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Snow Day Hot Chocolate

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It has been snowing all day. My poor husband is trying to keep up with the driveway since we must go out later tonight. I thought for all his hard work, he deserved a nice cup of hot chocolate. Not that packet stuff, but real hot chocolate. It is super simple to make and you probably have everything you need on hand. If you are trapped at home in the storm, make this. It’s worth the 8 minutes.  Continue reading

Quick Italian Bolognese Sauce

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We do a lot of Italian cooking in our house. Sometimes I do more complex things like pizza, meatballs or chicken cacciatore, and sometimes I just want a nice simple bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce. While most bolognese sauces take hours to prepare, you can make this start to finish in about an hour, most of which is just simmering so it’s not hands on time. This recipe uses simple ingredients to bring in huge flavor and create a tender meat sauce. Please be advised: this recipe will cause cranky family members as the aroma floats through the house. There was much whining in my house when I made it. Continue reading

Ramen Lo Mein

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When my sister-in-law moved in a few weeks ago, we combined pantries in an attempt to save on groceries. In her stash, I found two and half CASES of ramen noodles. Not those little 24 pack cases but over 120 individual packets of ramen. I’m pretty good when presented with pantry stuff that needs to be used up, but what the hell were we going to do with that much ramen? No one particularly likes to eat ramen prepared per package directions and I’m fairly certain that the amount of sodium in those little flavor packets might kill us all. I needed to use the noodles for something. Ramen lo mein seemed like an obvious choice. Continue reading

10 tips to improve your baking

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I love to cook. It gives me peace to put together a creative meal. When I first started baking, I was not a big fan. Baking requires precision, something not necessary in cooking. As I learned more about baking and the precision needed to accomplish it, I became better at it and less frustrated with the process. I still prefer cooking, but I now enjoy baking bread and other items.

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No more delivery: Amazing homemade pizza

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Yes, you can make amazing pizza at home. No it doesn’t take all day, although you do need some time for the dough to rise. No, you don’t need a special oven. And yes, you can do this. Oh, and did I mention it’s sort of healthy? Continue reading