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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Ginger Pear Pudding with Chia Seeds

A quick and healthy snack. Garnish with fresh strawberries or your favorite seasonal fruit.

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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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Sugar Cookies with Lemon Almond Buttercream Frosting

Looking forward to spring? These sugar cookies mix the zest of lemon and the rich flavor of almonds to create a springtime treat. So let it snow outside. Your home will be warm and toasty and scented with the heavenly aroma of buttercream. (At least until your family devours the cookies!)

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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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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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Roasted Tomato Soup

It’s that time of year when the temperature starts to dip and my family starts requesting warm comfort foods. This soup will help to take the chill off a fall day! Ingredients: 3 pounds of roma tomatoes or any type quartered (washed and cored) 1 yellow onion halved and quartered 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped…

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Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes

Since the weather is unusually warm this fall, there is still plenty of opportunity to cook outdoors. This is a recipe I usually cook in the oven modified for the grill. Ingredients 2 lbs. of Yukon potatoes 1/4 cup total of chopped fresh mixed herbs: parsley, chives, rosemary, oregano 2 garlic cloves minced 1/4 cup…

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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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