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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Lemon Zest

Grilled yogurt chicken marinates boneless chicken breasts with yogurt and lemon. Here is an easy and simple marinade for chicken that’s especially delicious when cooked on the grill.  It combines plain Greek yogurt and lemon.  Sounds a little unusual?  Not really. Many cooks have been using dairy products, such as buttermilk, to tenderize chicken for years.  […]

Mini Chorizo Mushroom Quiches made Crustless

Mini chorizo mushroom quiches pack a lot of flavor for such a small bite. Need to bring an appetizer for a night out?  Maybe even to a potluck dinner?  Making a dish that travels well is essential when you plan to bring a dish to share at a party or other event you’ve been invited […]

Kourabiedes Greek Sugar Walnut Cookies

Kourabiedes are a Greek baked cookie with a walnut and cinnamon filling that is completely covered in powdered sugar. It wouldn’t be a holiday without some traditional Greek pastries.  I always look forward to my family gatherings, for me it’s a time to consume lots of desserts.  One of my favorites Greek pastries is a cookie called a Kourabiedes.  It’s a […]

Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Veterans Day Remembered and Facts too

Veterans Day history and facts about the holiday. Veterans Day is a holiday celebrated on November 11th; it celebrates the service of all men and women in our U.S. military.  Its origins date back to the ending of World War I.  Veterans Day began as a way to honor those who died in “the war […]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Cookies from Scratch

Cranberry orange pecan cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the season. And why not?  My recipe features some of the best flavors of fall merged into one mouth-watering cookie.  Cranberry orange pecan cookies have delicious dried cranberries, orange zest, and chopped pecans.  What’s not to love? What I love the most about these cookies […]

Mini Ghosts Chocolate Bark with Candy Corn

Scare up some mini ghosts chocolate bark for the Halloween season. These frightful little mini ghosts chocolate bark are sure to scare up some excitement. Especially when you have your family involved in making them. Working with melted chocolate can be a bit messy, but so much fun when your children are in the kitchen […]

Chocolate Gummy Eyeball Cookies

Chocolate gummy eyeball cookies for Halloween Ready for some chocolaty fun for the holidays?  I have a cookie that you will enjoy eating… just forget that it’s starring back at you.  Chocolate gummy eyeball cookies are a tasty treat.  And easy to make when you need something sweet.  It combines a great recipe for chocolate cookies with a gummy eyeball.  Tis […]

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted sweet potatoes makes a great side Sometimes all it takes is the right side dish to complete a meal.  And if you love sweet potatoes then I have the perfect recipe for you.  My thyme roasted sweet potatoes is an easy side dish to whip up when you need a tasty starch.  It’s flavorful and healthy, and a nice change from […]

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Mini stuffed peppers for your next cocktail party. Are you looking for something new and lively for an appetizer?  Well here’s a thought… why not try my mini stuffed peppers?  They are the perfect “bite-sized” version of the traditional Greek dish.  Packed with flavor and easy to eat, my mini stuffed peppers are a fun […]

Fruit Yogurt with Mixed Berries

Flavored fruit yogurt with mixed berries makes a cool and refreshingly light dessert. I love fruit, and it adds a welcome component to any desert.  Fruit is light, refreshing, and a great way to cleanse your palate.  And sometimes it’s all you need after a successful meal, especially in warmer weather when it’s just too […]

Watermelon Feta Salad with Reduced Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic dressing Cool and refreshing, colorful and vibrant, light and delicious… watermelon feta salad is sure to appeal to your dinner guests.  And why not, who doesn’t love watermelon?  It’s such a treat when fresh watermelons arrive at your local grocer; you know that summer is just around the corner.  […]

Mini Pesto Rosso Pizzas with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mini pesto rosso pizzas combine the flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese I love pizza!  And if you feel the same way, then I have a great recipe to share with you.  First, my mini pesto rosso pizzas are very easy to prepare.  Secondly, they cook on the grill and not in your oven.  I use pocketless pitas […]

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless Looking for a great appetizer… maybe a small bite for brunch?  Then try my mini tomato basil quiches.  They’re just the perfect finger food for any special occasion; easy to pick up and very easy to eat.  The filling is made of tomato, basil, and chives, now surround that by custard, and you have […]

S’mores Cookies with Chocolate, Graham, and Marshmallows

S’mores Cookies served warm with melting gooey chocolate and marshmallows It’s just like being at a campfire.  Just take two graham crackers and squeeze melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows between them… Yum!  Only this is less messy, chocolate chunks and crushed graham crackers are baked into the cookie crust.  Then I topped each cookie with more chocolate chunks […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

Ginger Skirt Steaks Marinade with Pepsi

Ginger skirt steaks marinade adds Asian flavor to your beef. One secret to preparing your beef ahead of time… is to just marinate it.  Ginger skirt steaks marinate with only 4 ingredients: ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and Coke (or Pepsi).  To make your prep time even easier, I suggest that you use a disposable freezer bag to marinate your skirt steaks. […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a rich and tasty dessert. And that’s how a dessert should be… just the right amount of decadence for the perfect ending to a great meal.  Anyone who loves cake should always have a great carrot cake recipe on hand.  Especially when you’re looking for that little “something […]

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper is an easy way to enjoy your corn without the cob. If you love eating corn on the cob, then you’re going to love making this recipe.  Sauteed corn removes the mess of eating corn on the cob, while preserving all the flavor of fresh corn.  And isn’t that why we enjoy corn on […]

Basil Pesto Sauce with Parmesan, Romano, and Pine Nuts

Create a classic basil pesto sauce in minutes Simple and refreshing… especially when you use only the best ingredients.  Basil pesto sauce combines the aromatic flavor of basil with garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  The two cheeses that I used for this recipe are, Parmesan and Romano, both hard cheeses that […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

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