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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…]

Nutella Rice Crispy Treats

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Take your holiday baking to the next level with Nutella Rice Crispy Treats decked out in fancy candy coating

There is some holiday magic in these bars. My Nutella-hating husband (we all have our flaws)  has even polished off half a pan. They’re pretty as bars but I plan to cut the next batch into squares for my cookie trays [Read more…]

Toasted Almond & Cranberry Bark

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Whip up a pretty and festive Toasted Almond & Cranberry Bark drizzled with dark chocolate in minutes perfect for holiday gift giving or cookie trays
Some Christmas treats are too easy to seem real, this recipe for Toasted Almond and Cranberry Bark is one of them. With the help of a brick (literally a brick, I asked my husband to buy me some on his way home and he originally laughed at me for describing it like that but then apologized when he saw it) of vanilla almond bark and a few basic ingredients you can whip up a gourmet looking holiday treat to fill cookie trays and holiday gift tins. [Read more…]