Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

A few weeks back we went to a local Chinese restaurant to pick up some food as I was hungry for stir-fry and didn’t feel like cooking. We picked out cashew chicken, general’s chicken, and curry chicken stir fries.

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One Pan Sausage and Vegetable Dinner

My pantry is full of spices and spice mixes from all over the world. Many of them were given to me by friends who know how much I love to cook and experiment with new flavors.

Some of the best mixes come from Penzeys Spices and today I feature their Ozark Style Seasoning. It is a Southern U.S. style blend of black peppers, numerous herbs, and salt. I have been using it to make the most delicious roasted vegetables one can imagine. The balance of spices is incredible and I use it below in this recipe.

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Zucchini and Sausage Chowder

If you’re thinking of starting or expanding a garden, one of these easiest and nicest things to grow is zucchini. They produce a lot in a short amount of time and are great tasting vegetables that can be used in many different foods. Like last year, I planted too many in my garden this year! After giving many away, they are still coming and so I’ve been creating new recipes by which to use them. Be sure to check out my “zucchini” category on my blog for other recipes.

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Dal with Zucchini

Growing up I ate masoor dal (red lentils) virtually every day and loved it for its taste. Now that I’m older I also realize it’s great because it’s affordable and very nutritious as well. Another thing that I love is zucchini, which I never tasted before coming to the U.S. Dal and zucchini are not a common thing to eat together, but I’ve discovered over time that they go great together! Now I want to share this with you in a recipe.

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Sausage and Vegetable Soup

This week I organized my freezer to see what I have on hand so I can make a meal plan for the week. In exploring the bottom of my freezer I discovered several different types of sausage that I had bought some time ago and never got around to using. I found kielbasa, andouille, and ground pork sausage. I used to use these for special occasions like happy hour in which I would serve the sliced sausage on a platter with other finger foods. Now I’m not doing that because of the pandemic. To use up the sausage I decided to try it in a soup.

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Vegetable Gumbo

Gumbo is a soup popular in the state of Louisiana. Creole and Cajun gumbos are served with rice. Any dish served with rice, I tend to love! I first learned about gumbo when a friend (who used to live in New Orleans) served this at a dinner party once. It had very interesting flavors which were new to me. She made it with chicken and sausage. Since then our friend has hosted Mardi Gras parties every year and has served her special gumbo dish. I look forward to this every year.

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