The Tacos

Slow Cooked Carnitas with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

Our neighborhood taco night was at our place this week and I made Carnitas with a Crunchy Cabbage Slaw. I inherited my Crock Pot skills from my mother, who uses it for everything (even warming up cans of soup… seriously). You can just throw the whole piece of meat in with some spices and let it do its thing all day while you’re at work! It is the easiest way to cook meat, and it always comes out well as long as you leave it in there long enough.

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Roasted veggies and spaghetti squash

Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash

I’m channeling my New England roots on this one! There’s just something about roasting veggies that really enhance their veggie-ness, and can even give them a meaty quality in my opinion. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and garlic combine in this dish for visually pleasing and belly-pleasing meal. Miles was really skeptical when he was watching me cook this, but actually really liked it! It is perfect for when you get out of the chilly surf (57 degree water temps what!?)

Cheers!

-Mary

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Pesto Pizza cooked

Pizza Night: Pesto Change-O Pizza

Pizza on Friday nights became a tradition when we got married and were living in “The Commune.” (Which is a story for another time. Imagine 6 kids right out of college, with no life-plans, living together in an old farm house, chickens, rabbits and a rogue skunk included). When we moved to California the tradition followed us, and we usually have anywhere from 1 to 20 friends in our kitchen for a slice of the best homemade pizza in San Clemente.

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Barely Pickled Cucumber Salad

Barely Pickled Cucumber Salad

I always have cucumbers in my fridge. They are very low cal, and add such a delightful crunch to sandwiches. In this recipe I decided to go a different route with the cukes, and make them the star of their own side dish. When lightly pickled, the cucumbers and red onion meld nicely and the red onion is not as harsh.

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