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Cathy Kates
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Consider Making Mom Dinner With This Easy Mini-Lasagna Recipe

I love the taste of lasagna, but the fact that we’re currently training for the half marathon  has us watching what we eat to keep the weight down. When I found this recipe that is made in muffin tins with those little won ton wrappers instead of thick lasagna noodles I though I’d give it a try. They are fabulous and I made them for my sister and brother in law who immediately asked for the recipe and will be making it regularly. You want easy to make and easy to share? This is it!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Consider Making An Easy Brazilian Chicken Dish This Weekend

Our friends, Lisa and Lars, have foodie parties on occasion that have a theme.  The past theme was Spanish Tapas.  Another guest at the party made a delicious Brazilian Chicken recipe that I not only had to duplicate, but did it the next week.  It's so yummy, the house smelled divine and it's easy!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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My Secret Running Energy While Training For Grandma’s Half Marathon

My husband and I have been training to run Grandma's Half Marathon.  The weather hasn't cooperated and I'm not a treadmill kinda girl.  I haven't really been "in to it".  You have to be in the healthy mindset, so I"m grateful for the Northland Community Wellness Day and Essentia Health.  I'm sure it's all in my mind, but these Energy Bites have been a healthy God send.  They're easy to make, keep well and super yummy!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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How Is Bragg Liquid Aminos Good For You? [Recipe]

I've seen the bottles of Bragg's Liquid Aminos on the tables at Duluth Grill and we have a friend who is vegan and uses it, but until I tried a recipe that called for it, I didn't touch it.  Ken Hayes has been searching for it (don't ask) and much to his shock I told him I had a bottle.  It will now be his bottle, but not before I explain what it is and give you my yummy recipe.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Can You Help With Advice On Starter Seeds And Garden Planting [Bonus Recipe]

My husband decided late in the Spring to start a garden last year. I told him it would be all him since I kill air ferns (who knew they needed water too, I thought they just needed air!) However, I felt horrible guilty when the garden began to reap a harvest and I had nothing to do with it but make the salads and/or cook the vegetables. They were delicious, it saved on our grocery bill and I know it was loads healthier. This year he decided to start earlier and use the starter seeds pictured above, have you used these?

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Doctored Mashed Potatoes That Will Wow You

My mother always made real potatoes, that's what my father wanted, that's what he got.  I never tasted instant potatoes or potato buds until recently.  Wow!  They're fast, but I can't help feeling like I'm cheating the family out of real potatoes.  Then, I tried this recipe suggestion and I call it a "flavored" side dish now and it's super easy.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Cool Northland Temps Entice Me To Try An Amish Chicken Corn Soup Recipe

My favorite season is Summer, there's no denying it.  I like the warmer temps, wearing skorts when I run and the seemingly everlasting daylight.  But, I also like to make soups, hot dishes, bake and try new recipes.  For those activities, the cooler Fall weather is best.  This Taste of Home recipe that includes cream corn and butter caught my eye, I tried it and it was fantastic!

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My National Salad Month Tip: Go for the Flat Bags of Lettuce [Recipe]

May is National Salad Month and a great time for me to share a recipe and a tip if you purchase pre-cut, pre-washed lettuce in bags.  Some people are leery of the bags of lettuce because of the outbreak of Listeriosis.  Still, they are one of the most purchased pre-packaged food at the grocery store, which suggests we will push fear aside for convenience. Here's a tip that will help you pick the freshest package.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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4 Easy Steps to Make My New Favorite BBQ Shrimp Shish Kebab Recipe with Pictures

Our friends, Dave and Kathy had us over for a BBQ and we did shish kebabs.  The shrimp was my favorite so I asked for the recipe which she found online on the Food Network website...

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Back By Popular Demand, Great Grilling Recipe, Bongo Burgers

My cousin Steve deserves all the credit for this one. We were having dinner before going to see a basketball game. He knew I liked Kentucky and wanted to take me to see them play Wake Forest. He explained the recipe to me and I helped him put it together. When I was asked to be on KBJR and cook something on the grill, I thought of these.

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Cathy Kates
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Easy Ice Cream Pistachio Dessert Recipe with Step By Step Pictures, Except One

This recipe is very easy and loved by everyone I've served it too. NOTE:  it has small bits of pistachio in the pudding, not suitable for nut allergy individual.  The crust is a light layer of buttery Ritz crackers, the filling is ice cream with pistachio pudding and there's cool whip on top, what's not to love?

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Cathy Kates
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Super Easy Hard Baking Eggs Instead of Hard Boiling [VIDEO]

I recently started "baking" my bacon, instead of frying it.  It's not as messy, suppose to be healthier and gives me 15 minutes to get the rest of the meal prepared.  I have never tried baking my eggs in their shell, until now.  Here's my results.

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