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Shrimp and havarti quesadillas?  Um YES.     Perfectly cooked shrimp, sauteed mushrooms, my favorite cheese, and a bit of sweetness from the apricot preserves.  Um YES.  YES. YES.  YES.  Make these.  And you will be happy.   (And dinner will be on the table in 10-15 minutes.)   Havarti Shrimp Quesadillas From Taste of Home June/July 2010, p. 22 Prep/Total Time: 25 min. Yield: 2 dozen   1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped 1 T. canola oil 1 T. butter 6 T. apricot preserves 6 flour tortilla...

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On a tray in my parents' backyard.  The perfect ending to a summer meal straight off the grill.   Rich, thick custard dotted with bursting vanilla beans.  Dripping summer peaches and fresh blueberries nestled in between.  And a dollop of real whipped cream on top.  My mom made five parfaits.  Four were eaten after dinner.  The last was valiantly fought over at lunch the next day.     Why can't every day be like this day?   Blueberry Peach Parfaits Looks like it was originally from Tast...

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One great tradition that my church has is to provide meals for families with brand new babies.  It's an excellent idea because, as I've learned firsthand, families with newborns do not have two hands or two minutes to throw together a real meal.  They end up eating takeout or frozen pizza ... unless their lovely mother and sister stocked their freezer full of food.  It also gives people a chance to meet the new little one and has the side perk of allowing you into other people's kitchens in a...

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My pictures don't do it justice.  This is one of those recipes you're just going to need to trust and try.  How to make a flat, two-layered, khaki-colored thing look delectable?  Well, my camera skills haven't figured that out yet.  But it is.  Delectable.     I expected Nate to be disappointed because when he thinks pizza, he thinks gooey cheese, saucy spots, saltiness.  And yet, he though, "Delectable."     If you're into coffee and you're into pizza, try it out.  I found it's a goo...

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I know you've probably seen a few salads similar to this on my site.  It's not the first time I've combined shrimp and salad, shrimp and orzo, or orzo and salad.  (Whether I ever remembered to post these recipes on the blog is altogether different so I guess it's possible you've seen far fewer of these combinations than I have.)  Clearly I'm attracted to this basic mash-up.     So when the thermometer goes above 80 degrees and trolling for new dinner ideas, a refreshing salad for dinner jus...

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I am not a chocolate cake girl or a chocolate cupcake girl.  If I had my wish, all cake would come in vanilla form with vanilla buttercream frosting.  Okay, maybe not all cake because that might get a little bit boring but there is nothing I like more than white on white when it comes to cake!     Except when it comes to this recipe because this is just the greatest chocolate cake recipe I have ever come across.  Sometimes I think about it in my sleep.  And I’...

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Most marinades start or end with the addition of soy sauce or lemon juice.  This marinade rests on some pretty different flavors, namely coffee and molasses.  While both flavors are known for having some powerful flavor behind them, the act of using them as a marinade on a sturdy cut of meat results in a pleasing subtlety of flavors.  There is coffee present, but just a hint.  And there is molasses present, but just a smidge.  Mostly there is good flavor.   Oh and the color, the gorgeous c...

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Not a typical side to appear in our house.  But I was looking for something less starchy, but equally filling to accompany our pork chops.  This recipe that had been languishing in the back of my "to try" section seemed to fit the bill.   While not a health food, I'd give these credit as a healthy alternative to the potato version.  I think they are a great way to get non-zucchini fans to give it a chance as the cheese and flour really mellow the zucchini flavor.  Without the sour cream the...

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Mmh salad.  Let's commemorate this salad as the last good, fresh-tasting, healthy ingredient-ful salad I will have eaten until my sister comes to take over my kitchen next week.  Somebody is taking up too much of my time to spend 15 minutes on a salad, or more importantly 45 minutes in the produce market getting the ingredients.  But I'm a lucky duck because my sister is coming to my rescue, my sister who loves salad like I do, whose husband hates salad almost as much as she loves it, my sist...

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A classic example of what it's like to be 39 weeks pregnant.  I made Coffee Toffee Bars.  I tasted them and they were quite delicious.  I thought Coffee Toffee bar, mmmh.  And then I thought, "Coffee?  There's no coffee flavor ... oh yes I glanced over the Tbs. of coffee called for and figured I would first add the salt and baking powder before doubling back ... I never doubled back ... I forget absolutely everything these days."  Hence, I give you a Coffee Toffee Bar without the coffee. ...

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