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Magazine Round-Up: Cooking Light, September 2014

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I reviewed six dishes from the September 2014 issue of Cooking Light magazine. How about a round-up of what I thought of each dish? I made my first dish from the September issue in August. I cooked the cover and tried … Continue reading

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A Cross-Country Culinary Tour

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Grab a seat and hang on tight. We’re heading across the country in order to meet some of my favorite bloggers. It’s a virtual A Cross-Country Culinary Tour. Hello, my friends. Yes, it’s really me, breaking my rule of taking … Continue reading

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Canned Whole Tomatoes and an Awesome Ball® Canning #Giveaway

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Canned Whole Tomatoes and an Awesome Ball Canning #Giveaway: Preserving the summer’s bounty just got a whole lot easier. This Ball Canning and Herb Preservation Kit is fantastic. Well, my friends, it’s time to share a hard truth. I know … Continue reading

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Seven of My Favorite Scones

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 Seven of My Favorite Scones: It’s no surprise that scones are my first choice of treat with a cup of coffee. Here’s a round-up of my seven favorite ones. I love scones, but you already knew that. Out of all the … Continue reading

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Chicken Breasts in a Juniper Berry-Gin Cream Sauce #ImprovChallenge

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You’ll think you died and went to heaven with the gin & juniper berry-infused cream sauce covering the Chicken Breasts in a Juniper Berry-Gin Cream Sauce. I love challenges, but rising to them is a bit of a balancing act … Continue reading

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Keep Good Going: Celebrating Life’s Decisions

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New York Life is celebrating Keep Good Going this week by highlighting big decisions that changed families’ live. We have one; what’s yours? Continue reading

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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from the Cooking Up A Storm Cookbook for Pass the Cook Book Club

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I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans. It pulled me long before Chef John Besh entered the culinary scene as a contestant for Iron Chef, and was tugging at me prior to reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. If I believed … Continue reading

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He Owes Me Dinner (P.F. Chang’s Would Work)

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Hubby owes me a nice dinner. And I choose P.F. Chang’s. If you’re not sure why, you need to check out their winter menu. That’s what decided me that we need to go there. Continue reading

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Basil and Parsley Tortellini Soup from The Lion and the Rose

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‘I was supposed to cook for you,’ he complained. ‘I had it all planned! I’d find you in the kitchens somehow – I wasn’t sure how I’d manage that part, but I thought it could be done. And then I’d … Continue reading

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Venison Stew with Brandy Cream Sauce from The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn

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I would hate to have to come up with a meal for the most influential man in the world. That may be one of the reasons that I have adored Kate Quinn’s historical fiction books about the life of Pope … Continue reading

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