Southwestern Topped Potato Rounds with Black Beans & Corn

Southwestern Potato Rounds

Thick-sliced potatoes are topped with seasoned black beans, corn and tomatoes plus plenty of cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and sour cream. They might just be the best potatoes I ever made. That’s a serious claim coming from someone who thinks potatoes should be their very own food group.

The recipe starts by baking russet potato rounds in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper until fork tender alongside a few slices of bacon for crumbling over the top. … 

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Spinach Artichoke Muffin Pan Quiches

Spinach Artichoke Muffin Pan Quiches

These delectable little muffin pan quiches have puff pastry for crusts and are filled with baby spinach, artichokes, white cheddar cheese and bacon. They’re a play on the famous dip that everyone loves starring spinach and artichokes.

Quiche is one of those things you can eat for any meal. Full of eggs and a smattering of bacon, they are perfect for breakfast and fancy enough for brunch. It’s for those same reasons and more that I love them for lunch or dinner too, they’re savory enough, and perfect paired with a salad or vegetables. … 

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Zucchini Ricotta Fritters

Zucchini Ricotta Fritters

Second only to deep-frying, the best place for zucchini is inside fritters. I say this because if I hadn’t been dared to taste a piece of deep-fried zucchini a few years back, causing me to fall head over heels in love after hating it’s guts my entire life, I wouldn’t be sharing any zucchini recipes.

Fritters, cupcakes, fries, cornbread, etc. . .Nada.

That means I wouldn’t be eating as much zucchini as I possibly can stuff into my days. Sad.

August should officially be declared zucchini month in my neck of the woods when it sprouts out of every corner of the garden and is piled up to the rafters in any store you venture into. Good times. … 

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Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

Here I am with another ‘puff’ recipe!

Puffs, puffs and more puffs, bring on the puffs, I never get tired of them.

Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

When I was a kid my parents told me to eat my spinach so I could grow up to be like Popeye the Sailor Man.

Thank goodness I didn’t because I kind of like being a girl and I get sea sick.

Anywhoo, have you ever seen Popeye? He’s pretty rough and gnarly looking. He pops open Spinach cans with his teeth.

Not exactly what little girls aspire to be…. 

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Lemon & Feta Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes get a bright, sunny lift from lemons and feta cheese. Russet potatoes are tossed in an olive oil dressing that has both lemon zest and juice, mustard, Parmesan cheese, dried thyme and oregano then baked until crusty and browned.

To finish, they’re tossed with more lemon juice and crumbled feta cheese.

All together they make a perfect trio.

Lemon and Feta Roasted Potatoes

Do you want to know my secrets for getting the potatoes so dark and crusty? … 

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Tropical Carrot Salad

Tropical Carrot Salad

A cool, crunchy and refreshing salad bursting with some of the best summer flavors!

Shredded carrots, pineapples, coconut, macadamia nuts and cranberries all dressed up in a tangy honey lime dressing.

Ever look in your refrigerator only to spy a lonely bunch of carrots destined to go to waste and little else? You probably shut the door, empty handed, thinking there was nothing good to eat because, if we’re honest, carrots don’t get a whole lot of love.

That’s the place I was coming from,… 

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Crispy Baked String Bean Fries

Crispy Baked String Bean Fries
Get out of my way potato fries! Coming through with the best new french fry in town. . . meet the green bean fry. Baked, not fried, thank-you very much.

They bake up crusty and beautifully browned in twenty minutes or less! No messy oil in sight. I love them as an alternative to the original french fry.

If you ever planted them in your garden before then you know they grow like weeds and at some point in the summer they’re hard to keep up with. Now I have an incentive so not-a-one will go to waste.

They have an addictive crunch that you wouldn’t expect from a green bean,… 

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Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch

Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch

The best recipe ideas come to me out of the blue. Sometimes when I’m sleeping an idea will wake me up just the same way a nightmare would with the idea already formed in my head like a dream. All I have to do is acknowledge it and I fall right back to sleep dreaming of it. That’s precisely what happened with these potatoes. Even the name came to me.

The next morning I went straight to the kitchen and made cheddar mashed potatoes. I spread them out on a baking sheet, sprinkled more cheese on top and baked it until the bottom and edges turned golden brown and crispy. Like a giant potato pancake. … 

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