Kid-Friendly: Non Alcoholic Margaritas

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This recipe is my son, Alec’s favorite. It will be featured on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama next month, but I thought I would share the recipe with you now. It’s really simple and tastes fabulous with or without tequila. I am in the process of making some new adjustments to my site so my posts might be few and far between for the next few weeks. It’s also my kid’s last week out of school so I want to spend all the time with them that I can. Please be patient with me during this transition and thanks for all of your support for my blog.

Salmon Sliders with Caper Mayonnaise

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I love sliders, as many of your know since I feature them a lot on my blog. I am taping a “Slider” cooking segment for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” tomorrow, and I thought a Salmon Slider would be fabulous paired with two other beef slider recipes. This recipe is really easy and delicious. It uses canned salmon but fresh salmon works great as well. Enjoy and stay tuned to the air date on NBC 13.

Taste the Good Things in Life

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I recently put together a cookbook which is a compilation of recipes for college students or busy people who want healthy, easy recipes. It’s been a hit so far. If you’re interested, just send me an email. It’s $15 plus shipping. I will have it in my “Shop” on my site in the next few weeks. Thanks for your support, Alison

Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans

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For my college student cooking class last week, I wanted to offer a wonderful salad that was simple as well as delicious. Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans is ideal anytime of the year and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Feel free to add chicken, salmon or shrimp for to create a main-dish salad. Also, a lot of people have been asking about my college cookbooks. Contact me at alison@ingredientsinc.net for more information.

Under 30 Minutes: California Sliders

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I absolutely love sliders which are mini bite-size hamburgers. They are perfect for appetizers, main dishes and especially the kids. I developed these California Sliders for Laura’s Lean Beef. They are a cinch to prepare and are so delicious topped with this homemade guacamole. 

College Cooking Class in Birmingham, Alabama

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When I was asked a few months ago if I would teach a college cooking class for the “Birmingham is Home” group which is part of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, I was flattered and very excited. I never knew that such a group existed but basically it’s college age kids or are home in Birmingham for the summer. We had a fabulous time preparing a healthy menu including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Panko-Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fingers, Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chips cookies for dessert. It was so much fun, but it really took some thought to figure out what college students can prepare without a mixer, food processor and very few cooking tools or equipment. All of the recipes are easy to prepare and can be made with throw-away aluminum pans. I even put together a “College Cooking Cookbook” which is available if anyone is interested in purchasing.

It was a blast, and the kids were so appreciative and eager to learn. Thanks to Caren Seligman of the Birmingham Jewish Federation for putting this together! I really appreciate it!

Easy Steak Dinner Idea: Expresso-Rubbed Steaks

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My brother-in-law, Eric, is always asking for hearty beef recipes. I recently developed some new recipes for Laura’s Lean Beef, and this one was really different but had such a great, unique taste. If you like coffee like I do, you will really love this recipe. 

Grilled Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Dijon Vinaigrette

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Summertime is the perfect time of year for Grilled Chicken Salads for dinner. This recipe idea comes from a restaurant in Birmingham I love, The Cantina. They make an awesome Cilantro Vinaigrette. My version is slightly different with a touch of coarse-grain mustard and sugar.  It is also fabulous with shrimp or fish.

Healthy Grilled Ribeye Steaks for Fourth of July: Steak Mediterranean

 

A friend of mine was asking me for some healthy grilled steak options for the Fourth of July, so I thought up this recipe for Steak Mediterranean. I developed this recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef since I love the lemon zest, parsley and capers. This recipe is hearty but also light, flavorful and perfect for summer. For more great healthy beef recipe ideas, see http://laurasleanbeef.com

Steak-Fresh Herb and Tomato Crostini Appetizer

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Since summer is here, I like to cook appetizer recipes that are easy to prepare, delicious and perfect to serve while I’m grilling outside. This recipe works great using leftover steak, or if you want to serve a hearty appetizer, you can create this one on the grill while you are grilling the rest of your meal. I love the combination of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh plum tomatoes. If you don’t like blue cheese, use fresh Parmesan or feta cheese. I developed this recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef, and it would be perfect for the Fourth of July.