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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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Apricot Jam Bars

By admin / May 13, 2015

Ingredients 1 cup butter 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar pinch of salt 1 jar apricot preserves (1 lb, 4 oz) TOPPING: 3/4 cup flour 1/3 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup brown sugar Directions Mix first 4 ingredients by hand (butter, flour, sugar, salt) Press into 10×15 baking sheet. Bake […]

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Easy Coconut Pie

By admin / May 12, 2015

  I love dessert recipes that are “dump” recipes – meaning, put all ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Quick and easy…and fool-proof! This Easy Coconut Pie requires very little work but delivers a big payoff. Ingredients 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 […]

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Easy Caramel Sticky Buns

By admin / May 12, 2015

This recipe comes straight from the Pillsbury website.  Sometimes it is best to stay with the tried and true.  Pillsbury makes great biscuits and this recipe is sinful.  I often recommend adding different ingredients, but with this recipe for Caramel Sticky Buns is perfect as is.  Enjoy! Ingredients Topping 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1/4 […]

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How to smoke ribs using a gas grill

By admin / May 11, 2015

I love smoked ribs and usually make them in a Weber grill.  I am planning a graduation party and will not have a Weber grill but I really want to make BBQ / smoked ribs.  With that in mind, here are directions for smoking ribs using a gas grill. Grilling on indirect heat. Ribs are […]

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Meatloaf Cupcakes

By admin / May 11, 2015

Meatloaf cupcakes make for a fun family dinner.  These meatloaf cupcakes can be topped and served with mashed potatoes or served alongside mac and cheese cupcakes.  Any way you serve these meatloaf cupcakes will be a hit. Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 cup crushed saltine crackers or breadcrumbs 1/2 cup minced onion 1/2 cup […]

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Mac and Cheese Cups

By admin / May 11, 2015

  Mac & Cheese is a kid friendly, family friendly a comfort food.  I love this cupcake sized portion of mac and cheese.  It is perfect for portion control and makes for a visually appealing dish. Ingredients 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus […]

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Chickpea Salad

By admin / May 7, 2015

Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have spread their culinary influence to areas all over the world. They are featured prominently in Italian, Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. They are packed with vitamins and are a great source of protein. Besides being an excellent […]

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Mexican Layered Salad

By admin / May 7, 2015

εε A layered salad is an easy way to turn a salad into a main course.  This Mexican layered salad includes all the flavors of a great Mexican dish – in one bowl.  If you are looking to serve this salad as an entree and would like to include meat, simply add cubed chicken breasts […]

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Salmon Burgers

By admin / May 6, 2015

Ingredients 1 pound salmon, diced 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1/4 cup scallions,chopped 1 teaspoon lemon juice Salt and pepper Olive oil Hambuger buns Lettuce Red onion, thinly sliced Mayo 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup mayonnaise salt and pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice Directions To make the burgers: place the salmon, […]

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One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

By admin / May 6, 2015

A One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole makes for a delicious meal with very little cleanup.  Ever notice that the work involved in making dinner sometimes is more laborious in the cleanup phase?  I love a great meal and don’t mind the work involved in creating it, but I don’t enjoy the cleanup! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive […]

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Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette

By admin / May 5, 2015

Ingredients 1 shallot, roughly chopped 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed (about 4 ounces) 1 clove garlic 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt Directions Combine all the ingredients for the cilantro vinaigrette in a high powered blender and blend for 60 […]

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Baked Corn Tortilla Chips

By admin / May 5, 2015

I came up with this recipe for Baked Corn Tortilla Chips in an effort to use up a bag of corn tortillas that I had on hand. I recently purchased a bag of corn tortillas (instead of flour tortillas) in an effort to cut back on gluten.  To say I disliked them is an understatement. […]

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Lime Cilantro Beef Fajitas

By admin / May 5, 2015

Lime Cilantro Beef Fajitas – Simple and delicious.  Instead of using the packaged fajita mix (which is good), sometimes I like to create my own beef marinade.  I love the lime / cilantro combination.  The lime tastes great and has the benefit of naturally tenderizing the beef and the cilantro packs a fresh flavor. I […]

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White Beans,Tomato and Andouille Sausage

By admin / May 4, 2015

White Beans,Tomato and Andouille Sausage was today’s lunch.  These are the things I had on the shelf and in the refrigerator and this is what became of those ingredients.  The only indulgent, not-so-healthy ingredient is the andouille sausage. Ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 links (about 8 oz.) Andouille Sausage 1 medium onion – cubed […]

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10 Benefits of Carrots

By admin / May 4, 2015

10 Benefits of Carrots Forget about vitamin A pills. With this orange crunchy powerfood, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Read how to get maximum benefits from this amazing vegetable. Benefits of Carrots 1.  Improves vision Western culture’s  understanding of carrots being […]

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7 Health Benefits of Ginger

By admin / May 4, 2015

For thousands of years ginger has been used as a food and a medicine by Arabic, Indian, and Asian healers.  This tropical plant, in the same bo­tanical family as turmeric and cardamom, is effective used to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by illness and seasickness. Modern research shows that ginger reduces nausea and vomiting caused by morning […]

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

By admin / May 3, 2015

I have never eaten an enchilada, but I am serving Mexican on Mother’s Day and this Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe caught my eye. I’m not sure I am going to like the corn tortillas, but I am going to give it a shot.  I suppose that the corn tortillas could be replaced by flour tortillas, but […]

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Grilled Potato Kabobs

By admin / May 3, 2015

What could be simpler that these Grilled Potato Skewers?  The grill and seasonings impart a smokey flavor that is delicious. Try adding these Grilled Potato Skewers to you next BBQ.  Whether you are grilling chicken or burgers, these Grilled Potato Skewers will be the perfect side. Ingredients 2 pounds unpeeled Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed 6 […]

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Grilled Nachos

By admin / May 2, 2015

  Nachos are great year round but when the weather turns and the house is hot it is hard to turn the oven on.  These Grilled Nachos are the answer! Turn up the grill and serve these delicious Grilled Nachos at your next BBQ.   Ingredients 2 tsp. vegetable oil 1/2 lb. fresh chorizo sausage, […]

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken

By admin / May 2, 2015

Grilled Moroccan Chicken – A nice twist on our everyday American grilled chicken and …a healthy choice.  I serve this delicious Grilled Moroccan Chicken with couscous or jasmine rice and a green salad. Ingredients 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper […]

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Lobster Poor Boy

By admin / May 1, 2015

I find it amazing how sometimes the most delicious, indulgent foods have the fewest ingredients and are the simplest to make.  A Lobster Poor Boy is a perfect example of that.  A few really good ingredients make for a wonderful treat! Ingredients Two 1 1/2-pound lobsters 2 stalks celery, minced 2 lemons, 1 juiced plus 1 wedged […]

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NJ Sloppy Joe

By admin / May 1, 2015

If you go into a delicatessen in NJ and order a Sloppy Joe you might be surprised that you are getting a deli sandwich filled with roast beef, ham, turkey, cole slaw and Russian dressing.  If you have never had a Sloppy Joe in a NJ deli, you must give it a try.  If you […]

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Green Goddess Dip

By admin / May 1, 2015

Green Goddess is a salad dressing made with mayonnaise, garlic, and anchovies, and colored with parsley and green onions. This dip uses Greek yogurt and makes the most delicious Green Goddess Dip ever. Green Goddess Dip is perfect for dipping vegetables, snazzing up a wrap, sandwich or panini, or to dip your favorite chips into. Ingredients […]

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Cucumber Basil Avocado Gazpacho

By admin / April 29, 2015

Trying to eat healthy has its challenges. Finding “real” food that hasn’t been altered or preserved by chemicals is tricky as well.  This delicious Cucumber Basil Avocado Gazpacho is both healthy and uses only real, simple ingredients. Ingredients 1 perfectly ripe avocado 1 cucumber: skin left on, seeds removed 2 small handfuls fresh basil 1 clove […]

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Spanish Rice with Meat

By admin / April 29, 2015

This Spanish Rice with Meat recipe is a great one-pot meal that is hearty and flavorful. I know that most will like this recipe best with ground beef, but I really like it made with ground turkey.  Either way, it is delicious.  Adding Rotelle really kicks up the spiciness.  If you are not a fan […]

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Smoked Red Pepper Flakes

By admin / April 29, 2015

For those who like it spicy!  Ingredients and Directions Spread 1 cup fine mesquite wood chips in cast-iron skillet. Heat on high heat about 10 minutes or until wood chips start to smoke. Reduce heat to low. Place small baking rack on top of wood chips. Spread 2 tablespoons McCormick crushed red pepper flakes in […]

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Spicy Zucchini Pickles

By admin / April 28, 2015

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 3/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste 6 black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 head dill (or a few sprigs) Directions Wash and dry a pint-sized glass […]

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Zucchini Chips

By admin / April 28, 2015

These Zucchini Chips are a fresh, crispy, healthy snack option. Zucchini is one of my favorite summer vegetables and I have lots of recipes which take advantage of the local zucchini crop. Zucchini Chips is one of my favorite zucchini recipes. Ingredients 4 small zucchinis, thinly sliced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive 2 tbsp dried […]

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Mexican Manicotti

By admin / April 28, 2015

With Cinco de Mayo coming, I am looking for new recipes.  I love Mexican and like coming up with new ideas.  This recipe for Mexican Manicotti is a nice twist on Mexican Lasagna. Both are delicious, fun to make and make people happy.  Serve with your favorite tequila beverage! 🙂 Ingredients 1 lb lean ground turkey […]

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Cucumber Mint Cocktail

By admin / April 28, 2015

Light and delicious…but be careful.  You might like this Cucumber Mint Cocktail so much that you have a few more than you intended to. Ingredients 1 cucumber, cut into wheels 1 c dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 12 mint leaves, plus sprigs to garnish ¼ c lime juice ¼ c simple syrup seltzer […]

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Mexican Lasagna

By admin / April 28, 2015

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I am looking for fun Mexican recipes that are delicious, kid friendly and easy to make. This Mexican Lasagna fits that bill. This recipe is easy enough to double if you are planning on having a crowd of people.  Served with Margaritas!  That will ensure that everyone has a […]

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8 Layer Taco Salad

By admin / April 27, 2015

Tacos are a favorite in a lot of households.  A different twist on Taco Tuesday is this 8 Layer Taco Salad.  Fresh, easy to make, delicious, and Healthy! Feel free to add your favorite ingredients – I love adding chopped cilantro to my 8 Layer Taco Salad!   Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound […]

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Creole Salmon Cakes

By admin / April 27, 2015

Creole Salmon Cakes pack a flavorful punch. I am not a big fan of salmon, but it is a very healthy fish and I try to find recipes that offer the health benefits that salmon offers. They creole salmon cakes are fit that bill.  They are delicious served over salad greens or as an appetizer […]

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Bacon Stuffed Clams

By admin / April 27, 2015

This recipe can be made with canned or fresh clams. Fresh clams taste better, but canned are more affordable and easy to find in the grocery store.  Shells for the stuffed clams are harder to find… if you are getting the clams fresh ask your fishmonger for a dozen shells. You buy them at a […]

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Zucchini Scallion Cakes

By admin / April 27, 2015

Zucchini is coming into the markets and soon will be found at local farm stands.  These Zucchini Scallion cakes make a nice light vegetarian dinner or lunch or can be served as an appetizer.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or a bit of sour cream. Ingredients 1 medium zucchini, grated ( about 1 1/2 […]

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Blackened Grouper

By admin / April 21, 2015

Grouper is a delicious, firm, white flaky fish that tastes great blackened.  I am heading to Florida later today and I am planning to order Blackened Grouper at Frenchies in St Pete, one of my favorite outdoor cafes. Serve this blackened grouper with a salad or with rice. Ingredients 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon garlic powder […]

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Tequila Drink Recipes

By admin / April 20, 2015

  CANCUN COOLER 1-1/4oz 3 Amigos Anejo Tequila 4 Ounces Cranberry Juice 2 Lime Wedges *Build in a Cocktail or Hi-Ball Glass on the Rocks DYNAMITE (T-N-T) 1-1/4oz 3 Amigos Anejo Tequila 4 Ounces Tonic Water 2 Lime Wedges Splash of Sprite *Build in a Cocktail or Hi-Ball Glass on the Rocks MEXICAN MOJITO 1-1/4oz […]

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Meatball Poppers

By admin / April 20, 2015

These meatball poppers are a fun appetizer.  They can be served with salsa or guacamole if you want to give the meatballs a Mexican twist or an Asian dipping sauce if you are in the mood for Chinese or Thai. Ingredients 1 lb. ground chicken breast 2c grated zucchini (leave peel on) 2-3 green onions, sliced 3-4 […]

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Sesame Ginger Chicken

By admin / April 20, 2015

I love ginger! This Sesame Ginger Chicken is about THE easiest Asian meal I’ve ever prepared! Drop everything into your slow cooker or crock pot, walk away and come back to dinner!  Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy. Ingredients 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs 1/4 cup low […]

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Feta Cheese Ball

By admin / April 19, 2015

Feta is a wonderful cheese. I love the salty flavor and the dry texture! This Feta Cheese ball combines the creaminess of cream cheese with the flaky dry texture of feta and the crunch of red peppers and pecans. This is a nice appetizer to serve because it is not only delicious, it it “pretty.” […]

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Hot Artichoke Bruschetta

By admin / April 19, 2015

Hot Artichoke Bruschetta is a great appetizer to serve when you have a house full of guests.  The artichoke mixture can be made ahead and quickly and easily be spread onto the baguette when guests arrive. Ingredients 2 (6.5 ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup finely chopped […]

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Kim Chee Fried Rice

By admin / April 19, 2015

Ingredients 1 cup chopped kim chee 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp hot pepper paste (gochujang) 1 sweet onion, sliced 2 cups cooked rice, cold left over rice is best 1 tsp soy sauce 2 green onions sliced sesame oil for drizzling toasted sesame seeds for garnish Directions Heat your pan to medium high heat, […]

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Lemon-Garlic Lamb Chops with Minted Couscous

By admin / April 16, 2015

Grilled Lamb Chops with lemon and garlic fall into the completely indulgent category.  I’ll admit, I don’t often buy lamb chops, but sometimes when I am in the mood for a real treat, lamb chops make their way into my kitchen.  Fresh lemon, garlic and mint makes this recipe really pop. Ingredients 12 3/4-inch-thick lamb […]

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Italian Antipasto Squares

By admin / April 16, 2015

These Italian Antipasto Squares made with Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls are a great snack or appetizer that span the ages.  I found this recipe on Pillsbury.com and had to share! Ingredients 2 cans (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet 4 […]

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Roasted Pepper & Feta Salad

By admin / April 16, 2015

Colorful smoky roasted peppers with salty feta, bright lemon zest, and pepper-infused olive oil make this salad delicious. Serve stuffed in a grilled pita for a perfect light lunch or up front before a meal. Ingredients 4 bell peppers – red, yellow, and/or orange 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 small red onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) […]

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Crunchy Thai Salad

By admin / April 15, 2015

I made this crunchy Thai salad on Saturday night and served it along side of Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts. I added some peanuts and bean sprouts to offer even more crunch.  You can add whatever ingredients you love.  Sugar snap peas would have made a nice addition, but I could not find them. The […]

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Italian Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion

By admin / April 15, 2015

  Depending upon where you live, local farm stands and supermarkets will soon have farm fresh zucchini.  Fresh grilled zucchini can’t be beat. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices red onion (about 1 large) 2 pounds small zucchini, cut lengthwise into (1/4-inch-thick) slices 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black […]

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Portuguese Cod Fish Balls – Bolinho de Bacalhua

By admin / April 14, 2015

Bolinho de Bacalhua One of my fondest memories as a teenager is attending my boyfriend’s birthday party.  His mother always made these Bolinho de Bacalhua – Cod Fish Balls on his birthday (and everyone else’s birthday as well).  I love them to the point of addiction. Though it has been more years that I am […]

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Peach Mango Pineapple Sangria

By admin / April 14, 2015

Peach Mango Pineapple Sangria Ingredients 1 bottle white wine (chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or similar wine) 1/3 cup peach schnapps 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup mango chunks, frozen (you could use fresh but save money and buy frozen, plus they act as “ice cubes”) 3/4 cup pineapple chunks, canned 1/3 cup pineapple juice Directions […]

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Fruit Filled Coffee Cake

By admin / April 14, 2015

I grew up with Bisquick as a staple in the house.  We used it for making pancakes, dumplings, and crumb cake.  Bisquick is a great product to keep on your shelf as it has many uses.  This fruit filled coffee cake is delicious and uses Bisquick.  As you can see it is a simple recipe […]

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Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

By admin / April 12, 2015

With the cost of beef these days, more and more people are looking to pork to feed the family.  Pork is delicious and takes on flavor beautifully.  This recipe for honey mustard grilled pork chops is super easy to make and are perfect for grilling season. Ingredients 6-8 boneless pork chops 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard […]

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Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

By admin / April 12, 2015

Fried chicken is a favorite in my house.  Today was the first really nice day here in PA – so nice that we had a picnic on the deck.  You guessed it, Copycat KFC fried chicken, some coleslaw and some Grands biscuits. Hot, crunchy, moist and flavorful fried chicken! This is a great copycat recipe […]

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

By admin / April 12, 2015

I love seafood. Shrimp, fish, clams, oysters, bring it on –  fried, grilled, broiled, poached or steamed. But one thing I REALLY love is sea scallops. These Grilled Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops are one of my absolute favorite way to eat scallops. The combination of sweet sea scallops, smoked bacon, and grilled goodness makes these Grilled Bacon […]

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Lemon Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans

By admin / April 11, 2015

Fresh lemon mint makes this vinaigrette come to life. Fresh snap peas and the creamy texture of limas is a perfect served with this light vinaigrette. Lemon mint snap peas and lima bean will have you eating healthy but you’ll find that it is tasty enough to consider an indulgence. Ingredients 1 small shallot, minced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive […]

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Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

By admin / April 10, 2015

Sometimes a simple shortbread cookie is the most indulgent. I love shortbread cookies because of their simple rich flavor.  I hadn’t ever thought to add chocolate to shortbread, but this recipe for chocolate shortbread cookies is a new favorite. Ingredients 2 cups flour 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter 1⁄4 tsp salt […]

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Asian Nachos

By admin / April 10, 2015

Here is a recipe with a twist!  We all love to go out for or take out Chinese, Thai, Japanese food.  Often we bring home the leftovers. The great thing about these Asian Nachos is that you can use any leftover Asian food to top these delicious nachos. Ingredients 4-5 cups tortilla chips 1 cup […]

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Coconut Chicken Bites

By admin / April 10, 2015

Coconut Chicken Bites make a great appetizer or addition to a salad. This recipe is a crowd pleaser. Put out a plate of these delicious coconut chicken bites and you will wonder why you didn’t double the recipe!   Ingredients 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 can coconut milk 1 cup corn flakes, crushed through […]

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Lemon Butter Chicken

By admin / April 10, 2015

Simple ingredients make this delicious lemon butter chicken that boasts the most wonderful creamy lemon butter sauce ever! If you don’t want to heat up the house in the summer, take this recipe outside. Simply fire up the grill, find your biggest cast iron skillet and cook in your closed grill. Ingredients 8 bone-in, skin-on […]

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Guide to Coffee Drinks

By admin / April 8, 2015

Here is a great infographic outlining the basic coffee recipes we love. It is amazing how many of these great coffees we all enjoy daily. This image is worth printing and hanging on the fridge for reference.

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Coleslaw with Pears Walnuts and Cranberries

By admin / April 8, 2015

Coleslaw is a summertime favorite – great for barbecues and summer picnics. I love a traditional coleslaw, but sometimes I’m in the mood to change things up a bit.  This recipe for coleslaw with pears, walnuts, and cranberries offers a sweet and tangy variety on the traditional coleslaw recipe.  The nuts walnuts, cranberries, pears and cabbage […]

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Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Cilantro

By admin / April 8, 2015

Fresh, Delicious, Quick and Easy to Make! Ingredients 1.5 lb uncooked prawns Salt and fresh ground black pepper Olive oil Roasted garlic-cilantro sauce: 1 small head garlic, top trimmed off 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp dry white wine 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp chili sauce (or 1 […]

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BBQ Shrimp Salad

By admin / April 6, 2015

Ingredients Creamy Dressing 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing 1/4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons milk 1/2 teaspoon blackened fish seasoning 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Salad 1/2 cup Green Giant™ Steamers™ Niblets® frozen corn (from 12-oz bag) 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 teaspoon blackened fish seasoning 1 1/2 lb uncooked extra-large shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled, […]

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Raspberry-Ricotta Cake Recipe | Epicurious.com

By admin / April 2, 2015

Here is a great recipe I found on Epicurious.  With summer just around the corner, this cake is a no brainer.  Fresh berries can be used instead of frozen berries and you can even use strawberries instead of raspberries if you are so inclined.  Here in NJ, local strawberries will be in our markets very […]

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Easy Easter Breakfast

By admin / March 29, 2015

Ingredients 8 eggs 4 bacon slices, crumbled 1/3 onion, minced 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped 1 tsp unsalted butter 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese bits Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon slices to your liking, and while those are cooking, chop and dice your vegetables. When your bacon is done, remove from pan, pour out […]

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Our Detox Teas: A Peek Inside – Traditional Medicinals

By admin / March 29, 2015

We have all heard the “new year, new you” mantra, advocating that we empty our closets, create resolutions and detox our lives. Every checkout line magazine and wellness center across the country seems to have their own version of “the” detox diet. And if you’re thinking we may have one too – we don’t. Here […]

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10 Sneaky Ways To Include More Veggies In Little (And Big) Kid’s Diets

By admin / March 29, 2015

The average person is lucky if they squeeze two cups of veggies into their day. Nutritionists would like us eating closer to five. Many simply don’t enjoy the taste or texture of vegetables full stop (let’s not even start the conversation on Brussels Sprouts, as much as I adore them). So, for those who don’t […]

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New study shows how junk food diets prompt laziness Medical News Today

By admin / March 29, 2015

Though most of us have experienced that lazy feeling after eating a large meal, researchers from California say their new study indicates that consistently eating processed foods and being overweight makes people tired and inactive, contrary to some beliefs maintaining laziness leads to obesity. The researchers, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), will publish […]

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Cream Cheese Flan

By admin / March 21, 2015

Original recipe Ingredients 2 cups  sugar, divided 1 can  (12 oz.) evaporated milk 1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed, softened 5  eggs 1 tsp.  vanilla Directions Heat oven to 350°F. Cook 1 cup sugar in small saucepan on medium heat until melted and deep golden brown, stirring constantly. Pour into 9-inch round pan; […]

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Lemon Ginger Honey Tea

By admin / February 24, 2015

Lemon Ginger Honey Tea – Perfect for these bitterly cold days and nights.  This combination of ingredients works well to soothe a sore throat. Lemon juice boosts the immune system, is a powerful antibacterial which provides a hostile environment for the growth of viruses and bacteria, helps shrink swollen throat tissue, and loosens congestion. Honey has antibacterial […]

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Simple Catalina Dressing

By admin / February 24, 2015

  I am not a fan of bottled salad dressing and I rarely buy it.  The one exception is Catalina.  That is one bottled salad dressing that I really do like. Last night I came home after having been away for the weekend and had to make a meal from nothing.  I had a few salad […]

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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

By admin / February 13, 2015

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups | Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen. This recipe was adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com Here is one of those combinations that is loved by most everyone.  I stumbled upon this recipe for Reeses PNB cups and knew I had to share it. Try making this recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as a treat […]

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