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Pizza Pops

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Sometimes food seems to be better served on a stick.  It’s at least more fun!  The Minnesota State Fair is known for serving unconventional concession food on a stick, such as chocolate-covered watermelon, macaroni and cheese, alligator sausage, fried bacon, fry dogs, pork chops, teriyaki ostrich, and other unusual refreshments.  You’ve also seen some food-on-a-stick […]

Paczki

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Happy Fat Tuesday! Paczki are a traditional deep-fried Polish doughnut, typically topped with powdered sugar or icing and filled with fruit preserves or a custard.  Here in the Midwest, paczki are consumed heavily the day before Lent to celebrate the traditional attempt to use up any eggs, lard, sugar and fruit which are forbidden during […]

Pizza Bites

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After making this Chicken Pesto Pizza the other day, I still had the other half of the Perfect Pizza Crust dough to use up.  It wasn’t hard for me to figure out how.  These Pizza Bites have been tempting me since the day I saw them on Annie’s Eats.  They are so easy to whip […]

Chicken Pesto Pizza

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If you’ve been with me for a while, this may look a little familiar.  I posted a Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe over two years ago, but used frozen bread dough back then.  Now, I make my own pizza crust and would like to share the dough recipe that I’ve finally decided to stick with.  This […]

Perfect Pizza Crust

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This is the basic pizza crust recipe I now use for all of our homemade pizza. Perfect Pizza Crust Printable Recipe 1/2 cup warm water (about 110˚) 1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast 1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 4 cups (22 oz) bread flour, plus more for […]

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

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I.love.this.mousse.  It’s absolutely heavenly as the title lets on.  And, the tiny little flavor burst of coffee surprises you.  This was one of the desserts I served at the tapas party a few weeks ago.  While everyone was enjoying their serving, I was in the kitchen prepping the next dessert dish, but I could hear […]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Hot Chocolate is a favorite drink in our house during the winter, especially on snowy days like we’re having today.  We will drink all kinds of hot cocoa, from the cheap Nestle and Swiss Miss, to the gourmet Ghirardelli. We love it in all forms. I think I have found my favorite hot chocolate option […]

Fresh Basil Pesto

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Basil pesto is a newer staple in my fridge.  It is something I can quickly whip up and use in so many different recipes.  Keep it in an air tight container or jar, drizzle some olive oil on top, and it will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.  You can also freeze it […]

Cajun Fries

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These fries are based on a local burger joint that Ben and I frequent.  They make their fries freshly cut and sprinkled with Cajun seasoning.  I decided to use my leftover potatoes (from this soup) and whip up some Oven-Baked French Fries to go with our Cornflake Chicken Strips the other day for lunch. Then, […]

Baked Bananas with Cinnamon Ice Cream

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This was my favorite dish of my party.  Probably because I’m a dessert girl, and I love baked bananas!  However, this cinnamon ice cream surprised me on how creamy and delectable it turned out to be!  Paired with the baked bananas, it was a fantastic treat and I wished it wasn’t just a tapas sized […]

Cheese & Olives Empanadillas

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When I first saw this recipe, I backed away because it included canned anchovies…yuck!  But, I was so wanting to make these that I kept the recipe and just made a few alterations, including eliminating the anchovies and replacing with artichokes (because I love artichokes.) These have a unique and very flavorful taste.  I loved […]

Starbucks Giveaway – Winners Announced!

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Wow!  You all have impressed me with your tips on saving money in the kitchen!  I did see a trend – a lot of you plan your meals.  Good for you!  It’s a difficult task, but if you stick to it you really do save not only money, but time!  I hope Pennies on a […]

Multi-Colored Tomato Sauce

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Forgive me.  I lied.  This was supposed to be posted yesterday, as promised.  Well, I guess I didn’t lie, I just didn’t follow through.  Yesterday ended up busy, so busy got in the way. This is the sauce I served with the Feta Stuffed Mushrooms.  I love tomatoes, so pairing this with the mushrooms was […]

Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

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Before I even had this food blog, I made stuffed mushrooms that pretty much resembled the kind you can buy at your favorite chain restaurant.  You know, the kind that has some crumbled meat, cheese and maybe even breadcrumbs for the filling?  They were good, but for some reason I never made them again.  I […]

Oven-Baked Tortilla Española

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I decided to share this the recipe from my Spanish Tapas party first, because I think it would be a great appetizer for your Super Bowl party.  Instead of limiting yourself to only serving the usual chips and salsa, buffalo wings, meatballs, etc., you can mix things up a bit and delight your guests with […]

Starbucks Coffee Giveaway! – CLOSED

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As the title of this blog insinuates, I thrive on ways to save money.  So, when Starbucks contacted me about this giveaway and explained how I can save money by buying their newly sized store-packaged coffee rather than purchasing by the cup, I immediately jumped on board.  I love Starbucks coffee, but usually only stop […]

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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<Photo and title updated 10/12/10> During maternity leave, a friend made us baked potato soup that lasted us a few meals. It was so good and I wanted to get the recipe from her, however, at the moment I wanted to make it I didn’t have time to contact her for her recipe, so I […]

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Celebrating 30 Years, Spanish Tapas Style!

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One of my best friends, Stephanie, turned 30 this month, so I wanted to throw her a surprise birthday party with a few of our girlfriends.  Here is a little information about Stephanie: Her family heritage is Spanish, she insists on my son calling her his “tía”, she is already teaching him the Spanish language […]

Croissant Panini

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A few months ago I was watching one of Giada’s shows on the Food Network and she made Croissant Panini.  She created such a tempting variation, loaded with two of my favorite types of cheese, so I knew I had to give it a try.  I quickly marked down the ingredients and threw it with […]

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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I love trying different pasta dishes.  This Cajun Chicken Pasta is probably one of my favorites.  The Cajun spice adds just the right amount of heat without drowning out the rest of the flavors.  And, the colors of the peppers create an alluring appearance.  You can use whatever colors of bell peppers you like.  However, […]

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

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For New Year’s Eve, I wanted to make an easy appetizer that was at least a little impressive.  These pretzel bites were perfect, except that I poorly planned my timing so that I was making them as our guests arrived.  Little did I anticipate that our guests were going to finish making some of their […]