Brazilian Vinaigrette is a condiment, rather than a salad dressing as the name might imply.  It’s a classic accompaniment to traditional “Churrasco” (Brazilian style grilled meats)  found at both steakhouses and home barbecues in Brazil. It’s similar to a Mexican style Pico de gallo, with a some swaps in flavor profiles and ingredients.  This bright,…

Brazilian Vinaigrette in a white bowl
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These quick-fix bar cookies are easy to whip up.  The pan will produce chewy edge pieces and incredibly soft, doughy center pieces.  The addition of just a little bit of oats gives them a nice chew and texture, without feeling like an oatmeal cookie and M&M’s on top are extra fun and festive. Use colored…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip M&M Bars
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Avocados take center stage in this easy dish. Simply dressed in fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, they get an extra punch of flavor from kosher salt and fresh black pepper and some chopped herbs and diced tomato.  This dish was originally served to me at a 5-star brunch buffet at a beautiful…

sliced avocados with olive oil and lemon
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These ultra easy Puff Pastry Cream Cheese and Berry Danishes are quick to assemble, quick to bake, and yield impressive results!  Feel free to use any flavored jam or preserves you like for the filling, or serve them with cheese filling alone.  I especially like to do a red, white, and blue combo for patriotic…

berry and cheese pastries on a cooling rack
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The word “cake” is a bit misleading- this amazing flaky-yet-soft Crinkle Cake is more of a hybrid pastry!  This traditionally middle eastern dish started gaining popularity and fame on the interwebs thanks to  @Ramenasaidwow on TikTok.  Once you learn the easy method, there are endless possibilities for flavor riffs.  It can be served as dessert,…

crinkle cake on white plate
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This easy overnight casserole is layered with bread, cheese, crumbled sausage and green chilis, and soaked in a seasoned egg custard overnight.  It couldn’t be simpler to put together and the best part is in the morning when your kitchen is clean and your dishes are done and all you have to do is pop…

overnight casserole serving
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A delicious deli-style sandwich which is perfect to make after you serve corned beef for dinner and have leftovers.  Use a good quality hearty bread from the bakery, which will both stand up to toasting, and also soak up the juices from the coleslaw.  This sandwich is loaded with both flavors and textures and perfect…

corned beef sandwich on plate
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Taziki’s is a quick-serve Greek style chain restaurant, found mostly in the Southwest US.  We had one here in Idaho that sadly closed during the pandemic.  A friend and I would frequent there often, and only ever order one thing:  the whipped feta dip.  It came with both crispy and soft pita chips and was…

whipped feta dip in a bowl
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This huge, soft, sugar cookie is an addition to our popular collection of Giant Cookies!  Each recipe makes one HUGE cookie, perfect for gifting or snacking.  They are easy to mix up in one small bowl and quick from start to finish.  This Giant Red Hot Sugar Cookie is inspired by my love of red…

cinnamon red hot cookie
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So last year, when we were traveling to Lafayette and Baton Rouge and New Orleans every few weeks for my son’s scoliosis…I don’t even know what to call it. Drama? Diagnosis? Treatment? Anyway. When we were doing that, we would always make a point of going to stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, places…

roasted burrata with tomatoes and garlic
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Italian Turkey Soup is incredibly lean, and comes together quickly (under 30 minutes start to finish) with lots of pantry staples.  You can use ground turkey (which includes dark and light meat and has a little more flavor) or ground turkey breast (which will be leaner).  Fresh ingredients like spinach leaves and grated parmesan make…

finished bowl of soup topped with cheese
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This spin on traditional chicken soup hits all the right notes with tender chicken and vegetables, hearty and comforting rice, and a finish of bright fresh lemon juice.  Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice is the comfort in a bowl! Try it with a grilled cheese sandwich, or a slice of crusty bread for dipping. Step…

chicken soup in a bowl
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