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Recipes for Crockpot Chicken and Bean Chili and Chili Cheese Dip {Secret Recipe Club}

Hot Chicken Chili Cheese Dip with the Fixin's

Today is “reveal day” for Group D of the Secret Recipe Club, hosted by Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. This month, I was assigned to Laura of A Healthy Jalapeno. First of all, I want to congratulate Laura - she just got married to the love of her life, Paul! Such an exciting time in her life. By her own account, Laura is a free spirit, who loves a few beers and a good movie...and she loves football Sundays. She'd fit right into our house full of football loving boys (except no beer for … [Continue Reading...]

How To Cut Papaya Chunks (Power Foods)

Papaya and Passion Fruit

I love tropical fruits of all sorts - especially mangoes, papaya, dragon fruit, kiwi fruit, and lychee nuts. Perhaps it's the exotic scent of some of them, or the luscious flesh, or the unique shapes, or the vibrant colors that some of them come in - they're just so much more interesting to me than the more common fruits I find year round. Although I might eat an apple raw or bake an apple crisp, I have never cooked or baked with tropical fruit. I enjoy eating them fresh, unadorned for the … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Recipe

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Today, I’m sharing a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancake recipe for this week’s Food Network Fall Fest event where Pumpkin is being featured. Each week through the fall season, a group of talented bloggers will be featuring a recipe using fresh fall produce that’s in season. It's that time of year when I crave sweet treats made with pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Pumpkin Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Coffee Chocolate Marble Cake, and Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread have all been on my mind … [Continue Reading...]

Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps Recipe {An Edible Mosaic}

Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wrap

Can you say Shawarma fast ten times? The last few weeks, I've been obsessing about Shawarma Chicken Wraps and just imagining what it would taste like. You see, I've never had Shawarma, but this week, a group of bloggers made Chicken Shawarma from Faith Gorsky's soon-to-be released Middle Eastern cookbook, An Edible Mosaic. I've been fascinated by everything I've learned so far from Faith's new cookbook (remember the Zucchini Fritters I made last week). There are so many little tips and tricks … [Continue Reading...]

How To Peel Kiwi Fruit (Power Foods)

How To Peel and Cut Kiwi Fruit

I've been thinking that the preparation that goes into some of my recipes might be obvious to me, but not to you. So, on occasion, I will be posting "how-to's" in case you might not know how to peel and segment a grapefruit, how to peel kiwi fruit, or how to do other things that I think might be of interest to you. I think Kiwi Fruit is one of nature's prettiest fruits. The natural pattern of a freshly sliced kiwi fruit is like a kaleidoscope. Last year, I tasted my first golden kiwi and … [Continue Reading...]

Recipe for Quinoa and Black Lentil Salad with Mixed Salad Greens

Quinoa Lentil Mixed Green Salad

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for Quinoa and Black Lentil Salad over Mixed Greens for this week’s Food Network Fall Fest event where Mixed Lettuce is being featured. Each week through the fall season, a group of talented bloggers will be featuring a recipe using fresh fall produce that’s in season. Recently, a dear friend of mine treated me to a birthday lunch at one of my favorite restaurants - The Farmer's Table. I love how fresh everything is - Chef Ubaldo has his own farm and sources most … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters Recipe from An Edible Mosaic {Mid-East Feast}

Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I love trying new cuisines. In fact, I love the challenge of learning about the ingredients, spices and cooking techniques unique to different cultures. Over the past two years, my blog has become a place to chronicle my journey experimenting with recipes and exploring cuisines that I've never tried before. Recently, I was asked to participate in a virtual Mid-East Feast to celebrate the upcoming release of An Edible Mosaic, authored and … [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe – #Unprocessed Breakfast Foods For Kids

Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Hash

This entire month, Eating Rules is encouraging folks to take a pledge to go for an entire month without eating any processed foods. Over 5,000 people have taken the pledge so far. I would encourage you to take the pledge and try to eat as much unprocessed foods as you can. It's really about building awareness. [rss-cut] Everyone starts out at a different point, so the idea is to eat less processed foods throughout October. Our family has come a long way. If you compared the meals that my kids … [Continue Reading...]

Thai Grapefruit and Orange Citrus Salad Recipe (Power Foods)

Thai Citrus Salad

Yesterday, I showed you how to peel and cut citrus fruit segments, and today, I'm featuring a Thai inspired Grapefruit and Orange Citrus Salad using grapefruit and orange segments. So, please refer back to yesterday's post if you would like to see how to cut fruit segments - it's really very easy. [rss-cut] This week, a group of bloggers is featuring Citrus Fruits as a Power Food. This weekly food blogging group features a different Power Food each week based on the book Power Foods: 150 … [Continue Reading...]

How To Peel And Cut Citrus Fruit Segments – Grapefruits, Oranges, Lemons and Limes

Grapefruit Segments

Today, I'm going to show you how to peel and cut citrus fruit into segments. This works for grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes. The only difference is the size of the knife that you will use to cut the segments. For grapefruits and oranges, use a larger knife, and for lemons and limes, use a paring knife. I remember when I first learned to segment a grapefruit years ago - I was so proud of myself. It really isn't hard, but it definitely helps to have someone show you how. I dug up some … [Continue Reading...]

Chinese Turnip Cake Recipe

Pan Fried Chinese Turnip Cake

Today, I’m sharinga Chinese Turnip Cake recipe for this week’s Food Network Fall Fest event where Turnips are being featured. Each week through the fall season, a group of talented bloggers will be featuring a recipe using fresh fall produce that’s in season. I love dim sum, the bite-size delicacies that are carted around at Chinese restaurants in Chinatown on the weekend. Unfortunately, since I live in the suburbs of Connecticut, finding restaurants that serves dim sum nearby are few and far … [Continue Reading...]