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Savory Mini Tarts with Spring Vegetables

To celebrate the spring season it’s fun to make savory mini tarts with all kinds of seasonal vegetables. It’s easy to make using store-bought frozen puff pastry squares.  There is no rolling needed. You can even make it using your preferred vegetable or mix them together. What’s in the Mini Tarts The savory ricotta filling is flavored with garlic and…

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Shrimp and Zucchini Cakes with Lemon Chive Aioli

Spring is here and these shrimp and zucchini cakes are perfect as a light entree, appetizer or lunch.  In my neck of the woods zucchini and shrimp are available year round that I can prepare this dish any time.  It reminds me of crab cakes (which I love), only better because it has vegetable in it.  For shrimp and crab…

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Corned Beef Stew with Cabbage and Potatoes

March is the best time to cook this corned beef stew when we find a lot of corned beef in the markets.  The stores put it on sale as low as $1.60/lb. so it’s really affordable.  Cabbage and potatoes are also on sale so why not?  It’s a very satisfying meal for the family especially on a cold day. The…

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Quinoa Egg Bake with Ham and Vegetables

Quinoa is one healthy ingredient I like to mix in not only in salads but for breakfast too.  Here I bake it sort of like a breakfast casserole with eggs, vegetables, cheese, ham or bacon (optional).  This is also similar to a vegetable frittata. It’s something you can make ahead to feed a crowd. Cooking quinoa is not hard at…

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan

I found beautiful fresh broccoli at the market recently and I wondered what I would do with it. I needed something different from steamed or stir fried broccoli.  Something that will involve cheese!  I thought why not roast it? Roasted broccoli is one of the easiest and quickest side dishes to make. It’s a good thing to add to your…

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Fruit Crisp with Apple, Pear and Cranberries

Making a fruit crisp with apples. pears and cranberries is a great way to use winter fruit.  It’s so easy because you don’t have to worry about making a pie crust.  All you need to do here is mix and dump.  The sweet aroma when it’s baking fills up the house.  When it’s done, the result is so delicious. Different…

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Ginger Molasses Cookies – A Christmas Classic

One of my favorite Christmas classic cookies are the Ginger Molasses Cookies.  There’s just something about them that is so endearing and comforting.  Maybe it’s the spices in it or the chewy texture when you bite into it.  To me, Christmas won’t be complete without baking these delicious cookies. When I bake these cookies, I do it five different ways…

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Christmas Blondies with Fruit, Nuts, and Chocolate

The Holidays won’t be complete without baking the ultimate fun cookies and desserts like this buttery Christmas blondies. It is loaded with dried cranberries, apricots, walnuts and chocolate.  You can feed a crowd with a batch of this sweet treat.  Wrap it with a pretty bow and it’s perfect to give to friends and neighbors, or as hostess gift. All…

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