Recipes

Orzo, Chickpea, Tomato, Feta Salad

Orzo, Chickpea, Tomato, Feta Salad

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

  Salads in January have to be good. During the post-Christmas diet season, it is all too easy to fall off the calorie wagon. Even if you are blessed enough not to be on a diet, a tempting salad can’t hurt. Orzo, tomato, feta salad has all the right salad fixings — healthy ingredients with a happy colorful look. Healthy and happy isn’t that what we all want to be? Eating right makes everything easier even on the coldest winter […]

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Sweet and sour green beans served with rice make a light meal.

Sweet and Sour Sesame Green Beans

Serves: 4

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

  Spice up your plain old green beans with a simple sweet and sour sauce any time of year. Who says vegetables are boring? Sweet and sour green beans have a zingy flavor and spicy aroma. A splash of savory soy sauce and sprinkling of nutty toasted sesame seeds will fill the air with the aroma of the Orient.   Fast Cooking Side It only takes a few minutes to prepare sweet and sour green beans. They make a good […]

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Baked Alaska a la Minnesota

Baked Alaska a la Minnesota

Serves: 8

Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Difficult, except during winter

  A baked Alaska in frozen Minnesota. What better way to begin the New Year? When the weather gives you rock solid lemons out of the deep freeze, head right for the ice cream. Polar Paradise Here in Minneapolis, the current weather conditions mirror the name of the dish. Sub-zero wind chills and a fluffy thick blanket of snow set the mood. It is one big ice box out there. Today’s high temperature of 1 °F provided ideal household freezer […]

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Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Marcona Almond Salad

Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Marcona Almond Salad

Serves: 2

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Medium

Here come the holidays. Festive foods are everywhere — Christmas cookies covered with sprinkles, dips loaded with cream cheese and frilly sugary cocktails. Seek refuge in a light salad. Local produce may be a distant memory, but luckily, pomegranates are in season during the month of December. Put a few seeds of this power food into your meal plan. Nutritious and delicious, pomegranates burst with personality. Fame of Spain Pomegranates have ancient origins from the Mediterranean. As a renowned food […]

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Whip up a light  breakfast by making a fluffy cheese omelet with spinach or asparagus.

Fluffy Cheese Omelette

Serves: 2

Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

  A cold harsh winter day calls for a good start with a special breakfast. The holidays make a splurge even more justified. Make a soufflé in a frying pan. A fluffy omelette is a skillet-cooked soufflé. All it takes is a good frying pan and a little technique. A fluffy omelette really does take ordinary eggs to new heights. The ingredients are ordinary and the results extraordinary. This low-cost egg dish is sure to impress. Helpful Hints Timing is everything when […]

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Sweet and Sour Creamed Cabbage with Bacon

Sweet and Sour Creamed Cabbage with Bacon

Serves: 4

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

  Stout German fare melds into the stark shadows of short winter days.  Sweet and sour creamed cabbage with bacon makes the ideal side dish with German sausage like bratwurst, spätzle and mashed potatoes. In keeping with authentic German food, the dish is winter hearty and very filling. Just like Grandmother used to make. Well, in a way. My family has made this recipe for more years than I can remember. Sometimes, I lighten it up a bit by using […]

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Soft Chocolate Banana Cookies

Soft Chocolate Banana Cookies

Christmas means cookies and chocolate ones by the dozen. As a popular family favorite, soft chocolate banana cookies steal the show and are some of the first to disappear. A family member first shared this recipe with me about ten years ago. Several major modifications since then have transformed this tasty combination of rich chocolate and earthy moist bananas into sheer cookie delight. After all, the only way to improve chocolate is to have more of it. So why not […]

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Soybean Succotash

Serves: 6

Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Very easy

  Golden yellow corn, as bright as the prairie sun, ranks as the most universally accepted of all vegetables after potatoes. Pair good ol’ Midwestern mainstay corn with frozen soybeans in place of lima beans for an updated more palatable version of succotash. Despite lowly origins somewhere in the frozen food section of a grocery store, succotash has earned a place on many a table. A simple pairing of corn and beans makes a hearty, go together fast dish that […]

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Salad with Apples, Carrots, Nuts and Cranberry Dressing

Salad with Apples, Carrots, Nuts and Cranberry Dressing

Serves: 4

Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Dress up your table with a cranberry vinaigrette-based dressing. Fresh cranberries turn ordinary food into something special. As a salad dressing, they transform plain greens into a celebration. Cranberry Beauty Their lively crimson red color has dazzling eye appeal. Shades of rosey pink flecked with bright cranberry red confetti stand out against the leafy green lettuce base. The contrasting shapes and textures of greens, carrots, apples and walnuts have a festive quality perfect for the season. Most recipes feature cooked cranberries. […]

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Apple Sauce Topped Oatmeal Waffles

Apple Sauce Topped Oatmeal Waffles

Serves: 4

Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

  Take the oatmeal out of the cereal bowl and throw into the waffle iron. Break your breakfast routine with oatmeal waffles with apple topping. A few basic ingredients and about 45 minutes are required. A breakfast full of homemade sugar and spice sets the tone for day. A special meal brings everyone together, especially on weekends. One Helping Waffle Wonders Oatmeal waffles with apple topping make a hearty start for a good day. The nutty flavored fiber rich dough […]

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