Spinach Salad with Chicken and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Chicken and Raspberry Vinaigretteoriginal recipe Ingredients: For Salad:1 bag baby spinach1/2 cup crumbled feta or a mild blue cheese1 apple, thinly sliced1/2 cup or more candied nuts1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (green onions)1/2 cup dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, raisins, currants, etc.)1 cup cooked, shredded chicken For Raspberry Vinaigrette:2-4 Tbsp. raspberry preserves4 Tbsp. […]

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Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Polenta and Black Beans

Spice Rubber Pork Chops with Creamy Parmesan Polenta and Black Beans adapted from Bon Appetit magazine For Black Beans:1/2 lb. black beanswatersalt1 Goya Sazon packet  For Spice Rubbed Pork Chops:4, 3/4″ pork chops (can be with/without bones)1 Tbsp. cumin seeds1 Tbsp. coriander seeds1 tsp. saltfreshly ground black pepper1 Tbsp. olive oil For Creamy Parmesan Polenta:6 […]

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Cornmeal Cherry Cookies

Cornmeal Cherry CookiesFrom Everyday Food MAKES 32Cornmeal gives these not-too-sweet cookies a crumbly texture and golden color. Keep an extra log in the freezer—you can slice off and bake as many cookies as you want. The parchment-wrapped dough can be placed in a resealable plastic bag and frozen for 3 months. The dough can be […]

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Carolyn’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Carolyn’s Chocolate Chip Cookiesfrom Martha Stewart Living magazine Ingredients:2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour½ tsp. salt½ tsp. baking soda1 cup (2 sticks) butter1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar (no substitutions, please!)½ cup granulated white sugar1 large whole egg1 large egg yolk½ Tbsp. pure vanilla extract1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips1 […]

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Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Cupcakes (From Martha Stewart)MAKES 12 Ingredients:6 Tbsp. unsalted butter1 (11 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips–Trader Joe’s is best3 large eggs1 cup sugar3/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa1/8 tsp. baking soda1/4-1/2 tsp. salt (optional, but I think it needs it)1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts, or pecans)Chocolate frosting (totally optional) Instructions:1. Preheat oven to […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

This must be made each and every St. Patrick’s Day! Corned Beef and Cabbage Ingredients:1 3-5 lb. corned beef brisket (with seasoning packet included)Watera handful of peppercornsa bay leafParsnipsCarrotsCeleryPotatoesCabbage Instructions:Rinse brisket under cold water to remove the brine. Place in pot and cover with cold water. Add the peppercorns, bay leaf, and spice packet. Bring […]

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins (from Cooks’ Illustrated)MAKES 12 REGULAR SIZE MUFFINS Ingredients:2 cups flour1 Tbsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 cup granulated sugar1 large egg4 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled1 1/4 cups sour cream1 1/4 cups frozen blueberries, preferably wild (I love Wyman’s–they are small and very tasty.) Instructions:1. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, […]

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Grandma’s Oatmeal Icebox Cookies

Grandma’s Oatmeal Icebox Cookies Ingredients:1 cup shortening1 ¼ cup brown sugar¾ cup white sugar2 eggs, slightly beaten1 tsp vanilla1 ½ cups flour1 tsp baking soda½ tsp salt3 cups rolled oats2 cups raisins, softened in hot water(optional additions: dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, etc. chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch chips, chopped nuts) Instructions:Cream shortening and sugars until light […]

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Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookiesfrom my mom Ingredients: 4 cups flour4 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt1 Tbsp ginger2 tsp cinnamon1 ½ cups oil2 cups sugar2 eggs½ cup molasses Instructions:Sift dry ingredients together. Pour oil into mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix until sugar is wet, add eggs and mix well. Add molasses. On low speed […]

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