10buckdinners

When life gives you lemons . . .

Make sure it’s 7 of ’em!  Then, get a 1 gallon, glass jug with a lid (Sun Tea containers work great!). Oh, you’ll also need some duct tape, a dish towel and a group of party people!  Almost ready.  Just a few more things…. Tequila Lemonade, AKA Scuba Juice: Tequila (750 ml should do it, []

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Won Ton Soup and Fried Rice – Who needs takeout?

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids love soup. But it does get old. I mean, how much ramen or chicken noodle can one kid take? So when I saw the won ton wrappers while shopping, I thought about this tasty soup I had once at dim sum and decided, shoot, why not!? []

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White Lasagna with Asparagus & Tomato Salad

There are a lot of lasagna variations and this is just another that you might consider if you have leftover cheese filling, as I did. Plus, this is a great recipe to omit the meat and make vegetarian. The kids really like the white sauce and I loved the asparagus salad. It’s so simple too. []

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Tortellini and Meat Marinara Sauce with Simple Salad

Some things are just easier, cheaper and more convenient to purchase prepared or frozen, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dehydrated, boxed junk.  For this meal, I got lucky and hit a close out on some fresh 3 cheese tortellini in the deli section. $4.99 for a family size serving. Add some meat []

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Veggie Frittata with Corned Beef Hash

A frittata is a great way to get tasty veggies into a dish that even the kids will love. You can use so many different kind of veggies, from spinach to bell pepper to mushrooms. Same with the cheese. From cheddar to parm to gruyere. Get as fancy or as simple as you like. Frittatas []

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Stuffed Chicken Thighs, wrapped in Bacon. Oh my!

WARNING! WARNING! This recipe is not light on calories. But come on! Sometimes you just gotta live a little. I mean really; bacon, cream cheese, rice and chicken…you just can’t go wrong! And by the way, this is a great recipe to use up leftover rice. You see, we eat a lot of rice at []

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Steak & Provolone Sandwiches w/Grape & Walnut Salad

I usually buy Cheddar or Colby Jack, but sometimes, there’s a special on something normally out of my price range. This week it was Provolone. And let me tell you, a little goes a long way and turns a simple sandwich into something extraordinary! Broiled Steak Sandwich with Provolone and Grilled Onion: 1 Baguette – []

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The Infamous “Hardee’s” Mushroom and Swiss

For those of us on the West Coast, Hardee’s is practically non-existent these days. But when I was a teenager, growing up in Ogden, Utah, Hardee’s was “the” place to hang with friends, cause teenage mayhem and eat till our bellies wanted to burst. Until I moved to San Diego in ’95, I’d never even []

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Shepard’s Pie (beef, carrot and potato casserole)

I see Shepard’s Pie on every menu at every pub we frequent and can’t figure out why they want to charge me $12. I will say, pub servings probably have over 4,000 calories and could feed 2 or 3 people, but really, it’s just beef, carrot and potato casserole, right? Albeit, a really delicious and []

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Simple Sugar Cookies – Just in time for Easter!

The most amazing and simple sugar cookie, ever! Shoot, make some green frosting and do a batch for St. Patrick’s Day. Why not? We made half our batch with fresh lemon juice and they were super yummo. You can do so much with these. It really is a great base for a cookie. For now, []

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Spiced Oatmeal Cookies Everyone will Love!!

Kiddos asked for oatmeal cookies, but while I was getting out the ingredients, I saw some spices I had from Thanksgiving. I know people add cinnamon to oatmeal cookies, so why not a little clove too? Wow! Loved it. Just enough of a kick and so perfect with coffee. Plus the house smelled absolutely amazing. []

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Skateboard Cakes rock! And so do the Paloma Panthers!

My daughter’s school has their annual carnival tomorrow. Part of the fundraising is a “cake walk”. You know. Parents make cakes and other parents bid on them and the PTO earns a little cash.  This is my favorite part of the carnival because I LOVE creating crazy cakes!  No pretty stuff for me. I like []

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Shrimp Quesadillas and Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Healthy meals can be easy, fast and affordable. If you can find jumbo shrimp on sale, grill it up! But if fresh isn’t available or affordable, no worries. Use frozen uncooked shrimp and this simple marinade and make some super yummy quesadillas the whole family will enjoy. By adding a little Southwestern Black Bean Salad, []

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Simply Scrumptious Tuna & Egg Salad Sandwiches!

All my life, I’ve added pickles and lettuce to my tuna salad sandwiches. Then, the last few times I’ve ate too many pickles, I’ve had my lips swell up like Angelina Jolie. So, I decided to try something different and save my lips any undo trauma. Plus, benedryl makes me tired and that was the []

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Spicy BBQ Chicken Pita Pizza

Pita pizzas are fantastic! I keep Pita, or shall I say, Arabic bread, on hand, all the time. I find that Arabic bread acts and tastes similar to pita, but is a whole lot cheaper. And when the kids want something to munch, it’s easy to toss some sauce on a pita or Arabic bread, []

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