Category Archives: Recipes

Women and the Superbowl

I love football and for me the super bowl is the highlight of the season. Having friends and family over to cheer the teams is great. Of course, I love “football food” too! For the big day, I like to make foods of the host city. This year, Super Bowl XLVII will be at the Superdome in New Orleans. Talk about a plethora of dishes in which to choose. Wow! I’m thinking jambalaya, shrimp etouffe, muffuletas, crab cakes, red beans and rice. Holey guacamole, my mouth is watering just thing about this! Don’t let the names of these dishes scare…

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Experiences While Working in the Kitchen

Have you ever experienced the following? Can’t find a kitchen tool you just know you have? Coming home after buying a special ingredient only to discover you already had it? There are spices in a wall cabinet,  some in a drawer while others are in the pantry? Goodness, no wonder it takes so long to cook! Your kitchen is working against you. The layout is inefficient and it proves it every meal. Meal preparation should be fun not frustrating. Yeah, right! I remember reading one time “Food is love”. Well, if that is the case, why do you emerge from…

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Christmas Cookies

This holiday season, I thought I’d share one of my favorite cookie recipes from Christmas growing up.  My great aunt made these every year, and I really looked forward to them. Russian Tea Cookies 1 lb. Butter 1/2c Confectioner’s Sugar 2t Vanilla 4c Flour 2c Pecans, Finely Chopped Cream the butter.  Add sugar, beat until light.  Add vanilla.  Add flour and mix well.  Fold in nuts.  Use a small ice cream scoop to make balls about 1″ in diamater, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool slightly then roll in confectioner’s sugar.  Makes about…

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Healthy Breakfast – Banana Trees

I love hearing stories from my customers about the experiences they’re having in their newly remodeled kitchens.  Most of those stories involve cooking,  family and entertaining.  That’s why I like to share recipes from time to time. My friend and nutritionist Nicole Cormier has some great healthy recipes.  Here’s one that’s also fun,  so great for getting kids to eat healthy in the morning,  or even for a healthy snack. Banana Trees Ingredients: 1 Joseph’s Brand Lavash Roll-up 1 Large Banana 1 TB of Sunbutter or Natural Peanut Butter Optional: 1 tsp 100% Organic Honey Instructions: Spread Sunbutter on one end…

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Honey Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

We’re well in to spring,  and most of us are thinking about whether we’re in shape for bathing suit season!  I try to eat healthy all year ’round,  but it seems like springtime brings with it tons of healthy,  lighter recipes. Especially if you’ve recently had your kitchen remodeled,  you probably want to spend more time cooking.  My clients find that a new kitchen is much more conducive to cooking,  even after a long day. If you like salmon, this recipe from Food Network is a winner. The natural richness of salmon and it’s high amount of Omega-3’s makes it…

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Easter is Approaching – Time to Boil the Eggs!

Coloring eggs for Easter was always a favorite activity when my children were little.  From what I can tell, that tradition lives on. I just ran across a video on AllRecipes.com that tells you how to boil eggs so they come out perfect every time, and the shells don’t stick when you peel them.  So aggravating when you’re trying to make egg salad! Basically, you put the eggs in a pot and cover with water an inch above the eggs.  Put the pot on high heat until the water comes to a rolling boil.  Then cover the pot and turn off…

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A Healthy Meal: Baked Tilapia

When the news broke that Paula Deen has Type 2 Diabetes, her son Bobby had already begun filming his “Not My Mama’s Recipes”  shows.   Bobby is on a quest to duplicate Paula’s tasty recipes,  but with far less fat and calories.  Here’s his 5 star recipe for Baked Tilapia: Bobby’s Baked Tilapia Recipe courtesy The Deen Brothers Prep Time:  10 min Cook Time:  12 min Level:  Easy Serves:  4 servings Ingredients Butter cooking spray 4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets Salt and freshly cracked black pepper 1 lime, finely grated zest and juice 2 tablespoons butter Directions Preheat oven to…

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Guacamole is a healthy and yummy snack

I like Mexican food, but on the mild side.  I started making guacamole regularly when I realized that avocadoes are really good for you.  I make a quick,  easy and mild version. First I mash up one whole avocado.  Then I add a heaping tablespoon of my favorite salsa,  some lime juice – maybe a teaspoon,  a few shakes of garlic powder,  onion powder and sea salt.  Mix them all together,  and that’s it! I enjoy this guacamole with blue corn tortilla chips,  but I’ve also used other healthier crackers that are higher in fiber and lower in fat.  It makes…

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Homemade Soup to Warm up the Winter

I love having hot soup in the winter time!  It takes off that chill that’s sometimes hard to get rid of.  Even though it has been a fairly mild winter around here, it’s certainly not summer! When I was younger, I learned how to make soups with leftovers from the week.  I would start with a base of onions, carrots and celery, sauteed until soft, and then add a little flour for thickening.  Once that’s smooth and bubbly, I would add broth – beef, chicken or vegetable, depending on what meat was leftover.  I’d add some of my favorite herbs –…

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Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

Here’s a healthier version of Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake from Nicole Cormier – perfect for the holidays! “This recipe is a great treat to bring to events. It can turn into a beautiful masterpiece and be decorated for the holiday season. I began sharing this find at workshops, then at social gatherings. It’s been a hit ever since. Ingredients: Box of spice cake mix 1 can of pumpkin 2 apples In a large bowl, mix spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin. Add ½ cup water and apple slices, then mix until smooth.  Follow directions on box to bake….

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