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Cappuccino Cake

Cappuccino Cake

A true family recipe, courtesy of my dad, Chris.  Prepare to die a perfect death by chocolate. Ingredients Cake: 2 boxes Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate (avoid “Super Moist”) cake mix * ¼ cup Kahlua or Crème de Cocoa ** ¼ cup prepared cappuccino or strong black coffee ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla or vanilla […]

Butterflied Chicken

Butterflied Chicken

2006, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved See this recipe on air Sunday Jul. 27 at 10:00 AM ET/PT. Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: Jeffrey’s Surprise Party  1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 2 sprigs 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice Good olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 […]

Bravo! Cucina Italiana’s Bruschetta With

Bravo! Cucina Italiana’s Bruschetta With Mushrooms and Boursin

This recipe makes my father believe in heaven. Yield: 6 servings.   Ingredients: 1 New York-Style Paleo Pizza Crust Mushroom Mixture 2 oz. olive oil 3 large portobello mushroom caps, diced finely 1 container of white button mushrooms, diced finely 1 medium yellow onion diced 3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced finely 1 medium tomato, diced ¼ […]

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew

The Fearrington House Cookbook   3 lbs. beef, cut for stewing 3 lbs. pork, cut for stewing 1 hen, 4-5 lbs., cut up ½ tsp. salt, freshly ground black pepper 4 cups canned tomatoes 2 cups fresh corn 1 quart butter beans (lima beans), shelled 2 lbs. fresh or frozen okra, sliced 2 large onions, […]

Breakfast Bars

Breakfast Bars

Nigella Lawson “Nigella Express:  130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast”   Makes: 16   Ingredients 1 (14-oz) can condensed milk 2½ cups rolled oats (not instant) 1 cup shredded coconut 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame) 1 cup natural unsalted peanuts   Directions  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Oil a […]

Best Pumpkin Pie

Best Pumpkin Pie

You want to know the truth?  I actually have a pumpkin pie I love better (thank you, Williams-Sonoma).  This was nice, but not the best ever – that’s just the name.  But I’m posting it anyway for the great tips included in the newspaper article.  Who knew? Virginian-Pilot, Gracious Living section, 11-23-08   Serves:  8 […]

Best Hot Cocoa Mix

Best Hot Cocoa Mix

The secret ingredient in this mix is the mini chocolate chips, which melt when combined with the boiling water and give the cocoa an extra-rich flavor. The recipe makes enough for four gift-size portions, each of which can be measured into a small plastic bag and tucked into a cup or mug filled with mini […]

Bellini

Bellini

Your tongue will go “ahhhhhhh.”  And less in the doctor’s office “ahh” and more in the “Beach Boys Acapulco” “ahh…”   4 fl oz (100 ml) chilled champagne or sparkling dry white wine 2 fl oz (50 ml) peach juice 1 dash grenadine 2 slices of peach Pour the peach juice, chilled champagne or sparkling […]

Basil Grilled Chicken

Basil Grilled Chicken

Southern Living, Five-Star Recipe Collection, 1990   Ingredients ¾ tsp coarsely ground pepper 4 chicken breast halves, skinned 1/3 cup butter, melted ¼ cup chopped fresh basil ½ cup butter, softened 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese ¼ tsp garlic powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper Fresh basil springs (optional) […]

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I got this out of a magazine – can’t remember which – and was floored by how moist this was.  It’s the sour cream.  Throw in some coarsely chopped toasted walnuts for a punch of omega-3’s.  This is the only banana bread recipe you’ll need.  Like, ever.  You’re welcome.   Ingredients 1 c. sugar ¼ […]

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

I swear I’ve made this before, but I can’t remember!  I just feel like I have in a “have we met before” way, but either way, I want to.  Ingredient list is yum, yummy, delish, and awesome.  ‘Nuff said.   The Virginian-Pilot, 3/28/12 Start to Finish:  2½ hours (30 minutes active) 6 portions 1 Tbsp. […]