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Basil Roasted Chicken and Squash

Recipes posted a year ago:

This recipe came about while we were recently on vacation in sunny Arizona (where we were able to get plenty of Vitamin D).  We had the opportunity to spend a week with Karen’s parents in a vacation condo – which afforded us the chance to cook our own meals instead of spending a week eating at restaurants.  We made a point to bring a handful of different spices with us, and then made a stop at the local grocery store as soon as we had checked into our condo to stock up the fridge.  After a lazy morning followed by an afternoon at the pool, we threw this together in just a short time (aside from the time in the oven).

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

I needed to come up with a potluck dish in a pinch and with my CSA to the rescue, I made this very tasty salad.  The cucumbers that I used were huge and it still felt like it wasn’t enough, but with a party of 20 people, it actually worked out great.  Adjust according to the amount of people.  If you just wanted to make it for yourself, it will store nicely for a few days.

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Grilled Onions and Tomatoes

It is no secret to those close to me that raw tomatoes and I don’t get along.  Something about having a whole bite of nothing but tomato simply doesn’t agree with my palette.  Combine them with something else – like a bunless hamburger wrapped in lettuce, or sliced with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar – and it’s a different story.  But give them to me “naked” in a salad or as a side, and you’ll find them quarantined at the side of my plate after the meal.

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Grilled Steaks with Cumin Cherry Tomatoes

The flavor of cumin could be described as the “definitive” spice of foods we typically associate with the Southwest US and Mexico.  Of course, it is also a signature flavor of many dishes from the Middle East, Northern Africa, Northern India, Nepal, and many other places around the world.  It is among the most widely used spices in the world, and in our kitchen as well.  This simple recipe uses cumin with a host of other popular spices to take care of nearly an entire meal (just add another vegetable or a salad).  And even if you don’t like raw tomatoes (like me), you might be surprised how good this chutney is.

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Spicy Sausage Stew

It seems these days we have been so busy and who isn’t?  We have managed to be without a microwave for two months, but no way could I do without the crockpot! Use up what you have in the fridge. Prep time on this recipe is easy too.

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Chicken with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Here is an easy to make dinner that is ready in about 30 minutes and packed with different flavors.  Served over riced cauliflower, you can have this as a meal in itself  – which is what we did the other night.

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Quick Turkey Soup

Part of our weekend routine is to sit down with our own hand-written book of recipes, our folder of clipped recipes, and the other sources we draw from for ideas and inspiration, and put together a menu for the week.  We make notes on adjustments, compile a list of ingredients needed for everything on the menu, check it against our current pantry, fridge, and freezer stocks, and then work through the grocery list before going to the store to get what we don’t have.  We take any meat for the first few nights out of the freezer and put in the fridge to thaw (imperative since our built-in microwave has been dead for about a month, and we’ve not bothered to call to have someone look at it yet).

This eliminates the dialog that otherwise starts by about Tuesday night and continues through the week:

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know – what do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know – what will the kids eat?”

“I don’t know – go ask them.”

“We want eggs and sausage!” (which they’ve already had for breakfast)

Or, I should say, this routine almost eliminates this dialog.  Every once in a while, no matter how well I review the menu and plan things out, something comes along to derail me.  Case in point is this past Monday.  Somehow, in putting everything together, I completely overlooked the fact my planned recipe was a slow cooker recipe.  There is nothing like coming home after a 9+ hour day at work, plus my first day back to the gym in well over a month, to realize that the only meat thawed out for dinner is the main ingredient for a dish that requires a good 5+ hours on low in a crock pot.  Add in the fact it’s approaching 7pm and everyone’s getting hungry.  Now what do I do???

Improvise!  Grab a few ingredients (including a frozen package of ground turkey) and whip something up fast, before the natives get too restless and tear apart the kitchen.  The result is a soup that will almost take you less time from start to finish that it will for you to read through the intro of this post.  So let’s get started…

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