Dragonfly Home Recipes

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Author: Jenny (page 1 of 20)

Strawberry Mango Mini Galettes

Sweetly fruity, colorful and fun, these rustic strawberry mango mini galettes will brighten up your table and your taste buds.  Fresh strawberries and mango slices are stirred with honey, layered over a delicious almond paste and baked in a lightly sweet pastry.

When I want to bake with fruit and find myself at a loss, I turn to the galette.  Making a galette (or four mini galettes) is easier than making a pie, but gives a very similar result:  warm, juicy fruit against the backdrop of a flaky, tender pastry.  And in this case, a homemade almond paste adds flavor and texture.  The beauty of making galettes is that they are not supposed to look perfect, and in fact, the more imperfect they look, the more authentically rustic and pretty they look.  If you suffer from perfectionism (like I do), making galettes is a good way to let it go.  And the flavor of the fruit and almond paste with the pastry is lovely!

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Fresh Herb Ravioli Lasagna

This ravioli lasagna is a wonderfully quick meal to keep in mind for those busy evenings! Just layer frozen ravioli with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, sprinkle it all liberally with chopped fresh herbs, and bake it for thirty to forty minutes.  Out of the oven comes a warm, cheesy, saucy dinner that will nourish your soul and satisfy your hunger.  All in about 45 minutes, with only about ten of those minutes hands-on time.  Honestly, this is one of the easiest dinners I have ever made, and the beauty of it is that it tastes like it took a lot more work to prepare than it really did!

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Special K Energy Bites

Are you tired of snacking on foods with too many empty carbs?  These energy bites have lots of protein and other good vitamins and minerals to help carry you through your busy day.  I call them Special K energy bites because in addition to peanut butter, honey, oats, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, they contain Special K cereal.  Rich and peanut buttery with a slight crunch, these energy bites are a great combination of healthy and pleasingly delicious.

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Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made of mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale, milk or cream, and often leeks or green onions.  There are endless variations of this cozy, rustic, and comforting side dish, and it is a great accompaniment to ham, bacon or sausage.  In the recipe below, creamy mashed potatoes are mixed with shredded cooked cabbage, sliced green onions, salt and pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.  A square of butter goes in the center of the bowl to melt, infusing the potatoes with even more comfort and flavor.

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A Wind Storm and Power Outage

Last Wednesday a wind storm swept through Michigan and knocked over trees and power lines.  Over a million people across the state lost electricity.  Some had damage to their homes.  The storm caused so much destruction that many homes were without electricity for days.  My home was one of them.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl

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