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Month: October 2016

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!

Yup, that’s me with Dagwood Bumstead!!! We really did make popcorn balls for Halloween!  When my three sons were little boys, we regularly had play dates with my friends Jan & Lisa and their children.  We made fabulous lunches for ourselves (not the usual kid-friendly food we ate with our kids but delicious salads and more!) and caught up on each other’s lives.  Of course we made desserts too!   Such fond memories! Halloween seems like the perfect time for popcorn balls….

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Your Favorite Flatbread – It’s Easy!

Your Favorite Flatbread – It’s Easy!

Appetizers are fun. . . . but even appetizers get boring if you don’t switch it up.   My latest favorite is FLATBREAD!  This is the flatbread that started it all: This whole-grain flatbread is only 100 calories and tastes great!  You can customize each flatbread with your favorite toppings!  No more giving up mushrooms because your husband hates them. . .   I mean, if that’s your situation. . . . . ! I sautéed a small package of mushrooms…

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White Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese

White Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese

I bought a fabulous cookbook!  If you love the restaurants and the food in the Florida Keys, you will love this cookbook!  There are recipes from some of the most loved restaurants throughout the Keys.  Tonight I made the White Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese, as prepared by Ziggie & Mad Dog’s here in Islamorada and it’s delicious! Some of the other restaurants including recipes are:  The Fish House; Snook’s Bayside, M.E.A.T., Lazy Days, Green Turtle Inn, Kaiyo Grill, Morada…

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Frosted Rolled Sugar Cookies – Pumpkins!

Frosted Rolled Sugar Cookies – Pumpkins!

This is the only recipe I will repost occasionally – and always with an updated cookie pic! I have a collection of cookie cutters for almost any occasion and holiday!  My all-time favorite cookie! I love, love, love frosted sugar cookies. Anyone who has been around me knows that I love to make them, I love to give them to friends & family and I love to eat them! My grandmother gave me a baking set when I was very…

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Berry Mess

Berry Mess

My family named this dessert “Berry Mess“.  Creative, aren’t they? They aren’t good about combining a lot of foods – they would never eat something called a casserole.  There are some exceptions, but they would have never made it in the casserole-toting Midwestern farmhouse that I grew up in.  Casseroles and jello salads ruled!  We eat very few of either. Berry Mess was originally called a fruit cobbler and was on http://Allrecipes.com who gave credit to USA Weekend.  I keep frozen blackberries, blueberries and…

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Shrimp ‘n Grits

Shrimp ‘n Grits

I married a sixth generation Floridian whose parents are much more Southern than many of today’s Floridians.  One year we all gathered in Atlanta for Christmas at my son’s apartment.   As I was making shrimp and grits for our Christmas Eve dinner, I realized, much to my dismay, that I had purchased instant grits by mistake.  I voiced my dismay only to have Grandmom reach for her bag and respond, “no problem, I have grits in my bag”.  She then produced a container of…

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