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Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Orange Meringues

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Now that the freeloaders ladies are laying again I’ve got a kitchen full of eggs. The late arrival of winter has left my ‘back 40’ a mud pit and as a result I have a large bucket of un-saleworthy eggs. That means lots of breakfast foods, hard-boiled eggs and meringues! I love making meringues because it’s easy, I get to use my mixer, I get to use a pastry bag and feel all professional, they are yummy and crunchy and as far as cookies go they’re not horrible for you. I justified the dark chocolate dip based on the fact that the whole batch or vanilla orange meringues is a whopping 650 calories (and you can’t eat a whole batch in one sitting you just can’t). And I like chocolate. You do have to work fast with this batter, the orange zest is basically a self destruct button and I’m setting you up for failure if you move too slowly but I promise it’s worth it!

Capture the fresh flavors of ripe oranges and sweet vanilla with these chocolate dipped Vanilla Orange Meringues

Once you get the basics down meringues are actually a breeze, here are a few tricks to make things even easier for you. [Read more…]

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Chobani

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[This post brought to you by Chobani Yogurt. All thoughts, comments and ideas are my own]

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I’m not a sports fan (do you really think I have time for that? haha) but I do enjoy the food. My husband is a huge Giants fan so we do catch a few games on his days off. We usually head to my Aunts where we watch it on her giant (ha! it’s a pun) TV and I sit at the kitchen table munching on snacks and reading cookbooks. The snacks are always plentiful, we always make venison chili for the main dish but we fill ourselves up with half a dozen dips and chip/cracker combos. [Read more…]

Halloween Witch Hat Cookies

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I’m off my game (again!) I’m always ready for Halloween in August and then I blink and it’s October 20th. My kid doesn’t even have a costume! For the record she’s going to be a bat and the fabric is somewhere on my kitchen table. I was feeling like a Halloween failure so I put on Hocus Pocus and got to baking. You’ve probably made a version of these cookies, I’ve seen them called peanut butter blossoms but growing up we called them the kiss cookies.

Fancy up simple Hershey Kiss cookies to make adorably sweet Witch Hats perfect to help your little monsters celebrate Halloween [Read more…]

Pumpkin Chai Creme Brulee

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I was drinking a cup of iced chai yesterday thinking that it would make a great creme brulee, and why not add pumpkin just because? I’ve made vanilla bean creme brulee before and it’s different than your average dessert but not hard. The creme part is a basic custard and the brulee is the crunchy caramelized sugar topping. Bonus points for the make ahead factor, the custards are fine in the fridge for a day or so. Add the sugar and toast it right before serving, the secret is to get the sugar to caramelize without heating up the custard. The best past of a creme brulee is cracking the sugar crust!

Take your autumn dessert menu to the next level with a seasonally spiced Pumpkin Chai Creme Brulee [Read more…]

Easy No Peel Whole Apple Applesauce

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You probably know that autumn is a busy time of year. The overflowing garden and orchards are keeping us all busy with canning, pickling, freezing, fermenting, you name it.

Turn your ugly apples into applesauce without peeling, dicing or coring for a tasty, healthy treat
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