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“Baked” Apples a la Slow Cooker!

Uncategorized By January 1, 2023

These slow-cooker “baked” apples are delicious served for breakfast or as a homey dessert. I serve them whole for breakfast, sometimes accompanied with a nice puddle of whipping cream. For dessert, I serve half-apple portions teamed with whipped cream, ice cream, or creme fraiche. Baked Apples with Cranberries, Nuts and Brown Sugar Yield: 4 breakfast servings, 8 dessert servings 1/4…

Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta. Deliziosa!

Chefs, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Restaurants By December 15, 2022

Yes, I’m a Lidia Bastianich fan. I love the pace of her PBS show “Lidia’s Kitchen,” that recently started its tenth season. The programs move along to keep my attention but go slow enough to see how she prepares the dishes from start to finish. Her enthusiasm for Italian food and scratch cooking is contagious. Making her pasta dish that…

No-Mayo Egg Salad – Yogurt Offers Pizzazz

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By November 18, 2022

YUM-OH-LAH! This delectable open-faced sandwich requires a slice of toasted rustic whole-grain bread as a crisp foundation. What is rustic bread? It’s not easy to define. Some might describe it as artisanal without any preservatives. It’s sold unsliced, usually in round or oval shapes. The bread has a crusty exterior and an interior with a chewy texture. Atop the toast…

Taco Filling Adds Flavor Bling to Chicken Breasts

Uncategorized By September 16, 2022

Chicken can make a delicious taco filling, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts can lack flavor bling. Chipotle chilies canned in adobo sauce adds both flavor and aroma to the poaching liquid. Chipotles are smoked, dried jalapeno chilies and they add an enticing rich smokiness. More add-ins heighten flavor, too, including garlic, orange juice and Worchester sauce, plus a smidgen of…

Bombay Spread: One of the Best Appetizers on the Planet

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By July 31, 2022

After all these years, this is still one of my favorite appetizer spreads! Serve it with apple slices, crackers, or slices of baguette (toasted or fresh)! Six-Layer Bombay CheeseYield: about 30 servings8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated1/2 teaspoon curry powderGarnishes:1/2 cup mango chutney2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped, see cook’s notes1…