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Baked Patacones

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Plantains are basically a type of banana (or are bananas basically a type of plantain?) that are more starchy and less sweet.  They are a staple food of climates more tropical than ours in the Northwest, and are usually prepared or cooked in some way before serving – making them possible to be eaten both green and ripe.  Patacones are thin slices of green plantain that are fried crispy – much like potato chips here in America.  For this recipe, however, we opted to start them out a little thicker and bake them, with an extra step in the middle to yield something more resembling a cracker than a chip.  We also used a couple of plantains that were more ripe to give these tidbits a slight hint of sweetness without being overpowering.

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Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

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The other night, I was looking for a quick weeknight recipe to take advantage of the warmer weather we are finally starting to experience here in the Pacific Northwest.  Rather than fall back on the standby of using a pre-mixed herb blend from the spice drawer, I decided to try something using fresh ingredients instead.  The resulting lemon pepper marinade was great with pork chops, and would be equally tasty with chicken or fresh shrimp and scallops.

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Garlic Fiddleheads

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Last week, Karen brought home something from the Farmer’s Market that neither of us had ever tried – fiddleheads.  The tightly-wound young growth of a specific variety of ferns, these silver-dollar sized greens promised to be something new and interesting.  After reading up a bit on methods for prepping and cooking them, I got to work turning them into a tasty and unique new side dish for our meal that night.

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Lemon Garlic and Ginger Shrimp

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The other night, I had elk steaks thawed out to go on the grill, and Karen had picked up a pound of pre-cooked shrimp from our local seafood market.  Since steak and shrimp go together so well, I decided to throw this together to compliment the steaks.  The prep and cooking time are almost nothing since the shrimp are already cooked – so you can get the ingredients ready and quickly cook them while your steaks are “resting” after coming off the grill.

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Halibut with Coconut and Macadamia Nut Crust

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We live close to a fresh seafood store.  My kids refuse to go inside because it “smells like fish.”  Oh, but is so great to go in and choose some wild caught fish to bring home for dinner.  Today I chose some halibut and decided to top it with a macadamia nut and coconut mixture with a pat of coconut butter.  Hawaiian-inspired meal with prep time start to finish in less than 30 minutes!

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Bacon-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I have to admit to being a bit of a newcomer to enjoying Brussels sprouts.  In fact, it wasn’t until doing this post for our site that I really started to enjoy these little “baby cabbages.”  Now, I look forward to the chance to try new combinations of flavors with them, which led to today’s recipe.

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Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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Happy Leap Day!!

Here is a great treat from a recipe that I modified from Paleo Parents.   Prep time is minimal and you have the option of making regular size cupcakes or small, bite size.  The bite size makes a lot and are perfect to take to a potluck or other social gathering.  I actually made 12 regular size cupcakes and had enough batter leftover so I made 12 smaller ones too. This is a great one to trick your friends with as there really is no way to tell the difference between a “regular” cupcake and these.  A wonderful option is to freeze the little ones and grab one when you feel like having a quick treat.  They will last quite a while in the freezer.

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