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February 28, 2018

I have a confession to make - this is my first attempt at making crepes.  Now, I'm kicking myself that I waited so long to make them!  Surprisingly easy, crepes are whipped up (literally) in a blender.  They cook as fast as flapjacks too.  Needless to say, there will be more crepe-making in my future.  This delightful recipe comes from the April 2014 edition of Cooking Light magazine.  The original recipe calls for Swiss chard, but I could not find these greens in my grocery store, so I substituted them with kale.  The crepe-filling turned out wonderful with the changes!  The crepes are topped with a sprinkling of gruyere cheese for a beautiful finish.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can use any type of greens for this recipe...such as Swiss chard, kale, spinach etc.

You do not have to caramelize the onion.  You can simply cook the onions until they are tender.

The crepes can be made ahead!  Make the crepes, and then stack them between paper towels.  Store in the f...

February 22, 2018

These mini cupcakes are just adorable!  They are topped with a chocolate chip cream cheese layer and are absolutely delicious.  These black bottom cupcakes are rich and decadent for such a little sweet.  This recipe only takes about an hour, and I highly recommend you try it if you like chocolate.  The recipe makes about 4 1/2 dozen, so there will be plenty to go around if you have the urge to share, and they freeze great (if you don't eat them all within the first day as they are really addicting).  Try these delightful black bottom mini cupcakes, and you will have a perfect fix for any chocolate cravings!

Bon Appetit!

Click here for a print version of this recipe.

Preparation time is 35 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup mini-chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ...

February 20, 2018

I developed this delicious chicken recipe many years ago.  The great thing about this recipe is that most of the work is done in the morning.  The dish then cooks all day in the crockpot.  That way you have the rest of the day to complete tasks or work and still have an amazing home-cooked dinner ready in the evening.  This dish has a lot of flavor, and the vegetables and herbs compliment the chicken perfectly.  This meal is made even better when topped with a mouthwatering sauce.  I hope you enjoy my family's favorite crockpot chicken!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can skip making the sauce if you want to save on the fat and calories.  If you do so, when the dish is done cooking, season to taste and then serve.

Always read over the ingredients and directions carefully before starting a recipe.

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Preparation time is 25 minutes.  Cook time on low is 7 to 8 hours, while high is 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Ingredients for Chicken:

  • 5 to 6 me...

February 11, 2018

If you are looking for an easy Valentine's dinner for two, look no further!  This delicious steak dinner comes from Martha Stewart, and I love the simplicity of this meal!  The recipe is easy and straightforward, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy that special person in your life.  I also included a recommendation for a wine pairing in the tips section that makes this delicious meal shine.  I really encourage you to try this recipe, because it truly is a winner.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Either the day before or the morning that you prepare the steak, I suggest that you rub the steak (or steaks if you double the recipe) generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Use up to 1 teaspoon Kosher salt per pound and about a 1/2 teaspoon black pepper per pound.  Place the salt and pepper rubbed steak on a rack, and place the rack on a cookie sheet or other large pan.  Put in refrigerator, about 6 to 24 hours, without covering it.  Let it sit one hour at room temperature...

February 10, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  This special day of expressing love to those closest to you (whether family, friends, or a significant other) is a perfect occasion to bake something sweet and chocolatey.  These molten red velvet cakes bring a special ending to your Valentine's Day dinner, and they look and taste amazing!  I found this yummy recipe in the February 2017 edition of Southern Living magazine.  This dessert is amazing for sating my sweet tooth, so I hope it sates yours too!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the chocolate (filling) mixture and the frosting one day ahead.

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Active time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Ingredients for Cakes:

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup cake flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa, plus more for ramekins

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted, plus more for ra...

February 8, 2018

Raspberry and chocolate are a perfect marriage of flavors.  There is something about the sweetness of the berries and the richness of the chocolate that gets our taste buds salivating.  I found this rich chocolate dessert recipe on a Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar.  It is a very easy pie to make, and my family absolutely loved it.  With only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you will have a beautiful and delicious pie!  This would also make an amazing dessert for Valentine's Day.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I used a can of chocolate frosting to hide the foil edging of the pie.  I found the frosting in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

I like to keep the chocolate filling of the pie chocolate, so I did not add raspberry jam to the chocolate filling.  I put the raspberry jam on top of the chocolate instead of mixing them.  You can do it either way as I will include both ways in the recipe.

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Preparation time is 15 mi...

February 6, 2018

Mardi Gras, this year, is on Tuesday, February 13th.  It is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  In America, Mardi Gras is celebrated particularly in the South.  In New Orleans, Louisiana, there is a large, wild celebration every year.  Mardi Gras is French and translated means "Fat Tuesday".  In honor of the celebrations that will be happening in New Orleans and throughout the South, I give you Cajun shrimp linguine.  This spiced up linguine comes from the May 2016 edition of Cooking Light magazine, and it is delicious! 

If you're not a fan of spicy dishes, simply add less of the ground red pepper but do add at least a little for some pizzazz!  The heat from the red pepper is tempered by the addition of half & half and gives this delicious pasta dish a well balanced warmth.  If you aren't celebrating Mardi Gras this year, this pasta would also be a great pasta dish for Valentine's Day which is a few days after Mardi Gras.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When I made this dis...

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.

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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

  • ...
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