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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries

Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks. We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt …

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Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Lime Salsa

I’m a horrible grocery shopper. I’m compulsive, obsessive and spontaneous all packed into one short human form, pushing a shopping cart. In short, I’m every advertiser’s dream. Grocery shopping and farmer’s markets are my absolute favorite activities (next to petting yarn and fabric, as an avid knitter and new quilter). Some of my most creative time is walking back and …

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Vegetable Thai Curry Noodle Soup

We’ve been a little distracted for the past week, new babies, another new baby that is just learning how to waddle and getting quotes to build a new fence for animals (sheep! alpaca! bunnies!) Pretty soon, I’ll have to rebrand this site to be “Steamy Farmer” right?! So, dinners recently have been super quick-cooking meals and raiding my pantry/refrigerator for something …