Winter Minestrone

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So far, this winter has been mild.
No crushing snow storms, no blizzards to keep us home bound.
I don’t want to say that we’re in the clear yet, so, just in …

Beef and Chicken Shawarma with White Sauce

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We (literally) just got back from a family vacation.  This time, we ventured to the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten.  It’s a 36 square mile island in the Caribbean shared …

Chicken Chimichangas

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When I go to my favorite Mexican Restaurant, I always get the same thing.  Chicken Chimichangas.  I do the same thing at my favorite Sushi Restaurant.  They know both my …

Classic Hearty Chili

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2017.
A new year.  It’s time to turn the page on the calendar.  It’s a time to start over.
For many, a time to start over means resolutions…..to lose weight…..to get healthy……to …

Christmas Treats and Spirits….

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The holidays are in full swing.  In two weeks, Christmas will have come and gone!  Life just moves so fast.
In case you are hosting a holiday party or soiree …

The Absolute Best Pecan Sticky Buns.

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While everyone else is out trying to score some Black Friday deals.  I am cozy at home, baking.  I have never enjoyed shopping on Black Friday.  It’s too intense, too …

Hashbrown Crust Breakfast Pizza

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Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?!  I am beyond excited!!  In my opinion, Thanksgiving kicks off the “most wonderful time of the year” holiday season.  We begin with Oysterfest …

Sausage Pepper Fettuccini

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I’m still getting my weekly box of veggies.  The once excitement that I got when collecting my box each week has been replaced with dread.  The thrill of searching for …

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

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Everywhere I turn it’s pumpkin this and pumpkin that.  Pumpkin is now appearing in Oreos, M & Ms, beer and ravioli.  And that’s just to name a few.  For some …

Copycat Recipe: Homemade Burgers and Red Robin’s Campfire Sauce

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The sun came out briefly yesterday after a few damp, dreary days.  And, since fall is upon us and cooler days are ahead, we jumped at the chance to grill …

Sausage and Baked Apples with Cider

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My apple craving is kicking into high gear.  Maybe the weather hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s fall yet, but my stomach is saying “oh yes, it is.”  Apples, pumpkins, …

Homemade Bloody Marys with Fresh Tomatoes

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It was hard to enjoy the last official “weekend of the summer” at the beach thanks to Hurricane Hermine.  Thankfully it’s bark was worse than it’s bite.  We didn’t get …

Easy Shrimp Salad

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One more light and refreshing summer recipe before the cool fall air arrives.
 And oh how I’m looking forward to the arrival of that cool, fall air.  This ninety degree …

Fruits of the Season: Blueberry Slab Pie, Peach Slab Pie

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The best fruits of the season have hit the produce stand.  Peaches and blueberries, some of my favorites.  Although I could probably eat them fresh “all day every day”, they …

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Skewers with a Spicy-Lime Honey Butter

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I may be asking to much of you?  Is it too much to ask, is it too hot to turn on your grill?
I know, there’s a picture of a cactus …

Crab Cakes Benedict with a Kickin’ Hot Sauce

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For the sixth year in a row, we hosted a food contest over the Fourth of July holiday.  Affectionately termed, “The Foodie Awards…..”  We’ve had a pizza party, a burger …

Crispy Fish with a Lemon and Fresh Dill Sauce

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This year, for the first time, I decided to take part in Wilson College/Fulton Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Program, or CSA.  Every week from late May to mid-November, I pick …

Strawberries Shortcake Biscuit Scones

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The word is out, local strawberries are here!  My favorite fruit of the summer!  And not only are they delicious, they’re beautiful!!  I think all the rain we’ve had this …

Peppery Crusted Steak with an Herbed Compound Butter

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My last meal request would probably be a steak, in some way, shape or form.  I haven’t spent a lot of time contemplating this idea, but for birthday meals …

Fried Chicken Wings with a Spicy Garlic Honey Butter

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Every bar in every town has wing night.  Nights dedicated to selling cheap beer and wings by the dozen, all coated in a wide range of special sauces.
Sometimes it’s just …

Signs of Spring: Asparagus-Basil Pesto

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A few weeks ago, when we were moving our chicken coop, I came across a surprising discovery.   Last year, we planted asparagus.  Asparagus is not like a “normal” vegetable …

Chrissy’s Perfectly Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad

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I don’t own many cookbooks.  I feel that in this day and age, the amount of free information available online is extensive. (Take this blog for example, I hear the …

Make-Ahead Sausage, Egg and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

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Breakfast can become boring really quick. Who has the time to cook made-to-order eggs every day?  Some days I don’t even have time to sit down with a bowl of …

Cooking with Cast Iron: Texas Sheet Cake Skillet Brownie Pie

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You’re going to thank me for this one.  Unless you gave up chocolate or sugar or ice cream for lent.  Then look away.  You might not be able to resist.
I …

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions

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Spring is coming.
I feel it in the wind.
I see it in the budding trees and bulbs.
I smell it in the the air.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve weathered another …

Mulligatawny Soup

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No soup for you!
That’s a Seinfeld reference and I can’t introduce the next recipe, Mulligatawny, without it.  The infamous Soup Nazi appeared on Seinfeld in Season 7.  He earned his …

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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Today I have something a bit different.
Turn off your oven, put away the sauce pan.
This trick can be performed in one bowl and and will be ready in less than …

Cozy Beef Stew

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Cozy winter nights call for cozy soups and stews.  When you are snowed in, you can find the time to slow roast something to keep you warm.  I am lucky …

Buffalo Shrimp

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Well, we made it through another holiday season.  The Christmas dinner leftovers are gone, the decorations are down and  the NYE confetti has been cleaned up.
I usually hate this time …

Party Pinwheels

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Tis’ the season for mistletoe and holly, for Christmas carols and spiked eggnog.  My house is dressed with twinkle lights and sparkly tinsel. Our calendars are busy, days are filled with …

Sugared Cinnamon Pecans

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One of my favorite places to visit is New York City.  Any chance I get, I go.  I love to eat out, to shop and sometimes just to walk and …

Chicken with a Mustard, Lemon, Cream Sauce

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I am a lemon lover.  Meaning everything tastes better with a little lemon.  For instance, water.  I don’t love water.  I have to force myself to drink water.  But, add …

Ranch Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

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If I had to pick, ranch dressing would be my favorite.
Favorite condiment, that is.
Some would choose ketchup or mustard. Mayonnaise would probably be my second personal favorite.  But, hands down, …

Tater Tumbler Appetizer

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I am not usually drawn to foods that come straight from a bag.  I never make instant mashed potatoes, I wouldn’t dream of drinking instant coffee and I rarely buy …

Copycat Recipe: T.G.I. Friday’s Broccoli Cheese Soup

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T.G.I.Friday…..oh wait, it’s only Tuesday.  Sorry.  That wasn’t nice.  But every day is Friday at T.G.I.Friday’s, right?
My favorite Friday’s dish of all time is their Broccoli Cheese Soup.  I know, …

Hot Crab Dip

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A few weeks ago I helped at Johnnies with one of their Try Before You Buy events.  “Try Before You Buy” is held every Friday from 11:00-2:00 at both of the …

Breakfast Burritos

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School is back in session?!  How did this even happen?  Summer passed in the blink of an eye.  It’s a monumental “back to school” for us this year as we …

Fresh Peach Pound Cake

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The season for fresh local peaches is here.  Peaches are the consolation prize of August.  We put up with the heat and the humidity, we humor the wicked thunderstorms that …

Snowballs. Snowcones. Shaved Ice. Italian Ice. Sno Cone…….

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The most confusing part of this post was picking a title. Snow Cone.  Sno Cone.  Shaved Ice.  Italian Ice.  Snowball.  What is it?  Maybe it’s a regional thing.  I think, …

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

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For the fifth year in a row, we hosted a food contest over the Fourth of July holiday.  Affectionately termed, “The Foodie Awards…..”  We’ve had a pizza party, a burger …

Chicken in Basil Cream

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This year we have a garden.  Well, we have two gardens.  My husband started a vegetable garden with tomatoes, onions, beans and a few other unidentifiable growing plants.  He forgot …

Crazy for Cauliflower

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Lately I’ve developed a love for cauliflower.  Cauliflower used to be something I bought only for a veggie trays.  Something I once used to make a pizza crust. (Maybe I …

Spinach, Feta and Sausage Frittata

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I struggle with what to eat for breakfast.  I know it’s the most important meal of the day.
If I want something quick, which is most days, I grab a bowl …

Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream

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I hope I don’t disappoint today.  This recipe isn’t your typical “welcome” spring, “hello” summer meal.  There’s no farm fresh asparagus, or sweet sticky rhubarb poking out of this dish. …

Grilled Steak and Bleu Cheese Pizza with a Balsamic Glaze

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What’s up with this weather?  Turn off the heat, turn on the heat.  Put away the winter hats and gloves, get them back out.  This spring has been really wacky, …

Mother’s Day Brunch: Crock Pot Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup and Ranch Pasta Salad

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  And where would we be without our mothers….. living off of ramen noodles (because we can’t cook), stuck at home with no clean clothes, sick …

Cooking with Cast Iron

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 I think spring is here. I am ready to go hiking, ready to mow the grass and ready to pack up the tent and go camping.  But, this morning the …

Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets

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What kid doesn’t love chicken nuggets?  Some kids refuse to eat anything but chicken nuggets.  But, many are loaded with sodium and are made with processed chicken.  Not exactly the …

Disney Cornbread

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A few weeks ago, I had a chance to step out of the frozen tundra and travel to the land of make believe, the land where all of your dreams …

3 Love Potions for Your Valentine

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The season of love is upon us, it’s Valentine’s Day.  Bring out the roses, the chocolate and the sparkly jewels.  I can get really excited about any holiday, and Valentine’s …