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Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oversized cookies are easy to make at home. For a variety, you can use butterscotch flavoured chips, chocolate chips or 1 cup of chopped nuts. 1 cup butter or margarine softened 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups AP Flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 [ ... ]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly; more for the pan 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup whole milk 2 large eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (2 1/2 cups) fresh blueberries Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional) I prefer vanilla [ ... ]
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Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapenos, minced 1 cup quinoa 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 cup [ ... ]
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Peppers and Portobella Mushroom Pizza

6 tablespoons olive oil 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin slices 1/2 orange and 1/2 yellow bell peppers cut into thin slices 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms, stems removed cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough I used the recipe on this site for [ ... ]
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Barley, Roasted Butternut & Grape Salad.

Ingredients 1 container of seedless red grapes, rinsed and dried completely 1 small or medium butternut squash, peeled, cut and diced small 1 cup of cooked barley, then cool. a good handful of fresh spinach a good handful of whole pecans or any nuts of your choice toasted, 350 deg for 8 [ ... ]
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Asian Tofu Pasta Salad

3/4 pound of your favourite pasts or whole-wheat spaghetti 1 pounds firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons soy sauce 2 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon [ ... ]
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Quinoa with Apple Cheddar and Spinach

1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ sweet onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 cup sharp cheddar, cubed 1 cup baby spinach, raw 1 crisp, sweet apple, cored and diced PREPARATION Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Sauté [ ... ]
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Couscous and Lentil Salad

: 1 cup brown lentils 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/4 cups water 1 cup couscous I used israeli couscous, 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 cups vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup cucumber small [ ... ]
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Corn & Potato Casserole

You can make this a day ahead, if you like; the flavors will develop even more overnight. Reheat at 375°F, covered, for 20 minutes. 1 Tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter 1-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tsp.oregano Kosher salt 1 large or [ ... ]

Cappuccino Biscotti

Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp instant espresso 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, semi sweet 3 large eggs, beaten 2 tblsp kahlua liqueur 1/2 cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking [ ... ]

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a pastry chef’s basic. It is equal parts water and sugar. You simmer both to a syrup (5-10 minutes) and then add in a bit of flavor if you like (such as vanilla) or not. This syrup is brushed on the cake surface BEFORE icing [ ... ]

Berry Cobbler

This couldn’t be easier to make, it can be made with whatever fruit looks good. Plus, you can bake it in whatever dish or pan you have, from a 3-quart casserole to a large skillet. 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces 1 cup unbleached all-purpose [ ... ]

Fresh Bread Sticks

I had half a loaf of Dakota Bread in the freezer, I sliced it, drizzled with olive oil and baked it for 6 minutes till it was toasty warm. Top with your favourite spread, mine is Hummus. Fantastic! Enjoy with any day old bread.
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Coffee Cake

ingredients: filling 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1 Tablespoon cinnamon 1 Tablespoon cocoa 3 Tablespoons raisons processed fine 1 cup toasted walnuts, processed to a fine flour cake 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3 large eggs, room temp. 2 [ ... ]
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Best Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 Idaho potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoons butter a pinch of red pepper flakes a pinch of oregano coarse-ground black pepper to taste salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 425°. 2. Prick [ ... ]

Creamy Cream-less Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower soup is something that could be incredibly boring — but it certainly doesn’t have to be. This thoughtful recipe from “America’s Test Kitchen” cooks the vegetable two different ways to attain maximum flavor mileage. Cauliflower Soup Serves 4 to 6 1 head cauliflower (2 pounds) 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut [ ... ]
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Dakota Bread

From Cook’s Country MAKES ONE 10-INCH LOAF Be sure to use hot cereal mix, not boxed cold breakfast cereals, which may also be labeled “seven-grain.” INGREDIENTS 2cups warm water 1 1/2cups seven-grain hot cereal mix 2tablespoons honey 2tablespoons vegetable oil 3 1/2cups bread flour 1 3/4teaspoons salt 1teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast 3tablespoons raw, unsalted pumpkin [ ... ]
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Blueberry Cranberry Muffins

Vegetable oil or cooking spray for the pan or paper muffin liners. 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. table salt 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 cup milk,any percent you have at room temperature 1 cup sour cream or plain [ ... ]
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Apple Pie Cake

ingredients: 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 3 tablespoons cinnamon- sugar mixture(2 1/2 T. sugar + 1/2 t. cinnamon) 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. [ ... ]
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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Chewy, nutty, chocolatey — delicious! from Baking: From My Home to Yours For the oatmeal layer: 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups (packed) brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats 1 [ ... ]

Bulgur and Lentil Salad with fresh Herbs

This salad is even better the longer it sits in the fridge. Ingredients 1 c dry lentils, preferably green or yellow 2 c water 1 c dry bulgur 1 c boiling water 1/4 c olive oil 1/4 c lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 t salt 2 T mint, chopped 2-3T dill, chopped fresh black pepper to taste 1/4 c [ ... ]
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Chocolate Pecan Walnut Globs

Fabulous! one of the best cookies I ever made. Enjoy! Definitely will satisfy your chocolate cookie/brownie cravings! Ingredients 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 extra-large eggs 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose [ ... ]

Pecan Pear Coffee Cake

Ingredients 1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed FILLING: 4 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced (about 3 cups) 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 [ ... ]
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Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake Forgotten Cake, America’s Test Kitchen Note: Be sure to give the pudding and the cake enough time to cool or you’ll end up with runny pudding and gummy cake. Pudding make the pudding the day before. 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon table salt 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup [ ... ]
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Butter

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Myself, I must have tried about a dozen different chocolate chip cookie recipes. Now! THESE chocolate chip cookies. They belong to Cooks Illustrated, so you know they have no other option but to be amazing. And they are. But with that it [ ... ]

Beef Ribs with Smoky-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Mike gave this recipe a 5-Star rating. The flavours were fabulous, I would use this sauce on any type of ribs or chicken, there were no leftovers! This is definitely a keeper. one rack or 7 – 8 beef back ribs membrane removed( easy to remove [ ... ]

Apple Caramel Streusel Squares

Ingredients 2 1/4 cups Flour 1 1/3 cups quick-cooking oats 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup cold butter, cut up 6 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced small juice of 1/2 lemon 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 [ ... ]

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Ingredients 8 ounces split peas 8 ounces lentils 2 carrots, cut into bite size pieces 2 stalks celery, cut into bite size pieces 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 small red potatoes, cut into half inch cubes 1 (12 [ ... ]
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Peach and Blueberry Crisp

ingredients 6 peaches pitted and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges 1 cup blueberries, picked over and rinsed 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into [ ... ]

Plum Torte

ingredients 3/4 cup PLUS 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs Pinch salt 24 halves pitted Italian (aka prune or purple) plums 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more Vanilla ice cream, optional preparation 1. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the [ ... ]
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Upside down Crunch Pear Coffee Cake

Chef Elizabeth Falkner Ingredients for the Crunch: 1 ½ C. brown sugar 1 t. ground cinnamon ¼ t. ground nutmeg ½ t. salt 1 TB. flour 2 TB. butter Instructions for the Crunch: Work all ingredients together with a spatula or your fingers and set aside. Ingredients for the Coffee Cake: 2 Pears, cored and sliced [ ... ]
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Zucchini Muffins

It may not be a holiday, but gardeners everywhere are celebrating Zucchini and other summer squashes that are abundant in backyard gardens. Makes 10 large muffins Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium) I used [ ... ]
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Raspberry Blueberry Pie

Absolutely delicious! The combination of raspberry/blueberry was perfect!. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 6 tablespoons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt 3 tablespoons ice water Nonstick vegetable oil spray for the pie [ ... ]
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Shrimp with Spicy Breadcrumbs

There is no substitute for all of the great things that happen to pasta dishes like this one when you finish them with the brilliantly crunchy contrast of a healthy dose of crumbs. BREAD CRUMBS 1/4 pound Italian bread, torn 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano 2 garlic cloves, [ ... ]
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Toasty Oatmeal Muffins

You know those oatmeal muffins that you probably serve to everyone, for breakfasts, mid morning snack, afternoon snack, evening snack, etc…. This morning I tried Cook’s Illustrated toasted oatmeal muffins, knowing that any recipe they put out is, they believe, the best one ever. I [ ... ]
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Fresh Tomato Tart

one 8 inch Tart Almond and Pepper Crust: 1 cup all­purpose flour 1/4 cup almond flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (I like my coarse) 1 stick cold butter, in pieces ice cold water Filling: 1 cup fresh ricotta 1/3 cup torn basil leafs salt and pepper sliced tomatoes, all kinds, makes it look [ ... ]
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Lemon Ice Box Pie

This is a delicious, easy to make dessert. Everyone said it was the best lemon pie/tart they had ever eaten. Eagle Brand condensed milk is sweetened and the resulting flavour is the perfect mix of tart and sweet. 14 whole graham crackers, broken 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons [ ... ]
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Basil Spinach Pesto Cheese Sauce

1 cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley 1 cup Fresh Basil 1 cup Fresh Spinach 1 cup walnuts or pine nuts 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp Salt 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper 2 garlic Cloves 1/2-3/4 cup Olive Oil ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BASIL PESTO CREAM SAUCE 2 tbsp Flour 2 tbsp butter 1 cup milk 1 cup Half and Half 4 oz. cream cheese 1 cup [ ... ]

Almond and Cranberry Biscotti

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1 cup toasted slivered almonds coarsely chopped, to toast almonds, 350 deg for 8 minutes. 2/3 cup dried cranberries Directions Preheat the oven to [ ... ]

Double Chocolate Torte

Cake: 8 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 5 large eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup all purpose flour Mousse: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces 4 large eggs, separated 1 cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 8 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 [ ... ]
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Avocado & Mango Salad

3 medium-size ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted and cut into medium size chunks 2 ripe Mango, peeled and cut into medium size pieces 1 apple, unpeeled, peeled if desired, cored and cut in small dice 1/2 cup or more to taste freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice 1/2 cup [ ... ]
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Turtle Cookies

fantastic cookie! The caramel stays soft. It turns out to be one fabulous looking cookie that is equally delicious. about 2 dozen cookies Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies 2010 Special Issue Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup [ ... ]

Pecan Coconut Squares with Chocolate ganache glaze

4 oz butter 1/4c sugar 1 whole egg 1 1/4 cups AP flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth and creamy. Mix in the egg and then, on low speed, mix in the flour until mostly incorporated. Finish folding the dough together by [ ... ]

Salmon Cakes

Ina Garten recipe. Ingredients 1/2 pound fresh salmon Good olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup small-diced red onion 1 1/2 cups small-diced celery I used much less, about 1/2 cup 1/2 cup small-diced red bell pepper 1/2 cup small-diced yellow bell pepper 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon [ ... ]

Passover Rolls

if you’re feeding a crowd, you can double the recipe.I made two batches, one plain and one onion. Makes: About 6 – 10 rolls, depending on how big you make them. 1 cup water ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 1/3 cups matzo meal 4 eggs *1/2 to 1 cup [ ... ]

chocolate chip cookie bowls

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl Michael Ruhlman 8 ounces butter, room temperature 4 ounces brown sugar 4 ounces white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 8 ounces flour (about a cup and a half) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup chocolate chips Put the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg and vanilla extract into the bowl [ ... ]

Vegetable Root Soup with Barley and Spinach

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 2 leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup pearled barley 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 4 cups water 1 1/2 pounds celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces Salt [ ... ]
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Sweet Cake Thins

I really like cake and I really like cookies, so…. I made my carrot cake recipe in 2 5×9 load pans, same for my banana bread and sliced them thin, (Easy to do when the loaves are cold, or semi frozen, wrap in foil paper and put them [ ... ]

Candy Bacon

1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup About 1/2 pound bacon INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle Mix together the brown sugar and maple syrup in a medium bowl; set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the bacon strips side by side. [ ... ]

Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Yield: 12 Ingredients: Sticky Bun Dough · 2 tsp dry active yeast · 4 tbsp warm water · 1/2 cup milk, room temperature · 1 egg, room temperature · 2 tbsp sugar · 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour · 1/2 tsp salt · 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature · 1/2 cup cream cheese Sticky Bun Filling · 1 cup [ ... ]