Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

If you’ve ever ordered takeout or microwaved a frozen meal, you are well acquainted with the meaning of convenience food.  If you haven’t, then I assume you are either very privileged or have been living under a rock in the Sahara desert.

Personally, I’ll admit – I know my way around convenience food.  And yes… it’s what you’re thinking.  Even when I say the words “convenience food,” thoughts of pizza, oily noodles, and chunks of reheated meat covered in brown sauce comes to mind.  Why is that?  I guess that means I’ve had my share of quick-and-easy fare, too.

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Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

So it’s official. 

Chris Pratt got pretty good looking in The Guardians of the Galaxy.  I think he’s been working out or something.

That movie did come out a while ago, so… I guess that’s not really new news.  But I did just hear something else…

He’s taken!  By Anna Farris!  Er… looks like that actually that happened like six years ago.  When they got married. 

Buuut they had a baby!  That’s… two years old now.  Did you know that already?

Apparently I do not keep up with the celeb gossip.  I guess I figured I’d find out anything worth knowing by reading the covers of OK! and People magazines in line at the grocery store.  But you know what?  I’m decidedly alright with being the last to know about celebrity affairs.  I find THIS surprising couple so much more fun to dish on, anyway.    

Cauliflower and rutabaga!  

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11 Kid-Friendly Recipes

11 Kid-Friendly Recipes

Got any wishes for Christmas this year?
Is it a full-on, legitimate, letter-to-Santa list?  Or is there just ONE thing you really want and everthing else may as well be pencil-shavings in comparison?
Things I've wished for, for Christmases past include:  Polly Pockets, American Girls Dolls, an encyclopedia (I was eight and this request prompted my Dad to introduce me to the "Internet" and Brittanica.com), a pony, and an Easy Bake Oven (Got it! Have since graduated to the big kids' oven.)
This year some of the "things" on my list are not actual things.  And I think that's totally acceptable, especially as a grown-up, to have lists of Christmas wants that do not take up more space in your life.  True?

 

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Mashed Butternut Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Butternut Sweet Potatoes

Are you back for more?

More, as in more recipes, or more, as in more talk about my experience with pre-bikini competition diet/exercise?  It don't matter, we got both here.

First off - if you want the former, this Mashed Butternut Sweet Potatoes recipe is juuust right for your comfort-food eating pleasure.  And I don't say that about just anything!  Sweet potatoes are simply quintessential fall food, no matter what, but when you mash them up all creamy-like, they can be downright irresistable.

Still, I imagine that at some point, you have been to a holiday dinner that served lovely, decadent, sweet potatoes, but you either knew better than to indulge too much (not my guess) or you wound up wishing you had passed on second helpings of the (clearly) butter and sugar-laden dish!  Or, possibly, you personally witnessed Paula Deen herself come into your Grandmother's kitchen and shush you while she poured an extra stick of melted butter and a cup of brown sugar into the sweet potato casserole.  And.  You still ate a bowlful without regret.

 

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