Grilled Corn Salad

 

Grilled Corn Salad is the perfect summertime accompaniment to any BBQ or gathering all season long.  I love this salad because it’s so easy, tasty and colorful.  It’s fresh, healthy and full of flavor!  The great thing about it is that you can make it ahead and it can be served room temp or even chilled in the fridge when you’re ready to eat.

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Ratatouille

Going to Culinary School has always been a dream of mine.  Ultimately, I would’ve loved to have gone to the Culinary Institute in Napa, but with 3 kids still in Elementary and Middle School, that wasn’t going to work and I didn’t want to wait another 10 years until they’re off in college to go.  So, I’m taking classes at DVC, our local community college.  However, it is an ACF (American Culinary Federation) accredited program and the entire kitchen was renovated about 3 years ago, so it’s a very top notch facility.

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Cranberry Orange Sauce

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!  Being a super foodie (is that a thing?), it is absolutely my favorite holiday.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is great too, but as far as cooking and eating goes, Thanksgiving wins hands down.  Now, to all of you out there who buy canned cranberries…you know who you are.  Technically, this is actually only a 3 ingredient side, but I elevated it with orange peel, zest and a cinnamon stick.  The half cup of sugar keeps it a little tangy.  It’s the way I like it and let’s face it, my family eats what I like and the way I like it.  Sorry kids, you may never know what mayo out of a jar tastes like, I just can’t do it.  If you want it a little sweeter, feel free to adjust to 3/4 or a full cup of sugar.  The beauty of great cranberry sauce is that it’s even better the next day.  Therefore, it’s perfect for leftovers or on a turkey sandwich with toasted sourdough, yum!

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts

 

It’s time to re-think Brussels Sprouts.  If you haven’t eaten Brussels Sprouts since you were a kid after some sort of horrible experience eating them boiled, steamed, flavorless…shall I go on?  You get the picture.  I am here to tell you that Bacon Brussels Sprouts will totally turn you around.  These have flavor, crispy bits of crunchy leaves and most importantly bacon, enough said.

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