 13, 2010
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I wasn’t looking for any kind of packaged spice mix when I went grocery shopping  for ingredients to make chicken fajitas. I usually prefer to just use what I have in my spice drawer at home (which is pretty robust, by the way – one day I’ll post about it!). But I noticed a McCormick […]

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Grilled Cheese with Marinated Onions & Whole Grain Mustard

April 5, 2010
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Around this time last year, I came up with the somewhat off-the-wall idea for hosting a Grilled Cheese Pageant on my other blog, Panini Happy. Influenced by the spectacle of the “Toddlers & Tiaras” TV show, I thought a pageant theme might be a fun way to spice up a blog event celebrating grilled cheese […]

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