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One of the things I love about cooking is you can take a recipe, modify it, and it has a whole new look and taste. Potato Soup is a great dish for modifications. This year I used bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and white cheddar cheese for a wonderful blend of flavors! It can be …

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I really baby my slow-cooked meals and this Guinness Beef Stew is not an exception! As a bonus, this is the best version of Guinness Beef Stew that I ever made! It has a wonderful full flavor with a bit of sweetness. Most stews need to sit a day or two for the flavors to …

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Is everyone getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? I found this wonderful recipe that was adapted from Recipe TV. Now I will not claim it is authentic since there are US substitutions and I am sure there are “secrets” that the Irish have that are not shared! But this recipe is so easy to make …

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and that 2016 is the best year ever for you and your family! This New Years I tried a new recipe for Scallops by making a citrus ginger sauce serving them with a wild rice. They came out delicious. But there is a step that …

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With the holiday season upon us, it is always nice to make a few desserts. I love Chocolate cake but not all the calories and unhealthy ingredients. This recipe is just awesome as there are a few healthier ingredients and it is moist! I am not sure if you would find this recipe in a …

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Do you have a lot of apples this fall season? Are you looking for a recipe that uses apples and wonderful spices to bring out the flavors? This is a delicious recipe that is great for the holidays with the apples and spices! A perfect fall dessert! I adapted this recipe from Diabetic Living. It …

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I love blueberries and especially their health benefits. This blueberry streusel bar was just so darn good! Of course I used fresh blueberries because I do not care for the messy frozen version – the blueberry juice is dangerous when thawed! The blueberries do need to be at room temperature so plan ahead since using …

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For as much as I love the main meal and side dishes – appetizers are just so much fun to make and eat! It is so much fun to go to a party where you get to pick from a variety of appetizers instead of having a traditional dinner format. Over the years I have …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a slightly different version of Guinness Beef Stew! This year’s version includes some wonderful parsnips, turnips, and raisins adding a nice sweet undertone! Before adding the vegetables to the stew, I roasted them in the oven to bring out their flavors – the house smelled wonderful with so many aromas! …

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