Strawberry Pear Salad

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This is my family’s very favorite salad of late. Not only is it delicious and beautiful, it’s really easy too. It’s kind of a riff on the Mandarin Spinach salad I shared with you a little while back, as it uses the same dressing. To make the dressing, you just shake the ingredients in a […]

Easy, Ridiculously Good Roasted Carrots

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I’ll give you once chance to guess where I got this recipe. I know. That wasn’t even a challenge, was it? Cook’s Illustrated, of course, is the source. (duh.) I’ve been trying to add some variety to our vegetable dishes, since the whole steam-and-then-add-butter-salt-and-pepper thing gets awfully boring after a while. And raw veggies are […]

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Herbs

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We’ve been eating green beans around here for a long time…the steamed sort, topped with butter, salt, and freshly-ground black pepper. They’re good, but nothing extraordinary. Just a standard veggie side-dish. I’ve been looking for ways to spice up my vegetable preparation, though, so I flipped through my Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook and happened across this […]

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Sugared Almonds

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I got this easy recipe from a church friend, and I think it’s delicious, so of course I want to share it with you. You should so throw together a bowl of it. Like most salads, it’s quite customizable. You can use whatever greens you have a hankering for, you can use strawberries or some […]

Indulgent Scalloped Potatoes

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We don’t eat tons of potatoes here at Chez FG (no particular reason, really!), but when we do, one of our favorite dishes is scalloped potatoes. Of course, I use a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, because Cook’s is awesome. Mmm-hmmm. This version of Scalloped Potatoes is not remotely low-fat (however, it is delicious!). In fact, […]

Easy Frugal Cooking | Mandarin Chicken Salad

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I know…it’s Wednesday. But I’ve been busy sanding, painting, and priming, which means there’s not been a lot of time for baking. I do have a super delicious recipe for Cinnamon Crisps that I desperately want to share with you (well, mostly I want an excuse to make them again because they were so delectable), […]