Spicy Orange-Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon

Vegetarian Spicy Orange Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon via applestoziti.com

I’m not what you would call a ‘Tofu’ kind of gal. It’s the last thing I would pull off the shelf at the supermarket if I needed to come up with dinner ‘on the fly’.

I mean seriously… like the last thing.

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Easy Blender Salsa

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A super quick post for a super quick salsa.

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Mexican-Style Quinoa

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I’m telling you… I’m dead keen on quinoa.

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Satay Saturday

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There is something about “sticks” that make food more desirable to my munchkins… a boring turkey sandwich becomes exciting and gourmet when I cut it into squares and stick a toothpick into each one. Juice is yummy in a glass, but freeze it on a stick so you can lick it?! SO MUCH BETTER… right? Candy… so fun to eat. Candy on a stick (i.e. A Lollipop)… a special treat. Thus, chicken served right on the skewers it was cooked on… MAGNIFICENT!!

I love when they get excited about their dinner before it enters their little mouths.

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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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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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Chicken & Nectarines

Chicken and peaches is a classic “country” dish, and I thought… why not replace the peaches with nectarines?

I did and the result was delicious…

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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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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Calzones

Where did this past week go?!?

I haven’t a clue… if you know, let me know…

I’ve been busy working on a final Italian Sausage recipe while moving onto the “J” recipes!

Check out the CALZONE! Quick, easy, make ahead, cheap, and DELICIOUS!… Did I get everything in there…??

This recipe does it all. Except maybe the dishes… you’ll have to do those yourself… or enlist someone to help you.

Just tempt them with these calzones… they’ll have no choice but to grant you a night off from dish-duty!

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These are EASY because I don’t have you make your own dough… I experimented with two store-bought doughs and was happy with both of them. They yielded slightly different results but BOTH were tasty!

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