Easter Preparations: Raspberry Orange Ham Sauce ~The Thankful Heart

Hi there– Just pulled the last of the Easter ham leftovers out of the freezer. The thing about leftovers is that they don’t seem so sad if you give them a little extra trimmings to make them seem not-so-leftover. Do you know what I mean? So to wake up this dish, we splashed on a […]…

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7 Prosperous Good Luck Foods for the New Year

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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7 Lucky Foods For Friday the 13th; Combat the Bad & Make It Good!

Superstitions abound on this day; the dreaded Friday the 13th. Visions of black cats crossing your path, walking under open ladders, seeing the triple digits 666; all never good to encounter,  but for a February, what with it having fewer days as it is, but it’s not the first time this has happened and it…

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Balsamic: Real Deal or Carbon Copy?

Did you know that real aged balsamic vinegar actually costs anywhere from $75 to $400 or more? Here are a few reasons why: Balsamic vinegar is NOT like other vinegars. What defines vinegar is the fermentation of alcohol — typically wine but also beer or cider — into acetic acid. Red wine vinegar, white wine…

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The 7 Prosperous Foods of New Year’s Eve

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Frozen Concoctions!

Remember Ice Pops as a kid? Even still? These frosty gadgets place a curve into ice twists as we once knew them. You can make your own personalized versions with these clever doodads; adding all sorts of ingredients to you liking. Juices, sodas, spirits, fruit, herbs and spices, even candies. Place them in drinks to…

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Grilled Chicken Berry & Glazed Pecan Fruit Salad

NOTE: Chicken is fully cooked, but the raspberry vinaigrette makes it look pink in the photos…sorry 🙂 I’ve been making these salads for years and have recently noticed an unnamed fast food chain has added something similar to their menu. Not to seem snobbish, but there is NO comparison between my homemade version and theirs….

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Balsamic Glaze: The Mysterious Dark Decedent Dynamic Drizzler…

Balsamic glaze is just an elaborate way of saying “reduced balsamic vinegar” and is also known as “reduction.”  It’s a very simple way to add a lot of flavor to dishes without adding a lot of extra calories or fat. Trader Joe’s offers an excellent brand or you can make your own by simply reducing down…

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