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Banana & Strawberry Flambe

by TT January 30th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
With a French theme started for Monday night's tapas dinner, we needed to create a dish to compliment the Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs.  The meatballs seemed like they could be a pinch on the heavy side, so I wanted to make something lighter, most likely with a fruit or vegetable basis.

To be honest, I couldn't think of a light French vegetable dish off the top of my head.  And as I was in somewhat of a rush to plan this menu with other more pressing items on my schedule, I didn't have time to do research.  However, what did
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs

by TT January 28th, 2009| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
With almost every Monday night being a tapas night for my husband and me, we have tried many different menus.  Sometimes it is nice to return to a menu or dish that we liked, but other weeks we like to try a new set of recipes.  This Monday was one of those nights.

To make planning easier, both of us usually like to start with a theme, whether it be choosing an ethnicity, region, or style of cooking.  I suggested a French theme, which has had little representation in our dinners.  My husband questioned whether we could make a meatball that
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Broccoli Salad

by TT January 26th, 2009| Recipes, Salads
Most days I make some sort of salad or veggie wrap for my lunch.  Typically I stirfry broccoli, peppers, and whatever other vegetables are available.  However, last week as I looked in the veggie bin in our refrigerator, a stirfry didn't seem appealing.

Of course, I didn't realize that I wouldn't be in a stirfry mood when I went grocery shopping, so I already had a few bunches of broccoli waiting to be used.  Trying to keep my lunch healthy, I wondered how I could use this broccoli in my lunch in an alternate way.  I decided to give broccoli salad
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Kauai Coffee

by TT January 20th, 2009| Food News
Last fall my husband and I enjoyed a two week honeymoon on the islands of Kauai and Maui.  While on Kauai, we toured the Kauai Coffee Estate.  We enjoyed a self-narrated tour of the orchards and were able to sample many varieties of their coffee at the visitors' center.

As both of us appreciate a good cup of coffee, we were hooked on their brew instantly!  Conveniently, Kauai Coffee has a coffee club available, which was perfect because we only could fit a few bags of their coffee into our suitcases.  Starting in November, we would receive a bag
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Zucchini Tomato Bliss

by TT January 16th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
On Wednesday, I found myself in an unusual situation:  I was going to be alone for dinner.  With my husband away on business and the kids not home until after dinner, it would be a party of one for my evening meal.  Needing to retrieve the kids at 7:00 didn't leave much time for a dinner date with a friend, so it was definitely a single gal sort of night.

With only my dining preferences to be considered, I mulled my options.  I could order take-out food and eat it at home.  I could go to one of my favorite restaurants
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Nespresso Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother

by TT January 14th, 2009| Equipment Reviews
One of my favorite beverages is coffee.  After breakfast I brew a pot, and as I work from a home office, I enjoy refilling my cup throughout the morning.  I am slightly particular about how my coffee is served, though.  I like it with a pinch of sugar and some skim milk, and most importantly, I like my coffee to be piping hot.  Although I like our coffee maker, once you have added some cold milk, the coffee just isn't hot enough for me.

Or at least, it wasn't.  My dear husband apparently noted my ritual of making a cup
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Vegetable Beef Soup

by TT January 13th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
This winter has felt very long, and we're not even a month into it, officially.  We have had a major ice storm, multiple snowstorms, and many days of cold and blustery weather.  Winter has begun with much excitement.

With nasty weather such as this, I am prone to staying inside and keeping warm.  One of my favorite ways to make the house feel warmer is by letting soup simmer on the stove for most of the day.  Between the soup and baking a loaf of homemade bread, if I have the time, the house is filled with a cornucopia of delicious
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Review: Jewell & the Beanstalk, Manchester, NH

by TT January 9th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
Every Thursday, my best friend and I have a scheduled business meeting.  Conveniently, it is planned to coincide with breakfast or lunch at a local dining establishment.  As there have been many of these meetings and we don't want to travel too far on a workday, we have visited many of the restaurants with which we are familiar.

This week it was my turn to choose the locale for our meeting.  To accommodate the needs of my schedule, we had planned on a brunch meeting.  Having dined at all of the breakfast places that I like, I tried an online
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Oven-Baked Poppers

by TT January 7th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
On a weekend trip to the grocery store, my husband and I purchased half a dozen jalapenos with the intention of making jalapeno poppers.  Neither of us had made them before but reasoned that we should be able to make a decent batch.

With our typical late night dinner on Monday, it seemed like the perfect day to give this new-to-our-home appetizer a try.  This snack would satisfy our appetites until dinner was ready without being filling.  As my husband was at the office for his late meeting, I decide to make these Michele-style (aka baked, not fried).

As I would
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Meatballs with a Tropical Flair

by TT January 6th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
On a recent Friday night, the weather was determined to make it a stay-at-home sort of night.  With snowfall beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon and forecasts calling for up to a foot of snow, it was the perfect night for some yummy homemade food.  With no children at home for the night, there were no wrinkled noses to consider when planning the menu.

Although cold, snowy weather usually brings out the desire to make soup, it was a Friday night, which makes me crave fun food, such as munchies.  Wanting to pretend that there wasn't a snowstorm raging outside our
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Knock Your Socks Off

by TT January 2nd, 2009| Drinks, Recipes
Last night we celebrated New Year's Eve family style.  My husband and I invited my brother's family and our best friends, and two of our children invited two friends each.  There were more kids than adults, with 8 children, ages 12 and under, and 6 adults.  Being creative kids, they wanted to make their own beverages.  My daughter Sam created her own special mix.  As my co-author, she shared her thoughts on this drink:
"I designed the Knock Your Socks Off, a cranberry creation.  It is tart with a hint of sweetness and a dash of sour.  With the color of
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