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Monthly Archives: February 2014

I truly have the most kind, giving and loving sister ever. I can be a bit miserly when it comes to what I deem unneeded kitchen equipment (old fashioned, from scratch, made by hand – all the way for this girl) – I fully admit this, and have been proven wrong in this sentiment many times. One such time recently,…

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Yummy baklava: flaky, nutty, honey syrup drenched goodness. Truth is it can definitely be one of those pastries that are hit or miss depending on where you get it. It can arrive either too dry or too soggy, but if you are lucky like I am you have discovered a go to place to get that perfectly balanced baklava. However,…

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Confession time, I used to hate pork chops.   My love hate relationship with them began early.  If you’ve ever eaten a dry, overcooked, pork chop with iffy flavoring you’d understand why one might not want to ever eat one again.  (I’m not a huge fan of the “cook it till it’s dead” approach.  Sure you will never have to…

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(Pictured – Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes) After seeing how easy and few ingredients it takes to make pancakes from scratch, you will never want to buy a store bought mix again. Who does not love a nice fluffy pancake?!? Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk (you can substitute…

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Ooey gooey cheesy dips, rank high up on my list of favorite food indulgences. This dip has all those components , and a hint of the smoky spicy warmth the chili adds to the party. Ingredients: 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese 2 teaspoons taco seasoning 1 cup chili 1 cup cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven 350°F. Combine cream cheese…

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Everyone has a differing view on what makes an excellent chili. Meat/non meat, all different types of meat, endless spice/veggie options – the list can keep going from there. This version of chili that I developed over years – even pleases the pickiest of palates. Feel free to change this recipe up as you see fit – that’s what keeps…

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There are few things my children love to eat more than – donuts. The problem is although delicious, they are empty calorie bombs. It is my belief everything is alright in moderation. So my three munchkins are still able to indulge in those sinful fried treats every now and again. However, I decided that I could make them  some donut…

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It’s February, and like Clive Barker wrote (in The Thief of Always) “The great grey beast February had eaten me alive.”  (Well.. not me, Harvey Swick the main character but hey, it works here too!) It’s been so grey, so snowy, so cold, it seems like winter will never end.  Which has me dreaming of tropical climes with their powder…

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This winter has been brutal. So to bring a little summer back into my life, I made my favorite blueberry vinaigrette. In late July my family loves to go blueberry picking. We tend to pick several pounds, and what we do not use right away we freeze. Then we can enjoy blueberry goodness whenever we want.  Homemade salad dressings are…

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As you might have guessed… my sister and I love to cook but better yet make memories while we do it.  A while ago we came up with the idea to try to meet up once a month for a themed dinner party.  The rules were simple, the host chose the theme and the dishes had to mostly be new…

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