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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.

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November 14, 2017

In America, turkey is a must for Thanksgiving!  It is a tradition to get together with family and friends and give thanks for what we have, while we eat a big meal.  The turkey is often the center piece of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  It is also sometimes made for Christmas too, depending on preferences. 

Preparing and roasting a turkey can be intimidating, especially when you are entertaining guests at the same time.  This recipe however is simple and delicious.  It is perfect starting point for those who have never done a turkey as well as a great turkey for those experienced cooks who want to make the most of their holiday cooking time.  The basic preparation and instructions come from the book - barefoot contessa: how easy is that? by Ina Garten.  It is a simple recipe that delivers spectacular results.  This turkey is truly delicious.  I'm sure that cooks old and new will enjoy it, so give it a try!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

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February 7, 2017

I have been making this pasta dish for many years.  It has my favorite red meat sauce.  It comes together quickly, but the sauce tastes like I slaved over it all day.  This pasta recipe is one to keep!  The recipe seems to make a lot of sauce for 1 pound of pasta, but believe me, it definitely works!  The spaghetti is flavorful and has an old world Italian flair that I love.  It is a wonderful dinner to prepare for special occasions, but is still simple enough for a weeknight meal too.  If you are looking for something that is fun, easy and delicious, I highly recommend this recipe.  I'll end with a quote by Sophia Loren, "Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti."

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

1.  If you have a large enough pot, this is a great recipe to double.  The sauce freezes well, and you can divide it into freezer bags or containers.  You can defrost the sauce in your refrigerator overnight or in the microwave.  Once defrosted, I...

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