Grilled Orange and Bourbon Salmon

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With a name like “Grilled Orange-and-Bourbon Salmon” how could I not try this Cooking Light recipe? And I’m glad I did; it’s terrific. In fact, I prepared this recipe several times this summer — with both salmon and Arctic Char, of course — to test it out for a Cape Cod family vacation dinner-for-16 (yes, cooking dinner for 16 in an only-ok-equipped rental cottage should not be part of anyone’s vacation – but somehow it is for me!)

Here’s what’s great about this recipe: it’s easy to make in general and for a crowd, it’s flavorful, and is a healthy choice.

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Slow Cooker Part Deux – A Failure and A Find

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A prevalent pet peeve is how Facebook distorts reality. With frequent postings of party and vacation pictures plus endless boasting about kids and jobs, it’s easy to conclude that more fun is being had by everyone else. Which is of course not true.

At least, I hope it’s not.

But all this bragging led me to consider recipe blog posts. It’s an apt corollary as the vast majority of recipe blog posts are about successes. Indeed, I do it too. I hadn’t realized until I looked, but to date, all my recipe blog posts have been about recipe successes. 

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A Thai Lo-Co Crock-Pot Winner

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Before today’s blizzard that thankfully didn’t hit where we live in CT (strange to be thankful for 6″ of snow and counting), the weather last Saturday was atrocious. I had decided to try a new crock-pot recipe so we would be treated all day to the enticing aroma of curry while stuck inside catching up on a long list of household chores.

And it both looked and tasted delicious. Which is a big thing, because my easy-going husband usually does not enjoy crock-pot casseroles.  A huge shame given the easiness of crock-pot cooking, but there you go.

But this one was a hit.

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The Lo-Co…Vegan…Thanksgiving

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Last year I hosted Thanksgiving, so this year I’m not cooking: we’re going to my brother-in-law’s for the family get together. But I realized a few years ago that not cooking Thanksgiving has a huge, huge downside — I don’t have leftovers for several days of “hot lunch” (as my husband likes to call my preferred leftovers for lunch choice.)

So now, on the years I don’t host the actual Thanksgiving feast, I cook ‘Thanksgiving Friday” for local friends and family.

The beauty is: it’s not the ‘real deal’ so I can experiment a bit.  The downside: I’ve found that as we get older,

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Going Lo-Co Turkey Chili

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A recipe for using up leftover turkey would have been better timed last week, so I will start this post with apologies.

That said, I almost never make this Turkey Chili with leftover turkey – I use ground turkey as I make it year round.

The reason I’m posting it now is that a friend emailed this morning, asking for a recipe recommendation.  Her neighbor is having some health issues and she wants to bring over a family dinner.

I can’t believe in the 2+ years I’ve been writing this blog that I’ve never before posted my go-to recipe for “bring to a friend family dish.”

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