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Old School Cream Of Mushroom Soup

We were one of the many thousands of families who enjoyed Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup at home. It’s no wonder that it was one of America’s favorite soups, because it was definitely one of ours. As someone who has always enjoyed home cooked meals, I’m not proud to say that we ate canned []

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Thanksgiving Egg Rolls

At home, we were always taught to use up leftover ingredients and try to squeeze out as many meals as we could. This kind of thinking was a result of limited resources that my family lived with every month. As a young kid, I never complained about not having things that other kids were blessed []

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Eggless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Back in the 1990′s, I became more mindful of how and what I was eating, and began to consider switching to either a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. I started off as a vegan, but found that it was too difficult to maintain with my busy travel schedule. After realizing that achieving good health is a []

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Black And White Chocolate Cream Pie

I’m always looking for delicious desserts to share with friends and family, especially over the holidays when people are ready to splurge a bit. Over the years, I have collected a few really dependable, basic recipes which I tweak as necessary to create something new. After all, no one wants to eat the same thing []

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Mama Eleni’s Lentil Soup

My mother was always a working woman who never really had too much patience for duties in the home, especially cooking. Having said that, I will say that the few things she did make were absolutely delicious. She had a great teacher in my grandmother who was not only a great cook, but also an []

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Orange Spoon Jam (Portokali Tou Koutaliou)

Greeks are absolute masters at making homemade jams. This artistry extends to just about any fruit or vegetable for that matter. I remember going to visit family friends as a young kid, and almost always, a spoon jam accompanied whatever other delicacies the host chose to serve along with some Greek coffee. Most spoon jams []

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Chocolate Truffle Holiday Figs

Figs are one of those fruits you either like or don’t — personally, I’ve loved them all of my life, and I will eat them any way that I find them. The more traditional way you generally find them is dried, especially around the holidays, but I’ve also had the great pleasure to enjoy some []

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Pomegranate Vinegar Braised Beef Over Buttered Potatoes

I’m always looking for delicious, hearty meals to make when the weather cools down — the kind of meals that are so satisfying and memorable you can’t wait to make them again and again. I had received some delicious pomegranate drinking vinegar from a company called Pok Pok Som, and couldn’t wait to use it []

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Sweet & Salty Crispy Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Snack

My dad would pick up these delicious, crispy chickpea snacks when he had a few extra bucks left over from grocery shopping. They weren’t cheap, so it was a real treat when he would come home with some after shopping at his favorite international markets. There were only two different flavors available at the time, []

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Candied Orange Peel With Honey Ridge Farms Spiced Honey Creme

Candied citrus peel is an ingredient that I am very familiar with. It is commonly used in all kinds of European style baked goods found around the holidays — like rich fruit cakes, traditional Italian panettone, German stollen and something called panforte, which is more of a cross between a fruit cake and a confection. []

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Everybody’s Favorite Chicken Tenders

I’ve been making homemade chicken tenders for a long time — in fact, I made a large tray of them for a friend’s event and her guests could not believe how delicious they were. When it comes to chicken tenders, there are two schools of thought — some treat them as they would if they []

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Oven Fried Scraggly Potato Chips

I’m one of those people who grew up eating Kentucky Fried Chicken from time to time. Dad would occasionally bring home a bucket of chicken with our favorite sides as a treat for us on his way home from grocery shopping on the weekends. He barely made it in the door before we’d grab the []

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Watermelon Panna Cotta

When I was in France for 2 weeks in April of 2013, it seemed that almost every dessert that was served at the formal dinners I attended, were different variations of panna cotta. If you are not familiar with this traditionally Italian, gelatin based dessert, then let me tell you that it is exquisitely delicious []

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Quinoa Arancini

Many people are trying to eat healthier these days, and are changing out many of the starchier side dishes they have been used to using, and replacing them with more nutrient dense options. One of my favorite side dishes of all time is something called arancini – if you’ve never had them before, you’re missing []

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