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Asparagus-How to Care For

Fresh: Keep fresh asparagus clean, cold, and covered. Trim the stem end about 1/4 inch and wash in warm water several times. Pat dry and place in moisture-proof wrapping. Refrigerate and use within 2-3 days for best quality. To maintain freshness, wrap a moist paper towel around the stem ends, or stand upright in two […]

Sorry- About Not Posting

I have been doing somethings around the house doing some yard. Have been trying to get ready for summer, have been cleaning yard from all of the non-use during the winter. I will be back posting recipes and other things starting tomorrow. I just wanted everyone to know i will be back! Thanks for understanding […]

Taco’s- How to Make

A deluxe taco bar for the whole family is a lot easier than you think-just let everyone pile on their favorites. Here are two different taco’s too try. 1. Spice-Rubbed Steak Mash 2 garlic cloves to a paste with 1 tsp. kosher salt. In a bowl, combine 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1 […]

Chicken and Pepper Stir-Fry with Basil

4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves, sliced 1 inch thick 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch 1/2 Tsp. Salt 1/3 Tsp. Black Pepper 3 Tbsp. Canola Oil divided 1 Large Green Bell Pepper, sliced 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, sliced 1 Small Zucchini, sliced 1 Small Yellow Squash, sliced 1 1/2 Tsp. Garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. Rice Wine […]

Seared Steak with French Fries and Lemon Green Beans

1 Bag Frozen French Fries 1 1/2 Lb. Fresh Green Beans, trimmed 2 Tbsp. Butter, divided 1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice 12 Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 Tbsp. chopped, Parsley 1/2 Tsp. Salt, divided 1/2 Tsp. Black Pepper, divided 4 (3/4-inch-thick) Shell Steaks 1. Preheat oven to 42 degrees F. Bake french fries according to package […]

Sesame Noodles with Scallions and Radishes

3/4 Lb. dried, Linguine 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp. chopped, fresh Ginger 1/2 Tsp. minced, Garlic 2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vineg superfast, justar 2 Tbsp. Asian, Sesame Oil 1 Tbsp. Honey 3/4 Tsp. Red Pepper, flakes 4 Scallions, sliced 6 Radishes, sliced thin 1. In a large pot of […]

Baked Fish in Tomato Sauce

1/2 Cup Onion, chopped 1/4 Cup Celery, chopped 1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped 1 Pound Fish Fillets 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper 1. Combine onion, celery, and parsley. Place in a greased 12- x 8- x 2- inch baking dish. 2. Sprinkle each fillet […]

Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes

For Cupcakes: 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1 Cup Sugar 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tsp ground Cinnamon 1/2 Tsp Salt 1 Cup canned Coconut Milk, mixed well before measuring 1/2 Cup Canola Oil 2 Tbsp White or Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp pure Vanilla Extract 2 Tsp instant Espresso Powder […]

Mediterranean Deviled Eggs

8 Large Eggs, boiled 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard 1 1/3 Teaspoons White Balsamic Vinegar 1 1/2 Tablespoons coarsely, chopped Kalamata Olives 1 1/3 Tablespoons coarsely, chopped Capers 2 Teaspoons chopped,Flat-Leaf Parsley 1.Put eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Cover pot and boil 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with […]

Horseradish Deviled Eggs

4 slices Bacon 6 Eggs 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 2 Tablespoons prepared Mustard 1 Tablespoon prepared Horseradish Pinch Salt Pinch cracked Black Pepper 2 Tablespoons thinly Sliced Scallion Greens 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the bacon on a sheet tray lined with a wire rack and bake until crisp, […]

Frozen Honey Mousse with Apricot Compote

For the Mousse: 4 Large Egg Yolks 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Honey 1 1/3 Cups Heavy Cream 1 Cup Whole Almonds, coarsely chopped For the Compote: 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots, sliced 1/2 Cup Water 1 Tablespoon Honey 1. Make mousse: Put 2 inches water intoa small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer. Cmbine […]

Blue Lumped Crab Deviled Eggs

12 Boiled Eggs 1 Cup Mayonnaise 1-2 Tablespoons Miracle Whip Salad Dressing 1 Tablespoon Pickle Juice 1 Teaspoon Mustard 1/8 Cup Scallions, chopped Salt and Pepper, to taste 8 Ounces Crab Meat Cayenne Pepper, optional Capers, garnish Paprika, garnish 1. Cut eggs in half. Remove yolk and place in separate mixing bowl. 2. Add mayonnaise, […]

How to Boil the Perfect Egg/Is Your Egg Fresh?

How to determine if your egg is fresh, just drop the egg into cold salted water (3/8 cup salt to 4 cups water). If the egg sinks it is fresh. If it remains suspended in the water it is about 2 weeks old. If it floats, the egg is not fresh enough to be eaten […]

Southwestern Hash

2 Red Potatoes (about 12 ounces), scrubbed and cut into 1 inch pieces Coarse Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin 1 Jalapeno Chile, finely diced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired.) 3 Scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced 8 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 1/2 Cups […]

Short Ribs with Black Barley and Mushrooms

Prep. 25 min. Cook. 2 hrs. Stand. 3 hrs. 1 Cup Black or Purple Barley 6 Beef Short Ribs 2 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 medium Onion, cut in thin wedges 8 Oz. Shilitake Mushrooms, trimmed and halved 3 1/2 Cups reduced-sodium Beef Broth 2 Star Anise 1/4 Tsp. Salt 1/2 Tsp. cracked Black Pepper […]

Creamy Carrot and Millet Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Millet cooks very quickly and has a real mild sweet taste. Prep. 15 min. Cook. 45 min 2 Tbsp. Butter 1 medium Onion, chopped 1 Lb. Carrots, peeled and chopped (about 3 Cups) 1/2 Cup Millet 2 1/2 Cups reduced-sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock or Broth 1/3 Tsp. Salt 1 1/4 Cups Milk 1/2 Cup […]

Crunchy Grain Cakes with Strawberry Salad

The crucch y, hearty grain blends, rice cakes, are a wonderfully simple great pilaf. These crunchy, cakes have a golden ; crispy crust. The rice cakes are made with sweet strawberries and crunchy bok choy. Prep. 25 min. Cook 13 min. Oven 200 deg. Grain Cakes 1 Cup mixed Whole Grain Rice 1/4 Cup Greek […]

Farro, Cherry Tomato, and Asparagus Casserole

Farro is a food product composed of grains of certain wheat species. Farro is often used in dishes such as salads and soups. It’s also used to make pasta or bread, after it’s ground into flour.  The three types are known as farro piccolo, farro medio, and farro grande. Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. […]

Black Rice Salad with Snap Peas, Carrots, and Almonds

Black rice has a deep black color, and it turns a deep purple when cooked. Its color is due to its anthocyanin content. The grain has a mild, sweet taste that has a very large appeal. Prep: 20 min. Cool: 1 hr. Cook: 30 min. 2 Cups Black Rice 4 Cups Microgreens and/or shredded Cabbage […]

Bulgur Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Mint

Bulgur is a whole wheat grain cracked and partially pre-cooked. Bulgur is very high-fiber plus low-fat and is a vegan food ingredient. Bulgur is not suitable for people who are on a gluten-free diet. Also this is a very good grain because it’s one of the quickest to cook. It’s most commonly found in salads, […]