[1] That’s one big cookie! Here’s the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.   Hey Cookie Monster, and the cookie monsters within us: May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. We’re going for this jumbo chocolate chip cookie, from A Cozy Kitchen. It’s baked in a 12-inch skillet. That makes it a family-size chocolate chip […]

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[1] (photo courtesy Kindred Restaurant) [2] Wild-caught gulf shrimp (photo courtesy I Love Blue Sea | Vital Choice). [3] Raw whole shrimp (photo courtesy Mercato).   It’s National Shrimp Day. One of the easiest ways to celebrate: Make yourself a shrimp roll. The photo, which may appear to be a lobster roll, actually contains whole […]

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People love crescent rings. The taco crescent ring is one of the most popular recipes of all time on Pillsbury.com. Crescent rings, stuffed crescent dough arranged in a circle, can be served: Stuffed with eggs and sausage for breakfast. As a “danish” ring for breakfast and coffee breaks. Instead of sandwiches at lunch. With beer, […]

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[1] The Hanako San Bloody Mary at Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon. [2] Ready for its close-up.   There are many variations on the Bloody Mary, one of America’s favorite cocktails. This one is from Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon. It’s called Hanako-San, The Bamboo Bloody. While we don’t have the exact recipe, the ingredients […]

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[1] Rustic Double Pumpkin Loaf is white whole wheat dough mixed with pumpkin purée and topped with pumpkin seeds. [2] Ready for snacking and dessert: cocoa-flavored whole wheat dough with chocolate chunks and dried cherries (photos courtesy Chabaso Bakery).   Is Mom a bread lover? How about sending her some specialty artisan breads for Mother’s […]

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[1] Baked vegetable omelet. Here’s the recipe from Pampered Chef. [2] Eggs Benedict, popular for festive occasions (photo courtesy American Egg Board). [3] Caprese frittata, with mozzarella, basil and tomato (photo courtesy eMeals). [4] Shakshouka, eggs poached in a spicy sauce (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [5] Toad In A Hole, at Sugar Cane | Miami. […]

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[1] Food fun: fonduta and meatballs (photo courtesy Flavor & The Menu). [2] How about a smoked mozzarella fondue? Here’s the recipe from Center Cut Cook. [3] Serve fonduta with classic dippers, with or without the fondue pot (photo courtesy Equatorial Sky | Wikipedia).   Who needs spaghetti or lasagna? This fun dish from Flavor […]

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Here’s a fusion recipe for Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Chicken Lasagna. It substitutes tortillas for lasagna noodles, enchilada sauce for pasta sauce, Monterey Jack for mozzarella. It’s lots of fun. Thanks to Pampered Chef for the recipe.     RECIPE: MEXICAN CHICKEN “LASAGNA” Ingredients For 8 Servings 1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed fresh cilantro […]

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While stuffed baked potatoes may not be authentic Mexican fare, these two winners from blogger Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home. They were sent to us by the Idaho Potato Commission are an easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Serve the baked potatoes along with some grilled steak or fish, and a green salad […]

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[1] A calming herbal blend (all photos courtesy Steven Smith Teamaker). [2] The selections of black, green, herbal and white teas will please everyone. [3] Lord Bergamot, the company’s version of Earl Grey, blended to provide substantial bergamot flavor for which Earl Grey is known.   For a Mother’s Day gift of fine tea, look […]

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