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Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

We clean our house on Thursday nights. It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Who cleans their house on Thursdays! Mike and I. We came to an agreement once the kids left the house and we were no longer committed to kid stuff, that we wanted our weekend...

Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes

Do you have plans for Easter Sunday?  Czech Crepes filled with Berries and Cream Here at the Rimkus house, we’ve decided to serve brunch this Easter. In fact, I thought a crepe bar would be a whole lot of fun, so crepes it is! Salmon Crepes Cr...

Herbed Barley and Broccoli Pilaf

As I chopped broccoli florets for this barley pilaf, it occurred to me that I was missing out. I was wasting perfectly good food. The broccoli stalks I was about to dump into the compost bin would be a healthy addition to my pilaf. True, I’d h...

Mother Rimmy’s Healthy Recipe Picks of the Week

Every week I’m inspired by the healthy cooks I encounter in the food blogging world, so I decided to share my picks of the week with you. These healthy recipes have landed on my must-make list. I recognize that my version of “healthy̶...

Savory Italian Tortellini and Pancetta Soup

Even my lovely Nikon camera can’t help me when life gets in the way of food blogging and I don’t have time to take eye-catching pictures. When my husband had rotator cuff surgery a few weeks ago, it never occurred to me that the one-armed...

Sweet Blood Orange and Avocado Salad

I’m so glad spring is on the way . . . or is it? This was my backyard on Friday night. Isn’t the sun shining through the trees amazing? This was my front yard Saturday night after it started snowing here in Seattle in March. Mind you, onl...

Chai Tea Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples

During my high school years I worked at the local pharmacy. The pharmacist was a fatherly man in his mid-sixties who loved to share advice on a variety of subjects, including what a person should eat for breakfast. He believed everyone would benefit...

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole with Mushrooms and Baby Kale

My favorite past time is lounging on my couch with a favorite cookbook. I could spend hours thumbing through How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, and I find endless inspiration in any of the Weight Watcher’s Cookbooks. But these days I find...

Beefy French Dip Sandwich with Spicy Horseradish and Mushroom Sauce

When it comes to cooking inexpensive cuts of beef, I need help.  I thought my slow cooker would save the day, but I’m afraid my low and slow technique leaves the meat dry and chewy. I find this amazing because I surround my pot roasts with a v...

Herby Chicken Breast and Summer Squash Sauté

I’ve spent most of my life watching my weight.  Some weeks I watch it go up – some weeks I watch it go down. I work hard too keep that weight gain under five pounds, but the older I get, the  tougher it is to stay in that happy place.

Why Reinvent the Wheel? – Pork Chops and Broccoli with Garlic Oyster Sauce

When a craving for Asian food strikes, Mike and I head to Chan’s in Woodinville, Washington.  We love to sit in the bar, watch whatever sports game is on the television, and order a tableful of our favorite dishes. It’s a good thing this...

Stay Satisfied with a Fiber Packed Soup – Spicy Mexican Cream of Broccoli Soup

What’s one of the first lessons weight watchers learn? If you don’t want to be hungry an hour after you eat, you’d better pack some fiber into your meal in the form of vegetables, fruits, beans, or whole grains. If  you’re a...

Looking for a Nutrition Boost? Try These Salmon Filets and Winter Salad with California Walnuts

There aren’t many healthy cooks who would turn down this cute burlap bag filled with fresh walnuts from California Walnuts. Certainly not this cook! While I was pleased with my bag of treats, little did I know that perusing their website would...

Ready to Try Something New? Nutty Farro Salad with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts

It’s easy to get into a food rut, isn’t it? Conjuring up family pleasing meals day after day is a challenge if you’re the cook in the family. The chicken recipe they loved last week, is old hat this week. And that salad they couldn...

Gluten Free? Not Gluten Free? These Pumpkin Bars Work for Everyone!

These days even folks who don’t have health issues are opting to eat gluten free, and with company coming for breakfast, I wanted to make sure I was pleasing everyone. Flipping through the pages of The Everything Eating Clean Cookbook, I found...

Turn Your Leftovers into an Asian Chicken Soup

When it comes to stocking my pantry, I have a list of items I’m never without.  You’ll find more than a few cartons of chicken and vegetable broths lurking on my shelves for any soup or sauce that might strike my fancy. On those nights I...

Is Super Bowl Sunday About Football or Amazing Appetizers?

In our house, Super Bowl Sunday is all about football. The food comes in a close second place. When my son was a toddler, who knew his life’s passion would be football? We certainly didn’t, but here we are 30 years later still going to Fr...

I’m in the Mood for a Comforting Casserole with Chicken and Green Beans

Okay! Enough already! I can’t take any more of this gloomy weather. You’ve already heard my rant about it being dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. Now I’m going to rant about the cold, damp weather. You would thin...

Is it a Salad or a Wrap? Greek Shrimp and Kale Wraps

The next time you make a salad, why not try wrapping it up? Mediterranean flavors lend themselves perfectly to salads and wraps. This easy Greek salad was perfect by itself, but when we added a tortilla and folded it around our herby kale and shrimp,...

Where’s the Beef? Mexican Chicken and White Bean Stew

When Mike turned 57 a few weekends ago, we headed over to my son’s house to watch a football game and celebrate. Since nothing makes the football fans in my house happier than a big pot of chili, I set about hunting down a new twist on this fo...


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