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Super Bowl Prep

Super Bowl parties require a bit of forethought – particularly if you would rather watch the game with your friends instead of cooking. I try to get as much done beforehand as possible, meaning that I baked all the desserts and mixed up the dips yesterday, leaving only chili and chicken wings for today. I went with oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip blondies. Classics. ... Read More »

Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

I remember that when I was about 7, I couldn’t imagine how my parents could eat onion rings and fried zucchini sticks when we went out to steakhouses. And it certainly wasn’t because I was considering the artery-clogging qualities of those foods. To me, they were vegetables, no matter what form they took! Suffice to say, it did not take me long to love both ... Read More »

Orange Cranberry Bread

orange cranberry bread

Orange Cranberry Bread is one of my go-to quick breads that I make several times every year. I make it for myself, for my family, for gifts and for no good reason at all, just to share with friends. It is quick, easy and really outstanding as far as flavor goes. I first started making it when I was little – very little – using ... Read More »

Nicole’s Best Meatloaf

I don’t usually eat a lot of meat. This is not because I don’t like meat – I really do! The reason I don’t eat a whole lot is that various dishes are often only just adequate and that just isn’t good enough for me. When meat is bad, it’s inedible or not worth it. When meat is good, though, it’s really good. Maybe it ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Buttermilk Pancakes

Another lovely Sunday brunch. Pancakes are always a good option for breakfast. It only takes a few minutes to whip up the batter and a few more before they’re done. I love baked goods, too – muffins, scones, etc – but prefer not to have the wait for them to be ready early in the morning. I like to eat breakfast first thing and am ... Read More »

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

This is the perfect soup for a chilly, rainy day. Or a snowy day. Any day when you may want some soup, as a matter of fact. It has a nice spice to it and it so easy to make. I had it with some leftover baguette slices. Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup 2 large red peppers 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes* 3 ... Read More »

Easy French Bread Baguettes

Isn’t this baguette pretty? I really enjoy baking bread, but I don’t get to do it too much. These loaves were my first try at making baguettes. I have to admit that I am intimidated by recipes that call for making a sponge days in advance – and don’t get me started on how terrifying saking sourdough from scratch is. I tend to stick with ... Read More »

Wickedly Perfect Turkey Apple Sausage

 If you happen to live in the US and own a television, perhaps you have seen the new reality show on CBS, Wickedly Perfect. Say what you will about reality television, but I think that this is a pretty fun show. The premise is to have a bunch of Martha-Stewarts-in-training compete for a book deal and several TV spots. Yeah, the requisite whining and moaning ... Read More »

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