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Swedish Visiting Cake

This is cake is so wonderful and SO easy to make, I actually made it twice this week.  It’s light and thin with a golden sugar crust and the interior is soft, chewy, and moist.  It perfectly compliments a morning cup of coffee and only takes a few minutes to whip together. This cake is […]

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Cheddar, Apple, Bacon Panini Bites

I’m back!  I can’t tell you how sorry I am that I’ve been gone so long. I’ve been busy traveling and I also had to make time to prioritize other factors in my life.  I’m happy to report that I started a new job at the end of October.  Unfortunately, blogging doesn’t pay my bills […]

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Healthier Shrimp Pad Thai

I will be the first to admit that from the time when I make my dishes and the time when I actually get them up on the website is not as fast I would like.  Usually I have a back log of about 4 to 5 recipes at any given moment where the meals or […]

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Lighter King Ranch Casserole

I had never heard of King Ranch Casserole until I was perusing my new Comfort Food Makeovers cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen.  This traditional Texas casserole takes corn tortillas, chicken, spiced onions and tomatoes, then smothers them in a cheesy, creamy sauce before baking it all in the oven.  How could that be bad, right? […]

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Spring Vegetable Risotto with Fried Egg

I know there are a lot skeptics out there that a meal without meat is hardly a meal at all. I BEG you…plead with you…to PLEASE try this recipe. I’ve made this every spring for a few years in a row now and every time I do I wonder how I possibly went a whole […]

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Mexican Lasagna

I LOOOOOOOOVEd this dish.  When you go to cut into it, it doesn’t stay together all pretty like a traditional lasagna, but it tastes so good that you don’t really care and neither does anyone else.   It’s like your friend at the party who’s always a hot mess, but she’s so charismatic that no […]

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Chicken Fricasee

I realize that a lot of people hate mushrooms and the fact that I make so many dishes with mushrooms is probably offending their very nature.  In fact, when I poll people, it’s usually about a 50/50 chance that person will either love or hate mushrooms.  Very rarely do I find people who are just […]

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“Spa” Chicken with Apricot-Orange Chipotle Sauce

I found this recipe for “Spa Chicken” in my 2011 America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy Cookbook.  The title of the recipe has a perfectly logical explanation – If you go on vacation to a fancy spa resort, often you will be served a lot of boneless, skinless chicken dishes.  There are a variety of […]

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Ganache and Toasted Coconut

I discovered my true nemesis during the development of the recipe….. Making caramel is the devil. This recipe is a combination of several different recipes I’ve encountered throughout the years, however, the original inspiration for the recipe came from a Food and Wine Recipe. I had never really made caramel before and I think I […]

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Skillet Lasagna

Seriously…. This lasagna was tastier than a lot of full-fat versions I’ve had in the past. The best part about this recipe was the SUPER easy assembly.  No boiling noodles.  No meticulously layering cheeses, with meats, with noodles.  No excessively long baking time. She might not be the prettiest girl at the party, but she’s […]

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