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Chicken Fajita Cauliflower Ri... by - Gary Crowell

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HONEY SRIRACHA ORANGE CHICKEN

HONEY SRIRACHA ORANGE CHICKEN I have been looking forward to warmer weather so I can enjoy, as well as share, my favorite grilling recipes like this obsessive worthy sticky, sweet heat Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken! After making this tender, juicy orange chicken bathed in Honey Sriracha Orange Glaze in the afternoon, I giddily ate it for lunch.  I giddily ate it again for dinner. That night, I couldn’t stop dreaming about its perfect sweet heat and had to polish it off for breakfast. And when I say “make” this chicken – I use this term very loosely.  Although this chicken tastes like you have slaved away for hours – it only takes minutes to whip up.  It is the perfect easy weeknight meal but is drool worthy enough (and easy enough) for large crowds and entertaining. The chicken is marinated in a sweet and spicy (but not too spicy) orange sauce which doubles as the tantalizing sticky Honey Sriracha Orange Glaze that you brush all over your chicken after grilling. This is one of my favorite methods of cooking – to reserve some of the marinade, whisk it with cornstarch and it instantly becomes your glaze – double the flavor WITHOUT double work! The to-live-for marinade/glaze is a harmonious concoction of orange juice, orange marmalade, honey, and splashes of lemon juice, sriracha, hoisin sauce (like Asian BBQ sauce), ginger, garlic, etc. Mmmmmmm…..Can you taste it now?! This ingredient list might seem a bit lengthy but keep in mind, you are simply whisking the ingredients together and that is all your prep work for a total of maybe 5 minutes AND you have almost zero dishes – another fabulous thing about grilling (so your kitchen doesn’t look like this).

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HONEY SRIRACHA ORANGE CHICKEN by - Gary Crowell

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Deep Dish Mac-and-Cheese Pizza

  Deep Dish Mac-and-Cheese Pizza Momma's and Grandmomma's, check this out. Do you want to be a hero to the kids? Then add this deep dish pizza filled with creamy homemade mac and cheese to the meal plan this week! Chewy, crunchy, cheesy, and rich! This will quickly become a family favorite. (makes 1 medium pizza) Ingredients: 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup yellow cornmeal 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1 ¼ tsp active dry yeast ¾ cup water 1 ½ Tbs unsalted butter, melted Olive oil, for bowl and dough 2 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature For Macaroni: 8oz (about 2 cups) macaroni pasta.

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How To Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How To Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich     As most of you probably don't know, I love grilled cheese sandwiches! They are so simple and yet so irresistibly good! Over the years I have made countless grilled cheese sandwiches and recently I've even been experimenting with different recipes. However, this article is simply a thorough explanation about making the basic grilled cheese sandwich.  At its base, a grilled cheese sandwich is pretty simple consisting of bread, butter and cheese. These three ingredients, when combined correctly, come together to form something that is truly magical! Now, I am not going to tell you that you need to to use expensive high end ingredients to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich because you do not. Let's face it, a grilled cheese sandwich made with basic white bread and a slice of American cheese can be pure pleasure with the ability to instantly transport you back to your child hood days and even I get the cravings every once in a while. That is not to say that you cannot get better results using better ingredients but this post is more about the techniques to get that perfectly grilled cheese sandwich.  Lets start with the bread: What you are looking for in the end result with respect to your bread is a light, crispy, and toasty outside with a moist and tender inside that has soaked up all of the buttery goodness while still retaining the ability to hold in all of the melted cheese. I like a nice light sour dough for this but there are a lot of different types of breads that work well in grilled cheese sandwiches. In general, I prefer to use day old bread for your basic grilled cheese sandwich as it holds together better than fresh bread. If your grilled cheese is going to include some ingredients that are on the wetter side then you can very lightly toast the bread before using it in your sandwich. Keep in mind that the thicker the bread is, the longer you will need to cook to allow the cheese in the middle to melt so thinner is generally better.  Next up is the butter, and salted works best. I prefer to spread the butter on the bread rather than melting it in the pan and the adding the bread as I can ensure that the entire surface of the bread is covered. One thing that you want to do is make sure that the butter is at room temperature so that you do not damage your bread while spreading it on.  The cheese is perhaps the most important part of the grilled cheese sandwich and the one and only thing that you need to ensure is that it melts! It is almost a sacrilege to bite int

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OLD FASHIONED BANANA PUDDING

OLD FASHIONED BANANA PUDDING   If you miss the taste of the south, grab ya a glass of sweet tea and get ready to learn how to make this scrumptious southern dessert. Nothing beats a banana pudding or chocolate cake like licking the bowl  Warm, gooey pudding, soft cookies, and big chunks of banana, piled high with meringue. Yes. This dish will make you go back for thirds and fourths. That is how I wound up making three of these in a 48 hour period. Here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili   When you want something easy to prepare, yummy and ready to eat at the end of a long work day, you will find this dish delicious topped with fresh onions, cilantro, or cheddar. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Yields: 10 servings | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 266 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fats: 2 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 254 mg | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Dietary fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 29 g | SmartPoints: 6 | Ingredients:

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CHOCOLATE POTTED MINT CUPCAKES

CHOCOLATE POTTED MINT CUPCAKES April 23, 2017 Spring is here so how about we have some fun making “potted plant” cupcakes inspired by Martha Stewart’s Potted Chocolate Mint Puddings? I started with a base of moist fluffy chocolate cake, followed by decadent whipped chocolate mint frosting, topped off with crumbled Oreos and fresh mint. This is one ‘plant’ that you won’t feel bad about killing! Cake recipe adapted from Java Cupcake (makes 1 dozen cupcakes) Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cup brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 3/4 tsp baking soda

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Pan Seared Salmon

Pan Seared Salmon "Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, these salmon fillets are pan seared with capers, and garnished with slices of lemon. Only 20 minutes start to finish." Ingredients:          20 m   4 servings   371 calories 4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon 2 tablespoons olive oil

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French Toast Layer Cake

French Toast Layer Cake (With Candied Bacon And Whipped Cream Frosting) Wait until you taste this French Toast and Sausage Breakfast Bake recipe that's been adapted into a two layer cake, complete with a layer of candied bacon and whipped cream frosting! A delicious breakfast-meets-dessert concoction! (makes 1 two layer cake) Ingredients: 8 cups (16oz loaf) cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes 12oz turkey breakfast sausage (regular pork sausage works just fine too) 8 eggs 1 ½ cups milk 2 tsp vanilla extract (I used his favorite bourbon instead) 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 6-8 strips of thick cut bacon 2 Tbs brown sugar Whipped Cream Frosting:

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Chocolate Cherry Parfaits

Chocolate Cherry Parfaits   For those of you that like to make desserts with real ingredients and not powdered pudding mixes or cream facsimiles, trifles are great desserts for a crowd but when you break them down into single servings, you get parfaits. Parfait is French for perfect and this dessert is a perfect blend of flavors with homemade gluten free brownies & chocolate pudding, and black cherry preserves with freshly whipped cream. All the components may be made ahead. Assembly can even be accomplished ahead, as the parfaits will stay pretty in the fridge for a couple of days. If you own or can score parfait glasses, great, but any type of stemware will look just as glamorous on the table. Construction of this treat is also open to interpretation : use less preserves if you want less sweet, omit the internal whipped cream and simply use a dollop as a topper, load on the brownie by making a double batch. You get the picture. Now get the recipe! Valentine’s day is right around the corner…. Chocolate Cherry Parfaits makes eight parfaits, or one large trifle                                        

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White BBQ Chicken

White BBQ Chicken Spice things up with this White BBQ Chicken recipe. Using a spicy mayo sauce, this BBQ chicken adds a little bit of kick alongside its perfect texture.   Prep Time 50min. Total Time 2hr.  50min. Servings 6 serv

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Pretty In Pink Punch

Pretty In Pink Punch Today we're going to make Pretty In Pink Punch which is perfect to serve at a shower (wedding or baby) or just as a cold drink to enjoy in the sun. If you wanted to give it a little kick with some alcohol, just add some white rum. Or vodka! It is so simple and quick to make with only four basic ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Fried Chicken

Slow Cooker Fried Chicken When you grow up in the south, chances are pretty good that Momma’s fried chicken made its way to your dinner table on a regular basis. If you miss the crispy, tender flavors of your youth, but you don’t miss all of the greasy fat and calories, you’ll love our Slow Cooker Fried Chicken recipe. This recipe won’t wreak havoc on your healthy eating plan and tastes yummy at the same time. Best of all, since it is a slow cooker recipe, it is easy and convenient. Try our fried chicken recipe for your next family dinner or bring it along to a summer picnic. Slow Cooker Fried Chicken Minimum Crock

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Decadent Coconut Cream Pie

Decadent Coconut Cream Pie What better way to usher in the warm spring weather than with a delicious coconut cream pie? It’s the perfect dessert to serve up after a light summer dish like chicken salad or pasta salad. So it’s pretty good timing that May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Of course, it’s also a rich and decadent dessert that’s sure to please even the pickiest palettes. This delicious pie is the perfect treat to serve up for any occasion including Mother’s Day and birthdays. Save this recipe and you’ll have a fabulous dessert all summer long. Ingredients: 1 pre-made pie crust or homemade pie crust(see below for recipe) 3/4 cup of coconut milk 1 cup of whole milk 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut(for garnishment)

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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Simply delicious Strawberry Oatmeal Bars using only a handful of easy ingredients (cake mix & strawberry jam!) to make the fastest and yummiest dessert! This is my go-to dessert recipe! I have the easiest, fastest, best dessert recipe ever to share with you. It’s one of my very favorite recipes because it’s so dang easy and I usually have everything I need for them. So I’m sharing them today with you! Just keep the ingredients for these bars on hand and you'll always have a delicious dessert you can whip up in a matter of minutes. These are seriously the most delicious crumbly fruit bars ever. They have so much flavor packed in but they only have like 4 main ingredients. I switched out the butter for coconut oil. You can also use any jam you have on hand. I like seedless strawberry or raspberry jam. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars  

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Perfectly Boiled Eggs

    Perfectly Boiled Eggs   It’s all in the timing. Whether you like them runny or totally firm, perfect eggs are just a few minutes away. With this cheat sheet, making eggs has never been simpler. What’s involved? A simple three-step process: boil, drain and rinse. To start, carefully lower eggs into a pot of boiling water and start the timer. After the desired time, drain, then rinse eggs in cold water (they’ll continue to cook otherwise, resulting in an overcooked yolk). Runny yolk: 6 minutes Dip into these with tomato-topped toast soldiers

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Ultimate Shrimp Cobb Salad

Ultimate Shrimp Cobb Salad (With Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette) A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette! Let's talk salad! This salad is loaded with tons of goodies, from roasted shrimp tossed in Emeril’s Essence , crisp bacon bits, goat cheese, corn kernels, eggs and fresh avocado. This all gets tossed in a refreshing, yet tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. I absolutely loved the kick of heat in the dressing from the jalapeno too, but if you’re not much of a spice person, you can completely omit the jalapeno for a mild dressing. Now if all salads were like this, I’d have no problem eating one of these every single day. ultimate SHRIMP COBB SALAD YIELD:  2 SERVINGS

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Secrets To Making No-Fail Fudge At Home

Secrets To Making No-Fail Fudge At Home Learn how easy it is to make perfect fudge using simple ingredients and just the right techniques so it turns out rich and creamy every time. How to Make Perfect Fudge Fudge is a cooked candy typically made with sugar, butter, and dairy; plus flavorings such as dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, marshmallow, maple syrup, nuts, and even pumpkin. The trick to good homemade fudge is to cook the ingredients to the right temperature to form a sugar syrup, and cool the mixture properly so the texture of the fudge turns out smooth and firm, but soft enough to cut. Equipment Here’s what you’ll need to make fudge from scratch on your stovetop.   Saucepan: Choose a heavy, straight-sided metal saucepan that holds about twice the volume of your fudge recipe. A heavy pan distributes heat evenly so the ingredients are less likely to scorch when they boil at high temperature. Using a large saucepan gives the ingredients room to expand when they boil. Candy thermometer: Use a candy thermometer that clamps onto the side of the saucepan. Why? Candy-making is a science as well as an art, and relies on exact temperatures to make ingredients—especially sugar—behave properly. A candy thermometer is the best way to ensure your ingredients are at the right temperature in each stage of making fudge; many candy thermometers are marked with the recommended temperatures for each kind of candy you make. Wooden spoon: Choose one with a long handle for stirring. Baking dish: This is the pan your fudge will cool in after it cooks. Use the size recommended

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Dutch Apple Pie With Oatmeal Streusel

Dutch Apple Pie With Oatmeal Streusel   "The crunchy oat topping adds an extra dimension to this delicious apple pie. Try using Golden Delicious, Jonagold, or Granny Smith apples for this pie."   Ingredients: 8 servings   441 cals 1 (9 inch) pie shell 5 cups apples - peeled, cored and sliced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins

Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins  (with Ginger Plum Jam) For some people, making biscuits from scratch can be intimidating but this recipe is easy, especially since you just scoop the dough into greased muffin tins to bake the biscuits. You can  use maple sugar to give a touch of maple sweetness, but feel free to use plain white sugar in it’s place. White Lily Flour is a lower gluten bleached flour that is available in the Midwest and the South. If you don’t have access to it, try using cake flour or bleached all purpose flour in it’s place. The ginger plum jam is a great way to use the last of the summertime stone fruit. It’s intense bright color looks great against the biscuit. The batch is small (I don’t bother to can it) but should keep in the fridge for 7 to 10 days, just enough for breakfast for the week. Buttermilk Biscuit Muffin

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Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie I’ve been looking for a healthy breakfast smoothie to help me get an extra kick of vitamins each day.  I’m the first to admit that my morning generally consists of multiple cups of coffee.  I usually grab cold cereal for breakfast and head to the computer to start working.  I figure adding in a healthy breakfast smoothie certainly cannot hurt. I’m not generally a person who wants to eat vegetables for breakfast.  Fruit is great but vegetables I reserve for lunch and dinner.  However, I found this healthy breakfast smoothie recipe in Paleo Desserts by jane Barthelemy and decided that it sounded pretty amazing. HEALTHY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE RECIPE Yields 2 Ingredients: 1 cup filtered water or coconut milk 8 fresh or frozen strawberries (about 1 cup) 1 tangerine, pe

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Cherry-Nut Cobbler

Cherry-Nut Cobbler This creative slow-cooker recipe takes advantage of several shortcut ingredients, including muffin mix and canned cherry pie filling, for a simple cozy dessert with very little effort. Makes: 6 servings Prep  10 mins Slow Cook 2 hrs on low-heat setting Slow Cook 1 hr on high-heat setting Cool 20 mins ingredients     Nonstick cooking spray 1  12- to 14-ounce package frozen mixed berries 1  21-ounce can cherry pie filling 3/4  teaspoo

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Loaded Baked Potato Pizza

Loaded Baked Potato Pizza   Here's a cheesy decadent fusion of pizza and a loaded baked potato! Built on top of a homemade whole wheat crust, slathered with sour cream, topped with hearty chunks of potato, bacon, and green onion, and finally finished off with a layer of gooey cheddar cheese.  ….. (dough makes 2 medium pizzas) For dough: ½ tsp honey 1 cup warm water 1 packet of active dry yeast 1 tsp olive oil Pinch of coarse salt 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour Olive oil for bowl Cornmeal for dusting pan

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Savory Quiche Lorraine

Savory Quiche Lorraine Savory Quiche Lorraine, an egg custard baked in a pie crust with the savory flavors of crisp-fried bacon, scallions, and Swiss cheese. Over 50 years ago, the legendary Julia Child introduced French cuisine to American housewives with her cooking series, The French Chef, on PBS. Since then, many of the dishes she introduced have become fairly commonplace. Even so, there’s nothing ordinary about Classic Quiche Lorraine. This savory quiche is created by layering crisp-fried bacon, scallions, and Swiss cheese inside a pie crust and then filling with a creamy egg custard. Julia’s original recipe was baked inside a homemade pastry crust, but there’s no shame in taking a shortcut by using a refrigerated pie dough AND it saves considerable prep time! If you prefer to make a homemade crust, this one is my favorite, but be sure to bake it for a few minutes before filling with the quiche ingredients (this step is not necessary if you use a refrigerated crust). It’s also important to let the quiche set for about 15 minutes after removing from the oven before slicing. Baking times may vary, but 40 – 45 minutes should do it. Just be sure to bake until the middle no longer jiggles. Bon appétit! Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. – Julia Child

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Heavenly Strawberries And Cream Cake

Heavenly Strawberries And Cream Cake   You’re going to love today’s recipe. There’s a reason I call it Heavenly Strawberries ‘n Cream Cake. Because not only does this strawberry cake look amazing, it taste just as delicious.  With fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream, and a light pound-cake-type texture, Strawberries ‘n Cream Cake is the perfect strawberry dessert. Strawberries are one of my favorite foods, especially since there’s so many yummy recipes you can make with them. I make all kinds of strawberry desserts, from Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, but I wanted to try something lighter this time. I found this strawberry cake recipe from Taste of Home and it was an instant hit with both family and friends alike.  One of the best parts about this Heavenly Strawberries ‘n Cream Cake is it’s perfect for all sorts of occasions. You can make it as a barbecue dessert mid-summer or as a special birthday cake. Because it’s beautiful enough to rival any perfect store bought cake, only so much better because this cake is homemade.  Yes, even the whipped cream frosting is homemade! But let’s stop talking and get down to make this beautiful treat, shall we? How to Make Heavenly Strawberries ‘n Cream Cake: Ingredients: 6 eggs, separated 1 ½ cups sugar, divided 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons water 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 16 oz carton heavy whipping cream (more if you want to decorate) ½ cup confectioners’ sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 5 cups sliced fresh strawberries Making the Cake: Separate the eggs carefully and put the egg whites in your large mixing bowl. Be careful not to get any yolk into the egg whites or the cake won’t turn out right. If you have a stand mixer, you definitely want to use it for this step. Let the egg whites sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes while you work on the next step (this helps them whip up better.) Preheat the oven to 325°. In another smaller bowl, whisk the egg yolks until slightly thickened.  Gradually add ¾ cup of sugar, whisking well until thick and lemon colored.

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Vanilla Pudding is smooth and creamy with the wonderful flavor of pure vanilla extract. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature. Sometimes all we need is a bowl of creamy smooth Vanilla Pudding. It is amazing how you can take everyday ingredients like milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, and transform them into a dessert that tastes so good. It is easy to make, and your can eat it hot, at room temperature, or even cold. It looks so enticing when served in pretty bowls with a dollop of softly whipped cream and maybe a sprinkling of toasted and chopped walnuts.     When you make Vanilla Pudding what you are really doing is making a 'cooked' custard. The difference between a pudding and a custard is that a pudding contains cornstarch (corn flour). Cornstarch is used to make the pudding thick enough to eat with a spoon. Puddings have to be cooked carefully to prevent lumps. So keep the heat fairly low and use a heavy bottomed saucepan, making sure that you stir constantly with a large heatproof rubber spatula or wooden spoon. When stirring it is important to reach the bottom, sides and corners of the saucepan to prevent the pudding from sticking and scorching. Once the pudding has become thick, like mayonnaise, remove it from the heat and add the butter and vanilla extract. Then strain the pudding to get rid of any lumps that may have formed. If you like your vanilla pudding warm, then by all means eat it right away. But if you like your pudding cold, simply press plastic wrap onto the surface of the puddings and refrigerate until firm (a couple of hours). For those who like a skin (film) on the top of their pudding, let the pudding cool uncovered and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Try to use good quality ingredients when making a Vanilla Pudding. So, if possible, use "organic" milk and eggs from vegetarian fed hens. And since vanilla is the prominent flavor in this vanilla pudding it is important to use a good vanilla extract. The first thing to do is to make sure that it is labeled "pure".  Stay away from the ones labeled "imitation" vanilla extracts as they are made with synthetic vanilla (from glycoside found in the sapwood of certain conifers or from coal extracts) and leave a bitter aftertaste. Also, products labeled 'Vanilla Flavoring' are a combination of pure vanilla extract and imitation vanilla extract and should be avoided. Although pure vanilla

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Honey And Cream Taffy

Honey And Cream Taffy Sweet and chewy with a hint of caramel, this hand-pulled taffy is as fun to make as it is to eat. You'll want to share it with someone. ♥

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Easy Garlic Escargots

Easy Garlic Escargots  These tender escargots in mushroom caps are smothered with wine sauce and cheese. Nothing big and fancy, but very tasty. PREP TIME 15 minutes TOTAL TIME 45 minutes SERVINGS 20 servings     Ingredients:

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Strawberry Balsamic Wrap

  Strawberry Balsamic Wrap   An awesome salad stuffed in a grainy wrap. What's not to love here? It starts with strawberries and it ends with balsamic vinegar and everything good in the world. Bites of goat cheese bind this glory together like the perfect tangy, creamy glue. And spinach makes us feel like we’re doing our health a real favor, because we are. Imagine... Sweet, ruby red strawberries; tender green spinach; perfectly grilled chicken; tangy goat cheese, all coated in a creamy balsamic vinaigrette in wrap form. The concept is simple: chopped strawberries and spinach tossed in olive oil and vinegar, grilled chicken adds a savory, satiating bite, and goat cheese marries it all together in a hearty, grainy wrap. It’s lunch perfection, really, and so versatile. If vegetarian, omit the chicken and add candied walnuts or hard boiled eggs. If vegan, go for walnuts and omit the goat cheese. If gluten free, ditch the wrap for a gluten free variety, swiss chard or another sturdy green. Add avocado for more staying power. The strawberry-balsamic is really what makes the dish, so playing around with it will only lend to more delicious options. Hooray!

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9 More Scotch Tape Life Hacks

9 More Scotch Tape Life Hacks Cellophane Tape Day is back again on May 27th, and with it, we have 9 more scotch tape life hacks for you! Your favorite office supply is here to save the day! Scotch Tape Life Hacks Want to create a floral arrangement that will wow the crowd? Use scotch tape to create a grid. It will hold the flowers in place and allow you to create a beautiful arrangement! Source: The Sweetest Occasion  If you are working on a sewing project and want your seams to be straight, try making diagonal lines with scotch tape. It’s a super simple way to keep you in line (pun intended).  Source: Patricia’s Patchwork  If you have a favorite

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Patty Melt Burger

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20 Genius Paper Clip Hacks

20 Genius Paper Clip Hacks (For Survival And Everyday Use) Hopefully you will have seen our recent tutorial on 10 Ingenious Rubber Band Hacks, now it’s the turn of the paper clip! Here are just a few of the things you can make with your clips: a compass, safety pins or even a small screwdriver to fix your glasses! “SensiblePrepper” takes us through a great demonstration of pure ingenuity. We were suitably impressed with the variety of ideas in this collection of hacks – there is sure to be something new and potent

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Mint Julep Cream Pie

Mint Julep Cream Pie Mint Julep Cream Pie... Don't be deceived by its appearance. One bite and you'll know this rich, creamy dessert is reserved for adults only. Besides the traditional Derby Pie on race day, this minty, creamy drunk pie would be the perfect partner next to it. And let’s be realistic – you can never eat too much pie!

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Decadent Chocolate Custard

Decadent Chocolate Custard This rich and creamy custard can be made entirely on top of the stove---no need to bake in a water bath. Remember to buy a high-quality chocolate for the best flavor. 10 MIN  PREP TIME 1:20  TOTAL TIME 6  (3-OUNCE) SERVINGS

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Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake

Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake This extraordinary dessert, made with crisp chocolate-hazelnut meringue and whipped cream, is simple to make. But pastry chef Daniel Jasso of Portland, Oregon's Genoa restaurant has nicknamed it "the beast", because slicing it can be tricky—the meringue tends to crumble. The solution: Freeze the cake, cut it with a serrated knife and let it return to room temperature before serving.

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Cajun Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken

Cajun Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken A dry rub is a great, versatile way to add flavor to your meat. It can consist of any combination of herbs and spices. In this recipe we made  a delicious dry Cajun-inspired rub.  Dry rubs can actually be used to marinate meat as well! Simply coat the meat with the rub of your choice and let it marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Or, it can sit on the counter for up to an hour to soak in the flavors of the rub. Whether you choose a dry rub or marinade for your rotisserie chicken recipe, be sure to use your Ronco Rotisserie for perfect rotisserie chicken every time. Cajun Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream This simple and easy chocolate ice cream is rich, full of chocolate flavor, and completely egg-free. And you only need 5 ingredients.

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Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie One of the most simple & delicious pies. A combination of tartness & sweet berries paired with a flaky, all-butter crust. It really is summer dessert perfection.

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Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea

Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea Add fruity flavor to basic iced tea with blueberry juice and lemon juice for a refreshing drink that's great for entertaining. 

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Incredible German Chocolate Cake

Incredible German Chocolate Cake This incredible cake is made up of four moist chocolate layers filled with a coconut and toasted pecan filling. Both cocoa powder and high-quality chocolate are used in this cake, making it incredibly chocolatey and decadent. German Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite cakes ever. You will definitely enjoy making this cake. You get four moist chocolate layers filled with a coconut and toasted pecan filling when you make this chocolatey, decadent cake.

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Thick And Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Thick And Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!     If you like a crisp, crunchy, “forked” peanut butter cookie, then you might want to go somewhere else.  If you like a peanut butter cookie that is soft on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside, without having to roll the dough in sugar or fork the tops, then you’ve come to the right place!     As with all cookies, it’s best to:   – Use quality ingredients – a good butter can make a huge difference!   – Use a cookie scoop (warm hands make cookies spread).   – Start with a little less flour, bake a test cookie, then add more flour if needed.  (We don’t want flat cookies, or dry cookies.)   – Consider your environment: altitude, weather, if your oven is calibrated correctly, etc. and make adjustments as necessary.

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Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Pasta Bake

Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Pasta Bake A creamy zesty cheese sauce, tender juicy shrimp, fresh lime juice, and just the right amount of spice without overpowering the other flavors makes this my new go-to pasta dish!  (makes 6-8 servings) Ingredients: 8oz penne pasta 3 Tbs butter, divided 1lb medium sized shrimp, uncooked 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes Ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste For the sauce: 2 Tbs unsalted butter 3-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbs all-purpose flour 3/4 cup milk 8oz light cream cheese

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Bacon Maine-Lobster And Tomato Sliders

Bacon Maine-Lobster And Tomato Sliders Lobster dishes don't have to be complex or even difficult to prepare. Here's one for sliders with bacon & tomato and they're simple to prepare. Perfect as a main course, or as one delicious addition to an appetizer Ingredients:

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My Real German Apple Strudel

My Real German Apple Strudel This is a strudel recipe straight from Germany. This recipe is great topped with ice cream, whipped cream or even milk. Hope you enjoy it.

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Pear And Turkey Sausage Rigatoni

  Pear And Turkey Sausage Rigatoni The sweet pear, salty sausage and creamy blue cheese are a wonderful combination in this dish. It tastes just like something you'd get at a great restaurant.

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Watermelon Martinis

Watermelon Martinis Fresh watermelon makes this martini a perfect summer cocktail! Enjoy it at your next back yard party but be careful of drinking too many!

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Blackberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda

Blackberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda Who doesn’t like a good Ice Cream Soda? Well, you are in for a treat today with a recipe for a Blackberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda! To get started, mix 3 cups of plain greek yogurt in a bowl with 2/3 cup of honey {or sugar}. Mix together and then add vanilla bean from 1 vanilla bean stalk. {just slice the vanilla bean stalk in half and scrap out the beans, then discard the stalk} Mix together all ingredients until completely combined. Cover and then store in refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. Pour yogurt mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturers directions. If you do not have an ice cream maker, pour mixture

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Peaches And Cream Dump Cake

Peaches And Cream Dump Cake Peaches & Cream Dump Cake – made with just 6 ingredients and perfect for feeding a crowd! It's an easy, delicious, and enjoyable dessert.

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Decadent Chocolate Eclair

. Decadent Chocolate Eclair Smooth & silky cream inside of a pastry dough and covered with a rich dark chocolate makes this chocolate eclair the ultimate pleasure.   Save I’m a huge fan of eclairs. Given that they are covered with rich dark chocolate glaze, they officially take a top place in my favourite desserts rating.  Save   THIS CHOCOLATE ECLAIR RECIPE IS LIGHT AND SO ADDICTING. I’M TELLING YOU, IT’S HARD TO RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO EAT THE WHOLE BATCH. Save At first, the process might seem complicated. But believe me, it is easy as a pie. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making these chocolate eclairs like a pastry chef. Save Save

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Salted Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies

. Salted Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies Okay, so this cookie is soooo good. Let's break it down. Dark chocolate + buttery pecans + a crack of salt = the best cookie you ever ate.

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Blue Long Island Iced Tea

Blue Long Island Iced Tea Once upon a time, it must have occurred to someone that the Long Island Iced Tea was nearly perfect, except for one thing: it wasn’t blue. This is a variation on the popular Long Island Iced Tea known as the Blue Long Island or an Electric Blue. Its very similar to the Long Island but instead of coke use blue curacao.

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Dairy Delicious Dip

. Dairy Delicious Dip Munching on fruit becomes so much more fun when there's a sweet, creamy dip to dunk your slices in. And this recipe is quick and easy.

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Butter Rum Toffee

. Butter Rum Toffee Here's a lusciously warm and toasty Butter Rum Toffee. Sweet, buttery, crunchy, chewy, sticky--it’s everything a candy treat should be. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbsp rum 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt, plus a pinch or two more for sprinkling 1 cup semi-sweet milk chocolate chips (if you want it really chocolatey, add another 1/2 cup) pecans or almonds, toasted and chopped

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Coconut, Raspberry & Blueberry Ice Cream

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Spicy Chicken Legs And Cauliflower Couscous

Spicy Chicken Legs And Cauliflower Couscous (With Cherries, Pistachios, and Mint) Let us guide you through the process of making yourself a dinner that can only be described as a flavour experience. The fresh taste of mint in the couscous side is perfectly blended with tangy cranberries, while the chicken adds a kick to your plate by packing some spice.

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Smoky Beans Recipe

Smoky Beans Recipe These beans are a perfect side dish for any grilled meat this summer. They’re great for picnics, family gatherings or just for supper. Anytime you combine the earthiness of beans with the salty, smoky flavor of bacon, you’re going to have a winner.

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Most Amazing Apple Turnovers

Most Amazing Apple Turnovers   This is a truly one of a kind turnover recipe that seems to blend and compliment the perfect flavor selection to create a delicious turnover.

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Crispy Curry Fried Chicken

Crispy Curry Fried Chicken This Curry Chicken recipe takes the flavor profile to the next level. It will make you moan with pleasure when you bite into it the first time. I have used chicken drumsticks, which take quite awhile to fry to ensure that the insides are fully cooked. The next time, I would use my favourite part of the chicken, the wings. I love eating chicken wings, especially when they are fried till really crispy, yum! 

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Cheesy Baked Macaroni

  Cheesy Baked Macaroni When it comes to pasta, the richer & cheesier, the better. Cheesy Baked Macaroni is a dish that is delicious, cheesy, and a sure crowd pleaser.  My entire family loves pasta; the richer and cheesier, the better. Cheesy Baked Macaroni is one of our favorite pasta dishes. We love it with a toasted sliced of loaf bread with butter, or even garlic bread.

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Homemade Andes Chocolate Mints Bark

* Homemade Andes Chocolate Mints Bark Incredibly simple to make with 4 ingredients, and a minty chocolate taste that you’ll love, what excuse do you have for not making these minty chocolate treats? The one thing that Olive Garden is doing right is offering those delicious Andes mints after dinner. Now, instead of going to Olive Garden (sorry, OG) or buying them off the shelves (which isn’t as fun), I wanted to make my own! These were incredibly simple to make. All you need is chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peppermint extract and green food coloring.  These things kind of make me delusional because I make myself believe that zero calories are involved. After all, it’s minty….? Yeah, I know I’m grasping at straws here, but at the end of the day I’m not eating the entire sheet of mint bark. (…or am I? ;))

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Piña Colada Bars

  Piña Colada Bars These tropical pineapple & coconut bars are the answer to your summer sweet tooth and very easy to make. Piña coladas never tasted so good!   Although there is no actual alcohol in these bars, you can most certainly add some to make these truly a cocktail dessert. See my notes at the bottom of the recipe for suggestions. On the opposite hand, if you don’t like rum, simply omit the extract. You may just need to reduce the baking time by a few minutes. I modeled these piña colada bars after my key lime pie bars because I knew the texture I was going for was a creamy, flavorful filling. I kept the graham cracker crust the same because it’s sturdy, crunchy, and buttery all at the same time. As a sidenote, I loveeee making my own graham crackers, but for this recipe, I actually prefer store-bought. My homemade ones are quite flavorful, and there are so many flavors going on in this filling, I wanted to keep the crust as an afterthought and not so bold like I did for the key lime bars. Plus, any recipe that keeps my oven on the least amount of minutes possible in the summer is a win in my book! (Speaking of… Have you tried my no-bake reader favorite yet? Pinned to Pinterest over 2K times in less than a week!) For the filling, I upped the cream cheese because there is a lot of moisture going into these bars: smooth, creamy sweetened condensed milk, sweet and slightly tart crushed pineapple, a hint of rum extract, and a touch of coconut extract to kick the coconut flavor up a notch. Just like the key lime bars, these will need to cool to room temperature and then sit in the fridge or freezer before they’re ready to cut and serve. It really is the hardest part. Prep only takes 15 minutes, and you can whip up the filling during the 10 minutes it takes to bake the graham cracker crust. This bar is the perfect summery dessert. The coconut sprinkled on top browns just a little bit, so the slight toasted coconut flavor in each bite meshes well with the sweetness and rumminess (?! it’s totally a word right now) of the bar. My favorite part of the bar is the caramelized edges that come from the baking of the pineapple juice. It makes the bars just the right amount of sticky and chewy that belong in a dessert. To make things even more fun, I topped my bars with a maraschino cherry, so it was essentially a chewy cocktail. Now that I’ve typed that, it sounds kind of gross, but I promise, these bars are a tropical dream. If you like piña coladas, you must try this dessert.

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Awesome Blueberry Muffins

Awesome Blueberry Muffins These muffins are extra large and yummy with the sugary-cinnamon crumb topping. I usually double the recipe and fill the muffin cups just to the top edge for a wonderful extra-generously-sized deli style muffin. Add extra blueberries too, if you want!

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Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries

Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries These delicious fries are baked in the oven with garlic, a little olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley – to die for! With these fries, you don’t miss the fact that they are not fried at all, and the garlic smells amazing while it’s baking in the oven. I listed them here as 1 serving which is basically one potato per person, but you could share them if you were serving them as a side. I made two batches and baked them on two baking sheets because the key to making them crisp is to make sure they all lay flay on the baking sheet, you don’t want to crowd the pan.

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Jack Daniel's Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese

Jack Daniel's Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese recipe loaded with hickory smoked peppered bacon, tons of ooey gooey smoky cheese and a selection of spices to wake up all your senses.  This is the mac and cheese of your dreams. Macaroni and cheese has to be the #1 comfort food. But not only that its a simple go to dish.  It is our favorite.  Anytime you ask my 4 year old what she wants for dinner, it's mac and cheese!  Well that makes 3 of us, because with all thay ooey gooey cheese I could certainly eat it every day for the rest of my life and never tire of it. Needless to say I get the chance to create a lot of unbelievable twists on traditional mac and cheese.   I am especially proud of my most recent creation - Jack Daniel's Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese.  After creating bbq sauce, pork chops, grill sauce, pulled pork, a surprising fudgy brownie and cocktail after cocktail  I knew I wanted to create a Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese. It's ready in just 30 minutes and I know you are going to love it!   Dinner's Ready! It's unlike any mac and cheese you have ever eaten.  Jack Daniel's cooks down to leave the perfect smokiness, some maple and a hint of woodsiness to recipes and to me that meant it would be perfect with bacon!!  Oodles of ooey gooey cheese, 12 ounces of hickory smoked peppered bacon and a collection of spices that will wake up your taste buds and leave you completely satisfied makes this the best mac and cheese of your life. *

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Potato Blini With Caviar

* Potato Blini With Caviar Nothing says elegance and sophistication like caviar. For some simple, yet elegant hors d’oeuvres try this Potato Blini with Caviar. This is a twist on a traditional blini, using potato. Topped with herbed sour cream and a dollop of caviar, it is simple and delicious.

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Tropical Fresh Banana Daiquiri

Tropical Fresh Banana Daiquiri   I can’t think of much to compare with the delicate flavor of a banana daiquiri. We’re talking about a fruit that has a sweet flavor that is often understated and more often than not accompanied by some form of sugar or nuts to cheer up its lonely self. However, this tasty recipe relies on good old fashioned bananas, some essential ingredients of the alcohol variety, and a sprinkle of sugar to add to the sweet flavor of this frothy drink. If you’re looking for a step up from your favorite banana smoothie and want a grown up cocktail (I’m talking to the over 21 set–and if you’re not over 21, go make banana bread instead. Ha!), then this is the drink for you. I’m not one to adhere to labels, but this drink definitely has all the bearings of your stereotypical ‘girly drink’. That being said–I’ll have to clarify that I’ve seen plenty of ladies slamming back shots, sipping on a beer, or enjoying a whiskey and coke.

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White Chocolate Blueberry Bars

White Chocolate Blueberry Bars   White Chocolate Blueberry Bars: Fresh homemade blueberry preserves and white chocolate are sandwiched between a sweet oatmeal cookie-like crust. Perhaps you are still deciding on which desserts to make this weekend. Something fruity, Summery and sweet may be on our mind. It just so happens that I have the perfect recipe for you! I was inspired to make this recipe after seeing these Raspberry White Chocolate Streusel Bars by A Kitchen Addiction.  I loved the concept of incorporating berries and white chocolate into a recipe. While I do like the flavor of raspberries, I am not a fan of the little seeds in them so I decided to make my own version of these bars with blueberries. I purchased 2 pints of blueberries and made Blueberry Preserves to fill these little bars with (see additional recipe below). They were a hit with Ken and with the fellow co-workers. I’m sure they will be a hit with your family too. Enjoy the recipe! Recipe: White Chocolate Blueberry Bars     Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins

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Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake is a super easy cake that makes its own hot fudge sauce as it bakes! Perfect with ice cream. I’m telling you, 10 minutes max and you can have this baby in the oven. The ingredients are all simple: there’s nothing to be chopped, melted, sifted, whatever it is that takes extra time. It’s all about minimal effort and maximum wow factor. This recipe is awesome for entertaining, too. You could make the batter, spread it in the pan, top with the brown sugar mixture and then cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Then just pour the hot water on top and bake. This cake has a chewy, almost brownie-like layer on the top and a thick, hot, rich chocolate sauce on the bottom. And it’s divine. Grab a tub of your favourite ice cream and go to town. See how easy it is to make!

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Ginger Crème Brûlée

Ginger Crème Brûlée Some might say creme brulee cannot be improved upon in its classical form of cream, egg yolks and sugar. But ginger adds a zesty kick.

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Milk Chocolate Cake Recipe

Milk Chocolate Cake Recipe This milk chocolate cake recipe is creamy and delicious... as it should be. So grab an ice cold glass of milk and indulge in this delicious treat!

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Coconut Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

* Coconut Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding This recipe is creamy and deliciously rich. If you love the flavour of coconut, this rice pudding is for you. It incorporates a velvety custard into coconut milk-infused jasmine rice and becomes a decadent dessert suitable for entertaining.  coconut vanilla bean rice pudding brulee

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Berry Medley Bombe

Berry Medley Bombe For those who want to make ice cream but fear that they cannot make it because they don't have an ice cream maker, have no more fear the Bombe is here! The Bombe Glacée, or simply a bombe in English, is an ice cream dessert frozen in a spherical mold so as to resemble a cannonball, hence the name. The Bombe comes in many flavors that are fruity and sweet though the most popular one is the Raspberry Bombe. For this Bombe version, I used a combination of berries - a medley of strawberries, raspberries, black and blue berries. I wanted the delicious berries of summer to be represented in this wonderful dessert and to provide some sweet-tangy flavors to this yummy ice cream. The ice cream itself is sweet but the berry sauce is sweet-tangy so you will get a refreshing contrast of flavors. If you prefer just a sweeter version - you can either omit the Lemon from the Berry sauce or you can opt not to make the sauce. We love it with the Berry sauce 'cause of the flavor contrast but feel free to tweak it to your fancy. As my hubby says, this ice cream is deliciously unique as it's a cross between super sweet ice cream and tangy yogurt. We all loved it because not only did it look gorgeously fantastic it was truly refreshingly delicious! Moreover, it's not a complicated dish and something one can easily whip up! Enjoy this fabulous dessert before the summer is over!

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Creamsicle Cupcakes

Creamsicle Cupcakes I couldn't imagine ordering anything else at the ice cream truck.  I don't know why I love them so much.  The citrusy, fresh orange juice against the mellow, rich and creamy ice cream is to die for.

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Golden Brown Cherry Turnovers

* Golden Brown Cherry Turnovers Whether for breakfast or dessert, this golden brown pastry is filled with the sweet and sour tastes of cherries for a taste buds treat. I am of the mindset that food is the best means of communication.  For example, what does roast chicken with root vegetables say if not relaxing on a Sunday afternoon?  Kind of how fresh strawberries say summer is here, homemade chicken noodle soup says get well soon, and lobster drowning in butter says I’m on vacation.  And certainly nothing says I love you like waking up to a plateful of fresh cherry turnovers.  Once you make thes

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Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

* Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies   Once upon a time I made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies recipe.  I loved them, I shared them on my blog, and readers either loved them or not.  Here is a short video showing you how to make them: There were a few “observations” made about my version of this totally-awesome-brownie-recipe that were sinking into my soul… which caused me to lose sleep at night (not really, but I added that for dramatic effect…)  I LOVE MY FIRST VERSION THE WAY IT IS… but I decided to listen those observations to see if I could create an even better Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe and make everyone happy!  Here it is! Okay, first “observation”:  The cookie dough is “grainy.”  Well, I’ve got news for y’all.  Cookie dough is grainy. That’s just the way it is.  In this version, I melted the butter and then whisked in the sugars to see if I could make it less grainy and more dissolved… it might be a little better, but it’s still grainy.  If you’re a cookie dough lover then you know what I mean and you don’t care.  Cookie dough is just (by nature) grainy!  Someone had suggested trying powdered sugar to avoid the whole grainy-thing.  I wasn’t into that.  Real chocolate chip cookie dough must have both white granulated sugar and brown sugar or it doesn’t taste like chocolate chip cookie dough.  So there. Second observation:  The cookie dough layer isn’t thick enough.  In this version, the brownies are baked in a 9×9- inch pan.  The brownie layer and the cookie dough layer are just about even.  That should satisfy just about everyone, right?

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Macadamia Nut Cupcakes

Macadamia Nut Cupcakes (With Bacon & White Chocolate) September 4th is National Macadamia Nut Day! The rich, buttery taste of macadamia nuts make them perfect for use in desserts. Especially cupcakes! Mac Nut Cupcakes. You gotta admit, it’s got a nice ring to it.

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Low-Fat Chocolate Milkshake

Low-Fat Chocolate Milkshake Looking for a low-fat milkshake to keep you cool on hot days? Look no further than Food.com’s chocolate milkshake, an ice cream-free treat that will appease your cravings without wrecking your waistline.  The recipe makes 2 servings approximately 16 ozs each.

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Easy Southern Chicken Pot Pie

* Easy Southern Chicken Pot Pie A super easy Chicken Pot Pie made with Rotisserie Chicken and refrigerated pie crusts. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal. I don’t know what the weather in your neck of the woods is doing, but the kind of weather that makes me crave a warm, hearty meal straight from the oven is just around the corner. Chicken Pot Pie had been one of my favorite comfort foods since I was a child. This Pot Pie is loaded with shredded chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas. With a layer of pie crust on the bottom and one on top, you’ll definitely get your pie crust fix. If you serve this pot pie with a large salad, you can easily get two meals out of it for a family of four. I like to put one of these together on a Sunday afternoon and have leftovers on Monday or Tuesday. If you’re not ready to bake it right away, you can refrigerate it for a few hours covered in plastic wrap. Our local market usually has rotisserie chickens on sale on Sundays, making this a very economical meal. I like a really thick and hearty pot pie so I make my filling so thick it holds its shape when cut. If you like a looser filling, just add a little extra milk of chicken broth.

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No Bake Cheesecake Bars With Fresh Blueberry Sauce

No Bake Cheesecake Bars With Fresh Blueberry Sauce You guys, this cheesecake is extreme! Thick graham cracker crust, a big pile of cheesecake and topped with a sweet blueberry sauce. It’s a cheesecake-lovers dream!   Save Let’s start with the classic graham cracker crust. Place 12 graham cracker sheets into a food processor and blend until you have 2 cups of crumbs. You could also use homemade graham crackers for an extra special touch. Save Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 stick of melted butter and blend until mixed well. Save Press into an 8×8 pan. Save Now, it’s time for this filling. Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, blend 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Save Once well mixed, add 2 cup (1 pint) of HEAVY whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extracts. Mix on high for 3-5 minutes or until thickened.

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Barbecue Bacon Burgers

Barbecue Bacon Burgers A barbecue sauce-glazed juicy burger with crisp grilled bacon, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. When each of the elements is perfect—the burger juicy and medium rare with a smoky char from the grill, the bacon thick cut, crisp, and lacquered in tangy sauce, the onion softened to a sweet, sweet tenderness—it's a flavor combination that's tough to beat. Thing is, we rarely ever receive a perfect barbecue bacon cheeseburger. Here's how to do it. The patty needs to be plenty thick to stand up to the robust flavor of the bacon and barbecue sauce. For burgers like this I like to go a full eight ounces (and share it with somebody if necessary). The best meat is a home-ground blend, but freshly ground chuck from the butcher counter will do. The bacon must be ultra-thick cut. Ideally I'm talking 1/4-inch-thick, which means that if at all possible, you should start with whole slab bacon and have your butcher cut it for you (or just cut it yourself—bacon is remarkably easy to slice with a knife so long as it's well-chilled. Just make sure to remove the rind (that's the part with the nipples on it) if it's present. Cooking the bacon low and slow is key to rendering all the fat out of it and getting it nice and crisp. I build a two-zone fire and cook the bacon over the cool side for a good 15 minutes or so to get the rendering process going. When my burger is a few moments away from finishing, I'll transfer the bacon over to the hot side to crisp up. The result is juicy, shatteringly crisp porky slices that you can bite off with your burger, instead of having the whole thing drag out with each bite. Onions need low, slow heat and attention just like the bacon. They lose lots of moisture and structure as they cook so using thick slices is key. I go about 1/3rd of an inch thick, placing them right in the middle of the hot and cool sections of the grill and letting them cook for as long as the bacon, slowly softening and caramelizing, releasing sugars onto their surface that rapidly brown when you shift the onion over to direct heat right at the end. The sauce can be whatever you'd like

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The Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt

The Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt A Bacon Burger with Two Bacon-Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches as Bun  A little more than a week ago, A Hamburger Today introduced the world to the Hamburger Fatty Melt, a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches as its bun.   And what did the world do?  It spit in our face. Here on this site, and on other sites where it was blogged about, all we heard was, "Where's the bacon?" Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. I went through several iterations of the sandwich, trying different breads and different patty sizes, to find the proper beef-to-bun ratio--to create a burger you could actually fit in your mouth and one that a glutton of normal proportions might actually make. But I guess with something like this, more is more, and so I heeded the call of the internets, and decided to make a second version of this burger with what you all said was the missing ingredient. What you are looking at below, ladies and gents, is the new, improved Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt. Here's the smack on this meat stack. From top to bottom:  ◾ Bacon-stuffed grilled cheese sandwich as bun top  ◾ Bacon  ◾ Cheese  ◾ Four-ounce beef patty  ◾ Bacon-stuffed grilled cheese sandwich as bun bottom Happy now? No? Then get a load of what follows , after the jump

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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Blueberry Crumb Pie Blueberry crumb pie might be my favorite way to make blueberry pie. It’s the sweet crunch against the tart berry and that little hint of cinnamon that reminds me of coffee cake that makes this so perfectly wonderful. BAKING BLUEBERRY CRUMB PIE WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES I have a recipe for blueberry pie filling that requires cooking, but this was made much more simply; just fresh berries, tapioca and a little sugar thrown into a pie crust. BLUEBERRY CRUMB PIE WITH FRESHLY PICKED BLUEBERRIES Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: American

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Best Old Fashioned Pancakes

Best Old Fashioned Pancakes You’ll flip when you realize how easy it is to make your own perfectly-prepared, sunny golden-brown flapjacks from scratch. Total:  22 min             Yield:     4 servings Active:  10 min                 Level:    Easy Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar

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The World's Best Lasagna

The World's Best Lasagna "An authentic recipe with a few more ingredients and takes a little more work, but this made from scratch comfort dish is well worth it."   Ingredients:   3 h 15 m   12 servings   448 cals 1 pound sweet Italian sausage 3/4 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce

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Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken Tenders These restaurant quality chicken fingers by country music legend, Trisha Yearwood, are a favorite you can easily make at home with boneless chicken breasts and pantry ingredients.   Total:    55 min Active:  30 min ------------------------------- Yield:   4 servings ------------------------------- Level:   Easy   Ingredients: Chicken Tenders: 3 cups cheese crackers, such as Cheez-Its, ground into crumbs 1 cup finely grated Parmesan 1/2 cup mayonnaise 

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP MACADAMIA NUT COOKIES

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP MACADAMIA NUT COOKIES I absolutely love White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies. However, this is a recipe with a twist. A cookie recipe with a secret ingredient! These cookies are super delicious, but according to Jennifer Sikora of JenAroundTheWorld.com, the secret ingredient to make them mouth watering is the secret ingredient — Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Chocolate chip cookies are America’s favorite cookies to bake and share, and the sweet, creamy flavor of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract makes this chewy, bakery-style chocolate chip cookie recipe one for the recipe box. If you are used to making just old fashioned Chocolate chip cookies, here are some baking tips that will defini

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TASTY DECADENT CHOCOLATE CAKE

  TASTY DECADENT CHOCOLATE CAKE Basic Chocolate Cakes are really tasty and it is one of the most popular cakes. So, would you like to prepare this decadent cake in your home? Then just follow the recipe outlined here. Total Time: 40 Minutes Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Temperature of Oven: 400 F   Ingredients:

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Cowboy Candy Chicken Skewers

Cowboy Candy Chicken Skewers If you love spicy, these cowboy candy chicken skewers will light you up any meal or snack time with sweet and spicy jalapenos, cilantro and lime!  If you are not familiar with "Cowboy Candy", it is another name for Candied Jalepenos which is a popular treat particularly in the Southwest. Hence the name, Cowboy Candy! Dish Count – 1 Medium Mixing Bowl, 10 Bamboo Skewers Besides eating the cowboy candy with a spoon, we have this recipe for Cowboy Candy Chicken Skewers to answer every sweet and spicy dream you may have!

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Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken This tender chicken is marinated, grilled, and then topped with a delicious Blackberry-Balsamic Glaze. It is easy to throw together and perfect for using up those summer berries!  Today we’re making Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken!  The marinade for this chicken is based off this ever-popular Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Spicy Honey-Bacon Glaze. I changed it up and added smashed berries, but be aware that this turns your chicken a violent shade of purple on the outside. I love it! So colorful. But if you are short on berries, you can use the marinade from the original recipe and just use the berries in the glaze. Either way would be tasty..

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Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza This pizza, and by pizza I mean subtly sweet thick crust topped with a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon streusel crumbs and drizzled with a warm maple glaze, is so distractingly good.  Show me a person who doesn’t like dessert pizza and I will show them this photo/diagram of deep dish cinnamon streusel dessert pizza, and how that barely sweet pillowy crust is just saturated with that butter and sugar cinnamon streusel while still holding on to its textured crumbs on top and how the whole thing is being altogether bear-hugged by that warm maple glaze. Thaaaa Textuuuure. Gives me chills. “But when would I even eat this?” Okay. I know this is breaking the rules on a few levels, but hear me out: Eat it for breakfast. It’s so thick and pillowy and bready, and the cinnamon flavors are so cozy and I swear the flavors taste the better when you are wearing sweatpants and a fleece. At least that’s true if you live in Minnesota and you own items of clothing called “fleeces”. It reminds me of a cinnamon roll in dessert pizza form, or coffee cake pizza. It begs you for a steaming mug of coffee, a big glass of milk, or a shmear of sweet cream butter. But I did not just say that. I think normal people have it for dessert or something. And I guess that’d work. Deep Dish Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza

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Chicken Fajita Cauliflower Rice Bowls

Chicken Fajita Cauliflower Rice Bowls Because a diet without Mexican food is one we can't stick to.   TOTAL TIME: 0:45 PREP: 0:20 LEVEL: EASY

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Dumplings With Caramel Sauce

Cinnamon Roll Apple Dumplings With Caramel Sauce Two great desserts, apple dumplings and cinnamon rolls, combined and topped with a rich creamy caramel sauce to make one great dessert. * I am so excited about this recipe!  When coming up with new recipes, I always try to think of desserts that our family enjoys.  Apple dumplings and cinnamon rolls are definitely two of them.  So I thought why not combine them into one dessert; I did and they turned out wonderful!  I decided to use canned cinnamon rolls to make the preparation easy and the recipe simple.  To top them off, I made a rich creamy caramel sauce.  I loved how these came out and I’m glad that I thought of a new dessert to add to our collection 🙂  I hope you enjoy them too!   Ingredients: 6 small apples, peeled and cored 1 (8 count)  can of cinnamon rolls 1/4 C butter, softened 1/2 C brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla sauce:  1 C brown sugar 1/2 C butter 1/4 C maple syrup 1/4 C cream * Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a baking dish. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla; set aside. *

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One Skillet Peach Glazed Chicken

One Skillet Peach Glazed Chicken A healthy dinner is ready with only 5 minutes of preparation! This One Skillet Peach Glazed Chicken is a fast, fresh, and family-friendly meal to take advantage of summer’s produce. Hi, friends! If you saw my recent Weekend Recap, then you know that I snagged quite a few quarts of white and yellow peaches from our farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago. Over the course of that week, we devoured them in these ice cream desserts, in a healthy breakfast cobbler, and in this savory dish for supper. When it’s peach season, we take full advantage! Since I’m especially busy at the moment with three little kids at home for the summer, I don’t have much time to get dinner on the table in the evening. Instead, I rely on quick-fix options — with bonus points when there are minimal dishes to wash afterwards. This one-skillet dinner fits the bill! I browned boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a pan before simmering the peach sauce. The thighs are cheaper than breast meat, and I think that they stay juicier and have more flavor than boneless breasts. If you prefer chicken tenders or chicken breasts, either of those options will also work here. You’ll just have

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Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwich   (With Strawberry Hot Sauce and Arugula) It's time to celebrate all things cheesy and this grilled cheese with some unique flavor combos may just become your new favorite meal. You may look at the ingredient list and wonder about this grilled cheese recipe. You have to understand that I love food chemistry and flavor combinations, and I promise I would never steer you wrong. You will have to trust me on this grilled cheese recipe. It is so worth making. The sweetness of the strawberry jam just “works” with the peppery finish of the hot sauce and arugula. The cream cheese adds the creaminess mouth feel and the flavors create a party in your mouth! To create these delicious sandwiches is so easy! First we want to create the strawberry hot sauce. Just combine the strawberry jam and cayenne pepper sauce in a microwave safe dish. Cover and heat. Heating the two together help mesh the flavors together. Do this first so it has time to cool off. Heat a pan and coat one side of the bread with butter. Spread on cream cheese and add pepper jack to one slice, then spread the special strawberry hot sauce on the other. Add another slice of pepper jack then top the one side with fresh arugula. Finish heating then blend the two halves together. This grilled cheese is super cheesy and delicious! 

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Best Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

Best Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake combines three great things – cake, strawberries and cheesecake – into a beautiful dessert that is perfect for celebrating any fun day! When trying to figure out what spin to put on the traditional dessert, this cheesecake was one of a few ideas that quickly came to mind. It’s such a great showcase for the strawberries and with a full layer of shortcake on the bottom, you get the full strawberry shortcake experience layered right into a cheesecake! I started off making this recipe by making the shortcake. Believe it or not, I’d never made a shortcake from scratch before! Shortcake is a little different than your typical cake. It’s a little like a sweet biscuit, but with a slightly cakey-er texture. It’s more crumbly than a cake, though. So for the shortcake recipe, I went straight to the experts – Driscoll’s. I borrowed the shortcake from their favorite strawberry shortcake recipe. It is so easy to make. Even easier to make than a cake. The shortcake is topped with a thin layer of cheesecake, just to hold things together, and then topped with whole strawberries. Aren’t they beautiful nestled in there?

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Peach Melba Ice Cream Pie

Peach Melba Ice Cream Pie This recipe offers a modern take on this classic dessert, spinning peaches, raspberries and vanilla ice cream into a decadent frozen pie on a vanilla wafer–cookie crust. INGREDIENTS Crust: ¼ c. butterscotch or caramel ice cream topping 2 tbsp. Stick Butter 28 vanilla wafer cookies

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Sweet Corn Fritters

Sweet Corn Fritters These easy to make Sweet Corn Fritters will enhance any meat and veggies meal you have planned to make this week. Give 'em a try!

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Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie

  Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie (with Chocolate Whipped Cream) Believe it or not, bacon, chocolate, and pecan pie go together like peas, carrots and Forrest Gump. This pie is filled with layer upon layer of wonderful, sweet and savory flavors. Because believe it or not, bacon, chocolate, and pecan pie go together like peas, carrots and Forrest Gump. This pie is filled with layer upon layer of wonderful, sweet and savory flavors. All this nutty, bacon-y, chocolate-y goodness starts with a flaky, buttery crust. Next comes our variation on a traditional pecan pie filling. Adding semi-sweet chocolates, candied bacon, AND smooth bourbon to our toast pecans gives this pie a “Yeah, baby!” flavor explosion. Top this dreamy pie with a dollop of Chocolate Whipped Cream for a pie that is perfection on a plate. Ingredients: Basic Pie Crust: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 2 – 4 tablespoons chilled water Chocolate Bacon-Pecan filling:

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The Best Chewy Sugar Cookies

The Best Chewy Sugar Cookies These sugar cookies may be thin, but they're soft and chewy and will melt in your mouth with their wonderful vanilla-infused sugar flavor.  These sugar cookies have always been favorites of mine.  My Grandma and my mom would make them often during my childhood.  Do not be deceived by their thickness because though they are thin they are not hard and crispy.  But they aren’t puffy and cake-like, either.  They are soft and chewy and will melt in your mouth with their wonderful vanilla-infused sugar flavor.

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Romaine Caesar Salad

Romaine Caesar Salad The Romaine Caesar Salad--a combination of savory, creamy, tangy, and crunchy ingredients are what make it some kinda tasty stuff, not to mention, makes it the default second salad option at every single major restaurant chain in the country: even when mass-produced.

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Papaya Lime Soup

Papaya Lime Soup It's quick, it's easy & for a tropical presentation, serve this soup in hollowed-out papaya shell halves & sprinkle with mint & diced mango.

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My Southern Fried Catfish

My Southern Fried Catfish This flaky fried catfish is laced with a special 9 ingredient homemade Creole Seasoning resulting in a fish dinner with a kick. Ingredients: CREOLE SEASONING 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 1/2 tablespoons pepper 1 tablespoon ground red pepper 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon d

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Praline Bacon

. Praline Bacon (How to Make the Ultimate Bacon Snack) This is the ultimate way to eat bacon! Center cut bacon pressed with brown sugar and pecans roasted until the brown sugar caramelizes...it's meaty salty sweet delicious! Ingredients   Bacon 6 Ounce (center cut)   Almonds 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (or Toasted pecans)   Packed dark brown sugar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)

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My Classic Strawberry Shortcake

My Classic Strawberry Shortcake You’ll never (ever) go back to using those spongy, yellow packaged cake cups once you’ve made these rich, crumbly biscuits – they soak up the macerated strawberry juice but don’t fall apart or turn soggy.

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Best Southern Fried Chicken

Best Southern Fried Chicken Southern Fried Chicken is so good. I mean, really, really good. A good cast iron skillet, fresh chicken, a dash of hot sauce & good buttermilk and you’ll have perfect Southern Fried Chicken every time!

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Healthy Applesauce Cake

Healthy Applesauce Cake This grain+gluten+refined sugar free Applesauce Cake is fun to bake in heart shapes or muffins, and also works in a rectangular baking pan. These sweet little cakes also make delicious gifts! PREP TIME 5 mins   COOK TIME 35 mins   TOTAL TIME 40 mins INGREDIENTS Serves 15  

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Brilliant Veggie Burger

Brilliant Veggie Burger (VEGGIE AND VEGAN, TOO) “These beautiful veggie and vegan burgers are teamed up with homemade spiced vegan mayo and crispy onion rings for an absolute treat-of-a-burger. Enjoy! ” SERVES 4 COOKS IN1H 20M DIFFICULTYNOT TOO TRICKY

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Cheddar Creamed Spinach

Cheddar Creamed Spinach If you’ve never made creamed spinach from scratch, you may not know how easy it is to make. And it is so much yummier (and healthier) than the store-bought kind.

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Summer Squash Stack

Summer Squash Stack (With Fried Egg and Spicy Breadcrumbs) This is a killer way to start your morning and makes an impressive yet simple brunch dish. The key to highlighting tender sweet summer squash and tomatoes is a bright herb packed green sauce. For an even lighter meal, try poaching the eggs instead of frying them.

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The Best Cheese Soufflé

Cheese Soufflé These flaky French puffed pastries can be enjoyed at just about any time of day. Serve with berries for a breakfast treat, or with a salad (or a pitcher of spicy bloody mary cocktails) for a light afternoon brunch or luncheon. Although Gruyere is the traditional cheese of choice, you can experiment with your favorite cheese, or even a blend of cheeses. These tasty treats have surpassed all other dishes to become my ultimate comfort food. You should give it a try the next time you are looking to prepare something warm and savory. Make in ramekins for personal servings, or in a dedicated soufflé dish.   The Best Cheese Soufflé                 Servings 6

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Easy Pleasey Meatballs Over Buttered Noodles

Easy Pleasey Meatballs Over Buttered Noodles Would you like to make the most amazing and easy meatballs with gravy! Prepared in a slow cooker, this recipe couldn't be any easier! Serve over buttery hot cooked noodles and you'll have a happy crowd!  Ingredients:        3 h 15 m   24 servings   492 cals

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Raspberry Popovers

Raspberry Popovers This light baked pastry is easy to make and perfect for any time of day. Enjoy this recipe blog written by Annalise over at CompletelyDelicious.com I first fell in love with popovers in college. I remember my roommates and I would make a batch sometimes late at night, slather them with strawberry jam and talk about all the things that girls in their early twenties do. Boys, probably. I didn’t have much luck with the boys in college, so there were a lot of popovers. Looking back I think I made out pretty good. I’d trade any of those guys for a dozen popovers any day. Popovers are a simply wonderful treat that I think most people completely forget about. The batter is almost identical to crepe batter, but thanks to high oven temperatures and a special popover pan the batter puffs and gets a little crisp on the outside while the almost hollow center stays soft and chewy. Popovers can take on a wide variety of flavors and add-ins but I think these raspberry popovers are my favorite. They’re fresh and flavorful. I baked them one afternoon with my friend  Becky while we talked about boys&m

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (With Cream Cheese Icing) Carrot cake is one of my favorite types of cake to make and eat! However, today I present to you the cookie version! I consider these fairly healthy in that they are made with some quick oats and whole wheat flour along with a good amount of carrot to let the natural flavor really come through. They made for some deliciously spiced, soft, chewy cookies that would very much so qualify for breakfast. (makes 18 small cookies or 12 large ones) Ingredients: 1 cup quick oats 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt

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Best Egg and Sausage Casserole

Best Egg and Sausage Casserole This recipe is easy to make and always a hit! Co-workers, friends, family members... Anyone that tries this dish will come back begging for more! Ingredients:      50 min   12 servings   341 cals 1 pound pork sausage 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough 8 eggs, beaten

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Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza

Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza This is not a recipe for a week night after work. They take time to make, but they are worth it. So get this on your calendar for a Saturday afternoon or evening and enjoy this hardy meal. Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza   crust:  4 c. flour 3 t. cornmeal 1 3/4 t. salt 2 3/4 t. quick yeast

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Lemon Meringue Tartlets

Lemon Meringue Tartlets The tangy goodness of the lemon curd encased in gorgeous, buttery shortcrust pastry and topped with sweet Italian meringue is what makes this such a classic combination, not to mention simply divine! So I have a wonderful little treat for you all… these gorgeous, bite sized Lemon meringue tartlets. You could of course use a good store bought substitute for the lemon curd and pastry, but both are relatively simple to make, can be made ahead of time if you like, and unless you find an amazing store bought product, the finished result will be infinitely better if you make it from scratch.    Lemon Meringue Tartlets This recipe makes 12 tartlets approximately 4.5 cm in diameter and 2 cm deep. Rather than using tartlet tins, I used a mini muffin tray to bake these cases.  Although you only need 1/2 portion of the sweet pastry, I recommend making a full batch as the other half will store well in the fridge or freezer.  Likewise, you’ll have more than enough lemon curd, although any leftovers goes well stirred into yoghurt served with fruit, or spread on toast for breakfast (yum!). What You’ll Need

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Top 10 Images Hidden On A $1 Bill

Top 10 Images Hidden On A $1 Bill  Take out your wallet and find a one dollar bill.  You’re going to want to keep one handy for this list, and if you’re in another country, I apologize, because this list deals with the American dollar.  Keep reading though, you may find it interesting even if it’s not your currency. #10. The Eye It may not be exactly hidden, but the largest mystery surrounding the one dollar bill deals with the eye floating above the pyramid.  The pyramid contains 13 states to symbolize the 13 original colonies, and is unfinished to indicate the future of the country.  But no one knows what the eye, surrounded by rays of light, symbolizes.  One idea is that it’s represents “eye of God”, but a conspiracy theory is that the eye is the “all-seeing eye” of the Freemasons, and the fact that it’s on the dollar bill is proof the majority of the founding fathers belonged to the Freemasons. #9. Branch Letter On the left side of the front face of the one dollar bill, there is a circle with a letter in the center.  You’ve likely looked at that letter thousands of times in your life, without ever understanding what it actually means.  That letter represents which Federal Reserve bank printed the number.  Here’s the full list, so that you can discover where your dollar bill was printed: Boston  – A, New York – B, Philadelphia – C, Cleveland – D, Richmond – E, Atlanta – F, Chicago – G, St. Louis – H, Minneapolis – I, Kansas City – J, Dallas – K, San Francisco – L. #8. MDCCLXXVI

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

  Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding Chocolate pudding shouldn't just be rich & creamy and fun to eat. It should also be easy to make. This one's not only easy, it's fast!