Delicious Baked Turkey Bites

Turkey bitesMy toddler was crazy about processed turkey bites from Target. I wasn’t thrilled about them, especially the sodium. So I experimented and created my own that she just loves! As do my husband and I.

The picture is from a slightly earlier, less amazing, batch, but you get the idea. I make them pretty small – one or two bites for an adult or 4-5 bites for a toddler.

Warning – these are pretty addictive… my husband, toddler and I went through most of a batch today!

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Cabbage, Feta, Bell Pepper, and Green Onion Salad

Inspired by this Cabbage and Feta Salad, I’ve created my own go-to, easy, delicious salad! Cabbage, Feta, Bell Pepper, and Green Onion Salad

This has become something of a staple for me – I’ll make it for weeks and weeks in a row, sometimes. It’s easy to make, especially if you buy items pre-cut. It’s delicious. It’s (relatively) healthy, and filling if you eat enough of it. I love taking a large container of it into work. It keeps well for about 4-5 days, depending on the cheese.
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Vegetarian “Tikka Masala” Dish

I’ve been geHealthy Vegetarian Tikka Masalatting store bought Tikka Masala sauce and throwing roasted veggies and chicken in it for the past few weeks (when I like a dish, I really like a dish). While that’s delicious and quick, it’s probably not the healthiest. So today I decided to make my own sauce. This is based on this Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, but with on what I had on hand (and with veggies in place of chicken). Mom, this one’s for you😉 Continue reading

Delicious Baked Crab Rangoon

Baked Crab Rangoon RecipeI recently had a very successful dinner party of 7. The food was all Asian-inspired, mostly because I really wanted an excuse to make this recipe. Most of the food was from the freezer section of Trader Joe’s, but I made this and a few other items I may write about.

7 people ate all 48 crab rangoon in a fairly short period of time, which I found pretty impressive. Admittedly, I think my husband and I alone accounted for half of the 48, but that still leaves about 5 each for the rest, so I think it’s safe to say they were a hit!

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Tamarind-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A Special 2nd Anniversary Blog Entry by Hubby-Face

(2nd Anniversary of our marriage, not this blog…)

The best mashed potatoes ever madeHello, world. Or, to be more precise: Hi, moms. This is The Husband writing; because Jackie loved my recent mashed potatoes experiment so much, she demanded politely and lovingly requested that I write a blog entry on Rarely Fancy all about ‘em.

Firstly, some shout-outs: this recipe would not have been possible without our (early) anniversary gift from my folks: a Good GripTM masher from OXO. I also learned all I know (and some I don’t consciously know, but have absorbed via osmosis) about spuds from the master chef, my old man. So, doubly thanks, Pops.

Pot o' delicious mashed potatoesI noticed when I made “mashed” the last time (a variety so full o’dill, I quipped: “You ain’t seen this much Dill since The Rugrats, baby”) that my wife loved it with sour cream. So, this time, in lieu of sour cream, and perhaps fulfilling the subtitle of this blog more than the title, I attempted a purely original and exotic concoction that contains the combined creaminess, bite, and sourness of this combo. Let’s just say: I hit it out of the park.

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Pesto Linguini and Veggies

Pesto Linguini and VegetablesWe had friends over for dinner a month or so ago. As is the norm in the summers, I had Fresh Fork Market food to use.

I had linguini from a few weeks prior which I’d frozen. One of our guests was of Italian descent, so I was a bit nervous about serving him pasta.

While I had a lot of tomatoes and was tempted to make a tomato sauce, I’ve never really made pasta and tomato sauce before. But I’ve been very successful with pesto, so I decided to go that direction.

Indeed, it was a hit!

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