Apple-Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

Apple-Mushroom Pork TenderloinEveryone needs a tried-and-true recipe for a meal to serve to company, bring to a family with a newborn baby, or just make for Sunday dinner, knowing that it will be enjoyed by all (who eat meat). This Apple-Mushroom Pork Tenderloin never fails to impress. The first time I made it for my parents, Mom declared it her favorite pork and asked me for the recipe. She’s been making it ever since, and there’s no greater compliment, as far as I’m concerned…. 

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Back-to-School Pound Cake (Low Fat)

Back-to-School Pound Cake (Low Fat)I’ve been making this low-fat Back-to-School Pound Cake for 12 years. I originally came across the recipe (for sour cream pound cake) when I subscribed to Cooking Light magazine. The dessert was such a hit with my kids, I decided it would be a nice treat to look forward to every year when school starts. You know…to ease the pain.

I don’t necessarily make this on the first day of school, but always within the first two weeks, depending on my schedule. And I never announce which day I’ll be making it, since it’s more fun to surprise my family. Of course, my daughter tries (sometimes successfully) to get me to make this more often. She won’t eat any cakes with frosting, so this pound cake is her absolute favorite. It’s an afternoon treat the first day, and then her breakfast for the next few mornings…. 

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Green Beans with Bread Crumbs

Green Beans with Bread Crumbs

Well, hello there. I’m back from a family wedding and much-needed vacation in California. I hope this past week has been good to you. As I mentioned in my last post, I have some recipes to share featuring Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs. (I promise not to bombard you with them all in a row.) These… 

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Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

I’ve been meaning to talk about bread crumbs for a while now. They really do deserve their own post, since they’re an important part of Italian cooking. Today I’m sharing a recipe for homemade Italian bread crumbs, as well as a few methods you can use to make them. But first, some background on why… 

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15-Minute Cilantro-Lime Shrimp

15-Minute Cilantro-Lime Shrimp

I absolutely love shrimp. And I love food with a Mexican flair. Combine those two components with quick and easy, and we have a winner for dinner — 15-Minute Cilantro-lime Shrimp. Think buttery, tangy, garlicky goodness. This shrimp is so delicious that I can’t resist standing at the stove and eating it right out of… 

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Rapini with Garlic

Rapini with Garlic

For someone who wouldn’t eat rapini as a kid, I sure love it now. All I need for a perfect lunch is a hunk of bread and a mound of slightly bitter rapini with garlic, sautéed in olive oil and accented with salt and red pepper flakes. Yes, indeed. And, for someone who used to… 

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Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana Smoothie

Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana Smoothie

Sometimes, I want my smoothies to taste like dessert. As in, a decadent, chocolate shake that reminds me of late nights at Denny’s with my girlfriends in high school. I’ve had this chocolate-covered pecan banana smoothie for breakfast five times in the last week. I think I could drink it every day for a month… 

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

We love our pasta and meatballs. I’m so glad these healthy turkey meatballs and sauce taste delicious and are relatively easy to make. I used to think turkey meatballs were a sacrifice, a consolation prize. “Sorry you didn’t win the full-fat beef meatballs with sauce, but we have these lovely, low-fat turkey meatballs for you…”… 

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