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“From-a-mix” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

About this time of year, many of us find ourselves baking cookies, brownies, and bars to bring to end-of-the-year events. I went searching for some easy treats and found a brownie mix cookie. It reminded me of an old recipe from a friend, a chocolate cookie made from a cake mix, all sandwiched together with … Continue reading

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Need Party Food? Try Wonton Cups

Around this time of year most of us have parties or potlucks, which require some time in the kitchen. Here is something new to try, Wonton Cups. It’s an edible cup, a unique delivery system for a variety of sweet or savory fillings. If you have an oven, muffin tins, and some cooking spray you can make them. They … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Part I brought us Crispy Rosemary Chicken (with Grape Nuts) Part II, Taco Casserole Now presenting the BIG finale… ….The Return Of The Chicken… Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake made with Stove Top Stuffing. It’s a great tasting casserole that is quick and easy. Perfect for Thanksgiving week when stuffing is on sale. So stock … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part II – Taco Casserole & Refried Beans

Part Two is a family favorite found on the side of Ortega Taco Shells box. It’s a recipe for Taco Casserole. They make great leftovers as is, or serve heated on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as a “taco salad.” Yum! And bonus, it’s less messy than tacos. To stretch out this meal, I … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part I – Crispy Rosemary Chicken with Grape Nuts

Recently I found myself saying in disbelief, “Thanksgiving? NEXT week already?” This is one of those rare occasions where we find ourselves hosting Thanksgiving – how fun! The challenge will be paring down the menu & time management.  In the meantime, I present the “Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy.” A compilation of my favorite recipes found on the box. … Continue reading

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Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

I love squash, especially butternut. This wonderful warm squash salad includes chickpeas, garlic, red onions, and cilantro, though I substituted cilantro for fresh chives. It’s coated in an acidic & nutty dressing featuring lemon, garlic and tahini. (Tahini is sesame seed paste used in Middle Eastern foods, like hummus.) This dish is so delicious, it’s … Continue reading

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Ancho Chili Chicken & Steak Fajitas

This is a great weekday quick cook, especially if you prep your ingredients the night before or even in the morning. I modified the original steak-only recipe by doubling the ancho chili marinade and adding chicken to the mix. These Chicken & Steak Fajitas make great leftovers and take-away lunches. Serve it with black bean salsa, sour … Continue reading

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Pork Tenderloin with Figs, Apricots, and Shitake Mushrooms & Barley Mushroom Risotto

I wanted to make a special meal for my family so I settled on a Pork Tenderloin with Figs, Apricots and Shitake Mushrooms. And it’s from crockpot.com. This dish is simple, only eight ingredients and it cooks in three hours. I served it with Barley-Mushroom Risotto and No-Knead Rosemary Parmesan Peasant Loaves. Enjoy! Pork Tenderloin with Figs, … Continue reading

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Fresh Cherry Sauce & Very Cherry Tres Leche Cake

Cherries are delightful. This week I found 11 pounds of cherries for $16. I think that I’ve finally figured out how to pit them. I used the tip of the vegetable peeler. Using the sharp-rounded tip to poke through the cherry’s top, then once under the pit gently scoop up to remove it — it’s all … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Not to digress, but have I been living under a rock? It didn’t even occur to me that Williams Sonoma would have RECIPES online. WHAT!?! So much to cook, so little time! On to the Moroccan dinner… I was looking for another slow cooker recipe, so that I don’t have to cook wearing the baby sling … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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