Italian Quinoa

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I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit jealous of other languages. They just sound more refined than the English language.

Or maybe more romantic.

Or both.

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Nectarine Salsa

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Today the chance for rain in Phoenix went from 30 percent to 20 percent…

My “Gigi” (my husband’s grandma) said it best: “It never rains at 20 percent”. Sadly, I know she’s right.

It was slightly overcast yesterday for an hour or two and I thought…. YES!! The rain is going to come! My hopes were shattered today when that percentage changed. I’ve started sucking on ice cubes to keep myself cool. I don’t mind the heat for the first few weeks but then it starts to make me tired and more easily irritated… by August I’m so ready for the heat to be over I can hardly stand it.

Besides ice cubes, the foods that sound best right now are those that are cool and refreshing… like chilled Pico di Gallo!

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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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Lemon + Fish = Rookie

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Okay, it’s confession time….

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Pork Tenderloin with Jam Glaze & Habanero “Mojo”

“Mojo” is not a word I use often…

Okay, I never use that word.

But apparently Bobby Flay likes to use it to describe the sauce in this recipe of his…

And let me just say… call it what you like, it’s DELICIOUS!

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Some mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli on the side and you’ve got a meal!

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A savory take on Jam

At first I dismissed the idea of “J is for Jam” altogether because I thought there would be no “dinner” recipes made with jam…

Only desserts came to mind.

Then I realized that jams would make a FANTASTIC glaze for meats… especially chicken or pork. But more on that in another post.

A “jam” that I definitely did not expect but ended up LOVING is the subject of today’s post: TOMATO Jam!

Throw out any pre-conceived notions that just entered your head… you NEED to try this!

Tomatoes are a fruit after all… why not make jam out of them?

This is amazing on a burger!!! Take a look…

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F is for Feta Tzatziki & Lamb Burgers

Yum yum yum yum… YUM!

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Wait… did I already say YUM?!

Don’t waste any more time… print the shopping list!!: Lamb Burgers with Feta Tzatziki Shopping List

Need a side? Try my Marinated Tomato & Feta Salad.

Again… yum.

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B is for Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon

Another recipe of my own!! Two in one week!

I found several recipes for blue cheese burgers. There were aspects of many of them that I liked but also some that I didn’t like. In the end, since I decidedly wanted to have a burger be part of the ‘Blue Cheese’ saga, I ventured to make a blue cheese burger recipe to call my own.

Click here: Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon for my recipe. 🙂 …it’s so fun to say that. I love writing recipes. A much more difficult and involved process than I imagined, but I love it all the same.

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B is for Blue Cheese Quesadillas

It seems that the recipes of my own that turn out best are the ones that come from a need to make dinner without making a trip to the grocery store.

I wanted to do a ‘Blue Cheese’ quesadilla recipe, but all the ones I found had a LOT of ingredients and that’s just not in the budget for this month (or most months!) I decided to go for making my own ‘recipe’ again and added blue cheese to the mix. I got some ideas from chefs online: triple decker style instead of just two tortillas and grilling the quesadilla instead of cooking it in the pan. Both of these things are new favorites, and I think we’ll use them in ALL future quesadillas… especially the grilling them part!… SO delicious!

I really LOVE recipes that include a small amount of ingredients and BIG flavor! This recipe does just that. Here is everything you will need:

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Really… that’s it!… That is ALL you need!

The blue cheese is the most expensive item, but if you can find it on sale (I did!)… it’s worth trying.

Here’s my recipe: Blue Cheese Quesadillas

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A is for Apple, Ham & Gruyere Panini

I was going to end with this recipe because it was my FAVORITE of all the apple recipes… I decided against this because I wanted anyone who bought (or is going to buy) ham for their “Apple, Ham & Brie Sandwich” to get a double-duty use out of their ham. The ham with the brie and apples was a wonderful lunch, but this panini is hard to beat… we will be eating this every other week for the rest of our lives if I have anything to say about it! Really, it’s that yummy…

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If you read the word “panini” and were about to gloss over this recipe because you don’t have a panini maker… READ ON!

Not only is this recipe too delicious to pass up but you can always make a grilled sandwich in a skillet. No panini-maker required! If you have one already… WONDERFUL! It’s time to pull it out!

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A is for Apple and Brie Turkey Burgers

Apple & Brie is a classic pairing so I had to find a recipe that meshed the two together.

I also wanted a Bobby Flay recipe… I love his recipes but they usually require a lot of ingredients, so I can’t justify buying all of them for one dinner. I hate having random ingredients sitting in my pantry or spoiling in my fridge that I use for one recipe and then never use again. I spring for this kind of recipe from time to time, but this is not that time… Brie is enough of a “spring” compared to other cheeses anyhow!

Before you start… you can click here for a quick “how-to” on burgers in general. Not all of this applies as this is a turkey burger and not a beef burger but it’s still helpful… especially if you’re new to grilling like me.

This recipe is delicious and simple! (My favorite combination!)

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