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Banana Spice Cake

This is the banana spice cake that I grew up with.  It’s my Mom’s recipe (Granny’s); banana bread with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, making it like a spice cake .  The spice is there, but subtle; not overwhelming....

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Banana Nut Bread

This is my old standby banana bread that my kids grew up with.  Because my kids didn’t like a lot of spices, I had to find a different recipe than the one I grew up with: my Mom’s Banana Spice...

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Basic Sourdough Bread

This is a good, basic recipe for white sourdough bread.  It has the distinctive tangy taste of sourdough, with milk and butter providing a moist crumb and tender crust.  It rises well, and while it is denser than commercial bread, it is...

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Lemon-Ginger-Turmeric Tea

This tea is both a detox for your liver, and an anti-inflammatory drink, all in one. Each of the ingredients in this tea are known as powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in their own right, so combining them makes a powerful,...

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Sourdough Belgian Waffles

Belgian waffles originated at The Brussels World Fair Expo ’58, and were introduced in North America in 1962 at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle. Belgian waffles typically are made with yeast, which makes them crispy on the outside, and...

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CHOCOLATE GANACHE

This recipe makes a dark, dramatically shiny topping. It’s perfect for a cheesecake, or a stand-alone one-layer cake or bundt cake. For the best looks, make sure to cover top and sides of the cake with a “crumb coat” first....

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CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Dark and delish!  Makes about 2 cups frosting. Enough to frost top and sides of a 2 layer cake. 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup cocoa ¼ tsp salt 3 – 3 1/2 cups icing sugar 1/3 cup buttermilk...

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Fudgy Cocoa Frosting

This icing is dark and fudgy, and not too sweet.  So good, you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful! This recipe makes a smaller amount that’s just perfect for those times when you are leaving the cake in the...

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Sourdough Starter #2 (Quick)

A quick search of the internet will provide many different recipes for sourdough starter.  Some add vinegar or lemon juice, some add beer, and some use different kinds of flour, all searching for that distinctive flavour that is present in a...

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Sourdough Starter #1

This is the most basic recipe for creating your own sourdough starter.  It relies on natural fermentation to produce the rising action needed to make bread, instead of using commercial yeast.  Some people think that sourdough is easier on your stomach...

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Lemon Blueberry Loaf

I’m still on a lemon kick!  I had bought such a large bag of lemons, that I was really looking for ideas on how to use them up before they went bad.  I do have a lovely and moist Zucchini...

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

These look pretty and taste good too.  This is one way to use up some lemon curd or lemon pie filling.                   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets...

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Lemon Filled Cupcakes

A while ago, I got a good deal on a big bag of lemons. So, I had to scramble to come up with recipes that used lemon so I could use these up. These filled lemon cupcakes were a bit...

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Coconut Cherry Loaf

I love loaves because they are easy to make, usually in one bowl, and are easy to eat – just cut a slice, pick it up and eat it out of your hand like a piece of bread.  This recipe is...

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Churros

Since this is Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to share another of my favorite Mexican dessert recipes with you.  Churros.  Like a doughnut, but in the shape of a strip which is deep fried and then rolled in sugar and...

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Tres Leches Cake

“Tres Leches” literally means “three milks”. A mixture of three different kinds of milk are poured over a baked cake to create this signature dessert from Mexico. I like to flavour the milk mixture with Amaretto and drizzle chocolate syrup...

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Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is an icon of traditional home cooking (at least in North America) and is the ultimate comfort food, but unfortunately, it isn’t usually considered healthy because of the amount of fat in ground beef. Many have tried to make...

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Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Remember how good your Mom’s fried pork chops were?  Now, I know my Mom didn’t put mustard on her pork chops before frying them, but I swear that the taste of these pork chops remind me of my Mom’s.  Even...

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Cheesecake Fresh Fruit Tarts

This is the perfect dessert to take to a function or gathering since the recipe makes lots, and they are as pretty as they are delicious. People always ask for the recipe! Cream together the 8 ounce package of cream...

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Crispy Baked Tomatoes

This is another one of my favorite side dishes that I find myself going back to every time I am trying to eat healthier. They are so yummy, I always wonder why I don’t make them more often, eating healthy...

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Sunshine Shake

I’ve been lucky enough to have tried a new kind of shake here in Florida, in orange country.  A small farm that gives tours of it’s operations has a little store that sells these shakes, and once I had one,...

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Deviled Eggs

These little eggs are easy to make, and always a hit at any gathering. There are endless variations, so use this as a template, then feel free to customize it to suit your own taste.

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Oven Roasted Asparagus

I love roasting vegetables in the oven because it brings out the natural sugars, and kills the natural bitterness of vegetables.  Topped with a garlicky cheese mixture just makes it even better.  Asparagus was the first vegetable I ever tried cooking...

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Cauliflower “Rice”

This is the best way to make a healthy rice-like substitute from cauliflower.  Taste and texture are amazingly similar with this method.  A low carb lifestyle is being adopted and recommended more and more by doctors and health gurus, which explains...

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Baked Acorn Squash

This is a quick and easy side dish that cooks in the microwave, taking only 10 minutes from start to finish.  Add a dab of both butter and brown sugar, nuke it for 6 minutes, and voila!  Hard shelled squash like...

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Chocolate Souffles

OK, yes, I totally copied this from All Recipes.com.  I’ve made this recipe before, but had lost the recipe, so this time I don’t want to lose the recipe again!  All the credit goes to The Tatooed Chef.  Yum!!  Surprise...

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Mulled Wine

This is a wonderful comfort drink on a cold winter night. The aroma of wine simmering with cinnamon and cloves is reminiscent of Christmas. It warms the heart and the stomach. We recently went on a pre-Christmas European cruise where we...

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Chicken Posole (Soup)

This recipe for Chicken Posole comes from a grocery store that was demonstrating how to make it with ingredients sold in the store (of course), and unlike many of these samplings I’ve had, it was surprisingly good.  So good, in...