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Savory Homemade Croutons

I love croutons in a salad. Especially, when the croutons soften slightly on the outside, leaving a satisfying crunch in the middle. If done properly the croutons can not only enhance the salad from whatever the flavor of the croutons are, but also take on the flavor of the dressing. Making croutons are easy. You […]

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Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup all purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or […]

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Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives for One

This recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine – May 2004. It has become a favorite in our household. Even though the recipe is titled ‘Cooking for One’, that really depends on the size of fillet you get. It can easily be adapted for an elegant dinner for 2. A mixture of mayonnaise and […]

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Chicken Sopa – Dorito Casserole

My older brother, Jeremy recently asked me for this recipe. He is getting married next month and hopefully will be making it for his new wife. Growing up, it was a favorite in our house as Mom and Dad could both make this and there was always and abundance of chicken… or rabbit. 🙂 Now […]

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Millionaire Shortbread

Don’t let the layers put you off. This recipe is a cinch to put together. I’ve made this recipe several times. Originally following Gale Gand’s recipe found in Butter Sugar Flour Eggs, however, I as always was looking for a way to make the recipe easier and taste just as good if not better. Rolling […]

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Mediterranean Tabbouleh Salad

I still remember the first time I tasted Tabbouleh. A local restaurant in Austin, the town where I grew up offered a Middle Eastern platter with crispy herbed falafels, lemony hummus and portion of tabbouleh salad with its bulgur wheat, tomatoes and parsley. For a girl who grew up on casseroles, garden vegetables and rabbit […]

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KK’s Krispy Treats

These are my husband, Joshua’s & Kimberly’s favorite treats. The awards I get from this recipe are from their smiles, and the fact they are gone so quickly. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 2/3 teaspoon salt 2 small bags of miniature marshmallows – use the colored ones for a pink treat 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal […]

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Avocado, Black Bean and Tomato Salad

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 large scallions, trimmed and finely chopped (include some green tops) 1 large garlic clove, minced 2 firm-ripe Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced One 15 1/2-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained but juice reserved […]

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Prize Winning Picnic Perfect Fried Chicken

This was my grandmother’s recipe for fried chicken. I call it my own now since she’s gone. I have won several first prize awards and a few cash prizes from this recipe. Check out this link showing where I won the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Fried Chicken Recipe Contest 2 cups buttermilk 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard […]

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Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Making flavored oils is easy, and they can add a lot to your cooking. Use them instead of herbs, and you can add flavor to vegetables and meats. They make great bases for salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. Olive oil makes a good infusion base for some herbs, but tends to go more quickly than […]

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