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Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo Instead of Risotto

This is an impressive dish that comes together in 20 minutes and is deceptively easy to cook. Adding a rub of ground fennel to the scallops before searing gives a subtle anise crust to the scallops, which are then served on a bed of lemony orzo. Nothing melts in your mouth like tender buttery scallops …

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies from Scratch

There are tons of brownies recipes, many of them excellent, so how do you choose? These brownies are special because they have a burst of raspberry flavor throughout the brownie, and there is no better sweet pairing in my opinion than chocolate and raspberry. The cream cheese addition means these brownies are soft and creamy …

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How to Make a Dessert Platter for Valentines Day

Dessert platters (or dessert boards) can be a fun, easy way to treat family and friends. This dessert board for two includes ideas and options for the sweets, the drinks and the decor. You can always focus on home-made treats (some recipes included), but the idea with this how-to dessert board is “easy” so it …

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Low Carb Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

Developing low carb desserts without using sugar substitutes is challenging.  The best route to go if you are on a low carb diet is to opt for a dessert that is high in fat instead of carbs. This rich and creamy panna cotta with a strawberry balsamic sauce is a perfect low carb dessert. Jump …

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Red Velvet Peanut Butter Cookies: Treats for Holidays

Care packages in general are a creative and fun way to keep loved ones close and top of mind when they live in a different state. Even with zoom and texting always available, there is something special about getting and opening a package that comes in snail mail. These red velvet peanut butter cookies are …

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DIY College Care Packages for Valenties Day

Turned off by the care packages available from the schools and the online sites, I try and put together DIY care packages for my two college kids that are more personal.  So far, they have been very successful…measuring success by my kids’ comments anyway.  The girl’s Valentines package arrived in my daughters’ mailbox on a …

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