Zesty Blueberry Bread

  12-16 slices per loaf Tip: Whether using fresh or frozen berries in this quick bread, toss them in some of the flour mixture from the recipe before gently folding them in at the end. This will help to keep them distributed in the bread and not sink to the bottom. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose... Continue Reading →

Crisp Pistachio Crackers

  Makes 24-28 crackers per loaf Note: I tip my hat to marthastewart.com for the inspiration for these crackers. Tip: Make lots of these crackers and eat them with St. Agur blue cheese. The end. 😋 Ingredients Soft, unsalted butter (for buttering the pans) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 tsp... Continue Reading →

Pineapple Salsa

      Tip: This recipe uses 3/4 of a whole fresh pineapple, possibly less if it's particularly large. Of course, the remaining fruit can be enjoyed on it's own, but if you haven't tried grilling pineapple, please do! It's delicious grilled (or roasted in a hot oven) with chunks of bell pepper, red onion,... Continue Reading →

Quick and Quicker Pickles

Tip: I'll admit I've not canned or preserved food, other than freezing. I don't take a lot of big risks. Pressure cookers scare me. Botulism scares me! 😀  Quick pickling doesn't scare me; in fact, it's a fun and simple way to use ingredients you may already have and the zesty results are scrumptious. Look... Continue Reading →

Luxardo Cherry Bars w/Chocolate Drizzle

24 servings Tip: Use your curiosity in the kitchen. This excessive and decadent dessert bar came from curiosity. I had never tried or even known about a maraschino cherry that wasn't artificially bright red, waxy, sugary, somewhat medicinal in flavor. And then I had a Manhattan cocktail, accompanied by a single speared cherry...and I needed... Continue Reading →

Nut Butter-Espresso Brownies

12-16 servings Tip: Variations in ovens, baking pan size and material, baking ingredients or preparation techniques can all affect the outcome of baked goods. When a recipe states (for example) a recommended baking time of 17-20 minutes, be aware that the product result you want may require only 14 minutes, or up to 25 minutes... Continue Reading →

Oat Bran Breakfast Bowl

1 serving Tip: I like hot cereal for breakfast, but it gets a little boring sometimes (my own fault, I'll admit). I'm going to work harder at making hot breakfast more interesting and nutritious. I think my body will thank me. 🙂 If you'd like to join me in one new creation, give this oat... Continue Reading →

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