Shrimp and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

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This delectable nibble, which evolved from my Green Goddess Dip post, is one example of a whole being better than the sum of its parts. This recipe uses the components from the Green Goddess Dip and assembles them in a more formal presentation. The result is a combination of texture and taste that really works. Doesn't this look like it would be … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Bison Pita Sliders

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When I think of meatballs - and believe me, this is not an infrequent occurrence - I usually picture them in marinara sauce, maybe with some fresh mozzarella melted on top. Maybe on a garlic-toasted hoagie roll. Which are both delicious options, but I am always open to different recipes and flavor palates, if they provide me yet another way to eat … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

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Craving to make cookies + My offer to bake a snack for a morning meeting Morning cookies Simple math. Well, mandel bread, not "morning cookies," but that is certainly a descriptive term for these chocolatey, crunchy delights. If you are not familiar with mandel bread, it is the Jewish version of biscotti. Have you ever wondered how biscotti is … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fr...

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Until recently, if I was looking for a filling breakfast, I would have taken an egg sandwich over oatmeal any day. In my mind, all oatmeal was like the package of over-flavored, over-sugared cinnamon-apple instant stuff you hydrate with hot water from the office water cooler. Fine in a pinch, but not very satisfying. Enter: actual oatmeal. … [Read more...]

Tortilla Chips

Make Your Own Tortilla Chips ~ My Utensil Crock

When I sit down at a Mexican restaurant, they just can't bring (or refill) the chips fast enough. The part I do not love? With every chip - and there are always many - I think about the deep fry. So much deep fry. This cannot be rectified when dining out, but when at home, this recipe is perfect to satisfy your own craving or serve to company. I … [Read more...]

Applesauce

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I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Red Pepper – Eggplant Dip

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Is there any better appetizer than a dish that is both healthy and full of flavor? This recipe is another Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Mediterranean Tapas; Date: 03.04.12).  I make it all the time - when I see red peppers next to eggplants in the produce section, I cannot help myself!  Add a tomato and you are most of the way there. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin-Gruyère Focaccia

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This recipe is a Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Pumpkin; Date: 10.15.06). I look forward to each fall, when I buy a sugar pumpkin or two, and prepare pumpkin puree to have on hand and bake a few dishes. Although the recipe is titled "focaccia," it is not at all like a traditional focaccia with herbs and tomatoes and fingerprint … [Read more...]

Smoothie

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Don't you hate returning from a weekend vacation or a week-long work trip only to find NOTHING in your refrigerator and pantry? You look at your planner, but it is in vain; you cannot get to the grocery store until like 4 days later. I will be posting a series of meals, dishes, and snacks that I am tagging as "In-Stock." In-Stocks are "go-to" … [Read more...]