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5 Cool Things to Do on Your Birthday at Home

by Editorial Team September 21st, 2021 | Cooking Basics

We know in the era of COVID, celebrating a birthday is not a fun thing while taking care of social distancing. If you thinking about celebrating your birthday at home, are you planning to celebrate a simple yet cool birthday with your close friends? We know that it is difficult to come up with cool ideas, so it doesn’t sound fun at all

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 21st, 2021 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Fall flavors in the form of a biscuit

I know fall is supposed to be all about pumpkins and apples, but really there are more fall ingredients out there. I'd be remiss if I didn't think about cooking with sweet potatoes. These root vegetables are a top choice in my menu planning. Not only do they have more nutritional value than a plain potato, they also have oh so much more flavor. And honestly, I find them to be yummy without any toppings. I can't say that about a plain potato.

Of course, it's not all healthy eating for me.
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Healthy-ish Spinach & Goat Cheese Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 16th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Really craving a bowl of espinaca, but want to be healthier? This spinach & goat cheese dip is the perfect choice.

Spinach & Goat Cheese Dip

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 to mato (seeded and diced)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat.
  3. Coat bottom of pan with olive oil, and add spinach.
  4. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.
  5. In a large bowl combine goat and cream cheeses, stirring until
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Healthy Spinach Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 14th, 2021 | Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Healthy & delicious in one simple dip

After spending a good amount of August either on the road or splurging on fun meals with friends and family, I've been eating more conscientiously for the last week or so, as I get my eating back on track. Of course, eating with a focus on healthy foods doesn't mean boring. Nope, it isn't all carrot sticks and water here. Rather it's finding creative ways to impart flavor while keeping calories and fat in check.

This recipe is a perfect example. On a recent Sunday, we were home for the afternoon that would
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3 Easy Fall Dinners

by Editorial Team September 14th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

It's back to school time, which means life gets so much busier. Not only do the kids have to get up and to school on time, there also are all of the after school commitments. Whether it's drama club practice, soccer games, book club, or just homework time, life is busier than the lazy days of summer.

How can we make these weekdays less stressful? No, the answer is not ordering takeout. It is having an assortment of dinner that can be made in little to no time. Not only will they take some stress

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What to Serve Instead of Mashed Potatoes

by Editorial Team September 14th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Being a child of the 70s and 80s, I can attest that many a Sunday dinner had mashed potatoes as a side dish. That is not a bad thing, but it does make mashed potatoes less exciting. Sure, you can top them with butter or gravy, but it is also fun to try different side dishes alongside my braised short ribs or roasted pork loin.

Of course, Sunday dinners are all about a hearty meal that may require a little more cooking time and may be a bit more indulgent than a weeknight dinner. We

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What to Serve with Tacos

by Editorial Team September 14th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Whether it's taco Tuesday or you just want to serve some tacos for dinner, you may be thinking about the side dishes to offer with them. Forget about just opening a can of refried beans. That's way too boring. I'm here to make this simple in planning.

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How to Start Your Own Restaurant

by Editorial Team September 13th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a love for food and hospitality, you might have considered owning your own restaurant.

Starting up a new restaurant presents many challenges, but with the right planning and knowledge, you can easily thrive within the industry. Not only does owning your own restaurant enable you to embrace your love for cooking and food, but it also presents the opportunity to create positive dining experiences for many others.

For those of you who are ready to jump into the restaurant world head first, here are some of

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Irresistible Caramel Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 9th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

A simple caramel sauce perfect for ice cream, cake, and more!

I'm a fan of caramel almost all of the time, especially if it's paired with something that has a hint of salt. However, I find that I'm more prone to think of caramel in the fall. Is it because it is a natural partner for apples? Or is it that it's usually served warm and as such is a great treat as chilly temps return? Whatever the reason, I'm currently thinking about caramel, as I await the official return of autumn. While waiting, it's a good time to
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Caramel Apple Scones

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 7th, 2021 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Who says sweet treats are only for dessert? Start your day with a caramel apple scone for breakfast!

Caramel Apple Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter (diced)
  • 3/4 cup caramel chips
  • 3/4 cup peeled (diced apple)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add butter.
  4. Combine dry ingredients using a pastry blender (or two forks) until butter is reduced to
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Herbalife Nutrition Clubs Find New Ways to Support Customers

by Editorial Team September 2nd, 2021 | Cooking Basics

You may have heard of Herbalife Nutrition Clubs: they’re places where community members gather together to work on their weight loss or fitness journey. Nutrition Clubs are businesses owned and operated by Herbalife independent distributors – wellness coaches who recommend workout regimens and supplements for their customers.

In these trying times, nutrition and social motivation have become incredibly important as we navigate through a new normal. Nutrition Clubs have kept their mission of supporting customers by shifting to virtual communities.

Herbalife Nutrition Clubs are most active where they are most needed.

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Cinnamon Marbled Quick Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 2nd, 2021 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Sweet & simple- What's not to love?

Yes, Think Tasty is all about food, but as I reread this recipe and article, I was amazed at all the differences between now and then. First, this article was published originally in the middle of the winter. It's over 90 degrees and humid at the current moment, so we have that huge difference. Second, this article is five and a half years old, so I had
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Snickerdoodle Muffins

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 31st, 2021 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Want to eat cookies for breakfast? These snickerdoodle muffins make a fine replacement.

When I think about homemade cookies from my childhood, one of the recipes that comes to mind is a snickerdoodle. At the time, I remember some of my friends laughing at the
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Romantic Yet Simple Ideas to Surprise Your Partner

by Editorial Team August 31st, 2021 | Cooking Basics

While falling into a phase of comfort with your partner is something to look forward to for new couples, becoming too comfortable is a gradual way to kill the spark and end up feeling trapped in your relationship. With that said, surprising your partner with special gifts is just one of many ways to keep the spark glowing.

There are five love languages, and gift-giving is one of them. And while some would say that they have a particular preference for one or two of the love languages, there's reason to believe that all five

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Double Down on Lemon Cookies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 26th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

Delicately sweet. Pleasantly tart. Fairly addictive.

Twice the Lemon Cookies

Sweet, tart, and addictive

  • Cookie dough
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Sprinkles

  1. Cookie dough
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer, cream butter and sugar for 3 minutes on speed 2.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  5. Add extracts and zest, and mix to combine.
  6. Add
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Lots of Lemon Whoopie Pies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 24th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

Double the lemon goodness!

Lots of Lemon Whoopie Pies

Double the lemon goodness

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of lemon
  • 3 Tb milk
  • Yellow food coloring (if desired)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tb. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place butter and sugar
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Peaches Infused with Bourbon and Vanilla

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 19th, 2021 | Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday

There's nothing better than a fresh peach. . . unless it's a fresh peach that's been infused with some bourbon and vanilla!

Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches

Bourbon & peaches- a new classic combination

  • 4 peaches
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  1. Bring a medium-sized pot full of water to a boil.
  2. Fill a medium sized bowl with ice water.
  3. Cut a small x in the base of each peach.
  4. Place 1 peach in boiling water, and cook for 30 seconds to
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Summertime Deserves a “Fruity Vacation”

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 18th, 2021 | Tasty Thoughts

As a food blogger, I receive a fair number of press releases announcing new food products and kitchen items. Many of these emails earn a cursory glance before being sent to the trash file. Fruity Vacation was one of those

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Fresh Peach Slump

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 17th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

One of those desserts that simply says home

Fresh Peach Slump

One of those recipes that simply says home

  • 4 cups peaches (pitted and diced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 Tb. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • for the dumplings:
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tb. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter (diced)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅓ cup water

  1. Place the peaches in a large skillet or dutch oven.

  2. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt; sprinkle over the peaches.

  3. Place dutch oven on a burner over a medium until it

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What Do You Need for a Perfect Beef Roast?

Editorial Team August 14th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Few dishes can compete with the aroma and flavour of perfectly roasted beef. Roast beef almost always takes centre stage when it comes to a grand dining experience, be it a formal event or a backyard barbeque.

Australian roast beef is filling and delectable at the same time. You can find out more about this supremely popular and delicious dish on sites like https://www.australianbeef.com.au/.

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