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Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade

Zucchini packs an herbal punch with this sharp marinade, balanced by a hint of smoke from the grill. Kids will have fun shaking the zucchini with its marinade in a zipped up bag. This recipe comes to us from Andrea Meyers of Andrea’s Recipes. Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade.

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Sunday Soup

Sunday soup...doesn't that name make you smile? Try saying it with a frown. Impossible! The other reason it should make you smile is it is the perfect way to use up those vegetables languishing in your fridge, making you feel guilty for not having used them yet...

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Hot Cocoa Recipes to Keep You Cozy, Warm & Happy!

If you are anything like me then a hot beverage on a cold day is like nothing else. It’s like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of complete deliciousness! These Hot Cocoa Recipes to Keep You Cozy, Warm & Happy! are all that and then...

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Sparkling Apple Cider Champagne Spritzers

With the holiday season upon us, that means there are so many opportunities for an awesome party! These Sparkling Apple Cider Champagne Spritzers are going to be on my holiday table this year, that’s for certain. They taste like winter and will liven up any holiday...

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Girl’s Guide to Winter in Breck!

Moving to Telluride is the smartest thing I’ve ever done, as I’m completely obsessed with the mountains. Lucky for me & anyone that visits Colorado, this place is home to some of the best ski resorts around the world. Up until recently, I had never...

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Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving feast is the cranberry sauce. Not the gloppy canned kind, but the delicious homemade version. I dip everything in it! It takes only 10-15 minutes to make your own, so please take the extra little effort and...

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Best Skin & Hair Beauty Products for Fall and Winter

We all know that the cool, dry air in fall & winter can wreak havoc on the skin and hair. Especially where I live here in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado. The weather can be fierce and it shows up on all the places we...

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Leek Soup

For #MeatlessMonday I have the most delicious soup to share with you! I bet the ingredients will surprise you. It’s completely vegan & free of any animal-based ingredients, full flavored and very satisfying. You are probably wondering what makes it taste so creamy…believe it or...

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Olive Oil Roasted Leeks

I absolutely love the simplest of recipes that let the main ingredient take center stage. This recipe for Olive Oil Roasted Leeks is very basic, but I guarantee you will find many uses for these in so many of your recipes. Add roasted leeks to pastas,...

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Spaghetti Squash with Ham, Peas & Cream Sauce

This Spaghetti Squash with Ham, Peas & Cream Sauce is one of our all-time favorite weeknight meals. Simple to prepare and oh so easy to cook up. I love regular pasta, but I like spaghetti squash just as much. It’s a nice alternative when you...

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Giant Halloween Candy Skillet Cookie

How was your Halloween? I hope it was truly amazing! We had the best time partying and trick or treating here in Telluride, CO. This small mountain town goes nuts for Halloween thrills. Everyone dresses up and has the best time creeping around the streets....

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Happy Halloween from the Coonicorns!

Do you know that Coonhounds celebrate Halloween too?! My boys Moose & Bo just love being unicorns this time of the year. Aren’t they sweet?! After posing so pretty for photos, they love to run around the mountain tops here in Telluride, Colorado. They got...

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Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

This fun take on pizza uses hummus in place of tomato sauce for delicious and nutritious spin on the traditional pie. This recipe comes to us from Jamie Geller and JoyofKosher.com...

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Grilled Fish for Summer

Summer starts this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with a BBQ? Instead of the traditional steaks and hamburgers, try grilling seafood and vegetables. Here are some tips for grilling fresh fish on the BBQ: 1. Have patience. Wait until the coals have burned down, or use a lower flame on the the gas grill.
 2. Use a good clean grate that has been oiled.
 3. Flip the fish only once, (save the fancy flipping for pancakes).
 4. Cook the fish just about 7 minutes per inch of thickness.
 5. Take its temperature, use your thermometer, the fish is done at 140º (120º if you want to cook a fish like tuna rare), or poke a pointy knife into the thickest part of the fish, then touch the knife, if it is warm the fish is done.
 6. But here is the tricky part, remember the fish continues to be hot/cook a bit after you take it off the grill, so take it off just before it is completely done, and let it sit and relax a few minutes before you serve it.

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The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Don't fret that Father's Day is only a couple of days away and neither you nor the kids have bought anything. The very best gift anyone can give isn't something bought at the mall or gift-wrapped. The very best gift of all is right under your very roof. Make Dad dinner. Figure out the menu, buy the groceries, organic when possible, and cook from scratch. Engage the kids in the kitchen and let them be an integral part of preparing this special meal. Set the table with love by adding a budding branch found outside or pick a family heirloom found in the cabinet, something that can be the centerpiece of the table and the conversation. Or perhaps find a fun and different location for dinner -- a picnic in the backyard or on the living room floor. Hey maybe even dust off that dining room you rarely use! Then sit down, as a family, with phones and TV screens turned off. And talk. Tell stories about your parents, grandparents and far-off uncles. Talk about what you all love best about Dad. Remember, great meals make great memories. Because on top of all the benefits of family dinner, it spreads love too!

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Sticky Teriyaki Chicken

It will only take you 10 minutes to make this marinade. Then while the chicken is marinating for an hour, you can start the brown rice cooking, make a salad, play Go Fish, set the table and feed the hamster. Fifteen minutes before dinner time pop the chicken under the broiler, light the candles and hide all the cell phones. Ring the dinner bell...

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Cook’s Tip: Shrimp, Fresh or Frozen?

Should you buy shrimp fresh or frozen? If you can get local fresh shrimp, you are very lucky. Buy them. However, most shrimp you see in the market have been frozen and defrosted. There is nothing wrong with that, but why let the fishmonger defrost them (who knows how long ago that was) when you can do it yourself? If you want to cook shrimp that is still frozen, bring a big pot of water to a boil. Salt it; you can also add a few bay leaves and some lemon slices. Throw the still-frozen shrimp into the pot. Just as soon as the water starts to boil again, take the pot off the heat, and when the shrimp are pink and curled -- this should take 2 to 3 minutes more -- they will be done.

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11 Must Have Fashions You Need for Fall

  Fall fashion is all about layers, prints and lots of fun. After just visiting Paris I’m completely inspired to add some new things to my wardrobe. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these trends with you. Each of these key pieces I saw over...

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks

Sometimes dinner needs to be prepped in a quick so you can move onto all the other things on your to-do list. I had these Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks in the pan in no time. While they were baking I had time to do the...

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Roasted Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Did you happen to see my recipe post last week for How to Easily Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash? It takes all the mystery & fear out of working with winter squash. If you are anything like me, then you might have had some...

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4 Easy Homemade Face Masks to Battle Dry & Tired Skin

  It’s that time of the year when the temperatures are falling and our skin might need a little extra help staying hydrated. The fall and winter months tend to be really dry, especially where I live here in the Rocky Mountains. Dry skin can...

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Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Want a delicious treat in your mouth in just 30 minutes? If the answer is YES then start mixing up a batch of these irresistible Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins right now. We love them as a delicately sweet, slightly indulgent breakfast or for a mid-day...

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A Quick Trip to India

Take a trip to an Indian grocery store for spices. You will be amazed at the colors, scents and shapes of spices you have never seen before... or you have seen, but never whole. The spices are much cheaper, fresher, and often in bulk bins so you can avoid all the annoying packaging. Have the shop keeper recommend their favorite brands. Stock up on chutney, curry mixes, spices and great stainless steel tins to store them in. Then go home and replace all your old spices with new fresh ones. Yes, that turmeric in the back of your cupboard has the shelf life of about a year, after that it becomes tasteless, or worse, bitter. Throw it away my friend. By the way, Indian markets are the best place to find the tiered “tiffin” lunch boxes.

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10 Daily Lessons I Learn from My Dogs

Moose and Bo are my everything. They are my almost 4-year-old rescue coonhound mutts who rule my world. Ask anyone who knows me & they will promptly tell you I am obsessed with my dogs. To the point where the people in the movie Best...

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10 Meatless Monday Recipes You Can’t Live Without!

#MeatlessMonday started as a trend but is sticking, thank goodness!  If you search my blog you will find lots of meatless meals to choose from. It’s always amazing to me how we can enjoy so many satisfying & filling meals without the meat.   Here...

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Spooky Mummy Pizza for Halloween!

Looking for some ways to add a little more fun to your Halloween celebrations? This quick and easy Spooky Mummy Pizza is the perfectly delicious way to make sure all your little monsters, ghosts and goblins get enough real food to eat before they head out...

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Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping

Oh, how I love pumpkin season! I enjoy everything about it from Halloween time to all the things you can possibly do with pumpkins. My Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping is a must for your Thanksgiving dessert table this holiday season. I guarantee, each...

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Turkey Meatballs in Cream of Mushroom Sauce

What is it about meatballs that is always so tempting and tasty?! They are little bites of comfort food fabulous. We love them so much over here, I enjoy experimenting with new flavorings and sauces to always up the ante. These Turkey Meatballs in Cream of...

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic

Happy hump day everyone! Hope your week is going well. I’ve got such a delicious recipe for you that my entire family loves. It’s meatless, gluten free, grain free and super great for you. This time of year we see winter squash everywhere. It’s one...

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Château de Berne in Provence, France

If your wanderlust spirit is calling out to you then I suggest you add Provence, France to your bucket list!  I just ventured there & enjoyed countless memorable experiences. With so many awesome travel options these days and heaps on all of our bucket lists...

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