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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”   ~Attributed to Groucho Marx I began my career in literary hoarding before I could speak. Both of my parents were educators that devoured books and added to their diverse collections so when I was born, …

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Fudge Cakes

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz Fudge cakes are so delicious on their own that we don’t bother to frost them. Thus becoming a favorite of the packed lunch crowd. Super easy and oh so delicious! Pre-heat those ovens to 325 degrees. In …

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Strawberry Bread

Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries. -Lauren Ambrose We are very spoiled here in Southern California. For several reasons but what I’m talking about is having amazing local fruits …

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Oven Fried Hawaiian Chicken

The Spanish introduced the first pineapples to Hawaii. The state is now one of the top pineapple producers in the world, producing one third of the world’s pineapple crop and 60 percent of the world’s canned pineapple. Oven Fried Hawaiian Chicken is a great way to utilize the cheaper whole cut- up chicken or frankly …

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The Ultimate Chicken Nachos

There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs – Angel Flonis Harefa I was standing in line at the market waiting to be helped by the butcher, who had a couple people out sick so he was …

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Home-Style Baked Chicken

I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give. -Julia Child A funny thing happened on the way to the kitchen to cook some home-style baked chicken for the ol’ family. The Handsome Prince …

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The Best Chocolate Explosion Cake

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. -Audrey Hepburn Leap through my time warp back to my childhood. Every birthday that was had… The best chocolate explosion cake was served. My mother even shipped me this cake when I was away working …

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7-Up Cake

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. -Benjamin Franklin 7-Up Cake might sound a bit strange but I assure you it might be one of the most moist bundt cakes you’ll make. It has a light tangy lemon lime flavor that will blast you back to holiday dinners …

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Dear Karen-No Fail Whole Wheat Bread

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” -Robert Browning   There is an advent calendar that is sweeping the internet. This isn’t the kind where we get to open a little cardboard door and get a chocolate that day. Nope. It is about friendship, love, food …

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Cheese Crispy

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. -W. C. Fields It is not hard to make a cheese crispy. Takes about six minutes to make them start to finish. My crew loves a cheese crispy with a homemade soup, stew or salads. Just another fun addition to a meal …

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Our Nutty Thanksgiving Table

  I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. -Jon Stewart I know how meals go down at my place but I often wonder what is really being served around those tables elsewhere. …

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Warmed Hazelnut Vanilla Milk

  “Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” – Aunt Bee Taylor Warmed hazelnut vanilla milk came from our love of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s steamed hazelnut milk. I had to give up my passionate love affair with coffee (for health reasons), a few months …

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Rice Pudding

“It does not happen all at once. There is no instant pudding.” -W. Edwards Deming This rice pudding recipe could be considered a “lighter” version of the old traditional rice pudding that I grew up loving. Nothing wrong with whole milk and butter at all, in moderation. It ends up so creamy and great anyway, …

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DIY Instant Hot Chocolate

Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time. – Henri Frederic Amiel Our kids love hot chocolate, especially as the winter months bring cooler temperatures, when we go camping, during “s’mores nights” by the fire pit and …

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French Toast

Penny:  I’ll tell you what, next french toast day, I’ll make you oatmeal Sheldon:  Good lord, are you still gonna be here next french toast day? – The Big Bang Theory French Toast is not a hard dish. It requires ingredients and patience. If you wait for your pan to warm before you begin, you …

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Frosted Apple Cake

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on Golden Delicious.”   Frosted Apple Cake is dense, moist and also made from most things found in the pantry. When I get a great deal on apples, this is one of the first apple treats coming out of my oven. It definitely …

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Chocolate Cherry Cake

“You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast.” -Mallika Sarabhai One of the kids had a sick pal so we dropped off her school work at her house. When her mom opened the door, the chocolatey scent drifted out to the porch with us. I asked …

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Whipped Angel Toffee Cake

If you look over the years, the styles have changed – the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it’s really the same. – John Oates This may be the easiest most delicious cake you’ll …

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Applesauce

“Your mind has turned to applesauce.” -Steely Dan For years I purchased the convenience of applesauce in a jar at my local market. Honestly, I just never gave any thought to making it myself when it was so handy. Fall often brings excellent prices on apples and my crew starts requesting that I make hot …

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta

“Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.” – Thomas Aloysius Dorgan   This little gem was brought to us by locusts, oops… I mean teenagers. What happens when you have made a delicious dinner for your family and suddenly the number of people in your …

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Beef And Broccoli

“Newman, you wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.” -Jerry Seinfeld to Newman in ‘Seinfeld’ TV series When we order out for Chinese food, we always get an order of beef and broccoli too. It is a favorite of most of the family. Except Luc, he’s going through an anti broccoli phase …

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The Kids Favorite Veggies

If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat? As the Mom, Co-Captain of this ship and the Resident Personal chef to the people that live in my kingdom, I’m always trying to find another veggie dish that the kids like. We are all big vegetable people and even one of the kiddos is a strict …

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Chicken Fajitas

[Peter is ordering from a fast food restaurant] Peter: Yeah, I’d like 6,000 chicken fajitas, please? Yeah, 6,000 chicken fajitas. Brian: And a super sized McBiscuit, please? -Family Guy   I often have “order envy”. The Handsome Prince always seems to find the one thing on every menu that is absolutely amazing. I can never …

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Cheap Steak

“I hate reality but it’s still the best place to get a good steak. “ -Woody Allen   It’s not that I’m a cheap steak, um I mean cheapskate exactly. Feeding 6+ people at every meal can become costly and time consuming. Then take into account peoples personal preferences, if all ingredients are currently at …

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Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Come sit at my table and share with me, Warm chewy gingerbread cookies and cinnamon tea. Most people think of gingerbread around the holidays but these Chewy Gingerbread Cookies will have you making them year round. When I was pregnant with K, the morning sickness was 24/7 from conception to birth. These cookies saved me …

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Peanut Butter Cookies

“I really don’t like peanut butter cookies except when you make them. Then I could eat the whole plate.” -My BFF Ellen   Once upon a time before I had kids, I got a desperate phone call from a girlfriend who needed a babysitter for a few days while her normal sitter recovered from an …

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Homemade Soup To Warm You

“You  can do almost anything with soup stock, it’s like a strong foundation. When you  have the right foundation, everything tastes good.” – Martin  Yan It didn’t feel cold here in Southern California until this week. Time for some homemade soup to warm you! A cold snap has streaked through our otherwise rather pleasant sweatshirt …

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Popcorn

“Of  course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is.  The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the  show.” - David  Gerrold I LOVE the smell of freshly popped popcorn! It’s fun to pop a batch of popcorn and watch the kids’ faces light …

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Ian’s Gluten & Wheat Free Scones

Definitions of: gluten Definition: The viscid, tenacious substance which gives adhesiveness to dough. The other day I made a batch of Ian’s Gluten & Wheat Free Scones for Ian (my friend’s little guy) who has been under the weather. A recipe I received from a favorite checker at my favorite local health foods store. She’s …

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