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Beef Medallions With Chorizo Baked Beans

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 29, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

You know by now that I am a fan of quick cooking meals. On week nights, there is nothing better than knowing that you can have a home cooked meal on the table within 30 minutes. Our lives seem to be getting so busy I need meals in seconds. But what I really need to [...]

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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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Grilled Steak With Blender Chimichurri

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 13, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Chimichurri sounds like an exotic sauce that would take time and have some level of complexity with it. However, it was easy and in 30 seconds you had your sauce done. Chimichurri is a sauce that is of South American in origin and gives you a sample of some exotic flavors that we find in the Southern Hemisphere. [...]

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Black Bean And Beef Tostadas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 31, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Needing a fast meal that anyone in my family can cook with simple instructions is something that is important in our family. The tostada recipe was handed off to my husband to make while I drove a child around. Love the fact that I can leave and come home less than 30 minutes later and [...]

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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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Date, Bacon, and Bean Salad

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 9, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I am teaching a class this week called “Meal Planning for Busy Families”, so my quest for finding those quick meals for families on the go has been heightened as of late.  The library has a great selection of fast meal cookbooks.  But I am on the search for ones that don’t add processed ingredients in [...]

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Lemon Shrimp With Roasted Peppers

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 6, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Meals that take minutes and are healthy for you?  You will find both of those with this recipe.  What is really nice is that this can be a pantry/freezer meal.  You keep everything you need for this recipe in your kitchen for a gourmet meal with minutes notice.  Shrimp can be pulled out of the freezer [...]

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Penne a La Vodka Casserole

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 4, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Putting vodka in a pasta is not something I think of when I am making my home-made spaghetti sauce, but it is common.  You can even buy jarred spaghetti sauce with vodka in it.  I had my husband make this dish for the family this week and when he looked for the vodka, which I assumed me had plain [...]

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Kids In The Kitchen: Ham and Swiss Stomboli

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 20, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Meals that require no cooking or much prep has got to be a busy parents gift.  Then to have the whole family eat it is simply a miracle in my family.  The Ham and Swiss Stromboli is one of those recipes.  I think if you have children 3 or older they could easily help with [...]

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Chicken-Broccoli Enchiladas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 8, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms, money |

Day 37, “Family Feasts for $75 a Week” February 6, 2011 I love finding a cookbook that has more than just recipes.  This one really gives some great tips on trying to save money and make the family dollar stretch a little further.  She gives tips on seasonal fruits and vegetables and when is the right [...]

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