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March 28, 2016

Black Pepper and herb mashed potatoes

This was a Cooking Light Magazine hit at our last Cooking Light Dinner Club.


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March 17, 2016

Cooking Fish Easy as 1-2-3

The most common mistake made when cooking fish is over cooking it. You can always increase the cooking time but you can't reverse overcooked food.

This was the first tip I gave class participants who attended my fish class. Other tips included how to successfully saute, bake and poach fish and the best fish for each technique.

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March 01, 2016

Create Your Own Quesadillas

Take this basic recipe and make it with your favorite ingredients. I love chicken but you could use shrimp, beef, or any combination of ingredients that you like. There is even a vegetarian version.

See how to modify this recipe

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January 31, 2016

Chocolate Mint Parfaits

Great presentation and easy to make by using instant pudding and frozen whipped topping.

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January 27, 2016

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a Mexican favorite. They can be made with chicken, beef or even vegetables. This recipe uses chicken, low fat sour cream and cheese to create a healthier version.
I also have a recipe for Chorizo Enchiladas.

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January 22, 2016

BBQ Chicken with a Sensational BBQ Sauce

This spicy, rich BBQ sauce will wake up your taste buds. The ingredients might surprise you but you won't be disappointed. I served it over chicken but it would also be good over pork or beef.

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December 04, 2015

Hot Chocolate Fun for the Kids

This is an great way to create a little fun for the kids and end up with a hot chocolate that the adults will also enjoy. To save time use instant hot chocolate mix and follow package instructions or be in more control of the ingredients by using this simple recipe with optional add ins. Decorate chocolate covered spoons and let the fun begin!

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November 21, 2015

Artichoke Heart and Tomato Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Artichokes are grown primarily in California. They are the bud of a large plant from the thistle family. They are delicious eaten fresh but are also available canned. This recipe uses canned artichokes but you can use fresh if you want to cook them.

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November 20, 2015

Apricot Custards

A healthy, delicious dessert to serve for any occasion but especially great during the Holidays. These custards will help keep down the high calorie frenzy that is so common between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Pumpken Custards

Try these little delicious Pumpkin Custards for a light pumpkin pie in a dish. The best part is that there are only 103 calories per serving.

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November 08, 2015

Smoothered Pepper Steak

This recipe uses frozen bell peppers to save time but when in season fresh peppers should be used. It takes a little longer to prepare but worth the effort. Use green, yellow and red bell peppers and add a small sliced onion too.

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November 06, 2015

Parsley Shrimp Skewers

Serve shrimp for dinner tonight. It is a delicious, smart, and quick way to get a good meal on the table after a hard day at the office.
Serve over fresh spinach with an orange vinaigrette.
See my suggestions for making this your own.

Serve with a lightly oaked Chardonnay

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October 24, 2015

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Thyme Sauce

Dijon mustard adds flavor and serves as a thickening agent to help create a smooth, rich sauce.

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September 03, 2015

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Marsala Wine

Pork chops can be tricky to cook. So to avoid drying them out, cook them slowly with a watchful eye. The sauce will provide a bit of a smoky flavor. Marsala is a fortified wine that usually comes sweet or dry. Choose the dry wine for this dish.

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August 18, 2015

UT Cooking Class, Comfort Foods

Comfort food in August?? Well it was a hit and the food was delicious. The class participants perfected my recipes and we all enjoyed a wonderful meal.

Thanks guys for your enthusiasm. It was a great class.

These are really simple and yummy recipes you could make anytime of the year.


On the menu
Mini Meatloaf with Herbs and Scallions served with Tomato Jam

3 Cheese Mac and Cheese
Apple Cobbler and Ice Cream

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July 15, 2015

Barbeque Pork Sandwiches

Cooking Wiser Tips:

  • Use the left overs you saved from the roasted pork with western dry rub dinner
  • Top sandwiches with Cole slaw or serve on side
  • Melt smoked gouda cheese over the top bun

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    April 16, 2012

    My grandmother’s Banana Nut Bread

    This is one of those traditional recipes handed down through the generations that just keeps proving to be a favorite. I’ve had other banana bread recipes and many of the new more jazzy renditions are delicious but this recipe brings back special memories.

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    Easy Drop Rolls

    Take this simple 3 ingredient recipe and dress it up in many different ways just by adding a sprinkle of poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Or try adding a little cheese or bacon bits.

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    March 20, 2012

    Penne, Spinach, Asparagus and Cashew Salad

    Enjoy this salad as a complete meal. Add banana bread and glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.

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    April 23, 2011

    Romaine Caesar Salad

    This popular salad was first made in 1924 by Italian chef Caesar Cardini at his restaurant in Tijuana Mexico. As coincidently the first time I had Caesar salad was in Mexico while on vacation. It was prepared right at the table and what a show that was.

    A "real" Caesar salad has salad greens that are tossed with a garlic vinaigrette with grated Parmesan cheese and anchovies.

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    November 28, 2010

    Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry & Goat Cheese Spread or Apples

    What to do with all that Turkey! True you can always make a sandwich but you don’t have to settle for just any ordinary sandwich. Make it with a cranberry and Goat cheese spread.

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    June 08, 2010

    Buttermilk Scones

    Scones, a Scottish quick bread originally were made with oats and triangular shaped but today they come in just about any flavor and shape. They can be savory or sweet and are most often eaten for breakfast but don't worry you can have one of these anytime.
    I especially like blueberry or cinnamon scones.

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