ground chicken quesadillas
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Ground Chicken Quesadillas

Mexican cuisine is one of my faves because it's very high on the savory quotient, and certain dishes are relatively easy to cook at home. I haven't made quesadillas in a long time, and I was inspired to cook them for a weeknight meal. A note on serving: There's more than one way to dish… Continue reading Ground Chicken Quesadillas

oven roasted pork shoulder
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Oven-Roasted Pork Shoulder

I got the idea for a pork roast from Better Homes and Gardens. They recommend cooking pork shoulder in the oven for a few hours until tender, then shredding the meat and using it in various dishes. I enjoyed cooking this roast on Sunday. We made carnitas with it for dinner, and there was plenty… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Pork Shoulder

papaya sapling Fiji
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Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

risotto
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Risotto with Shrimp

I tried my hand at making risotto with white rice for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I loved the richness of the dish, thanks to the butter and parm. Ingredients: 3-5 tbsp. butter 1/2 head of garlic, minced 1.5 cups short-grain white rice 1 cup white wine 5-6 cups water 10 medium/large… Continue reading Risotto with Shrimp

coconut muffins
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Coconut Muffins with Chia and Flax Seeds

These little babies make for a sweet, delicious breakfast, snack or dessert. They make your home smell incredible. I added a chia and flax seed mix for nutrition. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup coconut flakes (fresh or dehydrated) 1/4 cup chia and flax seed mix 1 cup canola (or vegetable) oil… Continue reading Coconut Muffins with Chia and Flax Seeds