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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Inspired by a popular post on Damn Delicious (one of my favorite cooking blogs), this recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is beyond foolproof, with no braising, marinating or prep work required — just toss it in the slow cooker, come home after work and eat. You can use any cut of chicken and… Continue reading Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

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Butternut Squash Roasted with Chicken Sausage

Years ago, I saw this on one of those online Trader Joe’s recipe forums where folks share the meals they make using only TJs ingredients. It took me until now to try it, with a few tweaks to suit our tastes, and it’s a definite keeper for weeknight cooking. It involves minimal cleanup and barely… Continue reading Butternut Squash Roasted with Chicken Sausage

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Maple-Dijon Pork Chops with Chunky Apple Topping

This dish has become a fall tradition in our house. Every October we plan a date to go apple picking as a family, usually the first weekend Mark gets off after closing his first show of the season; then, with our bounty overflowing, we get started making apple crisp and this delicious dinner that tops succulent… Continue reading Maple-Dijon Pork Chops with Chunky Apple Topping

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Chia Pudding

September is my New Year. Do you know what I’m talking about? Far more than after the holidays, at the end of summer is when I most feel a need to reboot. Partly because I have no choice: work gets busy, school starts up, and kids activities begin again. Partly, though, I feel the need to hit… Continue reading Chia Pudding


Sweet-Hot Chicken Wings 

Happy Labor Day weekend! I know lots of places are staring down rain and cool temps for Monday, but if you’re cooking out tonight (or braving the weather to do so tomorrow, like us) then make the most of our remaining grilling time with these tasty chicken wings. They are sticky sweet with just the… Continue reading Sweet-Hot Chicken Wings 

Booze & Beverages · Grow Your Own Way · Recipes

Mojito Mocktail

First off: here’s a real Mojito recipe if that’s what you’re about! My friend Terri brought this to Mark’s birthday BBQ this year and they were outstanding. If you just want the refreshing, minty, limey, sugary taste without the booze, though, here’s how I do:  In a large glass, like this mason jar, muddle (crush) 10… Continue reading Mojito Mocktail

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August Day Trips from Boston!

It’s definitely late August now. Georgia has had her birthday party, my Florida squad has left town after their annual visit, and the fall calendar of meetings is already filling up at work (big, heavy sigh). I’ll share more photos of G’s party at the Stone Zoo soon, but here’s a sneak peek plus a couple… Continue reading August Day Trips from Boston!