Ginger Pear Pudding with Chia Seeds

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Healthy Banana Bread

Adding chia seeds to this banana bread makes this an even healthier treat. Ingredients: 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 egg whites 2 Tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups bananas (about 3) 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened 3 cups flour 2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional) 1/2 cup raisins…

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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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Free Holiday Recipe Book!

Let’s Get This Cookbook Party Started! Who doesn’t love the holidays? You get to bond with family and friends, shop till you drop for that perfect gift, decorate the house to your heart’s desire, plan a meal worthy of gracing your table, and attend all those fabulous parties. Wait…hope I didn’t exhaust you already? Yes,…

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a family favorite. “Fresh” is the key word for this recipe. I love using vegetables and herbs I grow in my own garden, but you can also find flavorful produce at a local farm stand or farmer’s market. Ingredients:  1/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh dill 1 tablespoon fresh…

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Frosting Makes The Cake

This is a secret recipe that has been passed down through the generations of the Koester family. My friend, Carol, shared it with me and approved my posting it here. So you are about to learn the delicious frosting recipe that has graced decades of cakes and cupcakes. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 cup milk 4 TBS…

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