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Ancho Chili Chocolate Pecan Pie

This is our go-to pie.  No.  It isn’t sugar-free or dairy-free or wheat-free, but we still eat it guilt-free once a year and it is pretty much the only pie we crave.  The ancho chili brings out the flavor of the chocolate, kind of like a mole sauce. It’s not hot-spicy. My kids love it. We ran across a version of this  ...

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Lemon Caper Chicken

My whole family loves this dish.  They ask for it all year long, but now that we have so many people (which means pounding a lot of chicken) I make it most often as a birthday request. This last time we made it I invited my 21 year-old brother (Andrew) to dinner and he graciously salted, pepperred, pounded, coated, and cooked all of the  ...

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

There is a pizza I love at Pizzeria 712 which involves house-made ricotta and mushrooms. I like it even more with a slice of their hot pink pizza to go along with it. Sadly, I can’t be popping over to 712 every time I need a fix, so I decided to re-create some of the magic at home. Ricotta is easy to make, so I googled some recipes and  ...

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Kitchen Shears

After being married a short time, I realized how incomplete my pre-married life had been.  No.  Not because Spencer was half of me that was ‘missing’…because I discovered decent kitchen shears!  Spencer came with a nice pair from Cutco and my life hasn’t been the same since.

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Salmon Cakes

Awhile back I read an interesting book written by Deborah Madison titled: What We Eat When We Eat Alone.  In it, she interviews people about what they eat when they cook for themselves.  Salmon cakes, similar to these, were one woman’s answer.  I was intrigued by the idea even though I’d never cooked with canned salmon.  I’m  ...

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White Bean and Rosemary Hummus

This is a yummy change from traditional chickpea hummus and it came to mind when I was trying to think of recipes for my friend who’s on an elimination diet. I cooked my own beans, but canned beans work fine. Just watch the salt because canned beans can vary quite a bit in their salt content. In case you are curious about the parsnip  ...

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The Provo Food Scene

It wasn’t that long ago that there weren’t great options for eating out in Provo.  If you didn’t want to trek up to Sundance, you were pretty much stuck with the P-town institutions.  Thankfully, things have gotten a lot better.  Now there are enough truly good restaurants, you can mix them up and never run out of places to  ...

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Indian Butter Chicken Curry w/Chickpeas

My sister-in-law in Alabama introduced my mom to these (Indian Essentials butter chicken seasoning mix) spice packets that she buys at Walmart and my mom has been making them for us back here in Utah. If you follow the package directions, it’s too spicy for the adults and way too spicy for the kids. If you follow my mom’s  ...

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