Beef and Broccoli


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I happened to have stumbled across this recipe the other day and modified it slightly due to my corn allergy.  I still have not found a substitute for soy sauce so it was not totally corn free (sadly) so the allergy pills still had to be taken each time I ate it.  I decided to make just enough rice per each meal so that the rice was hot and fresh each time that we ate.  We had several meals from this dish and I took the left over gravy and froze it to use as a base for the next time that I make the dish.

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Ingredients:
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef or chicken consumme or broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil (I put in 2 tbsp)
3 garlic cloves, minced (I put in 3 heaping tbsp minced garlic in olive oil)
2 tablespoons cornstarch (I used potato starch in its place)
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired) I used frozen
Hot cooked rice

Directions:
1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine.
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Source: Xtreme Fat Loss Diet

This is a new favorite in our home that actually got my hubby to like broccoli even more.  Hope that You like it as well.

Have a great day,

Tammye Honey

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Grocery Store Blacklist And Good News


The Grocery Store Blacklist: 12 Food Companies to Avoid (and 95 Sneaky Aliases)

By Fritz Kreiss

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http://occupymonsanto360.org/2013/04/12/the-grocery-store-blacklist-12-food-companies-to-avoid-and-95-sneaky-aliasesby Daisy Luther
cheerios-poisonA genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but may still have frankenthorns© that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it for all you know.  That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.

It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.

Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles.  They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources.  You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.

Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.

Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.)  Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)

nomonsantoI wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day.  It all boils down to a these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you.  Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.

Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies.  More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but it’s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes.  You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called “Vitamin Water” over a soda pop, and it’s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.

Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.

Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:

Campbell’s – $250,000.00

  • Healthy Request
  • Wolfgang Puck Soups
  • Pace Foods
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • V-8

Cargill, Inc – $202,229.36

  • Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Shady Brooks Farms
  • Diamond Crystal Salt
  • Liza
  • Nature Fresh
  • Peter’s Chocolate
  • Wilbur Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Rumba Meats
  • Good Nature

Coca Cola –  $1,164,400.00

  • Vitamin Water
  • Smart Water
  • Dasani
  • Nestea
  • Minute Maid
  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla
  • Vitaminenergy

Con-Agra – $1,076,700.00

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hebrew National

Dean Foods –  $253,950.00

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

General Mills – $908,200.00

  • Nature Valley
  • Fiber One
  • Cheerios
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Muir Glen
  • Lärabar
  • Gold Medal Organic
  • Food Should Taste Good

Heinz – $500,000.00

 

Kellogg’s – $632,500.00

  • Kashi
  • Muslix
  • Nutrigrain
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Kraft – $551,148.25

  • Snapple
  • ReaLemon
  • Triscuit
  • SnackWell’s
  • South Beach
  • Boca
  • Back to Nature
  • Nabisco

Nestle –   $1,169,400.00

  • Pure Life
  • Pelligrino
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Gerber
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Sweet Leaf Tea

PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Sun Chips
  • Aquafina
  • SoBe
  • Harvest Crunch
  • Dole
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tropicana
  • Miranda
  • Tazo
  • Quaker
  • Naked Juice
  • Mother’s

Unilever – $467,000 (source)

  • Salada
  • Knorr
  • Ben & Jerry’s

A little bit of good news…

It isn’t all bad news.  There are a few companies you can still count on – keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day.  When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public.  One such cautionary tale took place with the company Dean’s, which acquired Horizon foods.  They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions.  As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia.  Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.

Right now, these are some labels to look for.

  • 7th Generation
  • Amy’s Kitchens
  • Apple and Eve
  • Applegate
  • Azumaya
  • Blue Diamond
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Bossa Nova
  • Cal Organics
  • Cedarlane
  • Cell-nique
  • Choice Organic Teas
  • Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
  • Coombs Family Farmers
  • Cosorzio All Natural
  • Country Choice
  • Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
  • Doctor Kracker
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Dr. McDougall’s
  • Dr. Praeger
  • Eat Raw
  • Echo Farms
  • EcoMeal
  • Eddie’s Pasta
  • Eden Foods (The only company NOT
  • using harmful plastic in the lining of their
  • cans as bonding agent!)
  • Edward and Sons
  • Endangered Species Chocolate
  • Ener-G
  • EnvironKiz
  • Fantastic Foods.
  • Giving Nature
  • Golden Temple
  • Go Naturally
  • Greenway Farms
  • Harvest Bay
  • Hawthorne Valley
  • Ian’s Natural Foods
  • Koyo Organics
  • Lakewood
  • Lesser Evil
  • Let’s Do…Organics
  • LifeStream
  • Living Harvest
  • Lundberg Family
  • Madhava
  • Murray’s Chicken
  • Nasoya
  • Native Forest
  • Natural by Nature
  • Nature Factor
  • Nature’s Path
  • Newman’s Own Organic
  • Organic Prarie
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Naturals
  • Pamela’s
  • Peace Cereal
  • Petalumi
  • Rapunzel
  • Real Foods
  • Republic of Teas
  • Road’s End Organics
  • San J
  • Sensible Foods
  • Seven Star Farms
  • Sunergia
  • Tasty Bite Indian
  • Terra Nostra
  • Texmati
  • Theo chocolates
  • Think Organic
  • Turtle Mountain Toferky
  • Vermont Mystic Pie
  • Vitasoy
  • Vita Spelt
  • Vivani Chocolate
  • Wizard’s Saucery
  • Woodstock Farms
  • XOXOXO chocolate
  • Yogi Tea
  • Zija
  • Zoe’s Granola

Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through apps such as Buycott.  If you  have an iPhone, it can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist with a quick scan (it will be coming to Android soon as well).

Of course, the best way to avoid GMOs and toxic additives is to avoid packaged foods altogether. Raise and preserve your own food, buy organic and local, cook from scratch, and avoid processed foods.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook andTwitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

 Saw this and had to share this information with other readers.

Tennessee Baked Beans


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Tennessee Baked Beans

1 diced green pepper

1 diced onion

3 tbsp minced garlic (I use on in olive oil)

2 lbs ground beef (I use a leaner for less fat)

Place in frying and brown hamburger while sauteing the vegetables.  Cover partially then add

16 oz can of pork and beans

1 24 oz bottle of ketchup

1 21 oz bottle of “Honey” Barbecue Sauce (It does make a difference)

Stir and simmer.

(The irony of this is that I originally came to Bristol TN for a wedding and got the recipe which I took back to New York State and made for a Benefit that I was supposed to cook for.  This made a great size batch as I doubled it and it was all gone in no time…people were eating it like a chili.  Now I live in Tennessee…)

Great Recipe Finds


Today’s Theme as I am checking my emails seems to be all about either Chicken or Bacon.

Starting with one of my favorites http://www.chow.com/ the specialty today was

8 Ways to Cook Chicken and Rice

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One-dish meals ofchicken and ricesimmered with aromatics, spices, and vegetables pop up all over the world, in many different cuisines. Here are eight versions Chowhounds love:

1. Lidia Bastianich’sriso alla pitocca (traditional chicken and rice) is a specialty of Italy’s Lombardy region made with short-grain Arborio rice. –chowser

2. Crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, and an assortment of toasted nuts give Nigella Lawson’s “lovely and very easy” saffron-scented chicken pilaf a Middle Eastern flavor. –helen_m

3. West African jollof rice is a “fantastic” jambalaya-like dish seasoned with aromatic spices. –Monch

4. The Malaysian staple Hainanese chicken rice is three dishes in one, served side by side: poached chicken with a dipping sauce; rice cooked in the poaching liquid; and poaching liquid served as soup (a squeeze of fresh lime juice really brightens it up!). –sarinaL

5. Daisy Martinez’s arroz con pollo is made with achiote oil and a sofrito of aromatic vegetables, peppers, and herbs, and finished with olives and pimientos. –sparky403

6. This simpler arroz con pollo from America’s Test Kitchen is also “fantastic.” –Davwud

7. Plenty of ancho chile powder spices Rick Bayless’s red chile chicken and rice with black beans. –juliejulez

8. With flavor from tomatoes, onions, and smoky chiles, this spicy chipotle chicken and rice is “really good.” –juliejulez

Discuss: Chicken and Rice recipes?

Photo of CHOW’s Chicken and Smoked Andouille Jambalaya by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

So the next spot that I visited was  http://www.recipe4living.com

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: 10 Chicken Favorites

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 2-Step Savory Chicken: This is so simple prepared on top of your stove; in just two easy steps, this recipe shows cooking made simply delicious!

Chicken ‘N Dumplings: The dumplings in this recipe are easily made with refrigerated biscuits.

Pineapple Chicken: This rice and chicken dish is sweet and yummy! It looks great and is very colorful and easy to make.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie: Love the comforting taste of chicken pot pie but don’t want the hassle? Try this recipe for pot pie in a snap!

Chicken and Cheese Casserole: One of our most popular recipes!

Sour Cream Chicken: Slow-cooked chicken is moist and deliciously flavorful.

Crockpot Chicken Stuffing Casserole: Everything you would want in a meal, including healthful broccoli prepared for you in the crockpot.

Chicken and Potatoes: This chicken and potatoes recipe is a one-pan meal everyone enjoys. Just bake, and serve with rice and you’ve got a meal! This is a special budget recipe with approximate prices listed.

Quick & Easy Baked Chicken Soup Casserole
: For a whole meal, you can put this mixture on sandwiches. It is complemented well by potato salad or salad, too.

Chicken Enchiladas Crockpot
: When you want Mexican for  dinner without all the work, this is a great short-cut with the same end results!

Where is the Bacon you ask lol…
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Bacon Wrapped Delights

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 pieces

12 spears white asparagus
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 ounces enoki mushrooms
24 slices bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the asparagus until it is barely cooked and still crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. When done, plunge the asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, trim the asparagus to 8-inch lengths. Wrap a bundle of 6 asparagus spears with six strips of bacon, side by side, securing each slice with a toothpick. The bacon should be wrapped around twice so that there are two layers.
  3. Trim the enoki mushrooms, and separate into 12 pieces. Stuff each enoki piece with four pieces of shiitake. Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon, wrapping around twice, and secure with a toothpick. Place the bundles on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in preheated oven for 6 minutes, then flip the bundles over, and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until the bacon is brown and crisp.
  5. To serve, remove all 24 toothpicks, and slice the asparagus bundles between the bacon. Drain on paper towels for a moment before serving.

So now you don’t have to ask the age long question of “Where’s the bacon”.

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Happy Cooking Everyone
Tammye Honey

I Can No Longer Be Silent About It


I rarely watch television.

Luckily for me, we do get the Food Network, HGTV and several other channels that are on high band stations.
The Voice  and Touch are two programs that brought me back to the network after I was not so happy with this years American Idol.

Here is what my beef is…pardon the pun…

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http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/full-episodes/21509699508/

Think of Jerry Springer when you watch the episode…they fight, they argue, they yell at customers, he finds rotten foods, he redoes the menu (No longer shows you how to make them) , they almost do not make it through opening night…then pull it off at the last dramatic second.  They go from hating him to loving him…end of program.

At least Bobby Flay has not gotten like that in his series http://www.foodnetwork.com/throwdown-with-bobby-flay/index.html

This one is one of my favorites cause it features all the famous chefs and where they like to eat:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-best-thing-i-ever-ate

Ok so now I will get off of my soap box and head back to my own kitchen to see what I can create…thank you for listening…

What is your concerns with TV Cooking…What are your likes?

Would love to hear from you….

Tammye Honey

Recipes in Time for St. Patrick’s Day


No Pinching Here: Five Green Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar 13, 2013
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Hello Everyone!

Looking for a green dish to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further.

We’ve got five recipes that won’t get you pinched, all created by Real Women like you in our wonderful online cooking community!

Click through our slideshow to get recipes for these delicious green dishes and test your Irish food knowledge on each slide—answers are at the end, tell us how many you got right!

Smashed Peas & Mint

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MEHMEH

posted Oct 15, 2010

I love peas mostly fresh but frozen too. I even grew my own for awhile… so good. One day while visiting my parents, my mom (not a huge veggie fan) said let’s do something different with the peas… mashed… maybe?….it has been a family favorite since then…

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ounces 2 – 10 oz bags frozen peas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons mint, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Thaw and drain the peas
  2. In a medium saucepan roughly mash the peas; Add the butter, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp ground pepper and cook over low heat
  3. Add the cream cheese and milk until well blended; Add the mint, stirring until bubbly

Green Beans and Sautéed Potatoes

 

Smoky bacon, hearty potatoes, fresh cut green beans—we’ll be honest, you’re going to want to make this for St. Paddy’s day and then some…

GET THE RECIPE

Fresh Cut Green Beans, Sauteed with Potatoes, Bacon and Onions

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Rebecka EvansRebecka Evans

posted Aug 1, 2012

This recipes is one of my favorite summer fresh creations. Filled with flavorful memories of hot summer days in the garden with mom, the crisp cut green beans snap alongside the creamy texture of the sauteed potatoes and onions. Bacon rounds out the dish with its savory smoke flavor. The simple flavors of summer express themselves in perfect harmony in this basic side dish!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fresh cut green beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook bacon in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat until crisp, remove bacon and all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  2. melt 1 tablespoon butter in pan
  3. add potatoes and onions and cook covered, stirring frequently until potatoes are tender but not soft
  4. add cut green beans, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. serve with red wine vinegar, garnish with chopped scallions

Lettuce Soup

 

Serve up a warm bowl of green soup. Fresh mint, broth, iceberg lettuce—your taste buds will thank you.

GET THE RECIPE

Minty Lettuce Soup

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MEHMEH

posted Sep 24, 2010

I love serving soup in a shot glass as an appetizer. You would never guess it’s lettuce. How many times have you had to throw out the lettuce because it turned brown in the crisper (or rotter as I call it)? Now you can put it to delicious use.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 heads iceburg lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 ounces PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put the lettuce, onion, mint and chicken broth in a large pot
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes
  3. Let cool slightly then place in a blender for one minute and strain the soup. (You will have to do this in 2 stages to not fill the blender too much) set aside;
  4. Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat, add the flour and stir one minute
  5. Add the soup and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  6. Remove from heat, add the cream cheese and salt & pepper to taste
  7. Tip: You can serve this soup in shot glasses; add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a fresh mint leaf to decorate
  8. Tip: You can use any lettuce you have on hand and for a vegetarian meal you can use vegetable broth

Green Guacamole

 

Rich and creamy guacamole? Make an extra batch because you won’t be able to put this down!

GET THE RECIPE

Awesome Guacamole

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Erika ChristianErika Christian

posted Aug 3, 2012

Rich and creamy guacamole, hard to stop eating!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces Philadelphia whipped cream cheese
  • 3 Ripe avacadoes
  • 1 packet of guacamole seasoning mix (your choice)
  • 1 pinch garlic salt (season to your taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel and remove seed from avacadoes then mash in a bowl.
  2. In the same bowl mix in the whipped cream cheese.
  3. Stir in seasoning packet and garlic salt.
  4. Place in fridge for 20 min to bring out flavor.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Green Brownies

 

They’re rich with chocolate and they’re green? What’s the special ingredient that makes these brownies pinch-free? Find out…

Green tea Cream cheese Brownies

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Yumiko EtoYumiko Eto

posted Sep 16, 2011

These brownies are rich and chocolaty, and absolutely fabulous! Green tea cream cheese mixtures make these brownies outstanding! A little bite is not enough. Every time I make these brownies, I put them as snack’s in my girls’ school lunches. After they come back from school, they tell me, ” Mommy, those brownies are very popular among my friends! Next time put more brownies in my lunch, PLEASE!!”

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 2 teaspoons green tea powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325*F. Grease an 8×8 inch square pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and water. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Mix together softened cream cheese, sugar, green tea powder well.
  4. Drop Green tea cream cheese mixture onto sections the chocolate mixture and use a toothpick to draw the Green Tea mix across the brownie to create a look like marble.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies rise. Do not overbake! Cool in pan and cut into squares.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

I do not always copy and paste an entire article…this time I did just so you are not jumping screens.  This is such a great website for ideas.

http://realwomenofphiladelphia.com

Enjoy cooking

Tammye Honey

What’s Your Cooking Manifesto?


What’s Your Cooking Manifesto?

Mar 12, 2013

Hi All,

In life, there are many manifesto’s we live by, so it’s only natural there are manifestos we cook by, right ladies?

Since this fabulous online cooking community of ours has grown so much, and continues to grow by the day, we think it’s time to share our cooking manifesto:

The Real Women of Philadelphia Manifesto!

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We hope you’re all inspired by this manifesto from this day forward!

And speaking of trying new dishes, how about trying zucchini in your sandwich? DEB is an expert at finding ways to use all the extra zucchini her garden gives her like in this ZUCCHINI SALAD SANDWICH! Yum.

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Now that we’ve shared our cooking manifesto we want to hear yours:

Tell us your cooking motto in our comments! Don’t forget to PIN the Real Women of Philadelphia manifesto on PINTEREST so fellow bakers, chefs and cooking enthusiasts like you can be inspired!

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What is your Manifesto?  I would love to hear.