Banana muffins: a classic must have recipe

Banana muffins: a classic must have recipe
Comments : 5 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Dessert, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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Sometimes you just have to go with the classics – a great banana muffin recipe perfect for those last few (too) ripe bananas.  This recipe is basic, moist and quick.  I made a double batch because I had lots of ready bananas – one batch was regular muffins with no topping and one was minis
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The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough

The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough
Comments : 2 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Dessert, gifts, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge was one I was looking forward to but unfortunately, due to an unexpected but exciting event (my sliders were chosen as one of the top 5 in the LA Times Battle of the Burgers so I was invited for photos and a visit to the test kitchen in Los Angeles)
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Italian Caprese Sliders – Top 5 in LA Times Battle of the Burgers

Italian Caprese Sliders – Top 5 in LA Times Battle of the Burgers
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Ok I admit it, I lied. It is #NationalHamburgerDay and it’s been years now so I’m reposting this one. I’m also making them for the holiday. I know everyone is probably tired of these, but in honor of their being chosen in the Top 5 by the LA Times Battle of the Burgers, I’m reposting
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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (from someone who doesn’t like salads) – Daring Cooks (very challenging) Challenge

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (from someone who doesn’t like salads) – Daring Cooks (very challenging) Challenge
Comments : 6 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Food photography, Main Dishes, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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As we have already established, I’m a picky eater.   I generally don’t do salads of any kind mostly because I don’t like condiments – no ketchup, no mustard, no dressing (or anything with vinegar in it), absolutely no mayonnaise and healthy is clearly not my strength so coming up with a healthy potato salad
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Roasted Sweet Vidalia Onions

Roasted Sweet Vidalia Onions
Comments : 2 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Quick and Simple, Recipes, side dishes on by : salernos
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I am a picky eater, everyone knows it including me.  Not only that, I’m inconsistent.  Many things I will only eat certain ways – mostly cooked.  I don’t like unmelted butter, don’t eat too many raw vegetables, especially raw onions and never, never eat meat unless it is completely brown.   (We have a running discussion
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Fresh Herb Pasta

Fresh Herb Pasta
Comments : 3 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Food photography, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Photography, Quick and Simple, Recipes on by : salernos
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I’ve watched the little Italian ladies on TV make fresh pasta on a board by just putting down the flour, making a well for the egg, adding a little water and maybe some olive oil and gracefully mixing it up into a beautiful dough.  Unfortunately my first few attempts were not nearly so successful.  
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Quinoa with Fresh Asparagus and Tomatoes

Comments : 4 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Quick and Simple on by : salernos
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In my not so successful quest to be more healthy (since the very next day I made mac & cheese with bacon), I decided to try making Quinoa since I’ve read about its benefits so much lately.  Here is a great article.  While treated like a grain, it is actually a seed from the Chenopodium
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