Author Archives: Ellen Garrett

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Fresh Tomato Soup

Probably my favorite soup in the whole world is tomato soup.  Often it comes from a can but after making this fresh tomato soup, with all its amazing goodness, I don’t know if I can ever go back to canned.  Fresh tomato soup is made from just that fresh picked tomatoes, fresh herbs, cream, broth, […]

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Blackened Tilapia

Did you used to think like I did that if the recipe had the name “blackened” it meant burnt?  Perhaps I am the only one.  It really means the fish or chicken is given a dark crust from the spices – often Cajun – and cooked on high heat to form that crust.  This blackened […]

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

This strawberry icebox cake isn’t a cake in the traditional sense of the word cake.  You don’t use flour, you are not baking it, but it is a sweet layered dessert.  My lovely Stephanie brought a strawberry icebox cake to a potluck pool party and it was excellent.  I had no idea what it was […]

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Sweet n’ Salty Kettle Popcorn

Are you all into sweet n’ salty? I am!  What a wonderful taste it is – sweet n’ salty together is amazing and this sweet n’ salty Kettle popcorn is top-notch too. A few days ago I received a package of Kettle Brand Popcorn, the flavors were very unique too.  Sriracha, Maple Bacon, Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper, […]

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Honey Glazed Shrimp

I love shrimp,  it is delicious and one of my favorite types of seafood to eat.  I am always looking for a new recipe for how to prepare shrimp and was delighted with this honey glazed shrimp.  The recipe was originally for salmon and I know it would be wonderful with salmon too, but I loved it […]

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Pepperoni Stromboli and Calzone

While I was staying at Aimee and Nate’s and helping them with the new baby  I was in the mood for preparing several freezer meals before I go back to California. I really wanted to be useful and hope that when they are eating a pepperoni stromboli and calzone, my time here will be remember […]

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Orange Brownies

I love, love the combination of orange and chocolate, so when I saw a recipe for orange brownies I knew I had to make them, had to, just had to.  These orange brownies did not disappoint, in fact, just the opposite – they were everything I could want in orange brownies – absolutely divine, the […]

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Pasta Primavera

Be sure to head to our instagram page for a fun round robin giveaway we are participating in. There are 28 different bloggers giving away so many things – from amazon gift cards, h&m gift cards, toys for toddlers and more. Head over to check it out and enter to win! Fresh vegetables have the perfect […]

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Lemon Zucchini Bread

A little sweet bread with a twist… lemon zucchini bread. How is your garden growing?  My garden is doing alright, I have tomatoes, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant (first time-I love the little purple flower), and zucchini. I always plant zucchini, then I feel like my garden is a success because zucchini always grows well, really, […]

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Cheesy Beefy Macaroni

Cheesy Beefy Macaroni can be as cheesy or as beefy as you want it.   I love this recipe because it was easy to make, perfect to freeze, and yummy to eat.  This is one of the freezer meals I made for Aimee and Nate while I was there helping with their new baby- cheesy beefy […]

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Cherry Berry Jelly

Have you ever made cherry berry jelly before?  I had not.  Craig and I were given a couple buckets of cherries from his mother’s trees.  That’s way too many to eat, tummy ache for sure.  So I started to think about what can you do with a bucketful of cherries.  There is the traditional cherry […]

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Summer Strawberry Crumb

A little rhubarb and a lot of strawberries together topped with oatmeal makes a pretty fantastic summer crumb. My mother had the most amazing rhubarb plant growing in our family garden.  It seemed it would take over the whole garden bed if allowed. My mom loved rhubarb, I believe it is an acquired taste being […]

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Creamy Italian Chicken and Vegetables over Pasta

This an amazing combination of chicken and vegetables over pasta. The other day at work, Shelby and I were discussing what we were going to make for dinner. Sometimes you just have moments like that, food is what is on your mind and you really can use some new dinner ideas.  Shelby (one of my […]

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Chocolate Mint Brownies

This is another wonderful way to jazz up boxed brownies – make chocolate mint brownies.  Now I know you think I am talking about adding mint flavoring to the box brownies mix but I am really talking about adding the real deal.  I have an herb growing in my backyard and it is a chocolate […]

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Chocolate Crepes with Orange-Lemon Curd

Crepes are so easy to make, I forget how easy they are to make.  This orange-lemon curd is quite easy also because you use the microwave.  So with all that ease don’t hesitate to whip together these chocolate crepes with orange-lemon curd tonight for dinner. Tuesday night, I came home uninspired and with no desire […]

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Lemon Dijon Dressing

Have you ever done this, put together a delicious salad only to discover there is no dressings in the fridge or pantry?  I have several times, but how to solve this dilemma, ta da, homemade Lemon Dijon dressing to the rescue.   It is fresh and easy to make and only requires a few ingredients […]