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Potato Skewers

By admin / April 7, 2016

Simple and delicious. Perfect for the warm weather that is heading our way! Ingredients 12 small potatoes – steam cooked Lemon juice Garlic Paprika Chopped parsley Thyme Rosemary Oregano Cayenne pepper Olive oil Directions POTATOES: Add about 4 inches of water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Place potatoes in colander and […]

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Spicy Cucumbers and Peanuts

By admin / March 30, 2016

Ingredients 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar Pinch of sea salt Pinch of freshly ground pepper 1 cucumber, cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeño chili, thinly sliced Leaves from 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro 2 Tbs. roasted peanuts Directions Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper […]

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Grandma’s Potato Salad

By admin / March 24, 2016

I love this potato salad recipe. This brings me back to my childhood. I am posting my grandmother’s recipe so that I can share it with all of you and so that I never forget how to make it. Ingredients 1 Tablespoon brown mustard 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 rib chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped Vidalia […]

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

By admin / March 18, 2016

If you love bacon and blue cheese, you will love this dip. This is a great dip to serve at a party and is also  great spread on a panini. Try spreading this bacon and blue cheese dip onto your next ham or turkey panini. Ingredients 1/2 pound bacon 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature 1/4 […]

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Spicy Thai Chicken salad – Lahb Gai

By admin / February 25, 2016

Lahb Gai is a popular Thai salad dish that originates from the eastern part of Thailand. This particular dish can be eaten alone or with rice or salad greens, cilantro and green beans (offering crunchy texture). The spice level of this dish should be altered based on your personal taste. I like it spicy, but you […]

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French Bread

By admin / February 23, 2016

Homemade French Bread will make any meal better. Admittedly, making bread from scratch requires a bit of time and effort. When I do make homemade bread I think of it as an event. It makes me feel like I’m at my grandmother’s house. I always plan a meal that goes well with my homemade French […]

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Greek Yogurt Lemon Pound Cake

By admin / February 22, 2016

Greek Yogurt Lemon Pound Cake. Moist and delicious and definitely a keeper recipe. Great served with a cup of tea at the end of a light meal. Ingredients 1/3 cup canola oil 1 cup sugar 6 egg yolks (or whole eggs) 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1 lemon (zest and juice) […]

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Cinnamon Chip Scones

By admin / February 17, 2016

Ingredients 3 1/4 cups flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 3/4 cups cold butter 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup cinnamon chips Directions Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until […]

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Honey Lime Tilapia

By admin / February 16, 2016

Tilapia is light, flavorful and simply a delicious and inexpensive fish. Served with salad and a fresh vegetable, this Honey Lime Tilapia recipe is healthy and is actually family friendly. Ingredients 4 Tilapia fillets 2 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 1 large lime) Zest of 1 lime 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1/2 […]

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Classic Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

By admin / January 26, 2016

I finally found a recipe for Classic Thai Peanut Dressing that tastes like I get when out in my favorite Thai restaurant. I’ve been looking for this recipe for a long time and am happy to share it. This dressing is great with as a simple salad as simple made up of iceberg, red onion, […]

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Chicken in Red Curry Peanut Sauce

By admin / January 19, 2016

Here is another recipe for Thai lovers. The chicken can be replaced by shrimp, beef or pork. Other vegetables such as sugar snap peas, carrots, etc. may be added as desired. Ingredients 1 can Coconut milk 1/2 green pepper,sliced 1/2 red pepper, sliced 1 sweet onion, cut into bite sized pieces 2 tablespoons red curry […]

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Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl

By admin / January 10, 2016

This recipe for Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl is a copycat recipe for Panera Bread’s Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl. I love the simplicity of this recipe. It is easy to make and does not require a huge time commitment. The combination of these simple ingredients make a delicious meal or first course option. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds medium […]

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Brian’s Pad Thai

By admin / January 9, 2016

  Some of my best Asian recipes come from my son, Brian. This Pad Thai recipe is as good as anything I’ve ever had out at a restaurant. This one is a keeper! Ingredients 8 oz. dried rice stick noodles 1/3 cup tamarind concentrate 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons rice or […]

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Deb’s Dutch Cookies

By admin / December 17, 2015

I was given a tin of these delicious Dutch cookies by a dear friend. I had never had Dutch cookies before, but they will be a new yearly Christmas cookie in my house.  I am not a big sweet lover so these very simple, not over the top sweet, cookies hit the spot. I love […]

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Brian’s Asian Meatballs

By admin / December 17, 2015

This is another recipe my son, Brian, found which I had to share. He and I made this last night and it was delicious. I used turkey but you can use any ground meat depending upon the texture and taste you prefer. We served this as a meal and so I made Jasmine rice and […]

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Slow Cooker Lemon Risotto

By admin / December 9, 2015

Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 2 shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 cups uncooked short-grain Arborio rice 1 cup white wine 5 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons) or homemade chicken broth 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 cup freshly grated […]

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Coconut Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi with Tropical Salsa

By admin / December 1, 2015

This is the ultimate in indulgence. A great piece of mahi mahi encrusted in macadamia nuts and coconut. The refreshing pineapple salsa is the perfect topping for this fresh, healthy fish entree. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups chopped pineapple 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut 2 tbsp fresh […]

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Easy Coconut Cream Pie

By admin / November 11, 2015

Coconut Custard Pie made easy. I love how quick and easy this Coconut Custard Pie recipe is. Using a graham cracker crust eliminates all baking and instant pudding makes preparation truly easy. This is another pie that is easy to make ahead and have ready for your holiday meal. I will be making this pie […]

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Libby’s Pumpkin Pie

By admin / November 11, 2015

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am starting to think about my meal plan. As with any holiday meal, setting a plan and trying to do things ahead of time help keep me sane. Almost never am I responsible for dessert. I usually ask someone else to bring in the desserts. This year, however, […]

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Grandma’s Stuffed Cabbage

By admin / October 27, 2015

This was my grandmother’s recipe for Stuffed Cabbage.  I love this recipe because it uses few ingredients and tastes awesome. The Campbell’s condensed tomato soup makes this recipe a bit different from others you might find. My grandmother used ground beef for her Stuffed Cabbage. I prefer using ground turkey. Using turkey makes the texture […]

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Ham and Swiss Casserole

By admin / October 22, 2015

If you are looking or quick and easy meal to serve the family on a week night, this Ham and Swiss casserole will fit the bill. The prep work is super easy.  Pop it in the oven, take a breather, and serve this to the family. They will love it. Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) […]

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Ricotta Basil Spread

By admin / October 20, 2015

Ricotta and fresh basil most often are found in your favorite lasagna but this combination tastes great as a spread when a few other fresh ingredients are added. I made this Ricotta Basil Spread for the first time when I was looking for an appetizer to bring to a party. It is easy to make and […]

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Homemade Lemon Pudding

By admin / October 6, 2015

Lemon pudding is always a refreshing dessert. I find it a great way to end a heavy meal. Fresh lemons are the secret to making this creamy pudding perfect. Ingredients 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 2-1/2 cups milk 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest Pinch of salt […]

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Tomato and Sausage Risotto

By admin / September 29, 2015

Tomato and Sausage Risotto makes a delicious meal when you are in the mood for something Italian but want a change from pasta. Fresh ingredients are the key to making this creamy risotto worthy of a meal served when having guests. Directions 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 […]

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Chocolate Eclair Cake

By admin / September 23, 2015

I love chocolate eclairs! I came across this recipe for Chocolate Eclair Cake on Cookies Crumbs and Chickens and had to share. I love that the ingredients are all easy to source or are already in the house. This chocolate eclair cake could be served as a family dessert but is indulgent enough to be served to […]

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Perogi Lasagna

By admin / September 21, 2015

If you love perogis, you will love this recipe for Perogi Lasagna.  This is one of those comfort food recipes perfect for the family on a cool evening. Ingredients 12 lasagna noodles 1 stick butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups of onions, finely chopped (about 5 onions) 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese […]

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Hummus Recipes

By admin / September 17, 2015

I found this fantastic hummus infographic on imgur.com and had to share. I love the simplicity and variety of these hummus recipes.

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Buttermilk Hushpuppies

By admin / September 16, 2015

Ingredients 1 quart vegetable oil for frying, or as needed 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs, room temperature 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup white sugar (optional) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup minced onion 4 green onions, minced Directions Heat 1 quart vegetable oil in […]

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Chili and Lime Roasted Chickpeas

By admin / September 14, 2015

  I am always looking for healthy and delicious snacking options. Chickpeas are packed with flavor and are healthy. Take a look at all the seasonings in this recipe! It is packed with flavor and good calories. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon […]

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Pumpkin Scones

By admin / September 13, 2015

Pumpkin season is here. This is a great recipe for pumpkin scones. Tender and delicious and absolutely perfect with that cup of coffee or tea in the morning!! Ingredients 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda […]

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Ciambelle Italian Cookies

By admin / September 12, 2015

I found this recipe on Marisa’s Italian Kitchen  and I had to share it. I love lemon and desserts that are not super sweet. I can’t wait to try these cookies! Ingredients 3 cups all purpose flour 1 tbs baking powder 1 1/4 tsp salt 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tbs + 1 tsp grated lemon […]

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Waldorf Chicken Salad

By admin / September 11, 2015

I love a Waldorf salad. This version of Chicken Salad uses the ingredients in a Waldorf salad to give your chicken salad delightful taste and texture. This Waldorf Chicken Salad is great on a sandwich, in a wrap, or on a bed of lettuce. Ingredients 8 oz cooked chicken breast 1/2 cup Granny Smith apple, peeled […]

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Ginger Meatball Soup

By admin / September 10, 2015

  Light, fresh, and delicious, this ginger meatball soup is the perfect light lunch or start to your dinner. Add snow peas, carrots, and water chestnuts to make a heartier soup, or add rice instead of egg noodles. Ingredients 1 pound ground pork 2 scallions, finely chopped 1 piece of ginger (about 1 inch), peeled and finely […]

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Greek Yogurt and Avocado Dip

By admin / September 10, 2015

Greek Yogurt offers a delicious tang and makes this creamy dip a healthier choice. Ingredients 1 cup of Greek Yogurt 1 mashed ripe avocado 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro 1/2 of a fresh lime, juiced Directions Mix all ingredients and serve with chips of your choice

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Ricotta Doughnuts – Zeppole

By admin / September 2, 2015

Deep fried doughnuts and zeppole are unlike anything else. They are amazing just out of the oil with a sprinkle of sugar. The key to making these Ricotta Doughnuts is having enough oil to deep fry them. I own a deep fryer which makes it really easy. If you don’t own a deep fryer, you […]

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

By admin / August 31, 2015

Pound cake is very versatile.  This Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a very moist and is great served alone, topped with ice cream or fresh fruit or even toasted with butter. Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 (8 ounce) package of softened cream cheese ¾ cup softened butter 1 ½ cups sugar 2 teaspoon vanilla […]

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

By admin / August 25, 2015

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs make a delicious party appetizer.  Make sure when you make these for your next gathering that you make plenty. You will be shocked by how well they will be received. Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground turkey 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/3 cup minced onion 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/4 […]

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Blue Cheese Slaw

By admin / August 10, 2015

Blue Cheese makes everything better.  Blue cheese slaw is a creamy delicious cole slaw with the delightful biting tang of fine blue cheese.  My favorite blue is Maytag – it is creamy and sharp, but use whatever blue makes your taste buds happy. Ingredients 1 lb packaged cole slaw mix (shredded red and green cabbage […]

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Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

By admin / August 10, 2015

Fresh lemon makes this Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad a light and refreshing salad or vegetable.  Green beans are everywhere in the markets (or in the garden) and tomatoes are abundant.  Cherry tomatoes are pretty and snappy but they can easily be replaced with chunks of any full sized tomato. Ingredients 2 tablespoons shallot, finely chopped […]

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Still on the Easel

By admin / August 8, 2015

Here’s a look at my newest canvas.  This new 20×30 inch acrylic depicts an old world country cottage on a beautifully warm summer day. I love the lushness of this painting.  It makes me want to set up my easel and paint right there. To see more of my work click here.  

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Crab Stuffed Zucchini

By admin / August 6, 2015

Zucchini is plentiful at this time of year and I am always in search of creative new ways to enjoy it.  Crab Stuffed Zucchini is a pretty indulgent way to prepare garden fresh zucchini.  The tomatoes and cheese give this recipe an Italian-like taste, but the crab – ricotta stuffing make it comparable to a delicious […]

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Zucchini Lasagna

By admin / July 31, 2015

Ingredients 1 lb lean beef 3 cloves garlic 1/2 onion 1 tsp olive oil salt and pepper 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick 15 oz part-skim ricotta 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento) 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano 1 large egg Directions Preheat oven to […]

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Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

By admin / July 28, 2015

I’ve got a garden full of zucchini and will be posting creative recipes to use up this delicious crop.  Today it’s Zucchini Cranberry Muffins.  These muffins are great hot out of the oven, for breakfast/brunch, as a snack or served for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ingredients 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 […]

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Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Sauce

By admin / July 20, 2015

The Olive Garden makes delicious Fettuccine Alfredo. This is a great Olive Garden copycat recipe for their Fettuccine Alfredo. Ingredients 2 cups half and half (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream) 1 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese ½ cup fresh shredded Romano cheese 4 […]

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Salt Cod Potato Cakes

By admin / July 9, 2015

  There is nothing quite like salt cod and potatoes.  These salt cod potato cakes combine these two simple ingredients making a flavorful appetizer or entree. Serve hot with a big wedge of lemon and your favorite tartar sauce!   Ingredients 3/4 lb. salt cod filet, soaked 24 hours, drained 1 1/2 lbs. Russet potatoes […]

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Avocado Dip

By admin / July 2, 2015

This Avocado Dip made with Greek Yogurt is very versatile.  I’ve used this “dip” as a salad dressing, as a dip, and instead of mayo on a sandwich. Creamy and delicious, this avocado dip is similar to guacamole but has the health benefits of Greek yogurt. Ingredients ⅛ cup diced Vidalia onions 1 large avocado, diced […]

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Tortellini with Bacon and Peas

By admin / June 30, 2015

The secret ingredient in this indulgent, creamy tortellini with bacon and peas is cream cheese. The cream cheese gives this dish an Alfredo-like creaminess which is countered by the delicious crunch of bacon and the pop of sweet peas. Mushrooms can be omitted, but they offer yet another flavor and texture element.  I love recipes that, […]

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Gyro Melt

By admin / June 26, 2015

A Greek Gyros Melt is a great alternative to a traditional Gyro. Finding pita for a traditional Gryro could be difficult, but creating a Greek Gyro Melt is easy because this recipe uses rye bread and gives you a similar and delicious melty, Gyro experience.  The crumbled feta adds a whole new taste and texture […]

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Peach Cobbler

By admin / June 25, 2015

There is nothing like a dish of warm peach cobbler on a summer evening.  Fresh peaches a bit a Bisquick and some spices and you are in heaven. This recipe can be altered to include other fresh fruits – like apples or blueberries.  Serve warm or cool, with ice cream or whipped cream. Ingredients 6 […]

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Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

By admin / June 24, 2015

Ingredients 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 diced tomatoes, drained 8 green onions, chopped 1 (7 ounce) can diced green chilies 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 10 large […]

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Strawberry Jam

By admin / June 24, 2015

Three simple ingredients make this delicious strawberry jam. Fresh strawberries are in the stores now. Homemade strawberry jam is great on crackers, toast, ice cream – you name it. Ingredients 1 pound fresh, ripe strawberries 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 lemon, juiced Directions Rinse, hull and slice strawberries into thin slices. Add strawberry slices into a saucepan. Heat pan on […]

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Buttermilk Biscuits

By admin / June 23, 2015

Buttermilk biscuits are light, rich, tender and simply delicious.  This recipe is so simple but, believe it or not, I’ve screwed it up. Not overworking the dough is really important. If you overwork it, the biscuits will not be tender. Ingredients 2 cups flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. salt […]

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Homemade Steak Sauce

By admin / June 23, 2015

Summer and steak go hand in hand.  Steak sauce is something that is a must for a grilled steak.  Everyone has a favorite steak sauce.  I like to make my own because I can make it exactly how I like it.  This homemade steak sauce  is great with a juicy grilled steak.  Feel free to alter it […]

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Homemade Sriracha sauce

By admin / June 23, 2015

Sriracha sauce is pretty much always on the shelf in my house. It has become a favorite flavoring agent for all kinds of recipes as well as something we use in place of ketchup. I decided I’d check out how to make my own Homemade Sriracha sauce so, here is the recipe. Ingredients 24 ounces (weight) […]

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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

By admin / June 22, 2015

Not being a fan of bottled salad dressing, I make my own.  A good Thousand Island dressing will make any salad delicious.  Serve with a full salad or a simple wedge. One of the things I love about this Thousand Island dressing recipe is that all of the ingredients are always in the house so I […]

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Ice Box Chocolate Eclair

By admin / June 18, 2015

Chocolate Eclairs are delicious.  These Ice Box Chocolate Eclairs are super easy to make and require no baking.  The vanilla pudding mixed with the Cool Whip is so inviting you’ll want to eat it straight from the bowl…or at very least lick the bowl clean. Ingredients Filling: 2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding 3 […]

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Stuffed Zucchini

By admin / June 16, 2015

Zucchini is fresh at this time of year and really plentiful.  With that in mind, this recipe for Stuffed Zucchini makes for a light summer meal.  Meat can be used or eliminated from this recipe.  I often choose to use ground turkey because I like its texture, but beef works well too. To serve as […]

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Pina Colada Smoothie

By admin / June 12, 2015

You could probably tell that it is warm where I am and that it is Friday and I am looking forward to a tropical drink.  This simple recipe for a Pina Colada Smoothie will fit the bill. To make this into an alcoholic treat, simply add one shot of rum to your blender. The creme […]

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Strawberry Limeade Rum Punch

By admin / June 12, 2015

Ingredients 2 liter ginger ale 12 ounces frozen limeade 10 ounces frozen Bacardi strawberry Daiquiri (freezer section) 2½ cups rum lemon, lime and strawberries (Sliced. 1 lemon, 2 limes and one carton of fresh strawberries… you could also use frozen berries) Directions Thaw frozen concentrates and then mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl or other […]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

By admin / June 10, 2015

Goat cheese is creamy and flavorful.  These Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers remind me of jalapeno poppers with sweet red, yellow and orange peppers taking the place of the jalapeno. The peppers are key to this recipe.  Look in the produce section for a bag of colorful peppers.  These peppers are petite – about 4 inches long – and very […]

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Easy Fried Bananas

By admin / June 10, 2015

Hot, Sweet, Delicious – Fried Bananas! Often ordered for dessert in a Thai restaurant, this sweet delicious treat can easily be made at home. Ingredients 6-8 pieces ripe bananas, cut in half lengthwise 10-12 pieces spring roll wrappers 1 cup brown sugar Cooking oil for frying Directions Lay a spring roll wrapper down, dip the […]

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Fried Mozzarella Sticks

By admin / June 10, 2015

Fried Mozzarella is a family favorite.  We love to order it when we are out, but I rarely made it at home…until I found this recipe.  This is the easiest recipe ever for Fried Mozzarella Sticks. The egg roll wrappers make this recipe very easy to make because the wrappers protect the cheese and offer […]

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Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops

By admin / June 8, 2015

With summer weather upon us, it is time to be thinking about Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops.  I found this recipe on Lipton.com and had to share.  These Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops are just right for a healthy snack on that hot summer day.  These pops are sure to please everyone. Strawberries are in the markets […]

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Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets

By admin / June 6, 2015

These Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets are designed for those who like it fiery. You can adjust the spiciness by adding less sriracha sauce and ground cayenne. I love this recipe because it can be set up ahead and then quickly broil and serve.  I like to serve my Spicy Asian Chicken Cutlets with jasmine rice, but […]

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Portuguese Milk Cajadas

By admin / June 5, 2015

Portuguese Milk Cajadas, Portuguese custard muffins or however you might refer to these delicious little treats, here is a recipe you will want to put in your recipe file.  Just a few basic ingredients make these delightfully indulgent muffins.  Try one of these with your morning coffee! Ingredients 3 large eggs 2 cups of sugar 2 […]

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Sparkling Mango Cocktail

By admin / June 2, 2015

Try this fresh, crisp sparking mango cocktail at your next summer gathering. June is the perfect time to buy mangoes so be sure to buy fresh mangoes that have a pleasant, sweet aroma.   Ingredients 4 ripe mangoes 3 tablespoons lime juice 3 tablespoons sugar 1 bottle ginger ale, chilled Lime wedges for garnish Directions Cut mango […]

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Deli Potato Salad

By admin / June 2, 2015

I grew up eating Classic Deli Potato Salad.  There are tons of recipes for potato salad, but this recipe for Deli Potato Salad is a very basic potato salad.  There are no predominant flavors, just a simple mayonnaise based potato salad. Obviously, this is a recipe that can be altered to taste.  Sometimes I add a […]

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Spicy Kale Chips

By admin / June 2, 2015

  Spicy Kale Chips make snacking fun, delicious, and guilt free.  Everyone loves crunchy chips, whether it is potato chips or tortilla chips, but chips are addicting and not all that healthy. Spicy Kale Chips are also addicting, but they are healthy. So, indulge! Ingredients 2 bunches of kale 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon […]

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Rosemary Roasted Cashews

By admin / June 1, 2015

I tried Rosemary Roasted Cashews for the first time this last weekend.  What a delicious, addicting savory snack.  Served warm, these cashews are melt-in-your-mouth tender and the heat amplifies the fresh rosemary flavor infusing it into the cashews. This could be an expensive up-front snack, even though cashews are rich, because of how addicting they are. You definitely […]

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Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

By admin / June 1, 2015

Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette made with white balsamic (my favorite new vinegar) is fresh and delicious poured over tender greens.  I like to serve this Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette over arugula, sliced strawberries and thinly sliced Vidalia onions. Ingredients 2 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds 1 Tablespoon raw […]

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Tomato, Feta, Cucumber Salad

By admin / May 30, 2015

Tomato, Feta, Cucumber Salad will get you in the mood for everything related to summer.  This recipe is all about “fresh.” Cucumbers are popping up so they will be farm fresh.  The thing that really makes this recipe pop is the fresh mint and lemon zest! Ingredients 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup fresh […]

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American Chop Suey

By admin / May 29, 2015

American Chop Suey was a dinner served in a lot of households when I was a kid.  It had different names depending upon whose house it was being made in, but the recipe was pretty much the same.  Some called it Crazy mixed up noodles. Some variations included green peppers and garlic.  Some added cheese […]

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Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots and Peppers

By admin / May 29, 2015

Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots and Peppers make for a simple, healthy side vegetable option.  I love the colors in this dish! Each of these ingredients offer a delicious “snap.” I like to serve this when I have guests because it is such a pretty side dish and vegetable. To make this into an entree, […]

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Ham, Cheddar and Apple Butter Croissants

By admin / May 29, 2015

Ham, Cheddar and Apple Butter Croissants.  The combination of flaky croissant, sweet apple butter and spicy/salty Dijon mustard, Black Forest ham and sharp cheddar is unbelievably good.  These ingredients put together offer such a great combination tastes and textures. I often suggest switching out ingredients and substituting with your favorite cheese or meat or even […]

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Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars

By admin / May 28, 2015

Everyone knows and loves Rice Krispie Bars. . . but we all love Cheerios too.  Here is a great recipe for two of my favorite foods – peanut butter and Cheerios.  These Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars are easy to make and are a great on-the-go snack.  They are great for kids but, I promise, everyone will […]

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Beef Stew

By admin / May 27, 2015

Started by cutting the beef in cubes.  Then make the corn starch seasoned with salt, pepper, sage, oregano, and basil. Then coat the beef cubes in the corn starch.  This is a bit messy, but not too bad to clean up. Next, add the beef to your pot with which has been heated with a few […]

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Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese

By admin / May 26, 2015

Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker I love making grilled sandwiches and paninis! The possibilities are endless! This grilled cheese sandwich is easy to make.  Having all of the ingredients of the sandwich at room temperature is going to help ensure that the cheese melts easily – so pull the cheese and butter out of the fridge at […]

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Cold Italian Bow Tie Salad

By admin / May 26, 2015

Pasta salad is one of those things that lends itself to variety.  I like this Italian pasta salad with mozzarella cheese but sometimes I switch it out for a sharp provolone and add some garlic for a high impact flavor. Ingredients 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each drained) 2 cups bow tie pasta ½ teaspoon […]

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Honey Ginger Chicken Recipe

By admin / May 26, 2015

Honey Ginger and Chicken make a delicious combination. I love chicken thighs and this recipe for Honey Ginger Chicken is a great way to take chicken thighs to a new level. You can use this recipe with Chicken breasts if you have a preference for white meat, but do adjust the cooking time. Ingredients 3 […]

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Tortellini with Chunky Beef Sauce

By admin / May 26, 2015

This recipe for Tortellini with Chunky Beef Sauce will take you back to your childhood.  It tastes like Grandma’s tender beef stew served over tender tortellini.  What a  unique change of pace from the ordinary red sauce or Alfredo sauce typically served over tortellini. This is one of those recipes that would be great for serving to […]

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No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert

By admin / May 21, 2015

I would be the first to say that I am not the best dessert maker.  I love recipes like this one for No-Bake Chocolate Eclairs.  It is super simple, kind of fool-proof, and delicious! Ingredients Filling 2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding 3 c. milk 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip Graham crackers Topping 1/3 […]

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Sweet & Spicy Dry Rub for Ribs

By admin / May 21, 2015

The key to making delicious ribs is in the method. I like to begin with a dry rub which coats and permeates the meat with a sweet, spicy, smoky flavor so that as they cook long and slow in a low-heat oven the flavors from the rub are infused into the ribs. After 2 1/2 hours […]

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Tomato Bacon Jam

By admin / May 18, 2015

Tomato Bacon Jam doesn’t sound like jam at all, does it?  This tomato bacon jam is delicious spread on your favorite sandwich and is amazing on a grilled cheese sandwich. Try serving it on toasted Italian bread or using it in place of steak sauce.  Once you try it you will be thinking up any excuse to use […]

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Smoky Gazpacho

By admin / May 18, 2015

As the weather turns warmer and local farm markets start to sell their produce, I begin to think of lighter, healthier foods.  Smoky Gazpacho is a fresh and delicious soup which can be served chilled or room temperature.  The smoky flavor makes this gazpacho super flavorful. Ingredients 2 pounds ripe Roma tomatoes 1 orange bell […]

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Pina Colada Pops

By admin / May 18, 2015

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer.  These Pina Colada pops are a perfect light and refreshing snack or dessert for the holiday weekend festivities.  Add some raspberries of cut up strawberries if you are looking to offer different varieties. Ingredients 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple packed in juice, drained 2/3 cup lite coconut milk 1/2 […]

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Portuguese Cod Fish with French Fries and Scrambled Eggs

By admin / May 15, 2015

Ingredients 1.5 lbs fresh cod 10 medium potatoes 2 medium yellow onions 5 cloves garlic 6 eggs salt and pepper, to taste extra virgin olive oil, to taste corn oil, to deep fry the potatoes and sweat onions and garlic fresh parsley, to garnish black olives, to garnish Green Salad 1 iceberg lettuce head 1 […]

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Mini Apple Pies

By admin / May 15, 2015

Making these mini apple pies is a great way to serve guests without the mess of pie cutting.  These individual mini pies just pop out of the cupcake tin they are baked in and can easily be plated for each guest. Every one of them comes out perfect! Ingredients one recipe of Perfect Pie Crust […]

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Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

By admin / May 14, 2015

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes are usually a treat come autumn, but this recipe for Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Holes made in a mini muffin tin will have you making these doughnuts year round. adapted from The Kitchn Makes 24-48 mini muffins or “donut holes” ** Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 […]

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Risotto-Style Pasta Peas & Mushrooms

By admin / May 14, 2015

Risotto-Style Pasta, Peas & Mushrooms is a nice alternative to a traditional risotto.  Using basic elbow macaroni, this risotto style pasta dish delivers the benefits of a creamy risotto – with a twist. Ingredients 3/4 oz. dried porcini or dried shiitake mushrooms 2-1/2 to 3 cups homemade or low-salt chicken broth 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil […]

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Crock Pot Mac & Cheese

By admin / May 13, 2015

This easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect to serve as a side for a summer BBQ or picnic.  One of the nice things about this recipe is that the crock pot can easily be brought to the table to serve from.  An added benefit is that the crock pot will keep the […]

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