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March 27, 2018

A traditional treat during the Easter season, these rolls are easy to prepare and yummy to eat.  Hot crossed buns are traditionally filled with raisins or currants, just as these are.  They are wonderfully spiced and have a subtle sweetness.  These buns perfectly pair with coffee or a strong tea.  They are very filling too - perfect for breakfast!  This wonderful recipe comes from King Arthur Flour and makes a lovely soft roll that will have you coming back for more.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you do not have a heavy duty mixer, you can prepare the dough by hand.  When the fruit is cool, mix all of the dough ingredients along with the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.  Turn the dough out to a lightly floured surface.  Knead the dough for about seven minutes and then continue on according to directions.

For a more tender roll, after you let the dough rise (for 1 hour), punch the dough down and let rise for another 40 minutes.  Continue on according to directions.

Cl...

February 2, 2018

These nachos are the perfect appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday.  What makes them perfect is bacon!  Anything with bacon in it is guaranteed to be a big hit for your Big Game day party.  I got this recipe comes from the July 7, 2014 issue of People magazine.  These nachos are loaded with cheddar cheese and creamy avocado.  They are simply delicious.  I suggest that you top these babies with a dollop of sour cream and a jalapeno pepper.  This recipe is sure to be a winner!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I like to use pickled jalapenos in this recipe.  I place each sliced jalapeno on paper towels to remove the excess moisture before placing them on the nachos.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Total time is 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces sliced bacon, cooked crisp

  • 1 avocado

  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, or cheddar/pepper jack combination, shredded

  • 24 tortilla chips

  • 1 (8 ounces) container sour cream

  • 1 small can sliced jalapenos (or...

February 1, 2018

Some of us are still recovering from excess calories during the holidays, so with February upon us and Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to post this rich dark chocolate smoothie to help satisfy chocolate cravings.  This is both a healthy and delicious alternative to the beginning of February.  This chocolate sweet drink comes from the March 2017 edition of Cooking Light magazine.  It is has no dairy in it.  The addition of dates makes this smoothie extra sweet!

Bon Appetit!

Tips and other Information:

Nutritional Information: Calories 302, Fat 7.2g, Protein 9g, Carb 58g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 37g, Chol 0mg, Iron 3mg, Sodium 200mg, Calc 483mg

The pictures show two drinks.  Please don't be confused by this as this recipe serves 1, but we split the serving into 2 cups for picture purposes.

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Total time is 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pitted dates

  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (such as Almond Breeze)

  • 1 cup ice

  • ...

January 9, 2018

If you are looking for a healthier snack choice, these chickpeas will satisfy your cravings for salty snacks such as chips and pretzels.  As a bonus, they supply 5 grams of protein per serving.  The protein makes sure that these chickpeas stick with you so you aren't hungry for longer.  They are more filling than a serving of potato chips.  This recipe comes from Cooking Light magazine.  I love the flavor of these crispy chickpeas.  The fresh parmesan and oregano are a delicious combination!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Make sure you dry the chickpeas with paper towels.  The drier the chickpeas the crispier the dish is.  You can even let them sit overnight for optimal results.

Total time is 30 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can unsalted chickpeas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

  • 1/2 tea...

December 28, 2017

I have baked a ton of lemon bar recipes over the years and have never found "the one".  I took what I liked from my top recipe picks and developed what I think is an awesome lemon bar recipe!  They are incredibly luscious and luxurious.  You might wonder what the secret is to these wonderful bars - well, I'll tell you.  It's the flour in the filling.  The flour gives the filling a rich creaminess that I absolutely love.  The short bread cookie is all that it should be - buttery with a hint of lemon.  They would make great additions to a New Year's Eve celebration or any party really.  Please try these lemon bars and let me know that you think!  I would love to hear from you.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Place the lemons in a microwave for 15 seconds to make it easier for max juice and zest.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is approximately 1 hour.

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Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • ...

December 27, 2017

Caution...these are extremely addicting!  If you are a jalapeño fan, these poppers are for you.  With a creamy cheesy filling and bacon crumbles, they will not disappoint.  These cheesy bacon poppers are hard to resist and so very yummy!  I served these appetizers at a dinner party not too long ago, and everyone loved them.  These poppers are perfect for spicing up a New Year's Eve party, but just make sure that you have plenty of them on hand (the recipe can be easily doubled) as they will disappear fast.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the filling and arrange the jalapeño's on a broiler proof low rimmed cookie sheet/jelly-roll pan.  Divide the filling among the peppers, and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until ready to broil.  You can also cook and crumble the bacon and refrigerate until ready to use.

I found the red pepper jelly at my local grocery store where they keep all the other jellies (grape, strawberry, etc.).

When handling peppers, you may wa...

December 21, 2017

If you are a fan of chai tea, I have the perfect truffle for you!  These chai truffles come from the December 2015 publication of Southern Living's Christmas at Home magazine.  I can definitely say that these little chocolates are heavenly.  If you want to impress friends and family with a gourmet tasting truffle, I recommend you make these chai chocolates.  As an extra bonus, they are easy to prepare, and they keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks!  I enjoy these little desserts while sipping coffee (but I imagine that they also would be delightful with chai tea) as the hot liquid melts the chocolate and the spices onto my tongue.  The flavor is exquisite!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 15 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes chilling time).

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly groun...

December 14, 2017

I have been making these cookies for many years now.  They have become a holiday favorite with my family.  When you take your first bite into one of these mouthwatering cookies, you will understand why these cookies are always on my baking list for Christmas.  What makes these decadent cookies unique is the browning of the butter.  The browned butter adds a depth and richness to the flavor of these Christmas cookies that cannot be beat!  They really are extraordinarily good.  I believe even Santa would approve!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on the color of the butter as it cooks.  Once the butter starts to brown, cook until it is golden, but watch closely, as it will burn easily.

When adding dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, I like to add in thirds, mixing after each addition.  This method ensures the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Baking time is 10 minutes per batch.

C...

November 30, 2017

If you are looking for a fall or holiday candy bar that is homemade, look no further!  These pecan bars are absolutely delicious.  It's hard to resist caramel, chocolate, and pecans.  Also, the crust is a delicious shortbread that compliments the other flavors perfectly!  I got this wonderful recipe from the 2000 issue of Land O Lakes: Top 50

I've made these bars multiple times, and I can say with certainty that with a few simple ingredients you will have a mouthwatering treat.  If you make these bars for friends and family, be prepared to get recipe requests.  With Christmas soon to be upon us and holiday baking soon to begin, make sure to have these yummy bars on the baking list.  They most definitely will delight!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Pecans are the stars of this cookie bar, but by all means, have fun and try a different nut or combination of nuts.

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Baking time is 18 to 22 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

I...

November 17, 2017

I love these cookies!  They are soft and sweet.  When the autumn weather begins to have that chill in the air, these cookies are a must on my baking list!  With real maple syrup and a dash of maple extract, they have a wonderful autumn taste.  The spices enhance the flavor and add to how yummy they are.  If you are looking for a new cookie recipe for your fall baking, I highly recommend these spiced maple cookies.  My family and friends absolutely love them!  I'm sure yours will too.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

With most cookie recipes, I like to add the flour to the creamed butter mixture in two to three batches at a time to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.

As a way for the cookies to have a nice look to them, refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking.  This is an optional step.  The cookies can be baked right away, but I prefer the way they look when I've refrigerated the cookie dough.

Always keep a close watch on your cookies while baking!...

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