According to the National Pecan Shellers Association, April is National Pecan Month - a time to celebrate the "All American Nut" for its delicious taste and numerous health benefits. Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, and they have quite a history on this continent. On April 6, 2001, the goodness and wholesome of pecans was proclaimed in the U.S. Congressional Record, and National Pecan Month was established. Senator Max Cleland (D-Georgia) asked his ... Continue Reading
Enjoy the health benefits (and the taste) of pecans during April – National Pecan Month!
Make a delicious strawberry chocolate frappe, a much healthier version than your traditional shake.
The word frappe comes from the French verb frapper - which means to slap, knock or beat - and it's often used as a substitute for the word milkshake. Whatever you call it, we call it yummy! Strawberries and chocolate make this rich, creamy frappe the perfect treat for Valentine's Day or any day. It's much less sweet than a traditional strawberry milkshake, but it's still delicious. It also packs an added punch of Vitamin C with the layer of extra strawberries. For those concerned about ... Continue Reading
This fettuccine with mushroom caesar sauce recipe is a light pasta meal to try for summer.
I love pasta dishes year round but in the summer, I try to keep it a bit on the lighter side. I don't use as many heavy sauces and like to add lots of different types of vegetables. This fettuccine with mushroom caesar sauce recipe is a favorite. You can add sautéed zucchini or yellow summer squash to this dish if you'd like an extra splash of color. Either way it's delicious! Ingredients: 8 ounces fettuccine (uncooked) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 pound white button mushrooms, sliced ... Continue Reading
A delicious Chicken Tinga Tostada recipe that makes 40 tostadas.
I have a friend that is teaching me how to make some typical Mexican dishes. Tinga is one of my favorite dishes. They eat this meal as part of “comida” (eaten about 3pm) or for “cena” (eaten about 8 or 9pm). I love how easy this chicken tinga tostada recipe is to make - and that it makes a lot of food for our family. We have enough for dinner and then leftovers for a few days. This will make at least 40 tostadas. Chicken Tinga Tostadas Ingredients: 2 boneless/skinless chicken ... Continue Reading
French crepes are among the easiest delicacies to make, and most people love them.
Making French crepes is the easiest thing in the world for me, so I was surprised when various people told me that they can never make them right. It is probably the same with me and cheesecake. I think I’m at war with cheesecakes, and none of my friends can understand why. Well, preparing a cheesecake is much more complicated than this delicious treat. Whenever I have guests over, and I don’t have much time to make anything more elaborate, I make French crepes. My children love them and ... Continue Reading
Learn what to look for in a summer squash, and how to prepare it for a great vegetable side or dessert.
Summer squashes are ones that are harvested when immature. The term "summer" and "winter" for squash are only based on current usage, not on actuality. "Summer" types are on the market all winter; and "winter" types are on the markets in the late summer and fall, as well as winter. Thus, the terms "summer" and "winter" are deceptive and confusing, but can really be used all year round. My favorite summer squash is zucchini, which can be incorporated into a ton of recipes. Dark green on the ... Continue Reading
Sharing recipes and cooking with your children is just one way of creating memories and a rich heritage.
Do you have a recipe that has been passed down through the family? We do and I'd love to share it with you. My grandmother used to make this huge pot of Cheesy Spaghetti just about every time we visited. And of course I was so excited when I was able to help her make it. My mom started to cook the meal occasionally in our own house, and it quickly become a favorite in my family. I've continued to pass it on, and each of my girls has learned to make it, except the youngest and I am sure she ... Continue Reading
This stuffed apple recipe is one your kids are sure to love and best of all it doesn’t create a mess and requires very little fuss.
My kids are huge fans of apples. In fact, they eat apples on a daily basis. Therefore, it makes sense that I would incorporate the tasty and healthy apple into our desserts. I am a fan of apple cobblers, apple bread, and apple cakes, but when I am looking to make something super fast and incredibly easy I make stuffed apples. I love this stuffed apple recipe because it incorporates not only apples but granola. Your children can have dessert with the added bonus of a little nutrient in the ... Continue Reading
Bread machine recipes for croissants, pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, and more.
Sure, it's easy to make dough or bread in the bread machine - but what about other foods? Here are some of my favorite time-saving recipes that are easy to make at home in your bread machine. Note: Make sure you read the instruction for your bread machine to know how to add your ingredients. Pizza Dough One of my favorite recipes is for pizza dough. I can also use it for calzones or garlic knots. Ingredients: 1 cup warm water ¼ cup oil 3 cups of all purpose flour (you ... Continue Reading