Side dishes

Deli-style Macaroni Salad

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As the weather (slowly) starts getting warming, my meal plans transition to summer foods. We cut back on soups, stews and heavier dinners; adding sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs to the rotation. Instantly, my brain starts thinking of macaroni salad. Deli-style macaroni salad is delicious but generally comes prepackaged to the grocery store in large tubs, loaded with preservatives along with a hefty price tag ($4.99 a pound? Really?).

Recipes Sauces and Condiments

Homemade Russian Dressing

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I love Russian Dressing. It is one of those salad dressings that I will always choose if a restaurant has it. Recently, my husband and I went to dinner with some friends at a local restaurant that makes it own Russian dressing. I started to think I could do this at home as well. How hard could it be? Turns out, not that hard at all.

Tips and Tricks

Prep to save time during the week

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The idea of cooking from scratch can be a bit overwhelming when you start. Making everything without those boxes and mixes we’ve come to rely on can be scary at first. One thing I’ve done to reduce the stress is prepping during the weekend. Prepping all the veggies you need for the week can save a lot of time and dirty dishes during the week.

Breakfast Recipes

Clean Kitchen Home Fries

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Two things I love in life: A clean kitchen and home fries with breakfast. With our busy lifestyle (working, meetings, volunteering, etc, etc, etc), it can be difficult to find time to clean the house and put good food on the table. This recipe lets me multitask and accomplish both tasks. I make these at least once a week, usually on Saturday or Sunday morning which gives me time to get my kitchen clean and organized after a busy week.