Monthly Archives June 2012

Pesto Tomato


As many large tomatoes as you desire

1 jar of Classico Traditional Basil Pesto or make your pesto from scratch

Your favorite cheese – I use Mozzarella

Salt & Pepper


Cut the tops off your tomatoes or cut Roma tomatoes in half.

Cover the top of the tomato with about 1 tablespoon of basil pesto

Bake on 350 for 30 minutes or until the tomato is soft on the outside

Sprinkle the cheese on top...

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Pancetta Fried Eggs and Hash Browns

Ingredients for two people:
4 large eggs
4 thin slices of pancetta
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
4 russet potatoes
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Spear the potatoes with a fork a few times over the skin...
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4th of July


1 container of blueberries or red seedless grapes
1 Lrg container of strawberries or 2 green baskets from the farm 
1 Lrg bundle of bananas (bag of marshmellows or pound cake)
1 pack of wood skewers
1/4 lemon (optional)


Put about 10 blueberries on the ends of 6 sticks, then alternate sliced strawberries and bananas...

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Fudge Sticks

Comparing the same products…

Do you ever wonder what the difference is between a brand name product and the store brand product?

Example: My husband loves the Keebler Fudge Sticks you find in the cookie aisle at Albertson’s. His mom buys them for him and has them at her house in the freezer for him everytime we go over there.

I decided to buy them for him this week and noticed that Albertson’s makes their own ver...

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Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes.Cupcake Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1-1/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoons vanilla

2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


Beat butter until softened.

Add sugar and beat until light an...

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Chocolate Frosting

I pulled this recipe off the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box. Easy and delicious!

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

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Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 cup liquid water – I use FIJI Water
1/2 liquid cup heavy cream, heated until warm
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon
pure vanilla extract or fresh vanilla bean
1. In a heavy saucepan (at least 5 cup capacity), stir together the sugar, syrup, and water until the sugar is completely moistened...
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Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Food Network chef, Giada DeLaurentiis. She shared this recipe on the back of her branded orzo pasta sold at TARGET.

1 lb orzo pasta
1/2 C olive oil, divided
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (6-oz.) tuna in oil, drained
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
8 oz. frozen and thawed or canned artichoke hearts, quartered
2 T capers, drained
2 T chopped fresh thym...
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Jalapeno Cornbread

Jalapeño Corn Muffins

Makes 1 Dozen Regular Muffins

1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup sour cream

1 cup (4 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese

Kernels from 1 ear fresh corn (½ cup fresh or frozen corn)

1 jal...
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Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 TBSP olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
Sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese
Favorite jarred marinara sauce – We used Culinary Circle Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce from Albertson’s


Spread 1 TBSP of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot sto...

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