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Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

Chicken salad and Greek salad are two of my favorites.  I knew I had a winner when I saw this recipe on my Cooking Light calendar.  I was not sure if everyone in my house would love it, but to my surprise everyone did.  So here you are a quick, easy, flavorful, and healthy salad that your family will enjoy.  Don’t be leery of the barley if you have never used it before.  It is so similar to pasta  or rice in texture.  Barley is also an excellent source of soluble fiber that is good for digestion and a great source of potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.  Hope that all of you are enjoying your week.  I’m off this week for a winter break.  While some of my friends are enjoying Disney World, I’m just enjoying Villa Rica!

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Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate

I finally gave in and made this chili with chocolate.  It has popped up for years in so many magazines, but I have been skeptical about trying it.  I love the Americanized Mexican food and our local waiter has been forever pushing the Mole sauce and I just keep saying no.  In my mind it is just a weird combination.    Chile peppers and chocolate have been used together in Latin American and Mexican food for centuries.  After having this chili I can see why and it is not even as labor intensive as the original mole.  Chocolate gives this dish depth and creaminess that is very hard to describe.  You will just have to try it yourself.  Don’t wait as long as I have because it’s really good.

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Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

I love macaroni and cheese prepared just about anyway except the stuff that comes in a box. I’m talking the real deal with a homemade sauce. I found one that is different, but it a good way. It’s packed with lots of nutrients and lower in calories than your regular Mac and Cheese. I love the flavor that the smoked Gouda cheese gives this dish. It’s almost like you put lots and lots of smoked bacon with none of the calories. Yes, Bacon! The spinach is a great addition and is so good with the rich and creamy cheese sauce. You should try this especially with all the fresh spinach that is available now.

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Apple Upside-Down Cake

This month Cooking Light featured apple recipes.  Well, I can tell that I was a happy person.  For the last month I have received a huge bag of apples in my CSA box and there is just so many that I can eat for lunch or a snack.  This Apple Upside- Down Cake caught my eye for more reasons than one.  A one layer cake is great for serving to four people.  Then you have no leftovers to eat when your company leaves.  Remember I still have five pounds to get rid of.  It is a gorgeous cake!  It is a light cake with a lot of flavor.  And it is pretty easy to make.

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Basic Pizza Sauce

I am really a snob when it comes to pizza. I like great pizza.  Right now I am on a mission to make the best pizza.  The total package has not come together yet, but I think that I have found part of the eluding pizza – the sauce.  Back in July GI Joe took me the New York City for my birthday.  We stayed at the lovely Waldorf Astoria and the concierge knew her stuff.  The restaurants she suggested were some of the best I have been to. Continue reading


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