Parsley Pesto

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  I am such a sauce girl…and a saucy girl if you must know. But seriously, I truly believe that sauces can make or break a meal. Fresh pesto is one thing I always have on hand because it’s so versatile.  I use it in scrambled and on fried eggs, in pasta, on wraps, I dip my roasted cauliflower in it, I put it on salmon & burgers and the list goes on. It also gets tastier by the day…so try to get in the habit of making...

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Mushroom & Turkey Bourguignon


I was so surprised how much I liked this recipe when we made it at the New School of Cooking. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but this dish completely changed my mind and now I can’t get enough. The original recipe is vegetarian but because my husband likes a protein with every meal, I added ground turkey and it’s great! This dish screams comfort food and is perfect for those chilly months. **If you decide to keep it...

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Grilled Zucchini and Hazelnut Salad

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We made this at  New School of Cooking,  and I was immediately impressed with how good it was.  Zucchini had never blown me away before, but I’m not gonna lie this recipe has been a major game-changer.  Every time I make it for a group, people go nuts and it’s now one of our weekly veggie dishes. It’s even better if you have a spouse who loves to grill, but even if you don’t have a standard grill you can use a grill...

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Top 20 Things I Learned Hosting a Show on Cooking Channel


I learned SO much about food and cooking while hosting America’s Best Bites on Cooking Channel, but here are my top 20:   1. Take the time to brine:  Chef Dan Bonanno, A Pig in a Fur Coat (Madison, WI) 2. Chefs can turn an entire community around for the better:  Chef Dan Wright, Abigail Street (Cincinnati, OH) 3. A spoon is the prefect tool for peeling ginger:  Chef Daniel Orr, Farm Bloomington (Bloomington, IN) 4. Spend extra...

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Qia: my oatmeal substitute

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I’m not sure how many of you have heard of Qia, but it just happens to be my new favorite breakfast cereal.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my steel cut oats, but Qia has been a nice low-carb option with even more health benefits. It’s made up of chia seeds, buckwheat groats and hemp seeds which provide plant-based protein, fiber and ALA Omegas. You should be able to find this bag of goodness at Whole Foods, your local...

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