panzanella with white beans and feta

Panzanella with White Beans and Feta

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What we have here is basically a bread salad, and my family totally got on board with it last night, along with some grilled marinated chicken. Panzanella is, traditionally, a Tuscan salad of stale bread and tomatoes, often with other garden vegetables soaked in vinegar and olive oil. Tuscans really knew how to deal with their leftovers. I added some white beans and feta for a hearty salad that can be eaten on its own or with your protein of choice.

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Snickerdoodles

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One of the great things about being a mom is that your kids have friends, and then you get bonus kids in your life. If you’re really lucky, those kids have moms you like and you get your own amazing friends out of the deal. I’ve pretty much hit the jackpot in that area. Anyway, one of those bonus kids loves these snickerdoodles. My girls actually roll their eyes when I make them and say, “You’re just making them for Ava.” Yes, that’s true, I usually am. She is, however, not the original bonus kid I made them for. Years before Ella and Hailey were born (about seven and a half to be exact), my best friend’s son, Cooper, came along. He has called me Auntie since he could talk, and he loves snickerdoodles, so, naturally, I had to add them to my repertoire.

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lime and garlic marinade

Lime and Garlic Marinated Chicken Thighs

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to get in a quick post ahead of Cinco de Mayo (barely). This lime and garlic marinade comes together quickly and is perfect for grilled chicken thighs. You could use breasts too, but they won’t be quite as juicy and flavorful. Slice up the grilled chicken thighs to use in tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, etc., or serve them whole with sides.

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beef stew

Red Wine Beef Stew

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This recipe makes good use of the red wine and balsamic marinade I posted a few weeks ago. I feel like it’s really a dish better suited for fall and winter, but we still have plenty of cool days ahead in Central Oregon. Plus, I made it for the cookbook already, and if I don’t post it now, the photos will get buried. Yes, I probably should look into a system to better organize my photos. It’s number 2396 on my list of things to do.

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strawberry smoothie

Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

We are still about five weeks away from peak strawberry season, but I bought a package at Safeway this past week that was pretty good. Otherwise, to get our strawberry fix, we rely on frozen organic strawberries. We purchase the big bag at Costco unless we are fortunate to still have some Oregon strawberries in the freezer. When the season hits, check out this handy guide to freezing your local strawberry harvest.

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