Archive for July, 2011


Leftover Makeovers

What do you do when a meal is finished?  Most of us wash the dishes and wrap up the leftovers, but what happens to the leftover portions not eaten?  Do they get consumed later or do they sit in the refrigerator until they start to smell and you finally throw them out?  If you tend […]

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A Visit To Naples

My wife and I recently got back from a Mediterranean cruise. One of our stops on the cruise was in Naples, where pizza was invented. While we were there, we got to try some of the pizza, and it was incredible. I had heard of a pizzeria in Naples called Da Michele, which is supposed […]

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Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf Ingredients for Quinoa Pilaf: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 small sweet onion, diced 2 ribs celery,  diced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1 garlic clove, minced or grated 1/4 tsp oregano 6 cups cooked quinoa salt and pepper to taste 1 cup chopped […]

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Meal Planning

Sitting down with your family and writing out a meal plan is extremely important to saving money and creating a smart shopping habit. Some families like to meal plan by the month, others by the week and for a select few, there is a nightly meal plan. There are certain benefits to each one of […]

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Red Fruit Punch

Ingredients: 1 1/2 C of sugar 8 quarts of water, divided 4 (.14 oz.) pkgs. unsweetened strawberry drink mix 3 (6 oz.) cans frozen orange juice, thawed 2 1/4 C frozen lemonade concentrate 2 (46 oz.) cans unsweetened pineapple juice 2 liters of ginger ale Directions: Place the sugar into a large saucepan. Pour 2 […]

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Picking Your Crock Pot

How Do I Choose The Right Crock Pot? Thirty or forty years ago, there were only a few models of crock pots to choose from. Today there are hundreds if not thousands of options in the world of crock pots. Over the years, improvements have been made, new brands have come to the market, and […]

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Chipotle Pepper Deviled Eggs

Spicy Deviled Eggs Ingredients: 12 hard boiled eggs 1/2 C of mayonnaise 1/2 C of green chiles, chopped very fine 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1/2 t of garlic salt 6 teaspoons of salsa Directions: Cut the eggs in half, remove the yolks to a mixing bowl and place the whites on a serving […]

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Italian Cheese Potato Wedges

Italian Cheese Potato Wedges Ingredients: 3 baking potatoes 1/3 C of margarine melted 1/4 C Parmesan cheese, grated 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning 1/8 tsp bottled garlic 1 pinch of salt 1 pinch of pepper Directions: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 8 […]

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Tips for Canning

Canning today, is as easy as it ever has been. It’s nothing like the old days when it took a whole week to can one section of vegetables from your garden. Today, a whole garden can be completed in a day or two. While industrial canning can take place in a matter of minutes, there […]

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Baked Brie En Croute

Baked Brie Recipe Ingredients: 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed. 1 8 ounce Brie cheese round. 4 Tbsp preserves. I like apricot or raspberry. Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Carefully unfold the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Spread 2 Tbsp of the preserve over the center of the puff pastry, […]

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