Weekly Meal Plan – Community Garden

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When you live in a town house there are pros and cons. I don’t have to mow my lawn, worry about maintenance and it’s nice to know we’re surrounded by people that are quick to lend a hand. Especially the weeks when I’m on my own. The biggest drawbacks are the horribly small kitchen that I complain about daily and the teeny tiny yard. With two kids and a large dog it makes for a limited space to play.

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Happy gardener

So having a community garden as a yard extension has been my life saver. Continue Reading »

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Manadarin and Candied Almond Potluck

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Over the years I have been invited to my share of Potlucks and funnily enough I always have a hard time deciding what to make. I come up with fifty billion ideas and reject them all within a matter of minutes. Too expensive, too spicy, too time consuming, too weird and so on and so on until it’s the day of the Potluck and fortunately I finally remember this salad.

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Damn Good Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Years ago my mom gave me her cookbook of handwritten recipes. I love it and sometimes flip through just for the memories. There are blobs of oil, smears of chocolate and a thin dusting of flour on some pages. Plus my mom’s unique handwriting that I spent hours as a child and teen trying to imitate. Some recipes are so familiar I can almost taste them by looking at the pages, conjuring up images of me and my sister licking beaters of delicious, dripping batters. Continue Reading »

Crispy Fish Sandwich with Tartar Sauce

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One of the things that keeps my husband from getting too homesick is the amazing fish we have here on the West Coast. Honestly, I can’t think of a more comforting meal for an Islander (East or West) then fish and chips. So  it was brutally disappointing when the fish and chip dinner we went out for was utter crap. Normally I would say something but we were at the end of a long outing, had hungry kids and it just felt like more effort then eating what was tolerable and calling it a night.

Fortunately, I had bought some Pacific cod earlier that day and the next evening I decided to make up for our horrible dinner, especially since I felt responsible for picking the restaurant… Continue Reading »

Apple Spice Whole Wheat Waffles

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Waffles figure heavily in my meal plans. I love em, can whip up a batch fairly quickly and they can be a great dinner too. Hubbers is a purist so he prefers the plain old waffle (he doesn’t like butter with crab or put dressing on salad…) Me, well I can’t look at a recipe or meal without my brain tick ticking on ways I can make it yummier or different or healthier. In this case I had an abundance of apples and a hankering for cinnamon. Continue Reading »