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Apple Kuchen
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Apple Crisp Recipe

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My husband has been on the road this week.  Customarily, when he’s away, I make the kids’ favorite dinners as a little something to look forward to while we wait for his return.  Tonight, we made Simply Organic Mac & Cheese, but I needed something a bit greener, so here’s what I came up with:


Mac & Cheese Ensalada

Mac & Cheese Ensalada

It was actually pretty good!  It’s amazing what one can come up with using whatever is found in the kitchen.  And my 2-year-old thought it looked appetizing enough to ask for some!  It was just baby greens, avacado, walnuts, garlic-stuffed green olives, homemade ranch made with kefir, and of course, mac and cheese.  I love weird ideas that turn out to work!  

So what kind of creative meals have you come up with?  I bet there are enough untapped ideas out there to fill a whole cook book!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  We could call it the “Whatever’s in the Kitchen Cookbook” or something!  Hey, let’s do it!  Do you have any ideas for the cookbook name or weird but yummy recipes?  They can be super-simple.  I’ll compile them all and post our very own cookbook!  Common, it’ll be fun!
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Healthy Refried Brean
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I love finding and sharing new recipes.  I have been pushing this newfound delight on anyone who will consider experiencing it.  My parents first tried it at a restaurant in Downtown Disney and adored it.  My mom asked for the recipe, and the rest is history.  This is an easy, healthy, absolutely scrumptious dip fabulous with veggie strips or pita bread.


16 oz. roasted red pepper
1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts
8 cloves garlic
1/4 C pomegranate molasses (found at Persian or Arabic markets or on Amazon)
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t cumin
1 pinch paprika
3/4 C olive oil
1 pinch salt
1/4 C red wine vinegar (omit this if you don’t want it too, um, vinegary?)

Blend it all in a food processor till smooth. Enjoy!

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My mom's batch with drizzled pomegranate molasses

My mom's batch drizzled with pomegranate molasses.

Drought weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat–a league of rutty way –
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.

– from "The Rain-Crow" by Madison Cawein (1865 – 1914)


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