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Spinach and Cheese Quiche

Spinach and Cheese Quiche

Serves: 8

Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This classic French dish is a snap to make with a bunch of fresh spinach and a ready-made pie crust. Spinach and cheese quiche makes a great light lunch or dinner served with a salad. Real Hens Make Quiche As is true with most any recipe, the better the quality of the ingredients, the better the final result will be. Buy the best quality cheese that you can afford. Real French Gruyere rather than plain old Swiss would be ideal. […]

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Herbed and Spiced Cheese Bread

Herbed and Spiced Cheese Bread

Serves: 4

Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Simple goes spectacular in herbed and spiced cheese bread. A few quality ingredients combine into one harmoniously tasty dish. Herbs and spice with everything nice make for a no fuss simple supper. So often, the least complicated of things are best. Herb Magic Even in Minnesota, herbs make a comeback in the spring. A glimpse of green shooting up from the earth is a welcome site indeed. Chives, parsley and oregano are hearty, low maintenance perennials. They look pretty in […]

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Cherry White Chocolate Scones

Cherry White Chocolate Scones

Serves: 5

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Medium

Tart dried cherries paired with creamy white chocolate chips make scrumptious scones worthy of any table. Add a touch of elegance with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or proper English clotted cream. Whether dressed up or plain, these deliciously decadent scones can only delight. True Tea Time Takers Fresh out of the oven airy scones make a sophisticated snack fit for discerning eaters. Scones beg for a hot cup of tea. Sip a cup and nibble on a […]

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Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Serves: 12

Time: 2 hours plus soaking time

Difficulty: Moderate

All too often, bread pudding appears as an evening dessert. This Mother of leftover food turned luscious makes an even better starter for the day. A good dowsing of first-rate, French Grand Marnier doesn’t hurt either. Boozy Breakfast Bread Pudding  A little liqueur goes a long way to heat up the subtle sweetness of breakfast bread pudding. A mixture of dried fruit soaks up the Grand Marnier and then goes into the custard. The result, bread pudding studded with happy […]

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Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème

Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème

Serves: 4 - 6

Time: 3/4 hour to prepare and overnight to cool

Difficulty: Moderate

  Valentine’s Day and chocolate are old friends. Doesn’t everyone love chocolate? Love and chocolate go together hand and hand. Pick your favorite flavor – dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. Each captures the true spirit of the day in sweet form. While store-bought boxed chocolates are lovely, homemade chocolate pots de crème are luscious. A traditional French recipe with a modern twist transforms wobbly custard into a delightfully decadent dessert. A good splash of Grand Marnier puts a […]

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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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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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Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Frosting

Grandmother made these spicy gems in the fall when the days were short and appetites were long. She knew how to cook for a crowd any time of year, but during autumn, homemade food took on a special this is what holidays are made of charm that spilled over into every day meals. The smell of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg baking together could be mistaken for pumpkin pie. No pie can live up to the soft almost cake-like crumb of […]

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Pesto Zucchini Biscuits

Pesto Zucchini Biscuits

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Medium

  Zucchini, biscuits and pesto have much in common. Each on its own can be just plain vanilla, blah. Simple Solution Throw a little zucchini and pesto into basic biscuit batter and “Presto!” zippy little biscuits come together. Not the typical bland biscuit, a pesto zucchini biscuit packs in enough real Italian flavor to stand on its own without a cloak of dairy-rich, real butter. Summer Savory A batch of pesto zucchini biscuits uses up at least one of the […]

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Serves: 12

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

  Tired of too much zucchini? When zucchini is in season, it takes over the season. If there ever there was too much of a good thing, it came in the form of a zucchini. Perhaps, we take this most vigorous of vegetables for granted. Zucchini jokes abound and can really bite hard on the poor defenseless diminutive of zucca. Seasonal Zucchini Overload Zucchini takes the prize for everyday summer squash. Literally, we eat zucchini in some form or another […]

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