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Tortellini Salad with Asparagus

With the start of summer I am always looking for recipes for good salads. My criteria is something that is somewhat healthy, tasty and of course looks good.   I found this Tortellini Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Basil Vinaigrette in “America’s Test Kitchen – Make -Ahead Cookbook”.  I took it to my cousins for Mother’s day and it was a big hit.  It was so good I made it again this weekend.

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Seafood Chowder

If you are like me you have been eating too many rich, sweet, heavy foods and are ready for something tasty that is healthy.   This seafood chowder is a nice light meal, but still seems like you prepared something special for your family and guests.  It would make a great New Years Eve dinner, pared with a salad and some nice bread.   I often make this chowder for Christmas Eve.

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Pasta E Fagioli Soup

My husband and I both enjoy soup especially as the weather starts to get cooler.   When I had originally found this recipe it was to have been as good as Olive Gardens Pasta E Fagioli soup.  I love Olive Gardens pasta fagioli soup so I had to try this one. I have made a lot of tweeks to the recipe and it still does not taste like Olive Gardens, but I think it is a good hearty soup and easy to make.  I hope you enjoy it.

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My Best Posts so far…

One of the blogs that I follow is Jennifer Rizzo and she is looking for monthly contributors for recipes, crafting and home decorating.  To find out more about the contest go to her blog post Jennifer Rizzo Contributor Call-Out


To enter you have to do a post showing your three best posts.  Since I do all three, I will show my three best post for each.

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Lemon Rosemary Balsamic Chicken

When I have company I like to serve them something special, but also want to be able to spend time with my guest. This recipe is perfect because you can prepare it ahead of time and the marinade cooks down to be a pan sauce that you serve with the chicken.  The original recipe I found in Fine Cooking magazine.
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A Two Hour Turkey and Amazing Stuffing

Last year I offered to make one of the turkeys, stuffing and gravy for our family thanksgiving dinner.  The only problems were: I never made many turkeys in my lifetime, I no longer had my mother to ask advice, and I do not like to get up early yet alone in the middle of the night to stuff and begin baking a turkey.

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