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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Apple Pancakes

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t always feature the most delicious dishes. People are rushed and will grab just about any type of convenience food on their way out the door.
These Apple Pancakes take only a few minutes, are healthy, and I hope you will agree are worth the wait!

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Date Night Dinners by Sloane Taylor

Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. Award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blueberry Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins

These muffins are naturally sweetened with local blueberries, which are a favorite of my family. The added pumpkin makes it a wonderful fall treat. You can eat them warm or prepare them the day before for breakfast. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon…

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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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Blueberry Brunch Cake

Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate it. If you are looking for a quick recipe for a family get-together, why not try something with blueberries?

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Rice Pudding

This makes a sweet and easy complimentary side dish or dessert. Ingredients: 1/3 cup rice 2 1/2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons sugar Raisins (optional) To serve: Choose from: strawberries, raspberries or blueberries chocolate sauce slivered toasted almonds Materials: Heavy medium saucepan Heat resistant spoon Measuring spoon Measuring…

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Breene’s Watermelon Popsicles

Breene (one of my beta readers) joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a tasty frozen treat.  Take it away Breene! Ingredients: 1 pound watermelon cut into small pieces (about 3-4 cups) 2 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons lime juice Materials: Blender or food processor Popsicle molds or small paper cups Knife Measuring spoon Measuring…

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