Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (with Pasta)

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (in Pasta)

My second Secret Recipe Club post for the day! As I mentioned in an earlier post today, this month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting a second recipe. This one is a Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto from Amanda at the Dancing Veggies blog. It's super easy to make and so good that everyone should have it in their back pocket (or freezer!). I tossed a couple of tablespoons in some pasta and topped it with Parmesan cheese for a quick, satisfying lunch and had it ...

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19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

The cherry season is way too short for me. So while these little beauties are in the markets, we snack on them in the car, add them to salads, purée them into soups, and add to grains dishes. They're full of antioxidants, and are the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day. If you're looking for new ways to take full advantage of cherries this summer, go check out my latest post for Parade! I've included breakfast options with chia seeds and muffins, several salads, summer drinks, ...

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Spicy Cheese Twists: #SundaySupper

Spicy Cheese Twists

Wisconsin is synonymous with cheese and is home to the world's most award-winning cheeses. Approximately 10,000 dairy farms on rolling hills of lush pastureland produce over 21,000 pounds of milk each year, 90% of which is used for making more than 2,800,000,000 pounds of cheese.       As amazing as that is, it’s not just about production numbers. In Wisconsin, it’s a way of life. Many families and facilities have been making cheese for four generations. Wisconsin has more ...

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Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet and Jalapeño Peppers

Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet, and Jalapeño

Moist cheesy beer bread baked with cooked quinoa and millet for extra nutrition.                                                                 This week’s theme for Food Network’s FN Dish blog is cheese. I would be helpless in the kitchen without cheese, so it was challenging to decide what to make. Cheese has brokered many vegetarian – carnivore tussles in our kitchen. When I want to make farro more appealing to the Carnivorous Maximus’ palate, I add cheese. Likewise, Parmesan cheese has ...

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Fig and Anise Bread (Overnight Method)

Fig and Anise Bread

FIG AND ANISE BREAD Baking yeasted bread is easy, but it can be one of the most intimidating things to tackle if you've never done it. My first time, I almost convinced myself I couldn't do it at all. I was in culinary school, in my early 50's, struggling to keep up with all the much younger students in my class. I shoved baggy sleeves of an ill-fitting chef's jacket up past my elbows, only to have them immediately slump back down over my knuckles, as I re-read for what felt like the 11th ...

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Nut-Free Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Bringing a new life into your family is cause for celebration. It changes your life, expands your world, and deepens the relationship with your spouse in ways you didn't expect. For me and my husband, it's been a new puppy. Rika is 6 months old now and she's brought so much sunshine, walks, ball throwing, and squeaking toy noises into our lives already. And although she's not human, there are still many decisions and challenges in keeping a puppy safe, and raising a her to become a dog that will ...

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Chocolate and Pretzel Bark with Sea Salt

chocolate bark with pretzels and sea salt

It started with a deceptively innocent outing. A close friend, Ina, and I decided to go for a hike in the Headlands, and stopped at a local grocery store for the sustenance we were certain we'd need, what with all the exercise we were planning on the white board in our minds. We bought some very small vegetarian hero sandwiches, some tabouli, hummus, pita shards, and a bunch of grapes. So far, so good. And then we saw them. Colorful packages of Bark Thins swinging on hooks near the cash ...

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft ginger molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger.

Secret Recipe Club: Soft ginger-molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger for an extra kick. Every year on Secret Recipe Club, we get a get-out-of-jail card. Which is to say, we get either December or January off without penalty, depending on the group we're in. My group and another one gets December off. The other two groups get January off. Yes, we can take occasional months off for vacation and life in general, but this Club looks for bloggers who post regularly on their ...

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Rugelach – Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie

Tips on making pumpkin rugelach holiday cookies with raspberry jam, coconut, chocolate, currants, and orange zest. Includes recipe for quickie raspberry jam with chocolate liqueur.

People, rugelach needs to be in your entertaining tool pack. They can sleep away, quietly tucked into the freezer, ready at a moments notice. At the last minute, you flick on the oven, whip out a baking sheet, and slice up a few frozen rolls of dough filled with jam, chocolate shards, coconut shreds, orange zest, and nuts, and you are ready to rock and roll. Your friends will be wowed that you were organized and talented enough to make such a high-end, gorgeous treat plus whatever amazing meal ...

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week's theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week's theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give me an infinite array of possibilities I don't normally have. It's all fun, but my favorite leftover to work with is cranberry sauce. It can go into bars, turnovers, scones, farro dishes, or become a sauce for pork. Last ...

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Cranberry Pumpkin Loaf with Chocolate Chips slider

Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry pumpkin bread loaded with dried cranberries and chocolate chips. The older I get (and by the way, I'm still young) the more I gravitate towards easier recipes that are full of flavor. When I first graduated from culinary school, the more complicated the better. If there was a fancy 7-layer meringue cake elegantly interleaved with thick buttercream topped with candied orange slices dipped in chocolate and covered with toasted coconut, deal me in. Mine never ...

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Curried Apple Chips

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder.

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder. Perfect healthy snack for autumn! I'm on the hunt for sugarless snacks that are healthy. They need to be something I realistically want to eat more than once, and they need to be super-super-easy. I'm so busy these days with various projects, long drawn-out kitchen projects aren't possible. And I'm about to get even busier, it that's even possible. We're adopting a puppy, and next week we bring her home. I'm anticipating a rough first few ...

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