Archive for February, 2009

Thursday, 26 February, 2009

Chocolate is a girl’s best friend!

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I know this post comes at a bad time for people like my mom, who gave up chocolate for Lent, but I was absolutely craving some gooey, rich, warm chocolate last week, and I had to make some brownies! I wanted to try out a new recipe that I’d seen in a magazine, but decided to make some major changes to it. These brownies turned out with a nice, deep chocolate flavor, delightfully crispy edges, and a moist, dense, and chewy texture.

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Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

Ash Wednesday Dinner

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Since I did a sinfully delicious post on our Mardi Gras dinner, I figured I should also post our meat-free Ash Wednesday dinner as well: Pan-Fried Tilapia! It’s definitely a stand-by dinner in my family for a quick, delicious, and healthy meal. Here’s how I like to prepare it.

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Tuesday, 24 February, 2009

Mardi Gras with Danish Ebelskivers

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So: Ebelskiver. Say it with me: “able-skeever” – yes!

These delightful little pastries are actually spherical Danish pancakes that have a filling in the middle. Ebelskiver means “apple slices” in Danish, and you will sometimes see it spelled “aebelskiver.” As you might have guessed, apples are one of the traditional fillings that you will find inside an ebelskiver.

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Sunday, 22 February, 2009

Creamy Salsa Dip

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Here is an incredibly easy recipe for an incredibly luscious dip.   You can adjust the amount of salsa to your taste.  It also makes a great topping for burgers, nachos, or fries.

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Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Auntie Heather’s Apple Cake

This is the most wonderful, moist, dense, and deliciously cozy cake you have EVER put in your mouth. The perfect end to a hearty winter meal.

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Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

Crock Pot Spinach Casserole

This spinach casserole has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. The recipe came from the little booklet that came with my mom and dad’s Crockpot that they got back in the early 70s. Over the years, we’ve upped the amount of spinach and also adapted it for a dutch oven, but it’s still a family classic.

It’s a great way to get kids to eat their spinach; it’s a great way to get kids to love their spinach. It makes a delicious veggie side to go with dinner or it makes a great dip served hot with crackers. No matter how you serve it, you are going to love it!

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Tuesday, 17 February, 2009

My BIrthday Cake

Well, dear readers, today is my birthday. So last night, I found myself making my very favorite double-chocolate cake. We’ll have dinner tonight at my parents’ house and have this as my birthday cake for dessert.

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Monday, 16 February, 2009

Triple Nut Magic Bars

Made dessert for tonight with some goodies I had in the pantry . . .  It had been years since I made the Magic Cookie Bars whose recipe is found on the back of the Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk can.  I used 3 different kinds of nuts in these in order to really highlight the wonderful flavor of these classic treats!

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Monday, 16 February, 2009

Blueberries, Bananas, and Oats – Oh My!

These muffins are chock-full of some of my favorite ingredients. I combined about 5 recipes to come up with this one so that I could get all of my favorite things in one healthy muffin! Crispy on top, fluffy in the middle, and full of delicious flavor. You will never be able to tell that these are low in fat and high in fiber!

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Sunday, 15 February, 2009

Trading Recipes

“I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.
Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.”
– Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Here is my all-time favorite, old-fashioned recipe for tuna casserole. I got it from a friend back in high school, and it’s been a go-to meal for me ever since. It is wonderful the first night, but the leftovers just get better and better. Some of the ingredients may seem strange – but just trust me, dear readers, trust.

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