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Happy Easter!

Published on April 24, 2011, by in Update.

I’m spending the day working and munching on some of my favorite Easter candy, SweeTarts chicks, ducks and bunnies.

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Chipotle-adobo turkey burgers

Published on April 8, 2011, by in Recipes.

These burgers are going to become a regular recipe that I make. They are smokey and a little spicy and oh-so-flavorful. Ingredients: 1 1/4 pound ground turkey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 large chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced 2 tsp adobo sauce 1/8 cup plus 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 4 tablespoons plain greek yogurt juice of one lime 8 slices turkey bacon, cooked queso fresco(optional) cheddar cheese(optional) In a bowl, combine garlic, salt, pepper, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, 1/8 cup of cilantro and 4 slices of turkey bacon(crumbled). Fold this mixture into the ground turkey until evenly dispursed.  Form 4 large patties with the turkey meat. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until no longer pink in the middle. During last few minutes of cooking, add cheese to melt it. While burgers are cooking, combine yogurt, remaining cilantro and lime juice in a bowl. Set to the side. When

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Peeps freezer pops

Published on April 4, 2011, by in Update.

Just when you thought “sugar-free” Peeps were too good to be true and they couldn’t find another way to market their marshmallow chicks, they came out with Peeps freezer pops.   My boyfriend Brian picked up a box of 10 at the bargain price of $1 at Walgrens. A sucker for anything sweet and fearless at trying new foods, he popped them in his freezer and waited for them to firm up. Apparently they were frozen today, as I got an email saying, “FROZEN PEEPS ARE VERY GOOD!” Yes, in caps lock and all. I am quite skeptical of trying them. Every time I think of how sweet and sugary they could be, I have flashbacks to the time I made a catastrophic decision and ordered a cotton candy blizzard at Dairy Queen. I’m sure my curiosity will get the best of me and a Peeps popsicle will be in my near future…

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Easy Cheesy Mac and Cheese

Published on April 4, 2011, by in Recipes.

Are you afraid of making homemade mac and cheese? Does it seem too complicated? This recipe will change your mind. Say goodbye to box mac and cheese forever. World’s easiest and best Mac and Cheese(adapted from Babble): Ingredients: 1 8 ounce package of elbow macaroni, cooked and drained(any small noodle that holds cheese will work) 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 cups milk(the recipe called for whole, i used skim) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded 2 cups bread crumbs 1/2 cup  butter, melted salt and pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter.  Add the onion powder, then whisk in the flour and milk. Cook until slightly thickened.  Add three cups of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted in the mixture.  After mixed and melted add

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More smoothies

Published on April 3, 2011, by in Recipes.

I’ve been on a smoothie-a-day kick since I started posting about smoothies. Addicted, I am. Two new flavors that I have tried out recently were: Strawberry-banana with coconut. I used unsweetened, frozen strawberries, banana, chia seeds and some imitation coconut with my usual combination of greek yogurt, milk or water and ice. The imitation coconut added a nice variety to the standard strawberry-banana smoothie. The other more exciting combo was a healthier version of Brian’s favorite smoothie at Meli Cafe. Peanut butter, chocolate and banana. I made 12-16oz smoothies for both of us by using: 1 carton of vanilla Chobani greek yogurt 1/2 cup skim milk 1 very ripe banana 1 tablespoon peanut butter 2-3 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling lots of ice Combine ingredients and blend well.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread

Published on April 2, 2011, by in Recipes.

This recipe has been all over cooking/baking blogs lately, tempting me at every click of the mouse. After reading the steps involved in making it, I decided that I would have to wake up earlier than I wanted to make it as a breakfast food. So, I made it mid-afternoon and it worked wonderfully as a snack, thanks to Joy the Baker. Ingredients for the dough: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons(I used 1 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour and the rest regular) 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 envelope active dry yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ounces unsalted butter 1/3 cup milk 1/4 cup water 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Ingredients for the filling: 1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned Directions: Whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast

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