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How to Make Focaccia Bread Art

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I am not sure about you, but when it comes to stressful times, I need to find a creative distraction. That usually means I am in the kitchen doing something baking or cooking related. However, I have been known to teach myself how to tile a backsplash or fireplace surround in these circumstances as well. Another form of a creative outlet! In this case, I am sharing a focaccia bread recipe that I use as a canvas for my vegetable gardenscape. raw focaccia dough art

The best part is you most likely have all the ingredients in your house for the focaccia recipe. Then get artsy to design the picture you want to make.… Read more

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Whether you live in a winter climate or not, there is just something so comforting about a bowl of steaming hot soup. One of my favorites is made with butternut squash. While I know it is typically a fall food, I can eat this Roasted Butternut Squash soup all year round!

Having worked for a Japanese knife company for many years, one of the most shared frustrations that home cooks mentioned was cutting a butternut squash. With the hard shell, it can be dangerous to use a knife as it may slip on the unforgiving exterior of the squash. My most appreciated tip was not to use a knife but instead, a vegetable peeler.… Read more

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Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

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Have you ever heard the mantra that the recipes with the least amount of ingredients require you to use only the best components? Well, it is true! In this case, I am talking a recipe for Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe canned tomatoes.

Penne alla Vodka dish

Pantry Staple: Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

Canned tomatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my pantry. Along with good olive oil, I pay attention to the brands I choose for canned ingredients as well. So when I received a message from the team representing the Greatest Tomatoes From Europe about their initiative to educate consumers on choosing the best canned tomato products for their recipes, I was all ears.Read more

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Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

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What’s your go-to dessert when guests come over or you want to bring something sweet to someone’s house? In the summertime, I am all about ways to incorporate fresh fruit. This Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake recipe is such a welcome dessert to bring as it appeals to both adults and kids alike.

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake Ingredients

Besides blueberries, this recipe calls for vanilla. If you are still baking with artificial vanilla, then you must read on. When it comes to baking and recipes that use just a small amount of ingredients, choose only the best quality as you can taste the difference!… Read more

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

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I just got the “funnest” new pan and I want to share it with you. Cast iron cookware has been around for a very long time as most people know. After this year’s International Home and Housewares Show where I spent time talking with the nice folks from Lodge Cast Iron, I am making it my mission this year to learn all about it.

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

I know that cast iron cookware is traditionally passed down from generation to generation especially in the South. But the demand for this style of cookware is expanding rapidly. Lodge cookware is a brand that has been designing and manufacturing cast iron cookware since 1896 in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.… Read more

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechauns. Four leaf clovers. A pot of golf at the end of the rainbow….it’s that time of year where Chicago turns the river green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are some food traditions, too, in honor of this day. If baking bread is something you’ve always wanted to do but are hesitant to try it, then this Irish Soda Bread recipe is for you.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This simple recipe has just 8 ingredients in it. Chances are you already have them in your home. If not, a quick run to Tony’s Fresh Market and you are back in the kitchen within the hour.… Read more

Three Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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This post was sponsored by Splenda Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

 

Easy solutions to keep your New Year’s resolutions by substituting ingredients, supporting your muscles and energy and choosing lower calorie drinks.

That first step into the new year means you can continue doing things the way you always have or you can take the plunge into changing your habits to a path that makes you happy. I guess you could call it a resolution but I really think it is just a coincidental benefit of the start of the new year.… Read more

Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon

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With guests coming over for the holidays, it’s always fun to have a menu that includes sweet treats that everyone will like. So, yes, lots of chocolate but also desserts with a lighter flavor. I happen to love anything with fruit in it. That’s why I like making these Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon treats. They are fragrant, bright and delicious. Plus, so easy to make! Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon - Entertaining made simple with this light and fragrant lemon cream cheese pastry

If you love to have friends and family over but worry that your cooking skills didn’t carry through from Mom to you, don’t worry! There are so many recipes that will “wow” your guests that won’t have you googling every ingredient or technique.… Read more

Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

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Do you have a favorite cookie? I do. I remember them from childhood at my Grandmother’s house. Molasses cookies. The chewy ones. Well, since Gram baked from the heart and left me no recipe, I had to create one. This was a seriously fun project to be on! Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

After much trial and sort-of error, I have a molasses cookie recipe that I love. It’s so easy and is made with ingredients you have in your spice cabinet, especially this time of year. I use the Brer Rabbit brand of molasses. It has a mild flavor which I like in this recipe.… Read more

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

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Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy – 6 recipes using Athens Phyllo Shells for desserts, appetizers and brunch.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy Recipes Appetizers Desserts Phyllo Dough Dessert Recipes

The phone rings. Friends are stopping by in 30 minutes to hang out and catch up. Wine? Check. Dessert? Nope, nothing ready. Give me 20 minutes and I am all set, thanks to Athens Phyllo Shells.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

These ready-to-serve shells are the solution to so many entertaining dilemmas this holiday season.  Made from phyllo dough, a light, crispy and tissue thin dough used in Greek cooking, the shells make for the perfect bite size sweet or savory treat to share with guests.… Read more