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Mud Pie

Coffee ice cream, a chocolate-cookie crust and chocolate-covered espresso beans add up to a terrific party dessert. Begin making the cake one day before serving. I got this idea from a special restaurant in Santa Barbara that my Mother in Law and I visit frequently, called “Endless Summer Bar Cafe...
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Danish Aebleskiver “Apple Slices”

One of Denmark’s most famous types of pastry, Aebleskiver (in Danish, “Apple Slices”) are light, melt-in-your-mouth pancake balls that taste like a cross between a pancake and a donut. Once you master the knack of using an aebleskiver pan, you may never buy fat-filled commercial donuts again!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
2 apples, peeled, cored, pared, and chopped...
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Garlic Shrimp


1 lb. Jumbo Shrimp
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

Remove heads from shrimp unless you bought them frozen (defrost)
Peel and devein, leaving the tails intact. Make a cut in the shrimp body, slicing three-quarters of the way through the flesh from head to tail as if butterflying.

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Cocktail Sauce

Red Cocktail Sauce
½ cup Ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp. Cream horseradish
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients until combined
White Cocktail Sauce
½ cup Mayo
2 tsp. Ketchup
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire
1 Tbsp. Brandy
1-3 drops of Tabasco Sauce
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
Mix all ingredients until combined
***Serve with your favorite shrimp, calamari...
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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 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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