What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #137

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Number 137? That’s more than 2 1/2 years of parties! I want to thank every one of you that comes each week and shares your amazing recipes. It’s because of  you that we can answer the question…

 But this is the place to answer that question! The home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

Please remember to visit at least two posts for every one you share – it just takes a minute!

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

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National Chili Day

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It’s National Chili Day!

And today is a perfect day here in the upper Willamette Valley to celebrate this spicy dish. It’s cold and snowy and this warming dish fits the weather.

But where did chili come from? Chili history has some colorful ideas, like the one of the Spanish nun in the 1600s that left her body to cross the Atlantic and preach Christianity to the North American Natives. She claims to have brought the first recipe back with her on one of these trips. But a more likely history goes back to 1828 when writer J.C. Klopp wrote about his visit to San Antonio. He noted that the people were poor and had to stretch their meats. They did so by chopping it “into hash” and mixing it with “as many peppers as there were pieces of meat”.

The 1880s brought the first stand that sold “bowls o’red”. The roaring twenties and the great depression brought more popularity to the dish. President Johnson loved the dish, but insisted only the true Texan concoction could be called chili.

And now, in the 21st century, we have so many different kinds of this hot meat stew that no matter what your taste preferences are, there is a chili to celebrate!

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Wonton Soup

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In honor of the Chinese New Year, here is a deliciously satisfying soup for a cold winter evening. It sounds more complicated than it is – and it’s so tasty!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #136

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Last week we celebrated Mardi Gras, Valentine’s day AND the beginning of the Chinese New Year – and the latter goes for another couple of weeks! That means lots of Chinese inspired dishes and, the answer to that question…

 But this is the place to answer that question! The home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

Please remember to visit at least two posts for every one you share – it just takes a minute!

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

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Light Pasta Alfredo with Spinach and Chicken

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I love alfredo and I love a simple meal when I get home from a long day at work. This one fits both bills – and it’s not too fattening! I’m on weight watchers so I watch those points. One serving of this dish is only 9 points – 8 if you use fat free milk.  That’s not that bad for a whole meal!

So whip up a batch and enjoy!

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Mardi Gras Macarons

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Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday. It is the day of preparation for the fasting for Ash Wednesday (which is Valentine’s day this year). The foods eaten are rich and full of fat and eggs and dairy – many of the things that are often not allowed during lent.

I thought macrons just might fit the bill for a Fat Tuesday treat! A macaron is a confection made with meringue. The cookies are sandwiched with jam or buttercream frosting. They are rich and sweet and delicious!

And these macarons sport the colors of Mardi Gras. Green represents faith, gold (or yellow) represents power and purple represents justice.

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #135

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January is over! Wow, that went fast! And Valentine’s day and Mardi Gras are THIS WEEK! So get to planning the parties, but don’t forget the family’s question…

 But this is the place to answer that question! The home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

Please remember to visit at least two posts for every one you share – it just takes a minute!

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

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Changes You Need To Make To Your Food Shopping

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Are you shopping for healthy eating?

Once a week, we wander the supermarket filling our shopping carts with what we think will be good for a healthy and balanced diet, with the odd treat or two piled in. But are you actually doing your shopping right? Are you feeding your family the foods they actually need? Well, the chances are high that you’re doing it wrong. Yep. People either don’t want to eat healthy, or have a misconception of what actually eating healthy is. We’re here to clear a few things up and transform your weekly food shopping for the better. Read on to find out more.

 

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Fun Ways To Get Kids Interested In Food

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Do you have a picky little eater in the family? Is it virtually impossible to get your kids to eat their greens or try new things? If you’re struggling to encourage your kids to take an interest in what they eat, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some fun ways to get your kids to take more enjoyment from food.

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Super Easy Deep Dish Pizza

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Homemade pizza on a week night? Yes!!

This was sort of by accident. I used some refrigerator pizza dough and it got too warm. It was sticky and wouldn’t spread, so I put it in a casserole dish and made the pizza. It was amazing! We did it again on purpose with different toppings and the result was just as good – so here you go. An almost from scratch pizza you can make on a weeknight!

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