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Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t. Sometimes I feel like a nut…especially on Day 38 of a 40-day marathon. But tonight is serious business. It’s a school work night and we need fuel for laminating. I’ve got some colleagues joining me, who have grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free preferences, therefore, I’ll whip these up. Amazingly, I actually prefer … Continue reading

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Freezer Meatballs on Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti, All Covered with Cheese. 

A big batch meatball freezer meal.

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Monster Cookies

Halloween Candy Monster Cookies

Yea, so we have leftover Halloween candy; enough fun-sized M&Ms to make a double batch of these soft, peanut-buttery Monster cookies. I lost count of how many 16-piece fun-sized packets I had to open. It was worth it. I was able to get some of this candy into a cookie and out the door. This … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Nutella Sandwich Cookies with Sea Salt

Nutella Valentine

I made some Nutella treats for Valentine’s Day. The first is a Puppy Chow, which replaces the peanut butter with Nutella, and uses cocoa powder instead of powdered sugar. See the recipe at the bottom of this post. It is fantastic. The other treat is a fancy-pants Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Sandwich Cookies by The Faux Martha. Yup, … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting by BON APPÉTIT

A few years back, after having slept for a few hours, I woke up to fireworks nearby. I thought, “Who would be shooting off fireworks at this hour? Grrr….” And then I remembered that it was New Year’s Eve. Lame. This year, we’re going to out and we’re bringing something to share. I had leftover sour … Continue reading

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Molasses Cookies

Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Molasses cookies remind me of my dad. Back in the day, he used to buy the Archway molasses cookies for my sister and me. I’ve always loved their simplicity; the flavor of gingerbread, but in a soft cookie. This year, I wanted to find a recipe to bake for my family and I made a … Continue reading

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Roasted Broccoli and Garlic soup

Roasted Broccoli Soup with Roasted Garlic by Food & Wine

I know, roasting again? Yes, I looked it up and I’ve posted recipes about roasted brussels sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, red peppers, kale, and grapes. It’s my favorite method because it’s just so flavorful and can be done in a big batch. Well, here are two more for the list: broccoli and garlic. First off, … Continue reading

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Panzanella Caprese

Panzanella Salad, Caprese-Style

We enjoy this “White Bean Panzanella Salad” from my America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Cookbook. It kind of reminds me of Caprese Salad, which features tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Caprese meet Panzanella. Panzanella, meet Caprese.  I added fresh mozzarella pearls to ATK’s Panzanella. The result is a fresh and substantial salad; it’s a meal in itself. Recipe Recommendations: … Continue reading

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samoa scones

Samoa Scones with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Glaze

This is a scone version of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. (The original Coconut Scone recipe can be found here). They feature coconut in three ways: coconut milk (instead of regular milk), shredded coconut, and coconut extract. In order to “Samoa” it, I added chocolate chips to the mix, and topped it with chocolate drizzle and toasted … Continue reading

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Biryani & Naan

Slow Cooker Lamb Biryani and Scallion Cheese Stuffed Naan

I recently checked out The Indian Slow Cooker cookbook from the library and found this recipe for Biryani, which is what I order at an Indian restaurant. The meat is marinated in ginger, garam masala, tumeric, cilantro, mint, and garlic, then topped with saffron-laced basmati. It is a fantastic big batch meal that we’ll add to the rotation. For … Continue reading

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America's Test Kitchen French Toast

America’s Test Kitchen French Toast with Challah

A Trader Joe’s expert just took me on a tour of the store, showing me her favorites. She showed me the best deals and gave tips on what to buy elsewhere for budget sake. One of the most memorable parts of the trip was finding the challah bread. I’ve been searching for challah for some time, … Continue reading

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sugar cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies with a Hint of Lemon

These Frosted Sugar Cookies go way back, a family favorite from my husband’s childhood. They are soft on the inside, with a hint of lemon throughout. They are perfect for any time of year, simply use seasonal sprinkles and colors. This batch is for class tomorrow. Happy Birthday to my Cupcake and Little Monkey! Where did the … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Bun with frosting

Cinnamon Buns using “Five Minutes a Day” Brioche

After years of searching for the cinnamon buns recipe and I’ve finally found it. This is not a drill! It’s a Brioche dough (i.e. a highly-enriched sweet bread, which using butter and eggs to produce a tender and flaky crust). Better yet, it’s a “Five Minutes A Day” bread. I’ve professed my love for Bread … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mint Dreams

Chocolate Mint Dreams by Taste of Home

Our new favorite to Christmastime cookie (by Taste of Home). It’s a sandy chocolate cookie, with a minty icing and a drizzle of chocolate. What else can I say? Chocolate Mint Dreams Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate … Continue reading

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caramel popcorn

Salted Caramel Corn

This year, my husband and I were both separately “suckered” into buying some Boy Scout popcorn, not knowing of the other’s purchase. (I couldn’t help it, the Scout came to the door and he had a lisp. “Of course, I’ll thupport the Boy Thcouth,” I thought. It was just too cute.) So, we have lots … Continue reading

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