Mardi Gras King Cake (Bread Machine)

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Mardi Gras which French for Fat Tuesday begins on January 6 and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday.  The traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold.  These colors were chosen in 1872.  Purple depicts justice, green depicts … Continue reading

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Engilsh Digestive Biscuits

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If you’ve ever been to the UK, you’ve probably sampled McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (a.k.a. cookies in the US).  I know that the name isn’t very appealing, but the taste definitely is! The story goes that digestive biscuits were first conceived … Continue reading

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French Bread Rolls (Bread Machine)

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Ever since I got my little bread machine, I’ve been experimenting and trying to perfect different breads.  One success story is my french bread rolls!  The basis for the recipe that I use came from the King Arthur Flour site, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

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I felt like making some cookies today, but what kind?  As I was thinking about it, I remembered making a variation of Tartine’s chocolate oatmeal walnut cookies from Tartine.  It had been a long time since I made these cookies, … Continue reading

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Margherita Pizza

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When Susan and I were in Paris earlier this year, we seemed to eat pizza a lot.  Part of the reason was that there was a wonderful little pizza restaurant right across the street from our hotel. Our pizza of … Continue reading

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Jewish Rye Bread (Bread Machine)

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One of the things that I tend to do in the morning is look at the daily recipes on the Allrecipes site.  This morning, there was a recipe for Real NY Jewish Rye Bread.  It looked like an interesting recipe, … Continue reading

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Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage (Pressure Cooker)

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When I was a kid, my very favorite soup was split pea soup.  My mom would make it using the ham bone from Christmas dinner.  Through the years, I’ve made my own split pea soup, sometimes with the Christmas ham … Continue reading

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Mushroom Croustades

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For every family holiday gathering, I make sausage stuffed mushrooms.  Generally, I throw the mushroom stems away.  This time, however, I decided to use them to make Mushroom Croustades. I can’t remember where I actually got the recipe for the … Continue reading

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Christmas King Cake

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Every now and then, Susan and I make a King Cake for Mardi Gras.  This year, Susan suggested that we make a Christmas King Cake, decorated in red and green.  I thought – what a good idea, especially since we’re … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Balls

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If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll love peanut butter balls!  For whatever reason, a lot of people decide not to fully coat the peanut butter balls, and rather call them buckeyes.  Maybe it’s easier that way not worrying … Continue reading

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