Category Archive: The Recipes

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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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Tomato Butternut Basil Soup

“Grilled  cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal.” -Ina  Garten   Tomato Butternut Basil Soup is a kid favorite around these parts. The Handsome Prince and I totally agree that there is something about plain old tomato soup that makes us instantly lose our appetite. That would be putting it lightly, we both abhor …

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Funnel Cake

“Chili dogs, funnel cakes, fried bread, majorly greasy pizza, candy apples, ye gods. Evil food smells amazing — which is either proof that there is a Satan or some equivalent out there, or that the Almighty doesn’t actually want everyone to eat organic tofu all the time. I can’t decide.”     ― Jim Butcher,  Side Jobs: Stories From …

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

   “There was no time for chit-chat when there were chocolate chip pancakes to be eaten.”   ― Kristen Day, Forsaken When I was little, I looked forward to sleeping over at a good friend’s house because EVERY Sunday morning her dad made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and then we’d float around her hot tub until we …

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Did You Know??? On March 15, 1980, McDonald’s “test-marketed”, for the first time, their chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, TN.    Homemade Chicken Nuggets will win you over and put a stop to the occasional pit stop through the drive thru. Once upon a time, The Handsome Prince had a room mate that over time became known as “Uncle Mikey” to …

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Challah

“Everybody  needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may  heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir  With the arrival of Chanukah, it kicks off my challah baking spree. I LOVE the way baking challah fills our home with it’s inviting, tempting fragrance.   Challah …

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Corn Souffle

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. -Ann Bronte   Corn Souffle has been the plague upon my conversation recently. Example: I call my mother the day before Thanksgiving to see what whe’s up to and how she’s doing. I mention that I spoke to my sister that …

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Fudge Sauce

 Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.  -Judith Olney     Fudge Sauce is so easy, makes for an excellent gift and always puts people in such a happy mood. Just the word *fudge* ripples off the tounge and send the mind …

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Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

“Condensed milk is wonderful. I don’t see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans.”   Even those of us that keep a fairly well stocked pantry, inevitably go into the cupboard only to find that ingredient you needed wasn’t there, every so often. I seem to do this an …

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Almost KFC Macaroni And Cheese

” Dude, Macaroni and cheese is food of the gods!” -Haley James Scott, One Tree Hill Almost KFC Macaroni And Cheese? Yup. Almost exactly like the macaroni and cheese served at KFC. We all like an occasional trip through the  drive thru at KFC for dinner. With a family of six, you can imagine that …

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Easy Tender Turkey

  “I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.’ “ — Mitch Hedberg Yes, there is such a thing as an Easy …

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Cranberry Pie

  “Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.” -Groucho Marx “Cranberry Pie isn’t much …

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Hot Cocoaccinos

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”   ~Flash Rosenberg What the heck is Hot Cocaccinos? I’m not really sure. This is The Handsome Prince’s favorite way to have coffee and he calls them a Hot Cocoaccinos. So I guess that makes Hot …

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Peppermint Pie

“I twirl through the driveway with angelic grace Till I slip on the sidewalk and fall on my face” -Owl City Holidays and Peppermint Pie go so well together. We are a house divided- half of us are cake people and the other half are ice cream people. Peppermint Pie is the perfect happy medium in …

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Cinnamon Sugar Apples

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”  — Bernard M. Baruch  Cinnamon Sugar Apples feels like Fall and Winter to me. I love this time of year in Southern California. I know how spoiled we are to be dipping into the cooler temperatures of the mid 60’s- mid 70’s. …

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Crock Pot Ham

  “The difference between involvement and commitment is like hams and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. -Martina Navratilova   Have you made Crock Pot Ham before? I know, I’m on a crock pot kick but I can’t help that they are absolutely AWESOME! With the holidays creeping up around the corner, …

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Italian Sausage Soup

“I live on good soup, not fine words.” – Moliere   Around here, soup is it’s own food group. Italian Sausage Soup is one that becomes a standout staple of your delicious kitchen arsenal! I worked at a cute Italian Kitchen Restaurant for some time. I was head over heels for their soup. I might …

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London Broil In Gravy

  “To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.” – Bette Davis   London Broil in Gravy is a Crock Pot favorite! For a very long time I had never thought to …

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Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

    We don’t need a solution that comes from a pressure cooker. We need a solution to come about from a crock pot. It has to be thought about slow and deliberate. -Jay Taylor  Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff gets a bad rap. Okay, I’ll give it to ya, it’s not a pretty dish that …

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Hot Beef Pepperoncini Sandwiches

“He’a a couple sandwiches short of a picnic.” – Lance Bass    Hot Beef Pepperoncini Sandwiches are incredible to serve to larger groups. The Crock Pot enables the dish to keep warm and ready to serve for hours! I had these amazing sandwiches at a birthday party once. I got to talking to the hostess …

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

One day I found two pumpkin seeds. I planted one and pulled the weeds. It sprouted roots and a big, long vine. A pumpkin grew; I called it mine. The pumpkin was quite round and fat. (I really am quite proud of that.) But there is something I’ll admit That has me worried just a …

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Taco Soup

  “I always think if you have to cook once, it should feed you twice. If you’re going to make a big chicken and vegetable soup for lunch on Monday, you stick it in the refrigerator and it’s also for Wednesday’s dinner.” Curtis Stone     I think almost everyone I know has their own …

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