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valentine chocolate dipped fortune cookies

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My daughter Andrea and I made these adorable, easy chocolate dipped fortune cookies with my grand girls this year. We provide step-by-step instructions over at Two Cuties in the Kitchen! The basic idea: Buy some fortune cookies, melt some dark and white chocolate in separate bowls, dip the fortune cookies in the chocolate and lay…

state fair totchos {tater tot nachos}

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Here’s another one of the delicious, somewhat outrageous, appetizers I made for Super Bowl Sunday! I got the idea from the lineup of new offerings at the Minnesota State Fair this past August and just knew I had to recreate these at home. They’re the perfect indulgence for a special gathering or served as a…

3 ingredient japanese cheesecake

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There are several recipes for this Japanese “cheesecake” floating around out there on the internet, and I’ve been meaning to make one for awhile. This is traditionally called “cotton” cake and isn’t like any other cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. Actually, calling this cheesecake is a bit misleading. It’s light and fluffy and sort of reminds…

garden gazebo raspberry chicken salad

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Sometimes in the winter it’s fun to create dishes that transport you to a warm, summery spot. This particular salad does just that. The fresh, bright flavors remind me of a sweet summer day in the dappled light of a pretty gazebo. Make yourself a pitcher of iced tea with lemon and one of these…

banana flip cake

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Do you remember the snack cake by Nickle’s called the Banana Flip? When I was little I preferred them to almost any other treat, including candy bars. They were sooooo good. I’m pretty sure they were discontinued. I haven’t seen one in a very long time. This delicious snack cake came to mind a few…

walnut lentil planet burgers

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I’ve decided to start creating new, healthier recipes for burgers so when the burger craving strikes I can make something besides ground beef. Not to say I don’t like a real, beef burger now and then, but this way we can enjoy burgers more often. So far I’ve made Middle East Burgers (featuring spinach, lean…

slow cooker grape jelly cocktail meatballs

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This is a recipe I’ve been making for ages, and it’s always a hit. We love to serve these on holidays (Super Bowl Sunday, included.) You can feel free to use apricot or peach preserves in place of the grape jelly, and chipotle powder in place of the smoked paprika if you like spicy! Once…

pumpkin pie cookie butter baked oatmeal

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In the autumn and winter months I like to see how many new pumpkin recipes I can come up with. The reason for this is threefold. First, pumpkin is wildly popular and the recipes get shared like crazy among pumpkin enthusiasts. Second, it bugs some people that there are so many pumpkin recipes and I…

japanese turkey meatballs + homemade hoisin

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If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to all the junk food being served for Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve come to the right place. You and your family can enjoy these yummy, healthy meatballs guilt free. We serve them alongside oven roasted or steamed veggies and offer homemade hoisin, wasabi mayonnaise, sweet & sour sauce,…

hoisin sauce

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We love this delicious sauce on everything. It’s wonderful as a dip for meats, veggies, fondue and mixed with balsamic vinaigrette as a salad dressing too. In the bowl of a blender, combine: 1/4 cup ponzu sauce OR lite soy sauce 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter or miso paste 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar 1…