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January 26, 2016

Who doesn’t like dip, or beans and cheese? It is pretty much the perfect combination. Add a bit of spice, and it makes for something real nice! This Layered Bean and Tomato Nacho Dip is full of flavor, easy to make, and full of fresh-from-the-garden (or –produce aisle) ingredients. What does the recipe take?  No more than a quick stop at the market, some chopping here, some blending there, and voilà!  The recipe makes 2½ cups, but if you aren’t able to devour the whole thing (I may or may not... more

January 15, 2016

If you’ve never tried bulgur, we guarantee you that the following Bulgur With Butternut Squash and Chard recipe will be the perfect introduction; it’s easy, quick, healthy, and scrumptious. What is Bulgur? Bulgur is a Middle Eastern staple grain derived from durum wheat. In the days before mechanization, bulgur was made collectively: Men harvested the wheat, and women separated the wheat from the chaff. The wheat was boiled for hours in huge pots until it split, and then it was dried in the... more

December 22, 2015

This Chicken Chasseur recipe is simple-to-make. I used chicken strips, as they are very lean and easy to cut into bite-size pieces. Since I was cooking this dish for a party, I made this chicken dish the night before, so I deliberately added a cup more broth to “marinate” the chicken. I reheated the chicken in a slow cooker. You could easily thicken the broth with a bit more flour, which is what I’m going to do with the leftovers, and serve it with rice. I really love the combination of flavors... more

December 6, 2015

Rugelach are delicious Jewish pastries that usually have a cream cheese–based dough and can be filled with anything from raspberry jam to cinnamon and sugar or chocolate and nuts. The word literally means “little twists” in Yiddish. However, after making and trying the rugelach recipe from Everyday Baking, the translation seems to have changed a little to mean “heaven in cookie form” in my home … My grandmother makes us Christmas cookies every year, and every year they come in an adorable... more

November 6, 2015

Making sweet potato pie is a piece of cake, er, pie! Here are simple step-by-step instructions on how to make this delicious sweet potato pie recipe. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Get all of your ingredients out so not to have to search for items as you go. This will also ensure that you have everything you need. All you need for the filling is one or two small sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar, ground ginger, salt, orange zest, and milk! It is your choice whether you want to peel and... more

October 23, 2015

These cookies are super easy to make and extremely delicious. They are great with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but we recommend trying them with milk chocolate chips for a truly mouth-watering treat. Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, at room temperature ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats 2 cups chocolate chips ½ cup... more

October 16, 2015

With this Thai Chicken With Linguine recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dinner “rush hour” turns into family time. It’s easy to make, filling, healthy, and packed with flavor. Fortunately, I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry and fridge, and the rest was easy to get from a quick trip to the grocery store. The entire recipe took only about 20 minutes to make, which for a family on the go is ideal for a home-cooked meal that is, yes … healthy! Pasta Pointers I used some of... more

September 25, 2015

Switchel was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields. That’s enough of an endorsement for me! This drink is also called Haymaker’s Punch (because it was drunk while haying fields) and it’s easy to make with just a few ingredients—including cider vinegar, ginger, and a sweetener. Switchel is not only hydrating, but also energizing.  Think of it as “Nature’s Gatorade.” It will give you that electrolyte boost better than any pricey energy drink or soda. It’s... more

September 13, 2015

The Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe from Everyday Baking brings a little of everything that we love about pumpkins and manages to strike the perfect balance between savory and sweet. Enjoy this delicious bread with breakfast or as an afternoon snack, warm with a pat of butter.  I adapted this recipe to make 12 delicious muffins, and they were truly delightful. The pumpkin flavor dominates, the texture is light, and the cranberries add a nice little burst of sweetness complemented by the crunch... more

August 17, 2015

It’s been a pretty hot summer, and I have been on the hunt for healthy postdinner refreshments. This simple shake-for-one did the trick! It takes under 5 minutes to make, and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. This is the perfect summer dessert: easy to make and very refreshing. Make the most of the peach season, and give this delicious shake a try! Quick tip: Peel a peach by scoring the bottom, placing it in boiling water for 5 seconds, and then plunging it into ice-cold water for 3... more

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