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The Most Recent Birthday Dinner Request

I love how kids change their minds.  Parents - you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Like the 8 different things they tell you they want to be for Halloween, preventing you from getting their costume until 2 days before?  This year's birthday dinner was the same way!

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Seasonal Cooking

I'm ready for fall.  It is hands-down my favorite time of year.  The leaves changing colors, the apple orchard, pumpkins, cooler weather, and the cooking.

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Five Day Meal Plan for Guests

We have family coming into town tomorrow.  The first thing I immediately think of?  Dinner, of course.

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Veggie Spring Rolls

My family loves stir fry, crab rangoon, egg rolls, you name it.  Making veggie spring rolls seemed a logical next step (because frankly I'm a bit intimidated thinking of rolling my own sushi).

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Blackened Tilapia

We love tilapia in our house.  In fact, I buy it in 4 lb bags with the fillets individually wrapped and frozen so that I know I always have it on hand.  I offered to make Parmesan Crusted Tilapia one night and my husband replied with "How about Blackened Tilapia?"

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My Arsenal of Dinner Recipes

Everyone has one - an arsenal of dinner recipes.  A list of meals in their back pocket, that they know they could make at the drop of a hat (and probably have all of the ingredients for on hand).  Since it's nice to break out of the mold once in awhile, I thought I'd share my dinner arsenal.

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My Husband’s Chili

My husband doesn't do a lot of the cooking around the house, although he would like to.  He will actually ask me at times if he can make dinner as he really likes to cook and I don't often give him the chance.  He makes some things EXTREMELY well.   Chili is one of them.

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Zesty Fish Tacos

I ate fish tacos at various restaurants for years before I dared try to make them at home. With this recipe, now we eat them more at home than out at a restaurant - they're so good!

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

We like to plant a lot of zucchini in our garden. When I have more than enough zucchini, I make several batches of these and freeze them - they're great for an after school snack or a quick breakfast!

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Pasta Fagioli

For any of you who have frequented a chain Italian restaurant (that shall remain nameless) you've heard of this soup.  My mother in law shared her recipe for it in our most recent family cookbook.  Of course, I changed it a little and converted it to a crockpot recipe - after all, who wants to take 60 minutes to make dinner when you can take the whole day?

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