Spicy Baked Zucchini Wedges

I made this recipe for Spicy Baked Zucchini Wedges up as I went along and they turned out great! Like most of my recipes, there is a lot of room for interpretation and experimenting. I made these with Mexican spices – ancho chili powder, adobo seasoning, and ground chipotle. That chipotle makes them extra spicy! You could use just about any spice and/or herb combo you like best. I’ve included a few suggestions in the recipe nots. […]

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Marinated Balsamic Chicken

Marinated Balsamic Chicken | CafeJohnsonia.com

  This recipe for Marinated Balsamic Chicken came from a dear friend that my husband and worked with when we were newly married. Our neighborhood and community included many Italian-Americans. Our friend was one of the best Italian cooks I’ve known. And while I’m not sure this is exactly an Italian recipe or not, it’s become one of my family’s very favorite, most treasured recipes.   I usually serve the balsamic chicken over a bed […]

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How To: Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

I don’t know why I haven’t made homemade marshmallows until now. I’m a huge marshmallow fan, for one. And for two, I’m a pro at making meringues. (Wink, wink) Actually, I am a marshmallow lover, but making marshmallows has been a little intimidating. (My work table.) I had planned on making homemade marshmallows for the neighbors during the holidays. But as it turns out, when you are in the throes of morning sickness, even marshmallows […]

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How To Make Candied Nuts

How To Make Candied Nuts | CafeJohnsonia.com

One of the number one questions I get from friends is how to make candied nuts for salads. I confess that candied nuts are one of the reasons I am the salad lover I am. The sweet, salty crunch of candied nuts is irresistible nestled among leafy greens, and coupled with cheese, fruit, and veggies. Mmm… The recipe I’ve used for years is from a beloved cookbook that I’m pretty sure your mom has on her […]

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Easiest Hot Fudge Sauce

Easiest Hot Fudge Sauce | CafeJohnsonia.com

For those times when you want some yummy hot fudge sauce, but don’t have any more chocolate on hand to make it, use cocoa powder. And for times when you do have chocolate, substitute it or add it to the cocoa powder for the creamiest, dreamiest hot fudge sauce imaginable.  I grew up eating hot fudge sundaes at my grandmother’s family parties. She is the best hostess – the food is always incredible, and her […]

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Celeriac Potato Au Gratin

When I first tried Celeriac a few years ago, I was smitten. I love the flavor. I loved the texture. I just loved it. I was at a restaurant somewhere in the Flatiron District in Manhattan at a little chic restaurant. I ordered a yummy steak and it came with a perfect square of Celeriac Potato Au Gratin. I fell in love.   I came up (sort of) with my own recipe based on traditional […]

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Aprium Sherbet

This might have to be revisited at another point. I really loved the flavors in this sherbet. It wasn’t too sweet. The flavor of the fruit really comes through. I did add a little almond extract and a little teeny, tiny bit of vanilla. Next time–no vanilla. The almond was a good addition. I even think it would be nice to add a little amaretto to this. I’d also like to try it without the […]

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Spinach Salad with Pork, Avocado and Oranges

Spinach Salad with Pork, Avocado and Oranges Ingredients: One 3-pound boneless pork roast (shoulder or butt are great) 1 bag baby spinach 1 (not overly) ripe avocado, sliced and cut into chunks 2-3 oranges, peeled, segmented 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced–white and green parts 1/2 sliced, toasted almonds sliced olives Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing Instructions: For pork: I like to use my crock-pot for slow cooking pork roasts. This was a very lean pork loin roast. […]

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Creamy Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

This is one of our favorite ice cream recipes. This Creamy Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is rich and tangy. It’s great on its own, but you could put the ice cream into a crust for a frozen Key Lime Pie. The cream cheese gives is a bit of a cheesecake flavor that is really, really good. Creamy Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Original Recipe and pictures by Lindsey Johnson Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese1 […]

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