Simple. Who doesn’t love simple. I’m not sure such a tasty meal can be much simpler than this. Here’s what it looks like, getting ready to toss in the oven. Place chicken pieces into the baking dish(es). Slice up the zucchini and drain the tomatoes. Drop around the chicken pieces. Drizzle olive oil over everything. […]


There is something so satisfying about creating a frugal recipe that the whole family loves. Especially when that recipes helps you make a dent in the zucchini harvest! This recipe makes use of several vegetables from the garden: zucchinis, tomatoes, corn, onions, and peppers. All of the garden veggies make it an especially frugal dish. […]

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Alea’s Hash Browns with Summer Squash

by Alea on July 24, 2012

It’s that time of year. The time of year when I struggle with my morals. Is it dishonest to hide squash in recipes? What if I adopt the “don’t ask, don’t tell” squash policy? Is it acceptable as long as I admit that I have once again hidden squash in a recipe if they ask? […]


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Sharing this easy, oven roasted zucchini recipe with you…even though it’s way past zucchini season!


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A meal will satisfy the heartiest of appetites and the pickiest eaters…


One downside to gardening is that supply sometimes exceeds demand, especially with yellow squash and zucchini. Find out how Alea “hides it” in plain sight!!!


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I wandered off into daydream land…It was as if I was standing under an olive tree in a grove overlooking the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. It was very Hollywood-esque…