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Unbelievable Banana Crepes with Homemade Nutella

No Comments | Written on January 28, 2015 at 10:04 am , by

In the spirit of clearing out the pantry and not leaving the house during the snowstorm, we bring you another few-ingredient recipe that you’re sure to love. This time, it’s banana crepes with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. We love the  simplicity of this recipe, and by creating every component you know exactly what goes into your food. Serve this with a glass of skim milk and some hash browns, and you can have a filling breakfast or snack while the weather outside stays blustery.

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Our Favorite French Lemon Macaron Recipe

No Comments | Written on January 26, 2015 at 10:51 am , by

Well, it’s pretty much a given that we’re going to be baking almost every other evening in the winter. Something about the blustery weather that much of the country is about to face makes staying inside and cooking so much fun. These lemon macarons are one of our newest concoctions, and they put the seasonal citrus to good use. With such a light flavor and such a surprisingly simple preparation method, you’re going to be hooked.

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Elegant Orange and Pear Tart With Strawberry Glaze

No Comments | Written on January 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm , by

Isn’t this simple dessert absolutely beautiful? Imagine how perfect this dessert would look in the center of your dessert table. A winter potluck dessert favorite, this recipe is also great for when you feel like cooking or baking to help de-stress. We’ve been known to have a slice of this by the fire ourselves.

We love to use in-season fruits for this recipe, especially the lemons and apples that are in season now. A skinned and seeded Meyer lemon combined with a Bramley apple is perfect in this tart. Plus, the recipe is basic enough that you can make some healthy substitutions, if you desire!


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Light and Cheesy Fried Jalapeño Medallions

No Comments | Written on January 13, 2015 at 10:10 am , by

Jalapeño poppers are one of our favorite classic appetizer recipes. However, they are notorious for being calorie bombs. Sure, we could tell you to stuff the peppers with veggies, oven-fry instead of deep fry, or just not eat them all together. But that’s not what we want to do.

This recipe captures all the flavor you love from the original jalapeno popper recipe, and strips away the guilt. With a light tempura batter and a hint of cheese, these are perfect for parties. Yes, you can even enjoy these with a ranch dressing on the side!

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Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs From Scratch

No Comments | Written on January 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm , by

You say meatball, we say too heavy. That’s why we put a spin on the traditional Italian recipe and lightened it up at the same time. Don’t think you lose that from-scratch flavor, either! Plus, you can prepare this recipe in the crockpot, which makes this a perfect time-saving recipe.

If you prefer the taste of a homemade sauce, by all means use it in place of what we recommend! However, we find that the homemade meatball is really what gives it that grandma’s kitchen flavor.

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10 Best 3-ingredient Recipes

No Comments | Written on April 26, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

What do you do when you are short on time and low on funds, but you still want to make delicious and creative dishes?  Turn to an easy, 3-ingredient recipe!  It is amazing how many delicious dishes you can make with only three ingredients.  Take a look at 10 of our favorite!   

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

20 Comments | Written on January 16, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Cooking on a budget means finding new and creative ways to transform leftovers.   One of my favorite ways to use up extra vegetables, rice or herbs is to make stuffed peppers.  This recipe has an Italian twist, but you can always give it your own spin to use up what you find in the fridge!

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Meal-in-a-Muffin Pan

9 Comments | Written on January 15, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Anytime I am looking for a budget-friendly meal, I turn to “breakfast for dinner!”  Who says eggs, hash browns and muffins are just for the morning?  This recipe is easy and enjoyable any time of day.

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How to Make Homemade Breakfast Cereal

5 Comments | Written on January 9, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

If you resolved to eat better, cook more, and save money in the New Year, you have come to the right place.  It seems like every time I go to the grocery store, the price of breakfast cereal goes higher and higher.  It got me wondering, would it be possible to make my own cereal from scratch at home?

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Italian Breakfast Crostada

1 Comment | Written on January 4, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Can you believe this is the final weekly winner from our 2012 contests?  It has been such a great year filled with amazing recipes and 2013 is going to be even bigger and better!  Our final weekly category was “Breakfast and Brunch” and the winning recipe is this delectable “Italian Breakfast Crostada” from PamelaS.!

Imagine everything you love for breakfast:  ham, eggs, vegetables, and cheese…all in an elegant crostada.  It looks fancy and impressive, but is a snap to make!

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