Organic vs. Non-Organic

Here I believe the differences between organic vs non-organic are clearly visible. Color, firmness, flavor — organic tomatoes trump store tomatoes in all the important categories, hands down.  Firmness and flavor can’t be conveyed in a photograph, but I’m guessing you can imagine which tomato tastes better.  I know which one I choose!

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Vinaigrette, a Simple Salad Dressing

salad greens with vinaigretteThis Simple Vinaigrette, like many home-made salad dressings, is one of the easiest things to make in your own kitchen.  There’s absolutely no comparison between fresh home-made vinaigrette and what passes for vinaigrette at the grocery store — fresh is always best.  Not only is the flavor far better, you won’t be mucking it up with all the unhealthy chemicals and big-word ingredients that are found in literally everything that’s packaged and sold.

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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

bacon-wrapped scallops #3Yum, yum, YUM!  Bacon-wrapped scallops are a super special treat, ridiculously simple to make and oh SO delicious.  Fresh scallops, perfectly cooked to velvety smoothness, tucked inside a succulent layer of crispy bacon.  Scallops, buttery and delicate;  bacon… — really, isn’t everything made better by bacon?  Serve this exceptional dish for special guests or surprise your family with something extraordinary.

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Spicy Veal Parmesan

spicy veal parmesanRich tomato sauce over melted cheese and seasoned breaded veal makes for a succulent, hearty meal in this version of Spicy Veal Parmesan.  Many people are more familiar with Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, or fettuccine alfredo, but if you’ve never tried it, this Spicy Veal Parmesan will pleasantly surprise you.

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Gazpacho, the Spicy Version

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If ever there was a perfect summer soup, it’s Spicy Gazpacho — a chunky, chilled soup filled with chopped fresh vegetables.  What a great way to enjoy your mouthwatering garden produce, those prolific summer cucumbers and tomatoes!  Adding just a touch of spicy jalapeno pepper heat to beautifully complement the tomato sweetness and you’ve got summer in a bowl.

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Cajun Chicken Fajitas

Succulent, marinated chicken breasts, cooked to perfection and served with warm tortillas, fresh salsa, and guacamole. Juicy, delicious, unforgettable! Perfect for cool summer evenings on the deck or a cozy family dinner on a winter evening. Nothing beats this meal, and though it takes some time and planning to serve, it’s a simple meal that tastes like a banquet. You have really got to try this!

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Cheese Straws

cheese straws #1Cheese Straws are a satisfyingly-cheesy cracker that can be made using a variety of cheeses, but traditionally with a sharp cheddar. Add just a sprinkle of cayenne to give them a touch of heat, and they’re perfect.  Cayenne and real Cheddar sets these crackers apart — far apart — from any store-bought crackers in a box. Cheese Straws are remarkably light yet crunchy, and quite addicting for cheese lovers of all types.

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