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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.

Click here for a print version of this recipe.

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 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

  • ...

November 7, 2017

This is one of those recipes that takes a bit more effort, but the results are worth it!  I confess that for many years, I bought the pre-packaged stuffing/dressing at the store.  A few of my family members thought that they didn't like stuffing/dressing, until I decided to make it by scratch.

The nice thing about this recipe is you can make it a day ahead of time.  This is great, because we all know holiday cooking can be exhausting!  I usually get another person to help with the chopping of the herbs and veggies, so it isn't too much work for one person.  This recipe is by Victoria Granof and was published by Bon Appétit in 2012.  If your dressing or stuffing is just ho-hum, I really encourage you to try this.  Those family members that thought they didn't like dressing, now, it's one of their favorite foods for the holiday!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make this one day ahead to help with holiday planning.

Total time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.  For make ahead: cool time...

May 2, 2017

I got this recipe from a magazine, and it has been in my food file for a long while now.  You might ask, 'What magazine?'  I have no idea!  But I am glad that I ran across it a few weeks ago.  If you love fish tacos, you are going to love this recipe.  It is so simple and so yummy!  These two tacos take about 30 minutes to prepare, so you can have them on the table fast.  They are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or for any weeknight meal.  These tacos are delicious, fast and healthy - that is my kind of dinner!  Give these fish tacos a try and let me know what you think.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I like to use the fajita size tortillas, but you can use any size you prefer.

For those who do not like cilantro, replace it with parsley.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless tilapia fillets (or other white fish)

  • 1/2 cup dairy sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup finely choppe...

April 20, 2017

Warning: these cookies are very addicting!  They are the best coconut macaroon cookies that I have ever tasted.  And paired with a kiss (a chocolate one)?  Who can resist that!  I have been making these little sweet treats for many years, and they are always a hit!  Even people who are not macaroon fans usually like them.  I encourage you to give these delicious cookies a try.  Taste for yourself how great these cookies are!

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (3 ounce) package, cream cheese

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 2 teaspoons orange juice

  • 1 1/4 cup flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 5 cups sweetened coconut flakes, divided

  • 1 (8 ounce) bag chocolate kisses

Directions:

Beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl until well blended.  Add the egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice; then beat well.  In a separate bowl, stir together...

April 13, 2017

These adorable white chocolate bonbons are delicious and delightful!  If you like coconut and white chocolate, you are going to love these sweet treats.  They are easy to make, and it only takes a few ingredients to put these chocolates together.  Bunny Tail Bonbons make a nice addition to a Spring gathering of friends and family.

Bon Appetit!

Tip:

I used Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies.  Place them in a food processor and pulse several times to make crumbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 (4 ounce) white chocolate baking bars, melted according to package directions

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup coconut cookies, crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon coconut rum or water

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus more for rolling

Directions:

Beat chocolate and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the cookie crumbs, coconut rum (or water), kosher salt, and shredded coconut, beating just until blended.  (You can sk...

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