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Quick Smoked Pork Chops with Apples & Onions. This recipe almost feels like cheating. It’s so quick & easy that I almost didn’t post it but last week I was talking to my dad and he was making this for dinner and asked if I’d ever shared the recipe. Because you buy the pork chops […]

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Hi Friends! I figured I owed you a REALLY good recipe since I’ve been absent from Idiot’s Kitchen these past few months so get ready for a doozy! The Best Baked Crab Cakes! And to make these even more remarkable, you can easily make them gluten free. Hooray! These are based on a recipe from […]

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Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad – Hello, favorite new salad! I love roasted vegetables and especially love roasted carrots. Roasting concentrates the flavor of vegetables and in carrots makes them even sweeter and more delicious. I’ve made roasted carrots a zillion times but it never occurred to me to put them on a salad. Fortunately it did […]

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Easy & Juicy Pork Chops! The key word here is JUICY! We’ve all had them…the leathery, pan cooked or grilled chops. We start with such good intentions and then no matter what we do, how carefully we watch them, how quick we are with the meat thermometer…we get dried out, boring chops. I love pork […]

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Happy New Year! We’re back with what might seem like an odd combination – sausage & pumpkin, but one that has quickly become one of my favorite, easy pasta sauces:  Hearty Sausage & Pumpkin Pasta. I got this recipe from the grocery store just before Thanksgiving, when I’m sure they were trying to move the […]

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, I have a gadget that you need to know about… How to Use a Potato Ricer! I am something of a kitchen gadget queen, although with my limited storage, (no basement, very few upper cabinets) I’ve been trying to wean myself off of gadgets that have only one purpose. I […]

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Honey Roasted Acorn Squash! We have less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and something happened overnight with our weather and it’s finally fall in Florida. It always feels pretty weird to heat up the oven and cook fall foods when it’s still 85° out so I’ll take any cooler weather I can get. Fall brings […]

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Hi! Remember me, your long lost recipe posting friend? Sorry things have been rather light around here lately. The orchestra season started with a bang and everything seems to be happening all at once. But we’re still here and I’ll be back soon with new recipes, Thanksgiving ideas (because yes, that’s coming too), peanut butter […]

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Quick Shrimp Scampi! Definitely a Weeknight Wonder but why should Monday through Friday get all the buttery, garlic-y goodness? This is a super fast, super simple recipe – BIG flavors that you can have on the table in about 20 minutes. The shrimp will taste even better if you have time to plan ahead and […]

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I’ll be honest here….lunch is not my favorite meal of the day. I’m often running here and there during lunch time and end up throwing some leftovers together, making a salad, or eating the oh so healthy cheese, crackers, and apple lunch.  Hey, at least I add the apple.  BUT when I actually plan ahead, […]

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