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Quick and Easy Homemade Hummus I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to prepare a gourmet meal when I get home from work before rushing off to something else. Sometimes I need something a little more practical than delicate, expensive hors d’oeuvres to bring to a party.

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I’m a real estate estate agent who is having so much fun killing people I may never sell another house. But my murder and mystery spree isn’t all gruesome. The trail of dead bodies I’ve created has also lead to a recipe for what my readers call “really good chocolate

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As I walk past a can of coke or an advertisement I am forced to take a walk down memory lane.  I was a huge Coca Cola collector including many wagons, stuffed animals, bottles from the Olympics, Disney World, playing cards for over ten years and the list just gets

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1 cup sifted flour 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon pinch ground cloves 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 2 tbsp. butter, melted 1 egg, beaten 1 1/4 cups milk In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and spices. In a separate bowl,

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Homemade Yogurt

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Yogurt making is a fun and creative experience and an excellent quality yogurt may easily be made at home at a great savings over store bought. Any kind of yogurt containing live active cultures may be used as a starter, such as ACTIVIA®, DANACTIVE®, Greek Yogurts, Kefir, etc. Try different

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Ingredients: Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 1 cup Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour OR Pillsbury BEST® Unbleached Flour 1 cup Pillsbury BEST® Whole Wheat Flour 1/2  cup sugar 2  teaspoons baking soda 1  tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2  teaspoon salt 2  cups peeled and shredded apples (3 medium) 1/2  cup shredded

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Jack, Chicken and Jalapeno EMPANADAS Shell: 2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 tbsp salt 1/3 cup shortening 1/3 cup ice water **Want the easy way?  Use a store bought pie crust.**  Filling 1 to 1/12 cooked shredded or diced chicken 1 cup shredded colby jack

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Garlic Spaghetti

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Ingredients 9 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons butter 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil Grated Parmesan, for garnish Directions In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the olive oil

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Ingredients 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces) 8 large eggs 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Dash salt Praline Topping, recipe follows Maple syrup Directions Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch

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Cake1 3/4 cups Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® butter recipe yellow cake mix (from 18.25-oz box)1/2 cup water1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened1/2 teaspoon almond extract1 egg Filling and Topping8 oz white chocolate baking bars or squares, chopped2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces, softened2/3 cup whipping cream2 cups fresh whole strawberries, thinly

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Cranberry Snowball Cake Prep time: 25 minCook Time: 50 minYield: 16 to 24 servings Ingredients:1 (16 oz.) package Pillsbury® Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix3 cups water, divided1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil3 large eggs2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, plus additional for garnish, if desired2 cupsNature’s PeakTM Sliced Country Strawberries2

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta 1 Pound Boneless, skinless chicken breast diced Flour Salt and pepper (I used sea salt) Olive Oil 3 cloves garlic 1/4-1/2 cup Chicken Broth Juice of 1 lemon 1/4-1/2 cup white wine 1/4-1/2 cup milk 16 ounces Penne Pasta Combine flour, salt, and pepper – toss

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There is just something about a tomato salad that tops off any summer meal.  With fresh produce from the garden or the farmer’s market it really adds pizzaz.  I enjoy a variety of fresh tomato salads a week.  The local hot springs pool actually sells tomatoes that they grow hydroponically

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Seeking a more hearty variation to the generally light and fluffy pancake, I rifled through my overwhelming assortment of flours until the ancient package of buckwheat came to light. Buckwheat definitely says “satisfying” to me, and by using the flour to create pancakes, you get not only a filling and