Cowboy Beans: Olde West Pony Express Style

Happy Pony Express Day! Let’s celebrate with a bit of fare from the Wagon Train Trail, shall we? I was first introduced to these spicy, flavor-packed beans at a local Sedona Restaurant years ago and they were excellent, no doubt, but I had to come home and recreate my own version; Of course, incorporating a…

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5 Cheese Au Gratin Potatoes: The Ultimate Easter Side Dish

Many cultures celebrate Easter in varying ways and the fare served on this Holy day parallel the traditions. However, in most American households baked ham is most always a culinary focal point accompanied by a cascade of steamy, creamy potatoes. This recipe is much like the conventional scalloped, but with the addition of 5 cheeses…

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Southwestern Chicken & Cheddar- Pepper Jack Queso Dip

What better to offer on this National Chip & Dip Day than this ooey gooey, Southwestern cheddar-pepper jack queso dip? The lusciousness is made heartier with the addition of chopped cooked chicken. The chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add some heat and intense flavors. Prepare a day ahead, cover and chill in an airtight container;…

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JB’s Creamy Sautéed Spinach, Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions

This is an extremely scrumptious recipe introduced to me by my friend Jana. Our test kitchen (Me 🙂 ) found it to be very versatile; great mixed with pasta, served alone as a side dish with grilled or baked meat or fish or the filling for panini…really fantastic! Thanks for the delicious introductions & your…

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CinniBird: 2015’s Most Noteworthy Kitchen Gadgets

No matter how many times we study our bestie barista artfully pour milk into a rich double shot of espresso, we just can’t recreate the foamy graphic as gracefully at home. (It’s a wrist thing, right?). Now this hand-held kitchen gadget is about to erase our latte art envy for good and help us up…

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Guest Chef Jana’s Simple Oven Swiss Steak

While growing up, Jana’s mother prepared this delicious, uncomplicated dish frequently for her family and it was always a hit! Carrying on the tradition, Jana adapted the recipe to suit her family’s tastes, and often made it for Sunday dinners for family and guests. Jana fondly remembers this scrumptious, simple dish being her father’s most…

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The Best Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Recipe…Ever!

Today we celebrate National Banana Bread Day! There are as many banana bread recipes as there are plantations in the Americas. However, this is mine with the addition of nibs of chocolate which add a rich, chocolaty depth. This lovely loaf is moist and luscious with a hint of spice to compliment the banana flavor….

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The BEST, EASY Fluffy Made From Scratch Pancakes

It’s National Pancake Week and we kicked off the week with a favorite of Abraham Lincoln’s, the Johnnycake. Now I’m bringing you the history behind pancakes and the best, fluffy,made from scratch recipe…ever! It’s said that the origin of pancakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks who made a form of pancake known…

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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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Helena’s Hungarian Chicken Paprikash—One Pot!

A tender scrumptious, classic, ethnic chicken dish braised in a creamy spice-filled sauce including the traditional Hungarian ingredient – paprika – along with other spices and sour cream. This is an old family recipe for Chicken Paprikash handed down to me from a wonderful Hungarian neighbor who took pride in her family recipes. Extremely luscious…

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