Simply Delicious, Soft, Chewy Snickerdoodles

Or, how I got this… …from this: And all I have to say is OH, YUM! I don’t know if I ever tried a snickerdoodle before the MOPS craft show. But the chaplain’s kids had a booth selling crocheted things and baked goods, and the guy bought some snickerdoodles from them. Oh my goodness, were


Turkey Tacos with Cinnamon and Cumin

I saw this recipe several years ago on one of those fat-guy-learning-to-exercise-and-eat-right shows… I don’t remember what show it was. But my mouth was watering as they were making this so-simple meal, and the next day I got some taco shells so I could do it too. Not only is it low-fat and full of


Made-From-Scratch Turkey Noodle/Dumpling Soup (With Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey)

This is just what I needed to treat my post-craft-show cold. Made-from-scratch turkey noodle soup, just like grandma would make if she were into making stuff like this. Remember the turkey stock I made and froze? Well I started with that. I dumped in a 3-cup frozen block of stock, along with 3 cups of


Making Homemade Turkey Stock – Recipe

Last year, I didn’t do anything with the turkey’s carcass after we had carved and eaten the meat… and the neck and giblets? Straight into the trash, they went! This year, I wanted to actually use all that good nutritious goodness, so I made stock. This was one of those trial and success (versus trial


Chocolate Dark-Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins are amazingly rich and delicious, almost like a brownie, but with the fluffiness of a muffin. When I was in college, before they switched to Otis Spunkmeyer, the little bakery in the food court used to have AMAZING chocolate chocolate-chunk muffins. I’d buy one and eat it all day long (they were huge).


Dark Chocolate Shavings – How To

This is the simplest thing ever, but it’s very impressive looking. I’m right, right? I made some dark chocolate shavings to go on the hot chocolate at my open house tonight. Firstly, they are DELICIOUS over hot chocolate + marshmallows. Secondly, they’re SO EASY.


Nov 20 2008
Category: Meatless. Recipes
Bruschetta Pizza-dilla

It’s the lovechild of a menage a trois between bruschetta, pizza, and a quesadilla. And it is beautiful. Last night, I had intended to use the bruschetta topping in our dinner, but it didn’t happen… so all night, the flavors melded together in the fridge. The topping consisted of: A little bit of canned tomatoes


Warm Spiced Apple Cider

Note: That’s Spiced, as in “with spices.” Not spiked, as in “with rum.” Although I did have rum there, thanks to Margo. And several people mentioned that it was extra-yummy with rum. It’s a delightful beverage for an autumnal gathering, and it’s even good cold the next day (and reheats just fine). Get some spices


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Nut Bread Recipe

Have I ever mentioned that Autumn is my favorite season? I love the smells, the crunchy leaves, blah blah blah (I’ll stop because I think I started another recent post this way. haha! Anyway, this is one of those autumnal foods that I love so much. Chocolate chip pumpkin nut bread. It’s called bread but


I can’t NOT share this salad with you – And Low-Fat Ranch Dip + Ranch Dressing Recipes

So this was my AMAZING dinner tonight… so delicious. Who says salads are just summer fare? So, we marinated and grilled some chicken breasts… The Guy wanted rice to go with them, so I made wild/long grain rice a roni rice, and added a ton of spinach to it (yum!). Now, remember all the veggies


How to Cut a Bell Pepper the Easy Way

I used to cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, rip out the seeds and the stem, rinse the loose seeds off in the sink, then cut it up… That’s simple enough, but honestly, this way is even nicer because you don’t have to deal with the seeds at all. I think after cutting 3 bell


Easy 2-hour Focaccia: Recipe and Photo-Tutorial

This recipe makes me SO happy! It’s super-simple and definitely quick (in a land where making any kind of non-bread-machine-bread seems like a day-long project). Plus, you can vary the toppings to mix it up a bit. One time, I topped it with a pizza seasoning mix I improvised, which made delicious dippable breadsticks. Another



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