Party Pleasing Recipes for any Occasion


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It's always a good idea to have easy and fast recipes on hand for a party, whether it's your party or you have been invited to one. Of course meatballs, lil smokies, fruit and veggie trays are always a big hit.  Think outside the box a little and surprise your fellow munchie buddies with something they wouldn't expect. Look at your own stockpile for creative ideas. A few months ago I stocked up on the Kraft Homestyle Mac n Cheese. A friend had decided to have a last minute party so I made 2 … [Read more...]

Adult Beverage 101 for Your Next Bash


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Have an Adult Beverage If you entertain on a regular basis then you know how fast the beverages can add up. I used to keep a very well stocked bar meaning 12-15 + bottles of anything you can think of, but I've learned through the years that all I really need is four alcohols, 2 wines and a few basic mixers. You can now cover just about any adult beverage that your guests request. The following is a list of what I now keep on hand for 'everyday entertaining.' Except for the whiskey, I … [Read more...]

Throwback to Summer Scallop Recipe


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Summer Scallop As many of you know, I LOVE to cook.  I know, everybody likes to read Valerie's posts, but I am gonna make believers out of you yet with my Summer Scallop!  I am a pretty big fan of seafood, but it seems like everything out there is pretty much the same when it comes to recipes.  I am so happy that I found the South Beach Diet Summer Cookbook!  It has quickly become one of my favorites.  I am a really big fan of the Scallops with Summer Vegetables that you see in this picture, … [Read more...]

Spanish Chicken and Sausage


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Spanish Chicken and Sausage Spanish Chicken and Sausage is very budget friendly and also comes together nicely using leftovers such as rotisserie chicken, grilled kielbasa, pork chops/roast, beef pot roast etc. The recipe doubles easily and is freezer friendly. Spanish Chicken and Sausage Ingredients: 1 TBSP olive oil 1/2 lb sweet italian sausage, sliced, (about 2 links) 1 - 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed, (6-8 oz total weight) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium … [Read more...]

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe


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Mexican Hot Chocolate               Not only is this Mexican hot chocolate one of those warm you the bones feel good comfort food recipes, it's also the one thing my husband asks for when he is sick. This is another good example of recipes of  being a guideline. If you don't want to add the corn meal then don't add it or add just a little at a time until you discover the consistency you prefer. This Mexican hot chocolate recipe can … [Read more...]

Tomato Soup and Beef Vegetable Soup


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Rosemary infused tomato soup: I made this soup by using the leftover tomato juice from the canned tomatoes I use when making my homemade spaghetti sauce. Traditionally, tomato soup is made from 1 can of tomatoes pureed and 3 cups of broth, give or take. When I make my sauce I usually have about 5-6 cups of juice left over so I turn it into soup.  The photo above also shows homemade beef vegetable soup  and pot pie, (recipe below) made from the stew meat used to flavor and thicken the … [Read more...]

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