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Mushroom Spaghetti Pie

Did you cook too much macaroni or spaghetti? Here’s a great recipe to make if you have leftover pasta and sauce, and it is different enough that you can serve it a day or two after the original pasta feast. I found the idea for the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, but I have adjusted it into my own recipe over the years, with more of a mushroom slant, since I can’t have enough of that fungi!

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Confetti Chicken Cumin Meatballs

Need a change from regular meatballs? Here’s a recipe to try. These chicken meatballs have the warm kick of coriander and cumin and the colorful hint of onion and peppers. I pulled some of the ideas for these zesty meatballs from a cookbook called Jerusalem: A Cookbook, but I also made them my own. You may use chicken or beef—it is your choice.

1 lb. ground chicken

½ cup finely chopped onion (1 small onion)

½ cup finely chopped red and yellow bell pepper

2 eggs

1 cup soft bread crumbs

½ cup chopped fresh parsley or 3 Tblsp. Dried parsley

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. coriander

¼ tsp. ground white pepper

1 tsp. salt

3 Tblsp. Coconut oil

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Homemade Sushi Acceptable for Pregnant Women (without Raw Fish) 🍣

The first sushi I ate was handmade by a college friend and her mom back in 2005, and since then I have been hooked. Eating raw fish is not recommended for pregnant women, so I hadn’t eaten sushi since January until I made it last week!

Pregnant and craving sushi? Or trying to watch the budget and am not letting yourself go out for sushi? This is a recipe for people who desire tackling sushi rolling and saving money; feel free to experiment with which vegetables or canned fish to use. Check this out:

 

Sushi Rice:

1 cup. short grain white rice, cooked according to the directions, so it should be about 2 cups cooked rice

1 tsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

5 Tblsp. Rice vinegar

 

The rest of the ingredients:

4 sheets nori (toasted seaweed rolled out into paper)

1 small cucumber

1 avocado

2 leaves romaine lettuce

 

Tuna Cream Cheese:

1 (5 oz.) can  tuna in water, drained

5 oz. cream cheese

1 green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

If you want this mixture spicier, try adding 1-2 tsp. wasabi powder and/or 1 tsp. soy sauce

Bamboo sushi mat, such as this: BambooWorx Sushi Making Kit – Includes 2 Sushi Rolling Mats, Rice Paddle, Rice Spreader |100% Bamboo Sushi Mats and Utensils.

Soy sauce and pickled ginger to serve with the sushi (some people also like wasabi).

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Basil Walnut Pesto

We bought a basil plant last week, and I harvested almost two cups of leaves this week to add to my homemade pesto! Nurturing this plant is making me so happy–I can't wait until the leaves grow full again and I can make more pesto.

This pesto recipe is for people on a budget, so if you don’t have pine nuts, walnuts will work as well. (You also could substitute pecans, if desired). Feel free to adjust nuts and oils to what you have at home, but this much pesto coated enough pasta for about 6-8 people.

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Stewed Zucchini and Tomatoes with Italian Sausage 

Zucchini season is upon us. Once our family planted our zucchini vines too close to the cucumber vines, and we got some weird vegetables! The two vines cross-pollinated, and we got a bad hybrid of huge cucumber-like with zucchini-like insides. We couldn’t eat any of them, but they were funny to see. If you need another way to use up your bummer crop of zucchini, here is an Italian-style way to fix it.

 

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Cherry Turkey Green Salad 🍒 

🍒 Summer heat inspires me to figure out new salads, so here is my newest mixture…inspired by an amazing turkey breast that Stephen grilled/smoked yesterday and what we had in the fridge. Feel free to adjust the fruit to what you have currently… peaches or apples would work well too. Continue reading


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The Juicy California Smell

When I want to buy nectarines in Illinois, Stephen says, “Those nectarines are like cardboard! You cannot beat the nectarines my parents grow.” We planned our visit to California this summer partly because to be here when the nectarines are ripe. We succeeded!!
The dusty smell of nectarines fills the beck yard of my in-laws–I love how California smells. My husband was right when he said, “These California nectarines are the BEST….you have to eat them over the sink because the juice just runs down your hand.” Today my husband found one of those nectarines, and he shared it with me over the kitchen sink. We might have to come back every summer from here on out!
-Mary Hope
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