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Grilled Shrimp, Scallion, and Bacon Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 27, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Quesadillas are turning into my go to meal this Spring instead of the Paninis that we made during the winter. Quesadillas like Paninis are so versatile when it comes to their fillings. Last week we had one filled with BBQ chicken that was a little overpowering with the BBQ flavor. When I am rushed for [...]

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Potato and Goat Cheese Spanish Tortilla

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 12, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Day 68: “The Six O’Clock Scramble” March 8, 2011 The season of lent is upon us and we are on the look out for lent friendly meals.  When I was a kids it was my mom’s homemade mac and cheese.  When my husband was a kid he had buttered noodles, noodles with milk or fried [...]

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Throw a Panini Party

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 10, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Does the word panini give you the shakes?  Are you afraid you don’t have the skill to make such a fancy sandwich?  No fear because if you can make a grilled cheese sandwich you can make a panini.  Here is what my friend Wikipedia defines a panini as:  “In Italy, a panino (Italian pronunciation: [paˈniːno]) is customarily made [...]

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Kids in the Kitchen Mini Egg Rolls

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 14, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Egg Rolls are one of those appetizers that I never thought of making myself  in miniature form, but boy am I glad I tried it.  I have been buying mini egg rolls at our big box warehouse store for years.  These however taste so much better and I have control over the ingredients in it.  The [...]

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Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 1, 2011 in Family, Food, Moms |

Finally a cookbook loaded with pictures and also detailed instructions from how to steam vegetables from to how to stew.  It is the picture in this cookbook that brought me to the recipe for the beef sate.  I had a friend help me choose the recipes for this week and she was really drawn to the [...]

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Spicy Edamame Dip

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 18, 2011 in Family, Food, Moms |

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I paged through this Trisha Yearwood’s cookbook.  Great pictures, nice stories about each of the recipes and lovely pictures.  I don’t really know much about Trisha Yearwood except that she is a country singer who just happens to be married to Garth Brooks.  But this cookbook was full [...]

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4 Days Until Christmas……Christmas Eve Menu Ideas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 21, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

Our family has a tradition of having appetizers for Christmas Eve.  Let’s face it, I would like to have appetizers for every meal.  I look for make ahead appetizers so that I can enjoy the evening with my family.  So I plan a few days ahead and start to prep so that the night of [...]

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