Chocolate Lovers Valentine’s Day Treats

Looking for something to make for your loved one(s)? Here are eight homemade (chocolate) recipes  that are easy to make! Click the link below each picture. Love Cookies...chocolate-sweetheart-wafers Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Easy Luscious Chocolate Mousse Favorite Cocoa Brownie Milk Chocolate Gelato Jack's Birthday Cake Rich Chocolate Gelato Nutella-Banana Mini-Muffin Bites HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! ______________________________________________________________________...

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Cream of Potato Soup…with caramelized shallot, pancetta and chive garnish

It's high time I shared this recipe. A fractured wrist and dark rainy weather (no natural light) have kept me from taking photos of how it was made. No worries, it's so easy to make! Cream soups are not Italian, but my mom loved to make them from potatoes or cauliflower...even broccoli. Her creamy potato soup is my favorite, which she made with whole milk. It's not overly filling or rich, but plenty satisfying and delicious. I add my own touch in the form of a garnish, with a contrast of flavor ...

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Organic Granola Bars

Poor me - my recipes posts are experiencing a temporary delay...due to my fractured wrist which is cramping my lifestyle/cooking! Please be patient, I have 6 weeks to go until the cast is removed...can't wait! Happy Healthy New Year to everyone! Let's get going with homemade Granola bars. They definitely fill a need, tiding us over between meals, during exercise etc. My husband always needs more variety during his work days on the tennis court - in addition to his AM and PM energy bars. These ...

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Manicotti…ricotta and spinach

In traditional Italian cooking, manicotti is made with crepes. Italian American versions use store bought manicotti tubes. Either is stuffed with a savory ricotta cheese and spinach filling, and topped with tomato basil or meat sauce and grated mozzarella cheese. Manicotti assembles rather quickly and bakes for about 30 minutes - and leftovers also freeze well. Today I made homemade manicotti pasta (thus the rustic appearance), however, the recipe is written for the store bought manicotti pasta ...

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Easy No-Knead Bread

 Some of us may lack the time and patience to bake our own bakery-style artisan loaf. Granted, handy bread machines are fantastic for certain recipes. That said, wouldn't it be great to make an extra crisp artisan round with little effort? Professional baker Jim Lahey is the genius of no-knead bread dough. His recipe is so easy. It does require the dough to rest for 4 hours, and then another 30 minutes before baking. A Dutch oven (which I used here) makes a super crispy loaf, which I love it to...

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12 Thanksgiving Recipes…ideas for your table and leftovers

These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving holiday dishes, including leftovers (originally posted in 2014). Well worth recycling again this year...they're keepers. That's not to say I don't serve a few of them year round! Happy Thanksgiving! To view a recipe, click the underlined link below each picture. Roasted Root Vegetables Brussels Sprout Casserole Garlic Mashed Potatoes Spiked Cranberry Sauce Candied Yams Turkey Gravy From Homemade Stock Roasted Italian Turkey Mull...

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Pork and Beans

If you like the heartiness and flavor of pork and beans, and can't get yourself to buy  canned...then take my advise, homemade are quite easy to make. I intended to use dried Navy beans but my local health food store didn't have any, so I bought canned organic low-sodium Navy beans - which saved me the time of soaking overnight and precooking. The only pork involved here is a small chunk of salt pork. I bought a chunk, cut it into pieces and put the rest in the freezer for future batches. I ...

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Speedy-Shortcut Homemade Chicken Broth/Soup

Need a comfort soup you can throw together in a hurry? I just discovered while poaching chicken breasts (for enchiladas), the leftover liquid made a pleasant broth. It was clean, light and user friendly. I stuck it in the fridge overnight, and the next day made a satisfying tasty chicken soup in short order. I heated the broth and tossed in some leftover shredded chicken, chopped veggies from the fridge and frozen corn and peas from the freezer. I even threw in a carb - cooked rice. In just a fe...

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Tamale Casserole

I went for as authentic a flavor as possible, in this tamale casserole - in the form of homemade tortillas made from organic masa harina corn flour. Some recipes call for store bought tortillas, which I've used before (still an option for you, if desired). I have a tortilla press, which is recommended here (manual or electric), because I've always struggled with hand rolling homemade tortillas successfully, without sticking. An investment well worth the expense, especially if you like homemade t...

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Veggie-Rice Medley

When I need a carb based side dish other than potatoes and bread, I turn to rice.  This recipe has become a standby for me, using a few simple chopped vegetables. Today I used a basmati medley (from Trader Joe's), last time it was all white basmati rice; brown rice works, too. I sauteed carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper and shallots until caramelized - then folded into the rice (which is cooked in chicken broth). Simple, easy and tasty! I use coconut oil for its low smoke point, health adva...

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