Smoothies and Smoochees

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Because it’s Valentine’s Day… I felt the urge to say hello.

And to say I love ya.

And, while I’m at it, I decided to share this smoothie recipe with you.

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Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad for Two via applestoziti.com

Strawberry Spinach Salad. With Goat Cheese. And Toasted Almonds. This salad is essential to my well being. At the end of a long day, this salad can make everything right. Without this salad, my life would not be the same. It makes me happy.

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Roasted Shrimp Skewers

Roasted Shrimp Skewers via applestoziti.com

If you love shrimp and you love simple… you’ll love this simple shrimp recipe!

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Easy Blender Salsa

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A super quick post for a super quick salsa.

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Toffee-Nutella Fudge

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This recipe was my experimenting with Alton Brown’s Peanut Butter Fudge recipe that I posted here during my Peanut Butter saga. A comment made by one of you lovely readers inspired me to try replacing the peanut butter with nutella. Genius.

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Toffee-Pecan Brown Sugar Cookie Bites

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Kind of a long title. But you know what you’re getting. Or at least you think you do. These were the recipe I was least excited for… and I liked them best. And they’re the easiest. Well, the fudge was pretty easy but powdered sugar destroys my kitchen. No matter how careful I am, it gets everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

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Ricotta & Sausage Calzones

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This is the second time I’ve posted a calzone recipe here on A to Z.

My family voted unanimously that they were better this time around. You’re gonna love ’em!

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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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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork & Onions

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Whether you’re having a huge gathering at your house, taking a dish to someone else’s gathering, or just making dinner for your family, then it’s time to make Spicy Pop Pulled Pork.

Some pulled pork recipes take a bit to get together… even the slow cooker ones… but this one is not one of them.

In fact, I would challenge you to see just how fast you can get this in the pot. Next time I make it I’m setting a stopwatch and I plan to keep track so I know if I break my record. It’s just that fast!

The recipe is for cooking it in the oven but I made it in the slow cooker to save on energy and heat… 6 hours with the oven on in the middle of the day means an air conditioner that has to work DOUBLE time… not an option for our budget right now!

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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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