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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or Spring picnics. It’s easy and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Easiest Way to Make …

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Italian Strawberry Tiramisu Cake: No-Cook Desssert (dolce di fragole)

Italian tiramisu often involves coffee and/or eggs. This light no-cook version is made with fresh strawberries, layered on top of Italian ladyfinger cookies and topped with whipped cream and chilled in the refrigerator. There is no better dessert for Spring or Summer! What is Tiramisu? Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert typically made with …

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Columbian Natilla without Eggs: (Layered with Nuts & Raspberries)

Natilla, a rich custard-like dessert, has several different variations depending on the country of origin. This recipe is for a Columbian natilla, which is similar to a vanilla natilla custard from Spain, but without the eggs. It is a simple dish traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season, and in Columbia it is typically served with …

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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Cherry Bark for Holiday Care Packages

Friends and family absolutely love to get surprise packages in the mail, and it’s even more special when you add a personal touch of a home-made treat. The problem with many baked goods is that they don’t ship well if they are crumbly or gooey. This chocolate bark is packed with holiday flavors, is easy …

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Low Carb Stuffed Squash Blossoms without Frying

Stuffed squash blossoms are not hard to make! Here is the “how-to” on cleaning, storing, baking or frying stuffed blossoms. The recipe below is for baked blossoms stuffed with ricotta and Swiss chard. Enjoy! What do the blossoms taste like? Their flavor is light and airy, with a hint of the squash that it originated …

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How to Grow Blueberries in Pots for your Deck, Patio or Balcony

Growing blueberries in large pots is a perfect way to grow some of your own food at home when you are constrained by not having a large garden area, or if your garden area is shady (blueberries like full sun). This summary will give you the basic requirements for success! A how-to video is included …

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Easy Chicken Mole Rojo for the Home Cook

The variety of Mexican moles are all unique and delicious, but the required pepper roasting, peeling and rehydrating can be a bit daunting and time consuming.  This mole rojo using a powdered blend of smoked chiles, cocoa and spices is the key to making a more achievable, but still full-bodied, mole. What is Mole Rojo? …

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Salmon Omelet & Strawberry Lavender Cocktails for Brunch

Brunch is often a special occasion or a social gathering and if you are making brunch at home it is fun to add some more unique dishes. A salmon omelet, strawberry infused champagne and a citrus marmalade are a few ideas to make your brunch special. Strawberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail This drink is so good …

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Best Baja-Style Fish Tacos: (with Avocado Cream & Pickled Onions)

Grilling does not have to be limited to the outdoors. You can use an indoor grill (or a “comal”) to get blackened or grilled white fish that are perfect for making healthy fish tacos. Add some avocado cream and pickled onions and you’ll have the best homemade Mexican fish tacos. Quick and easy and delicious! …

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High Protein Kimchi Pancakes (with Kodiak mix)

Pancakes are beloved by most people, but the flour and the sugary syrups (or toppings) tend to make them high carb and high sugar. These savory pancakes made with Kimchi and a high protein pancake mix add a lot of nutrition while lowering the refined sugar content. And they’re wonderful! What are Kimchi Pancakes? Kimchi …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. What is a Steamed …

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Brazilian Shrimp in Pumpkins – Camarão na Moranga

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a creamy seafood stew from Brazil beautifully served in a colorful pumpkin. Traditionally it would be served in a pinkish heirloom variety of pumpkin called Moranga (see photo below). If you can’t find this variety however, an orange baking pumpkin will work just fine. The flavor and the presentation …

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