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  • Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayonnaise {vegetarian}

    Delicious Everyday
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Juicy portobello mushrooms and crispy baguettes come together in this vegetarian spin on the Vietnamese classic bánh mì. My parents have spent the last few months in France, and heading to the boulangerie to purchase freshly baked baguettes has become a daily ritual for them. After months of hearing tales from my parents of the amazing baguettes they’d been enjoying I started baking my own in earnest. Continue reading Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayonnaise {vegetarian} or leave a comment ©2014 Delicious Everyday. All content in this feed (including photographs and…
  • French Toast Bread Pudding

    The Picky Eater: A Healthy Food Blog
    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    That’s right. French. Toast. Bread. Pudding. For Breakfast. Need I say more?? This is one of the husband’s favorite meals. Sometimes I make it for brunch, but often I make it for dinner (as a breakfast for dinner meal) – along with some roasted rosemary potatoes (recipe coming soon) and a green smoothie. It is so super healthy for you, but literally tastes like dessert. It doesn’t get much better than that! I was inspired by a recipe I found on HungryGirl, but I changed the ingredients to make them more natural / less processed and whole-food based. The result? A…
  • January Cleanses & Detoxes

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    Heidi Swanson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    I find myself in the midst of strangers a lot, a lot - crammed onto buses, in line at a cafes, grabbing lunch at favorite spots, grocery shopping - and I can't tell you how many conversations I've overheard in the past week related to cleanses, detoxes, and diets. An unusually high number, even for January - month of fresh starts, clean slates, and focused intentions. And there seem to be two veins of conversation - the individuals excited about cleansing or fasting, and the debunkers (link, link). My immediate reaction is that you don't really need to be in one camp or the other. There might…
  • Slow Cooker Super Bowl Food

    A Year of Slow Cooking
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Super Bowl lends itself to slow cooker food.  No matter if you're cooking at home, or bringing a potluck item to share to a party --- this list has got you covered.Sandwiches. They make everyone happy, can be eaten easily on your lap, and these recipes can feed a good 12 people or so. I use gluten free hoagie rolls (Udi's makes some, as does Against The Grain).Italian Beef SandwichesPeperoncini Beef SandwichesBarbecued Pulled PorkFrench DipPhilly CheesesteakLoose MeatBeef and BeanPortobello Mushroom (for the veggies!)Dips. No, not your cousin Howard.  I'm talking cheesey, gooey,…
  • Peking Pork Chops

    80 Breakfasts
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    If you are thinking that much of what we eat at home is Asian food, or at the very least Asian-influenced food, then you would be absolutely right.  My pantry is packed with everything from soy sauce (regular and dark) to sesame oil (Chinese and Korean), oyster sauce and hoisin, Shaoxing wine, rice wine, rice wine vinegar, mirin, fish sauce, coconut milk, various chili pastes (with and without soy) hailing for different Asian countries, plum sauce, sweet chili sauce, and probably a few other items that I can’t recall at the moment.There are two very good reasons for this.  One,…
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    101 Cookbooks

  • January Cleanses & Detoxes

    Heidi Swanson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    I find myself in the midst of strangers a lot, a lot - crammed onto buses, in line at a cafes, grabbing lunch at favorite spots, grocery shopping - and I can't tell you how many conversations I've overheard in the past week related to cleanses, detoxes, and diets. An unusually high number, even for January - month of fresh starts, clean slates, and focused intentions. And there seem to be two veins of conversation - the individuals excited about cleansing or fasting, and the debunkers (link, link). My immediate reaction is that you don't really need to be in one camp or the other. There might…
  • A Simple Carrot Soup

    Heidi Swanson
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:34 pm
    You are looking at the simplest of carrot soups. One I love, in part, because it's an example of how a beautiful meal can come together with a bit of care, and an impossibly short list of ingredients. Carrots and onion form the base, which is spiked with dollop of red curry paste, and then pureed into silky oblivion. Once pureed, you can flare it out with whatever you have on hand for the toppings. This is a soup we make often, and it was my special request after a tooth extraction this week. I'm short one wisdom tooth thanks to a brawny, bee-keeping oral surgeon, and I ate a lot of this soup…
  • Ayocote Bean & Mushroom Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo writes one of my favorite newsletters. For those of you who don't know Steve, you've likely encountered his beautiful heirloom beans, they're celebrated by some of the country's best chefs, and fanatically embraced by just about every great cook I know. If not, you're in for a treat. Cooking my way through Steve's beans over the years has been a grand culinary adventure - one I hope to continue for many more years - and I like to look to the Rancho Gordo newsletter for ideas. I always find myself wishing other businesses would take inspiration from newsletters like…
  • Rye Crepes

    Heidi Swanson
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    The new year is here, and so far it has been crisp air, clear skies, thickest softest sweaters, afternoon reads, and big stews. We made crepes New Years Eve, and celebrated fresh starts, optimism, and our hopes for the coming months - a simple night of sparkling wine, crepes, and a far-away view of the downtown fireworks. A drive north for a quick escape over the weekend was all about big coastal vistas, antique store treasures, full moons, and sea air. I'm looking forward to more of this sort of thing in 2015 - crepes, treasures, ocean horizons, and good health for all. The crepes, they're…
  • Lacinato Kale and Pecorino Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
    UPS sent two U-Haul trucks on Tuesday to pick up the last of the QK holiday orders. We pack each box with a lot of love, then send them off with a kiss, and I catch myself in a cycle of reloading the tracking dashboard to see how they are progressing across the country. Thankfully some quiet and calm has descended in the days since, and I've spent much of the extended holiday weekend tidying, both at home and the studio. Bills are getting paid, emails returned, articles are being read, and books have now been picked up where I abandoned them. And, I've had a few nice culinary stints in the…
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    A Year of Slow Cooking

  • Slow Cooker Super Bowl Food

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Super Bowl lends itself to slow cooker food.  No matter if you're cooking at home, or bringing a potluck item to share to a party --- this list has got you covered.Sandwiches. They make everyone happy, can be eaten easily on your lap, and these recipes can feed a good 12 people or so. I use gluten free hoagie rolls (Udi's makes some, as does Against The Grain).Italian Beef SandwichesPeperoncini Beef SandwichesBarbecued Pulled PorkFrench DipPhilly CheesesteakLoose MeatBeef and BeanPortobello Mushroom (for the veggies!)Dips. No, not your cousin Howard.  I'm talking cheesey, gooey,…
  • All American Pot Roast -- 10 Ways to Slow Cook

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Pot Roast is usually one of the first dishes new slow cooker owners prepare. If you find that the meat isn't quite as tender as you'd like near dinnertime, remove it from the pot, and cut it into a few pieces before returning it to the pot for a little while longer.Tough or dry pot roast is a sign that it simply hasn't cooked long enough. You want the meat to relax, and soak up the cooking liquid -- it should literally cut apart with a fork when it's time to serve.TRADITIONAL POT ROASTserves 61 tablespoon garlic powder2 teaspoons dried basil1 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon ground black…
  • CrockPot Tex Mex Pot Roast Recipe

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
     There's nothing like a big hunk of meat to warm you up on a chilly day. This is man-pleasin' food. That sounds totally sexist. I'm sorry. The thing is that my brother, dad, and Adam all ate big helpings. Although I only used 2 pounds of meat, the beans and the corn really stretches both the servings and the number served. If you have a larger hunk of meat, that's okay --- there's more than enough liquid in the pot to handle double or 2.5 x the amount of meat.The Ingredients.serves 82 to 4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder1 (15-ounce) can…
  • Weekly Slow Cooker Meal Plans

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I did it! This summer I worked on creating 14 individual meal plans with a complete coordinating grocery list, and I'm happy to be able to offer them on my new Meal Plan Page.Each Meal Plan has 5 recipes and the packets have been selected to reflect the wide variety of slow cooker meals that I have available in my cookbooks and on the A Year of Slow Cooking website. I decided to offer 5 recipes, because it's the busy work week that really needs meal plan help, and since slow cooking lends itself to leftovers, I think you'll find that the meals can easily be stretched to last longer than…
  • 10 Slow Cooker Clean out the Pantry Meals

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sometimes the very best meals are the ones thrown together at the very last minute. I love slow cooking because it allows me to play in the kitchen. I love opening the fridge and dumping last night's vegetables into the cooker with some spices and seasoning to make an entirely new dinner.Less is More.I encourage you to "cook for free" with what you've already got in your fridge, freezer, pantry, and spice cabinet. Hopefully these recipes will inspire you to use your slow cooker like an Easy Bake Oven for grownups --- cooking should be fun and easy, and there is truly no easier way to cook…
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    80 Breakfasts

  • Peking Pork Chops

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    If you are thinking that much of what we eat at home is Asian food, or at the very least Asian-influenced food, then you would be absolutely right.  My pantry is packed with everything from soy sauce (regular and dark) to sesame oil (Chinese and Korean), oyster sauce and hoisin, Shaoxing wine, rice wine, rice wine vinegar, mirin, fish sauce, coconut milk, various chili pastes (with and without soy) hailing for different Asian countries, plum sauce, sweet chili sauce, and probably a few other items that I can’t recall at the moment.There are two very good reasons for this.  One,…
  • Bulgogi Korean BBQ

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    My little neighborhood has been getting spiffier by the minute.  I still remember when I just moved in, my pregnant belly swaying before me, excited to be in the heart of the city (that’s me…the city girl), eager to explore my new home.  There were definitely some gems already in place back then, but lately it seems like the gastronomy gods have been smiling down at me.  Almost one on top of the other, lovely new places have sprouted, like so many answers to my fervent prayers: my favorite bakery/cafe that is going to be the death of me (they make a mean kimchi fried rice…
  • Korean Beef Stew...and I'm back

    1 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    Hi.  I hope you’re still here.  Because I am.  I always have been in a way.  All throughout these past months of little sleep, of no respite, of tiredness and sadness.  Of trying to get by, trying to make sure everything was at least a decent amount done.  Of squeezing in work, and children, and food, and a household…while watching my father leave this world.  As I knew he was.  As I always knew.  Even when people gathered around with extra loud voices – as if the volume of it could somehow push the sickness away – I stood by and did what I…
  • Fight Food Waste -- Love Food Don’t Waste

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Hi folks…you still there?  I hope so, because I've been a bit pensive lately, a bit meditative, and usually, when I surface from these states, I have a thing or two to share.  And where else would I share it but here…a space where no one can interrupt me and I can ramble to my heart’s content.  So apologies in advance in case I am a bore!For those of you who are wondering, after this post, my father is a little better, although the general condition has not changed.  Right now, all we can do is make sure he is as comfortable as possible.  Emotionally I don’t…
  • Hi, Hello.

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Hi there.  I know I’ve been away for a bit.  I know it’s been a little quiet over here.  I wish I could tell you (as I usually do) that work, Halloween planning, big school decisions, friends, life, and a million and one everyday things kept me too busy.  I wish.  I wish for the insistent demands of the many mundane things that usually vie for my attention.  Vie for all our attentions.  That steady, sometimes tedious, sometimes dull, sometimes frenetic, yet steady thrum of normalcy.  I wish.My father is sick and has been in and out of the hospital…
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    Cookie Madness

  • Marshmallow Swirl S’mores Fudge

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time Today’s recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes, and Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix. It’s a fudge recipe similar to the old condensed milk/chocolate chip “Foolproof Fudge”, but with slightly different ratios of condensed milk and chocolate chips plus just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Clumpy Crunchy Granola Without Oil

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time I used to be the only one in our house who loved granola, but something changed and now the whole family can’t get enough of it. Maybe it’s the weather? I don’t know, but since granola disappears so quickly now I’m making more of it and fine tuning old recipes. This is our latest favorite.... Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Pie

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time My grocery store has a lot of “buy something get something free” deals, and the latest one was buy a pack of K-cups and get a free pint of So Delicious brand non-dairy coconut milk creamer. I honestly would have never bought that given that we drink our coffee black, but since it was free... Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bryanna Clark Grogan’s Vegan Feast Kitchen/ 21st Century Table


    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    RECIPE UPDATED ON JAN. 23, 2015-- I added some photos and a few extra notes and corrected the size of the bread pans I use and the amount of water used in the recipe.  Sorry about that-- should not write recipes when I'm sick!I'm sorry it's taken so long to get this post (or any post!) up-- I've been sick with the flu.  But, at last I'm finishing this post on how to make a delicious sprouted wheat bread (with minimal flour) that is not heavy, flat and/or overly moist, that has the texture and appearance of a good whole wheat loaf.I started this journey because I was interested in…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!Yesterday, I checked the refrigerator for greens that needed using up.  We live on an island, so we only shop every 2 weeks.  I'm trying to avoid any food waste (watching this documentary has strengthened my resolve!), so I moved all the vegetables out of the refrigerator drawers (filled them with condiments) and I have my veggies right in the center of the fridge, with the ones that need to be used up first in the front, so that I don't forget about them.  Anyway, I had spinach and baby bok choy to use up, so I turned to two of my older recipes.

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    My best wishes to all of my readers and friends, and I sincerely hope for a peaceful and joyful New Year for all of us!Just a quick post today-- some photos of our Christmas Dinner and our Boxing Day (December 26th) gathering with family at my daughter Sarah's house.VEGAN CHRISTMAS DINNER, 2014: (CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A LARGER VERSION)Our vegan friends Mike (whose partner, Fireweed, could not come due to illness), Holly, David and Tanya, and my stepson Laurence enjoyed this "Beefy" Seitan Roast" wrapped in crunchy artisan bread dough for the main dish-- I hadn't made this for quite a few…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    This was our lunch the other day and you could hardly hope for a more delicious, inexpensive and healthful, even though it was made from simple ingredients and leftovers.  The soup is my rendition of an Italian soup and, in true Italian style, the flavor belies the simplicity of the few ingredients.  My husband raved over it and wants me to make it regularly.The sandwich was made with thin slices of my second batch of homemade sprouted wheat bread made with minimal flour.  (Read about my first trial here.)  I didn't have much to make a sandwich out of, so I…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    JAN. 2, 2015: SEE UPDATE IN RECIPE BELOW.If you read my blog post from 1 week ago about making sprouted wheat bread, you'll know I'm experimenting with making breads from dough made from sprouted hard wheat kernels, with little or no flour.  My first loaf bread came out beautifully, but the dough was so sticky that it took me WAY too long to clean up my food processor and mixer.  I didn't know if I'd try it again (after soaking everything in warm water, it took me about 20 minutes of scrubbing to clean everything, and the sponge had to go into the garbage can!). But after I let the…
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  • Chocolate Banana Bread

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    One of the most loved recipes on the site is our banana bread, and one thing people seem to like to do to change it up is to add chocolate chips to it. That’s sort of a no-brainer, right? Dear banana bread lovers, putting chocolate chips in your banana bread is like having your bananas and chocolate go on a date. Lovely and sweet, yet still separate and distinct. After a while both want something more—a merging of wills, a commitment! Continue reading "Chocolate Banana Bread" »
  • Cheesy Bread

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house. One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle’s is this “cheesy bread”, a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. Continue reading "Cheesy Bread" »
  • Chicken Posole Salad

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    One of my favorite comforting soups is Mexican chicken posole, with a hominy-rich chicken broth, chunks of chicken, and heaped with toppings. And as anyone who loves posole knows, it’s all about the toppings—avocados, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, Mexican cheese. So why not turn those into a salad? Continue reading "Chicken Posole Salad" »
  • Potato Skins

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    There is nothing like a plate full of crispy potato skins, filled with melty cheddar cheese, and topped with bacon bits, sour cream and green onions. Continue reading "Potato Skins" »
  • Pickled Beets

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Beets are a weekly ritual around here. Usually we boil them and toss them in a sweet sour vinaigrette and keep them in the refrigerator to eat all week. The vinegar in the dressing “pickles” the beets, helping them last longer in the fridge. Continue reading "Pickled Beets" »
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    Kalyn's Kitchen®

  • Grandma Denny's From-Scratch Ranch-Style Vegetable Dip (Reduced Fat or Regular Version)

    Kalyn Denny
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    My Grandma was making Grandma Denny's From Scratch Ranch Style Vegetable Dip long before I heard of Ranch Dressing!(On Fridays I feature favorite recipes you may have missed, and my Grandma Denny's From Scratch Ranch-Style Vegetable Dip is one of those Five Ingredient recipes I love to spotlight for Five Ingredient Fridays. And there's a big football game coming up this weekend, so if you have some of my grandma's homemade dip among all the less healthy munchies, at least you'll be getting a few vegetables!) When I was a kid, my Grandma Denny made a fantastic dip that she…
  • Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)

    Kalyn Denny
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    This simple recipe for Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and roasted Red Peppers is one of my favorites!Sometimes I feel like a very bad blogger indeed!  This week food bloggers everywhere are posting Superbowl party food and I'm over here sharing updated photos for this deliciously healthy Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers. Of course, if you're looking for carb-conscious Superbowl recipes, there are plenty of good ideas on the blog, but since the entire east coast of the U.S. is snowed in, it seems like soup is a good menu choice for lots of people. …
  • Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups are a delicious treat for dinner or game-day snacking.I grew up with a wonderful dad who thought shrimp was about the best possible food, which might explain my own fondness for all things shrimp.  Another flavor I love is horseradish, the ingredient that gives that spicy kick to my low-sugar cocktail sauce.  This fun new recipe for Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups combines those ingredients in lettuce cups that would be a treat for a healthy low-carb dinner or game-day snack.When I tested out this recipe with Jake, we first mixed the cocktail sauce with the shrimp,…
  • Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Meatless)

    Kalyn Denny
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella is delicious for a side dish or a Meatless main dish.I don't have any kind of clever creative story about how I came up with this Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella except for the fact that my local store had organic kale on sale for $.99 a bunch (!), and I went a little crazy buying kale.  So then I had to start thinking of ways to use it, and I had a big spaghetti squash on the counter staring me in the face.  Most definitely this is a riff on the Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan…
  • Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad Recipe with Chile-Lime Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, SBD Phase One)

    Kalyn Denny
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing has all my favorite taco salad flavors!Ever since I fell in love with baby kale, I've had fun experimenting with it in different salad combinations, and this Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing is another baby kale salad that I loved.  The word Paleo in the recipe title means I think this salad will work for the Paleo or Primal way of eating.  (When I told my friend Bonnie about this salad, she asked "What is Paleo?" so click that link if this is new to you as well.)  Since Paleo eating fits so perfectly with…
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  • Cheesy Bread

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house. One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle’s is this “cheesy bread”, a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. Continue reading "Cheesy Bread" »
  • Pickled Beets

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Beets are a weekly ritual around here. Usually we boil them and toss them in a sweet sour vinaigrette and keep them in the refrigerator to eat all week. The vinegar in the dressing “pickles” the beets, helping them last longer in the fridge. Continue reading "Pickled Beets" »
  • Cheesy Tortellini Casserole

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Do you ever get a craving for lasagna, and start thinking of the different ingredients you’ll need, but stop when you remember that it will take close to 2 hours to make and you want something sooner rather than later? This cheesy tortellini casserole is for those moments. It’s a bit like a baked lasagna—with pasta, cheese, tomato sauce—but a lot easier to put together. Continue reading "Cheesy Tortellini Casserole" »
  • Potato Leek Soup

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    When the cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. This potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make! You soften chopped leeks in butter, then add diced potatoes, stock, and herbs, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done. You don’t need any cream to make this soup creamy, just blend some or all of the soup to thicken. Simple, delicious, and satisfying. Enjoy! Continue reading "Potato Leek Soup" »
  • Perfect Popcorn

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Making popcorn from scratch can be tricky. Not only do you want as many kernels as possible to pop, but you also want to keep the kernels from burning at the bottom of the pan. Until my mother showed me her way of cooking popcorn, I usually took the easy way out and used (gasp!) microwave popcorn, which by the way, is not that good for you. Continue reading "Perfect Popcorn" »
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    smitten kitchen

  • caramelized onion and gruyère biscuits

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    We’ve been on a huge breakfast-for-dinner kick this winter and while I’d like to tell you it has been triggered by earnest, respectable inclinations such as the fact that scrambled eggs, toast, and whatever vegetables or citrus salad we can scrounge up from the fridge for dinner is budget-minded, high in protein, fairly balanced and wholesome, the truth is that it’s been mostly about laziness. Once we figured out that our kid would now not only eat scrambled eggs but be excited to see them on the table [although, let’s be honest, doubly so if he can also talk us into…
  • fried egg salad

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Did you fall in love with The Crispy Egg? Did you, too, find yourself obsessed with the crackly lacy edges, the potato-chip like crisp underneath, the souffled egg whites, and the high melodrama of all of that hissing and sputtering? Did you go on a Crispy Egg Bender? Come, sit down. You’re among friends. This is the next chapter in the crispy egg saga. It was intended for the next day, but I mistakenly got distracted with chicken pot pies, chocolate babka and fall-toush salads instead — my priorities are whack, I know. It came into my life when I went on the hunt for something…
  • key lime pie

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    January, as far as I’m concerned, is a pretty mediocre month. The holiday party tinsel-and-bubbly frenzy of November and December is replaced with hibernation and Netflix binges. The charming first and second snowstorms pass and the ones that follow are met with more of a really? it’s snowing again? Squarely between Christmas and mid-Winter break, it’s too early in the season to be so weary of the cold, but here I am, counting down the days until the hi/bye gloves can literally come off. Fortunately, just when I’ve resigned myself to thinking it’s going to be as…
  • mushroom marsala pasta bake

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Over the last couple years — a dark time in which I’ve slowly had to accept that my once-tiny baby with fairly simple needs now required real square meals at very specific times of the day, such as dinner, far earlier than we ever do and that he’d likely be looking to me (me!) to provide them or face the hangry consequences — I’ve attempted to increase my repertoire of two things: 1. Dinners that can be made easily in under an hour that I actually want to eat, and 2. Casseroles. No, no, I don’t mean the canned cream of soupiness things. I mean, the idea of…
  • butterscotch pudding

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    One of my worst cooking traits is that when I get frustrated with a recipe, it can take me years to get back to it. I mean, I’m theoretically too old to be having tantrums, kitchen or other, but there’s no other way to describe this behavior where I get frustrated, throw my jangly measuring spoons in the sink and huff off to gaze at jeans I could probably fit half a thigh into, which is how I mope.* Sure, you could just say that I need a little space, a break, it’s-not-you-it’s-me from the recipe so I can gain some perspective, and consider other approaches but six…
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  • Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Oh my it has been a cold week in much of the country—a good reason to stay inside and keep warm with a big pot of hearty soup! Kale is plentiful in the markets these days, mostly because it’s one vegetable that seems to thrive in cold temperatures. Kale and Italian sausage are one of those heavenly combinations, and together with beans, onions, tomatoes, and stock? Truly delicious. Continue reading "Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas" »
  • Citrusy Cabbage Salad with Cumin and Coriander

    9 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Isn’t it great that some of our most colorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the dreariest days of winter? Now is the time for citrus—oranges, lemons, limes. My mother and I planted a lime tree several years ago and it has finally decided to produce limes. Mom has so many she can’t give them away. Our orange trees are adorned and heavy with ripe fruit. And cabbages! Festive purple and green cabbages, my favorite winter vegetable because they’re inexpensive, last for weeks (if not months) in the fridge, and they’re so versatile—in a soup, blanched,…
  • Poached Salmon

    30 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Whether you are entertaining a crowd or making a simple meal for one, there’s nothing more easy, healthy, and delicious than poached salmon. This is my hands down favorite way to prepare salmon, because it’s so quick! Start to finish it takes only 15 minutes (at least with a small fillet), and it doesn’t stink up the kitchen the way broiling or frying salmon can. Continue reading "Poached Salmon" »
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Here’s a quick and easy dip for anyone who loves the taste of red bell peppers. It’s a double-duty red bell pepper dip with both roasted and fresh bell peppers, mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, and a little garlic. Plenty of zing, and so bright and festive! Continue reading "Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip" »
  • Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Here is one of the easiest ways to prepare brussels sprouts—parboiled for a few minutes, and then sautéed in butter with onions, and tossed with lemon juice and toasted almonds. So good! Continue reading "Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds" »
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  • Bad Ass Bean Dip

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Vegetarian and hearty -- posted by Lise in Indiana
  • Roasted Broccoli

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    This is based on Ina Garten's recipe for roasted broccoli, but I pared it down a little and cut back some on the fat. -- posted by xtine
  • Greeny's Guacamole

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Guacamole is one of my favorite dips for tortilla chips, and this is my version. I make it during the summer for parties and get togethers. I even make it in the winter, when we get a hankering for it! Easy to double or halve. -- posted by Greeny4444
  • Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    From 'The Glorious Vegetables of Italy'. -- posted by gailanng
  • CC Angus Chili Seasoning

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Mix using at the ESC (East Side Clubs) chili Cook Off on Saturday FEBRUARY 28, 2015. -- posted by MadCity Dale
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    The Restaurant Recipe Blog

  • Crispy Honey-Ginger Wings

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    Just in time for the big game this weekend I have some delicious for your Super Bowl parties.  I’ve picked some of the best game day recipes from our forum for you to enjoy.  First, I have a secret recipe for crispy honey-ginger chicken wings.  No Super Bowl party is complete without some wings. This recipe is only one of the many chicken wing recipes featured in the “The Ultimate Chicken Wing Cookbook.”  This book contains over 100 tried and true chicken wing recipes that range from mild and sweet to hot and spicy. Members of our Discount Cookbook Club will receive this entire…
  • Chili’s Texas Fries

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you love French fries and cheese then you’re going to love today’s secret recipe.  The Texas fries served at Chili’s are loaded with yummy goodness.  Fries are topped with shredded cheese, bacon and jalapenos, then served with a ranch dipping sauce.  Perfect for snacking and would definitely be a hit at any Super Bowl party. You can also find a great selection of Chili’s recipes on our forum: Go Here Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 9 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil Daily (3 of these are shocking) Discover all the amazing health benefits of…
  • Proof Bakery’s Scones

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= NEVER eat this fish (EVER) Learn about the 4 types of fish you should never eat and the #1 worst oil ever for your heart, brain and skin: Go Here =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Hi {!firstname_fix}, Hope you had a nice weekend. Today’s 5 star secret recipe is for some delicious orange and currant scones.  These light and yummy scones are served at Proof Bakery in Los Angeles.  Use this recipe (below) to make these quickly and easily at home. Proof Bakery is a compact cafe and bakery that offers fresh-made pastries, sandwiches, cakes and locally roasted coffee.
  • Shrimp Creole

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    I have some fantastic new recipes (below) that are easy to prepare and loaded with wonderful flavors.  First, I have a delicious low fat recipe for shrimp creole.  This dish is so flavorful it’s hard to believe its actually good for you.  Sauteed shrimp served in a spicy creole sauce over brown rice. This recipe is only one of the delicious recipes featured in the “Low Fat Cooking Volume 1” cookbook.  This book features over 100 great-tasting low fat recipes that you will love.. Members of our Discount Cookbook Club will receive this entire cookbook with their membership.  If…
  • TGI Friday’s Pretzel Sticks and Beer Cheese Dip

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Today’s secret recipe is for a great appetizer served at T.G.I. Friday’s.  If you’ve never had the pretzel sticks with beer cheese dip, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  Fresh baked pretzel sticks are served with a hot cheese sauce flavored with beer.  These pretzel sticks are great to munch on when you have friends over. You can also enjoy many more secret recipes from T.G.I. Friday’s on our forum: Go Here Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The #1 WORST Food For Your Skin, Joints, & Blood Sugar Learn about the worst food…
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  • Classic Butter Cookies

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    These cookies are sweet and buttery. Simple yet so good. Great for the holidays or any time of year. Kids love to help decorate them too. 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt For decorating: Colored sprinkles Colored sugar Chocolate sprinkles Baking cherries Or your favorite topping Preheat oven to 400 degrees F before baking. Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Our Massive Recipe Forum Is Back Online!

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    I am happy to announce that after much delay the Recipe Snoop forum is now back online! The forum has been upgraded and it’s now integrated into my recipe blog. All of the old posts have been transferred over to this new site.  We have thousands of user submitted recipes on the forum. If you were a member of the old Recipe Snoop site, you should be able to login with your old username and password. If you forgot your password click here. If you would like to register a new account click here. Best part…we can now start chatting and posting new recipes again. I appreciate your…
  • Green Bean Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    We’re all familiar with the age old green bean casserole that combines frozen green beans with cream of mushroom soup. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes great. This recipe however kicks it up a notch by making all the components from scratch. The end result is so much more flavorful and will really impress your guests. Be sure to keep an eye on the onions for the topping as I burned my first batch. For the topping: 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoons panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon regular unseasoned breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon kosher salt Nonstick…
  • Hearty Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    This flavorful soup is loaded with delicious vegetables, shredded chicken and a medley of rice. 1 medium onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped 1 turnip, peeled and chopped 1/4 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained 3/4 cup Trader Joes Brown Rice Medley (long grain brown rice, black barley, daikon radish seeds) 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and black pepper, to taste 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) 10 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley In…
  • Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    These mashed potatoes come out nice and creamy with rich flavor. A great side dish for roast beef or your favorite protein. 2 sticks butter, softened, plus more for the pan 5 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon Lawry’s salt 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 4-quart…
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    Diet Recipes Blog

  • Fish and Vegetable Skewers recipe – 100 calories

    On a Diet
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    The fish in these low-calorie skewers provides 1/5 of the daily vitamin D requirements. This vitamin improves the coordination between muscles and nerves. In addition, fish is very rich in iodine. Fish and Vegetable Skewers with Lime Dip recipe Ingredients: 1 small ripe mango (about 250 g) 1 lime 1 small zucchini (150g) 4 cherry tomatoes 200 g cod fillet salt pepper 1/2 tsp yogurt butter 1 tsp pink peppercorns 100 g yogurt (0.1% fat) Preparation: 1. Peel the mango. Cut the fresh into thick stripes and dice. 2. Cut the lime in half and squeeze out the juice. 3. Wash, clean and chop the…
  • Green Smoothie recipe – 137 calories

    On a Diet
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    A delicious and nutrient dense powerhouse smoothie. Green Smoothie recipe – 137 calories Ingredients: 2 ounces spinach 3 ounces kale 2 bananas 1 apple (cored) 2 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped) 1 ounce fresh ginger root (grated) 1/2 ounce fresh turmeric (grated) 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 garlic cloves 1 ounce flax seed (ground) 32 ounces water (or to fill blender to 64 oz) Preparation: 1. Combine all the ingredients in a large blender and process until smooth 2. Serve immediately. 3. Note: Bananas and apples may be frozen in advance. Ice may be substituted for a portion of the water.
  • Best Low-Carb Recipes on the Net (September 2013 Edition)

    On a Diet
    4 Oct 2013 | 3:12 am
    Here are the best low-carb recipes published on the internet in the month of September 2013. If you think other recipes also deserve to be on this list, please leave a comment! More diet recipes from September 2013: Low-calorie recipes Low-fat recipes Gluten-free recipes Dairy-free recipes Paleo diet recipes Diabetic recipes LOW-CARB RECIPES Low Carb Peanut Butter Pie Low Carb Peanut Butter Pie recipe by Julie @ The New Lighter Life Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower recipe by Rhonda @ Just A Pinch Recipes Fresh Peach and Blueberry Yogurt Parfait Fresh Peach…
  • Best Low-Fat Recipes on the Net (September 2013 Edition)

    On a Diet
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:42 am
    Here are the best low-fat recipes published on the internet in the month of September 2013. If you think other recipes also deserve to be on this list, please leave a comment! More diet recipes from September 2013: Low-calorie recipes Low-carb recipes Gluten-free recipes Dairy-free recipes Paleo diet recipes Diabetic recipes LOW-FAT RECIPES Low Fat Egg White Chocolate Chip Cookies Low Fat Egg White Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe by Muscle Egg Low-Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake Low-Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe by Cascia @ The Healthy Moms Magazine Low Fat, Low Calorie Chicken and Dumplings Low Fat,…
  • Best Low-Calorie Recipes on the Net (September 2013 Edition)

    On a Diet
    3 Oct 2013 | 1:41 am
    Here are the best low-calorie recipes published on the internet in the month of September 2013. If you think other recipes also deserve to be on this list, please leave a comment! More diet recipes from September 2013: Low-fat recipes Low-carb recipes Gluten-free recipes Dairy-free recipes Paleo diet recipes Diabetic recipes LOW-CALORIE RECIPES Low Calorie Broccoli Soup Low Calorie Broccoli Soup recipe by Low Calorie Low Carb Diets Simple & Elegant Low-Calorie Lunch – Lemon & Herb Poached Salmon Simple & Elegant Low-Calorie Lunch – Lemon & Herb Poached Salmon…
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  • Bagna Cauda – A Real Bathing Beauty

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I’m more of a shower guy, but Bagna Cauda is one “hot bath” I’ll take any time. While this qualifies as a warm dip, it has nothing in common with the typical versions that will grace snack tables across America this Sunday. It doesn’t contain pounds of melted cheese, or come in a bread bowl, but what it does have going for it, is simple, rustic goodness, and proven crowd appeal. Besides, unlike those other "hot dips," this one actually stays hot. If there were ever a recipe to tweak to your own tastes, it’s this one. You can adjust the amounts of garlic and anchovy, as well as the…
  • Next Up: "Hot Bath"

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
  • 2015 Super Bowl Prediction Using Chicken Wing Bones

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Once again, it’s time I let you cash in on my magical method for picking the Super Bowl winner, using the ancient art of chicken wing bone reading. I can't tell you how I learned this, or why anyone would take it seriously, but I can tell you the bones are NEVER WRONG.As you’ll see, the Seattle Seahawks will beat the New England Patriots. It's a guaranteed lock. Bet the farm, the house, and the farmhouse. Many people are saying that the Pats are going to lose because of bad karma, but that can’t be the reason. Have you ever seen a Bill Belichick press conference? If that were true,…
  • Next Up: Dem Bones

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
  • Reclaiming Your Cast Iron

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    I get a lot of emails asking for a video showing how we clean and season our cast iron pans. One of these days, when I burn whatever I was supposed to be filming, I may do that demo, but in the meantime, check out this great article by Noel Christmas from Allrecipes. This is pretty much the exact system I use, and I've never had a problem with rust or food sticking. Enjoy!
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  • another food blog?

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    yup! I've started cooking again...and here's the link...Please come visit and say hi!!!
  • Tomato Coriander Salad

    20 Jun 2010 | 7:35 am
    HELLO!!! it's been more than a year since the last post...and it's sorta hard to pick up food blogging what has happened since...i've moved back permanently to Singapore (along with the other girls you see in the picture on the right)..and all of us have started work..when people ask me: "do you still cook?" I always give them a very pathetic answer.."In singapore food is very cheap lah..much easier to eat out..besides where got time....? n u need to clean up the kitchen n yourself!!"but the truth of the matter is that i miss cooking like crazy!! I find it very therapeutic..the…
  • Salmon Cream Cheese Rolls

    4 Apr 2009 | 9:23 am
    Inspired by Berry SimpleFOUR INGREDIENTS ONLY! How simple and delightful!!as with all recipes with few ingredients- try to use the best you can afford.i had 2 big loaves (around 20 slices each) of sliced bread, and used 400g cream cheese + 400g smoked salmon and a big bunch of chives.method:mix cheese + chopped chives together. Set aside.Trim crusts off bread. Be don't want any hard bits, they make the rolling difficult.Slather cream cheese on bread.lay pieces of salmon and roll up.Wrap with cling wrap tightly and chill in fridge for a couple of hours.Slice each roll into…
  • Farewell Emi!

    29 Mar 2009 | 5:31 am
    Emi is leaving in two days time. To pursue her dream of setting up a cake shop. To do that, she is going back to Japan for a year to start a course in pastry and cake and traditional Japanese sweets.And why is this worth posting on this food blog....?Not only is she one of my favourite people to feed (she has a very educated palate and her enthusiasm for talking about food and ingredients is so infectious!)...but also her journey was inspired by one of my favourite food blogs...Su Yin's Cooking is my passion..during a sleepover, she told me about how much she wanted to start up a cakery..and…
  • Creamy Chicken Pie

    12 Mar 2009 | 6:10 am
    this is a recipe that i rave about to alot of friends shamelessly...i show them the picture of the pie and tell them that it is good enough to rival the ones at Pot Belly Pies!!! Short crust pastry:250 g self raising flour125 g butter, straight from the fridge and cubedFilling:1 can of creamed corn (425g)1 large BBQ chicken, shredded (bones can be reserved for making stock if u like)1 onion, diced30g butter310ml creamsalt and pepper to tastemilk for glazingmethod:Make short crust pastry by pulsing flour and butter in a food processor till the mixture resembles bread crumbs.While the machine…
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  • Comment on Penne with Sausage and Cream by WajdaA

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    That looks like exactly what I crave when the air turns all crispy around the edges. Now to hunt for some worthy sausages.
  • Comment on Sausage Lasagna by allena

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I’m putting mine in the oven now had to hide the cheese from my man cause he don’t like cheese and wanted me too use already made sauce so I’m mad about that but I threw some home made sauce in there any way! How can one not like cheese really?
  • Comment on Biscotti by Karen

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    You can mist water on tops of the loan. That will help with cutting. Use a serrated knife and cut straight down. Do not saw
  • Comment on Saltimbocca alla Romana by Doreen

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    I enjoy with thinly sliced eggplant also! It doesn’t matter what vegetable really, though, they are all amazing!
  • Comment on Bucatini all’Amatriciana by Sara Welsh

    Sara Welsh
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Your dishes look absolutely amazing! I have been craving Italian food, and your recipes have just made my mouth water! I’m definitely am to be trying your recipes soon! Sara Welsh |
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    Easy Recipes, Tips, Ideas, and Life Musings

  • Seahawks 12th Man Blue Green Jello Shots

    Alice Currah
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Seahawks fever is at an all time high in Seattle and with the possibility of another Superbowl appearance 12th Man fans are going crazy! Just this morning my daughter was panicked because she couldn’t find her Seahawks shirt for Seahawks Blue Pride Friday at school. It’s just hitting me that we may be on the […]
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

    Alice Currah
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Having to take public transportation to and from school from North Seattle to the Central District as an 11 year old has its privileges.  Well, actually just one benefit – having to transfer buses on University Way in the U-District (a main food and shopping area a couple blocks away from the University of Washington).  […]
  • Champagne Cocktail Recipe

    Alice Currah
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    New Year’s Eve is the perfect occasion to enjoy a little bubbly.  If you are like me, you are reflecting about the year – the good, the bad, and everything in between.  Personally, I’m ready to close this year out and start fresh in 2015. Life is a journey and I am so thankful you […]
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  • Roasted Potatoes with Spicy Rice, Peas and Corn

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s been cold and dreary here, I think I’ve mentioned it recently.   A hearty meal of roasted potatoes with spicy rice, peas and corn is very welcome – the heat from some serranos make this a great meal to end this horrible cold with.  Satisfying, spicy, crunchy and delicious! 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes, washed and chopped into small pieces 5 cloves of garlic, minced 5 serranos chiles chopped (I left the ribs and seeds in for maximum heat – you decide what’s best for you) 5 small which onions peeled and quartered 2 cups uncooked rice of your choosing one bag…
  • Spicy Cabbage and Potato Soup

    9 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    It’s that time of year… You know, when everyone you know has some sort of ailment or another.  Well, I got hit with a bug and I knew just what I needed.  Fortunately a friend has some surplus garden bounty that she brought over and I made an incredible, satisfying, spicy, soup.  It’s the kind of soup that helps you breathe better.  You really don’t need to measure much here – just taste and adjust until you’re happy with it. Excuse the quality of some of the pictures, and keep in mind that I was not feeling well. Here’s what I did. Two heads green…
  • Okra and Eggplant

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    High summer in Florida – the local farms have plenty of okra, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes… And sometimes it gets a little overwhelming trying to figure out yet another recipe for some of these veggies.  We made this from local okra and eggplant – it’s super abundant right now and very affordable, not to mention healthy and delicious! If you’re local to Ocala, make sure you check out 326 Market.  Thursday afternoons from 4-7.  It’s a smallish market and the people couldn’t be nicer!  There’s local honey, locally made jams,…
  • Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Summer is in full swing and cool dinners are a staple in our house in Florida.  I love experimenting with new salads and in particular, slaw – I had a Ruby Red grapefruit that needed to be used, so I decided to try a Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing.  I’m really glad I did. It was wonderful! One large head of finely shredded cabbage Juice of one Ruby Red grapefruit 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons raw sugar salt and pepper to tast In a bowl, or large measuring cup, add the liquid ingredients, the sugar,  a big pinch of salt, and a couple…
  • Summer Harvest Warm Pasta Salad

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Down here in Florida, it’s really hot.  This room temperature, or slightly warm pasta “salad” is a great way to use up all those summer veggies!  This warm pasta salad is unexpected and marvelous! My version makes enough to feed an army, feel free to scale it down – don’t worry about measurements, it will be awesome, I promise. 2 Zucchini sliced thin 2 Yellow Squash sliced thin 3 Sweet onions sliced thin 2 large cloves garlic minced 3 medium tomatoes rough chopped 3 yellow nectarines rough chopped 1 yellow bell papper julienne 1 orange bell pepper julienne…
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  • Two Tomato Bruschetta

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    I want to thank Better Homes and Gardens for giving me the opportunity this month to guest post on their blog, Delish Dish. This was the last recipe I shared with them, perfect for the Superbowl or any get together.I recreated their original recipe, making a few adjustments. Their recipe made 8 but this easily made 10 pieces, and I used some of the olive oil the recipe called for to drizzle on top. Otherwise I followed it exact. Delish!Two Tomato BruschettaSkinnytaste.comServings: 5 • Size: 2 slices  • Old Points: 4 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 4 pt Calories: 162 • Fat: 9 g •…
  • Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Egg

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is MY kind of egg sandwich! Whole grain toast with mashed avocado, a runny egg and a few dashes of hot sauce – only 5 ingredients, 5 minutes to make, doesn't get better than that!I'm not much of a breakfast person, most mornings I usually grab a cup of coffee, a hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit, or whip up a smoothie. But lately, I've been obsessed with avocado toast for breakfast, especially when I have avocados in my fridge that need to be used up.If you're like me and love avocado toast, I'd love to hear how you top yours! Click Here To See The Full Recipe...
  • 50 Light and Healthy Soup Recipes

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Here's a great roundup of 50 easy, healthy, low-calorie soup recipes made with real food!Here in NY we're expecting a blizzard of the century! I can't think of a better way to keep warm than with a bowl of soup! Here's a roundup of some of my most popular soup recipes, most of them are freezer friendly and make great leftovers! Enjoy!Crock Pot Minestrone Soup– the BEST Minestrone soup recipe you'll ever tryTurkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup is an easy, kid-friendly soup and a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. One large bowl is under 300 calories and very…
  • Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    These Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts taste like mini pizzas, a fun Superbowl appetizer if you're having friends over!You may recall me mentioning I am guest posting for Better Homes and Gardens blog, Delish Dish this month! I'm really enjoying testing out some of their recipes and adding my own spin. These are really simple to make, using only a handful of ingredients: frozen puff pastry, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil. I didn't change their recipe much, my only changes to make them a bit lighter was to use shredded part skim mozzarella in place of slices of fresh…
  • Lasagna Soup

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Everything you love about lasagna – all in one bowl of soup! Loaded with chicken sausage, lasagna noodles, marinara and cheese. It's easy, filling, hearty and perfect for a cold winter night.This soup is SO darn good! Very family friendly – my kids love it! The dallop of ricotta on top really makes it! I used chicken sausage which gave it such great flavor.Some of my favorite soups are those that are adapted from classic meals. A few examples of this: my Stuffed Pepper Soup, Baked Potato Soup, Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup, and in my cookbook my yummy…
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    In Erika's Kitchen

  • Glazed salmon fillets with Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup

    Erika Kerekes
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    When I first created my Not Ketchup fruit ketchups, I really only thought about using them on meat. Burgers, steak, chicken, sausages, lamb chops, pork chops, ribs. Meaty meat. But after spending a lot of time at Santa Monica Seafood - the best retail seafood market, wholesale seafood distributor and seafood cafe in southern California, and an enthusiastic supporter of Not Ketchup from the
  • Broccoli fritters

    Erika Kerekes
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I never liked deep-frying. It always seemed like a huge production. So much oil. Such a mess. Having to clean the stove after it was over. I avoided it for years. But then there was that day a few years ago when I made onion pakora according to instructions from Rashmi of YumKid. Such sizzle! So crispy! And I remembered: Fried food is downright delicious. These broccoli fritters are worth
  • My gift to you: The Not Ketchup Holiday Recipe eBook

    Erika Kerekes
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've been experimenting with my Not Ketchup fruit ketchup sauces for more than a year now. One of the things I discovered last Thanksgiving and Christmas is that Not Ketchup added a ton of flavor - with very little corresponding work - to my holiday menus. I've compiled some of my favorite holiday recipes into The Not Ketchup Holiday Recipe eBook, a free ebook that I'm delighted to share with
  • Falafel stuffed mushrooms and the joy of unexpected visitors

    Erika Kerekes
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    We live in a drop-in house. I know some people hate drop-in visits. I love them. They remind me of college, four happy years of back-to-back unexpected visitors. It helps that I'm not embarrassed by the mess that is my house. I assume friends will understand the Not Ketchup chaos. I'll clean up when I'm a millionaire. This past Saturday morning our friends G and N popped in during their
  • A giveaway from the Women Food Entrepreneurs

    Erika Kerekes
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    When I started Not Ketchup at the beginning of this year, I never imagined I would find so many creative, generous people willing to help me on my entrepreneurial journey. I've been lucky to fall in with a group of other women building natural food businesses. We call ourselves the Women Food Entrepreneurs and we "meet" in a private group on Facebook. Over the past few months we've shared
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    Lite Bite

  • Recipe | Baby Potatoes in Spices & Yogurt aka Dum Aloo – Dreams don’t work unless you do

    sanjeeta kk
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:40 pm
    “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”~ Maxwell A crazy week of food photo-shoot at Isha Life in Chennai, and I am back home…finally. With no more running around carrying heavy loads of props and no shots to plan for the days, it feels good to relax & enjoy a bowl of home-cooked ‘Poha’ and ginger tea on my swing. Hmm… it has been 4 years since I started my first food styling shoot for Brown Tree. I now have successfully completed more than 15 projects for well know companies and brands of India. I remember how anxious and skeptical I was when I said ‘yes’ to my first…
  • Recipes | Mixed vegetable curry in freshly ground spices aka ‘Gobbi Kootu’ with coconut rice – Tradition is to feed the fire

    sanjeeta kk
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ~ G. Mahler Not so long ago, Sankranti to me was all about flying kites and gorging on some delectable winter specialties. Yes, I could not think beyond my crunchy revadis, gajak, til ladoos, Gajar halwa and sinful Panjiri when the festival of Lohri or Makar sankranti approached in mid January. It was only after my marriage and settling down in South India I came to know that Sankranti is more than our kite flying frenzy and throwing puffed rice in bonfire. Though this festival of harvest called Makar Sankranti or…
  • Recipes | Three Indian rustic recipes with Panchkuta – Simple flavors can work wonders

    sanjeeta kk
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    “What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents” ~ M Chiarello. I had a chance to check into my favorite shop during my recent visit to udaipur. The shop holds a good collection of some exclusive and rare rustic foods from Rajasthan. I got surprised when the amount I had to pay for a handful of dried wild berries and beans came upto 4-digits. “Madam, gone are the days when Ker-Sangri was poor man’s food. These are in vogue now and are much sought-after ingredients by many hi-end restaurants across the world. And we are the largest…
  • Recipe | Thulli, a wholegrain soupy porridge – Some memorable moments of 2014

    sanjeeta kk
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    The year 2014 has been a whirlwind. It has gifted me with more than my fair share of perfect moments with family, friends and work life. The year started with a hectic 2-days photo shoot for Savorit brand to doing television commercials and many Ad shoots round the year. I met many amazing food bloggers during an exciting IFBM meet at Bangalore to doing product ideation event for Kelloggs brand in Mumbai. There was so much of learning and sharing beautiful moments with family and friends across the world. My heart is full of love and my gratitude is boundless. Here’s to the year that was…
  • Recipe | Two Easy Eggless Plum Cakes – Power of food to evoke the past

    sanjeeta kk
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    She was a brilliant baker and we used to eagerly wait for Christmas so we could savour her rich fruity cakes. I can never forget that transparent box of neatly arranged dark, dense and moist fruity slices of Plum cake that she would lovingly share with us every year. An Anglo-Indian by birth and a spinster, she was our English teacher who stayed very close to our colony in Udaipur. She was short and frail, she kept her long shiny white hair plaited down her neck and her hands would always smell like vanilla pods. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Maria was also an amazing baker. Her caramel cakes,…
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    Healthy. Delicious.

  • Easy Kimchi Ramen

    Lauren Keating
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Easy kimchi ramen is a quick weeknight dinner that can be on the table in under 20 minutes. The spicy broth and slurpy noodles are the perfect way to warm up on a snowy night! Shawn and I recently finished watching the first season of Mind of a Chef. Japan shot straight to the top of our dream travel destinations. I want to eat at every hole-in-the-wall ramen shop I can find. Unfortunately, a flight halfway around the world isn’t exactly in the cards right now, but my ramen craving needed to be satisfied. Since Albany apparently skipped out on the ramen trend that has been sweeping the…
  • Tandoori Chicken Meatballs

    Lauren Keating
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Richly spiced tandoori chicken meatballs have all the flavor of Indian takeout in an easy-to-make meatball form. Enjoy them on their own as an appetizer or over rice for a simple weeknight dinner.   The timing for this month’s edition of Progressive Eats couldn’t be more perfect. We’re sharing a menu for a ski weekend party, and as I’m writing this, the first snowflakes of this winter’s first big snowstorm are starting to fall. Warm and cozy food and drinks are definitely on order for tomorrow! (The ski weekend theme was also a great excuse to pull out my…
  • Noodles with Brussels Sprouts, Caraway, and Lemon + $100 Giveaway

    Lauren Keating
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dinner doesn’t get much quicker – or more delicious – than egg noodles with shaved Brussels sprouts, caraway, and lemon. Do you have any memories that are so vivid it’s almost like looking at a photograph? One of my earliest memories – I couldn’t have been much older than three – is of me sitting on the stoop and eating buttered egg noodles and peas straight out of a huge mixing bowl. I remember thinking those noodles were one of the most delicious things I had ever tasted. With the exception of that simple dish, I typically only serve egg noodles with really rich…
  • Roast Vegetable Bowls with Tahini-Almond Sauce

    Lauren Keating
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    These roast vegetable bowls look complicated, but they couldn’t be easier! Roast the vegetables together on one baking sheet while tofu roasts on another, then pile them on top of some cooked grains and drizzle with a 2-minute tahini-almond sauce. This is a surefire way to get your veggie servings in!  So remember when I mentioned that I’ve been really bad about getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables in lately? This week, I’ve been crushing it! I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t eat any snack-y foods until I had eaten at least 5 servings of fruits and…
  • Citrus Sunrise {Beet, Grapefruit, and Carrot Juice}

    Lauren Keating
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wake up with a tall glass of red juice made from beets, grapefruit, and carrots. With a wonderful balance of tart, sweet, and earthy flavor, it’s the perfect way to say good morning! I went clothes shopping this weekend and it wasn’t pretty. The last few months have been really busy and while I eat well 70% of the time, I’ve also been ordering way too much takeout and eating far too many sugary snacks. Things calmed down a lot after the holidays, but those lazy habits stuck around – I think I ate something like 3 servings of vegetables last weekend. My poor food…
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  • 2014 in review

    Anyone For Seconds?
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.Filed under: Blog Update Tagged: 2014 in review
  • Chilli Chicken One-Pot

    Anyone For Seconds?
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    This recipe was chosen after a need to use up some left over chorizo and what a great choice it was As a big fan of one-pot dishes, they come into their element when having guests over for dinner, as you can spend time with them, instead of slaving away in the kitchen, while the aroma fills the house. Definitely make sure you have some zingy chorizo to go with this, as the flavours really seep into the chicken. A warming hearty dish to try and make the rain and floods of the British winter go away! Ingredients: 2 large onions, halved and sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 265g chorizo ring, peeled and…
  • Dutch Apple Cake – Kruimelkoek

    Anyone For Seconds?
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:10 pm
    After being told about this Kruimelkoek recipe and getting my hands on the book below, I thought that this was one recipe that could not be missed, especially as I had a batch of Somerset apples that had been cooked and frozen. Having already blogged about a family favourite recipe for a delicious Somerset Cider Apple Cake, I wanted to see how this compared. The end result was great and something completely different, as the apples sunk down in the pastry, leaving a very tasty sponge with a crisp sugary crust. I can now see why Dr. Oetker wanted to add this to his Dutch baking book “Bak…
  • Indonesian fried rice with mackerel

    Anyone For Seconds?
    16 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Having spent lunch at one of Surrey’s finest hostelries, there was no way I wanted to cook something big for supper, so ended up searching for something light and tasty, using up what I had in the fridge. Searching for mackerel and rice, I actually found the following recipe on the BBC Food website. Making sure I had everything else in my cupboards, this recipe took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It had a clean spicy flavour and actually left me wanting more, after I finished my bowl. I have only just started getting in to rice dishes and this was nearly as good as the…
  • Greek Lamb Fricassee

    Anyone For Seconds?
    9 Feb 2014 | 8:30 am
    In Greek: αρνί φρικασέ, pronounced ar-NEE free-kah-SEH The Greek definition of “fricassee” may differ from what you know as a French dish, and this ‘is’ a Greek classic. Lamb fricassee with avgolemono (a traditional egg-lemon sauce) is a favourite in Greek homes. It’s an easy recipe to make and a celebration of taste. This is a Jamie Oliver version of the famous dish and while it may not be the prettiest of dishes, it certainly makes up for it with a deep and hearty flavour! Ingredients: 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1…
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  • 25 Most Popular Greek Recipes In 2014

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    This is a look back at 2014 and the most popular recipes on our blog over the last 12 months. Thank you all for checking them out - we hope you enjoyed those that you tried. The recipes are listed in ascending order of popularity, with Tzatziki being the No.1.How many of these did you try this year - and how many are you going to try in 2015? 25.  Avgolemono SoupAvgolemono is a Greek egg and lemon juice mixture - avgomeaning egg and lemoni meaning lemon. The soup is made with this juice added to chicken and rice and, as well as being tasty, is also very healthy. 24. …
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  • Greek Christmas Sweets

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:56 am
    Time to start thinking about getting those Greek Christmas sweets ready! Every year you'll find Melomakarona and Kourambiedes set out on the tables in every house. Along with this is the special Christmas Bread - Christopsomo (Christ's Bread). Which is your favourite? Just click on the links below to go straight to the recipes and start baking!CHRISTOPSOMO (Christ's Bread)KOURAMBIEDESMELOMAKARONAEat and Enjoy! ca-pub-5932202259726035
  • Top 15 Absolute Favourite Greek Recipes

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    We've put together here a list of the most popular Greek recipes on our blog over the last few years. We were originally going to make it the Top 10, but some of them were so close that we decided to extend it to the Top 15! To go to the recipes just click on the links.And thanks to you all for making these recipes, and many others, popular!1. LAMB KLEFTIKO2. TZATZIKI3. DOLMADES (STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES)4. PASTICHIO5. CHEESE PIE (TIROPITA)6. VEGETARIAN MOUSSAKA7. FASOLAKIA (GREEN BEANS)8. TIROKAFTERI (SPICY CHEESE DIP)9. EGGPLANT DIP (MELITZANOSALATA)10. SOUVLAKI11. LAMB YOUVETSI12. BEAN SOUP…
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    Pots and Frills

  • Brutti ma Boni—Hazelnut Meringue Cookies

    Pots and Frills
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Over the holiday season when I cooked and baked a lot, I collected almost a half-pint of leftover egg whites. I had to use them before they became too old, so I started to look for the recipes calling just for whites. First, I made a batch of basic white meringues, which I make quite often. But I had still a lot of whites left. Looking into many culinary resources I found two other interesting recipes. One was for a soft meringue dessert which I will try some time soon. The other was for easy hazelnut cookies which many Italian cookbooks mention. They seem perfect for this season. So today I…
  • Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi--Quintessential Comfort Food

    Pots and Frills
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    This cold weather we have been experiencing for the last couple of weeks inspires me to make comfort food. And in my home comfort food means Italian food. Most likely, it would be a pasta or a risotto dish. But recently, I have been experimenting with gnocchi, which my kids happened to like very much. Sometimes, I make regular potato gnocchi which are similar to Polish potato dumplings. In Poland we serve them most often with meat sauce. However, when I make them Italian style, I usually make them vegetarian and serve them with cheese, basil or tomato sauce. Since the potato gnocchi have…
  • Crêpes Suzette in Orange Syrup--To Warm up

    Pots and Frills
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Originally, I had a very different idea for today's recipe but, with the subzero temperatures around, a frozen dessert I thought about seemed too cold. Instead, I will share my recipe for crêpes Suzette--a dessert to warm up. Every two weeks, I make a batch of crêpes for my son, who eats them with Nutella. Although crêpes are a French invention, I have never made classic French crêpes Suzette before. But because this is a high season for oranges, making warm crêpes Suzette soaked in a warm orange syrup seemed to me like a great idea. There are many crêpes recipes. When I had them in the…
  • Chestnut Soup with Cheddar Puffs

    Pots and Frills
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Chestnuts are a typical winter holiday ingredient, particularly, in the Mediterranean cuisine. They have become popular and available all over the world, already precooked or roasted. So today, I want to share a recipe for an easy, yet sophisticated and tasty chestnut soup that can be served at an elegant dinner party. It combines elements from three different recipes, which I tested to match the right ingredients. I think the final result is very good. The soup itself is easy and can be made a day ahead. But I think that what makes this soup truly delicious are the home made cheddar puffs…
  • Roasted Onions with Walnuts and Pancetta--Italian Style

    Pots and Frills
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    For me, being Polish, traditionally, the Christmas Eve supper is the most important meal during the whole Christmas season. This is the day when I make and eat all my favorite Polish dishes: cabbage with dry porcini mushrooms, cooked yellow peas, clear beet soup, herrings, and pierogi with cabbage, just to name a few. But because of my kids, who are still very picky and eat only certain dishes from a long list of traditional Polish Christmas food, this feast lasts only one day. Then, for the rest of Christmas Holidays, I prepare dishes that come from other culinary traditions, less meaty than…
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    A Cornish Food Blog | Jam and Clotted Cream

  • ​Making His Valentine’s Day With the Perfect Gift

    Beth Sachs
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Valentine’s Day is approaching! It’s the perfect time to show the special man in your life just how much you care. However, finding the perfect present for the man who seems to already have everything can be tricky. Here are a few ideas to get you started.Hampers for Him Specially prepared hampers for him take the pressure out of shopping and these hampers are packed with decadent treats that your partner is sure to love. There’s a wide range of hampers for him available from Thorntons, complete with tasty chocolates. One of the best things about giving your partner a hamper is that…
  • Meal Plan 19th January - 25th January 2015

    Beth Sachs
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    It's about time I got back to posting my meal plans. With 11 weeks until baby #3 is due I'm conscious I need to get organised. As well as starting to make meals for the freezer I've also started a major decluttering of the house using the KonMarie method. If you haven't heard about it have a google. It is AMAZING, if a little bonkers in places. In other news I'm due to start Maternity Leave in 6 weeks so have been reigning in the finances in preparation. I've managed to get our weekly food shop down to between £40-£45 which I'm pretty happy about. Obviously this will go up when baby arrives…
  • Giveaway: £25 House of Fraser Gift Voucher

    Beth Sachs
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The lovely folks at House of Fraser have kindly given me a £25 gift voucher to give away to one Jam and Clotted Cream reader ....just in time for Christmas!To enter:To win the prize all you need to do is;1. Complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries2. Entries can be via blog comment, Twitter, Facebook etc3. UK entrants onlyFor more information on how to enter blog giveaways using Rafflecopter please see this short video.Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf. For information on finding the URL of your tweet please see this. a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Christmas Meal Plan 2014

    Beth Sachs
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Its been way too long since I was here. Those that follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know I'm currently expecting baby number 3 and working 5 days a week so its been extra busy. The baby is due at the beginning of April and I am due to start Mat Leave during February half term (when I hope to be able to start blogging again more regularly). Anyhow, to ease me back in gently I thought I'd post my Christmas week meal plan which will hopefully provide you with some inspiration and ideas for your festive get togethers. Due to moving to a bigger house in Februrary (with a rather large…
  • Malteser Cheesecake

    Beth Sachs
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    Oh my goodness this was good but not for the faint hearted! I felt compelled to do a 3 mile run the morning after the night before. A little slice goes a long way.I was trialling this for the safari supper that I'm hosting in August and it's definitely going on the menu! Now I've just got to figure out what else I'm going to make to feed 100+ people - eeek!!print recipeMalteser Cheesecakeby Beth Sachs July-7-2014An indulgent chocolaty double layer cheesecakeIngredients200g Malted Biscuits, crushed100g Salted Butter, melted10 Maltesers, crushed4 TBSP Caster Sugar600g Cream Cheese300ml Double…
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    The Daily Dish

  • Gorgeous Pecan Sandie Sandwiches with Cream Cheese Filling

    Better Recipes Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Cookies are wonderful all on their own, but by turning them into sandwiches with a gorgeous filling things are taken to another level. These pecan sandie sandwich cookies are absolutely stunning to look at, and the lightened up cream cheese frosting recipe they’re filled with is the perfect compliment. Keep reading for the recipe… These pecan sandies are perfect for parties, and make a wonderful food gift idea for the people you care about. We even love this easy cookie recipe to freeze and save for when the weather gets unpleasant, because both the frosting and the cookies can be…
  • Asian Lemon Ginger Sticky Wings For The Game

    Better Recipes Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    In the spirit of preparing some delicious eats for the football game on Sunday, we thought we’d share one of our new favorite wing recipes with you. Don’t get us wrong, we love the usual bottle of bag of frozen wings + fryer + bottle of barbecue sauce = heaven routine, but sometimes we crave something a little better tasting and better for us. These Asian-influenced chicken wings are fantastic because they lighten things up by baking without sacrificing any flavor or crispiness. Keep reading for the recipe… These wings are wonderful, because they have the addition of garlic…
  • Unbelievable Banana Crepes with Homemade Nutella

    Better Recipes Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    In the spirit of clearing out the pantry and not leaving the house during the snowstorm, we bring you another few-ingredient recipe that you’re sure to love. This time, it’s banana crepes with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. We love the  simplicity of this recipe, and by creating every component you know exactly what goes into your food. Serve this with a glass of skim milk and some hash browns, and you can have a filling breakfast or snack while the weather outside stays blustery. Keep reading for the recipe… You won’t believe that this recipe is actually…
  • “Clear The Pantry” 5-Ingredient Spanish Tortilla

    Better Recipes Staff
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Well, it’s about time we get to the recipes that help you clear the pantry. This Spanish tortilla is absolutely perfect, and it only uses five ingredients we’d be willing to wager are in your kitchen right now. In case you’re unfamiliar with a Spanish tortilla, it’s basically a thick omelet. With only five ingredients, you can pull one off. Of course, feel free to add anything else you’re looking to clear out of the kitchen! Keep reading for the recipe… If you happen to have some Spanish ham in the kitchen, feel free to add that in. Bacon is a wonderful…
  • Our Favorite French Lemon Macaron Recipe

    Better Recipes Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Well, it’s pretty much a given that we’re going to be baking almost every other evening in the winter. Something about the blustery weather that much of the country is about to face makes staying inside and cooking so much fun. These lemon macarons are one of our newest concoctions, and they put the seasonal citrus to good use. With such a light flavor and such a surprisingly simple preparation method, you’re going to be hooked. Keep reading for the recipe… These bite-sized favorites pair wonderfully with a lemon tea. Plus, this is one of the best cookies to freeze for…
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  • 12 Quick Healthy Dinner Recipes: Get Fit, Spend Less, Enjoy More

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Check out Recipes for Getting Fit, Spending Less, & Enjoying More by Cooks&Books&Recipes at It’s January. Clearly, there are three things top-most on your mind: (1) losing weight & getting fit, (2) spending less money, and (3) enjoying more of your life/family/friends. Did I guess your New Year’s resolutions correctly? The food that you cook and eat can help you meet your goals in all three categories. You can prepare food that is healthier for you (lose weight & get fit), that is less expensive (spend less money), and that is quick to make (have more time…
  • Stone Fruit and Almond Jam {Recipe}

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Stone Fruit and Almond Jam recipe from Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day by Donna Currie Stone Fruit and Almond Jam. Photo credit: Donna, Cookistry Cooks&Books&Recipes {Dee}: I told you all about aebleskivers — and gave you Donna’s easy & quick recipe —  here. What I forgot to give you is ideas on what to serve with the aebleskivers. And really, that’s pretty darn critical. First I get out the peanut butter, because I love the nuttiness with breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, even plain ol’ toast. But…
  • Cookbook Giveaways!

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaways, 2014 The deadline for the first four cookbooks in our “12 Days” of cookbook giveaways has come and gone, with the winners now chosen and announced. But hey, we still have EIGHT amazing cookbooks to give to lucky Cooks&Books&Recipes readers! I don’t want you to miss out — the deadline for these is Monday, January 19 — so here is the list (with links) for the remaining cookbooks: Day 5: Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, by Dorie Greenspan Day 6: Eggs on Top: Recipes Elevated by an…
  • French Onion Dip {Recipe}

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    French Onion Dip recipe from Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook French Onion Dip. Photo credit: Todd Coleman The Editors of SAVEUR magazine on French Onion Dip: Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh. Cooks&Books&Recipes {Dee}: I didn’t grow up eating gourmet food cooked by my mom. For one thing, in the 60s and 70s I don’t think there were too many mothers following blogs (well, of course, there weren’t blogs back then) and worrying about cooking the most-Pinned recipes for their families. There was amazingly…
  • Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook (More Than 1,000 of the World's Best Recipes for Today's Kitchen) by The Editors of SAVEUR Magazine Publisher: Weldon Owen Publication Date: October 2014 Buy on Amazon Featured Recipe: French Onion Dip 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaways, 2014: Day 12, Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook We’re here: the 12th and final day of Christmas! Again, I’m sending out a huge THANK YOU to all readers of Cooks&Books&Recipes by selecting some of my favorite cookbooks from 2014 as giveaway gifts. We’re wrapping up with a global,…
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  • The Wilmington Wine And Chocolate Festival Takes Over

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    You want some wine with that chocolate? Or vice versa? The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival has you coveredcounty managers office. new at 11 … you want some wine with that chocolate? or vice versa? the wilmington wine and chocolate festival has you covered! winemakers and chocolatiers from across north carolina converge for this weekend … to promote their businesses by letting you do taste tests! there are even awards! flint hill vineyards out of east bend won in the varietals category for the third year in a row. owners say they make it a weekend of work … and fun! a…
  • Super Bowl Sips

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Super Bowl Sipswine pairings coming up next. >> rich fleetwood is back in the house with some great dishes and wine. >> super bowl food paired with wine. these are grilled chicken utah cos. real simple, fresh tomato, corn tortillas. pee cothat guya. >> what kind of sauce? >> it’s hot. then i paired it with a bl ac. >> what did you say to me? >> it’s a weird phrase. it’s from france. it has a little sweetness because you have the spice. >> oh, that’s nice. >> perfect. >> i can see how that would go along with the spice, and it’s a very cool wine. i like that.
  • Prepping For The Super Bowl Parties

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Crunch Time For Super Bowl Gatheringsnine. diane>> the countdown is on… to super bowl 49. dan>> fox 21s avery neuville…. joins us in the newsplex… to tell us… what local restuarants… and liquor stores… have been planning… and prepping… so they can score a touch down… with their customers… for the game. Avery Neuville>> . . Ken Wright owner, bulldogs pizza>> . Nick Casper store manager, key port>> . it’s now crunch time… to get ready… for all the super bowl… parties… here in the…
  • Valley Delicious Grapefruit On The Farm

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Valley Delicious Grapefruit on the Farmman mind all is noah smith he joins us today to explain a little bit more about it tell us about the trees we are stand in front of. we are talking about grapefruit today. >> tell me about in project n like i said it is unique concept isn’t it? >> yes it is kind of came from idea that actually came from my brother as we looking around fresno you see people backyard front yards tons of treat trees owe waste and rot fall to ground idea was to kinds reach out to community ask people if they were interested being part of it them and trees going want we…
  • Valley Delicious Grapefruit In Save Mart

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Valley Delicious Grapefruit in Save Mart. ksee 24 brings you a lifestyle show from women you know. now, “central valley today.” >> all heard good grapefruits can be on diet, but they can come warning if you are taking certain medications. grape heat with them make sure speak with your doctor. and for picking good grapefruit, we went it how cal save mart yes restore to speak to experts. >> we all heard grapefruit for you. especially if you are on a diet and now adays who really isn’t on diet. right? we are joined from your local grocery store. save mart. he mow dues…
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    Simply Trini Cooking

  • Curried Tofu

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Curried tofu for me is indeed an experiment gone right. After an exciting episode with the tofu vegetable stir fry I have gained some experience with tofu and was ready for another challenge. As I explained before, tofu takes some skill when you're preparing it because of the inherent bland taste and the texture you [...]
  • Pineapple, Bacon and Rice

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Pineapple is not the type of ingredient you will find in a traditional trini pot cooking away with rice. But, by expanding my cuisine/ cooking/ taste horizons through the past few years, I have learnt to embrace the many subtle, bold, exciting and curious ingredient combinations that there are into my schema. Hmm! Sounded like [...]
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    During the holidays, I really got tired seeing all that food. I mean literally seeing people around me over eating had me wondering if they were eating to live or living to eat.  As I stated a few posts ago, the materialism, and possibly all other "isms", really go on a joy ride  during the [...]
  • Fruit Cooler

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    It can certainly be refreshing; a fruit cooler can be just what you need not just during the hot summer months, but during times of stress. I know the Christmas season can be really stressful. This is not a money-saving month. And yet it comes and goes so quickly -  just like the salary. Therefore, [...]
  • Whole Wheat Bread 2

    27 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Hmmm! Another whole wheat bread recipe? Yep another one... This recipe is for all those who love breads, like my son. He could eat bread morning, evening and night. I could never understand why.  He is at the age where he  knows he has some freedom in choice of food.  And sometimes his choice is [...]
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    Kitchen Konfidence

  • Orange Carrot Chia Smoothie

    Brandon Matzek
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last year, I couldn’t get enough of chia pudding.  This year, my new obsession is the chia smoothie.  Cold, creamy, and easy-to-prepare, this healthy breakfast beverage is packed with big, bright flavors. My Orange Carrot Chia Smoothie starts with a base of hydrated chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of seeds in 1 cup of orange juice.  This base is then blended with chopped carrot, almond milk ice cubes, almond butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  The chia seeds thicken the drink while adding major nutrients, including fiber, protein and calcium.  The…
  • Roasted Salsa Verde Recipe

    Brandon Matzek
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Salsa Verde was the first salsa I attempted to make at home. Let’s just say my initial batch was a complete disaster. It was 2008, I was living with several roommates at the time, and I was using this recipe for reference. My instincts told me that a quantity of 5 serrano chiles would make the finished salsa waaaaay too spicy, but I went ahead and made the recipe as written. Instincts were something I wasn’t listening too that much at the time, so my first batch of Salsa Verdes was fiery to say the least. Instead of throwing the salsa out, I tried to make the best of it, and my…
  • 21 Essential Recipes Every Cook Should Know

    Brandon Matzek
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    A simple yet versatile recipe that can be made time and time again without much thought or consideration. That’s how I define an “essential recipe.” I love testing out new recipes, cooking seasonally, and taking on delicious diy projects (jam, pickles, ferments, etc.), but underneath it all, I’ve got a core group of staple recipes that I know I can conjure up at any time.  They are my go-tos.  My fall-backs.  My weeknight saviors.  Today, I’ve gathered up 21 of these recipes, and shared them below. If you’re just learning to cook or you want to improve…
  • Broccoli and Potato Soup

    Brandon Matzek
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    A simple soup that nourishes the body and soul. During the winter months in San Diego, when the weather at night can dip into the 40’s (sometimes 30’s!), I find myself craving soup time and time again.  In the past seven days, I seriously made three different types of soup and two batches of stock.  This Broccoli and Potato Soup was my favorite of the three, and surprisingly, the healthiest as well! The recipe starts with crisp stalks of organic broccoli.  I am making the organic distinction here, because the main flavor of this soup comes from the broccoli, so it’s got…
  • Blood Orange Power Juice

    Brandon Matzek
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Are we friends on Facebook? If not, we should be.  To kick off 2015, I am sharing healthy recipes from Kitchen Konfidence, and fellow food bloggers on Facebook all. week. long.  PS. These recipes aren’t just healthy.  They are healthy AND delicious. Just like this Blood Orange Power Juice.  Made with blood oranges, beets, carrots, ginger and turmeric, this nutrient-packed juice is light, bright and hued the most shocking shades of orange and pink.  It’s as if I had juiced the 80’s directly into my Picardie Tumbler.  Continue reading for the recipe plus some health…
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    Within the Kitchen

  • Basil Pesto

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The Busboy (Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld)(Jerry, George, and Elaine are all eating at an Italian restaurant. George hasn't eaten anything)GEORGE: Why do I get pesto? Why do I think I'll like it? I keep trying to like it, like I have to like it.JERRY: Who said you have to like it?GEORGE: Everybody likes pesto. You walk into a restaurant, that's all you hear - pesto, pesto, pesto.JERRY: I don't like pesto.GEORGE: Where was pesto 10 years ago?LOL. Classic. But seriously, who doesn't love pesto? So fresh, so green, so delicious!Can you ever have too much basil?Ingredients200 g basil leaves…
  • Mango Tango Berry Smoothie

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Smoothies in the morning are an easy way to grab a nutritious cup of fruits and veggies especially for people who don't like a big breakfast.This one is easy peasy. And it doesn't have anything but fruit in it - no dairy. Throw in a handful of frozen mango, fresh or frozen strawberries, pineapple and a 2 peeled oranges. I add 1/2 c  water (more if needed). Blend away and it's done! It honestly tastes like spring feels - clean, fresh, pure and refreshing. If you want you can add some hemp hearts for added nutrition.Ingredients1/2 cup frozen mango1 c strawberries2 medium orange, peeled1/2…
  • Orange Spiced Tea Poppy Seed Loaf with OJ Glaze

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    I drink coffee. A lot of coffee. For the most part, I only drink tea if I'm feeling sick or my mom is in town. But baking with tea is something different - I love it. I didn't really think about it until I attended the IFBC 2014 in Seattle last September. There, I attended a session led by Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. I learned an amazing amount of facts and information about tea. We also tasted amazing baked goods with tea as a main ingredient. This what inspired this loaf. Bonus: My kids loved it!Brush with tea glaze - poke holes in top of loaf to ensure maximum tea…
  • Mini M&M Chip Cookies

    30 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Ever get intense, give it to me now, craving for chocolate chip cookies? I do. And there is nothing more frustrating when all I have is cold hard butter instead of the room temperature version most recipes call for. This recipe avoids the problem by using melted butter! The cookies are crispy and perfectly sweet. Mmmm craving satisfied.I used mini m&m's but you could substitute regular or mini chocolate chips.Ingredients2-2/3 c all purpose flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt1 3/4 c granulated sugar2/3 c melted butter1 tsp vanilla2 tbsp hot water1 package (about 2 cups)…
  • Drunken Beef and Potato Stew

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Vancouver rarely gets really cold. Usually our winters are mild and rainy with a few periods of snow thrown in over the season. This year, however, has been colder than usual...and I'm not complaining because it has also been sunnier than usual...I'll take sunny & cold over mild  & rainy anytime!And let's face it, cold weather is perfect for cooking up soups and stews. Stew is exactly where my mind went to when I was trying to decide on a recipe to create for The Little Potato Company. Have you heard of them? If not, you've probably seen them...they're in lots of grocery stores…
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    Good Food Life

  • Orange & Celery Salad Recipe

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    A bright salad to brighten your week. With crunchy celery and refreshing oranges, this salad is a perfect way to use whats available in the Full Circle boxes. Walnuts add a nice crunch and nutty flavor to this otherwise crisp dish. PrintOrange & Celery Salad Recipe Ingredients2 blood oranges 2 oranges 1/2 head celery, cleaned and cut into stalks 1/2 head fennel, green tops removed 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces 1/3 cup shaved parmigiano cheese 2 1/2 Tbl olive oil juice of one lemon salt & pepperInstructionsPeel the oranges with your knife by cutting off a small piece from both ends. Stand…
  • Guest Producer: Vital Juice Co.

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    This week we’ll be featuring one of our new Washington producers, Vital Juice Co. We’ve invited them over to the Full Circle blog to share some information about their delicious juices! It all began in the kitchen of our founder, with one Norwalk juicer and produce from the local market. He set out with one simple goal: to make plant-based nutrition accessible to everyone, but without compromising quality or integrity. Vital Juice offers “The Best Juices on the Planet” Why, you ask? We use only the freshest organic ingredients. Unlike many other juice brands, we do not use…
  • Farro & Vegetable Winter Casserole Recipe

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    A hearty one dish meal featuring whole grains and winter vegetables. This rich and filling recipe is easy to prepare ahead and heat up in the oven, making it great for quick weeknight dinners. While this is a vegetarian recipe you can also add ground meat, or additional root vegetables that you have in the house. PrintFarro and Vegetable Winter Casserole Recipe Yield: 6-8 Servings Ingredients1 cup Emmer farro 2 cups sweet potatoes, diced 1 cup sweet onion, diced 2 large cloves garlic, finely diced 1 large bunch of spinach, steamed and chopped 2 cups milk 6 eggs, whisked with 1 tablespoon of…
  • Citrus Salad Recipe

    Full Circle
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Bright and refreshing citrus is all around us right now. From blood oranges with their bold dark color and navel oranges with their crisp bright flavor. Oranges are perfect to throw in a lunch box or juice into a smoothie, but what about making them the star of the meal? This dish is packed with bright flavors that make it feel like it could be warm outside. Though the weather may not be changing yet, we’ve got plenty of citrus around to add some color to our days. Citrus is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are perfect for helping you survive the colder days. For this salad…
  • Avocado Toast With Honey Recipe

    Full Circle
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    New Year’s resolutions have been made and plans have been set. But two weeks into 2015 and we’re already reminded of how hard it can be to stick to those goals.  Here’s a quick recipe to help keep your healthy year on the right track. This avocado toast packs a whole lot of flavor, healthy fats, and some carbohydrates to keep you full.  Enjoy this toast for lunch alongside a tasty kale salad or as a quick breakfast.  What I love most about avocado toast is the endless topping potential, here’s my favorite mix of the moment. PrintAvocado Toast With Honey Recipe Total…
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    Eat In Eat Out

  • Eat In Eat Out Magazine – Winter 2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    The Winter Issue is Online and it’s all about comfort foods At this time of year, few things are more comforting than a dish of slow-cooked stew, a steaming bowl of chunky soup, or a hearty oven-baked casserole. Hearty and cosy, one-pot meals warm and nourish our bodies and soul. Perfect for both weeknight family dinners... Read More » The post Eat In Eat Out Magazine – Winter 2015 appeared first on Eat In Eat Out.
  • Beef & Mushroom Thai Lettuce Cups

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    A new feature - The Meal Maker – begins with a Super Bowl party must! I’m making my final preparations to entertain the gang on Sunday (go Patriots!) and I always depend on good Canadian Beef to please a hungry crowd. That’s why when they asked to sponsor a new monthly feature, I said YES! Once per month The Meal... Read More » The post Beef & Mushroom Thai Lettuce Cups appeared first on Eat In Eat Out.
  • Turkey Marinara Meatball Sliders

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Get ready for the BIG GAME with these Turkey Marinara Meatball Sliders It’s time to plan ahead for the Super Bowl next weekend… go Patriots! I’m sure everyone’s going to be hungry, so I plan on making lots of hand-held nibbles that are guaranteed to keep energy and spirits high. These Turkey Marinara Meatball Sliders are a recipe I created... Read More » The post Turkey Marinara Meatball Sliders appeared first on Eat In Eat Out.
  • Pearl Barley with Spinach and Feta

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    My new favourite side dish or weeknight salad. This week I’ve been working on the next issue of EatInEatOut magazine which will be coming to your email box next Monday. It’s all about Winter Comfort Foods with healthy soups, piping hot beverages and steamy one-pot dishes. You’re going to love it! In one of the... Read More » The post Pearl Barley with Spinach and Feta appeared first on Eat In Eat Out.
  • Overnight Oatmeal, Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Oatmeal is good for you, even in these Oatmeal, Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins! These are my favourite muffins of all time. Totally not kidding. I’ve been making them for years. I freeze them individually so I can pull one out when a quick breakfast or emergency treat is needed. They are moist, mostly good-for you, and perfect... Read More » The post Overnight Oatmeal, Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins appeared first on Eat In Eat Out.
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    Nicole's Nutrition--Atlanta Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

  • Loaded Baked Cauliflower

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Instead of a loaded baked potato, how about loaded baked mashed cauliflower? Sounds like a delicious idea to me. It is grain free, gluten free, soy free. It is not dairy free, although you could use a vegan cheese or skip the dairy altogether and use more garlic and olive oil. This isn’t the prettiest picture, but I was too excited to eat it that I couldn’t wait to fancy up my picture! Haha. I would recommend making either one large casserole of this in a 9×13 pan or using individual ramekin baking dishes to make everyone their own loaded faux-potato side dish. That makes for…
  • Mobile Nutrition Counseling

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    NOW AVAILABLE: Mobile Nutrition Counseling via your phone! Users will have a Registered Dietitian (Nicole) assigned to their personal, private account for daily tracking, feedback and recommendations on your daily diet, 7 days per week. Users will record their diet with the mobile application throughout the day and automatically build a daily profile of their diet. At midnight, the profile is passed to your assigned Registered Dietitian for evaluation and feedback on that specific 24 hour timeline. The relationship is private, secure and convenient for users. Who Can Benefit? Those looking…
  • Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have seen this cauliflower “fried rice” idea on Pinterest, and have been wanting to try it out to see if it is as good as it looks. It turned out really well! And it was easier to make (and took less time) than I thought. This recipe works well on my grain free diet that I am doing right now. And is gluten free as long as you use gluten free soy sauce. Cauliflower “Fried Rice” Ingredients: 1 lb. chicken breast or tenderloins diced and marinated ahead of time in San-J cooking sauce (gluten free, GMO free) 1-2 Tbsp. gluten free tamari soy sauce (I use the San-J brand)…
  • Christmas Casserole

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    I hosted Sunday family dinner at my house last week and was trying to think of something festive, yet healthy to cook. This recipe is also gluten free, soy free, and uses only a small amount of grain. I found this idea on Pinterest, and will link back to it if I can find it again. It actually is much healthier than it looks! The recipe is loaded with 5 bell peppers. It’s a good way to sneak veggies into a recipe! There is still a lot of cheese in here… But, this recipe makes enough for 8 people. We also served it with a side salad. Christmas Casserole Serves 8 people Allow 1 hour…
  • Easy Caramel Pecans

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Your typical caramel or sugary nuts have massive amounts of refined sugar and butter. I have tweaked the recipe slightly so that it is about half the sugar, and uses more natural ingredients. This recipe also happens to be super easy! It is perfect for the holidays and gift giving! I know my coworkers have loved them Easy Caramel Pecans (And Healthier!) Makes 1 small gift-giving batch Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups plain, raw pecans (I just eye-ball it) 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. stevia 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. raw honey 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional) 1 tsp. vanilla extract…
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    Eclectic Recipes

  • {Giveaway} Lush Decor $200 Gift Card Giveaway

    Angie McGowan
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
      Lately I’ve been in nesting mode. I mean, big time. We’re having tile laid on our back porch around the pool, all the rest of the popcorn ceilings in our house are being removed, and at least half of the rooms in the house are going to be re-painted. And after the new paint, there will be of course some sprucing up with new pretty curtains, bedding, pillows and other pretty things. So to celebrate all this pretty decor I’ve been browsing myself, I’ve got a fun giveaway for you from Lush Decor! They’ve quickly become one of my favorite sites for super cute…
  • Super Bowl 2015 Cocktails

    Angie McGowan
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Super Bowl is just a few days away! And no matter who you are cheering for, I’ve got an awesome cocktail recipe that you can share with your family and friends so they can show their team spirit. If you’re a Seahawks fan, I’ve made a blue and green Seahawk Slammer, and for all you Patriot fans, I’ve made a red and blue Patriot Punch. These two cocktails have the same base recipe, so you can easily serve both at your Super Bowl Party and make everyone happy! For these cocktails, I used Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum. This rum is inspired by the island lifestyle of…
  • Spinach Avocado Dip

    Angie McGowan
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Since the new year, I’ve been trying to keep up with my resolution to eat healthier, especially since there’s a groeing baby in my belly. That means instead of low fat healthy foods, I’m costantly on the hunt for higher fat super foods that will satisfy my crazy pregnancy hunger. One of my favorite, healthy foods that won’t leave me hungry is avocados. I’ve been eating them on just about everything and as snacks whenever possible. They’re just so good! But one of my new favorite creations is this spinach avocado dip. It’s a simple recipe that’s…
  • 10 Tools to Help You Prepare Healthier Meals for the New Year

    Angie McGowan
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s January and hopefully most of us are still carrying out our New Year’s Resolutions to eat clean and healthy. It’s so hard for my family and myself, especially now that I”m pregnant, to switch from indulgent holiday treats to clean healthy foods, but it’s a must. My family has traded in the sweet desserts and luscious ice cream for lots of fresh fruits and plenty of fresh berries. We’re also trying to eat as cleanly as…
  • Pizza Hut’s New “Flavor of Now”

    Angie McGowan
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    At least once a week, our family orders out for pizza. It’s quick, easy and so good. And the best part is, I don’t have to do anything but pick up the phone and make a call. My son loves it too, but then again what little kid wouldn’t absolutely love pizza for dinner? Our favorite place to order from is of course, Pizza Hut. Both me and my husband, as well as many good friends all worked at our hometown Pizza Hut when we were younger, and now his younger sister is even managing a larger restaurant in Tallahassee. And even though we worked there for years between the two of…
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    Hacked By H3X KH4N

  • Hacked By Cyb3r_Sw0rd

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Hacked By HEX KHAN. Hey Buddy Hex Khan Is Here , Who Never Care About Security. Hex khan ???? - Hacker From Bangladesh. I have To Fuck the System. You have To Fuck the System. "Yes!" We have To Fuck the System To Change The World. >> ###################################################################################################################################################### Dear Admin, Just Remember That H3X KH4N WAS HERE ###################################################################################################################################################### Hacked By…
  • Hello world!

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Barbecue Chicken Meatloaf

    Lynne Webb
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Made with ground chicken and all the ingredients of a homemade barbecue sauce, this meatloaf is a lighter, flavorful change from traditional recipes. Continue reading →       
  • Tequila-Marinated Wings

    Lynne Webb
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Tequila, fresh lime juice and garlic make a delicious marinade for chicken wings to serve with blue cheese dipping sauce. Continue reading →       
  • Spaghetti with Bacon, Onion and Thyme

    Lynne Webb
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Crumbled bacon, sliced onion, fresh thyme leaves and a touch of cream make a quick, flavorful sauce for spaghetti or linguine. Continue reading →       
  • Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Lynne Webb
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Tender lettuce leaves filled with a spicy-sweet combination of shrimp, shredded cabbage and bean sprouts make a light, healthy meal. Continue reading →       
  • Avocado and Egg Toast

    Lynne Webb
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    Whole wheat toast topped with lightly-seasoned, mashed avocado and a poached egg makes a delicious, satisfying breakfast. Continue reading →       
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    Mostly About Chocolate Blog

  • Pastry Team UK Take 6th Place in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon

    Judith Lewis
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    It all started with an ice sculpture. We were greeted at the entrance to the training ground by an ice sculpture of Rafiki and from there on in we knew the secret that had been kept from us and they … Continue reading → The post Pastry Team UK Take 6th Place in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Godiva Valentine Sweetheart’s Chocolate Box

    Judith Lewis
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    It’s difficult navigating your way through the endless parade of pink things and Tatty Teddy and the like at Valentine’s day. Roses are at a premium, everything is heart-shaped and more and more people in my social circle are turning … Continue reading → The post Godiva Valentine Sweetheart’s Chocolate Box appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Godiva Heart Shaped Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Chocolate Truffle Heart Biscuits)

    Judith Lewis
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    I’m a sucker for heart shaped things especially when it comes to cookies and chocolates. I just have a soft spot for Valentines chocolates and cinnamon hearts. I cannot get enough cinnamon hearts. If I was 15 again I’d be … Continue reading → The post Godiva Heart Shaped Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Chocolate Truffle Heart Biscuits) appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Has Changed and it’s Even Better!

    Judith Lewis
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    As you all may know, I travel a lot. I travel without husband who holds down the fort at home while I do things that elicit anything from yawns of boredom to actual expressions of physical revulsion from him. I … Continue reading → The post Has Changed and it’s Even Better! appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Divine Dark Chocolate and Caramel Chocolate Bar Reviewed

    Judith Lewis
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:58 am
    I believe this may be a world first – a palm oil free caramel which was specifically developed by Divine as none existed on the market (or none that was good enough for them ) has been encased in their … Continue reading → The post Divine Dark Chocolate and Caramel Chocolate Bar Reviewed appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
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    The Menu Mom

  • Crescent Rolls Recipe

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Here it is, my absolute favorite crescent rolls recipe – Crescent Dinner Rolls.  This recipe makes 48 rolls – yes you read that right… and my family will eat that many within a couple days.  If you have a smaller family, you can either cut the recipe in half or freeze the extras.  They freeze great!  They also smell AMAZING while baking. Fair warning – You really need a heavy duty stand mixer for this recipe. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 c. milk 3/4 c. + 1 T. Sugar 1 egg 1 T. salt 2 T. quick acting yeast 2 c. of warm water 9-10 c. of all purpose flour  (Can also do 1/2 all…
  • Ukrainian Borscht Recipe

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    As many of you know, we have an adopted son, Igor, from Ukraine.  During Christmas Break he continually was asking me to cook Borscht.  I finally gave-in.  What’s the big deal you ask?  Well…. it takes about 2 hours to prepare.  In the past when I prepared it he would then go on to explain to me what was wrong with it and that it just wasn’t “like how it is made in Ukraine”.   The complaints led me to have no desire to spend that much time cooking a meal that would just be balked at.  However, I found a new recipe that many in the Adoption Facebook Group…
  • Coupons 1/6/15

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    LOTS of new coupons today!  Enjoy! Name Email
  • Gramma’s Lone Ranger Cookies

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    My husband has been asking his mom to make “Lone Ranger Cookies” and to send them in the mail.  I guess there is just something about your mom’s cookies that never leaves you.  Apparently these were the cookies his mom frequently made when he was a child.  Hopefully I can instill the same thoughts in my children and they will be asking me to mail them cookies when they are 38.  Of course I don’t really stick to one recipe… (always have to try something new you know) so who knows if that will be instilled in them or not. At any rate Gramma was busy in the…
  • The Best of “The Menu Mom” 2014

    27 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Christmas is over – I hope yours was wonderful!  Ours was peaceful, quiet (for the most part) and a bit sad as we lost our local “Stand in Grandma” to cancer.  This week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of my favorite times as I think ahead to the new year, make goals, map out how to accomplish dreams and step forward in hope and anticipation.  I am really looking forward to 2015! As I think about 2014, I am jumping in on Kelly’s Challenge – Over at Solo Smarts to share my top 10 favorite posts of 2014.  Be sure to check out Kelly’s…
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    Simple Plate

  • 7-Layer Dip

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Its Super Bowl Weekend. You’ve been so busy you’ve forgotten.Company’s coming and you need a quick snack for game time!  Never fear! This gorgeous 7 layer dip is a fan favorite, easy to make and you probably have the ingredients right there in your pantry/fridge. Its perfect served at room temperature, so no worries about […]
  • 20 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    They say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m inclined to agree because…CHRISTMAS COOKIES! ‘Tis the season for Christmas Cookies galore and this bake-aholic is ready! I love baking all year long, and cookies are my very favorite thing to bake. You can whip them up with a few basic […]
  • Thanks and Giving Back: Build Your Blog 2015 Conference Ticket (Salt Lake City!)

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    With our final giveaway in this Thanks and Giving Back event, we want to help our fellow blogging friends. The ladies behind the screens, with minds full of content and ideas, who need a push. Who need motivation, new resources and information to make things happen. At the Build Your Blog conference (behind held in […]
  • Thanks and Giving Back: LG 32″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV Giveaway

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who doesn’t love cuddling up while the snow falls, with a mug of hot chocolate, and your favorite movie? Wouldn’t that movie look a million times better on a brand new LED HDTV? I thought so. As part of our Thanks and Giving Back giveaways, we have something HUGE for you! You can keep it […]
  • Thanks and Giving Back: KichenAid Classic 4.5 QT Stand Mixer Giveaway

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    What’s sweeter than a gorgeous KitchenAid appliance on your countertop, whirling together the ingredients for something delicious? Winning said stand mixer! As part of our Thanks and Giving Back giveaway event, we are thrilled to be giving one lucky reader the chance to win a KitchenAid Classic 4.5 QT Stand mixer (in either white or […]
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    The Picky Eater: A Healthy Food Blog

  • Palak Tofu: A Healthy Palak Paneer

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Palak Paneer is a classic North Indian dish. Walk into any Indian restaurant, and you’re almost guaranteed to see “Palak Paneer” or “Saag Paneer” on the menu. It is traditionally a rich stew made with heavy cream, butter or ghee, paneer (which is a type of cheese used in Indian cooking), spinach, and tons of warm spices like cumin, turmeric, and coriander. It’s definitely an indulgent dish, since the heavy cream, butter and cheese are usually more prevalent in the dish than the spinach I’ve gotten tons of requests for a healthier palak paneer recipe…
  • French Toast Bread Pudding

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    That’s right. French. Toast. Bread. Pudding. For Breakfast. Need I say more?? This is one of the husband’s favorite meals. Sometimes I make it for brunch, but often I make it for dinner (as a breakfast for dinner meal) – along with some roasted rosemary potatoes (recipe coming soon) and a green smoothie. It is so super healthy for you, but literally tastes like dessert. It doesn’t get much better than that! I was inspired by a recipe I found on HungryGirl, but I changed the ingredients to make them more natural / less processed and whole-food based. The result? A…
  • 5 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    January 1st is an important date for a lot of people. It’s a fresh start – the first day of a new year – and can be the perfect time to set healthy living goals for the whole family. Committing to any new lifestyle change (getting fit, eating healthy, or losing weight) isn’t always easy, but the payoff (if you stick to it) can be huge! Making that new years resolution is a great first step, but staying on track through December 31 requires a whole lot of will power and discipline. Most people start to falter on their resolutions around mid February, and by the…
  • A Winter ONEderland First Birthday Party

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    We threw Layla’s first birthday party this past weekend and it was a total blast! From the perfect snowy weather outside (it went with our winter theme!), to enjoying the hot chocolate bar and smores, to to being able to celebrate with tons of family and friends – it was the absolute perfect weekend. I love planning and hosting parties — so naturally I had to go all out for this one. It was a lot of fun coming up with ideas for sweet treats, decorations, and embracing the freezing temperatures that will inevitably be part of every birthday Layla has in Ann Arbor This…
  • A Healthy Snack Giveaway from The Good Bean!

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The Good Bean is one of my favorite healthy snack companies. They make delicious, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, kosher, non-GMO chickpea and bean snacks that are high in fiber, high in protein and low in sugar! It doesn’t get much healthier than that. I’ve partnered with them in the past to bring you healthy snack giveaways, and this year I’m excited to share that The Good Bean has launched a brand new line of tortilla-style chips for snacking and dipping! They’re made with a power-protein blend of chickpeas, navy beans, red lentils, and pea protein, to which…
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  • Bake Away the Winter Blues

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    When the winter weather outside turns frightful, baking homemade treats will be so delightful. Whether it’s with friends, the kids or even by yourself, making treats is a great way to keep warm and active when snowed in. Try these tips from Wilton for fun indoor activities during wintry weather: The post Bake Away the Winter Blues appeared first on CulinaryChat.
  • Ham and Apple Butter Biscuit Sandwich

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    While winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, there’s nothing that can bring a family together like a warm meal. In the hopes that everyone has a meal to share with loved ones, country music star Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, has teamed up with Smithfield, encouraging others to lend a ham to those […] The post Ham and Apple Butter Biscuit Sandwich appeared first on CulinaryChat.
  • Beef Up Your Holidays

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    For many families, gathering around the table is as treasured a holiday tradition as gathering around the tree to exchange gifts with loved ones. With universal appeal, cuts of tender, juicy beef are ideal for a wide range of family-friendly dishes — from appetizers to special occasion holiday entrees. If your seasonal celebrations and commitments […] The post Beef Up Your Holidays appeared first on CulinaryChat.
  • Johnsonville Sausage Balls

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    You don’t have to be an accomplished chef to host a memorable holiday gathering. The key is to keep it simple, get a little creative and plan ahead. Hosting a fun holiday party with family and friends should not mean endless hours in the kitchen and shopping for exotic ingredients. The post Johnsonville Sausage Balls appeared first on CulinaryChat.
  • Hot & Spicy Mulled Cider

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Whether you’re preparing for a big gathering or hosting a small dinner with loved ones, make any get-together a special occasion with a twist on delicious, seasonal classics. Impress your guests with a Hot & Spicy Mulled Cider that will fill your home with enticing aromas and joyful memories.  Holiday cooking tips Here are a […] The post Hot & Spicy Mulled Cider appeared first on CulinaryChat.
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    Onion Rings & Things

  • Cajun Buffalo Chicken Bites

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    With a recipe archive heavy with jalapeno poppers, sweet chili bacon-wrapped chicken tenders and beef taquitos, it is safe to assume I am all about fun foods. Every year, I look forward to Superbowl, not because I can tell a linebacker from a quarterback, but because I can’t get enough of the fabulous game day eats. These cajun buffalo chicken wing bites have been making regular appearance on my Football Sunday menu. Inspired by a recipe I found on Frank’s Red Hot site, I used breaded and deep-fried boneless chicken pieces instead of bone-in wings for a less-mess enjoyment. I also…
  • Huevos Rancheros

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    It seems for the last 6 months or so, every time I post a new recipe here, I’ve been apologizing about the wide gaps and my long absence. Alright, I am not going to give you anymore excuses. I am not going to give you the excuse that I probably bit more than I can chew. What was I thinking? With a full-time job, household chores and two cooking (this and this) blogs to maintain, something’s gotta give. In this case, it was Onion Rings and Things. Huevos rancheros is one of my favorite breakfast treat, definitely up there with breakfast bacon cookies, baked eggs in bread boat,…
  • Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Has it been a month since I was last here? Oh my. I am so sorry for having forsaken you like this. You see, I’ve been on and off with my recipe posting here at Onion Rings and Things since June and it just seemed, the more irregular I posted, the harder it was to get back on the saddle.  I’ve had these slow cooker root beer pulled pork sliders, among other things, in my draft box for weeks but every time I sit in front of the computer to work on it, my brain cells freeze and I  am stumped for words. I am hoping to slide back into my blogging groove as the “among other…
  • Southwestern Quinoa Salad

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    I have to admit, this is the very first time I’ve ever tried quinoa. Before today, I didn’t even know how to pronounce the darn seed.  I went to our nearby Sprouts Market looking for kwuh-NO-ah and I was greeted by blank stares. “Oh, you mean KEEN-wah?”, answered an employee after I repeated myself for the fifth time and lead me to the appropriate aisle. You see, I saw my doctor a few weeks ago regarding persistent discomfort and swelling on my knees. Fortunately, he said my complaints were from nothing major. Unfortunately, he said they were from the weight I gained…
  • Potato Meatball Crockpot Stew

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    I know, I know. The photo doesn’t leave much to get excited about. But my favorite people, let not this potato meatball crockpot stew be judged by my uninspired picture taking.  Just imagine coming home after a day’s labor to chock full of meatballs, potato chunks and baby carrots swimming in a creamy, flavorful broth. Or waking up to it. I prepared it in my slow cooker before I went to bed Friday night and when I got up Saturday morning, the whole house smelled heavenly. The aroma of piping hot stew was so inviting, I couldn’t resist serving myself up a hefty bowl for…
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    The Culinary Life

  • Winter’s Bounty Breakfast Cake Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    - A quick breakfast cake recipe for those snowy winter mornings - As anyone with a CSA membership knows, winter can be a season of consistency; when you open your weekly winter produce box, you generally find a rotating cast of kale, beets, fennel root, carrots, celeriac, parsnips, and other cold-weather goodies. I’m 100% pro-hearty greens and root vegetables, but even I can only make so many root-based soups and creamy gratins. After a while, I get bored and need something else to do with all of these starchy roots… I need a recipe compelling enough to curb my winter…
  • Wintertime Spiced Cranberry Jam

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    - I can’t think of a more warming breakfast treat than spiced cranberry jam on toast. - - …and don’t forget the clotted cream! - Winter is a time of warming spices, I think most of us can agree on that. Can you think of a more satisfying way to fend off frigid weather than by eating delicious things made with cinnamon? Or nutmeg? Or allspice? Cinnamon and nutmeg are two of the most comforting flavors I can think of. They always remind me of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and my sock drawer. “Wait. Did she just say sock drawer?” Let me explain. ... Read the rest of…
  • Mandarin Marmalade with Lemon Verbena & Campari

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    - Mandarin marmalade gets a little kick from Campari. Huzzah! - Recently, someone asked me how I came up with my now infamous recipe for mandarin marmalade with Campari. The truth is, it took me a while to get into cooking with liquor. Sure I’d add a little wine to sauces or vodka to my pie crust, but as far as cooking with spirits goes, it took me a while to jump on the bandwagon. I’m just not a big drinker. And honestly, I didn’t see the need to add yet another set of ingredients to my already packed pantry. Eventually, on my never ending quest for flavor, I got curious about adding…
  • Christmas Pastries: Eclairs with Chocolate Peppermint Ganache

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    - Yay for Christmas pastries! These chocolate mint eclairs will ring your jingle bells. - When the holidays roll around, I turn to my staple Christmas sweets: cookies. Some candy. The occasional seasonal pie at dinner. While these tried and true favorites are always appreciated, have you ever thought about doing something a little different? Why not try Christmas pastries? I mean, seriously. WHY NOT? A lot of folks cringe when they think of making pastry at home, believing the process is complicated, and that pastry projects are riddled with pitfalls at every turn. While some pastries…
  • Steph’s Epic Christmas Mashed Potatoes Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    - Mashed potatoes for the yuletide history books. - This time of year is all about reflection and appreciation, and I’m one of those people who feels compulsively grateful for every little thing in my life. That said, I’ve had a minor gripe building inside of me for the past few years. I’d like to get it off my chest. Let’s talk about one traditional Christmas dinner dish many of us take for granted: mashed potatoes. You probably sit down with your family on Christmas and enjoy a plate packed full of many delicious things, one of which is mashed potatoes. When I picture your holiday…
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  • Creamy Shrimp and Grits

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
      There’s an ongoing joke that I’m a non-southern Southerner. My family is from the South and cooking wise, I tend to identify with those roots. While I’ve lived all over the U.S., I’ve only ever visited the South. So I guess I’m Southern-by-association. What’s the point of this? I love Southern cooking and Southern dishes. I grew up eating them and when I visit, diet be damned, I’m eating like a backwater native!  The last time the Whiskey Bacon crew went south we had shrimp and grits, with the grits being a spicy grit cake with bacon. So…
  • Peanut Butter Bacon Brownies

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    Two reasons I should not be the one making brownies – I don’t bake well and I hate chocolate. Not despise or dislike. Hate. Without the presence of peanut butter, chocolate is a crime against humanity. Yeah, I said it…bring it on! So why did I attempt these brownies? Why the hell not! Peanut butter and bacon are sexiness personified and without that nasty chocolate fellow hanging around, they both get a chance to shine. All kidding aside, I also love peanut butter… probably in an unhealthy way. I saw and tried one of those ’3 ingredient magical…
  • Bacon Puff Cookie Stars: Cookies for Kids Cancer

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When OXO offered some kitchen cookie freebies, the literal first thought I had was, “Can I make bacon cookies?” Kids love cookies. It’s perfect logic in a crispy bacon brain. So that, on top of the charity bonus, made it a great big yes to another OXO post. In addition to giving 10 cents from select items sold to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cause, OXO is donating $100  for each blog post dedicated to the cause in September. OXO Good Cookies will be donating up to $100,000 to the cause, so we’re hoping to make them shell out in the name of awesome causes…
  • Broccoli and Kale Soup

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    I’m a big fan of thick and creamy soups. In trying to eat a little healthier (have to do something to balance out the amounts of whiskey and bacon we consume!) I find that that combo leads to potatoes and/or cream being added to the soup. No ma gusta. Then the idea hit…beans. Loads of good stuff and nowhere near as heavy. Thanks to my CSA box from Fertile Grounds, I had tons of veggies to choose from when deciding what kind of soup to make. Given that my fridge and freezer were full of kale, it made the most sense. The broccoli though… that was a matter of ‘use it…
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Traveling and eating are two of our favorite things.  When they can happen at the same time…BOOM goes the dynamite! This spring/summer was a heavy travel season for me and it proved delicious. Of all the things I tried, one stuck with me because of it’s simplicity and tastiness. Tender yet crispy, the smashed potatoes changed breakfast for the rest of the summer. Where did I have these tasty taters…of all places, the Minneapolis Airport.  Realistically, it’s just a boiled potato smashed flat and fried. But with that simple preparation you get something fun and…
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    Rawfully Tempting™

  • Muesli Breakfast Mix - "Cream of NO-Wheat"

    Barbara Shevkun
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'm in LOVE with this delicious blend. Just so you know, some of these ingredients are not raw. Feel free to substitute with a sprouted/dehydrated version. It's Winter on the East Coast, and popped Amaranth and toasted sesame seeds bring out the flavor in this mix! This is one of the tastiest mixes I've made and a favorite in our home.READ MORE »
  • Fig Halvah (Sesame) Smoothie

    Barbara Shevkun
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    "Open sesame"—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.Growing up, Halvah, (a ground sesame paste, fudge-like snack), was a huge treat in our household, and I've always loved the flavor and consistency. This smoothie is very reminiscent of  my favorite childhood treat.READ MORE »
  • Pecan-Carob Maca Milkshake

    Barbara Shevkun
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Oh Yum! Thank you Living Tree Community for another fantastic product. Of course this is lick-off-the-spoon-fantastic, but I was in a hurry and wanted to toss together a quick, satisfying beverage. I didn't quite measure everything, so amounts are approximate, but this is so reminiscent of a frothy milkshake. Feel free to adjust as needed.READ MORE »
  • Dairy-Free (Mocha) Almond Yogurt

    Barbara Shevkun
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    I was inspired to revisit almond yogurt when a client asked me to prepare some for her. I had forgotten how easy it was. Once the plain yogurt was made, I moved on to Mocha Almond Yogurt. What a delight! I even added some leftover Water Kefir I had in refrigerator, along with probiotic powder. I didn't quite measure things exactly, but will list to the best of my ability. Enjoy!READ MORE »
  • Rawfully Tempting Herb Stuffing

    Barbara Shevkun
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Our monthly potluck/demo is tomorrow evening, and I wanted to create something fabulous  for our pre-Thanksgiving celebration. This stuffing is superb and can be ground into the most amazing "bread crumbs." Totally dry it makes a great munchy mix. Rehydrate it or only partially dehydrate it, for a soft, fluffy stuffing. I'm loving this recipe and the house smells so good too!READ MORE »
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    The HauteMeal

  • Porter-Braised Beef with Creamy Polenta

    Stephanie Augustine
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve made plenty of pot roast in my day and I’ve used all kinds of things for the braising liquid, but there’s a special place in my heart for beer. I especially like porter, with its complex, smokey flavor and undertones of coffee and cocoa, all of which tastes amazing with beef and makes for a really delicious sauce. I used Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter for this since I’m already familiar with that brand, but any good American porter with the aforementioned flavor profile will do. Polenta is just beautiful with this dish, but you could just as easily make up a…
  • Southwest Cobb Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

    Stephanie Augustine
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you make new year’s resolutions? Some people don’t care for it, but I kind of like the idea of making a promise to myself at the beginning of each year. Sometimes I make big ones, like when I vowed to end the year debt free (which was a success!), and sometimes they’re small lifestyle tweaks. This year is all about small tweaks that aren’t too hard, but which have been a long time coming all the same. The main one has to do with my diet – and no, I’m not resolving to eat less. Contrary to the crash diet that most people engage in at the beginning of the…
  • Slow-Roasted Pork Rib Roast

    Stephanie Augustine
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A pork rib roast, also known as a rack of pork or crown roast, is the pork version of a beef rib roast: juicy, delicious, and impressive, but without the impressive price. A roast of about 5 pounds is perfect for a hearty Sunday dinner, or if you go with a full rack you can feed a crowd at your next dinner party without totally breaking the bank. And if you wrap that full rack in a circle, then you’ve got crown roast! Classy and economical? That’s what I like. Because this roast is basically the pork equivalent of prime rib, I like to cook it in a similar way by slow roasting it…
  • Wine & Gray

    Stephanie Augustine
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I swear, this post isn’t sponsored by Old Navy. It’s sheer coincidence that just about everything in this particular look happens to be from there, including the vest, jeggings, and booties. I guess I went a little overboard during the holiday sales! However, I loved the idea of head-to-toe gray with a pop of wine red at the feet, so it probably wouldn’t have made a difference if I had known. A cozy infinity scarf brings extra warmth, and a finishing touch. Tweed Vest by Old Navy Sweater by Stories…by Kelly Osborne Scarf courtesy of Lane Bryant Jeggings by Old Navy…
  • A La Belle Etoile

    Stephanie Augustine
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Skinny jeans and a graphic tee can take you just about anywhere depending on how you mix and match it. My favorite way is to top it off with a tailored blazer, and add killer heels to make the outfit complete. Blazer by Eloquii Top by Forever 21 Jeans by ASOS Curve Ring from Forever 21 Bag by Shoedazzle Shoes by Scene Today’s Earworm: Inside Out by Spoon The post A La Belle Etoile appeared first on The HauteMeal.
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    Delicious Everyday

  • Caramelised Cauliflower with Chickpeas, Baby Kale, Lemon & Toasted Buckwheat {vegan + gluten free}

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    A wonderfully addictive vegan and gluten free cauliflower salad recipe with caramelised cauliflower, cumin, onions, chickpeas with a bright finish thanks to lemon zest and juice. Toasted buckwheat adds a final crunch. To say I love chickpeas is an understatement. Continue reading Caramelised Cauliflower with Chickpeas, Baby Kale, Lemon & Toasted Buckwheat {vegan + gluten free} or leave a comment ©2014 Delicious Everyday. All content in this feed (including photographs and text) are copyrighted to Delicious Everyday and may not be republished in part or full without written permission…
  • Top 10 recipes of 2014

    28 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Click next to start the slideshow 2014, it is almost over. So it is time to look back and reflect on the year that was. And the recipes from this year. I’ve been blogging for 7 years now. Practically forever in the blogging world. When I started I had no idea what I was doing, and I posted with abandon. I got in the kitchen and cooked, without fear of judgement, and blogged in the same way too. Sure, a lot of the recipes from back then were based on recipes I’d come across in cookbooks or had seen on a cooking show on tv, but I was, and still am, a home-cook, and I cooked, I…
  • Chickpea Blini with Hummus and Mushrooms {vegan + gluten free}

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    These fantastic chickpea blini are a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations. Topped with hummus, mushrooms and porcini they are vegan and gluten free! We’ve been eating a lot of chickpea crepes, also called socca, in our house of late. Continue reading Chickpea Blini with Hummus and Mushrooms {vegan + gluten free} or leave a comment ©2014 Delicious Everyday. All content in this feed (including photographs and text) are copyrighted to Delicious Everyday and may not be republished in part or full without written permission and appropriate credit. Please contact me for…
  • Christmas Cookbook Guide – my favourite vegetarian cookbooks

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I have a bit of a weakness for cookbooks. Ok, a bit of a weakness is an understatement. I love cookbooks and only wished my budget allowed me to add all the books I wanted to my collection. Some are beautiful, and I love flipping through the pages, despite the fact I know I’ll perhaps never cook from them. Others are more useful, and well loved, and used regularly. So I thought I’d share today some of my favourite cookbooks to inspire your Christmas gift buying. Starting with my favourite vegetarian cookbooks. Continue reading Christmas Cookbook Guide – my favourite…
  • Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayonnaise {vegetarian}

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Juicy portobello mushrooms and crispy baguettes come together in this vegetarian spin on the Vietnamese classic bánh mì. My parents have spent the last few months in France, and heading to the boulangerie to purchase freshly baked baguettes has become a daily ritual for them. After months of hearing tales from my parents of the amazing baguettes they’d been enjoying I started baking my own in earnest. Continue reading Portobello Mushroom Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayonnaise {vegetarian} or leave a comment ©2014 Delicious Everyday. All content in this feed (including photographs and…
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    The Dinner-Mom

  • 15 Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Who doesn’t love crispy chips or fries dunked in their favorite dip? I’ve rounded-up 15 healthy alternatives to potato chips that will satisfy your need to crunch and sneak fruits and vegetables into your diet too! I feel as though I’m laying out my case for a chip obsession! Below you’ll find 15 different fruits […] The post 15 Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Enjoy Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins at breakfast, for a snack or as a sweet ending to a meal! They’re easy to make, healthy and perfect for days when you are on the go. Go Bananas! Go Go Bananas! I buy a few bananas every time I go to the grocery store. Usually, they are gobbled […] The post Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Shrimp Sushi Roll Salad and Creamy Sriracha Dressing

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Get your sushi “fix” with this easy shrimp sushi roll salad and a creamy sriracha dressing. Simple, satisfying…and full of spice! I mean absolutely no disrespect to the talented sushi chefs that I visit so often by creating this recipe. I am a novice playing in an area where I have no business. I know. […] The post Shrimp Sushi Roll Salad and Creamy Sriracha Dressing appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Roasted Acorn Squash Bowls Stuffed with Farro

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Dinner’s done when you serve Roasted Acorn Squash straight from the “bowl.” It’s stuffed with a protein-packed filling of farro, white beans, mushrooms and onions and topped with crumbled feta cheese. Have some mealtime fun…and rack up a few ooos and awws too! How? By eating dinner straight from an acorn squash “bowl” filled with farro […] The post Roasted Acorn Squash Bowls Stuffed with Farro appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Top 10 Healthy Recipes for 2014 {Reader’s Choice}

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Happy New Year The Week After!  I’m raring to go with new easy, healthy and fun recipes. But, before I kick off the new year, I want to recap the Top 10 Healthy Recipes from 2014. The countdown reflects recipes posted in 2014 with the most page views…they truly are the reader’s choice! I love the […] The post Top 10 Healthy Recipes for 2014 {Reader’s Choice} appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
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    Veg Recipes of India

  • rabri recipe – how to make rabdi or rabri recipe | indian sweets

    dassana amit
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    rabri recipe – a step by step post to make rabri the way its made traditionally. rabri is a popular north indian sweet made from milk. basically rabri is thickened sweetened milk having layers of malai or cream in it. its flavored with cardamoms, saffron with the addition of dry fruits like almonds and pistachios. this version of rabri is also called as lachha rabri in hindi. the preparation is easy but takes time. milk is continuously simmered and reduced on a low flame till it reaches a semi thick consistency. rabri is usually prepared in a kadai as the broad shape of the kadai…
  • whole wheat veg pizza recipe, how to make atta pizza recipe

    dassana amit
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    whole wheat veg pizza or atta pizza recipe with step by step pics – sharing the recipe of a healthy pizza that i make on occasions. after i started making pizza dough at home some 4 years back, i gradually switched to making pizzas from whole wheat flour. after that i never made pizzas with all purpose flour or maida. just to make it clear for non indian readers, atta is the hindi word for whole wheat flour and maida means all purpose flour. for any whole wheat pizza base, the trick is to knead the dough very well. if you can get this right, then you will have a nice soft textured pizza…
  • kadala curry recipe, how to make kadala curry or kadala kari

    dassana amit
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    kadala curry recipe with step by step photos – kerala kadala curry recipe for puttu and appams. kadala curry or kadala kari and puttu is one of my favorite breakfast. in fact, since we are fond of black chickpeas, i like them both in gravies and dry versions. occasionally on some days, i make kadala curry with puttu. i have a puttu maker from kerala, gifted by my mom. for breakfast i prepare puttu to go along with the kadala curry. for lunch, i serve the spicy & aromatic curry with rice or chapatis/pooris. if you are wondering what is puttu, then these are steamed rice & coconut…
  • rasmalai recipe, how to make rasmalai recipe

    dassana amit
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    rasmalai recipe with step by step photos – again one of the popular bengali sweet of spongy cottage cheese balls aka rasgullas soaked in thickened & sweetened milk. when i made rasgullas, i also made rasmalai with some of them. you can also get store brought rasgullas to make rasmalai. this recipe is not a quick one made with condensed milk, but the traditional way made with reducing milk. i would suggest making the rasgullas a day or two before and then later make the rasmalai. dividing work this way makes it easy. if you want to make rasgullas at home, then you can check this…
  • mushroom manchurian gravy recipe, mushroom manchurian recipe with sauce

    dassana amit
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    mushroom manchurian gravy recipe with step by step photos – a popular spicy, sweet and sour indo chinese recipe with mushrooms with sauce or gravy. on occasions i make indo chinese food at home. and no wonder, i have posted many vegetarian indo chinese recipes on the blog. a few readers had asked me whats the difference between a manchurian gravy and a chilli gravy. eg difference between chilli paneer and paneer manchurian. both look and taste similar. my reasoning is that manchurian gravies have tomato ketchup added to them which make them sweet. whereas in a chilli gravy, tomato…
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  • How to make tagliatelle pasta

    Alessandra Neri
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Home made Pasta is never out of fashion because it is simple to make in your own kitchen. All you need it is just patience, be well organised and follow few golden rules I am going to explain in this post homemade tagliatelle pasta I personally made What tools you need to make tagliatelle pasta1. hand-cranked pasta roller2. Guitar pasta cutter3. Wooden worktop4. Rolling pin  Ingredients you need for tagliatelle pasta (4 people):300 grams flour3 eggs 300 grams of flour and 3 eggs to make tagliatelle pasta How to prepare tagliatelle pasta:Place the flour into a…
  • Chocolate and Pear Cake (Torta cioccolato e pere)

    Alessandra Neri
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    There is always an occasion to celebrate with a cake: a birthday or a party in your friend’ s house. So why do not to bake something new and original too? I thought to show you how to bake a Chocolate and Pear cake.If you haven’t thought about it, why don’t let your kids help you baking this cake? Children love to be involved in food preparation, especially when it is an important event for them like a Birthday.I’m also sure that every mother checks what kind of food is better for their children. This attention to an healthy food balance style becomes…
  • How to make Lasagne? Try this simple recipe

    Alessandra Neri
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    I want to share with you a classic recipe called Lasagne. I made it easy for you to prepare, so you can easily prepare at home, just following my instructions. The image below is the real result, the lasagne I made myself. Isn’t delicious? A portion of Lasagne served warm. This is what you are going to get following my instructionsA little history about lasagneLasagne originated in Italy, traditionally associated to the city of Bologna in the Region of Emilia-Romagna, where the first modern recipe was created and published and became a traditional…
  • Ragu Recipe: How to prepare an authentic Beef Ragu Sauce

    Alessandra Neri
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    Ragu or Ragú is an Italian classic meat-based sauce well known in the Italian cuisine. Every Italian knows about and it is usually served with pasta or used to make Lasagne. So today i am going to teach you how to make an authentic Beef Ragu Recipe, as simple as usual. Italian ragu sauce with minced beef once it is completedIn North of Italy, Ragu is typically a sauce based of meat, often minced, chopped or grounded. It is cooked with sauteed vegetables in a liquid. For tradition a ragu is a sauce of braised or stewed meat that may be flavoured with tomato, to distinguish…
  • Traditional Italian Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe

    Alessandra Neri
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    This is my Traditional Italian Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe, gotten from my mother in Italy where it is called there “Pesto alla Genovese“. If you have never tried this kind of sauce or even better you tasted this sauce from a ready made sauce jar, I advise you to try this and compare: you will be amazed to discover how it is so fresh and taste different from the packaged one. Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce once you finish!Please Note that Pesto is always made to taste, based on the ingredients at hand. So after you made this sauce, you can adjust the ingredients to your taste the next…
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    With a little more than a week to go until Super Bowl XLIX it’s time to start planning the game-day feast. And what’s better than a new dip to add to the big-game menu?  Nothing! Update the old-school onion soup mix version of onion dip with caramelized onions for a new spin. This made from scratch caramelized onion dip is a bit cleaner with a savory and sweet flavor that gets tied together with a blend of creamy Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream and Cream Cheese. You’ll never want to go back to be pre-made dip. So, dunk in your favorite veggies and enjoy crudité heaven all around.
  • Recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Grated Parmesan Cheese
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Resolutions…Resolutions…blah blah blah. I’m not here to read you the riot act on healthy eating.  We all know what we have to do and what we shouldn’t do.  However, I am here to provide you with some delicious foodie tools that just might get you motivated to cook a bit more and order in a bit less.  This Zucchini & Roasted Garlic Pasta with Grated Parmesan Cheese uses half the carbohydrates of traditional pasta replacing some noodles with zucchini, which holds on to the authenticity of the dish while cutting out some major calories.  Twirled together with…
  • RECIPE: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Glazed Squash
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    What do you get when you combine two of your absolute favorite winter veggies together?  Complete and phenomenal holiday side-dish success. That’s what!! Ingredients 1 lb. fresh green or purple baby Brussels sprouts washed, trimmed & discarded of any loose leaves 8 garlic cloves (if too large cut in half so all are uniform) 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon “aged” balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup maple syrup (make sure you use 100 % natural;  pancake syrup won’t do this dish justice.) 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper to taste 1 large butternut…
  • How to: Make Fantastic Holiday Bark
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    One of my favorite reasons to “cook” instead of “bake” is because nothing has to be precise.  You can add a little here, touch up a little there.  Take a little taste as you go along without worrying about getting sick from a raw egg poking around.  If your recipe needs another dash of salt, just sprinkle it right in there.  That is why most (if not all of my desserts) are as least complicated as possible and this Holiday Bark is right up there. Only five-ingredients, minimal steps and tons of fun to make.  Plus the more unique each piece breaks up, the…
  • Recipe: Seared Brussels Sprouts
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanksgiving is ALL about the sides…no news flash here to anyone. By the way, please don’t think I am suggesting for you to spend hours upon hours slaving away in the fair is that? It’s your holiday too.  On that note, this brings me to my latest dish, “Seared Brussels Sprouts with Purple Grapes.” While this seasonal recipe is so simply prepared, it actually erupts with flavor and taste.  Bonus…it’s budget friendly which will ensure a true Happy Thanksgiving To You! Ingredients 10 oz. brussels sprouts halved and trimmed 3 garlic cloves grated or minced 3…
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    Vegetarian Indian Slow Cooker

  • Slow Cooker Vegetarian Super Bowl Recipes

    Pravina Parikh
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Super Bowl is almost here and I have some wonderful vegetarian and eggless slow cooker/crockpot Appetizer, Main Dish and Dessert recipes to share with you, that you can easily make for Super Bowl... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Opo Squash ( doodhi ) Lauki ) Vegetable In Slow Cooker

    Pravina Parikh
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    If you liked slow cooker spinach daal or gujarati kadhi you will surely like this simple Opo Squash and daal combination made even more simpler in slow-cooker. This is gujarati style vegetable known... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vegetarian Kids Lunchbox Ideas

    Pravina Parikh
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Some time back I was invited to participate in Kids Lunch Box Recipes Event by IndusLadies - the largest online community for Indian women in the world. The selected recipes were to be published in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Colorful Protein Pancake (Puda) Recipe

    Pravina Parikh
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Did you like Spinach Paneer Wraps recipe I published last week? Well this week I am writing about these simple pancakes or pudala (puda) my daughter usually makes as simple way to sneak-in some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spinach Paneer ( Cottage Cheese ) Wrap Recipe: How to make Spinach Paneer Wrap

    Pravina Parikh
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    This is a simple and healthy lunch box recipe. Just like my slow cooker spinach daal , vegetable pulav and kansar, Spinach Paneer wrap are also staple for my grand-kids lunch-box. It is very easy to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    YUM eating

  • Super Simple Snacks for Healthy Eaters on the Go

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Super simple snacks. Say that six times fast. Super. Simple. Snacks. By the end snacks starts to slur into sacks and simple goes turns into snimple. At least for me and my Oklahoma transplanted in Michigan accent. To those who follow me on Instagram, I apologize. This is a bit of a repeat for you. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the PR for Nature Valley and Fiber One products. They were getting ready to launch some new snacks and was interested in hearing my thoughts. As I went through each one I tried to capture the moment on Instagram. Now that I have made my way through the eats, I am…
  • Happy 10th Birthday to my Sous Chef

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This little girl is getting to be too old for her own good. We are now at that stage where she is 10 going on 16. I know some of you are new here, so I have to tell you, kiddo is not mine. At least not biologically. She biologically belongs to my husband. Although, I am not sure she always claims him I have been with kiddo since she was 3. So, we’ve been together quite a while. She’s such a great kid with a huge heart. She’s torn between being a vet to save animals or a nurse to save people like a lot of the women in my husband’s family. It must be tough being 10 and…
  • The Beauty of Asparagus and Mushrooms

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Not a recipe post today. Just some photos of the things that could have been. Sounds a little weird, I know. I love asparagus. It’s one of my favorite vegetables. All my life my mother has called this goodie ‘ditch weed’ and for good reason. Every summer when we would travel from Oklahoma to Michigan my mother and I would take a drive out to my grandparents old farmhouse, just a few miles away from their current home. We would go pick these ‘weeds’ out of the ditches and wild patches that would form in the yard. Everyone in my family called them ditch weeds. I…
  • Sriracha Poached Egg and Spinach

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the longest time I wasn’t a huge fan of all things hot and mighty. All that changed when Buffalo Wild Wings graced the streets of Stillwater, OK around 2006. Prior to that about as warm as I went was medium salsa. Since then I have tested my levels of heat. Over the years I have learned that just because a sauce is super hot doesn’t mean it’s good. If it is going to have heat, it needs to have flavor, too. Unfortunately that is really hard to come by.  We have about 20 varieties of hot sauce in the house. The most used is Frank’s Red Hot.  Until recently. On a…
  • Try the World; One Bite at a Time (Venice)

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Try the World – one bite at a time, starting with Venice. Have you heard about Try the World yet? If not, you are really missing out on one of the best food subscription boxes. No joke. I’ve tried a few of them and this one – so far – is my favorite. When a rep for Try the World contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in trying out their program for an honest review, I figured I had nothing to lose. However, I did have a lot to gain. While I am not being compensated for the post, I did get the Venice box for free so I could facilitate my review and report…
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    Lemon & Olives: Exploring Greek Cooking And Culture

  • Homemade Pita Bread

    Kenton Kotsiris
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    It feels great to be back in the swing of things. There was a little lull here because I got sick. I tried my best to avoid it but in the end, it caught me. I went to the doctors and got some antibiotics, so I’m on my way to a speedy recovery. Thank God. What’s awful about cooking and being sick is that as soon as you start to feel bad, you’re done. You have to leave the kitchen. So when this happens, I’m left watching Jane do all the work. I do not like this. I love cooking and like moving around and doing stuff even more. To sit idle is such a waste and I get bored easily. For…
  • Cauliflower With Tomatoes and Feta

    Kenton Kotsiris
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    We have some great news to share with you: Jane found a wedding dress! Yes, after a few ups and downs, both good and not-so-good appointments, she’s said yes to a dress. The whole process has been a battle. From a man’s perspective, we know the dress is important, but we don’t really understand how important. Not until going through it with our significant other that is. There are literally thousands of different kinds, styles, etc., Despite me being completely removed from the entire process, as I am not going to see her in the dress, the dress itself, or even pictures of said dress…
  • Pita Stuffed With Veggies

    Kenton Kotsiris
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    I’m happy to report that Jane and I have, up until now, stuck to our plan of healthy Mediterranean eating until our wedding. It’s actually been really fun coming up with recipes and trying dishes we normally wouldn’t have tried. We’re also eating fish a lot more and a vegetarian meal once a week. To help in our quest, and to make cool things like zucchini flatbread and veggie noodles, we bought a spiralizer. Jane discovered it a few weeks ago and decided it would be fun to have on hand. She was right, it’s funny how simply changing the shape of a vegetable opens up a whole new…
  • 10 Novels Set In Greece

    Kenton Kotsiris
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Every once in a while I’ll get an email asking if I know any good books that are set in Greece. It seems there are others out there that just can’t get enough of all the beauty and wonder that Greece has to offer. Some want to read a few books to get them in the zone for an upcoming trip (the lucky ones), while others want to reminisce about a recent holiday, or experience what it would have been like to walk among the ancients, or hope to visit her shores one day. I get it. As a matter of fact, I too do the same thing. I like to read a few fictional books that are set in a country…
  • Pantespani | Lemon Sponge Cake

    Kenton Kotsiris
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Well now that Epiphany day has passed, and the 12 days of Christmas are over, I guess it’s time to take down the decorations, pack up the Christmas music, and break down our fake tree. The corner of our living room will become bare once again and focus on that spot lost until next year. As I briefly mentioned in our previous post, 2014: A Year In Review, Jane and I have planned out a majority of 2015 for this site. To be honest, we’re normally not that well prepared, choosing to live from one moment to the next, and our scheduling reflects it. We’ve given ourselves room for error,…
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    The Baguette Diet | French eating habits

  • Lighter French food | Healthy steak frites recipe

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    “Le steak-frites” was one of the first words I learned in my high school French class. I can still picture the cartoon drawing of “Pierre,” the guiding character throughout our textbook, sitting at a red and white checkered table drooling … Continue reading → The post Lighter French food | Healthy steak frites recipe appeared first on The Baguette Diet | French eating habits.
  • Healthy graham cracker pancakes | Low fat s’mores pancake recipe

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Just when most of our wallets and waistlines are starting to get back to normal after the holidays, it’s time to start planning for the next big thing–les vacances. Living in Paris can be tough this time of year with … Continue reading → The post Healthy graham cracker pancakes | Low fat s’mores pancake recipe appeared first on The Baguette Diet | French eating habits.
  • How to make a French cheese plate

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Right after settling in to our first apartment together, Alex and I threw a crémaillère—a housewarming party. I love entertaining, and I was over the moon about finally having enough space to host a get together. Among the canapés we spread around … Continue reading → The post How to make a French cheese plate appeared first on The Baguette Diet | French eating habits.
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    Penny's Recipes

  • How To Cook Curly Kale

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Kale is a staple of vegetable box schemes and Farmers Markets. Boil, steam or add to pasta dishes, quiches and stews. Read More... The post How To Cook Curly Kale appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Shop

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    The post Shop appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Great Kitchen Things

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Best Kitchen Utensils And Gadgets - Some of my favourite kitchen things that I wouldn't be without Read More... The post Great Kitchen Things appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • A Very Lidl Christmas

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    A Christmas dinner from Lidl. Deliciously good value and so easy to make too! Have an easy Christmas this year! Read More... The post A Very Lidl Christmas appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Lasagne Recipes

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Delicious traditional recipe for this classic dish - easy to make - just takes a little care. Read More... The post Lasagne Recipes appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
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    Red Beans and Eric... err Rice!

  • Muffuletta Sliders

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I love the muffuletta. I already have it planned on my next trip to New Orleans, first stop is Central Grocery for the famous sandwich. But when you think of theirs, you think of the big circle loaf of the muffuletta bread filled with the Italian meats and olive salad. One whole muffuletta could feed four even though I could eat half of one. It’s perfect with a bag of Zapp’s potato chips and a Barq’s. I skip out of making the muffuletta loaf from scratch and buy a large Italian bread loaf instead. I’m not a baker. I can’t even make a King Cake or cupcakes. The…

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Carnival season means two things: King Cakes and Professor Carl Nivale. This year marks the 19th year that Professor Carl Nivale will appear on WWL-TV as the morning show’s Mardi Gras expert. He covers everything from the historical aspects of carnival along with trivia, facts and stories. The professor has become the New Orleans carnival historian and go-to for anything Mardi Gras. He put together the complete ‘Carnivale Compendium & Mardi Gras Manual‘ online. The graduate of the “Kings’ College of Carnival Knowledge” covers everything from the…
  • Cookbook Review: THE PIZZA BIBLE by Tony Gemignani

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    If you have ever wanted to make homemade pizza, from the dough to the proper toppings, 11-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani has the book for you. Tony wrote the most complete book on pizza making with “The Pizza Bible” by Ten Speed Press. Tony uses his award-winning experience as a chef and owner of seven restaurants to get you making some pie. The book starts off with a master class. He tells you what equipment you need, ingredients to get, the theory of pizza making, practicing, and putting it all together to make a pizza together – you and him, kinda. With some…

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Donald Silcio isn’t your typical New Orleans Saints fan. He’s a super fan of the WHO DAT Nation that goes by the moniker, Gametime Saint. You may have seen him on TV, dressed up in the uniform of the black and gold with face painted to match. He not only tries to make it to every home game at the dome, but as the founding father of the ‘Road Warriors’ chapter of the WHO DAT nation, he takes the pads and war paint across the nation cheering on the Saints. Donald says that becoming a super fan not only became a fun way to interact with other fans, home or away, it also…
  • Cookbook Review: IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT: A New Orleans Firefighters Cookbook by Robert Medina

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Robert Medina mailed me a copy of his cookbook, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT: A New Orleans Firefighter’s Cookbook along with his FIREHOUSE FLASHOVER CREOLE SEASONING and the newly released FIREHOUSE BACKDRAFT BBQ & BUTT RUB. I’ve followed Robert on Facebook for a couple of years now. Not that I need a t-shirt that says this, but I was a follower before he was on the Rachael Ray Show as a finalist in Bobby Flay’s “Burger of the Month” episode. The winning burger would then be served Flay’s restaurant for a month. Robert served up his New Orleans…
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    The PinterTest Kitchen

  • Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad (Plus, a $50 Giveaway!)

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today I am posting an old recipe from my family that has been passed around and revised to suit our tastes. Aren’t those old family recipes the best? (Plus, scroll to the end to enter a $50 giveaway!) This old fashioned macaroni salad is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe (like our PA Dutch Pot Pie). The recipe originated with my Grandma Reitz. My mom changed it slightly and now I make it, too. When we growing up we would go to my Grandmas house on a Sunday morning and pick her up to go to Sunday School and church. After church we would finish making the lunch she had gotten started before we…
  • Grandma’s Drop Sugar Cookies

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Growing up, it was rare to find store bought cookies in our house. It was even more rare to find them at Grandma’s house. Cake, cookies, pies… whatever treats she had on hand were homemade. Cherry pie, frosted brownies, and these drop sugar cookies are some of her staple treats. Grandmas are the best, aren’t they? Now that I’m older, I’ve been collecting my favorite recipes from her. While no one makes them like she does, I’m still pretty happy with the results! Usually she tops her cookies with regular white sugar, but I decided to use colored sugar to…
  • Orange Sesame Beef

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Confession time: we order Chinese food at least every other week. We’d probably order it every week, but we always have lots of leftovers. I know, I know. I’m a food blogger. Why order take out when I can whip something up myself? But truth be told, I just haven’t been able to replicate some of my favorite Chinese dishes at home. There’s a place near us that makes awesome fried rice. Mmmmm…. Anyway, I’m getting off the point. This past week, I tried an orange sesame beef recipe, which I modified from from an orange beef recipe I found in Sandra Lee’s…
  • Easy Chocolate Kahlua Souffle – Made in Your Blender!

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    This year, we spent New Year’s Eve with Jeffrey’s family in Alabama, which was a fun change of pace. I love being around friends and family to ring in the new year! Everyone brought drinks to share, and we sat around the campfire chatting and watching the neighbors set off fireworks. I brought hot chocolate and Kahlua, which was a nice way to say hello to 2014 indeed. Celebrating by the glow of the campfire Actually, it was gingerbread Kahlua, which was doubly delicious (and it was on the clearance rack at the liquor store, woo hoo). I love, love, love gingerbread (here’s…
  • New Year’s Rockin’ Cash Giveaway: Start 2015 Off Right With $500!

    1 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Happy New Year, y’all! I can’t believe that it’s 2015 already. I feel like just yesterday, we were ringing in 2014. I say that every year, though. I’m teaming up some of my blogging friends to bring you a pretty awesome giveaway – $500 right to your PayPal account. Now that’s what I call a happy new year, am I right? If you win the money, how will you spend it? Co-hosts:  Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog • True Story Book Blog • Allisonleighann. • My Fashion On The Rox • Mae Amor • Bohemian Babushka • Finger Click Saver • The PinterTest Kitchen…
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    Oak Recipes

  • Brownies Cockaigne

    Site Admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Method: Melt in a double boiler the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Cool this mixture. If yo u do not, your … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Chocolate Chestnut Bombe Molded Chocolate loaf with Whipped Cream Chocolate Mousse, Normandy-Style
  • Sweet-Potato Cookies

    Site Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Method: Sift together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg; set the mixture aside. Cream the butter and sugar, and beat … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Sweet Potato Tipsy Sweet Potato and Apple Old-fashioned Sweet Potato Pone
  • Carrot Cookies

    Site Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Method: Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth and pale. Add the vanilla extract and t he egg. Beat … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Light Cookies Orange Juice Cookies Rolled Oysters
  • Millennia! Cookies

    Site Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Method: Combine t h e almonds and spoonful of egg white in a mortar and pound the nuts to a … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Drop Cookies Light Cookies Almond- Paste Cookies
  • Pumpkin Cookies

    Site Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Method: Place the brown sugar, honey, pumpkin, oil and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat until blended. In a … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Drop Cookies Light Cookies Pistachio Cookies
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  • Roasted Capsicum Salad Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Roasted capsicum salad is very healthy, tasty salad rec […] The post Roasted Capsicum Salad Recipe appeared first on RasoiMenu.
  • Matar Paneer Bhurji Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Matar paneer bhurji is a north Indian recipe. It’s a ve […] The post Matar Paneer Bhurji Recipe appeared first on RasoiMenu.
  • Khus Paneer Bites Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:53 pm
    An ultimate way to try out Paneer in a different food t […] The post Khus Paneer Bites Recipe appeared first on RasoiMenu.
  • Roasted Vegetable Pie Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Roast vegetable pie is very healthy and full of nutriti […] The post Roasted Vegetable Pie Recipe appeared first on RasoiMenu.
  • Matar Wali Kadhi Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    Matar (peas) simmered in a tasty curd based gravy. Enjo […] The post Matar Wali Kadhi Recipe appeared first on RasoiMenu.
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    Cook click n devour!!!

  • Creamy corn toast recipe | Corn potato open toast recipe

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    I love to make different kinds of toasts with bread,that too the ones with loads of veggies, bread is very versatile it brings out the flavor and taste of any veggie we use with it very beautifully. Just to avoid boredom and also to add more nutrition and taste,I keep changing the type of bread as well the veggies used for sandwich or toast. We all love cheese toast at home and I have already blogged around 3 cheese toast recipes here,so When I saw this recipe for corn cheese toast,I was pretty sure it will be a hit and I wanted to make it too. When I was all set I realized I had no cheese in…
  • Butter corn pasta recipe| Easy pasta recipes

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    Recently I have bee experimenting a lot with pastas,I bought a big pack of penne sometime back and I want to finish it off soon,so pasta is often seen for either dinner or brunch,sometimes breakfast too. I saw this really simple butter corn pasta recipe here and tried it immediately with whatever ingredients I had at hand,this butter corn pasta recipe turned out really yum and even I loved it (I don’t like pasta much ). This recipe will be a big hit with kids and toddlers (if you have started feeding them corn and cheese of course). The main ingredient in this recipe is of course butter…
  • Nutella hot chocolate recipe| Easy nutella recipes

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
    With nutella in hand,I believe it is quite easy to manage fussy kids and adults as well. Creamy and chocolatey this spread has come really a long way I too love nutella,though I am trying hard to limit its consumption,I sometimes just give in to the temptation Apart from using as a spread on toast,there are tons,literally tons of recipes with nutella and these easy nutella recipes are always a hit with toddlers and kids and this nutella hot chocolate recipe is one such,very easy to make and a great way to make them drink milk,though I would not say it is a healthy drink to feed toddlers or…
  • Cauliflower korma recipe | No coconut cauliflower kuruma recipe

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Today’s post is a very easy to make cauliflower korma that needs no coconut. During winter when fresh cauliflower is seen everywhere I cook different recipes with cauliflower as I can never resist buying one when I shop :). So just to avoid repetition I keep changing the ingredients to bring different flavor and taste,this cauliflower korma is one such curry,very easy one and it needs no coconut unlike traditional korma recipes. This recipe calls for cashew paste and it is very rich and creamy and mildly spiced. Here I have shallow fried the cauliflower florets,you can even deep fry if…
  • Methi mattar paneer recipe| Restaurant style side dish recipe

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Methi mattar paneer,a very tasty and warm side dish with fresh winter produce,during this season of the year we get fresh peas and methi leaves and I make sure to cook them as often as I can.paneer is an all time favorite and so this methi mattar paneer gets featured in the menu regularly during winters.The gravy used here is a very flavorful tomato cashew gravy,I have used methi leaves in this dish but it is optional,you can add any greens here,try this restaurant style methi mattar paneer and let me know what you think More restaurant style side dish recipes Peas curry Baby corn masala…
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  • 16 Salty Snacks for Game Day

    Mei Chin
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you're planning on watching the big game, you are going to need something, a lot of things, to snack on. Supporting your favorite team from the couch doesn't have to mean sad, over-sauced chicken wings or fluorescent cheese products (unless, of course, you're a Packers fan). But there's no reason to slave over the stove and miss the first half of the game, either. So take back your (snack) game: Make a few or all 16 of these recipes before kickoff, and you'll be thanking yourself by halftime. New School French Onion Dip by Sarah Coates   Anchovy Onion…
  • 5 Ways You Might Not Be Using Your Salt -- and Why You Should Start

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    This article is brought to you by our friends at Electrolux as part of an ongoing series focusing on seasonal ingredients. This month we're talking salt. Today: If your salt intake is limited to a few taps from the dining room shaker, you might be missing out on its full potential -- here are 5 unexpected ways to use it. Salt is one of our closest friends in the kitchen -- it makes our food taste more complex, more like itself. And because it does, we don't think twice about adding it to our pasta water, vegetables, or polenta. But there are so…
  • 8 Food Blog Links We Love

    Lauren Kodiak
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. Super Bowl Sunday is two days away! Do you have your game day menu mapped out? If not, we've got plenty of snacks for you to serve at your viewing party, like bacon-jalapeño cheese twists, spinach and artichoke dip pizza, and Thai peanut chicken wings -- plus, a beer float to wash it all down. Whether you're rooting for the Patriots or the Seahawks, these football-friendly foods are all winners in our book.
  • Community Picks Recipe Testing -- Potatoes 2.0

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We've partnered with Idaho Potatoes to bring you the latest contest -- and a $500 gift card to Provisions for the winner!  It's that time again -- help us pick the contest finalists for Your Best Recipe with Potatoes 2.0! Any Food52 member is welcome to help us test our Community Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test that is in the list below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix -- remember, we accept up to 3 testers per recipe. And, if the recipe is worthy of a Community Pick, we'll publish the best headnote,…
  • Finalists: Your Best Restorative Recipe

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    We've tested and tasted our way through the recipes for Your Best Restorative Recipe, and have emerged with two promising finalists: Turmeric-Miso Soup with Shiitakes, Turnips, and Soba Noodles by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and Oatmeal and Boosted Jook by vvvanessa. Here's where you come in: We want to know which finalist will win your vote.  Head over to the contest page to cast it now! Photos by James Ransom
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  • Moroccan Potato Pancakes

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Moroccan potato pancakes are also called “maakouda”. They are usually served as an appetizer or side dish. We like to serve them with fish or kebabs.  They also taste great by themselves as a snack with some plain yogurt or wrapped in lettuce.  The combination of the cumin, garlic and cilantro give these pancakes a […] The post Moroccan Potato Pancakes appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Chocolate Yogurt

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    This chocolate yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream if you are on a diet. You could also serve it as a dip with fruit for dessert or an afternoon snack. It practically takes 5 minutes to prepare and can last a few days in the fridge. If you love chocolate as much as […] The post Chocolate Yogurt appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Moroccan Bread

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Moroccan bread is also called khobz. It is a must have with almost every meal in Morocco. We like to have it for breakfast, use it to make sandwiches, eat it with soups and of course serve it with tagine. Growing up my mom made us fresh Moroccan bread (khobz) almost everyday. She used to […] The post Moroccan Bread appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Ahh, there is nothing better than coming home at the end of a very busy day to find a delicious stew on your kitchen counter-top. That is what the crock pot can do for you. It is a great tool to have in the kitchen especially for busy and working moms. I have to admit, […] The post Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew appeared first on Tajoon.
  • How To Blanch Almonds

    27 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    In this post I will show you how to blanch almonds. It’s really not that big of a deal. You just need time and a few extra hands. Speaking of extra hands, this can actually make a fun activity for the kids. You just have to makes sure the almonds are not hot. I was […] The post How To Blanch Almonds appeared first on Tajoon.
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    Behind The Blue » Recipes

  • Healthy Spicy Shrimp

    Lynette Rice
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Sometimes all it takes for me to eat healthy is a great […] The post Healthy Spicy Shrimp appeared first on Behind The Blue.
  • Kale and Herb Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette

    Aiyana Baida
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Prior to my newly adopted vegan diet, I only juiced kal […] The post Kale and Herb Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette appeared first on Behind The Blue.
  • No-Stress Easy Appetizers for Parties

    Mary Hoover
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Holiday season is approaching and that means it’s […] The post No-Stress Easy Appetizers for Parties appeared first on Behind The Blue.
  • Drink Your Pumpkin Pie! Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    Aiyana Baida
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    When fall comes around, my world becomes a pumpkin wond […] The post Drink Your Pumpkin Pie! Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Pie Smoothie appeared first on Behind The Blue.
  • The Art of Making Pumpkin Pie

    Marie Hickman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Nothing evokes autumn like the taste of pumpkin. Now th […] The post The Art of Making Pumpkin Pie appeared first on Behind The Blue.
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    Musings from the other side

  • Achari Mushrooms

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you've had a fantastic holiday with family, friends and food! I have just come back after the most amazing trip in India, rejuvenated, inspired and ready to post some more stories and recipes. Restaurant food in India is entirely different from the food you get in Indian restaurants in western countries. It is so much more flavorful and not at all like the sweet creamy fare we've gotten used to because we just don't know any better. Well, I say no more of that! First up - Achari Mushrooms - a restaurant favorite in India and often served as an…
  • Beguner Korma - From my grandmother's kitchen

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    My grandmother is almost 90 years old and even now she insists on spending hours in the kitchen cooking up a feast when any of her grandkids visit. When we tell her that she should take it easy and relax, she says it gives her a lot of joy to watch us enjoy our food. I can only hope that when I am her age, I am that active. I was visiting my grandma the last few days and by gosh, it was a feast every day! Every meal had at least two kinds of fish curry and two kinds of vegetable preparation. All curries are cooked using heaps of good quality mustard oil. She insists that mustard oil is good…
  • Jiaozi - Chinese Pork Dumplings

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Dumplings are the kind of food I would eat every single day for every meal, if there were no consequences! They are so good! You simply can't go wrong with ginger and scallions - a match made in dumpling heaven - or any other heaven, to be quite honest.Dumplings are actually quite easy to make, they are just a bit time consuming. If I am making them by myself, I usually put on a good movie (or a Star Trek marathon anyone?) and entertain myself while I wrap them. It is ideal to invite friends over and make a night of it. Most people I have invited over for my "dumpling parties" have really…
  • Tandoori Chicken

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Can we just take a moment and talk about why health food had gotten such a bad rap lately? Healthy food can be delicious, guys! Honest! That's what this post is about. We have a Tri challenge coming up next weekend. I am doing a 393 in a team and I am swimming 300 meters. Doesn't sound too impressive but swimming in the sea is hard for a lifelong pool swimmer! Because I want to avoid expiring at the end of my event, I have been training regularly. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays - Swimming training and Tuesdays - Soccer. Phew! And I am loving every minute of it. One of the things I love…
  • Smoked Salmon Salad with Cucumbers, Toasted Walnuts, Pomegranate Seeds, Avocados and Baby Spinach

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    Will you look at that? It is starting to feel a lot like summer! Probably not so much for 97% of my readers that live in the northern hemisphere so I'll try and keep it down about it around here, but I can make no promises, it is glorious out! Salads pretty much make themselves in summertime. Why, you ask? No cooking. Beautiful fresh produce. Swim suit season. Need I go on? I don't know about you, but whenever I have a wholesome nutritious salad for dinner, I feel like giving myself a good pat on the back. "Well done, Bach! You are getting healthier already!" You don't do that? Just me…
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    The Eat More Food Project

  • Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken Fingers

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Don’t throw out that leftover pickle juice! As soon as I saw these on The Primitive Palate’s site, I knew I had to make them. I used seasoned almond flour as my breading instead of pork rinds and went with an Outback Steakhouse, blooming onion style dipping sauce instead of chipotle dip. The pickle flavor is so strong in the brine that it does a phenomenal job with really soaking into the chicken meat, even though the chicken only spends an hour in the brine. The meat is tender, the crust has a subtle crunch and the hot dipping sauce takes it to the next level. Frying them on the stove…
  • Cheeseburger Salad with Fry Sauce Dressing

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Subway sandwich shop will let you take any of their sandwiches and turn them into a chopped salad. The first time I did this, the woman behind the counter was unfazed by my request until I asked her to top it with mayonnaise. She looked absolutely horrified! “You’re going to put mayo on a salad??” Well, yes, it’s basically all the components of a sandwich so why shouldn’t I? “That’s so gross. It’s still, like, a SALAD.” Heh. Whatever lady, load up the mayo and let me get on about my business. It was divine and just like eating my favorite sandwich. Whatever you like on your…
  • Ricotta Meatballs with Tomato Butter and Onion Sauce

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I love meatballs, but it can be difficult to achieve a juicy, tender meatball without using breadcrumbs. A while ago, I ran across Chef Michael Symon’s mother’s recipe for meatballs made with ricotta cheese instead and I’ve been making my meatballs that way ever since! I’ve played around with the ingredients and the amounts to find a balance that suits my taste. I simmer them in Marcella Hazan’s iconic Tomato, Butter and Onion sauce to complete the dish. It’s perfect with a glass of red wine. We went to a holiday party last month and I picked up a bottle of…
  • Curry Cauliflower Chicken

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    “OHHHHHHHH MYYY GAHHHH, YOU GUYYYZZZZZZ, THIS.RECIPE.IS. uh-MAY-zingggggg!” Lol! Have you noticed more and more bloggers writing this way? Is it endearing? Does it make readers sizzle with the anticipation previously reserved for an Oprah giveaway episode??? How many people instantly unsubscribed from my blog after reading the first line and thinking I was serious? Ha ha ha! They say you need a BIG personality to succeed in blogging and cut through the crowded environment. Maybe that’s part of it. Well, this recipe IS indeed scrrrrrrrrumptious (okay, I’ll stop) even though it’s…
  • 5 Ways to Improve Dinner that Have Nothing to do with Cooking

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    A big part of enjoying meals has nothing at all to do with your recipe or whether the food comes out perfectly. Here are 5 little things you can do to create an unforgettable dinner! Light a candle. Use candles to create an atmosphere that makes you excited to eat! I used to work at a place that would spray a scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies right outside the bakery. Naturally, once you smell that you have to take a peek inside and drool over the cookies. It just gets you ready to enjoy what you’re about to eat. Before I start baking, I like to light a Banana Nut or…
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    Chef Masterclasses

  • Four Generations of De Bortoli

    Chef Masterclasses
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    One thing I really love about the De Bortoli family, is the beautiful way their family interact with each other. The fourth generation of De Bortoli’s are coming up through the ranks now, and they bring a fresh perspective to the winery. While we were in Griffith recently, I sat down with Emery, her daughter Leanne, (who heads up the winery at the Yarra Valley) and two of Emery’s grand-daughters – Anna and Sophie.  We had a chat about the ‘Deen’ range of wines, named after Emery’s late husband. Each bottle features a different picture of Deen in action, representing all…
  • Emeri De Bortoli’s Perfect Cheese Plate

    Chef Masterclasses
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    A good cheese plate doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive to put together for some quick, low-fuss entertaining, and match it with some lovely wine. See how Emeri De Bortoli (the beautiful matriarch of the De Bortoli wine family) does it,and what wine she matches with it. SOOOO good!
  • Tips to Make Your Next Picnic Awesome

    Chef Masterclasses
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Picnics are one of my favourite things about summertime — both spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, and well-planned out feasts. What’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying some company and a plate full of delicious food? In an ideal world, we would all have servants to carry the silver and crystal along, as well as chairs and tables, tents, and a fancy multi-course meal – just like they did in the ‘olden days’. In reality, our family picnics are mostly of the last-minute variety that involve me grabbing a bread stick, and a roast chook and a roll of…
  • Corrie’s Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

    Chef Masterclasses
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Forget those sports drinks! Keep yourself hydrated this summer with this wonderfully refreshing salad containing protein for energy, and its naturally high fluid levels, vitamins, and electrolytes. Ingredients: 6 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes, well chilled 1 cup feta, crumbled ½ Spanish red onion, finely sliced 2 Lebanese cucumber, cut into cubes ¼ cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar (or normal balsamic vinegar) 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper Method: Mix the chopped mint, balsamic vinegar, olive oil…
  • The G&Tea Gin Garden

    Chef Masterclasses
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Hamish Goonetilleke of The Rum Diary Bar and Laura Rosadoni have joined forces to transform Majority Café, (corner of Kerr St and Brunswick St, Fitzroy) into a garden bar with a strong focus on Gin, tea and fun. Paying homage to its Brunswick Street address, the fit-out combines the best of the quirky, unique and (most importantly) fun nature of the area, with classic English garden party style. Filled with custom painted vintage garden furniture, aromatic herb planter boxes and surrounded by a handmade white picket fence, the scene is instantly set for the ultimate garden party…
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    Great Chicago ItalianRecipes Blog

  • Italian Recipes-Great Chicago Italian Recipes and Cooking

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Enjoy the many Italian recipes Chicago has to offer. This is a culinary adventure. An adventure of discovery
  • Porchetta Italiano

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Traditional Porchetta Italiano is a fatty, mouthwatering, moist boneless pork belly that is stuffed and slowly roasted over a wood fire for hours until the meat is tender and the skin is crisp
  • Braciola

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Tender stuffed braciola cooked in gravy and served with spaghetti.
  • Italian Chicken Stew

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Italian Chicken Stew is always a favorite around my house.
  • Chicken Parmesan

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Stringy ,cheesy,tomatoey chicken parmesan will surely be a hit among both children and adults.
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    Harriet Emily


    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    Sometimes, I feel like this cake has been my life’s work. I’ve made it, altered it, changed it, and tried to perfect it so many times. I don’t know why, but sometimes when you have this dream idea for a recipe in your head, it’s quite easy to become obsessed with it. This was actually the first cake I made when I started blogging. Everything I’ve learnt now was completely new to me then, and I was just really enjoying messing around with lots of different ingredients and writing about my love of cooking. Banana cake has always been one of my favourite sweet…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    There are two curry dishes I cannot live without – the Balti and the Makhani. I come from a family that loves hot and spicy food, and Indian recipes are definitely a favourite of ours. However, when it comes to taste, I’ve always been more interested in the dishes with more flavour than heat. So, what I like most about these two dishes are their rich tomato sauces, combined with a mixture of subtle spices which all equally compliment each other. So, today my recipe I wanted to share with you was for my Tofu Makhani. I actually discovered the Makhani curry (also known as a…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    I never really thought much of the combination of apple and orange before. I don’t know why, but they weren’t something I had ever imagined working together. That was until I made this. The wintery weather outside left me craving comfort food, so I decided to create a traditional style apple crumble. However, liking to put my own twist on things, I decided to pair it with some of the other fruit that our house is currently filled with – oranges (still left over from christmas). So, cooking the apples as you would for a crumble, I then placed them in a heat proof dish and…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Admittedly, I have a slightly unhealthy addiction to chocolate. I just love everything about it. It’s something I can safely say I’ve always loved, and always will. One of my favourite childhood chocolate treats was fudge. Asides from the chocolate kind, I did also have another favourite flavour – cherry bakewell fudge. I honestly have no words to describe it, it was one of the best foods I’ve ever tasted. However, I’m yet to come up with my own recipe for that – even though I’m sure that one day I will. So, asides from cherry flavoured fudge, I was…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’ve been dreaming of making this recipe for a long time now. I think the idea for this bake first came into my head a few months ago, I was thinking about different moroccan flavours, and ways I could combine them together into something that was delicious, but also slightly different from what you would expect from a Moroccan dish. Although the layers of this dish are inspired by my love of three classics – tagine, hummus and falafel, I think the overall recipe creates something slightly more modern and different, as well as creating a weeknight meal with more of an…
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    Recipes, Easy and Healthy

  • Belas Cookies (Portuguese recipe)

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    This Belas Cookies recipe is quite old, but that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious! Ingredients: 5 egg yolks 8.8 ounces (250 grams) soft margarine 8.8 ounces (250 grams) sugar Grated lemon zest from 1 lemon 14.1 ounces (400 grams) wheat flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder How to make Belas Cookies: Start by mixing the sugar […]The post Belas Cookies (Portuguese recipe) appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.
  • Chocolate Bonbons

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    For those who appreciate the famous Chocolate Bonbons, here is their recipe! Very good! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 can of condensed milk Granulated chocolate to your taste 1 teaspoon (well-filled) butter How to make  Chocolate Bonbons: Start by putting the condensed milk can inside a pressure cooker, then fill it with water until […]The post Chocolate Bonbons appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.
  • Crème Brulée

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The famous Crème Brûlée is very simple to make and it’s always a great dessert. Ingredients: 2 lemon zests 7 tablespoons sugar 6.5 decilitres milk 6 egg yolks 1.5 tablespoons flour Sugar to your taste How to make Crème Brûlée: Start by boiling the milk with one lemon zest. Then, add the sugar, the flour […]The post Crème Brulée appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.
  • Chicken with Red Wine Recipe

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    This recipe shows you how to cooking chicken in an original and delicious way. Ingredients: 5.3 ounces (150 grams) scallions 1.5 decilitres olive oil 35 ounces (1 kilo) yam 3.5 ounces (100 grams) mushrooms 14.1 ounces (400 grams) green asparagus One single leek Salt and parsley Marinade: 35 ounces (1 kilo) free-range chicken 1 chopped […]The post Chicken with Red Wine Recipe appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.
  • Seafood au Gratin Recipe

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    This recipe is very convenient and those who like seafood will certainly love this Seafood au Gratin! Ingredients: 17.6 ounces (500 grams) potatoes 14.1 ounces (400 grams) carrots 3 garlic cloves 2 medium sized onions 1 package of béchamel sauce (500 millilitres) 1/2 a litre olive oil 3.5 ounces (100 grams) grated cheese 17.6 ounces […]The post Seafood au Gratin Recipe appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.
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    Natural Chow | Natural Chow

  • Spicy Sausage and Kale Baked Ziti

    Margaret Anne
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A simple, healthy lunch or dinner ready in about 30 minutes. This healthier baked ziti is the perfect comfort food and is perfectly spicy. I’ve only had traditional baked ziti once, and it was straight awful. Granted, I’ve never been a huge fan of tomatoes or the retched sauce they make from it, but still.  I haven’t been brave enough to try making it myself until my sister made some other kind of pasta dish the other day <without any tomato sauce>. And it actually tasted good. It was that moment when I knew I had to try to make my own version of baked…
  • 15 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

    Margaret Anne
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes, finding a healthy smoothie recipe that ACTUALLY tastes good can be a challenging task. So today I put together a list of healthy smoothie recipes from some of my favorite bloggers to give you the inspiration you need to crank up that blender.  For the longest time, I gave up on trying to make smoothies in the morning. I didn’t think they would give me any kind of energy, would take FOREVER to make, and would require to buy loads and loads of produce every week.  Boy, was I wrong. Not only are smoothies quick and easy to make, they provide some of that…
  • Crispy Kale Chips

    Margaret Anne
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Perfect, crispy kale chips ready in just 35 minutes! These great potato chip alternatives couldn’t be easier to make and are impossible to stop eating.  Me and kale have a LONG history. I started out hating it. I mean really hating it. Shoving into my pants pockets at the dinner table so I didn’t have to eat it. Hiding the bag of kale in the back of the pantry (somehow I always got found out). Taking the kale out of my mom’s cart when she wasn’t looking. But now that I’m older and my tastes have changed, my relationship with kale has blossomed. I add it…
  • Coconut Pomegranate Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

    Margaret Anne
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Simple, healthy, easy-to-make chia seed pudding topped with pomegranate seeds, chopped chocolate, and shredded coconut. This chia seed pudding is healthy and has so much flavor! Oh my gosh, you guys. I did it. I went a WEEK without chocolate. Not even a little nibble. Not even when I really wanted to shove loads of it into my face. I’m telling ya, my self-control was pushed to THE limit. So I decided to celebrate with this bright and super healthy chia seed pudding.  While I was doing this whole “7-Day Chocolate Free Challenge,” I really noticed a difference in my…
  • Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie

    Margaret Anne
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    A sweet, tropical smoothie that’s perfectly creamy and flavorful. Indulge in the flavors of summer anytime of the year with this easy, 5-minute strawberry piña colada smoothie! In case you were wondering—yes, this is the best smoothie ever. Usually it takes me a couple of tries to find the secret combo to the most simplistic yet most flavorful smoothie.  That’s why I was so darn surprised when I blended this baby up and the first sip was love in my belly. Because I did A LOT of things differently with this smoothie than I’ve ever done before. I have…
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  • Sweet Potato Dippers

    C. McCord
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    My kids love dipping their food. Whether it’s Oven Baked Fries, Crispy Fish Fingers, or BBQ Chicken in the Crock Pot, if there’s a sauce on the side to dip into they are engaged eaters. That’s why these Sweet Potato Dippers make the most irresistible, nutritious snack or side dish for both kids and adults. My original idea for this recipe was to make stuffed sweet potato skins, but as soon as I cut them in half, instead of scooping out the flesh to make potato skins I kept them intact, added a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and thought how tasty they would be served on their own with a…
  • Greek Nachos Video

    Catherine McCord
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Who’s ready for Super Bowl weekend? Who hasn’t even begun to think about what to make for the party you’re hosting or going to? If you answered, “me”, I’m going to solve your problems in todays video by showing you one of my all time favorite recipes: Greek Nachos. They’re great for lunch or a simple weeknight dinner, but also for times like Super Bowl, when you need something quick, healthy and hearty to feed a crowd of hungry sports fans. I wish that I could say we’re big sports fans in our house, but to be honest I’m the girl who enjoys the commercials as much as the…
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls

    C. McCord
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    We have a friend who recently opened an delivery-only Chinese restaurant called — of course — Secret Chinese Delivery. The menu is based on the beloved New York City Chinese food he grew up on as a kid. We visited our friend at another one of his restaurants a few months ago and he let us sample a few of the dishes he was working on for the menu. One of them were Vegetarian Spring Rolls stuffed, among other things, with a secret ingredient generally not seen on most Chinese restaurant menus: kale. Not only were the spring rolls delicious and packed with tons of diced vegetables,…
  • Chicken Pesto Wraps

    C. McCord
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    I was almost done making these Chicken Pesto Wraps for my kids’ lunch today when I realized they were going to be getting pizza at school. Sigh. Good thing these wraps stay fresh all day because we will be eating them for dinner tonight — a healthy, easy to assemble Friday night meal. I had cooked a chicken in my crock pot on Wednesday, providing me with tons of leftover juicy chicken to use the rest of the week. This morning I was trying to come up with a creative use for all the chunks of extra meat I still had. I keep lots of my Everyday Basil Pesto frozen in these little glass…
  • Tiger Rice Cooker Giveaway – 2 Winners!

    Catherine McCord
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Is there anything better than walking into your kitchen and catching a big whiff of whatever’s bubbling away? I wish I had a picture of my kid’s faces, exhausted and borderline cranky after a long day as they catch the aroma of something cooking away. It’s like a release of happiness as they realize they will soon get to fill their hungry bellies. If there’s one piece of equipment I use at least every other day it’s our rice cooker. From perfectly cooked fluffy brown rice to oatmeal to Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese (see how easy it is to make in this quick video) you will quickly…
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    Arousing Appetites

  • Paifala

    Heather Rodgers
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    As we continue to try new recipes from around the world, we’re starting to pick up on certain trends and commonalities between cuisines. We thought we had come onto one of these commonalities with paifala. After all, from the outward look of it, paifala looks an awful lot like empanadas from the Latin and Spanish […] Come see the full Paifala post on Arousing Appetites.
  • Doro Wot

    Cyrus Roepers
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Coming from the DC area, there is a true abundance of high-quality and amazing Ethiopian restaurants around town. This cluster of amazing Ethiopian food is, oddly enough, one of the few things that the DC food scene is known for. After recently going to one of our favorite places nearby, it dawned on us that […] Come see the full Doro Wot post on Arousing Appetites.
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    My Real Food Family

  • Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is a special recipe brought to you by Mr. Real Food himself!  He cooks pretty regularly around here but getting him to blog his recipes is a challenge.  But I finally talked him into blogging one of our favorite recipes.  This quinoa veggie stir fry recipe is great for us because it is easy to modify for our different preferences.  I try to eat a mostly vegetarian, plant-based diet these days but Mr. Real Food still has to have his meat.  This dish is the perfect compromise for us.  I get my meatless meal and he gets his meat.  And we live happily ever after.  Ok, so maybe the…
  • Udi’s Gluten Free at Walmart

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is a sponsored post for which I have been compensated by the Advertiser.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.  I’m sure many of you have heard all the buzz around gluten free lately.  I’ve been reading up on it myself and trying to learn more about it since I’m not one to just jump on the bandwagon of any new diet craze and eliminate items from my diet.  I’m not gluten intolerant or sensitive but I wondered if there was any benefit to going gluten free or at least reducing the amount of gluten I consume in my diet.  A walk down almost any…
  • Paleo Nut Butter Cups

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve always loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I don’t think it’s a news flash that they have no nutritional value and are loaded with refined sugar and other junk.  But there’s something about that peanut butter and chocolate taste combination that I just can’t give up.  So here’s my solution!  These nut butter cups are made with only 4 ingredients and no added artificial sweetener.  The chocolate chips are minimally processed but that’s way better than the original peanut butter cups.  I used almond butter in these to make them Paleo…
  • Super Simple Valentine’s Candy Hearts

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love sweet treats and chocolate is definitely high on my list of favorites.  Is that you too?  Now that I am eating clean, I steer clear of the bags of candy found on the store shelves.  I don’t even know what many of those ingredients are but I know it’s a significant source of sugar.  So I thought I’d try making my own and they turned out beautifully.  With just 3 ingredients and no added sugar, these are a great treat that only takes a few minutes to make.  Enjoy Life chocolate chips are minimally processed so they are a pretty good choice and and dairy, soy and…
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    Eating raw cookie dough was one of my favorite things to do growing up.  I didn’t care about the risk of eating raw eggs – I mean, it was cookie dough, right?!?  My kids loved eating it too and I know we’re not the only ones who enjoy it.  Now that I’m eating healthier, I don’t eat raw cookie dough anymore and try to avoid processed sugar and ingredients.  That doesn’t have to mean that I don’t get to enjoy yummy treats anymore though!  This delicious cookie dough fudge offers all of the deliciousness of raw cookie dough with no guilt, no raw…
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    The Elite Beat

  • Jalapeño Salmon with Ginger Cilantro Chutney

    13 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    In order to combat the harshly cold temperatures outdoors, I like to heat things up in the kitchen. My husband and I were in the mood for salmon, and I decided to change up my staple recipe by adding plenty of zest and spice. When cooking salmon, I like to use frozen, boneless and skinless filets because it’s quick and easy. Also, I cook salmon with coconut oil to bring out amazing flavors and avoid unhealthy oils. In addition, I suggest serving this dish on a bed of greens with red quinoa and broccoli. It also pairs well with kale chips. Check out the recipe below and let me know your…
  • Quick Holiday Recipe: Zesty Basil Sauce

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    It’s 4 o’clock and you’re expecting guests in just one, short hour! What to do? You have a couple frozen snacks in the freezer, but you want to make it look fancy. Not to fear – this quick and easy basil sauce recipe is delicious and involves no cooking. You can literally whip this up in about 2 minutes. I paired this garlicy yummyness with Fazoli’s frozen lasagna and stuffed breadsticks (found in the frozen aisle), but feel free to pair with anything. Even veggies and rice crackers (which I would eat to keep it gluten free). Your guests will be begging for this…
  • Gluten Free Birthday Cake Recipe

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    It’s the beginning of birthday season in my household, and to celebrate I created a delicious recipe for a festive cake. Staying somewhat traditional, my husband asked for a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Easy enough! The catch – I offered to bring the cake to the family celebration and didn’t have time to make a test run. So it was all in and hope for the best. Luckily, I love to bake and so I had a few points of prior knowledge that really helped. I also did my research. A few notes for all my GF bakers out there – 1. Make sure to get an all-purpose flour. This…
  • Festive Treats: Savory Tomato Dessert Recipe

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Opening up the fruit versus vegetables argument, I explored the realm of tomatoes and realized that it can make for a pretty fantastic dessert. In addition to its rich, red flavor – tomatoes are filled with lycopene, Vitamins A, C, K and folate. I teamed with Dei Fratelli, a Toledo-based tomato product company, to create a savory tomato dessert made with cans of the brand’s diced tomatoes. These products are gluten free and all natural, and best part of all, the farms are located within a 50 mile radius so the tomatoes are pulled straight from the vines and put into the…
  • Coriander Chili Almonds Recipe

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    As the temps get colder, the recipes get hotter! Why not, right! We’re still celebrating National Vegan Month and now I’m bringing you a recipe for a delightfully delicious snack that you can whip up in no time (it literally takes about 10 minutes to make). Almonds are not only a delicious nut, it’s also a wonderful source of protein. And if you’re a vegetarian, vegan or just looking to get healthy – it’s always nice to add more protein into your diet.   Despite being a simple dish, you may not have everything you need in your home. Before you start,…
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    The Kitchen Invader

  • A Guide To Cooking With Herbs

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Trying out different cuisines call for different flavorings, and herbs are great for this cooking adventure. You don’t need lots of them in your kitchen garden. A few of them will do if you’re just starting out. Here’s  A Guide To Cooking With Herbs infographic to help you select the herbs you’re most likely to cook with.    
  • Morcon Recipe

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    freshly cooked morcon topped with sauce Morcon is always a staple during the holidays and special occasions like fiestas and weddings. At home, we usually have morcon during the holiday season and we cook it for the entire family (dad’s side). Each of my dad’s siblings have their share of the this dish, and the best way to do it is to shop and cook in one place (usually my grandma’s house). Here’s our morcon recipe and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Ingredients: Lean beef, thinly sliced and butterflied Pork fat, sliced into strips Pork liver, sliced into strips…
  • Our Holiday 2014 Menu

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Merry Christmas to all! Here’s to a great year and a lot of cooking in the kitchen. Our Holiday menu is for two days and we’ve been cooking since the 22nd of December. It starts with morcon. My grandma commissioned my mom on the 22nd to cook morcon – a type of meat roll (usually beef) slowly cooked in tomato and liver sauce until tender. Every cook and household has their own versions depending on the preferred ingredients that are stuffed inside the beef roll. This dish is a bit similar to pot roast and can be cooked over the stove or in the oven. On Christmas Eve we had…
  • No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake (updated)

    26 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Christmas 2014 dessert – we never get tired of our no-bake blueberry cheesecake =)   We’ve always wanted to bake our own cheesecake. Unfortunately, we don’t have an oven right now. So, we decided to make a no-bake version of blueberry cheesecake last Saturday for my sister’s advanced birthday celebration at home on the following day. We searched the web for some recipes and found one. But we used the recipe written on the carton package of Magnolia Cream Cheese. Here’s the recipe… Ingredients: Graham Cracker Crust: 2 packs crushed Graham…
  • Holiday Greetings 2014

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Holiday Greetings from The Kitchen Invader!  Thank you for visiting and reading through our recipes and cooking tips and tricks. We hope you have a great holiday and enjoy cooking with your family today and in the coming year!  
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    The Tastes of India

  • How to Start a Food Blog – A Complete Video Guide

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I have been a blogger for about 8 years now. And in this course of time, I helped numerous people with starting a blog. While in most cases there is nothing special that you need to start a blog, starting a food blog is a little tricky because you need to be prepared with a few equipments like a good camera, some photo editing tools, photography tricks and so on. So, when we are asked the question, “How to start a food blog?”, which is one of the most common questions that we get asked, it becomes a little difficult to respond to it in a single sentence. After a lot of thought, we…
  • Lehsuni Thuvarai – Fresh Pigeon Peas Recipe

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Lehsuni Thuvarai Last weekend my Mother-in Law bought Thuvarai since she saw a lot of people buying it. And she told me to prepare some cuury out of it so that we can have it along with rice. Since I had never seen it, I started searching online for its actual name. My Father had cultivated Thuvar long time back, when he was actively into farming but that didn’t click me. Then I got to know from the internet that Thuvarai is nothing but Fresh Pigeon Peas from which Tuvar dal is made. Then I just rushed into the kitchen and started off with my recipe. I tried to make this almost in the…
  • Unni Appam – Kerala Unniyappam Recipe – Neyyappam

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Unni means small and Appam means rice cake is one of the famous snacks recipe in Kerala. This recipe is almost similar to Puva and Gulgule. There are many version of making this recipe, some people uses rice flour, some uses wheat flour and some uses all purpose flour, maida and so on. It taste great that you can’t just have one! This is an easy to make recipe and is good for tea time snack. I prefer making this more often for my daughter, since it a good option for lunch box for kids. So lets check the step by step method to make Unni Appam. Unni Appam   Print Prep time 1 hour…
  • Stuffed Karela – How to make Bharwan Karela

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Stuffed Karela Recipe This is something my Mom makes more often , since stuffed karela is my Father’s favorite recipe. Rather I should say we all in the family loves stuffed karela very much. Earlier my mom would use grinding stone to make paste of all the masalas, so that had a different taste all together. Nothing compares to the original. But those days are gone, nowadays the lifestyle has changed and no one has enough time to follow those lengthy processes. But don’t worry the recipe I am sharing is very similar to what my Mom used to prepare. And I am sure you would love this…
  • Mooli ki Sabzi

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There are many people who doesn’t like to have mooli because of its smell. But I must tell you that the worser the smell the better the tastes. I personally like any recipe made out of mooli and Mooli ki Sabzi is one of those recipe. Mooli can also be eaten raw especially when it is fresh. Winter is when you get fresh and new radish, so that is the best time to buy mooli. Mooli ki Sabzi   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Puja Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: Indian Serves: 4 Ingredients Mooli(radish) - 2 Cups (chopped) Molli leaves - 5 cups…
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    Good Cake Food

  • Pie Pumpkin Cream

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Ingredients FOR THE CRUST:1-1/2 package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)1/2 cup Powdered Sugar1 stick Butter, Melted FOR THE FILLING:1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)1 cup Half-and-half1/2 cup Heavy CreamPinch Of CinnamonPinch Of NutmegPinch Of Ground Cloves2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)1/2 cup (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree1/2 cup (additional) Heavy Cream2 Tablespoons Brown SugarExtra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For GarnishMethodPreheat oven to 300 degrees.Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don't have a food processor, place them in a…
  • Chocolate Cupcakes - Recipe

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Ingredients Cake2 sticks (1 Cup) Salted Butter, Softened4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder1 cup Boiling Water2 cups All-purpose Flour2 cups Sugar1/4 teaspoon Salt1/2 cup Buttermilk (or Whole Milk Mixed With 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar)2 whole Eggs1 teaspoon Vanilla1 teaspoon Baking Soda FROSTING2 sticks (1 Cup) Salted Butter, Softened5 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted40 whole Peppermint Candies, Crushed Very Fine3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream, More If Needed (use 3-5)MethodPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 36 muffin tins with paper liners.To make the cake, melt 2 sticks butter and stir in cocoa. Pour…
  • Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake - Recipe

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Your favorite flavor of pie filling and Bisquick® mix create a scrumptious coffee cake. Check out the kitchen tip for a smaller recipe size.Prep Time 20 minTotal Time 45 minServings 18IngredientCoffee Cake4 cups Original Bisquick™ mix1/2 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted1/2 cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon almond extract3 eggs1 can (21 oz) cherry pie fillingGlaze1 cup powdered sugar1 to 2 tablespoons milkMethodHeat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 1 (15x10x1-inch) pan or 2 (9-inch) square pans with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, stir all…
  • Lemon Pound Cake - Recipe

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Ingredients Cake3 sticks Butter3 cups Sugar5 whole Eggs3 cups All-purpose Flour1/2 teaspoon Salt1 cup 7-up1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest1 Tablespoon Lime Zest GLAZE2 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted1/4 teaspoon Salt1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest, Dried For At Least 30 Minutes1 Tablespoon Lime Zest, Dried For At Least 30 Minutes1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice1 Tablespoon Lime Juice1 Tablespoon Water + More As NeededMethodPreheat oven to 325 degrees.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Combine flour and…
  • Pistachio Cake - Recipe

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Ingredients1 box White Cake Mix1 package (4 Ounce) Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix1/2 cup Orange Juice1/2 cup Water1/2 cup Vegetable Oil4 whole Eggs3/4 cups Chocolate Syrup (such As Hershey's)MethodPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan.Mix all ingredients but chocolate syrup and beat for two minutes on medium-high. Pour 3/4 of the batter into the bundt pan.Add chocolate syrup to the remaining batter and mix well. Pour chocolate-laced batter on top of the pistachio batter.Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.>> You can use a knife to swirl chocolate batter into the pistachio…
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    Bread & With It

  • Butter Frosting

    Laurel Blow
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Keeping it real" with a butter frosting! It's been a quick and easy get-r-done sort of month. All you need is a simple butter frosting to get going on a perfect cake. Whether you are decorating or just quickly frosting this recipe is trusted, tried and true! Michael and I are still plugging away at weight loss. I know it doesn't look like it... especially since my blog brings a bit of transparency to our food habits. EEP! Ok you've got me. We did have a few sweets. It was Emma's birthday and we celebrated. It has become a three-post-celebration! Each of the recipes that went…
  • Kit Kat Cake

    Laurel Blow
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Oh yes, it happened. The Kit Kat Cake with m&m's made its way to my kitchen. I felt terrible making it. All that candy... These cakes started on Pinterest, and recently I've seen them in local grocery stores. It wouldn't have been my first pick just because I really don't like my kids eating... all that candy, but I'll admit that it made a pretty cool presentation. The kids were very impressed! I also made the cake from scratch, but all that candy probably canceled out all of my hard work! Can you tell I'm not very excited about all the candy? I guess it's a sure sign that I've grown up.
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    Laurel Blow
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are six of us in the Blow family. Five of which I make a cake for, each year, on their birthday. I don't think I've missed one yet. You might me wondering why don't I make cake for the sixth one. The sixth one is me! I'm not in a habit of making my cake for my birthday, however... this one bowl chocolate cake is pretty simple that I can probably get the kids to whip it up for me this year (with the help of Mr. Blow). I love chocolate and all things chocolate! If someone tells you they don't like chocolate... stop being friends with them. You don't need that kind of negativity in…
  • Vanilla Cake Pops

    Laurel Blow
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Amazing works of art exploding the markets today are the glorious cake pops! I've seen these brilliant inventions everywhere. Cake pops entice the child inside of me by combining the lollipop and cake into one treat. You are able to get as creative, gourmet or simple as you want with each of your designs. The world is your cake pop! Every year when Christmas and New Years comes to an end and we feel like we've just recovered from the holidays, up pops Emma's Birthday. She turned 12 this year. It's hard to believe that 12 years have flown on by! The first moment I laid…
  • 2014 December Income Report

    Laurel Blow
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hi! I'm so glad to be back here with you after a nice long Winter Break. I was worried that my break would have a huge impact on pageviews and income. I was partly right. There was an impact, but I wouldn't say it was huge. There will probably be a dip in January as well. Despite all of that, I'm looking forward to getting back into the groove and pushing Bread & With It to its highest potential! December Traffic – 8,411 pageviews Google Analytics Despite my break, there was still a decent amount of traffic coming in. It was encouraging to know that the website was…
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    Gourmet Project

  • Gourmet Pizza Party!

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    Hold a pizza party this season, here are a few ideas and recipes! - Organizza un pizza party! ecco un po' di ispirazione e ricette!
  • Crafty DIY Chef Hat

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    DIY paper chef hats - Cappello da Chef di carta fai da te
  • Homemade Pizza Dough

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Homemade pizza is your new great challenge: get ready for "ooohs" and "wooooows"! - La pizza fatta in casa è la tua nuova sfida: preparati per gli "oooh" e i "wooooows".
  • Tangerine Detox Chicken

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    this year's last winter detox recipe, enjoy! - l'ultima ricetta della detox invernale di quest'anno.
  • Detox Birdy Beans

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:43 am
    tuscan food made detox! - cucina toscana detox style!
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    The Yummy Lounge

  • Broccoli Corn Salad in Papad Bowl

    The Yummy Lounge
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Broccoli Corn Salad in Papad Bowl                Broccoli is very rich in nutrition. And of course corn is also healthy and all time favorite food. So we should include these two in our diet. This is the quick and easy Broccoli Corn Salad recipe gives nice taste and provides all nutrition and other health benefits. Here is one unique serving twist. Serve this salad in papad ( Papadum ) bowl. Give papad to bowl shape and put this salad in it. That’s why its name is Broccoli Corn Salad in Papad Bowl. You can serve this Broccoli Corn Salad in Papad…
  • Cabbage Salad

    The Yummy Lounge
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    Cabbage Salad                Cabbage Salad is quick and easy to prepare recipe at home and its benefits is this could be taken as side dish in a meal or also as a separate dish. Cabbage Salad being made majorly from green leafy vegetables it has very good health advantage and since the preparation of Cabbage Salad does not include any sort of frying, boiling, etc. hence the nutritional value of the vegetables remain intact.Cabbage Salad recipe falls under "no oil"…
  • Brown Papad Using Leftover Chapati - Roti

    The Yummy Lounge
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Brown Papad From Leftover Chapati - RotiDo you have stale chapatis – rotis? Don’t know what to do with leftover chapatti – rotis? How to use leftover chapattis - rotis? This is the recipe using leftover chapattis – rotis. Every time you try upma, curry, and all that, but it takes much more time. This will take only two minutes and you will enjoy crispy, delicious and tasty snack. Yes you can have this in breakfast and as a side dish also like papad (papadum). This is very quick and easy recipe to make papad (papadum) from leftover chapattis – rotis.
  • Garlic Chutney

    The Yummy Lounge
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Garlic Chutney                Garlicand Red chilies are very basic and mostly used ingredients in our kitchen. Many recipes, garlic and red chili both are used. So to save time, make garlic chutney and store in container and use it whenever it is needed. There are so many types of garlic chutneypreparation depend on recipes. This Red Chili Garlic Chutney recipe is consist only garlic and red chili powder. It is very quick and easy recipe, you can make it at home.  Just grind garlic and red chili powder together. You can also add salt as…
  • Coriander Peanut Green Chutney

    The Yummy Lounge
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Coriander Peanut Green Chutney                Coriander Peanut Green Chutney is a spicy Indian deep. It is also known as Hare Dhaniye ki Chutney, Moongfali ki Chutney in Hindi. Its nothing but simply fresh cilantro and groundnut chutney. It is a great accompaniment to snacks like: Spring Roll, chips, Samosa, Kachori, Sandwich, Kabab, Khaman, Dhokla, Bhajji, etc… It is also used in some snacks also like: Dabeli, Club sandwich, and many more varieties. Coriander Peanut Green Chutney is made from fresh Coriander, Peanut and green chili. In this…
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    Mom's Recipes Handbook

  • Hot And Spicy Chicken Bones Curry

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
     Tasty and delicious chicken bone curry recipe..........Ingredients :-Chicken bones 250 grams Onions 2Tomato 1Turmeric powder 1/4 spoonRed chilli powder 2 spoonsSalt to tasteGaram masala powder 1 spoonCoriander powder 1 spoonWater 3 glasses Cloves 3Cinnamon stick 1 (cut it into small pieces)Coriander leafsCurry leafsPreparation :- First take a wok add some oil to heat, then add chicken bones, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and fry it for 10 to 15 minutes.Then add water and boil it well. Boil it for 20 minutes in medium…
  • Recipe Of Boneless Chicken Vada

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    One different recipe bone less chicken vada how to make....Ingredients :-Boneless 250 gramsGinger garlic paste 1,1/2 spoonsGaram masala powder 1 spoonTurmeric powder 1/2 spoonRed chilli powder 2 spoonsCoriander 1 spoonMadia 3 spoonsGram flour (Besan) 5 spoonsOnions 2Salt to tasteOil for deep fryMethod :-First take a jar add bone less chicken pieces, ginger garlic paste, salt, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and make a paste.Then add chopped coriander leafs, corn flour, maida, gram flour, chopped onions to the paste and mix it well.Then put…
  • Idli Gulab Jamun Sweet Recipe

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    Ingredients :-IdlesBread pieces 6Ghee for frySugar 2 cupsMilk 1 cupMethod :-First make idles, and then cut it into small pieces.Heat ghee, Then cut the bread pieces, and then fry it in ghee till golden brown colour appears and move it paper towel.Then add idly pieces and fry it till golden colour, place it in a paper towel.Then take a bowl add sugar and water, make sugar syrup. When the syruo come's add fried bread, fried idly pieces and mix it for.Then add boiled milk and mix it well. Then add fried cashew nuts, raisins and mix it......Soak it for 20 to 30 minutes..... After then…
  • Prawn Chilli Franchise Hot Recipe

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    Ingredients :-Prawns 250 grams Onions 2Ginger garlic paste 1 spoonGreen chillies 4Pepper powder 2 spoonMaida 1 spoonAjinomoto little bitCorn flour 1 spoonVinegar 2 spoonsSoya sauce 1 spoonsTomato sauce 2 spoonsCoriander leafs Preparation :-First take a bowl add prawns, pepper powder, maida flour, salt, ajinomoto, corn flour, green chilli pieces 2 spoons, coriander leaves, beaten egg, and mix it well.Then take a wok add oil to heat, when oil is heated then add prawns one by one, and fry it till golden colour. When it comes to golden colour then place it paper towel.Next…
  • Dahi Ke Kabab Snack Item Recipe

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Ingredients :-Boiled potatoes 150 gramsCurd 1 cup Green chillies 4Ginger pieces 2 spoonsCorn flour 4 spoonsSalt to taste Fired bengal gram flour(Besan) 2 spoonsCardamom powder 1 spoonPepper powder 1 spoonMint, Coriander leaves Preparation :-First boiled potatoes, then remove the peel, and then mash it.Then take a bowl add curd, corn flour, salt, cardamom (elaichi) powder, green chilli pieces, ginger, mint leaves, coriander leaves and mix it well.Then take mash potato and add green chilli pieces, coriander leaves, pepper powder, fried besan and mix it.Then make it into…
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    A Side of Sweet

  • 10 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

    Kelly Egan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    Hey! Just stopping by to share a few of my favorite healthy recipes that will be perfect for game day! Historically football tailgating or watching the Super Bowl at home has meant a ton of unhealthy treats. Bring back the balance to your game day with these healthy appetizers and snacks! I promise just because they are healthy doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out! Each of these recipes is special and just as healthy as those Super Bowl classics! 1. Lightened Up Mini Twice Baked Potatoes :: these little bites of heaven don’t have any added butter or cream. Instead, they…
  • The Best Miso Salmon + Sous Vide 101 + Nomiku

    Kelly Egan
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Get ready for some gushing here friends. If you’re not into that sort of outpouring of emotion, feel free to scroll to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the best recipe for salmon I’ve ever had! Some of the nurses at work were talking about sous vide a few months ago. I’d only briefly heard the term before so I started asking questions. They basically gave me a sous vide 101 course – it’s a way to cook food at a lower temperature, which helps to preserve moisture and elevate flavors in a way that can’t be achieved with high heat cookingContinue…
  • Nob Hill San Francisco Staycation

    Kelly Egan
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    With moving apartments, busy work schedules and the holidays, Pat and I were definitely (over)due for a vacation! We decided to take advantage of a three day weekend and do a teeny staycation last weekend. We really wanted to check out a neighborhood that we haven’t previously explored. After much deliberation, we decided on Nob Hill. Nob Hill is one of the fancier neighborhoods in San Francisco and has amazing views. It was the perfect setting for a 24 hour escape from reality. We also made it a priority to leave technology out of our trip. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a…
  • Visiting the San Francisco Flower Mart

    Kelly Egan
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    Hey friends! Today I just want to share a few photos from my trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart! I visited during my last #SanFranciscoStaycation in November! I’m actually on staycation again, as my vacation at work happens in two week chunks. Sometimes that means a big international vacation, but because Pat has a job too, it often ends up with me taking the time to relax at home and explore my pretty city. I’d been wanting to go to the San Francisco Flower Mart almost since we moved to San Francisco but it feels like I’m always at work! I seized the opportunity to…
  • Yogurt Brûlée Recipe (Opt. vegan)

    Kelly Egan
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Sometimes a recipe comes along that just has it all – easy, healthy, quick, and gorgeous. The kind of recipe that people still mention when they see you six months later. It’s one of those things that’s hard to predict though – I’ve made caramelized white chocolate (yes that’s a thing) and made homemade dulce de leche, layered seasonal veggies to create a gluten free sweet potato galette, added bourbon to make an already delicious recipe spectacular, and many other things that I consider far more impressive all for them to be never mentioned again. This recipe though, something…
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    Rainstorms and Love Notes

  • 65 Super Bowl Party Recipes

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Happy Friday! This is one of my favorite posts to write every year – a giant round-up of a bunch of Super Bowl party recipes. This year I’ve got 65 (!!) different recipes for you. There’s a mix of sweet and savory recipes and literally something for everyone. I would LOVE to see if you make something from this list for the Super Bowl! If you do, share it on Instagram with #RLNSuperBowlRecipe, or tag me (@ashleynevis) so I can see how it turns out. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a Super Bowl Game Pack before kickoff! Ok, let’s start with the savory batch… 1.
  • Beef and Rice Taco Bites with Cilantro Lime Sauce

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    We’re another day closer to Super Bowl Sunday, so naturally I’ve got another Super Bowl recipe to share with you today! The idea for these came from two of my favorite things: the filling is adapted from a stuffed peppers recipe that came in a Blue Apron box, and the cilantro lime sauce is similar to a sauce we get at one of our favorite restaurants, Guasaca. I had the idea to put those two things together in one recipe and the result was amazing! I feel like I constantly say that the recipe I’m posting is my “new favorite thing ever”, but this really might be…
  • Super Bowl Gear (Plus a Giveaway!)

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was sent this shirt from in exchange for an honest review. Now, let’s get to the good stuff! A fashion blogger I am not, but a Steelers fan I am, so when reached out to me about trying out a shirt from their new NFL line, I was over the moon to pick one out! Now I have a confession to make: on Super Bowl Sunday, I am that fan that wears Steelers gear no matter who’s playing. I have to represent my team no matter what! I love the look of a baseball style tee, so I picked out this cute relaxed tee (I actually picked a men’s style, because I like the…
  • Chicken and Waffle Bites

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s Super Bowl week, so I’ll be coming at you with all kinds of Super Bowl related posts this week (mostly yummy snacks to make during the game), and I hope you’re as excited as I am! I remember the first time I ever heard of the concept of chicken and waffles: I was living in Kentucky in 2007, and just down the street from my apartment, I saw a little chicken and waffles shop. I thought that sounded like such an odd combination, and I never ended up going there in the year that I lived in the area. I totally regret that now, by the way. Over the years, I’ve thought…
  • Weekly Snapshot: January 19 – 25

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A look back at January 19 – 25… 5 things we ate: 1. A burger on toast with a side of garlic cayenne fries and jalapeno ranch dipping sauce 2. A blood orange for breakfast 3. My favorite way to eat a salad: heavy on chicken and carrots 4. Scrambled egg sandwich, TJ’s famous hashbrowns, and OJ 5. Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken and mixed vegetables 4 blog posts I enjoyed reading: 1. Juliette’s funny and honest look at the mistakes she makes in her relationship 2. Angela’s round-up of ear jackets and cuffs 3. Chelsea’s list of quotes to read when you…
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    Whole Food Republic

  • Puttanesca: Tuna, Olives and Capers in a Tomato Sauce

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Traditionally, puttanesca sauce is served with spaghetti in a dish known for being “in the style of the whore”. Oooh so devilish. There is a tale, saying its origins stem from the word “puttana” which in Italian means whore — why you ask? Well they say it’s so quick and easy. Ooooh dear! Although there […] The post Puttanesca: Tuna, Olives and Capers in a Tomato Sauce appeared first on Whole Food Republic.
  • Avocado 3-Ways

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Avocados. Rather supercados, are just the best thing ever! Not only is this tasty green fruit (yes fruit….a berry to be exact) super versatile, it’s also fabulously healthy and a great anti-aging tool for your skin. With all its nutrients, healthy fat and vitamins it feeds your skin from the inside and out. Avocados contain […] The post Avocado 3-Ways appeared first on Whole Food Republic.
  • Parsnip Apple Risotto

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have to admit, I recently developed a soft spot for, yes, here it is…parsnips! Subtly sweet and a touch earthy, I would have never imagined that I would ever touch a parsnip. My early recollections of them are, well, just that one time a year, when they were roasted in the oven along with […] The post Parsnip Apple Risotto appeared first on Whole Food Republic.
  • Pink Grapefruit, Celery and Fennel Salad

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    My love affair with raw fennel is far from over. Perhaps it’s a love of all licorice-like things. Anise – yes, love it. Fennel seeds – yep, them too. Ouzo – err, reminds me of of my introduction to the Pink Palace on Corfu as I was 19. Fell in love with Greece back then, […] The post Pink Grapefruit, Celery and Fennel Salad appeared first on Whole Food Republic.
  • Traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Veal Cutlet)

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The true origin of Wiener schnitzel may very well not be Vienna but the Viennese are indeed proud to say that it belongs to one of their best known culinary specialties. A true Wiener Schnitzel is a breaded cutlet of veal served with a lemon wedge to add some extra zing and if you’re luck […] The post Traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Veal Cutlet) appeared first on Whole Food Republic.
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  • Mint Mango Salsa

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fruit, citrus, spice and herbs. That’s all you ever need for a good salsa, and the specific ingredients can vary as widely as your imagination, or refrigerator contents. This particular salsa needed to happen because I had a mango that was threatening to expire, and an overgrown mint plant. Mint Mango Salsa 1 mango, peeled and diced 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced 1 Tbsp lime juice 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped 1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp seeded jalapeño, finely diced 1 ½ tsp olive oil Pink salt & ground pepper Chop, mince, dice, squeeze and sprinkle all the…
  • Cornish Chicken & Potato Pasty

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Austin pointed me to this recipe, which not only sounded good, but is a food category I’ve never attempted; meat pies that will survive a fall down a mine shaft. I guess in merry old England, it was imperative that your lunch survive such an event, even if you did not. Gotta have priorities. I’m fine with durable food, but I draw the line at lard. I can’t bring myself to even buy it at the store, let alone eat it, so I substituted butter. Cornish Chicken Potato Pasty Adapted from Foodwishes. Makes 4 Dough: 4 cups unbleached white flour 1 ½ tsp salt 10 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 cup cold…
  • Homemade Gin From A Kit

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    For Christmas, my sister Angela got me a Homemade Gin Kit.  This is a fabulous idea, since most average humans do not own a still. Bonus fabulous points, because gin is my favorite. But slightly fewer points since part of me is now underage, and I won’t be tasting it. I will rely on my personal gin-sampler Austin, for taste-testing. The entire process took only about 36 hours. 99% of that time is just waiting around for ingredients to seep into the vodka. This scores a perfect 10 on the Easy-Scale. First step: add juniper berries to a nice bottle of vodka and let it sit for 24 hours. The…
  • Spicy Cauliflower

    3 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    During the final days of 2014, I tried Legal Seafood’s Bang Bang Cauliflower. It was an appetizer for the table to share, but I could have eaten the entire thing myself. I like cauliflower anyway, but this was incredible with the spicy red sauce coating, it was hard to even tell it was cauliflower and not chicken. I found a lot of recipes trying to reproduce it online, but as usual, we ended up tweaking a recipe beyond recognition as we went. The one I liked best as a starting point was from CarrotsnCake, a very cute health-focused site by a fellow Bostonian. Of all the changes we made, my…
  • Chinese 5 Spice Mix

    27 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I first saw Chinese 5 spice used on one of the later Julia Child’s shows, where she invited guest chefs to do the cooking. The chef was making a roasted chicken, and he rubbed a mystery spice all over the entire skin, prompting Julia to ask what it was. He listed the ingredients of his Chinese 5 spice mix, but not the proportional amounts. Darn it. Meanwhile in the cyber spice rack, there lurked a million and one different recipes for Chinese 5 spice. None even came close to including the same spices, and proportions varied widely.  So this is my own mix. Chinese 5 spice powder Makes…
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    One Mans Kitchen

  • Curried Parsnip Soup with Truffle Croutons

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Curried Parsnip Soup Ingredients 120ml Double Cream 2 Chopped Onions 3 Pressed Garlic Cloves 2 Table Spoons of Butter 6 Chopped Parsnips 1.5 Liters of Vegetable Stock (If your not a veggie you can use chicken stock) 4 to 6 Teaspoons of Curry Power (I used madras curry power  any curry power will work) Salt to Taste 1/2 Thick Slice of Bread Truffle Oil (You can use olive oil) Chopped Coriander (To garnish) I don’t really eat soup, for one reason or another i don’t feel like I’ve eaten unless I’m chewing on something. But its a good quick winter meal and keeps well in…
  • Walnut & Rum Bundt Cake

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Walnut & Rum Bundt Cake Ingredients 120g Chopped Walnuts (You can use pecans) 1 Teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract 245g Plain Flour (Use self raising if your making it  Gluten free) 250g Granulated Sugar 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Power 25g Corn Flour 70g Ground Almonds 1 Teaspoon of Salt 110g Sunflower Oil 3 Tablespoons of Captain Morgan Black Label Dark Rum 4 Large Eggs (Room temperature) 1/2 Baking Soda 125ml Milk  Fairtrade Icing Sugar (Used for dusting the cake) Bundt Tin ( Its basically just a doughnut shapes cake tin) Rum Glaze Ingredients 110g Unsalted Butter ( To be honest…
  • Date Slice

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Date Slice Ingredients 450g Pitted Dates 225g Rolled Oats(Gluten free can be used most good quality oats are gluten free anyway) 225g Self Raising Flour (Gluten free can be used) 225g Butter (Don’t use margarine, in fact don’t ever use margarine. Totally remove it from your life its crap find another way to reduce you cholesterol!) 55g Sugar A personal favorite of mine and so easy to make! Date slice is a great little energy boosting, sweet snack especially if you trying to avoid chocolate etc. But in my opinion best eaten accompanied by a good cup of coffee……. And…
  • Pesto!

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Pesto Ingredients : 90g Fresh Basil Leaves ( 3 Good Handfuls) 1 Clove of Garlic 1/2 A Lemon (Juice) 4og Pine Nuts (1 Handful) Sea Salt & Black Pepper 1/2 A Hand Full of Grated Parmesan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Once you’ve made pesto you’ll never buy it again. Homemade is infinitely  better than pesto from a jar. It takes a little more effort of course, but i make a fair amount and just fridge or freeze what i don’t use. Having it the freezer means your never more than 10 minutes away from a wonderfully tasty, quick and easy pasta dinner! If your feeling particularly…
  • Garlic & Coriander Prawns with Courgette Spaghetti

    10 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    Garlic & Coriander Prawn with Courgette Spaghetti One Medium Courgette 10 Fresh King Prawns 4 Cherry Tomatoes A Handful Fresh Coriander One Clove of Garlic ( I love garlic so use two) Salt & Pepper This is my first go at courgette spaghetti or courgetti as some people call it. I came across it last week and thought I’d give it a whirl. This fantastically simple dish is what I came up with. If your looking for a low carb super healthy meal that’s going to fill your belly then this ones for you! Start by peeling your courgette with a Julienne Peeler if you don’t have…
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    Spice the Plate

  • Spicy Ground Beef and Green Beans

    Han Tang
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Spice the Plate Spice the Plate - A food blog with authentic Chinese recipes, cooking tips and resources for food photography. This spicy ground beef and green beans is one of the most popular dishes in China, originated from Szechuan cuisine. It is also one of my favoriate dishes. First, deep fry the green beans until crisp outside, then sauté the garlic, ginger and dried chili pepper until fragrant. After that, stir in the marinated ground beef and stir fry until the beef has changed color. Finally, add the green beans back to the pan, stir fry and season with salt, sugar and soy…
  • Tasty Carrot Pancake

    Han Tang
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Spice the Plate Spice the Plate - A food blog with authentic Chinese recipes, cooking tips and resources for food photography. This carrot pancake could be ready in less than 30 minutes and it tastes really good. I like to eat it as breakfast or sometimes as a snack. You only need three main ingredients to make this dish, that is, carrot, egg and flour. I am a firm believer that deliciousness often comes from basic and simple ingredients. And this recipe is a perfect example for it. If you end up liking this dish, I would recommend you to also check out the “Easy cabbage…
  • Tasty Beef and Bean Sprouts

    Han Tang
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Spice the Plate Spice the Plate - A food blog with authentic Chinese recipes, cooking tips and resources for food photography. Vietnamese cuisine like to put bean sprouts in their noodle soup dish called pho, while Chinese people prefer to use bean sprouts to make a variety of stir-fry dishes. This beef and bean sprouts dish is a good example of it. You could also replace the beef with pork or chicken, no matter what kind of meat you use, the cooking method will be almost the same. My personal prefernce is to have the bean sprouts to be soft at the end, if you like them to be crunchy,…
  • Delicious Braised Pork Ribs

    Han Tang
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Spice the Plate Spice the Plate - A food blog with authentic Chinese recipes, cooking tips and resources for food photography. This braised pork dish is a classic traditional Chinese dish which almost every Chinese family knows how to cook this dish and loves to make it for major holidays such as Spring Festival (a.k.a.Chinese New Year). To make sure the pork ribs are tender and juicy, there are two tricks I like to share with you.  1) At the beginning, immese the pork ribs in cold water and then bring it to boil to let the blood contained in the pork ribs to slowly come out.  2)…
  • How to Take Great Food Photos with Your Cellphone

    Han Tang
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Spice the Plate Spice the Plate - A food blog with authentic Chinese recipes, cooking tips and resources for food photography. Everyone is taking pitures of their food before they eat them these days. I am sure you have done it too. Here is five tips to help you take better pictures of your food with your cellphone. 1. Turn your cellphone sideways. Most of the time, your food are likely to be presented on a round plate, by turning your cellphone sideways when taking pictures could help you capture more details about your food and less about the background. 2.  Try shooting in a…
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