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Strawberry Spinach Salad

By admin / May 9, 2011

It’s just about time for NJ strawberries!  With that in mind, I can hardly wait to experiment with different recipes.  A spinach salad always tastes good to me and makes me feel like I am eating something healthy! This super simple Strawberry Spinach Salad will whet your appetite for more delicious strawberries.  Sometimes I use […]

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Coconut Macaroons

By admin / May 6, 2011

Though I do not crave sweets of any sort, I love coconut!  Coconut macaroons are a wonderful treat!  Every once in a while I take the time to make this recipe.  It is a very simple recipe and these coconut macaroons are a very indulgent treat.  I like to dip just a portion of the […]

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7 Layer Tacos

By admin / May 4, 2011

This is a fun recipe that is great for a party.  I am having a get-together next weekend and plan to make this.  Sometimes I make it with meat and sometimes I just use refried beans.  Either way, it’s great.  If you want to add meat, simply brown ground turkey or beef, add your favorite […]

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

By admin / May 3, 2011

Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Amerindian, British, Spanish, French, Dutch, Indian, and Chinese cuisine.  I think one of the things that makes Caribbean cuisine so special is the unique combination of spices.  Give this Jamaican Jerk Chicken a try if you love very flavorful food. Ingredients 1 tbs. Ground allspice 1 tbs. Dried […]

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Lemon Shrimp Risotto

By admin / April 25, 2011

Risotto is an Italian rice dish. It is made in an uncovered pan by briefly sautéing the rice in olive oil or butter, then adding a little bit of stock, stirring almost constantly until the rice absorbs the stock, then adding a bit more stock, stirring, adding, stirring, adding until it’s done. It usually takes […]

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Strawberry Scones

By admin / April 22, 2011

Though I don’t like desserts, scones are one of my favorites!  I just love a good scone.  Strawberry scones are wonderful at this time of year when strawberries are in season.  Sweet, delicious strawberries are absolutely delightful surrounded by these tender scones.  Give them a try.  Feel free to substitute your favorite fruit! Ingredients 1 […]

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Pickled Beets

By admin / April 20, 2011

Pickled beets are an old standard that everyone probably knows how to make.  This is the recipe I use.  Simple, but delicious!  I like to make picked beets a few days before I want to serve them.  This allows time for everything to sink into the beets and onions. Ingredients 2 cup drained, sliced or […]

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Grilled Eggplant Parm

By admin / April 18, 2011

Eggplant Parm is a favorite around here.  This recipe is a little twist on the traditional eggplant parm.  Layering with fresh tomatoes and basil makes this a perfect recipe for the months ahead when our gardens will be providing us with those delicious summer tomatoes and fresh herbs. I love all kinds of pasta.  This […]

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Sundried Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

By admin / April 15, 2011

This is another indulgent, adult grilled cheese sandwich recipe.  I have substituted brie, swiss, and monterey jack cheese for the mozzarella.  It all depends upon what I have in the house or what I am craving.  This is a simple recipe that is especially good served with a tossed salad or a cup of soup.  […]

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

By admin / April 15, 2011

Ingredients 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (without the oil they are packed in) 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons pine nuts (toasted) 2 tablespoons parmigiano reggiano grated cheese 3 tablespoons olive oil (or oil from sun dried tomatoes) salt and pepper to taste Directions Place everything into a food processor and […]

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Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese

By admin / April 15, 2011

There is something to be said for a good grilled cheese sandwich.  We all probably grew up eating the traditional white or wheat bread with melted American or Velveta cheese on it…and there is nothing wrong with the traditional grilled cheese.  But there are all kinds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that will make your […]

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Spinach Pesto

By admin / April 15, 2011

Ingredients 1 cup baby spinach (packed) 1/4 cup fresh herbs (chopped, I used a combination of parsley, basil, and cilantro) 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons walnuts (toasted) 1/4 cup feta 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 lemon (juice and zest) salt and pepper to taste Directions Place everything into a food processor and blend.

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Pork Chops

By admin / April 14, 2011

Pork chops are a comfort food.  There are lots of different ways to prepare pork chops, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that stand out.  There is nothing special about the ingredients of this recipe, but the results are extraordinary. Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper […]

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Grilled Beef Kabobs

By admin / April 14, 2011

Grilled Beef Kabob season is upon us (not that I don’t send Alex out in the cold of winter to grill).  These are incredibly easy to set up and make.  You can do this with chicken, pork, a firm fish, or shrimp.  Served with rice or a salad this makes a light summertime meal. Ingredients […]

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Caprese Salad

By admin / April 14, 2011

As soon as the tomatoes in the store show signs of improvement, it is time to make this salad.  After a long winter of hothouse tomatoes, this is a refreshing change.  This salad is best made from garden fresh tomatoes.  There is nothing quite so simple and delicious as this Caprese salad.  Using fresh motzerella […]

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Silence of the Leg O’ Lamb

By admin / April 12, 2011

Alton Brown’s recipe for “Silence of the Leg O’ Lamb” is one of my favorites.  Here is his recipe.   Ingredients 1 sirloin end leg of lamb, boned, and trussed Paste: 4 cloves garlic 8 fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 5 tablespoons strong mustard, such […]

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Mee Goreng (Spicy Malaysian Noodles)

By admin / April 4, 2011

Ingredients 2 cups fresh Chinese egg noodles 2 Tbsp chili sauce (Sriracha), or more to taste 1 tsp dark soy sauce 1 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt 3 Tbsp oyster sauce 3 Tbsp ketchup 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil 2 eggs 1 tsp minced garlic 1 cup mung bean sprouts, rinsed 1/2 cup shredded […]

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Kung Pao Chicken

By admin / April 4, 2011

Ingredients 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed 4 Whole Thai peppers, minced 1/4 cup Peanuts, roasted 1 teaspoon Fresh ginger, minced 1/2 Green pepper, cubed 1/2 Red pepper, cubed 1/4  cup Water chestnuts, sliced 1/4  cup Mushrooms, sliced 2 Scallions, chopped Peanut oil Seasoning 4 tablespoons Soy sauce 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or Sherry […]

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Strawberry Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

Strawberry pie is a great seasonal pie. It is sweet and delicious and tastes like you must have slaved to make it.   In reality, it is quick and easy to make.  As we come into strawberry season, you might buy farm fresh, local berries but, if not, the stores will soon be stocked with […]

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Shortbread Cookies

By admin / March 17, 2011

Shortbread cookies are indulgent, buttery treats.  With just 3 ingredients, what’s not to like?  Shortbread cookies are great with a cup of tea or served with ice cream, but I like them best straight out to the oven! I usually make shortbread cookies as one of my holiday cookies, but they are great as an […]

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Rice Pudding

By admin / March 17, 2011

Rice pudding is a traditional old-time dessert.  My mom loved rice pudding and used to make it for me and my brother when we were children.  As with nearly all sweet things, I prefer it served warm, but many prefer it chilled. This creamy rice pudding recipe is a great make-ahead dessert that can be […]

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Pumpkin Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

This is the traditional pumpkin pie recipe served at holiday dinners. Filled with aromatic spices like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; it is a decadently delicious pumpkin pie everyone will love! Serving it with whipped cream is traditional, and making homemade whipped cream is definitely worth the extra time. The recipe follows the pumpkin pie […]

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Pecan Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

This pecan pie recipe is decadent, rich and delicious. Included is a unique pecan pie crust recipe, to compliment the pecan filling perfectly. Warm pecan pie served with ice cream is an elegant and flavorful way to end any meal.   Ingredients 3 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup melted butter 1 […]

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Lemon Scones

By admin / March 17, 2011

I am not a very good baker and I don’t care for dessert-like foods.  I do love scones, however served with fresh jam.  I found this recipe for lemon scones and made them quite a few times…so I learned what not to do. These Lemon Scones have a wonderfully light, fluffy texture unlike many other […]

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Irish Soda Bread

By admin / March 17, 2011

Ingredients 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour 2 Tbsp sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 Tbsp butter 1 cup raisins 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 3/4 cups buttermilk Directions Preheat oven to 425°. Sift together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Using […]

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Gingerbread Biscotti

By admin / March 17, 2011

If you love the taste of gingerbread cookies, but don’t want to be bothered with cutting and decorating them, you’re going to love this recipe for gingerbread biscotti.  Gingerbread biscotti has all the wonderful flavor of the gingerbread cookies we grew up with but has the wonderful biscotti texture that is perfect with a cup […]

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

By admin / March 17, 2011

I came across this recipe for peanut butter cookies the other day and just had to try them.  As you can tell by  the number of baked things I have in my recipes, I am not a baker.  My passion lies with food, not sweets.  Having said that, how much simpler a recipe could one […]

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Easy Lemon Bars

By admin / March 17, 2011

These lemon bars are amazingly easy to make. They are rich and indulgent!  Lemon bars offer a great sweet / tart combination of flavors.  This lemon bar recipe offers not only great flavors, but you’ll love their rich, smooth texture. Ingredients 1 cup flour 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar 2 eggs 1 cup […]

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Coffee Cake Muffins

By admin / March 17, 2011

Coffee Cake Muffins – simple, elegant, delicious!  This recipe for coffee cake muffins is a keeper.  The cake is light and velvet-like and the crumbs just melt in your mouth. I love the portion control created by baking coffee cake in a muffin tins.  These are just the right size for a portion and they […]

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Coconut Cream Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

This coconut cream pie recipe produces a sweet, rich, creamy pie that’s filled with the decadent taste of coconut. Topped with a homemade meringue topping, it is sinfully delicious! Ingredients 5 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cup scalded milk 1/4 cup cold milk 3 egg yolks 1cup shredded coconut 1 […]

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Chocolate Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

This is a chocolate pie recipe that has been handed down a few generations. It makes creamy, decadent chocolate pie that is truly a taste experience to remember. Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup flour 2 – 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 3 cups milk 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 3 egg […]

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Apple Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

Ingredients 7 cups sliced, peeled baking apples (Granny Smith or Jonathan work best) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons butter 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon water Directions In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples […]

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Apple Crumb Pie

By admin / March 17, 2011

This apple crumb pie recipe gives you the wonderful taste of apple pie with a change from the standard pie crust. A brown sugar spiced crumb topping gives each bite extra delicious flavor. Ingredients Crust Ingredients: 1 c flour 1/3 c vegetable shortening, chilled 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 c water, ice cold Filling Ingredients: 1/2 […]

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Almond Biscotti

By admin / March 17, 2011

In Italy, the term biscotti refers to any type of cookie. In North America, the word “biscotti” is used to describe a long, hard, dry, twice-baked cookie with a curved top and flat bottom designed for dunking into wine or coffee. The simplicity of these almond biscotti cookies make them most appetizing.  Though biscotti is […]

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Zucchini Frittata

By admin / March 11, 2011

A frittata, is an Italian flat omelet which can be filled with a variety of vegetables, cheeses, and meats.  It is substantial enough to be served for a brunch or for a dinner. Frittata preparation differs from omelette preparation in that the eggs are beaten to incorporate air where the eggs for omelettes are usually […]

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Zucchini and Carrot Fritters

By admin / March 11, 2011

This recipe for Zucchini & Carrot Fritters is just my way of attempting to get something nutritious into my kids…oh and they are really tasty too.  The texture of these fritters was wonderful, a bit like a potato pancake or the corn cakes I’ve often gotten in Thai restaurants. I think the onion is an […]

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Western Omelet

By admin / March 11, 2011

French omelets are smooth with the filling rolled inside. A western omelet (American-style), is different in that the ingredients are mixed up with the egg and lightly browned in the pan.  I prefer this type of omelet as the flavors all become one. A Western Omelet can be altered to taste.  Sometimes I make my […]

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Vegetarian Taco Salad

By admin / March 11, 2011

I’ve served this Vegetarian Taco Salad when entertaining friends for lunch at my home.  This is another one of those easy-to-serve meals that don’t require a great deal of your time when your guests are present.  Prepare this ahead of time, toss everything just prior to serving and bring to the table already plated for […]

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Vegetarian Chili

By admin / March 11, 2011

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped chipotles in adobo 1 tablespoon dried […]

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Tortellini & Peas

By admin / March 11, 2011

Tortellini & Peas is a quick and easy recipe to make.  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that the ingredients are almost always on hand.  Since you can now buy tortellini where you find pasta in the supermarket, it is easy to stock on your pantry shelf.  Frozen peas are always on […]

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Texas BBQ Sauce

By admin / March 11, 2011

Traditional Texas BBQ Sauce is a sweet and spicy mixture of tomato, vegetables, and spices. This Texas BBQ Sauce is a traditional BBQ sauce compared  to some of the more popular sauces of today.  A home-made Texas BBQ sauce takes a few minutes to make but is worth the effort. This Texas BBQ Sauce recipe […]

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Blackening Spice

By admin / March 11, 2011

Ingredients 2 teaspoons ground paprika 4 teaspoons dried leaf thyme 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepper teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to your taste 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions Combine all ingredients Place […]

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Tangy Crab Grilled Cheese Melt

By admin / March 10, 2011

This tangy crab grilled cheese melt is definitely not one of the healthier recipe choices, but it most certainly is an assault on the taste buds and a treat that must be had.  Sometimes you just need to completely indulge. Once again, with this crab grilled cheese melt, you can substitute ingredients to taste.  Perhaps […]

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Summer Tomato Sauce

By admin / March 10, 2011

This wonderful uncooked, summer tomato sauce is fresh and delicious.  Serving this sauce at room temperature over hot pasta brings out all the flavors of each of the ingredients.  Fresh basil adds a delightful element that dried basil cannot do. You can serve summer tomato sauce over any pasta.  I like to add a good […]

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach

By admin / March 10, 2011

Stuffed Mushrooms are a great appetizer.  This recipe for stuffed mushrooms with spinach is a bit different and is super tasty.  I will be serving these stuffed mushrooms on Christmas day but instead of serving them as an appetizer, I will be serving them as a vegetable.  I know that is a bit unusual, but […]

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Stuffed Cabbage

By admin / March 10, 2011

Many of us grew up with Grandma’s stuffed cabbage. I learned to make this as a child but it took me years to give the crock pot a try. Once I made my stuffed cabbage in the crock pot, I never went back to making them on the stove. Not because they were better, but […]

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Spanish Rice

By admin / March 10, 2011

Spanish rice is a great dish that can be prepared quickly and easily.  Spanish rice is one of those dishes that everyone seems to like.  I sometimes serve Spanish rice as a the main course along with a tossed salad and a crusty loaf of French bread which makes this a very inexpensive meal.  It […]

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Slow Cooked Chicken Wings

By admin / March 10, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner.  Chicken wings are already hard to find in the super markets – I know because I tried. I found a great recipe for slow cooked chicken wings.  Nothing could be easier than this chicken wing recipe.  You Mix a few ingredients in the blender and then pour the […]

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Shrimp Scampi

By admin / March 10, 2011

This recipe for Shrimp Scampi is a perfect example of a quick and easy meal that ideal for entertaining.  It has only a few ingredients, requires very little time and effort, and is super elegant. Shrimp Scampi requires very little cooking or prep time.  This shrimp scampi recipe is what I will be making on […]

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo

By admin / March 10, 2011

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a spicy, tomato-based shrimp dish served over linguine. You can alter the amount of red pepper based on how spicy you like your food.  If you are serving others, you can always have extra spice on your dinner table for those who wish to add more. Even though Shrimp Fra Diavolo […]

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Shrimp Ceviche

By admin / March 10, 2011

Shrimp Ceviche is a great summertime recipe.  Shrimp is light and refreshing and easy to access today even in the supermarket.  All the other ingredients can be purchased at the local farm stand (or at any supermarket). Some recipes for Shrimp Ceviche do not call for the shrimp to be cooked in any way other […]

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Scallop Cakes

By admin / March 10, 2011

I recently had dinner at Ruth’s Chris and eating their crab cakes inspired this recipe.  Crab cakes are wonderful but crab can be very expensive.  Sea Scallops are a favorite of mine.  I just love their sweet flavor.  When I make this recipe I cut it in half unless I’m serving guests. I like to […]

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Pineapple Salsa

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients 1 can pineapple chunks 1 Vidalia onion (diced) 1 Red bell pepper (diced) 1 Green bell pepper (diced) 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons coriander leaves (chopped) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 jalapeno pepper (optional) salt (to taste) Directions Combine pineapple, red bell pepper, onion, and green bell pepper in a bowl and mix. […]

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Reuben Dip

By admin / March 10, 2011

A few times a year, I love indulging in a pub Reuben ! A Reuben is definitely an indulgence.  It is high in fat and calories and FLAVOR!  I am a believer in eating anything and everything you like – in moderation. I came across this recipe for a Reuben Dip which brings a bit […]

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Pot Roast with Noodles

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients 2-3 lb. beef chuck pot roast 1 tbsp. cooking oil 2 med. carrots, coarsely chopped 2 ribs celery, sliced (1 cup) 1 med. onion, sliced 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca 1 can stewed tomatoes (141/2 oz.) 1 can tomato paste (6 oz.) 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. […]

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Piri Piri

By admin / March 10, 2011

Piri Piri is a hot pepper oil infused with lemon and used in Portuguese, Caribbean, and African cooking.  The words Pili-Pili, Piri-Piri, and Peri-Peri all are used to refer to hot chile peppers, sauces and marinades made from them, and foods cooked with those sauces and marinades. This spicy hot marinade can be used on […]

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Pesto

By admin / March 10, 2011

Every spring I plant basil and the plants always do so well that we can’t use it up fast enough. What to do? Basil pesto, of course! Here is a simple recipe. Note that pesto is always made to taste, based on the ingredients on hand. This isn’t a science – adjust the ingredients to […]

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Peach Salsa

By admin / March 10, 2011

Peach Salsa – wonderful at this time of year.  Peaches are coming in from all over and if you live in farm country as I do, you are probably buying them at your local orchard.  This recipe for peach salsa brings together a combination of flavors that cannot be beat. Peach salsa can be served […]

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Panko Encrusted Zucchini

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients 1 cup of flour 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs) 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, about 4 ounces 1 teaspoon salt black pepper to taste 2 large eggs Oil for frying Sweet Pepper Dip 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2 to 3 tablespoons sweet pepper relish Directions […]

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Oven-Fried Rice Ball with Gruyère

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 medium shallot, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 cup arborio rice 2 cups water 3/4 cup shredded Gruyère cheese (2 1/2 ounces) 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces) 1/4 cup mixed chopped herbs (DT: I used lemon thyme, oregano, and basil) Salt and freshly ground black […]

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Olive Garden’s Lasagna

By admin / March 10, 2011

Olive Garden serves a great lasagna.  It’s always fun to take the family for a dinner that everyone will enjoy.  I’ve been looking for a recipe for Olive Garden’s Lasagna so that I can make it at home.  I finally found a copycat recipe that allows me to make that wonderful Olive Garden Lasagna at […]

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Mexican Rice & Beans

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained & rinsed 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen whole kernel corn (optional) 1 c. uncooked long grain white rice 1 jar (16 oz.) thick & chunky mild salsa 1 1/2 c. vegetable juice cocktail (V-8) (may use lo-salt V-8) 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. dried oregano 3/4 […]

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Mexican Layered Dip

By admin / March 10, 2011

There are a million recipes for Layered Mexican Dips.  I had this Layered Mexican Dip at a party I attended recently and it was a bit different.  The bottom layer of this Layered Mexican Dip is pureed with chipotle peppers – it gives a nice smokey flavor. As with any recipe, you can alter it […]

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Manicotti

By admin / March 10, 2011

Okay – so maybe Manicotti isn’t a summer meal – but when you have a desire for something, the season doesn’t matter.  Homemade Manicotti is very different from frozen Manicotti.  The crepe of the homemade manicotti are light and delicate, not heavy. This is a great meal for company and can be made ahead so […]

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Mango Salsa

By admin / March 10, 2011

Mango salsa is a great with grilled fish or chicken, added to a salad, or served with tortilla chips.  We can get mangoes in our supermarkets year-round, but pretty soon the stores will be flooded with them because we are coming into mango season. One of the great things about mango salsa is the ability […]

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Mahi Mahi with Salsa

By admin / March 10, 2011

Mahi Mahi is one of the things I always have in the freezer.  I buy it frozen because it comes individually wrapped and portion controlled.  We eat fish a few times a week in an effort to keep the foods we eat healthy and light. I like the firmness and flavor of Mahi Mahi and […]

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Tartar sauce

By admin / March 10, 2011

Ingredients     1/2  cup mayonnaise     2  tablespoons chopped scallions     1  tablespoon sweet pickle relish     1 1/2  teaspoons  capers     1 1/2  teaspoons  fresh lemon juice     1/2  teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce Directions Mix all ingredients and serve with blackened tilapia, cod fish cakes, crab cakes, grilled salmon, lemon pepper grouper, or your favorite […]

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Lemon Pepper Grouper Sandwich

By admin / March 10, 2011

Grouper is a wonderful, flaky fish that makes a great summer meal. I always have a grouper sandwich when I’m in Tampa at Frenchy’s and it always makes me feel like I’m on vacation even when I am there on business. This recipe for Lemon Pepper Grouper Sandwiches reminds me of my Tampa experience.  I […]

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Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

By admin / March 10, 2011

Light, fresh, delicious, flavorful… This recipe for Lemon Parmesan Tilapia is definitely a great one if you are looking to eat healthier or are watching what you are eating. Tilapia is a wonderful white, flaky fish that will take on whatever flavors you put onto it.  It is not a heavy or overpowering fish so […]

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Lemon Basil Chicken

By admin / March 10, 2011

This recipe for Lemon Basil Chicken is a very quick and easy summer meal.  Set up the marinade when you buy the chicken and leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.  The flavors penetrate the chicken as it sits. If you prefer you can cook it on the grill.  This […]

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Hummus

By admin / March 9, 2011

Hummus is one of the oldest foods in the world.  Hummus is a blended dip which originates in the Middle East and has recently become popular in Western countries. It is made from chickpeas, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and contains iron, protein and Vitamin C.  Hummus can be found at most supermarkets and […]

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Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

By admin / March 9, 2011

Everyone has a favorite hot dip, and no winter party would be complete without at least one. They’re comfort party food, made with rich ingredients and enjoyed with crunchy dippers. For dippers, the usual assortment works very well: crackers, chunks of bread, veggies, toasted pita wedges, and tortilla chips. You could also try Scoops brand […]

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Hoisin Beef Ribs

By admin / March 9, 2011

Hoisin Beef Ribs is a very flavorful ethnic recipe – a Korean specialty.  It is usually served with rice and stir fried vegetables.  Grilling weather is upon us and Hoisin Beef Ribs are great to serve when having a get-together. Ingredients 3 pounds of beef ribs 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons green onion, chopped […]

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Healthy Spinach Frittata

By admin / March 9, 2011

This is a great recipe to make when you want to start your day with a healthy kick or when you are looking to serve an easy-to-prepare breakfast or brunch to guests.  Serve this spinach frittata topped with a simple tomato-basil salsa which is packed with flavor but isn’t packed with fat and calories. Ingredients […]

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Ham & Cheese Omelet Roll

By admin / March 9, 2011

If you are looking for the perfect breakfast/brunch that dazzle your guests, you’ve got to try this ham & cheese omelet roll.  What a great twist on a classic.  The roll format is really eye appealing, easy to make, and easy to slice and serve.  Best yet, it tastes great! Obviously, you can alter this […]

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Guacamole

By admin / March 9, 2011

Guacamole is a wonderful Mexican dip made with ripe avocados. Guacamole is served with tortilla chips but is also eaten with Mexican entrees as one of many garnishes. Making guacamole is really very simple and worth the few minutes it takes to do so.  The key to a great guacamole is the use of ripe […]

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Grilled Shrimp

By admin / March 9, 2011

Grilled shrimp are always a hit.  There is very little prep and they cook quickly.  Sometimes I serve grilled shrimp as an appetizer over a bed of greens, while other times I use it as my main course.  Either way, this is a great summer grilling option.               Ingredients […]

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Grilled Salmon

By admin / March 9, 2011

Grilled Salmon is is quick and easy to make and is a healthy entree. I usually have salmon in my freezer in individually wrapped portions.  I find this to be very convenient.  I can pull as many portions as I need and leave the rest frozen.  I also like that the fish is already portion […]

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Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich

By admin / March 9, 2011

No recipe is really necessary for this sandwich.  It’s the idea, not the recipe that is so wonderful.  I experienced my first Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana sandwich less than one month ago.  You might say, how did you get so far in life without experiencing one…and to that, I have no answer.  I will […]

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Grilled Corn

By admin / March 9, 2011

Grilled corn is one of those great, fresh summer tastes that we can’t seem to get enough of.  The local farm-stands will soon have fresh corn daily.  Actually, our local farm stand brings corn in from the fields multiple times in a given day. Grilled corn is one of those things that you really can’t […]

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Grilled Chicken Breasts

By admin / March 9, 2011

With grilling weather upon us I am always looking for quick and easy recipes to cook on the grill.  Grilled chicken breasts are one of my favorites.  This recipe for grilled chicken breasts requires no work at all.  You simply open a bottle of bottled Cesar salad dressing, marinate the chicken breasts for a few […]

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Grilled Bacon & Cheese Sandwiches

By admin / March 9, 2011

This recipe is for Grilled Bacon and Cheese sandwiches is an indulgent, adult version of the grilled cheese sandwich we grew up with.  One thing that sets this recipe apart from others is that the bread is dipped in egg and cooked like french toast which makes this a very rich sandwich.  I guess it […]

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Chicken Fajitas

By admin / March 9, 2011

A Fajita is a meal that includes meat, poultry, vegetables and other ingredients which are cooked together over an open fire or a grill and are served in a flour tortilla. Fajitas are regarded as a Tex-Mex cuisine although credit should really go to the Mexican workers who created the dish whilst working and living […]

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Crab Cakes

By admin / March 9, 2011

I love crab cakes and I order them when I’m out whenever I can, but I never could find the right recipe to make them at home until I  found this one. I think the secret to the perfect crab cakes is to keep them simple. For the best crab cakes, you must spend the […]

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Cod Fish Cakes

By admin / March 9, 2011

Codfish cakes are a great alternative to crab cakes.  Cod is a very flavorful fish that tastes great with potatoes. This recipe for cod fish cakes is easy to make and can be served as an appetizer or a main dish.  I enjoy making these codfish cakes and serving them over a field greens salad […]

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Citrus Jerk Chicken

By admin / March 9, 2011

Ingredients 10 chicken pieces, thighs and legs 8 shallots, finely chopped 1 scotch bonnet chilli pepper, finely chopped 8 garlic cloves, crushed Juice of two limes, two lemons, and two oranges 4 tbsp soy sauce Half a thumb of ginger 1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 handful fresh coriander, finely chopped 1 handful fresh […]

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Caribbean Rice

By admin / March 9, 2011

Ingredients 2 teaspoons oil 3/4 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup onion, minced 2 cups rice 4 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup black beans 1 firm ripe mango, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup fresh cilantro Instructions Heat oil in a large saucepan and add coconut. Cook, stirring constantly until very lightly browned. Add the onion and […]

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Butternut Squash Risotto

By admin / March 9, 2011

Butternut squash risotto may not sound very exciting or delicious, but I would tell you to open your mind.  This recipe for butternut squash risotto is unbelievable! Risottos have a  wonderfully creamy consistency and are delicious as a side dish but  hearty enough to be served as a meal.  Butternut squash has a naturally sweet […]

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Buffalo Wings

By admin / March 9, 2011

Buffalo wings are wonderful for get-togethers.  Everyone loves them!  These Buffalo wings are tangy and spicy and …they are quick and easy to make. I serve these with blue cheese salad dressing on the side to cool them down, but they can also be served with a Ranch Dip.  To serve Buffalo Wings as a […]

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Blackened Tilapia

By admin / March 9, 2011

I have the family on a new spring healthy-eating diet.  It’s not so much for health reasons as I am just feeling a kind of spring fever.  I love summer foods and teaching my children about healthy eating is important!  I especially like grilled meat, chicken, and fish done in the Weber.  For me, a […]

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