Belgian Chocolate Tart Step-by-Step

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in Cakes, Tortes & Frostings, Recipes, Sweet Treats | 2 comments

Belgian Chocolate Tart Step-by-Step

I love the creamy richness of this tart...I've only made it with Belgian chocolate but I'm sure any good quality chocolate will work well. It's easy and it's luscious.

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Red Bell Pepper Chutney

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Blog, Recipes | 3 comments

Red Bell Pepper Chutney

This lovely, bright chutney makes a wonderful accompaniment for meat or cheese! The peppers tone down the sugar, and the sugar peaks the pepper flavors...you're going to love it!

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Fresh Coconut Cake–Make it Patriotic!

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Cakes & Frostings, Holidays, Sweet Treats | 1 comment

Fresh Coconut Cake–Make it Patriotic!

This luscious cake uses fresh--or fresh, frozen--coconut and has to be made 2-3 days ahead of serving so all that moisture soaks into the cake, making it one of the best cakes you'll ever eat!

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Is it pesto? Is it hummus? I don’t know! But it’s yummy!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in Main Dishes & Pasta, One-Dish Meals, Pasta, Step-by-step Cooking, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Is it pesto? Is it hummus? I don’t know! But it’s yummy!

I recently rehydrated several batches of dried beans in my pressure cooker…and forgetting to set the timer, I accidentally overcooked my cannellini beans so they were quite mushy. Now what was I going to do with these mushy beans? Cannellini beans, sometimes called White Kidney Beans, have 15-17 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked beans. When paired with a whole grain, they form a complete protein and that’s the kind of food we like to eat, healthy and tasty! So what am I going...

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What’s new? Here’s my New Year’s Update

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

What’s new? Here’s my New Year’s Update

The flu, and then the holidays, have kept me from posting for several weeks. Perhaps you were so busy yourself that you hardly noticed I’d gone into hibernation! I was so disappointed that I was not able to my “end of the year” post about the darling gingerbread houses I made… My Good Husband had even taken all of the photos of the process… …rolling the dough… …cutting the shapes… …assembling the houses… …and decorating them… Alas,...

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Poached Pears Step-by-Step

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Step-by-step Cooking, Sweet Treats | 2 comments

Poached Pears Step-by-Step

Poached pears. The perfect dessert. Healthy. Warm (in the winter), or cool (in the summer). A little bit sweet, but not too. And easy to make! The first time I enjoyed poached pears was when my neighbor, Mariangela, brought them to our Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. As you probably already know, Italians usually have fruit at the end of their meals, rather than rich American-type desserts. Part of their famous Mediterranean diet that is healthier than ours. Every since Mariangela brought them to our dinner,...

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