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  • 1 russet potato per person
  • softened butter
  • coarse Kosher salt
  • You'll need a fork and a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil

Baked Potato

“It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.” – Irish Proverb As soon as I posted this recipe I received…

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (Pillsbury recommended)
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound browned ground beef or sausage
  • 3/4 cup pepperoni slices
  • 1/3 cup cooked bacon crumbles or diced ham
  • 1/2 cup sauteed sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce (Contadina recommended)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Crazy Crust Pizza

“Happiness is a slice of pizza.” I’ve seen this recipe on several blogs over the past several years and I always…

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  • 6 lb (or larger; I used an 8 pounder) bone-in pork butt roast
  • 1/4 cup yellow honey mustard
  • 1/3 cup Barbecue dry rub, homemade or commercial
  • 1 cup apple juice (or substitute) for spritzing

Smoked Pork Butt Roast

“Almost everybody’s happy to be a fool for barbecue.” – Jack Nicholson Beef has always been the preferred barbecue meat in…

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  • 1 small to medium sized spaghetti squash halved and seeds removed
  • 12 ounces medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups of prepared marinara sauce look for a low fat, low sugar variety
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded Italian Style Blend cheese
  • 8 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)

Spaghetti Squash Bowl with Shrimp

“I don’t believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating.” – Nigella Lawson This is a healthy, low-carb meal…

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  • small to medium size red  (i.e. "new")  potatoes (however many you’d like)
  • Olive oil (EVOO)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Grated Cheese of your choice (cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.)

Smashed Baby Red Potatoes with Cheese

“Potatoes are to food what sensible shoes are to fashion.” – Linda Wells Many years ago we were eating in a…

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Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs

“Happiness is best served slow smoked and sauced!” Back in my younger days, smoking barbecue was one of my favorite pastimes…

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  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or paste
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Adobo powder
  • salt to taste

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

“Real men wear aprons.” Green beans are one of the few green vegetables that I will eat so I try almost…

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  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed, BLANCHED
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” Even children who hate veggies…

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  • 2 1/2 T Turbinado sugar (or 2 T dark brown sugar)
  • 2 cups tomato ketchup (organic or healthy choice preferred)
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar that has at least 5% acidity
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T 14-spice dry rub mix (posted elsewhere in this blog)
  • 4 T fresh orange juice (no pulp)

Tangy Balsamic BBQ Sauce

“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it is too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.” – Lyle Lovett…

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  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken, browned
  • 1 pkg taco mix (I use McCormick Chicken Taco, 1 oz pkg)
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped avocado
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • salad dressing

Taco Bowl Salad

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” – B. Frankel Since today is Cinco de Mayo,…

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