Favorite Recipes

Soft pumpkin cookies with maple-caramel cream cheese frosting
on November 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes

Soft pumpkin cookies with maple-caramel cream cheese frosting

This recipe makes spicy, cake-like cookies iced with a thick smear of maple-caramel cream cheese frosting. Store them in single layers so they don’t end up clumped together. Makes about five dozen cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1-1/4 cups brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix) 1-1/2 cups flour 1 […]

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Dutch Baby – German Pancake
on August 29, 2016 at 11:55 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes

Dutch Baby – German Pancake

A Dutch Baby is also known as a German pancake, but, really, this puffy, slightly sweet breakfast treat brings to mind a popover when you first pull it from the oven. And after the Dutch Baby has settled down and lost its massive puff, it then tastes a bit like a bread pudding. Either way, it makes a delicious, easy […]

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Oregano & Meyer Lemon Salmon En Papiollote
on May 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes

Oregano & Meyer Lemon Salmon En Papiollote

For a taste of spring, consider this elegant and deceptively easy to prepare salmon dish perfumed with fresh oregano and slightly sweet Meyer lemons. (Serves four.)             Heat oven to 450-degrees Four salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each and about 1-inch thick, remove any bones To make the oil, in a glass heatproof measuring cup, […]

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Keeping It Irish without the Corned Beef and Cabbage
on February 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Holiday Tips

Keeping It Irish without the Corned Beef and Cabbage

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day meal that goes beyond the traditional corned beef and cabbage but still keeping in line with the festivities? Look no further than this hearty aromatic dish that combines rich beef short ribs with a generous dose of Guinness. Sláinte mhaith! Short Ribs Braised in Stout Ingredients: 2 tablespoons light olive oil 6 boneless short […]

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Sweeten Your Valentine with This Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake
on January 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Home & Garden Tips, Tips & Helpful Advice

Sweeten Your Valentine with This Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so even if you have romantic dinner plans at your favorite restaurant, you’ll still have plenty of time to prepare this easy and nutty twist on the traditional chocolate lava cake. After all, Valentine’s Day pretty much suggests dessert at home. Individual Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake (Serves 4) Ingredients: 1 stick plus 1 […]

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Roast Chicken With Kimchi Smashed Potatoes
on January 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Home & Garden Tips, Tips & Helpful Advice

Roast Chicken With Kimchi Smashed Potatoes

After a couple of months of traditional holiday meals, this simple but exotically seasoned dish makes a welcome change, especially on a cold January evening. While the potatoes and chicken start out cooking separately, they’re finished together. Jarred kimchi delivers flavor and color in this quickly prepared roast chicken dish. 1½ pounds fingerling or baby Yukon Gold potatoes 4 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided […]

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Six Essential Tools For Your Holiday Dinners
on November 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Holiday Tips, Product Buying Guide & Reviews

Six Essential Tools For Your Holiday Dinners

No matter how well equipped you think your kitchen is, if this is your first time cooking a big holiday dinner, you’re probably missing some essential tools. And the better the tools, the easier your meal preparation. Roasting Pan Although you can buy a large foil roasting pan to cook a turkey, there can be problems with these flimsy pans. […]

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Fun Winter Holiday Recipes
on November 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Holiday Tips

Fun Winter Holiday Recipes

Starting at Thanksgiving through the end of December, this time of year offers the change to share some of the most delicious meals with friends and family. Here are a few fun ideas to complement your holiday meals this year. Roasted Balsamic-glazed Vegetables This recipe is really easy breezy, without specific measurements, so you can prepare as little or as much as […]

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Grain-Free Pumpkin-Coconut Dog Biscuits
on October 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Lifestyle Tips, Money Saving Tips, Pet Tips, Tips & Helpful Advice

Grain-Free Pumpkin-Coconut Dog Biscuits

If you’re feeding your dog a grain-free diet, then these healthy treats made with coconut flour should make your pup jump with joy. Coconut flour, which is ground toasted coconut, makes the dough and the house smell crazy good. Egg shells are a good source of calcium for dogs, and that’s where this recipe takes a little detour from others […]

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Forget Ice Cream, Go With Sicilian Gelato
on July 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Home & Garden Tips, Tips & Helpful Advice

Forget Ice Cream, Go With Sicilian Gelato

When the crushing summer sun threatens to beat you senseless, do as the Sicilians: Cool off with “un cono o una coppa di gelato;” also known as a cone or cup of the most luscious bit of frozen confection to ever hit your tongue. Culinary lore has it that flavored ices sprang from the snows of Sicily’s Mount Etna, but […]

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