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Mexican Lasagna and Helpful Measurements

A Piece of Lasagna
An unusual yet delicious recipe of Mexican Lasagna followed by very useful tips on measuring ingredients and guidelines that show you how much a particular can contains.

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White Zin Cabbage with Sprouts

Cabbage happens to be extremely healthy and loaded with essential vitamins and minerals while maintaining an incredibly low level calories per serving. It’s known a bland, but bland just means you have a lot of room to work. In this series of recipes you’ll learn how to prepare a basic hot cabbage side dish, and from this recipe you’ll move on to spicing it up from different cultures!

BBQ Chicken Cheese Steak

This Cheese Steak is sweet with a mild melty cheese on top. It’s covered in delicious Colby Jack Cheese and Jack Daniel’s Barbeque Sauce.

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The Hawaiian Pizza Philly Chicken Cheese Steak

Whaaaaaaaat?!!!! Pizza? Cheese? Chicken? All called steak? Perhaps! but all delicious! It’d be cool to take it up another notch by changing it to almost a chicken parm sandwich, almost a hawaiian pizza. It’s got a great contrast of flavors and layers of texture too. Definitely a good one to fill up on before taking a nap while watching a sporting event!

How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak with.. . Steak-ums

So what is a Steak-Um? It’s a flat frozen sheet of beef, it’s in the frozen aisle and yes it only says BEEF on the ingredients section. Is it ground, is it shaved? I have no idea, but when you open the box/plastic, there are between7-16 beef sheets depending on which box you get. The sheets are separated by parchment paper and the beef sheets are also 2 sheets of beef.

What does this have to do with cheesesteaks? I have been cooking with these weird little beef sheets since I was about 8, and I know how to make them as close to a real Philly Cheesesteak as they can get. image source

Flat Iron Steak Tacos with Papaya Pummello Salsa

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That’s right, you’ve never heard of Pummello, but this tropical fruit can be substituted with Grapefruit. The salsa is sweet and slightly bitter, and with Mixed Peppers it completes the dish.

This was inspired by an episode of Dinner Impossible where Chef Irvine had to cook with primarily ingredients he had never used.

The papaya mellows out the bitterness of the pummello. Pummello is a large fleshy fruit that’s similar to a grapefruit, but a little sweeter. Papaya is a weird fruit that’s sweet, but a little bland with a mango texture and more of a melon flavor. Together they make a nice balance, the wine, vinegar, and lime create a strong acidity; the brown sugar and bell peppers add sweetness. It was an awesome taco, and I hope you like it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is our family’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. First we will start with ingredients required to make chocolate chip cookies.

Enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookies and know how to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Easy Recipe for Kids: No Cooking, Three Ingredients, Chocolate Balls

Now these Chocolate Balls may go by another name in your household, but chocolate by any other name…chocolate is chocolate!
The food which these chocolate balls most remind me of is chocolate truffles, but with an extra crunch. This is a good recipe to use when you don’t want to use an oven, have to make something sweet quickly, have a lot of kids over or at a kid’s cooking party when you have a group of eager chefs ready to get chocolate up to their elbows! This Chocolate Ball recipe also has only three main ingredients!

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Cold Summer Supper Ideas to Beat the Heat!

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With the sweltering heat of summer, who wants to cook or even think about cooking? Even with great air-conditioning, cooking still generates extra heat for the AC to process, not to mention how uncomfortable the cook is in the kitchen. Few even want to go outside long enough to barbecue.

There is always the reliable microwave but a cold supper just sounds so much more refreshing (and easy). There are of course there are the old standbys for a cold supper:

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Caprese Kebabs

Very few foods can beat the flavor combination of tomato, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. Usually presented as a salad, this recipe calls for kebabs.

This is a great recipe for entertaining, it’s a dual layered appetizer that has a top layer of Caprese Kebabs, and a bottom layer of Toasted French Bread with Olives and Tomatoes, which will absorb some of the Caprese oil. It’s light and health with a low amount of salt and saturated fats.

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Mama's Tater Soup, with a Turkey, Bacon Club Sandwich.

A yummy easy made soup and with only a few steps you can have a great meal for your family. Even after a hard day at the office or running the kids around. To complement the soup, a turkey, bacon club sandwich recipe is also included.

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Homemade Gifts for People Who Love Sweets: Dessert Toppings

What lovelier gift for that someone with a sweet tooth, than a trio of delectable dessert toppings!

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How to Caramelize Onions

Caramelizing is a method of cooking a vegetable slowly until the natural sugars develop a sweet, complex flavor. The deeply flavorful, sweet taste of caramelized onions enhances many main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, or toppings for pastries or pizza. This is an easy method, just be sure to keep an eye on them so that they do not burn.

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Three Philly Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak

The first in a series of delicious recipes for people that want to eat the most delicious thing man has ever dreamed. The Cheese Steak.
Here's a recipe from a chef who hails from PA. Let’s begin with the goodness.

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Creamy Eggplant Curry

Have you been avoiding Eggplant because it seams like a unitasker? Well you’re missing out on a great source of vegetable protein, and it doesn’t have to be just fried and used with pasta sauce. Indian and Thai inspired approach, the citrus of the lemon is a backnote to the high powered heat from the hot sauce and curry powder. The cream cheese and peanut butter thicken the sauce and add creamy body, while the soft eggplant adds an interesting savory texture to the dish. It goes great over rice.

Cornish Game Hen with Mushroom Filling

One recipe to rule them all… Nah seriously, this hen turned out beautifully with crispy sweet skin and tender juicy meat. The filling gets infused with the lemon and sauce flavors, it’s almost… almost unbeatable.
...these are really versatile little birds with a slightly more gamey texture than chicken.

This is a recipe for when you want your hole meal cooked in one place, relatively quickly. Once the prep work’s done, you just have to wait for your timer to go off.

Peanut Butter & Fruit Delight with Honey

It’s smooth, creamy, and tart with an unusual choice of French Bread that completes the best Peanut Butter type sandwich!

Artichoke Roasted Chicken Thighs

Marinated Artichoke Hearts melded together with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Mini-Bell Peppers. A very light meal, the leftovers could be served in a roll or a pita to make an incredible sandwich!

Strawberry Chipotle Pork Chops

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Weird right? This combination has an incredibly unique flavor, there’s a bit of a spicy mustard and garlic kick to it that blend with the sweetness of the strawberry and the heat of the chipotle and hot sauce.
These cuts of Pork chop tend to have a side layer of fat, I cut it most of the way off so there’s only a thin layer on the outside. The thin layer will help keep the meat juicy as the fat cooks.

Enjoy this with a Sangria or a fruitier Red Wine.

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Picture Perfect Pasta Salad

This Pasta salad is a must to have. It has no Mayo in it so, it will not spoil if left out during your next bbq, plus it is delicious.
This pasta salad is a must have. One of the beauties of it is, it has no mayo, so it will not spoil if left out for hours.

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My Favorite Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Big Daddy says, "This is Carolina style barbecue sauce." This means that it is vinegar and mustard based, as opposed to the ketchup and molasses based sauces of the mid and southwest. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors brings out the absolute best in grilled or smoked pork or chicken.

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Tomatoe Paste: Homemade is Truly Awesome

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An easy recipe on how to make tomato paste.
...absolutely great for cooking with many recipes. Its also a great way to store for future use.

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Cheesy Summer Squash

It’s soft and juicy with a little crunch to it, and coated with cheese it’s the perfect combination of soft and chewy.
Here's a way of making squash that even your kids will like. The way to keep it healthy with cheese is using the Laughing Cow Triangles of cheese.

This is a good, gooey, and cheesy application of squash. It’s low in fat and is a great side dish. It goes well with lighter meats like chicken, turkey, or pork. I hope this has made summer squash something you would consider adding to your diet.

Authentic Greek Salad

An authentic Greek salad recipe from someone who actually lives in Greece.

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Butterflied Slow-roasted Chicken

Pollo alla diavolo (marinated devilled chicken), Italy
Do you get bored with those bags of frozen chicken breasts? Want something that tastes and looks really rustic? Well why not super slow roast a chunk of chicken? This recipe requires butterflying the chicken...So what’s butterflying? It’s cutting a piece of meat so that it is in 2 equal pieces. When you’re using a whole chicken, butterflying means cutting out the spine and then the meat lays flat in 2 equal halves. You lose a little bit of the flavor that would come from roasting it with the spine in, but the spine can also be used to make a stock for Chicken Noodle Soup with your left overs.

Bahhumbug Hummus

A quick easy hummus that’s affordable, healthy, and just plain good!

A lot of people out there like hummus, and a lot more people have no idea what is in hummus. In reality, this mysterious foreign fare is actually just ground chickpeas and a sesame paste called tahini. That’s it. . . that’s all that you’re eating when you get the hummus platter at a restaurant for $8. Sure they’ve probably added some stuff to it, but you can do that with stuff laying around your kitchen and make something that tastes even better. So let’s begin!

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Red Pork Tenderloin

Costoletta alla pizzaiola (pork chop with tomato sauce)
Are you on a ridiculously tight budget because there aren’t jobs anywhere for anything? Well you can still eat like a king (or queen)! So if you’re looking to eat something that isn’t McDonald’s, this might be your best bet!

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Quick and Easy Guacamole

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Looking for a healthy way to use an Avocado? Tired of eating them on sandwiches? How about using them to make a great guacamole. Guacamole is obviously a dip first and foremost, but it can also be used as a spread on sandwiches, with cheese and crackers, and also as a topping for steaks, turkey breast, or even chicken.

Taco Cups

This is the singular easiest recipe in the world, THERE’S ONLY three INGREDIENTS! Kids love it, it’s a great appetizer, and it’s ridiculously cheap. Could it get better.. . NO!!!

Below are 2 recipes, though you could add a thousand things to this. The top recipe is the one that costs less than $10 to feed a bunch of snack happy folks! The bottom one has a couple additions that lean more towards a traditional taco. Let’s begin the easiness!!!!

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Seafood Soup – Sopa Marinera

A delicious mixed-seafood soup. A must try dish.

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Date and Walnut Balls

Try this recipe and get the health benefits of walnuts as well as dates.

Walnuts are rich in Omega-3-fatty acids which are good for health. The melatonin in these nuts keeps aging at bay and relieves from serious illness. Dates have minerals and vitamins. They are a rich source of potassium which is very essential for muscle contractions thus plays a vital role in keeping heart muscle healthy and maintaining healthy nervous system.

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Muenster, Leek, and Tomato Grilled Cheese

A healthy lunch, the salty bite of the leeks are counter balanced by the acidity of the tomatoes and lightness of the muenster. It goes great on a baguette and with a side of tomato soup.

Leeks are an underutilized flavor force to be reckoned with. While they’re subtle, and usually found with scallions in your Mongolian Beef, leeks can actually take the foreground of a meal and make it theirs. The salty impact of the leek flavor makes this grilled cheese perfectly balanced, and makes mouths water every time!

Seared Pan-Braised Top Sirloin Steak

For those times when you feel like living luxuriously, great steak is always an option. This steak shows off its tender beefy flavor with caramelized sauce on the outside. I do not recommend eating anything else with it, it will taint the befey awesomeness!

Strawberry Balsamic Glazed Pork

This is a lot simpler than it sounds. The sauce is tangy, sweet, and deep with a volume of flavors to it. The pork is tender and melts in your mouth. It’s an all around great dish.

Anyone trying to make a good impression of a first date should try this. It’s easy, and delicious. Also anything with Balsamic Vinegar sounds more special than it is, but it has such a deep rich flavor that it’s understandable why so many people love it. This one’s really easy to do and very impressive.

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Split Grilled Lemon Asparagus

This is a simple side dish that’s great with grilled seafood, chicken, and steaks.

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Preservation Salad

A Salad that has a variety of preservation methods from dried meat and fruit to freeze dried.

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Lemon Sweet Tea Barbecue Chicken

This one’s a bit unorthodox, but the flavor levels are through the roof. It’s an original take on barbecue chicken.

This is a good variation of a traditional Barbecue Chicken. The sweet tea vodka and lemon juice add a bright pop of flavor to the tangy barbecue. And doing it Baked in it’s own juices just adds to the flavor character of the sauce. The same method below can be enlarged and you could make a slew of Barbecue Chicken for Sunday Football, or parties, or just about anything. image by JWynia

Tilapia Cakes

Quick, Easy, Delicious. Just like Tuna Cakes, but Tilapia absorbs more flavors.
Tilapia cakes are just as good, if not better than Tuna Cakes. I think the texture is even closer to crab than Tuna can get so it’s even more of a plus!

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Lemon Dill Honey Mustard Tilapia

They’re a great combination, and on a light flaky fish like Tilapia, they give it a nice bold flavor. I hope you all enjoy!

This one’s really easy and takes no time to throw together. Tilapia’s great because it’s a very inexpensive cut of fish. It has a great texture and small flavor, which means you can do almost anything with it. You can have southwestern tilapia, Asian influenced tilapia, Caribbean flavors, European flavors. It’s a very versatile fish, and one of the most common uses for it is ceviche, which is the process of cooking fish with acids from lemons and limes(and sometimes tequila). This steals an ingredient from ceviche, but not the meal itself. Enjoy!

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Fruit salad

A simple and refreshing fruit salad recipe.

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Eggs and Mayonnaise Salad

Eggs and mayonnaise salad, good for breakfast.

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Mandarin Orange & Soy Sauce Glazed Tilapia

For those of you who are trying to eat healthy, tilapia is a very light fish, low in fat and calories. It’s also low in flavor, which means you can do anything with it!

Craisin Red Wine Reduction Sauce and a Steak Recipe

It’s not that hard to make and it makes even the cheapest steaks taste like royalty.

It’s a little bit of an intense recipe... but it’s really worth the effort!
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Quick Easy Sauteed Chicken

This one’s not crazy and is for anyone that needs to make something delicious in 10 minutes. It’s loaded with flavor and the meat stays juicy and tender.

Peanut Butter Squares

What about these peanut butter squares?

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Lemon Dill Roasted Asparagus

This one’s really easy, and delicious. It fills the Asparagus with a lot of flavor, and when it’s done they’re tender, but still have a little bite to them!

Cheese and Tomatoes Salad

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