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Ingredient: Dried Italian Seasoning

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cool off with my Cucumber Tomato Salad, a crisp, colorful, refreshing side with salty bits of mozzarella and a rich, tangy balsamic vinaigrette.  A delicious dish full of garden delights! If you have your own garden, or know a generous neighbor who does, you’ve probably spent more time than you’ll admit trying to figure out what to do with a countertop full of cucumbers. If you’re one of those industrious types willing to take on the challenges of a pickle-canning adventure, more power to you! Otherwise, I suggest making my Cucumber Tomato Salad. This recipe produces a light, fresh...

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Easy Hamburger Soup Recipe

Hamburger Soup is a home-style, hearty meal sure to satisfy healthy appetites and stir up happy memories of Grandma’s house. My Grandma always had something special bubbling or baking away in her kitchen. Her cooking has definitely inspired a great deal of mine, and one of my first memories is sitting down to enjoy a big, warm bowl of her Hamburger Soup. It was such a hearty, filling dish, and it’s the kind of meal that somehow manages to make everything better. I think everybody has a favorite hamburger vegetable soup recipe. First, it’s frugal – you can stretch a...

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Antipasto Salad

If there’s anyone in your life who thinks salads are boring, one bite of my antipasto salad will change their whole outlook. It’s chock full of meat, cheese, olives, and pickled veggies for new textures and flavors in every bite.  What if I told you there was a salad that was so flavorful and filling that you’ll forget you’re even eating a salad? Antipasto salad checks all those boxes and more. It’s an awesome starter for your next dinner party, a great dish to take to potlucks, and it’s a perfect side for grilled foods. It can easily be...

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Tortellini Salad

Take a tour of the Mediterranean with the bold flavors in my Tortellini Salad.  It’s zesty and creamy and tangy and hearty – the salad that eats like a meal! One of my favorite things about pasta (other than eating it, of course) is all the fun shapes they can make out of a little semolina flour, eggs, and water. Of course, many of those shapes offer both form and function – designed to stand out on their own like tagliatelle or pappardelle or to cling to a savory sauce like macaroni or penne rigate (the ones with the...

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Baked Mostaccioli

This easy Baked Mostaccioli is loaded with ooey gooey cheese and yummy Italian sausage all smoothered in a creamy tomato sauce.  Baked mostaccioli was a pretty regular feature on the dinner table when I was growing up. I think it was for a lot of people. That hearty, cheesy dish was a family favorite – and still is, in fact. This baked mostaccioli recipe isn’t as hard as you might think, and will be a perfect addition to your weeknight meal routine. If you want a dish with rich layers of meaty, flavorful goodness, this is the dish for...

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