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EASIEST Mini Fruit Pastries Ever!

Only two ingredients! If you want a FAST, shortcut way to make mini pastries, this is it! They are SO good too! There are times you need FAST! Sure, you can make your own pastry dough and filling from scratch! Sure you can make hand pies or turnovers, or mini pie cups! This way is a time-saver when you are short on time! NO need…

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Gordon Ramsey’s Scrambled Eggs

/ Have you tried this hugely popular recipe yet? Chef Gordon Ramsey’s masterful on/off technique is the key to getting soft, fluffly scrambled eggs with delicious flavor!  Over 50 to 60 million people have raved about it!   Looking at them, you might think these are undercooked; they are not!  Because of the calories, we don’t eat them all time this way, but when you feel…

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Pumpkin Bread (Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread)

From allrecipes.com, I finally tried their Downeast Pumpkin Bread, and no wonder it got over 7K likes! It is the best pumpkin bread I ever tried. I love the pumpkin flavor and I love the clean cuts it makes. It is not crumbly at all. I know that butter is tasty in breads, but using oil makes them more moist. I usually like raisins or…

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Kielbasa Spinach Soup

A delicious, healthy soup based on Food Network’s recipe by Rachel Ray for Chourico and Kale Soup. It does not take long to make and the technique is the same. I substituted spinach for the kale and kielbasa for the chourico. Kielbasa in soups is usually pared with cabbage. This was a nice change to have kielbasa with spinach and beans instead of cabbage. It…

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Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

The most requested, most famous Impossible Betty Crocker Pie is this Cheeseburger one, and it is so good! Here I just scaled it down to a smaller pie to serve 3…. or 2 hungry people! I used a 6-inch pie plate. You can use a 5-inch pie plate for a little higher pie. It is a fast, easy meal to make that is delicious! My…

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Roasted Vegetables with Shrimp and Sausage

Healthy and Delicious Roasted Veggies with Shrimp and Sausage is an EASY, quick dish to prepare!  I used chicken sausage, but use any type sausage you want. Sausage gives a great flavor to this dish. The important thing to remember is to cut the different vegetables into the correct sizes so they all finish cooking at the same time. Root vegetables are cut up into…

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Red Velvet Cookies~with a Cake Mix

These Red Velvet Cookies from a cake mix are so-o good! And SO easy to make! It is a shortcut recipe with just a few ingredients. It takes just a few minutes from start to finish! My cookies pictured above have semi-sweet chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, but you can use whatever chips and nuts you want. Leave out the chopped nuts if you want!…

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Cavatelli

Cavatelli, “little caves” in Italian, are even more delicious homemade!  The kind you buy in a store just doesn’t compare to homemade! Cavetelli is definitely one of my favorite pasta shapes to make and to eat! Plump and light, they are worth the extra time it takes to make them from scratch!   It takes just four simple ingredients to make these! The dough is…

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Mile-High New York Cheesecake ~ Crustless

This cheesecake is a purist’s cheesecake, my type of cheesecake. And this one happens to be my personal favorite! I cannot remember where I got this recipe, but I think it was from the NY Times many years ago. I call it…..PURE CHEESECAKE, UNADORNED! It’s a great cheesecake to serve for holidays or special occasions! IT IS crustless. It is topless. It is baked. It…

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Mini New York Cheesecakes For Two (or Four!)

/ It’s easy to make New York Cheesecakes for Two (or Four!) using two small four-inch mini Wilton springform pans. I love making these when a large cheesecake is too much. I add my favorite sour cream topping and then fresh strawberries with a glazed topping. You can use any fruit you wish, but use the glaze. It helps keep the fruit looking fresh. I…

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New York Cheesecake

This New York Cheesecake has a chocolate or graham cracker crust, a creamy filling, a sour cream topping , and a cherry topping. It is the REAL DEAL! So creamy, so delicious!!! Take your time making it, it has a few important steps to follow, but they are not hard! The springform pan is placed on top of a cookie sheet to bake to assure…

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Zucchini, Carrot, Apple, Walnut Bread

If you can’t decide what kind of loaf bread to make, try this one! It is a delicious mixture! The combination of zucchini, carrots, apples, and walnuts works so well and the bread is so moist! You can use 3 cups of zucchini, carrots, and apples in any quantities you want as long as it all adds up to 3 cups! I usually do about…

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Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Based on Chef Mary Ann Esposito’s recipe, these Chocolate Walnut Biscotti are so delicious and a favorite of mine! Set aside some time to make them, but trust me, they are worth it! Enjoy the process! No need for a mixer to make these, they are made by hand. They are fun to make! Homemade biscotti taste a hundred times better than bought biscotti! I…

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Macaroons

These Macaroons are the easiest thing to make! Quick and easy! They are delicious and chewy, and so pretty. Macaroons are great for holidays or special occasions and so many people love these! I have been making these for years with variations and I think I got the original recipe from my sister Annie. Not all macaroon recipes have flour in them. I think a…

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Zucchini Banana Cake Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting

From Betty Crocker, this moist, flavorful zucchini banana cake needs no fork!  It is more like a SNACK CAKE that you pick up with your hands. I cut the 8-inch square cake into 16 pieces instead of 9. That way the squares are small and sturdy enough to pick up. It works great! Plus there is a bonus: smaller squares means lower calories! I love…

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