This is super-simple, but it’s always handy to have on hand; let’s say I’ve seen chocolate dipping go horribly wrong when people use butter or margarine instead of shortening or cooking oil! You can dip fruit, graham crackers, marshmallows, cream puffs, or your finger in this chocolate and it will maintain a nice, smooth consistency….

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Guacamole is something that you don’t really need a recipe for. In fact, I’ve never in my life actually measured anything out when making it, and it’s really best to do it to taste but I realize that instructions like “add a little of this and a little of that” don’t work for everyone so…

Guacamole
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Hate measuring out honey, corn syrup, and other sticky substances? Here’s a hint: spray your measuring device with a coat of non-stick spray before you measure whatever you need and it will slide right out, mostly mess-free. And now you know.

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I’ve had Monte Cristos on several occasions in my life; nearly all of them while at some eating establishment with the word “diner” in the title and where someone says “You’ve got to try their Monte Cristo”.It never occurred to me to try these at home until my friend Dawn, who is a great cook,…

Monte Cristo Sandwiches
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Okay, I’m throwing Sara a fast one because this is not what was planned for today. But I’ve come to realize that Johnny’s garlic bread seasoning isn’t available everywhere. This week, I have literally checked out every store in my area that supposedly carries Johnny’s and no one has it. And as much as I…

DIY Garlic Bread Seasoning
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I’m starting to think that these breadsticks have actual magical powers. Seriously. These puppies have helped me make instantaneous friends at church functions when I’m the new girl and made sad people happy. My friend Natalie, who used to work as my secretary (when I was an apartment manager; I’m not cool enough to actually…

A fantastic (and forgiving) breadstick recipe you will use over and over!
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These are fun little Asian dumplings and they”re surprisingly easy once you master the technique. There are several ways to cook potstickers, but I’m going to show you the method I use, because you don’t need any special equipment. After that, you can have fun coming up with your own fillings. I”m going to use…

Tutorial: Potstickers
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We love Chinese food. And, living in the South, good Chinese food (like good Mexican food) is hard to come by. Don’t get me wrong, there’s good food here; the South isn’t known for awesome food for nothing. The ethnic scope of it is just limited. I wouldn’t say this is Chinese so much as…

Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork
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Both Kate and I love fresh ginger and use it often in our cooking. It adds a flavor and dimension you just can’t get from anything else. I know many of you have just never worked with it before and therefore may not know what to do with it. That will end today. No more…

How To: Work with Fresh Ginger
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Ah, french fries. The devil’s starchy fingers, as Mrs. Kim calls them. Fortunately for your heart, this recipe is actually healthy–you’re using the whole potato, including the nutritious skins, as well as coating them in some olive oil before baking them rather than deep-frying them. Of course, they’re still salty and, at least at my…

Oven Steak Fries
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This is a twist on the classic lemon bar, and it’s more of a little lemon cheesecakebar. I much prefer it to the traditional lemon bar.Heck, I think the addition of any type of cream or cheese improves just about any recipe!They are super easy to whip up and to me, with their bright lemony…

Creamy Lemon {or Lime!} Bars
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This is the single most-requested, best-loved, raved-about recipe on my personal blog. So I took some prettier pictures now that we no longer live in the dark after 4:00 pm and am sharing it with all of you! These aren’t your standard deli-sliced roast beef French dip sandwiches; you slow-cook a beef roast all day…

French Dip Sandwiches
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