shrimp cups

Typically, you will find me flying solo at my kitchen counter.  Every now and then, my husband will stop by to see if he can help or just to check things out.  I’m always grateful for the company.

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mascarpone tart with strawberries

Strawberries are about to be plentiful in my neck of the woods …here in southern New Jersey.  We have access to delicious berries from California and Florida throughout most of the year.  But you can’t beat the flavor and freshness of fruit that’s just been locally harvested.

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thai shrimp cakes

How do you feel about coconut and ginger?  Those two, paired in a recipe, are delicious.  Throw some shrimp into the mix and the results are amazing.  If you’re nodding in agreement, you need to try these.

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the best sun-dried tomatoes

Let me begin with a disclaimer.  I do not dry my own tomatoes.  Maybe someday, but not at the moment.  This is all about how you can take your basic, already-dried tomatoes and turn them into your next antipasti tray must-have.

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chicken meatballs

There’s nothing like a bowl of traditional spaghetti and meatballs, right?  Most of us grew up thinking that was the best meal ever created.  How would you feel about lightening up those meatballs?  Just a bit.  Let’s try some chicken instead of beef.  It’s pretty darn good. 

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faux marble eggs

Did you know that the custom of dying Easter eggs dates back to some time in the 1800’s?  The first pack of those egg-dye tablets – you know, the ones we all knew of as children – were introduced by PAAS in 1880.  A pack of tablets cost a mere five cents.  A dozen eggs

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chicken tortellini soup

I know what you’re thinking.  Another soup recipe?  Isn’t spring in the air?  I know.  I know.  But, really, it’s a bit chilly today.  And I guess I have a confession to make …I just love soup.  Doesn’t matter what month we’re in.  Alright, so if it’s ninety degrees with typical South Jersey humidity, I

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tortilla chips & cannoli dip

Cannoli’s.  Yum.  Can’t beat a cannoli that’s just been filled with that creamy deliciousness.  Dig in right away before that shell loses its crunch.  How about switching things up a bit?  Pair a pile of crispy tortilla chips with a bowl of creamy sweet dip.  Enjoy that crunch now and later.

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glazed brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts.  Can you imagine anyone referring to them as a treat?  Like candy?  They must be kidding.  Well, let’s see what happens when you sample a few of these.  You may be singing the same song.  They are addictive.

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