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Savory Biscotti

I like making soups, chilis, stews, and chowders, but I am tired of making the same ol' side of rice, corn bread, or buying french bread. I found this biscotti recipe, and it went great with my chili.  I am happy for my change in four because it was also addicting and it just made it a little more healthy.  They lasted about 2 days, and I'm sure if I hadn't put it away after dinner the 1st night, they would have been gone before bedtime.
Besides the flour change, I also had to change the herbes de Provence because I went to 3 different stores, and could not find it.  So, something widely available, is Italian seasoning which ended up working wonderfully.
Try them and you'll see they're a great alternative. Enjoy!

SAVORY BISCOTTI
makes about 12

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole what flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup…
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Game Day Foods

It'll be the last game of the season, and I'm sure you're trying to figure out what to make for that Party you're going to, or are you the one planning it?  Here are some great snacks I've made throughout the season I hope you enjoy as much as my husband.
It's rare when I make empanadas, but they're the fave in the household. There are none left when I'm done, and I may make the sweet ones this week instead of the savory.  The stuffed jalapeños are unbelievably easy and oh so good.  Between four people we ate all 20 and still wanted more.  And, lastly, the crab dip is not cheap, but it will be gobbled up like there's no tomorrow; here, even the little one will eat this hidden protein.
Since it will be the three of us, yet again, at this Sunday event, I'm not planning too much. I think stuffed jalapenos, pulled pork sandwiches, and sweet empanadas (unless I find something else yummy).
Enjoy!


STUFFED JALAPEÑOS
makes 24

12 jalapeños
1 tablespoon v…

Lemon-Garlic Cauliflower

I'm sure a lot of you have the New Year's resolution to either get on a diet or just eat healthier.  Since I had my son, I've eaten as healthy as possible because I want to have great energy for him and it will also help him form good eating habits.  So here's a recipe to jump start your resolution.
This recipe from Emeril has great garlicky flavor with awesome health benefits. Tons of vitamin C with out a ton of calories from the cauliflower, cancer fitting power from the cauliflower and the garlic, and it's a great anti-inflammatory that will help with those workouts I'm sure you're starting too.
Our family loves cauliflower, so if I can find different ways of making them or finding different foods to marry them with then it'll always be a winner.  A new taste for a household staple.
Super good dish with tons of good garlic.  Enjoy!

LEMON-GARLIC CAULIFLOWER
servings: 6 to 8

5 to 6 cups cauliflower
21 cloves garlic
2 lemons, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1/…

Easy Lasagna

It's been a long holiday season.  During this time, you always want what you can't have the rest of the year.  And because I'm usually tired of cooking by this time, I try to find a really large dishes that will last at least 2 additional nights.  For me, this includes a nice saucy lasagna.
I can't say I know where this recipe came from.  My mom got this from a friend or co-worker,she passed it on to me, and I've always made it this way. To save time, I use jarred pasta sauce, but if you have an awesome tomato sauce recipe, by all means, use it.
I'm not sure how Italian this is, but it's still awesome.  Impress your friends with this dish or eat half and stick the rest in the freezer for another lazy night. Enjoy!

LASAGNA
serves: 10 to 12

1 pound ground beef, 80/20
1 pound ground pork or Italian sausage out of the casing
1 cup onions
2 cloves garlic2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
lasagna noodles …

Farfalle Pasta with Beet Vinaigrette and Parsley Pesto

Hello Folks! Sorry about my absence.  I have truly been enjoying my holiday time with my husband and son.  It's been great so far and New Years is still awaiting us.
Speaking of New Years, this recipe I have for you, will be the highlight of your New Years Eve dinner party.  I've been wanting to make it because of how beautiful it looks, but my hesitation was the actual beets.  Not a real fan.  Oh man, this tastes amazing!  This Farfalle Pasta with Beet Vinaigrette and Parsley Pesto sounds like a mouth-full, and to be honest, it is a delicious mouth-full.
I made a full batch because I thought I would have guests, but since that didn't work out, we still have leftovers.  I am so glad too, because I am still eating bowls of deliciousness. Even though it says to serve right away, it tastes great the day after or two days after. The Parm cheese is a must in this recipe too. Enjoy!

FARFALLE PASTA WITH BEET VINAIGRETTE AND PARSLEY PESTO
servings: 6 to 8

Parsley Pesto:
Kosher…

More cookies (no eggs)

Christmas cookies are my favorite to make for the holidays, and here are more for you.  While talking about my cookie baking, I found out this person could never eat cookies because she's allergic to eggs, so I found some cookie recipes that did not have eggs in them. Come to find out Lime Meltaways, one of my must have cookies, is perfect, and last week I happen to see a recipe for shortbread on the show Sweet Dreams.
The shortbread also reminds me of Salvadoran cookies made from rice flour, and I will be making these more often. Not only are they easy, they are so tasty. Enjoy!

LIME MELTAWAYS
Makes about 3 dozen

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Finely grated zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Put butter and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted wi…

Five Minute Fudge

My family is not huge on chocolate treats, so most of the time we do without.  My grandpa is the only one I really make chocolate treats for, and unfortunately, I leave it to the last minute, so fudge has been my go to "cookie" dessert since it takes a total of 10 minutes.  It's addictive and delicious.
This is a great gift if your strapped for cash and still looking for a gift.  Go to the dollar store, buy some tins, and tissue paper.  Then, get the ingredients to make this awesome, easy fudge.  You can not go wrong with this recipe.  This is also an awesome dessert to take to a party if you don't want to spend more than 5 bucks.  This will make enough to stuff 2 small tins, and you can be really creative by making a fudge wreath for the party. Everyone will be so impressed.  Enjoy!

FIVE MINUTE FUDGE

1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate morsels
9 ounces (3/4 of a 12-ounce bag) butterscotch morsels
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract…