Greek Quinoa

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When I first considered what food to choose for “Q”, the only thing that came to mind at first was “Quail”…. hmm….

Never in my life have I woken up and thought, “Hm, I think I’ll make quail for dinner today.”

Think about your last trip to the supermarket. Did you see quail in the butcher case? Did you even think to look? I didn’t.

That is why, Q is NOT for Quail.

Q is for QUINOA!!!

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Peanut Butter without the Peanuts

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Two things happened this past week that nearly knocked me over, gave me great relief, and renewed my excitement for this little blog of mine.

What were those things you ask?

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Pinstripes, Picnics, Porsche, & Pie

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Okay so actually not pin stripes… (though I often like the look)

or Picnics… (fun, but not so much in Arizona in July)

or Porsche… (pretty, but expensive)

Just PIE! (good anytime!!)

You have to promise me something before I tell you the recipe.

Are you ready?

PROMISE you will enjoy this pie with a scoop (or TWO) of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Do you promise?

No, seriously.

Okay, I trust you… so much so that I’ll give you the RECIPE now… not just at the end of the post.

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Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

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Mozzarella in Corrozza

If you appreciate using ingredients you have on hand to make delicious food, you will like the history of Mozzarella in Corrozza. It was a sandwich that was made to use up day old bread along with ingredients that would be abundant on a typical Italian farm: cheese, eggs, milk, and olive oil.

Simply stated, it’s a battered, fried cheese sandwich.

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It is Mozzarella in a Carriage (“in Corrozza”)… the bread being the “carriage” that holds the mozzarella!

If you’re in the mood for more Italian classics… check out my bruschetta recipe!

This being my first attempt at the sandwich I learned a lot and have some tips to pass on to you.

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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Sliders

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I have done pulled pork on A to Z already, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invent a version made with pork tenderloin instead of your typical pork shoulder.

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I is for Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

I knew I couldn’t get away with doing “Italian Sausage” and not finding or creating at least one ITALIAN recipe…

So here it is…

Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

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After a fairly involved soft taco recipe, I knew it was time to switch to something simple…

Thus, this sumptuous pasta is much quicker to throw together!

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Honey and Chocolate???

The combination of honey and chocolate did not strike me as an obvious one, but the resulting dessert convinced me they’re a match!

This couldn’t be simpler…

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That is probably why it is called… Simplest Chocolate Honey Mousse

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Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets

It’s time for dessert!

You didn’t think I could do “H is for Honey” and not do dessert… did you?

First up… Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets

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Actually, I think I went a little overboard with the desserts but there were too many possibilities… we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it readied us for what will be a purely savory “I” in our Apples to Ziti line up… Can you guess what it is?

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Slow Cooker Honey-Barbecue Pulled Pork

Slow cooker recipes are wonderful…

Nobody can say they don’t enjoy getting everything into one pot, not having to worry about it for 8 hours, and having a mouth-watering final product that will last for several meals as a result. This is just such a recipe…

I’ve made a lot of pulled pork in the slow cooker, but none of the recipes I’ve used have honey in them. I wanted to come up with a barbecue sauce pulled pork that included honey. My first experiment was a success! WHEW!

It’s not super sweet and you can make it as mild or as spicy as you like!

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Honeyed Carrots

These carrots couldn’t be easier to make and the glaze is so good you could drink it…

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Just really good comfort food. This is always how my mom and grandma would slice their carrots so it brings me back to childhood. It’s always good to feel like a carefree kid again, isn’t it?

Here’s the Recipe and the Shopping List!

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