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Lemony, Herby, Healthy Egg Salad with No Mayo, No Guilt, and Zero Weight Watchers Points

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A friend of mine travelled to the Willamette Valley recently and was going on and on about this egg salad from Red Hills Market. I kept thinking to myself, surely it can’t be that good? Egg salad is egg salad, right? But then she showed me the picture.

And it took my breathe away.

Heavenly, cloud-like whites with specks of bright yellow yolk, heavily spattered with fresh herbs, sea salt, cracked pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. My friend said it wasn’t saucy, heavy, gooey, or gluey. It was simply perfect. continue reading

The Best Hatch Chile Recipes To Cook This Season

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It’s about this time of year that I start getting mad cravings for that spicy, smoky, and sweet taste of Hatch Chiles. If you have missed the loud ad campaigns from your local grocery store or the Hatch Chile pics flooding Instagram, it’s Hatch Chile Season. Yes, it gets its own season.

Why are these such a big deal, you ask?

Well, for one, they are amazing and unlike any other chile. Stores roll out the red carpet welcome for these suckers every time this year in late summer. While they are more accessible in the Southwest, chefs all over are flying them in fresh just like oysters plucked from the sea. continue reading

Healthy Chicken Parmesan (only 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points!)

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When it comes to dining out, I’m a very loyal customer. Or possibly a creature of habit.

When my husband and I move to a new area, we spend a few weeks surveying local eateries, then settle on two or three that become “our restaurant.”  It’s not that we never dine out at other locations, but these are the spots we frequent on a regular basis.  The staff knows us by name, and vice versa, and we can almost always get a table, even in the high season.

One of our favorites is a delightful little Italian bistro. The food is good, the service friendly, and the prices are fair.  When we walk in the door, we’re welcomed so warmly that we feel like family. Or at least members of the club. continue reading

Tomato Sauce Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes (No Peeling Required!)

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In case you hadn’t guessed by now, it’s Tomato Week here at Casa de Bostwick. The gazpacho earlier this week was the kickoff.

I imagine it’s the same at a lot of casas around the country. When the tomatoes are ripe, everything else comes to a standstill.

Well, okay. Not quite everything. continue reading

Last Minute Garden Gazpacho – Just 1 Weight Watcher Freestyle Point!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a big proponent of planning ahead and managing priorities.  That’s why I’ve become such a huge fan of the Living Well Planner.

(By the way, if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing one, do it now! The pre-order period for the new version is nearly over. That means this is your last chance to order yours for $10 off the regular price AND get another $10 worth of free gifts with your order.  So, really, order yours now. You’ll be glad you did. )

But here’s the thing. The best planner on the planet won’t do you any good if you don’t actually write in it.

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Weight Watchers Breakfast Ideas: Crepes with Ricotta & Orange Sauce (only 3 WW Freestyle Points!)

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Look at me here, putting on my best Julia Child smile and acting like a chef who never makes messes or mistakes. Am I convincing you? Well, guess what? Everyone makes mistakes. In the history of food, there’s never been a self-respecting chef who didn’t make a big mess. It’s just part of the creative process.

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Healthy Frittata Recipe with Corn, Gruyere, & Canadian Bacon (only 4 WW points per serving!)

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These past few days, I’ve been enjoying time with two granddaughters, my eldest son, and his wife. I’ve mostly stuck to tried and true recipes, like my easy, make-ahead salmon skewers and my pesto chicken thighs, but today I wanted to blow their socks off with brunch.

But there was a catch.

How do I make something delicious that everyone will love without blowing all of my Weight Watchers Freestyle points for the day? It also needed to be easy, quick, and not too many crazy ingredients that I couldn’t find at my local supermarket. Also, when you are cooking for various palates, like your grandkids, it’s safest to stick with the basics.

But basic is boring! So I decided to take a risk.

Spoiler alert: the risk paid off. continue reading

Cool Down with Low Calorie Cocktails (4 points or less on Weight Watchers!)

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I don’t know about you, but in Central Oregon, we’ve had quite a heat wave. My car said the temperature was 104 yesterday. My car can be a bit dramatic (we have that in common), but still, this part of the country just isn’t set up for three figure temperatures. Most houses around here don’t even have air conditioning.

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More Simple Joys: a Raspberry Jam Recipe with Pectin and a No-Pectin Recipe with Less than Half the Sugar

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raspberry jam recipe with pectin
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There’s something about celebrating old traditions and fond memories of the past that puts a smile on my face. With more than 50 years behind most of us, we certainly have a lot to reminisce about and share with our kids and grandkids.

Since I’m writing about simple joys this week, starting with my long-held love of homemade ice-cream, another summer tradition emerged from the past. It might have started as a craving.

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Little Joys: Homemade Ice Cream, Homemade Sorbet, Homemade Frozen Yogurt

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I’m only about a week away from my favorite time of year.

That’s right! Some of my kids and granddarlings are coming to visit!  They’ll be with us for about ten days and I simply cannot wait. I’ve been looking forward to this for months.

Their impending arrival has had me thinking about ways to keep the little ones entertained while they’re here.  I’ve got all kinds of activities and outings planned.  However, as I was thinking about some of the summer activities I most enjoyed as a child, I realized that it was the simple pleasures that stuck with me. continue reading