Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

Made with seasonal ingredients like butternut squash, onions, and couscous. Seasoned with coriander, ginger, salt & pepper, thyme, parsley, and garlic. Add in some roasted pistachios, cannellini beans, and chickpeas.

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Lentil Spinach Soup

Today in the virtual kitchen we are serving a warm, healthy soup to help fight off the cold weather. This can be a vegetarian dish if you make it with vegetable stock rather than chicken stock. #Vegetarian #soup #cooking

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Alicia Joseph’s Peanut Butter Pie

Fellow author Alicia Joseph joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a perfect sweet recipe for Valentine’s Day. Take it away Alicia! This is a perfect treat for your special someone on Valentine’s Day. And what better way to show you care then to bake something good. PEANUT BUTTER PIE CRUST 1 ¼ cup…

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Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup

Ingredients:
3 cups chicken stock/vegetable stock
3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and julienne cut  (ginger can be peeled by scraping it with the side of a spoon)
2 Tablespoons sugar
Salt/pepper to taste

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Sharon Ledwith’s Sweet Super Bowl Snack

Fellow author Sharon Ledwith joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a snack that will make your Super Bowl party extra special.  Take it away, Sharon! This version of caramel corn is truly the easiest, and most foolproof recipe you’ll ever find. Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one, this…

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Honey Oat Muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg 2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or any type
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries, optional
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

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Applesauce Oat Muffins

What could be nicer on a cold winter day than a breakfast that includes healthy, warm muffins? Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup milk 3…

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Cabbage Soup

This soup is another one designed for a crock pot or Dutch oven. It makes a nice, healthy, and hot meal for a cold winter day. You can add in all types of vegetables beyond what is listed below–cherry tomatoes are a family favorite. (We still have some frozen from our garden last year!) Ingredients:…

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HL Carpenter’s Melted Cheese Sandwich

You had me at cheese … HL joins me in the virtual kitchen today with this chewy, crunchy, cheesy delight. Take it away ladies! Cheese sandwiches for breakfast anyone? Oh yes—and this simple-to-make chewy and crunchy cheese melt combo is the sandwich of choice. Chewy mozzarella, crunchy fresh green peppers and onions, spicy pepperoni, and…

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Breene’s Vegetable Soup with Kale

This recipe was developed for the slow cooker or dutch oven by one of my beta readers (and sister-in-law) Breene. It is good for anyone who wants a nice, hot meal but doesn’t have a lot of time to cook! Vegetable Soup with Kale Ingredients: 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock 1 large onion…

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Loaded Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients: 1 large spaghetti squash 1 jar roasted red pepper drained and chopped 2 cups baby spinach or kale chopped 1 cup cooked chickpeas or pinto beans 1 to 1 1/2 cup homemade or bought marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce 1 teaspoon of each dried basil and dried oregano Shredded mozzarella cheese if desired Materials: 9 x…

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Carol Browne’s Vegan Fruit Cake

Carol Browne joins me in the virtual kitchen today with her vegan fruit cake recipe. Fruit cake is one of my favorite desserts. We don’t just have it at Thanksgiving or Christmas–it is a nice treat throughout the winter. This low fat, vegan version is healthier than other versions and yet is very flavorful. Take…

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Butternut Squash & Cranberry Brown Rice

This is a healthy dish for the new year. It can be made with couscous or brown rice. Ingredients: 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided 5 oz. dried cranberries about 1 cup 2 cups water 2…

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Cranberry-Apple Tea Loaf

This is a nice loaf to serve if you are entertaining during the winter months. It smells fantastic when it is baking and can be served hot from the oven. Ingredients: 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (don’t thaw frozen) 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 2 tablespoons orange zest 1 large apple, peeled and chopped…

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Sangria by Vonnie Hughes

Fellow author Vonnie Hughes joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a sangria recipe that can be made with or without alcohol. Just because New Year’s Day has passed doesn’t mean the parties are over. Take it away Vonnie! This is a lovely beverage to serve over the holidays. The color is festive and…

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Healthy Pumpkin Oat Bran Treats

This recipe can be used to make either muffins or bread. It is a healthier choice since it is made with egg whites instead of full eggs and applesauce instead of butter or oil. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 cups oat bran or 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups sugar 1…

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Apple Chutney

This recipe is from 2015. It is something my family looks forward to each year! Traditionally apple chutney is a savory sauce made from apples, brown sugar, vinegar, onions and various herbs and spices. It has a sweet and tart flavor that complements meat dishes such as roast chicken, beef, ham and pork chops. In…

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HL Carpenter’s Creative Leftovers

HL joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a quick and easy leftovers dish and a cozy mystery! I thought the “leftovers” idea fit my theme for the week. What do you all think? Let me know in the comments below. Some days we like to prepare delicious, artistically-plated meals fit for royal company,…

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Vegan Pea Soup

I hope that you enjoy this post from 2015! Cooking for a family that has food allergies is challenging, primarily because those allergies may change over time (depending upon the degree of sensitivity). One food my family always enjoyed during the winter months was pea soup—until one member could no longer eat ham. So I…

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Candied Expresso Nuts

  What more could you ask for on a snowy day besides a good book and a cup of coffee?  These wonderful Candied Expresso Nuts of course! Ingredients olive oil or non-stick spray 2/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons finely ground espresso coffee beans 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt…

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White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies 

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Today is the last day…

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Snow Topped Chocolate Crinkles

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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Double Chocolate Biscotti

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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Fudge Thumbprints With Raspberry Filling

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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DIY Holiday Gifts: Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar that has been simmered together for seven hours. The slow-cooker (crock pot) method allows you to monitor the color of the caramel. Plus the end result is an instant gift! Ingredients: 2 fourteen-ounce cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk Water Materials:…

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Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo beans) are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are featured in the Mediterranean diet. Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice Materials: Measuring spoons Strainer Small baking sheet Parchment paper Bowl Metal bowl Paper towels Directions: 1.  Preheat oven 375°. …

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Pierogi and Butternut Squash Stew

This stew is a warm treat for a cold winter day. You can make this with homemade pierogis, but the packaged ones work just as well. Ingredients: 2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided) 1 small onion chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth…

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Coconut Ice by Vonnie Hughes

Fellow author Vonnie Hughes joins me in the virtual kitchen today. Take it away Vonnie! This is a perfect sweet for the holidays or any time of the year the desire for something sweet and cool strikes your fancy. COCONUT ICE Taryn Navarro on Unsplash.com 3 breakfast cups (mugs) of white sugar 1 ounce of…

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Veggie Beef and Barley Soup

  This soup helps create a warm and cozy meal on a cold winter day. When it simmers in the Dutch oven it fills the house with enticing aromas that will have your family clamoring for dinner! Ingredients: 2 1/3 cups water 1 cup pearl barley 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion chopped 5 carrots…

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie

Fresh raspberries really bring out the flavor of the chocolate in this brownie. If you enjoy brownies that are crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside, bake them until the sides are clearly set but the center is only just set. If you test with a toothpick, it should be clean…

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Some of my family’s favorite treats during football season are chicken wings. I make them in a variety of ways, but this baked chicken wing variety is both easy and delicious. Ingredients 3 Pounds of Chicken Wings (about 30 wings) 2 Tablespoons of Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Cup Flour Optional Spices–Add either Coriander,…

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Potatoes and Tomatoes Vinaigrette

  This recipe combines the heartiness of a winter root vegetable (potato) with natural sources of vitamin c (tomatoes and bell peppers). Ingredients: 3 Potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes (Red potatoes or Yukon Gold work well) 3 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 Cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1…

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Scones for the Holidays

These vanilla scones feature chocolate chips, which melt slightly into the dough around them as they bake, making for an especially enticing presentation. Top with sparkling course sugar or my family’s favorite–salted caramel chocolate truffle spread. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 6 tablespoons butter,…

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Healthy Raspberry Muffins with Yogurt

Until I started posting these recipes on my blog, I never realized how many muffins my family eats!  This is another favorite recipe that is nice to serve after the over-indulgence of Thanksgiving. This is a somewhat healthy treat. The muffins have less sugar, relying on the raspberries to add the sweetness. The yogurt mades the…

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Easy Holiday Side Dish–Carrot Salad

Carrot Pineapple Blueberry Salad Carrot Raisin Salad is a classic dish that my family served during the holidays. Both my Grandmother and her sister (my great-aunt) made this special treat whenever we would get together to celebrate. This salad takes a turn from the original by adding both chunks of pineapple and dried blueberries in…

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Cream of Celery Soup

This is a wonderfully creamy soup to serve on a cold fall/winter day. Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter 1 small yellow onion (about 1 cup) finely chopped 2 cups celery, very finely chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/3 cup flour 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 1/2 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon…

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Cheese Ball Pumpkins for Your Holiday Table

HL Carpenter joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a beautiful cheese treat for your holiday table. Take it away HL! October was National Pumpkin month, but we think such a beautiful fruit should get more than just one month of notoriety. So smile, say cheese, and make your own yummy appetizer for any…

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Dominique Eastwick’s Pumpkin Obsession Soup

Obsessed with the taste of pumpkin?  Love pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin spiced latte? Well do I have a treat for you! Dominique Eastwick joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a recipe sure to please those of us who can’t get enough pumpkin this time of year. One of the many reasons I…

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