This is a summer favorite around here–it’s light but delicious, and pretty darn easy to make. One of these feeds my little family–you certainly want to double for more than two adults. I like to pair it with greek salad (like this one I posted long ago).

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These little chicken wraps were my answer to the question, “What do I do with all the fresh basil leaves I’m getting out of my garden?”  Because boy there’s a lot of it. SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
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Of course it is most delicious to make your pasta salad dressing from scratch, but that requires remembering (or having pasta salad Shortcut Pasta Salad, closeupsound good!) a minimum of a few hours before you want to eat it. Otherwise, you dressing flavors haven’t blended and it just isn’t good. This uses a store-bought dressing for the base, avoiding the sit-time requirement, but we do dress it up a little. All that said, my two-year-old won’t touch this, but my husband thinks it is amazingly delicious and ate four servings at dinner. :-)

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So, sometimes what happens is my sister says she wants some muffins, and I look around and see what we have to make muffins with.  And sometimes what we have is quick oats, bananas, and peanut butter, and the result is pretty good off the cuff, and even better with a little refinement.  :-) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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I started this soup from a recipe my friend Ginny got from her grandmother that my sister Amanda loves to death.  The basic soup recipe was fine — potatoes, milk, butter, cheese — but I wanted to make a more exact version with some more punch. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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We recently bought a large box of Pink Lady apples, and since they’re a lovely baking apple I’ve been running a bunch of experiments. Here is the fruit of the first round–baked apples! We really like them, and if they aren’t that much like traditional baked apples, well, they’re still baked and they’re still a treat :-).

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I’m back home and back inventing. We love greek food around here, but good vegetarian gyros can be hard to find. So, I invented these. I really did pretty much start from scratch. 

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  This week we have a guest post from my friend Ginny, who has a super-tasty orange bread to share.
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Onion rings are another one of those foods I never really tried as a kid, and was always wary of in college, for no particular reason other than not trying them as a kid.  Turns out, though, onion rings are pretty easy to make, and super delicious.  :-)  I’ve yet to make a batch of these that weren’t devoured with gusto in minutes.
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This post is actually just an alternative version of the Apple Walnut muffins I posted some time ago. Yeah, there are a few ingredient changes, but the basic procedure is the same.

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