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Traditional Mexican Snack Time: Pepitas and Aqua De Jamaica

Since Halloween just finished and some of you probably have a lot of pumpkin seeds left over somewhere, let’s make a quick and easy Mexican recipe called Pepitas. Don’t worry it’s incredibly simple, but a popular snack sold throughout Mexico. Pepitas are easy to make, and all you need is 2 cups of Pumpkin or squash seeds, 2 tablespoons of oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Christmas Cookies – Christmas Pinwheel Cookies and More

I love Christmas and I start planning for my holiday cookie baking get-together before Halloween. There is so much to do, but at least I don’t have to search for recipes. I have collected so many over the years that the hardest part is deciding which of the hundreds to make. One of our all time favorites are the Pinwheel cookies. They look so festive and have a great flavor, plus, they are really so easy to make my kids usually are the first one’s in the kitchen to start the process. I have a tip to make them even more fun to make, too. Here is the recipe, plus a couple of others that you will surely want to add to your Christmas Cookie list, and by the way, don’t forget to save some for Santa.

Christmas Cookies – Coconut Cookies

Coconut cookies come in many varieties. Here are a few you may want to try this Christmas. From the traditional macaroon, to cherry snowballs and chocolate neapolitans, there is sure to be one that you will want to add to your cookie baking list this year.

Old – Fashioned Cookie Recipes

Sometimes we just want to go back to the days of our childhood. Did you know that science has proven that the strongest memory triggers are scent and taste? Perhaps that is why I always think of my grandmother when I smell cinnamon, or my mom when I smell sauerkraut cooking. There is comfort in those dishes our parents and grandparents prepared. The holidays are a great time to revive the memories of those before us as well as bringing back some of those childhood favorites. Here are a few old fashioned favorites of the baby-boomer generation. Is your favorite here?

Classic Chocolate Chip With a Twist – Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are perhaps one of the top five favorite cookies in America, and for good reason. These delicious treats can be found in many variations. With nuts, or without, chocolate chips or chunks, dark, milk or white chocolate. The possible combinations are limited only by your imagination and willingness to try something different. Here are some variations that include sour cream in the mix.

Baked Kale Chips

Kale is an incredibly healthy and nutritious food, and we could all use more of it in our diet. It’s not always easy though to fit our greens in. Try this recipe for kale chips for an easy way to incorporate more vegetables, and nutrition, into your diet!

Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock is so important to vegan cooking. It sets a delicious foundation for a wide variety of dishes. By investing a little time and effort in this stock, you can improve the quality of everything you make!

Easy and Delicious Homemade Roasted Whole Chicken

Here’s a quick recipe for you today, and one that I cook all the time. To many people, a big roast can be a little daunting. However, it really isn’t that hard and buying a whole chicken can save you lots of money and feed you for days.

Cornish Game Hen Recipe With Rosemary, Garlic and Sea Salt Crust

This cornish game hen recipe is one that I learned from my grandmother a few years ago. There’s nothing special about it, I just love cornish game hen because they’re cheap, they’re easy to cook and they taste great. If you want to impress somebody and not spend a lot of money, this is definitely your go-to dish. I like the rosemary, garlic and sea salt crust the best, but you can definitely substitute other seasonings and cook your game hen the same way I’ll describe. Besides an oven safe pan and an oven, we’ll only need the ingredients. The only other ingredient in addition to what’s in the title, is olive oil.

Tis the Season for Soups, Stews and Chowders

Time is flying by, I feel like, I just accepted the fact that summer was over. Now, I have to agree to play nice with winter. Ugh, I despise winter.

Breadmachine Recipe for Someone Who’s Never Made Bread Before

Back when I was living in Japan, I acquired a bread machine from the Japanese equivalent of FreeCycle mailing list. I’d always wanted one, though I have no idea why. I then spent the next 6 weeks making a new loaf of bread everyday, experimenting with various recipes and perfecting them. Here’s a good recipe to try if you’ve just got your first bread machine!

Edible Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato and Pesto Holiday Tree Appetizer

This has been a particular favorite of many friends at the Eggnog Party I’ve hosted every holiday season over the years. This recipe makes an enormous amount in a form pan in the shape of a Christmas Tree. My suggestion is that if you are making it for less than a crowd of 20 you might want to cut it in half and put it into a round pan and decorate like a Christmas ball instead of a tree.

Scrumptious Chicken Curry

If you like curry you will love this dish! It makes the whole house smell like heaven. This one turns heads and makes mouths water it is so aromatic. It’s easy and fast to throw together but very impressive.

A Yummy Apple Delight to Surely Settle Your Appetite

Apple Crisp: The best things about the fall are the fruits that it bears. Apples are a wonderful part of the season. Unfortunately, there are many types of apples that are not the best for use in baking recipes. When my kids were young and we lived in rural Vermont we used to go to an orchard that was only about 2 miles away. We would pick the apples and come home and I’d make apple pies, apple butter, apple crisp, and various other apple recipes. The orchard we went to had some antique varieties that were especially tasty but you surely can’t find them here in Maryland.

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