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Artichoke Tortellini

I love cooking with Wine. I even enjoy wine clubs where you can find out more about wines and try ones you might not otherwise drink. I have read many articles saying that the healthiest women over 40 are women who drink one glass of red wine a day.  Below is one of my favorite recipes with white wine.
1/2 Cup Marinated Artichokes  1 1/2 Tbsp Capers  1 tsp Lemon Zest  2 Cloves Garlic  1/4 cup of white wine ( I used Sauvignon Blanc) 1 1/2 Tbsp Pine Nuts 1/4 cup of oil from the Marinated Artichokes 1/4 Cup Feta cheese 1 package all natural cheese and spinach tortellini by Barilla 
Directions; Chop the Artichokes, Crush Garlic and chop, place in a pan.  Add oil and pine nuts saute until pine nuts turn slightly golden.  Reserve feta cheese until the end. Add remaining ingredients warm while you Cook tortellini according to directions.  Drain tortellini and toss with sauce and add Feta.  Enjoy this was a huge hit with friends.
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Caprese Crostini

I love to keep Crostini on hand to snack on.  They are so versatile you can top a soup or whip up a quick appetizer.
I made these as a side for dinner last night they were a huge hit.

8 pieces of Crostini
1 tbs pesto
1 tbs chopped Fire roasted tomatoes
2 slices of mozzarella

Place crostini on a lined baking sheet.  spread a bit of pesto on each crostini.  Next place a small piece of fire roasted tomato. Tear uneven pieces of cheese and place on top.  Broil in oven until just golden and serve.

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Super Easy Blueberry Muffins

I love to make things that are easy when the kids are home so I can spend more time with them.  This is just the recipe.

1 package preservative free blueberry muffin mix
2/3 cups of water
1/2 cup of Ricotta cheese
2 eggs

Directions: If your mix has canned blueberries.  Put them to the side.  Mix all other ingredients together.  When everything is incorporated fold in blueberries.  Fill your muffin cups 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes.  Enjoy your family time.

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Taste Of Summer Salad

15 oz. bag of organic spinach 6 to 8 sliced organic strawberries 1 avocado  2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese 2 tbsp chopped pecans
Dressing: 1 clove garlic 2 tsp honey 2 tsp spicy brown mustard 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 4 tbsp olive oil
Directions:  peal and remove pit of avocado.  Slice avocado and place ingredients for salad on plate.  
Grate garlic and mix dressing ingredients together.  I like to put the  dressing on the side so that each person can adjust the amount they want.
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Valentine Fun

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  I am ready, are you? 
In the morning I will be up making a special breakfast I don't have time for scratch on school mornings.  However I found some great all natural orange cranberry scones I will shape into hearts and bake up in the morning.  I will prepare some potatoes into shreds for hash brown bake today. I will mix all the ingredients tonight so it is ready to pop in the oven in the morning.  Do a bit of decorating in the kitchen.  Once the kids are in bed I will put our their gifts at their place settings so while they are waiting on their hot scones and hash browns they will be opening their gifts.  
Hash Brown bake  1 lb shredded potatoes (organic) 1cup shredded cheddar cheese 8 oz. sour cream 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 tsp white pepper 5 dashes of hot sauce Directions:  mix ingredients together.  Spray an 8 inch baking dish with olive oil.  Place ingredients in dish.  Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes.  
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Rice! Is it in your pantry?

Uncle Ben's is having a contest right now which is my inspiration for my article on rice.   Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant

Rice is a huge part of my families meals.  My Husband is from Cuba so rice is his potato.  We use rice as a side or part of a side almost every night.  Rice is always the go to when my kids are not feeling well.  And since my part of the family is Italian I grew up eating rice for breakfast.  My kids are a huge part of our cooking,  They love to be in the kitchen with aprons on and spoons in hand.  In fact my 12 year old is currently telling what her favorite things are with rice.  She listed Rice and Beans (a cuban staple), chunky soups with rice and she mentioned my previous, when she is sick.   Our cuban staple of rice and beans is so easy, full of flavor and the kids get a great source of protein.  Aunt Gladys' Cuban black Beans are super simple.  I steam rice to eat with the beans.  1 can seasoned black b…

Artichoke Chicken

I finally got a picture. My family loved the smell and as soon as I put it on a plate they ate it up.  I only got one bite of the chicken because the kids asked for mine when they finished their portion. They ate so fast they were asking for more before I even made it to the table.  Ok on to the recipe.  
1 Can of artichoke bottoms 1 teaspoon adobe seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 4 boneless skinless chicken breast

Directions:  cut the artichokes into quarters.  Put olive oil in skillet and place chicken in skillet.  Put in artichokes in skillet.  Pour wine in skillet.  Sprinkle 1/2 adobe, salt, and garlic on chicken.  Cover skillet and cook five minutes on medium heat.  Flip chicken and sprinkle the rest of seasoning on chicken.  Return cover and cook five more minutes.  Uncover and cook additional few minutes until chicken is done and serve over rice.  Enjoy my family did with rave reviews.

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Mom's Breakfast Sandwich

This is my favorite breakfast.  
1 organic egg with omega-3 2 pieces of whole grain toast schemer of spinach and artichoke cream cheese
Directions: Cook one egg over easy.  Toast bread and place egg on piece of toast. Schemer other piece of toast with Cream cheese and place on top of egg. Cut sandwich Diagonal and enjoy.  Great way to start the Day!!!!Br

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Best Banana Bread

2 Bananas (very Ripe) 4 tbsp. organic butter 1 egg with omega 3  2/3 cup organic sugar 1 1/4 cup organic flour 1 tsp baking soda  1 1/2 tbsp rum 1 1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla  1/2 tsp Organic Nutmeg 1 tsp Organic Cinnamon 
Directions:  Cream Butter, egg and sugar.  Peal banana’s and chop add to mixture and mix until smooth.   sift dry ingredients and mix with creamed mixture.  Add Rum and Vanilla thoroughly mix and bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.   Serve sliced and warm plain or with organic butter. 
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My refreshing version of the great margarita, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday!!  

2 parts Club soda 1 part white tequila  splash of Triple sec  Ice  Salt for rim (optional)  Four wedges of lime
Directions  If you want salt, wet rim of glass and put into the salt. Put Ice in glass and remaining ingredients into glass.  squeeze limes into drink. Stir and enjoy.  This is a huge hit with all my friends.