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Delicious Summer Side Salads ~ My Top Five

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

One of my favorite things about summer is having access to beautiful, fresh, and colorful produce! I don’t crave veggies nor salads, as much, in the winter months. For obvious reasons. I also feel that dinner is so much more enjoyable in the summer. Scott and I try to grill and dine outdoors, as often as possible, throughout the summer months. Typically, Scott prepares our meat or fish entree, on the grill. So, I have ample time to prepare the most delicious, summer side salads. 

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Believe it or not, there was a time that I didn’t care much for Chicken Marsala. Perhaps it was due to a bad experience, that I can’t even remember. Sometimes, all it takes is a party invitation, with just one thing on the menu, to force you into trying something, again. And, wouldn’t you know. I actually love Chicken Marsala! I can now say, from experience, that it’s all in the way it’s made.

Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

I’m doing something new, on Instagram. I’m allowing my followers to make recommendations for my Food Demos. It’s a win-win. Because I’m showing them what they want to see, and they’re giving me ideas on What to Cook for Dinner. Last week, someone suggested a Bolognese Sauce with Pasta. I hadn’t made it in such a long time, and I’ve been missing Italy and the delicious authentic meals I had there, with Scott. So, I made this, last night, as authentic as I could remember. It came out DELICIOUS! 

Artificial Flowers for Outdoor Flower Pots

Food & Home, The House on High Street

There are a few reasons why I decided on artificial flowers for my outdoor flower pots at The House on High Street. I don’t exactly have a green thumb and watering plants is not on my priority list. Surprisingly, silk flowers can be a lot less expensive. And, not just in the long run! (They can last a few years as opposed to one season.) Last but not least, it took me only five minutes to put these pots together! 

Asian Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

Last night, I attempted to create a gluten free sweet potato gnocchi, but ended up with a sweet potato pancake. As I told Scott, good thing I had a back-up plan. These Asian Grilled Chicken Kabobs came out so delicious, they definitely made it to my future recipe book. I created a marinade for the chicken and left it in the fridge for a few hours. This is a super easy summer recipe that will make you the star of any barbecue! 

Chicken Piccata ~ Whole 30 & Paleo Friendly

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

I made this delicious chicken piccata, last night, for dinner. As soon as Scott walked in the house, he said “Whatever you’re making, it smells delicious!” That’s a good sign. Because, this is the first time I made this dish without butter, flour, and eggs. (Even though eggs are ok on the Whole 30 & Paleo Diet.) Thankfully, this recipe turned out as good (if not better) than Scott and I thought!

Baby Berry's First Birthday ~ Hosting a Party at Home

Food & Home, The House on High Street

As you know, we recently celebrated Baby Berry’s first birthday at The House on High Street. It was such a blessing to host her Bio Family and witness all the love she has in her life! There were about 20 adults and my three nephews (the only children) in attendance. Even though it was a lot of work, I loved doing it! Not to mention, hosting a party at home is not as stressful as some may think. It’s less expensive and you have more control over the theme and ambiance. 

Rachel Maria's Perfect Biscotti Cookies

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

I’ve been making my own Biscotti Cookies for 25 years. I spent the first ten of those years perfecting this recipe. 

I like making biscotti around the holidays. My guests love dipping them in coffee or espresso. But, I truly feel that what makes these biscotti cookies stand out from most biscotti cookies is that they are moist and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Just sheer perfection.

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