Mini Loaf Pans Make a Cute Gift

I just though I would share a picture of my Mini Chocolate Fudge Cake Loaves! Aren't they cute? After Christmas last year, I bought the mini loaf pans at Michael's on clearance. As Christmas items go on clearance, start thinking about what you can do with them next year... I know a long ways away, but you will be thankful next year! I used the Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake recipe I wrote about the other day. I was able to get five mini loaves out of that recipe (one loaf was a little smaller). I ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday? TURKEY CASSEROLE

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Why Turkey Casserole? Well we usually have ham and turkey for the holiday so you have to reinvent the leftovers. This is a great way to do so. I also like this casserole because again you can make it quickly ...

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Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Orange Chicken

My dear friend, Laura, shared a recipe with me years ago called "Sweet & Sour Chicken". It calls for 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 small bottle of Catalina dressing, 1 jar of peach preserves, and 1 envelope of onion soup mix. Simply mix together, pour over chicken breasts and bake. I have experimented with this basic recipe many different ways. Using pineapple preserves and the juice and zest of 1 lime creates the refreshing flavors of the Caribbean. An Asian-inspired ...

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Turkey Lasagna

Enchilada Suiza Mexican Lasagna I love casseroles for around the Holidays because you can make them in advance. They are easy and hearty. They allow you to spend time with your guest since they are easy to cook and they do not require a lot of attention. What are some casseroles that you make? 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander Salt and pepper One can hominy (15 ounces), ...

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Cooking with Connie: Sausage Rice Pilaf

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Fondue

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! So I am departing and having fun with FONDUE! We will start with Rachel's Breakfast Fondue and end with my Cheese Fondue. Why? Well, my kids are little dippers. I am always trying to get them to eat more ...

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Cooking with Connie: Saturday Night Special

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. This time of year is busy for everyone. Christmas parties, shopping, decorating, visiting...all in addition to the regularly scheduled chaos that is LIFE! Right now, I'm baking more than I usually do, so I want suppers that are quick, easy stovetop meals. "Saturday Night Special" is the ticket. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this dish. It's a budget-friendly ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Problem: My child hates MEAT.. I know the world will not end but I found a way to stick it in ameal and he hasn't figured it out. I thought I would pass on my find in this yummy recipe! Chicken and Apple Pot ...

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Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Cornbread Pork Chops

Thanksgiving is over, and we are all enjoying the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving leftovers.  It is easy to figure out what to do with the juicy, delicious turkey...sandwiches, casseroles, soups, lots of possibilities.  But, what about those side dishes?  Sweet potatoes can become biscuits, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, pie and soup.  In our house, the pies are gobbled up; but most of the traditional pies freeze well for up to 1 month.  Pre-slice before freezing; wrap in waxed paper and store ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Chili

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Buffallo Chicken Chili I love Chili because it is easy and filling and my husband will eat it two meals in a row! This is one leftover that always makes his lunch box! Here is RACHEL ...

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