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  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Beer-Cheese Appetizers

    March 2011March 2011This St. Patrick's Day, don't drink your beer, eat it! These these easy-to-make beer-cheese appetizer recipes are sure to be crowd favorites.

    Recipe: Beer-Inspired St. Patrick's Day Recipes

    Beer-Cheese Fondue with Baby Cauliflower
    • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
    • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Jarlsberg cheese
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup beer
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
    • Assorted baby cauliflower


    Preparation:
    1. Toss cheeses with flour. Bring beer to a boil in a large heavy saucepan; reduce
    2. heat to medium-low. Gradually whisk cheeses into beer, whisking constantly until
    3. melted. Stir in chives. Place cauliflower in a steamer basket over boiling water.
    4. Cover and steam 5 to 7 minutes or until fork-tender. Serve with fondue.

    Beer-Cheese Spread
    Serve this spicy beer-cheese spread with crackers for a tasty appetizer, or spread on buttered bread and cook in a nonstick

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  • One-Pan Meal: Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pesto Pasta

    Looking for an easy weeknight meal that still packs a punch? This stovetop-to-oven recipe yields chicken that has crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy tender meat mixed with delicious arugula pesto pasta!

    Related: Quick-Fix Chicken Suppers

    Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto

    • 3 1/2 to 4 lb. skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 7 thighs)
    • 2 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. paprika
    • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
    • 8 oz. cellentani pasta
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • Arugula Pesto


    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika.
    2. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until oil just begins to smoke.
    3. Place chicken in skillet, skin sides down; reduce heat to medium-high, and cook 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; discard drippings.
    4. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Toss with chicken broth and 3 Tbsp. Arugula Pesto. Add pasta mixture to skillet. Place chicken, skin sides up, on pasta.
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  • Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese

    March 2011March 2011Grilled Cheese is a favorite comfort food, but you don't have to go overboard with calories to enjoy that rich taste. Shake things up by substituting flavorful goat cheese. Bonus: You even get servings of fruit and veggies!

    Why We Love It

    • Goat cheese has about 80 calories and 6 grams of fat per ounce, compared to cow's milk cheese, which has 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.
    • It's high in calcium, which strengthens bones and can help prevent breast cancer.
    • People who are lactose intolerant can often enjoy goat cheese because it's easy to digest.

    Related: Spring Farmer's Market Recipes

    Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

    Ingredients:

    • 1 (4-oz.) goat cheese log, softened
    • 6 whole grain bread slices
    • 4 1/2 tsp. red pepper jelly
    • 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
    • 6 large fresh basil leaves
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh watercress or arugula
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    To Prepare:
    Spread goat cheese on 1 side of 3 bread slices. Spread pepper jelly on 1 side of remaining

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  • Quick & Easy Lemon Curd


    We changed the mixing method of our favorite lemon curd, then cooked it in the microwave. The results? Buttery rich and smooth as silk, every time.

    Related: Sweet On Citrus


    Quick and Easy Lemon Curd

    Step One Grate zest from 6 lemons to equal 2 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice into a measuring cup to equal 1 cup.

    Step Two Beat 1/2 cup butter, softened, and 2 cups sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add lemon juice to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition; stir in zest. (Mixture will look curdled.) Transfer to a 3-qt. microwave-safe bowl.

    Step Three Microwave at HIGH 5 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Microwave, stirring at 30-second intervals, 1 to 2 more minutes or until mixture thickens, coats the back of a spoon, and starts to mound slightly when stirred.

    Step Four Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on

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  • Freshly Baked Valentines

    February 2010February 2010Share the love with a batch of easy, homemade cookies.

    Related: Bite-Size Valentine's Day Desserts

    Lemon Butter Cookies

    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 tsp. lemon zest
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • Parchment paper
    • Royal Icing
    • Colorful Glaze


      Preparation:
      1. Preheat oven to 325º. Beat butter and zest at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well.

      2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.

      3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/4- or 3 1/4-inch heart-shaped cutter; place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. If desired, cut 1 or 2 holes at top of each cookie (to hang or thread ribbon through after baking).

      4. Bake at 325º for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on
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  • A Healthy Valentine's Day Indulgence!

    February 2013February 2013Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and if you are looking for an indulgent dessert that won't ruin your diet, try our Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies! This recipe replaces half the butter with an extra bar of chocolate, so you and your sweetheart can enjoy these sweet cookies without the guilt!

    Related: Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Desserts

    Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


    *For an even chewier texture, substitute 1/2 cup hazelnut or almond flour for 1/2cup all-purpose flour.

    • 3/4 cup uncooked regular oats
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 3 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped and divided
    • Parchment paper

    Preparation:
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake oats in a 9-inch pie plate 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring Read More »from A Healthy Valentine's Day Indulgence!
  • Easy Gluten-Free Banana Bread

    Going gluten-free but still craving the delicious taste of homemade banana bread? This recipe was inspired by one from musingsofahousewife.com. For best results, use a light-colored pan. Or, turn your dark pan into a shiny one by wrapping the outside of it with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

    Related: Guilt-Free Breakfast Recipes

    Gluten-Free Banana Bread

    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 1/2 cup chopped dates
    • 4 large eggs
    • 2 cups mashed, very ripe bananas (about 4)
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 11/2 cups brown rice flour
    • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    Preparation:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour 1 cup boiling water over dates in a small bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
    2. Lightly beat eggs with a whisk in a large bowl. Whisk in bananas and next 3 ingredients until blended.
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  • Chocolatey Valentine's Day Treats

    This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetie to the richest, darkest, most decadent chocolate dessert you've ever tasted. Indulge in a bite of our Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies or a spoonful of Mississippi Mud S'Mores-Fudge Pie. You won't be disappointed!



    Related: Romantic Menus & Wine Pairings

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  • Beautiful Slow Cooker Comfort Food

    Rosemary Garlic ChickenRosemary Garlic Chicken
    Entertain this: Beautifully browned rosemary chicken that simmers effortlessly in the slow cooker and is dinner-party-worthy!


    Related: Slow-Cooked Comfort Food

    The key to this dish is to brown the chicken before it goes into the slow cooker. Browning meats and poultry before simmering in the slow cooker yields major depth of flavor plus a picture-perfect presentation, so don't be tempted to skip it. (Watch the video to see how it's done!)

    First, pat the meat dry with paper towels before seasoning. Set a heavy stainless-steel or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet (not nonstick) over medium to medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot enough for the oil to shimmer-the meat should hiss and sizzle as soon as it hits the pan. Be sure not to crowd the pan; doing so drops the temp, causing the meat to steam rather than form a crisp crust. Don't turn the meat until the bottom is well-browned.

    For more easy chicken dinners head to SouthernLiving.com

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  • Fill Your Pantry with Healthy Southern Superfoods

    Fill Your Pantry with Healthy Southern Superfoods
    Think the
    Southern larder is only butter, bacon, and bourbon? Think again. Here are seven Southern superfoods we cook with all winter long.

    Related: Lightened Up Southern Classics

    1. Buttermilk Cultured buttermilk is one of the oldest Southern probiotic foods. Drink it until the cows come home because it aids in digestion, is super-rich in calcium, and is good for your complexion. Stir some into delicious cornbread croutons to top your soup.

    2. Dark Leafy Greens Grace your table with a daily dose of these powerhouses. Filled with antioxidants, leafy greens such as collards, kale, and turnip greens can lower cholesterol. Editor's Tip! Retain nutrients by cooking greens just until they're a vibrant green.

    3. Beans & Peas Canned, frozen, or dried, beans and peas give you long-lasting energy and loads of fiber. Plus, they're a cheap protein. Make a big batch on Sundays for the week!

    4. Chicory Coffee Reason #158432 why we love New Orleans: dark NOLA-style grounds. The natural

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