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Christmas Cookie Recipe

Cookies are for Baking: Hazelnut Thumbprints

I know it can be next to impossible to find time to do something relatively time-consuming, like baking cookies, this time of year, but cookies (and Christmas) are for baking!  Some of my fondest memories are of spending the entire day(s) holed up in the kitchen with my quite ambitious mom who intricately tied little […]

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Dinner’s On!

For those of you new to the Atlanta area, the AJC newspaper used to run a cool feature each week called the “5:30 Challenge.” The gist of it was to create a meal with 5 ingredients or less and have it ready in 30 minutes. Talk about an awesome reference for working families! (Moment of silence for the demise of the newspaper…for those of us old enough to remember it). In 2009, I turned in a recipe that had been passed on to my family from a college roommate of my mother’s. And, I was in print!! (Yes, I have a clipping, for those of us old enough to remember those, too 🙂 )

This is a hot meal, but honestly is delicious any time of year. The ingredients can be purchased and can sit in the pantry, the fridge and on the counter for several weeks before creating – super bonus for those struggling to plan ahead for meals (aka: moi). And finally, it covers ALL the bases needed for a meal. Yep, one pot and done.  

Here are some tips:

  • Try different flavors of canned tomatoes – all are great.  If Mexican is not your family’s preference, get the Italian ones. Want it soupier? Add a 3rd can.  
  • I adore cooked cabbage, so I generally cook the entire head of cabbage (unless it is basketball sized).  
  • I do the chopping and mixing the night before, put it in the fridge and slapped it on the stove when it was time to cook. Wait to put the cabbage on top just before stove time.   
  • I have NOT put it in the Crockpot, yet…which might actually work. Maybe low for 5-6 hours? Let me know if you give it a try.  

Hope you enjoy this “famous” recipe!  

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Wacky Cake

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake?  As in, a flavorful, far from dry, super texture chocolate cake!!  Me!  And my crew – the 12-year-old requests it by name.  To make this, even MORE, fun – this baby has no dairy or eggs in it.  Correct, nada.  Say hello to successfully bringing a vegan dessert.  Or an allergen-free one.  Take that old ‘Fear of Feeding Cupcakes to Kids’!!  

Not that it was the original intent of this recipe by any means.  See, this baby dates back to Depression-era – as in NO ONE HAD ANY EGGS or BUTTER.  And it uses vinegar to give the baking soda the boost to lift the cake since there is no structure from the protein normally found in eggs.  Put all of those together and the recipe appears to be, umm, wacky.  

And the wackiest thing of all – you can literally have ALL of the ingredients on hand and whip up an awesome homemade goody at the last moment.  Bundt pan, sheet cake or cupcakes, all turn out well.  

NOTE #1: I have not tried this with a gluten-free flour yet – but I firmly believe it would work just fine.  Let me know if any of you give it a whirl!  

NOTE #2: If you want to frost this baby, put a thin layer on first and let it set or mostly dry.  This will catch all of the crumbs.  Then go back and put on the “pretty” layer.  The cake is so moist, it will crumb into the frosting.  Just FYI.  

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Semi-Homemade Grilled Pizettas | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Semi-Homemade Grilled Pizzettas

Let’s be honest, your summer is better spent cooling down by the pool, not holed up in a hot kitchen. So when it comes to mealtime, you need something easy to assemble and preferably grilled so even your husband can handle dinner. These pizzas can be thrown together quickly with ingredients from your local farmer’s […]

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August is National Peach Month :: How to Celebrate Our State Fruit

August is National Peach Month: How to Celebrate Our State Fruit

As a Georgian, there is nothing more patriotic than enjoying a plump, juicy peach. Although we claim it as our own, this lovely fruit dates back centuries to its origins in China and symbolizes luck, abundance, and protection. Since August is National Peach Month, and Georgia is the Peach State, let’s celebrate!  Here are a […]

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My Kitchen BFF – the Crockpot

I love to eat. And I love to know what I am eating. But, with a job, a kiddo, a hubby and some vague semblance of a life, there is not much time for cooking during the week. Enter my kitchen BFF – the crockpot.  Mine is the bigger oval size one – because if I am cooking, I am all about the leftovers, too.  

If you are unsure about this tool, allow me to explain. A little bit of chopping, mixing or layering in the pot itself, the prep of the liquid ingredients in a separate container happens after dinner (and kids in bed, etc).  In the morning, the crock goes into the base, the liquids are added, seasonings as needed and lid applied. Turn that baby on and get on with your day. Upon returning to your humble abode, VIOLA!  A hot meal, or at least a significant portion of one. Talk about feeling like a winner at 5:32 PM or 6:17 PM or 8:03 PM or whenever dinner is served.   

So, here is a very simple recipe to get you started; the name is silly, but it’s a full meal that pleases most palates. Serve with green salad – or applesauce when there is no time for chopping.  

(If y’all like this one, there are many more I can share. Let me know and I will continue to post them. I am 20+ years of well-versed in crockpot language – but I would love to learn more, too!) 

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Nothing says I love you better than Fondue

Nothing says I love you like fondue except, maybe, fondue times two!  Why decide between a velvety Velveeta-free pot of cheese bathing in wine and a crock of rich dark chocolate decadence when you can have both?  And both are equally adored by little, big, male, & female taste buds alike.  

Fondue for Valentine’s Day is probably as cliche as the girls-only fondue dinner tradition that started one February 14th back in college.  Admittedly, I was a little mournful for the passing of said tradition when I met my husband and had reason to put on something besides expandable sweatpants for the holiday.  Not that I would trade in my happy marriage for cheese and chocolate, but…  Seasons change and, much like on New Year’s Eve, I now find myself back in said sweatpants, celebrating with both the big and little man in my life.  

Truth be told, I have moved the fondue tradition to the Oscars; perhaps I’ll make a heart-shaped meatloaf like my Mom routinely made this year.  I highly recommend you host a fondue party, however.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate those you love this month, be it your girlfriends, husband, children, or just yourself!  Have each guest bring their favorite accompaniment for each fondue and get dipping.     

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Super Easy Super Bowl Recipe

As far as the Super Bowl goes, you can fall in to one of two categories – “Football Fanatic” 0r “I’m just here for the food and halftime show.” I personally fall into the latter category, except that I do have an invested interest in the Falcons because you have to support your home team. That’s just good manners.  

If you are looking for a super easy, fail proof Super Bowl snack, I’ve got just the recipe for you! 

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