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Slow Berry Cobbler = Genius

Slow Berry Cobbler in a Slow Cooker

We recently attended a potluck barbeque and I wanted something summer-fruity and easy to make. This Slow Berry Cobbler was the answer! This recipe uses Bisquick. (Don’t have Bisquick? You can make your own.) The topping doesn’t turn golden brown because it’s cooked in a slow cooker, I’d recommend a high-quality ice cream or whipping cream to compensate. … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Indonesian Beef Curry & Homemade Naan

I am cookoo for coconuts. Maybe I come from an island people? My favorite asian dishes include coconut milk, curry, and lime, like Noodles & Company Thai Curry Soup and Tom Kah Gai. I was excited to find a slow cooker recipe which incorporates all of these flavors. I served with basmati rice, lime wedges, and plain … Continue reading

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Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips & Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

This is a favorite meal of ours. It’s a light version of Parmesan Chicken that I usually prepare as baked chicken strips. The strips are crispy because of pre-toasting panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs. They aren’t as moist as fried strips, so I recommend serving with plenty of dipping sauce, like marinara. The chicken uses four … Continue reading

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Scones: The Hoity-Toitest Quick Bread

Scones seemed so hoity toity when I was young. Like it was only to be consumed on special occasions. The first time I made them I was surprised at how easy they are. Such a payoff – instant fancy. I’ve included two scone recipes: one sweet, one savory. Fast Raspberry Scones and Roasted Red Pepper Scones. They … Continue reading

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It’s Crunchy. It’s Sweet. It’s Spicy.

Spicy Brittle

This is a recipe that my mom tore out of a magazine and sent to me. I love getting mail from her. It usually consists of articles about childhood development, healthy lifestyles, and the occasional recipe. This time it was Spicy Brittle. What? It sounded so odd. But it looked delicious. At the top she wrote, “If … Continue reading

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The “Mochachino” Cookie, Hold the Foam

I’m a coffee enthusiast, an unintentional coffee snob. In my opinion if you can see though the coffee, it’s probably not strong enough. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy flavoring & cream in my coffee. But I’ve been disappointed with the lack of coffee infused desserts, especially cookies. Well, the day has finally arrived, … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chili Tacos

I love chicken tacos, so I was delighted to find a slow cooker version in Everyday Food. Although this dish has few ingredients it has a complex flavor because of the chipotle chilies, which come canned for less than $2 in the Mexican food section. Freeze leftover chilies in a zip top bag for later. This … Continue reading

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The Mighty Black Bean: Black Bean Tostadas or Burritos

This protein-packed pantry item really comes in handy. If I am out of a protein options and want to stretch the budget, I keep these stocked, as well as, some tortillas just in case. Yesterday, thirty minutes before dinnertime, I made this quick “Mexican Pizza” for the kids & they enjoyed it. The beauty of … Continue reading

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Bagawk! Chicken Broth and Red Curry Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Efficiency in the kitchen is not always easy. So when I find pairings that save me time, I take note. Here is one such combination: Chicken Broth and Chicken Salad. Since chicken salad requires cooked chicken, use the cooking process to make a flavorful broth. Homemade broth is superior to store-bought broth. You can freeze it … Continue reading

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The Versatile Crepe

Crepes are so versatile — they can be sweet or savory, served for breakfast or for dinner. And depending on the filling, they can be a healthier alternative to syrup-heavy pancakes. Here’s the basic recipe and two options for serving. Basic Crepes Ingredients 1 cup flour (or whole wheat) 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp … Continue reading

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No Need to Knead (Olive Oil Pizza Crust) from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day

Pizza if Five Minutes A Day

This is the best crust. It’s from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This pizza crust, as with all breads from this book, kneading is not necessary and the wet dough will last in the refrigerator for 12 days. You can bake it when you need it and it is delicious! One batch makes four … Continue reading

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Roasted Sweet-Potato Fries

Roasting is one of my favorite methods of cooking vegetables. It’s easy and the flavor that develops is unmatched. These “no fry” Roasted Sweet-Potato Fries are a hit. I’ve even tried it with carrots; the kids love it! Also, here’s a useful list from Eating Well about cooking veggies (scroll down to the alphabetical list). Roasted Sweet-Potato … Continue reading

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Black Bean Salsa

salsa & chips

Now that summer is here, try this great alternative to traditional salsa with protein to boot! This recipe is flexible, add more veggies to substitute if you don’t have enough of something else. Enjoy! Black Bean Salsa  Refrigerate for 2 hours, serve with tortilla chips. Combine the following ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Protein Bars for Parkour-Training Husband

These protein bars aren’t for me or the kids, but my hubby loves them for his insane workouts and parkour training. I got this recipe from my friend Tina and they are a hit! (By the way, if you make them with chocolate powder, they taste like no bake cookies.) Protein Bars  Spray a 9 … Continue reading

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