Black Cherry Ladyfingers

Tis the season for hosting get-togethers with your friends and family while working full time, raising a family, and also trying to find time to write and/or create art. 

This dessert is very quick and simple to make. (You can even make it the day before an event.) Yet it looks fantastic (and festive!) when it’s done. 

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QUICK and EASY GOURMET

Fellow author Emma Lane joins me in the virtual kitchen today. Take it away Emma!   This meal may be served from ladies’ bridge to hefty dinner guests. Just increase the size of the proportions. Pop out this meal in a hurry and enjoy a cocktail with your company. Red Salmon with Zesty Italian Dressing…

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Easy Tomato & Bacon Pasta Bake

This recipe makes two generous portions. It’s nice served with a green salad and some crusty bread. A little red wine is a bonus. Easy Tomato & Bacon Pasta Bake Photo by Serge Bertasius Photography 4 rashers (slices) thick bacon, chopped into bite-sized pieces 1-2 tbsp. olive oil 300gm (10oz) dried pasta shapes. Penne works…

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Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

As I gear up with writing and editing, I need these go-to quick and easy (and healthy) dishes more than ever.

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Frozen Chocolate Banana Chips

This cool treat is easy to make and is a healthy mix of fruit and dark chocolate. #desserts #easy #frozen #chocolate

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Chocolate and Cranberry Rice Crispy Squares 

Chocolate and Cranberry Rice Crispy Squares  A healthier version of the rice crispy treat dessert with cranberries and dark chocolate added. Ingredients: 1/3 cup butter, plus extra for greasing the pan About 4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows About 5 cups chocolate rice crispy cereal 1/2 cup dried cranberries Materials: Measuring cups Large 3- quart saucepan…

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HL Carpenter’s Venison Stew

One of the largest quick-service fast-food sandwich restaurant chains in the U.S. (in number of restaurants) offered a venison sandwich again this year—for a single day. The sandwich sold out quickly.
If you missed your opportunity, here’s a healthy, fast, one-pot venison stew.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

This is a wonderful side dish for any holiday get together. It can easily be prepared the day before. Ingredients: 3 eggs 3 pounds red-skinned potatoes 3 celery ribs, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup cider vinegar or rice vinegar 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 1 tablespoon chopped…

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All Treat No Trick

Leigh Goff joins me in the virtual kitchen today with this special Halloween treat for adults only.  Take it away Leigh! No trick here. This is a treat all you adult ghosts and goblins are sure to enjoy. BEWITCHING PUNCH 1 750-ml bottle orange vodka 2 750-ml bottles Prosecco 2 1-liter bottles of orange-flavored seltzer ½…

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Walnut Raisin Spice Muffins

My family is fond of muffins and I am happy to oblige with different recipes throughout the year.  This one is perfect for fall Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 eggs 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4…

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Blueberry Spice Muffins

These are so good I had a hard time “saving” one for a photo! Ingredients: 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 egg, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 1-1/4 cups fresh or frozen…

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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 butter or margarine 2 egg whites 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces or morsels Nonstick spray Materials: Measuring…

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

My family loves anything with bacon! The jalapeño peppers are an added bonus. Ingredients: 1/2 cup cream cheese (softened) or more if you have larger jalapeño peppers 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or more if you have larger jalapeño peppers 2 Tablespoon fresh chives or green onion (optional) 12 jalapeno peppers 12 slices of…

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Sloane Taylor Lights Up the Grill

Fellow author Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with perfect food for any season. Take it away Sloane! No one wants to heat up the house with cooking even if the air conditioning is at full blast. Here’s a menu geared for outdoor cooking. Hang onto it for those stormy fall and…

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Emma Lane’s Summer Yellow Squash

Fellow author Emma Lane joins me in the virtual kitchen today.  Take it away Emma! Yellow Summer Squash has much potential for food creativity. I’m not a gourmet cook, but I love the fat yellow squash that will zoom past ripe if you so much as turn your back on them for a moment. Searching…

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A good way to use the cherry tomatoes from the garden.  My cherry tomato fruit bowl:  blueberry, black cherry, lemon drop, and sungold. Ingredients 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 1/3 cups couscous 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion) 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups chopped peeled cucumber 3 tablespoons chopped…

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Speciality Pizza & a Giveaway

The launch of my full-length novel, Starter Zone, will be September 25. Be sure to check back for more giveaway opportunities to celebrate!

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