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Homemade Hot Sauce

Have you ever made your own hot sauce?  It is quite simple and you can control the amount of heat.  For a mild sauce, use Poblano, Ancho, Cherry and Sweet Banana peppers.  If you want a sauce that makes you…

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Pork Stir Fry with Broccoli and Ginger

Within 30 seconds of my daughter trying Todd Richard’s pork loin stir fry, she said “we have to make this tonight” and dashed off with my credit card to buy one of the last pork loins from Riverview Farms at…

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Raspberry Margarita Crumb Bars

The lime in these gooey Raspberry Margarita crumb bars perfectly balances the sweetness in the berries and brown sugar.  I tweaked the Smitten Kitchen/ Baked: New Frontiers in Baking recipe to include lime instead of lemon and added more protein by…

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Melon Gelato

If you have been fortunate enough to visit Italy in late summer or early fall when melons are at their peak, then most likely you have  experienced one of the most refreshing desserts in the world: a creamy, luscious, melon…

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Rosemary Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

What is your definition of a healthy snack? Does it have to be sugar or fat free? Or, can the snack be made with pure, organic ingredients that have beneficial fats, vitamins and fiber? I am a believer of the…

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Simple Orange Zest Shortbread Cookies

Every year my daughter looks forward to creating a new cookie for to her friend’s Valentine Day cookie exchange. Last year we made a buttery cookie with raspberry jam inside the heart. They are always a hit with the kids.…

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Parmesan Encrusted Goat Cheese in Basil Olive Oil

If you love goat cheese, you have to try this. Serve as an appetizer or make smaller goat cheese balls and add them to your arugula and beet salad. The striking green color of the basil olive oil makes it…

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Fun Halloween Cupcakes

We had such a good time decorating these cupcakes for the school fundraiser. This year we wanted to serve cupcakes that are mostly organic and allergy free. I made eggless pumpkin cupcakes and my eggless UnBEETable chocolate cupcakes. Yes, they…

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Life-size Cat and Witch Lawn Decorations

I saw these silhouettes in a magazine last Halloween and have been waiting all year to make our own. I wish we had the life size witch holding the lantern and broom stick but we did not have a 4×8…