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A Dinner to Transition With the Season  

With the weather making a gradual transition from winter to spring, so changes my cooking. The winter, though not particularly cold this year, was enough so to warrant those heartier dishes that stick to the ribs, warm the belly, and generally bulk up the body to protect against the cold. This year I managed a host of these traditional winter foods. There was the beef bourguignon, simmered low and long until the sauce was an unctuous red-brown and the beef so tender it melted with the slightest

2017-03-28 04:45:25
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Panang Loog Chin Nua (Thai Meatballs Panang Curry)  

A tasty Thai recipe made with ground beef, coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, fish sauce, sugar, and basil.

2017-03-27 01:01:27
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Mint Ice Cubes  

These minty ice cubes are perfect in iced tea or cocktails. They add a little color to the drink and release a light fresh mint flavor as they melt.

2017-03-26 03:51:14
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Passover Meat Loaf  

This meatloaf recipe uses matzo instead of breadcrumbs or oats. Perfect for Passover or anytime you're craving delicious meatloaf.

2017-03-25 04:40:21
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Aloha Pork Steaks  

An easy slow cooker sweet pork steak recipe made with Hawaiian-style ingredients including pineapple and soy sauce. Serve over rice.

2017-03-24 01:44:17
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Firecracker Fried Chicken Drumsticks  

Chicken drumsticks are marinated in hot sauce then coated in a simple flour-cornmeal mixture and fried in oil until crispy and golden brown.

2017-03-21 02:46:59
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Extra Light Chocolate Cake  

The simple combination of a box of chocolate cake mix and a can of diet cola result in a delicious (and lower calorie) cake.

2017-03-21 02:24:28
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Five-Spice Quail  

Quail are seasoned with Asian-style flavors and then broiled or grilled. Serve with a roasted salt and peppercorn mixture alongside for dipping.

2017-03-21 02:11:34
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Flower Petal Jelly  

Edible flowers add beauty to all kinds of foods including this lightly sweet jelly. Make sure to only use known edible flowers and wash them well before using.

2017-03-19 01:39:12
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Ho Ho's Chinese Restaurant Shrimp Chow Mein  

Skip the take-out menu and make this copy cat version of Ho Ho's Chinese Restaurant's chow mein. Fresh shrimp is stir fried with bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots and served with crispy chow mein noodles.

2017-03-19 01:34:46
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Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Appetizers  

No need to break out the charcoal for this grilled appetizer. Shrimp are wrapped in bacon and basted with a barbecue sauce mixture and cooked on an indoor contact grill (like George Foreman).

2017-03-18 02:45:58
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Couscous-Stuffed Peppers  

Bell peppers are stuffed with a ground beef mixture made with couscous, tomato sauce, and Mediterranean-style seasonings.

2017-03-17 04:11:54
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Corned Beef And Cabbage In Guinness  

Not Irish? No problem, you can still celebrate St. Patrick's Day deliciously. In this recipe, flat cut corned beef brisket is simmered in Guinness with seasonings, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges. The leftovers (if there are any!) make great Reuben sandwiches.

2017-03-16 04:52:31
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Bratwurst Potato Skillet  

Sliced red potatoes and bratwurst are cooked in a skillet and coated with a soy sauce-orange juice glaze before serving.

2017-03-16 04:05:33
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A Little on the Irish...  

Corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, potato pancakes or soda bread. Our family is not Irish, but we enjoy a li'l touch o' the green festivities at this time of the year. And although we've been to parties where that touch o' green is just that the beer has been dyed green, my favorites are the new foods we try that aren't part of our daily fare. So this year, we made an Irish soda bread with a vegetable- and potato-rich stew. And many automatically think potatoes when we think Irish food. That's

2017-03-16 04:03:29
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Dijon Honey Chops  

Meaty pork chops are cooked in a skillet with a honey-mustard-orange sauce.

2017-03-14 03:53:35
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An "Irish" Tradition  

There is an annual St. Patrick's Day tradition of making corned beef and cabbage and washing it down with a pint of green beer. But did you ever wonder, where did these traditions come from? Well, the green beer is easily explained - green being the official color of the St Patrick's Day holiday and the Emerald Isle ñ along with the marketing of green brew by all the major American beer brands and local Irish pubs at this time of the year. The corned beef and cabbage is another story. We

2017-03-14 02:22:42
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5 Cheese Alfredo Sauce  

This rich sauce uses five different types of cheese to make a perfect blend of smoky, salty flavors. Serve it over your favorite pasta. Add cooked seafood or chicken if desired.

2017-03-13 02:41:36
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Benihana's Fried Rice  

Make your own copycat version of the famous fried rice at Benihana's. It's quick and easy to prepare, and even has tips on how to make it in advance. It's a great traditional style fried rice recipe as well.

2017-03-12 01:35:43
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Colcannon with Kale and Guanciale  

A hearty bowl of buttery potato goodness, perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Mashed taters with bacon, onions, and kale come together perfectly for an ultimate comfort food. If you've got leftovers, throw on a fried egg for breakfast!

2017-03-11 05:26:26
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Maple Broiled Scallops  

Sea scallops are wrapped in bacon and basted with a maple syrup and horseradish mixture while cooking. Amazing!

2017-03-11 04:08:45
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Cheese-Frosted Cauliflower  

Cauliflower is pre-cooked whole, then coated with a mixture of mayonnaise and mustard then covered with shredded Cheddar cheese and baked until bubbly.

2017-03-10 02:32:29
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Firehouse Cooking  

Over the last year I have gotten into the habit of going to the grocery store right after hitting the gym in the evening. I know that the story is that you should never go shopping for food when you are already hungry. But it's so convenient because they are right across the street from one another. And I usually like to shop for my ingredients pretty close to the time I will actually be cooking them. Recently, I noticed I wasn't the only one to go food shopping at the same time every evening. T

2017-03-09 04:30:15
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Classic Tossed Salad  

This recipe is more like the ultimate tossed salad! It has two kinds of lettuce, feta and romano cheese, black olives, almonds, sesame seeds, tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms.

2017-03-09 03:35:06
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Croque Amy  

An open-faced version of the famous croque monsieur sandwich. It changes things up a bit by topping the bechamel-sauced bread with artichoke hearts, turkey, brie, and gruyere.

2017-03-06 04:04:20
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Slow Cooking a Different Kind of Stuffed Pepper  

Because I am so adventuresome about food now, it may come as a surprise to many people I know that growing up I was a very picky eater. My parents did everything the right way, exposing us kids to the wonders of fresh vegetables and new and interesting cuisines, but I was often the last one stuck at the table (We followed the old fashioned clean your plate rule). I never let things like mushrooms, tomatoes, or red meat pass my lips, and more likely ended up feeding them to the family dog or wadd

2017-03-05 03:15:04
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Quick Tandoori-Style Chicken  

Traditional tandoori chicken is an involved cooking process. This quick-and-easy version gives you all the great flavor without all the work.

2017-03-05 02:49:10
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Lotta Chocolate Love  

We just love chocolate around here. In fact I've been seriously considering buying more than one or two packs of chocolate chips at a time. For it seems like whenever I need to bake a batch of cookies there aren't any left! But isn't there an old adage: the more you buy, the more you use ... ? So I'm not so sure that buying more will suffice, since it'll probably just have us all consuming even more chocolate.

2017-03-05 02:37:07
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The Hidden Potential of an Unloved Vegetable  

I'm a sucker for an under-appreciated vegetable. Usually this inclination results in the dramatic rescue of a forlorn cabbage, celery root, or bunch of chard from a stand at a Farmer's Market. I then coddle that forgotten, beautiful-in-its-own-special-way veggie and whisk it back to my kitchen, intent on transforming the ugly ducking into a beautiful swan worthy meal come dinnertime. Kohlrabi, perhaps one of the saddest of the root vegetable bunch, was brought to my attention a bit differently t

2017-03-04 03:30:55
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Homemade Shamrock Shake  

Make your own version of McDonald's Shamrock shake using ice cream, milk, mint extract or creme de menthe, and green food coloring

2017-03-04 01:57:21
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Mustard Fried Chicken Wings  

Want some non-messy chicken wings for your Super Bowl party? The spicy mustard mixture helps the flour adhere to the wings, giving them a nice crisp texture when fried.

2017-03-04 01:42:52
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More Box Lunch Ideas: Ten Sandwiches Go Meatless  

Now that we've unwrapped a whole new year, the rubber really hits the road with getting back to the regular routine. Sometimes I feel a little forlorn and let down when I open the refrigerator door to pack some lunches and want to step past the same old, same old... Several weeks ago I wrote "A Look at Lunch: Thinking Outside the Box", and realized that there's so much more to be done with the humble sandwich. Sure, ham and cheese tops the list, but when you're looking for ways to spruce up your

2017-03-04 01:33:02
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Fish Au Gratin  

Perfect for Fish Fridays! You can use any white fish in this recipe such as cod, flounder, or tilapia. Serve the fish and cheese sauce over rice for an easy crock pot meal.

2017-03-03 02:22:43
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The Best Stir-Fry Ever  

What's not to love about a stir-fry for dinner? 1. It's quick. 2. It's easy. 3. It's healthy. But rely on it too many nights and it's ... well, boring. While we often fall back on a stir-fry when it seems like there's nothing else in the house for dinner, I really was getting awfully bored with the same old, same old carrots, onions, peas and rice. Yeah, for some reason these three are the most common veggies that get seared and saut

2017-03-03 02:09:21
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A World of Beans  

Beans are not one of those foods that you find people writing sonnets about. Aside from the well known children's verse, "Beans, beans, the musical fruit", only the story of Jack and the Beanstalk seem to give much credit to the legume. And yet, for all the general literary disregard, beans have one of the richest histories of cultivation as a crop and remain a staple food in many parts of the world today. A closer examination of this diverse food might just reveal that the bean deserves a promo

2017-03-02 03:01:51
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Eggs In Purgatory  

These eggs may be in purgatory, but you'll be in heaven! Also known as shakshuka, this underappreciated dish is best served with good bread to mop up all the tomatoey, eggy goodness. There's no wrong time to eat it: totally fair game for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

2017-03-02 02:57:53
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Leave No Stem Behind  

Growing up my father was known to cook one dish: stir-fry. My dad was not like other dads in a lot of ways. Cooking was no exception. Where other fathers mastered the domain of the barbecue, specializing in smoke and big hunks of meat, mine was the king of vegetables and tofu fried up in an ancient wok. I was thinking of my dad and his stir-fry this week as I was working with some vegetables lying around the house. Dad's stir-fry was not a complicated dish but he made that it into an art putting

2017-03-02 02:18:31
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Northern Thai Chile Pork  

Try out this chile pork on a chilly night! Cilantro, fish sauce, and garlic provide authentic Thai flavor to a stir-fried blend of pork and tomatoes. This dish will warm your belly and your soul.

2017-03-01 04:19:12
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Disarming Potatoes  

Poof! With just one quick poke of my cooking fork, a mini explosion erupted from the golden baked brown Idaho to release shards of fresh and tender potato all over the bottom of my recently cleaned oven. Why is it when I'm in a hurry I somehow end up making more work for myself? That's what happened recently when I was in a bit of a rush and slipped some potatoes in to bake while I put groceries away and then hustled around taking care of some other household business. There's a simple yet divi

2017-03-01 03:49:02
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Creamy Salmon Casserole  

Add a seafood option to your casserole arsenal. Salmon, vegetables and noodles come together under melty cheddar cheese, because what isn't better with cheese? Evaporated milk makes this casserole extra creamy.

2017-03-01 02:51:08
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Noodles to Last a Lifetime  

I was chatting with some friends the other day about what we would want to have if we were stuck on a desert island and could only eat a few foods for the rest of our lives. This all started when we were at a restaurant where in lieu of bread they served the most addictive wasabi popcorn. Our waitress insisted that if she could only have one food for the rest of her life, on this imaginary deserted island, it would be just that, popcorn. It takes a rather intense love of a food to think you coul

2017-03-01 01:27:12
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Chocolate Black Tea Cake  

Brewed tea adds a little flavor and color to this delicious hazelnut-flecked chocolate cake. For extra tea flavor, make it double-strength when brewing.

2017-02-28 04:47:09
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Sour Cream Swirl Cake  

This recipe is a great example of how you can dress up a simple box of cake mix to taste like homemade

2017-02-28 03:47:13
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A Moveable Breakfast  

You know those mornings when everyone is trying to rush out the door to meet the school bus and get to work on time? If this is your reality on most weekday mornings then you're definitely not alone. Too many of us feel that morning crunch and while we know that skipping breakfast is not the best alternative, especially for growing kids, some days even sitting down to a bowl of cereal seems like it takes too much time.

2017-02-27 04:24:37
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Easy Coconut Rice Pudding  

Never given rice pudding a shot? It's tough to go wrong with coconut milk, so this super simple recipe is a perfect way to try it out. Smooth coconut milk, nutmeg, and vanilla combine for a creamy and comforting bowl.

2017-02-26 03:36:27
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Pizza Is What It's All "Crocked" Up To Be  

In middle school, I had a friend who lived in Italy for three years. Her dad was in the military, and he had an opportunity to accept an assignment overseas. For three years, she sent me letters about food, her mom shopping in the street markets for tomatoes and cheese, and pictures of her leaning against ancient-looking walls. A few years ago, my dad had to go on a business trip to Italy, to speak at a conference. My little sister was able to go with him, and she brought back pictures from Rome

2017-02-25 03:07:46
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Presto, Pistachio Pesto!  

Recently I had a wonderful meal at a nearby Italian restaurant that specializes in homemade pasta and sauces. The owners are from Italy and don't serve the Italian American standard spaghetti and meatballs and garlic bread like most of the rest of the Italian joints around town. Instead they offer authentic Italian sauces such as Puttanesca (tomatoes, olives, chili peppers, anchovies, capers, and garlic), Carbonara (Pancetta, eggs, and black pepper), Walnut Cream sauce, and Ragu Bolognese, over

2017-02-24 04:26:20
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Mexican Brown Rice  

Add a little kick to your brown rice with a few simple extra ingredients. Made with brown rice, corn, tomatoes, onion, taco seasoning, and additional seasonings.

2017-02-24 02:47:54
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Here to Stay: Whole Grain Snack Ideas  

My kids have a joke about my favorite bread: it's that 12-plus multi-grain bread with all those crunchy seeds and grains. They say "the more, the better for Mom!" and wonder if there will ever be a 100-grain variety. Yep, I actually like that stuff better than the white fluff. I'm lucky: My kids like it too. As you've probably read before, you know that my kids are adventurous eaters - they're willing to try unusual combinations or take just one bite of a questionable new dish. What more could

2017-02-23 04:42:09
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Eat More Apps, Add Spice to Your Life  

If variety is the spice of life, then there is nothing spicier than an entire meal of appetizers. All it takes is one look at the prevalence of restaurants featuring small plates to realize that this whole variety thing is a dining trend that has really taken hold. Of course, in many parts of the world, eating small plates of many different foods has been part of their culture for a very long time. But whether your idea of variety is ten different dipping sauces for your French fries or ordering

2017-02-22 03:24:09
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Kitchen Sparks Fly When Opposites Attract  

There is a reason the old saying exists, 'opposites attract.' It is just that we don't think of that saying all that often in relation to food. Great food is a part of life that elicits such passion that people you would never think of getting along are brought together. Likewise when cooking, ingredients you might never think of using in the same dish can be brought together in beautiful harmony. Over the years a love of great food has made me friends with people I might barely have spoken to

2017-02-22 03:11:19
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Applebee's Perfect Margarita  

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, and what better way to celebrate than with this popular copycat recipe from Applebees. It's made with tequila, cointreau, grand marnier, fresh lime juice, sweet and sour mix, and simple syrup.

2017-02-22 01:11:48
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Dippity Do: Easy After-School Snacks  

When your kids get home hungry and tired after a busy day of school, what do they need most? Well, besides a welcome smile and hug and a listening ear, they probably need a healthy protein boost to pick them up after the tests and tribulations of their day. Although June Cleaver may have had her Leave It to Beaver family noshing on homemade cookies and milk daily, today's watch words are working parents and strained schedules - not to mention sugar, fat and carbs.

2017-02-21 01:46:39
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Presidents' Day and PB & J  

Some of us may have grown up eating it every day like clockwork for lunch - and never want to see it again. Others of us are still enamored with the classic taste of that creamy peanut butter and sweet grape jelly, otherwise known as PB&J. A taste that brings back days of slides, swings and playing tag at recess. My mom didn't serve up PB&J sandwiches very often, and that may be why I still like it - and yes, as a kid I thought those peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches from the cafeteria we

2017-02-20 04:36:01
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Chipotle Chicken Wraps  

Chicken is cooked with a chipotle rub and then rolled up in a tortilla with cream cheese and shredded lettuce.

2017-02-20 01:26:28
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Mix 'n Match Pasta  

Just yesterday I looked in my pantry and was speechless: no pasta left? No boxes or bags of elbows, spirals or linguine left anywhere? Of course, after the kitchen's demolition and remodeling (complete with house painting), that's probably not quite such an unusual happening, eh? Just getting everyone fed and keeping our lives going through that major routine-upheaval had me thinking about things that didn't include pasta. But it's one thing that I committed to that I'll do from here on out:

2017-02-20 01:04:38
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The New Couscous Is Fregola  

Doesn't there always seem to be a starch of the moment? At one time couscous, the pointillist pasta of North Africa, was all the rage. Then people began forgoing wheat and the wind shifted west to the Americas and quinoa, a gluten-free seed more toothsome than couscous with all the same ease and speedy cooking. Great grains like barley and farro have had their moment, tossed into salads, cooked à la risotto, and posing as pedestals for filet mignon and seared sea bass. Each newcomer treads the...

2017-02-18 05:59:43
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Cuban Pork  

Pork is marinated overnight in a citrus and spice mixture and then slow cooked with sliced onions until tender enough to shred. Serve it on tortillas with pico de gallo, lettuce, and guacamole.

2017-02-17 02:24:01
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Eagle Brand Caramel (aka Dulce de Leche)  

This classic one-ingredient caramel can be used as the perfect topping for any dessert, as the filling for a pie or tart, or eaten directly to satisfy your sugary cravings.

2017-02-16 03:29:38
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One-Skillet Spaghetti  

Ground beef, onion, pasta, tomatoes, mushrooms, and seasonings are all cooked in one dish - making this recipe easy to make (and clean up after)

2017-02-16 03:24:12
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President's Day is Full of Beans  

As promised, this week I am writing a very special edition of Real Meals. It is a historical and patriotic tribute in recognition of the upcoming President's Day holiday, and because February is a time when my family celebrates a very special tradition, Bean Day. So whether you got the memo or not and did or didn't eat beans on February 3rd, please read on and share beans as well as our country's history. The First Bean Day (As told by my great grandmother Nadine Giles) In early February, 1863,

2017-02-15 04:53:06
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Perogies  

Dress up frozen perogies to taste like they were made from scratch by simply slow cooking them with chopped onions and bacon.

2017-02-15 04:06:30
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Classic Tom Collins  

This is a refreshing cocktail that tastes like sparkling lemonade, with a gin kick. The origins of the Tom Collins are a bit muddy. Prior to the drink there was another drink called the "John Collins" which used Old Tom gin along with lemon juice, sugar, and club soda. It's speculated that the name morphed into "Tom Collins" from that.

2017-02-15 01:27:02
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A Chocolate Candygram of a Meal for Valentine's Day  

When I was in elementary school, I was--how do I put this?--awkward. An unfortunate pixie haircut (before it was cool), braces (before there was Invisiline) and the general dorkiness associated with the "Gifted and Talented" class I was enrolled in meant that, come Valentine's Day, I wasn't near the top of many people's Valentine card list. When it came to Valentine's Day giving, after one outgrew the the grade school ritual of hand-delivering little cards bought in bulk to classmates' homemade

2017-02-12 02:17:17
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Valentine Breadsticks  

One of our simplest Valentine's Day recipes! Form breadstick dough into heart shapes, sprinkle with seasonings, and bake as directed.

2017-02-11 03:36:20
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Angel Chicken  

Boneless chicken is slow cooked with dry Italian salad dressing mix, mushroom soup, white wine, and cream cheese and served over angel hair pasta.

2017-02-10 03:48:07
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Haricots Verts With Shaved Parmesan  

Thin green beans are tossed with a blend of sour cream and lemon juice and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.

2017-02-10 03:04:13
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Hua Toei Chao Fan Fried Rice  

Lots of flavor in this fried rice. It's made with cooked rice, peas, carrots, ham, onion, eggs, and soy sauce. A great way to use up leftover rice and/or ham.

2017-02-08 04:58:10
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Cranberry Mimosa  

A bubbly and refreshing mimosa for Valentine's Day! Combine cranberry juice, orange, juice, and Champagne or sparkling wine for this pretty and flavorful cocktail.

2017-02-08 03:12:24
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Yes, Man Can Live On Taco Alone  

As my brother and I sat down earlier this week to eat our third and fourth tacos of the day, what dawned on me was not that there was anything wrong with this eating pattern but rather that it was so natural I would have no problem eating tacos the next day as well. The thing is, my two-taco lunch (carnitas in a soft shell and shredded chicken in a hard shell) had been so unlike my two-taco dinner (vegetarian in a hard shell and ground turkey in a soft shell) that they indeed felt like extremely

2017-02-06 01:28:55
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California Pizza Kitchen's Tuscan Hummus  

Love hummus? Try this delicious copycat recipe of California Pizza Kitchen's "Tuscan Hummus" made from cannellini beans instead of the typical chickpeas.

2017-02-05 01:38:45
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Easy Tomato Soup Chili Con Carne  

Tomato soup has a richer flavor than regular tomato sauce so you don't need to add a lot of extras to this recipe to have a winner.

2017-02-05 01:15:02
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To Take the Scary Out of Fish, Steam  

When new friends find out I am a cook, questions inevitably follow. "My chicken never gets crispy and always dries out. What am I doing wrong?" "I have pork tenderloin I got on special from the store and I'm not sure what do with it. What do you do?" Of any food group, fish seems to cause the most consternation. It so intimidates people it seems, that many forgo cooking it altogether. The possibility of producing moist, flavorful filets is simply so foreign that many don't even bother trying. T

2017-02-04 03:04:18
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A Homemade Day at the Spa  

Is this long, cold winter dragging you down? As we face a couple more months of chilly and cloudy weather, a day at the spa sounds heavenly. But if you have no professional spa treatments in your plans or budget, then it's easy to re-create the experience at home with some spa influenced foods and recipes. Start with one of the most well known home spa remedies, placing cold tea bags or cucumber slices over the eyes to reduce puffiness. Most people have tried this at one time or another. The ant

2017-02-04 02:40:26
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Rotel Cheese Dip  

This cheese dip is creamy, gooey, and delicious, with a subtle chile heat that adds an extra kick to it. A must-have for your Super Bowl party!

2017-02-04 01:22:25
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The Crock Pot Candy Dish  

During that lazy week in between Christmas and New Year's, my husband, sister, and I went to the zoo. My husband kept lamenting that he couldn't throw Skittles into the lion cage; I had to keep steering him away from the live animals. He was all about cohabitation between cheetahs and gazelles. "I want to see some live-action, Discovery channel stuff," he said. I pulled him away, praying that no one who cared about animal rights was within earshot. I also reminded myself to never, ever bring Ski

2017-02-03 04:35:25
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Steak Au Poivre  

Tender cuts of steak are pan-seared with a black pepper crust and served with a rich cognac sauce.

2017-02-03 03:47:10
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Basmati Rice With Peas  

Subtle spices dress up this rice dish. Goes great with a variety of main dish recipes.

2017-02-03 03:01:03
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Cooking Origami  

What do boy scouts and fine cooks have in common? They both employ a method of folding meals into packets with delicious results. The boy scouts have their simple foil pouch cooking, while French and Italian chefs have cooking in parchment paper, or en papillote or in cartoccio, respectively. There are many different methods for this technique but the basic premise is that the food will be sealed in and steam in its own juices. It makes for a memorable dining experience. One of my most vivid foo

2017-02-03 02:42:11
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Bacon Wrapped Dogs  

Hot dog pieces (or "lil' smokies") are wrapped in bacon, coated in brown sugar, and then slow cooked until the bacon caramelizes. The ultimate Super Bowl party food!

2017-02-03 02:30:26
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Cookies With A Purpose  

It's that time of year, time to ditch your diet and buy some Girl Scout cookies! There is a short window of opportunity to order from your friendly local Girl Scout or Brownie going on right now, but for just a few weeks. My husband and I had a long Girl Scout cookie dry spell with no cookie sellers among our family or co-worker's children, so we had to keep our eyes peeled, looking out for a table parked at local businesses each year, if we wanted to get our hands on some of the hard to resist

2017-02-02 04:40:07
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A Plea For Greens  

Um, hello! Yeah, hi, this is your body speaking. Remember me? Yeah, I know, it's been a while. If you don't mind putting down that Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte Extra Whip for a second, I was wondering if I could have a word with you. There you go. That wasn't so difficult. Thanks. Now, I promise this won't take long and I'll try to be as delicate as possible. I know the last three or four months have been hard on you. First the weather got chilly, which sent us indoors. No more walks in the park

2017-02-02 02:41:22
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Semi-Homemade Slow Cooking  

In the freezer section of the grocery store, I recently came across several different brands of frozen crockpot meals. Normally I am not a huge consumer of pre-prepared frozen meals; in my opinion homemade cooking is worth the investment of time, every time. But I thought I might give these meals a try for the benefit of the column, and to see if there was a way to make slow cooking, generally a fairly easy process, even easier. These meals are conveniently packaged and labeled as complete crock

2017-02-01 03:26:22
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Butterscotch Frosting  

This cooked frosting has just the right amount of butterscotch flavor to complement your favorite cake or cupcakes.

2017-01-31 04:59:03
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96 

Homemade Flour Tortillas  

Making flour tortillas from scratch takes a little practice but you can't beat the homemade flavor and texture. You can use these tortillas for soft tacos, fajitas, burritos, or fry them and use as tortilla chips.

2017-01-31 04:35:29
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137 

Chocolate Waffles  

Want a little breakfast with your dessert? These may look like breakfast waffles but they taste like a delicious sweet treat.

2017-01-31 03:58:47
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132 

An Oven That Never Goes Out  

I confess I am a secret singing sensation. I sing in the car, in the shower, when I'm on hold with the cable company. I have to bite my tongue to stop myself from singing out loud with my headphones on while trotting down the street. And of course I sing when I bake. Working by yourself can be a real downer sometimes. Without the company of fellow humans during the day, sometimes I tune into my favorite talk radio stations. And sometimes I talk to my cats. But honestly, they're not the best c

2017-01-31 01:46:49
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133 

Super Bowl Snackin'  

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. It's a great time to invite your friends over for a casual get together and indulge in some heavy duty snacking as you cheer your favorite team onto victory. The challenge with Super Bowl Party menus is that they generally don't lend themselves well to healthy eating themes. But with a little forethought and creativity, you can strike a happy compromise with a menu somewhere between double crust pepperoni pizzas and beer and raw veggies with low cal d

2017-01-31 01:02:25
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85 

Super Bowl? It's Puff Pastry Time!  

Football fans are fun to feed. They're a hearty crowd. They're usually not picky. And there are so many suggestions and articles in every newspaper and magazine at this time of the year. Chili. Nachos. Pizza. Chips and dip. Hot wings. Satisfying finger foods that can keep the crowd at your house cheering to the last touchdown. So I'm not going to make even more suggestions for what you can pull together for your grab-and-go buffet. I bet you have more than enough ideas of what your crew would

2017-01-30 04:02:51
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97 

Apricot Bread (Who Would Have Guessed?)  

Recently, I was in a small grocery store, picking up a few items, when suddenly a craving hit me. All I wanted was dried fruit, dried fruit of any kind. I would have accepted pretty much anything at that point. I patiently walked up and down every aisle...twice. There wasn't a piece of dried fruit to be found. I left in frustration. The next day, I finally found $1 boxes of apricots at Walgreens while picking up makeup and deodorant. I didn't care that it was fruit at Walgreens. I didn't care th

2017-01-30 02:32:16
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316 

Red Lobster's Crab Alfredo  

Now you can copy the delicious alfredo sauce served at Red Lobster. It's an easy cream sauce made with fresh crab and served over pasta. You can easily vary the recipe and substitute lobster, shrimp, chicken, or broccoli for the crab meat.

2017-01-30 01:42:54
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307 

Teens and the Toaster Oven  

It all started with a garage sale find - a mini-toaster oven for only 50 cents. Remembering days of late evening snacks of French fries and toasted cheese melts, we bought the item and parked this little oven on the counter and I proceeded to be pleasantly surprised at how the kids took to using it. Using it so much in fact that this year it was time to replace that little ditty with a regular size (and strength) toaster oven. Yes, one that could toast, broil and bake more than one slice of brea

2017-01-29 04:31:50
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167 

Drink Your Breakfast: Shakes and Smoothies  

Just the other day we were rushing around on our way out to an early morning class when I realized there was no way we were going to fit breakfast in before hopping in the car. Sad, but true. That's when I remembered shakes and smoothies. A-ha - to the rescue. Start with milk, spoon in protein powder and your favorite frozen fruit. Whiz in the blender and drink. This is one of the easiest breakfasts we manage to pull together - and, thankfully, one of the kids' favorites. The only caveat to maki

2017-01-29 03:34:02
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501 

Pork Steaks Cacciatore  

Pork blade steaks are cooked "hunter" style (simmered in a tomato based sauce) and served over noodles.

2017-01-29 03:09:58
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515 

Er, What's the Name of That Veggie?  

On a quick trip to the grocery store recently - I was actually picking up some veggies for some recipe development assignments - one of those 4-digit codes on the red beets was missing. The young checkout clerk asked what they were. "Red beets, you say? Hmmm. Can't say I've ever had 'em." Unbeknownst to me, that was just the beginning. Since just about every other item in my basket was a vegetable needing a code, it wasn't long before he was asking me what a green curly-leafed bunch was. "Kale.

2017-01-28 03:23:17
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148 

The Surface of Things  

Gnocchi is startlingly simple given its elegant presentation and thus would be an ideal dish for a dinner party on short notice. Best of all, the gnocchi and the sauce can be made start-to-finish in under half an hour. It's an impressive dish certain to please your guests no matter what their nationality.

2017-01-28 02:37:14
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149 

Chinese Meatballs  

Tender Asian-style meatballs made with a combination of pork and shrimp and served with steamed napa cabbage.

2017-01-28 01:35:09
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119 

January Challenge Part IV: Reinventing Leftovers  

Congratulations my ambitious Home Cook, you have almost made it through an entire month of pushing yourself to rethink your approach to consistently getting dinner on the table... from scratch. A month of trying out time-saving tips, meal planning, and making breakfast for dinner may have left you with a refrigerator full of bits and pieces of your previous nights' efforts. And as any lover of the Thanksgiving holiday knows, there is nothing better than the meal itself except for maybe digging i

2017-01-27 04:32:44
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136 

Duck Fat: Better Than Butter  

Years from now, long after I have stopped working for my present employer, if my boss remembers one thing about me it will be these four words: duck fat French fries. Our first full day working together, the subject of my love of cooking came up. Like many people do when they learn I am a cook, my boss asked me what my favorite foods are. I told her that I am a true omnivore; I eat just about everything... with the exception of potatoes. But even that rule I'll make an exception for on one condi

2017-01-27 04:13:08
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140 

Salmon Pasta Skillet  

This recipe is a great way to use canned salmon. Hint: it also works with leftover cooked salmon!

2017-01-27 03:44:33
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