Recent Posts in Recipes Category

  • Recipes for the Big Game

    February 5, 2016
    Are you excited to have friends and family over for the Big Game? You had better be prepared with everyone’s favorite snacks so you can enjoy cheering on your favorite team to the fullest! The following five game day recipes are sure to be a hit. Just remember to make sure your refrigerator, oven and stove are in good working order before game day arrives. If any of these needs attention, schedule ...
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  • Traditional Caramel Apples

    October 29, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John The crisp air, cooler temperatures, and festivities make fall a beautiful season. When I was young, fall was always synonymous with family. During one of the busiest months of the year, my parents always encouraged, and required family activities on the weekend. Whether it was visiting a pumpkin patch, doing a hayride, or carving jack-o’-lanterns, weekend activities were ...
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  • Pumpkin Bread

    October 12, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John While growing up, fall time in my home always meant our house was filled with smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Since I was young, my mom has always made the most delicious, homemade pumpkin bread. Hopping off the bus every Friday afternoon, I ran threw the back door to find my mom in our kitchen and the pumpkin bread in the oven. This is home. This is fall. There are ...
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  • International Coffee Day

    September 29, 2015
    I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me Spinach… So, spinach gave Popeye his super powers. What’s the keeper to your powers? If we asked 83 percent of adults in the U.S. before sunrise on any given day, the answer would unequivocally be a steamy, hot cup o’ Joe. But why do so many have such a strong affinity to their morning java? Besides the delightfully alluring, almost spellbinding aroma and ...
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  • Cook Now...Freeze Later

    August 24, 2015
    Don’t you just love coming home after a long, hard day at work and spending hours in the kitchen preparing supper for the family? Of course you don’t. But it’s a reality for a lot of folks. No rest for the weary, right? So, to make things easier we often either call in a to-go order or make a pit stop in the drive-thru lane. Definitely easier and more convenient, but is it worth it in the long ...
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  • Brain Freeze: Frozen Treats

    August 17, 2015
    We’ve all been there. It’s hot outside and nothing sounds better than a nice, frozen treat. You dig in and all of the sudden…sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. In other words, BRAIN FREEZE! Basically, a brain freeze happens when something super cold touches the warm roof of your mouth. It usually happens when it’s hot and you eat or drink something a bit too fast. Does that mean you’re banned from ...
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  • Campfire Banana Boats

    August 13, 2015
    By: Courtney Clark While growing up, summertime was synonymous with camping – hiking, fishing, rafting…you name it, we did it. My family was part of a “camping club” that included a handful of families from church who would alternate picking camping destinations for weekend excursions. We’d circle up our campers and RVs Oregon-Trail style and share stories, meals and experiences together. It was ...
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  • Desserts on the Grill

    August 3, 2015
    So, you walk outside on a summer evening, take a sniff and there’s the undeniable, unmistakable aroma lofting throughout your neighborhood…someone’s grilling! Your taste buds salivate and your heart palpitates. It just smells so good. The only thing that can stop this reaction is firing up the ol’ grill. But a burger just wont’ do the trick. It’s time for a mid-night snack on the grill. Your ...
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  • Summer Fun with Pizza

    July 20, 2015
    By: Spencer Cutright As a kid, summertime in my home always meant fresh ingredients, bright colors and bold flavors. No dish better accentuated all of these characteristics than homemade pizza. Since I was young, my parents have always encouraged (and required) family meals together. Making pizza was a not only great way to spend quality time with my siblings and parents, but it gave me the option ...
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  • Treats for July 4th

    July 3, 2015
    A holiday party without festive and fun treats is like peanut butter without jelly. Like macaroni without cheese. Like a movie without popcorn. Like Lucy without Ethel. You get the idea. It’s something you don’t even want to think about. Plain and simple, it’s just not right. The Fourth of July is certainly no exception. You’ve got to have treats that sparkle… treats that wow…treats with pizazz. ...
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  • Waffles Galore

    June 28, 2015
    Author Lauren Myracle is quoted as saying, “You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!” Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Think about it. Waffles are the whole package with crunchy, tasty goodness on the outside and hot, soft lusciousness on the inside. It seriously just doesn’t get any better. So, in honor of this month’s Waffle Iron Day, your friends at Mr. Appliance have come ...
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  • Summertime and Strawberries

    June 15, 2015
    By: Sarah Trocolli Summer time means strawberry time for my family. We can never seem to get enough of them. My great Aunt Sarah loves to bake and she introduced me to her delicious strawberry cake as a present for my 14 th birthday. Ever since then, my strawberry love has grown into an obsession. This cool, creamy cake is a simple recipe that’s great for birthdays, outside parties or any ...
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  • Microwave Madness

    March 1, 2015
    Did you know that the microwave was first patented in 1945? More than likely, you did not actually know that interesting nugget of water-cooler trivia. But what you do know is that the microwave is a literal lifesaver for your busy schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re making game-day goodies, after-school snacks or movie-night munchies the microwave is your kitchen BFF. But aren’t you tired of ...
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  • For the Love of Pumpkin: Pumpkin Recipes

    January 26, 2015
    The first day of fall is almost synonymous with pumpkin. Pumpkin this…pumpkin that. Pumpkin seems to bring out inner obsessions. Well, maybe obsession is too strong of a word. Let’s call it pumpkin mania. Think about it. People line up at the local coffee shop waiting, drooling, and practically panting for their beloved pumpkin spice latte. Restaurants serve seasonal pumpkin flavored menu items. ...
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  • Beef Wellington: A Christmas Tradition

    December 16, 2014
    Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. And in my home, it’s a time when the kitchen is always stirring. My mom loves when everyone comes home for the holidays and she really enjoys cooking our favorite dishes for every meal. One of her favorite dishes to make for Christmas dinner is beef wellington. I’m not sure why this particular meal was originally chosen, but no one in our ...
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  • Mama's Baked Mac 'n' Cheese

    November 13, 2014
    Thanksgiving Day is filled love, laughter and the aroma of your family’s favorite dishes being whipped up in the kitchen. Of all the amazing Thanksgiving side dishes out there, my absolute favorite is macaroni and cheese. It’s so simple that anyone can make, but can also be altered to create a heightened version. I believe homemade beats box-made every time, and even though we often choose the ...
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  • Not Your Grandma's Meatloaf Recipes

    October 13, 2014
    Did you know that meatloaf is often considered a classic comfort food? It actually gained popularity during the Great Depression and became “prom queen” of sort during World War 2. Part of the meatloaf appeal is that you can miraculously convert a measly pound or two of meat into a feast for an entire family. And those with true skill can make that loaf o’ meat stretch out to multiple meals. Now ...
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  • 5 Breakfast in Bed Ideas

    September 26, 2014
    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said. We think that maybe Winnie the Pooh was on to something here. What could possibly be more exciting ...
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  • Take your Pizza to the Grill in 5 Easy Steps

    September 23, 2014
    Did you know that approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the US each year? That doesn’t even count the additional one billion frozen pizzas purchased. There’s obviously something about that ooey-gooey, hot-cheesy goodness that’s simply irresistible. A good ol’ slice of pizza gives you that kid-in-the-candy store kind of feeling. It’s like catching a great sale at Kohl’s or winning free ...
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  • 5 Outside of the Box S'mores Ideas

    August 13, 2014
    Happy National S’mores Day! Did you know that s’mores were literally named when people repeatedly asked for “some more” of the ooey, gooey goodness? And when you think about it, who doesn’t want some more of a good ol ’ s’more ? There’s just something about the chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker concoction that grabs you. The creamy, warm chocolate mingled to perfection with soft, fluffy ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Home Style Happiness

    April 29, 2013
    Sometimes all you need is a little bit of chicken and potatoes to turn your ordinary Saturday night into a home-cooked Sunday supper with your family. Last Saturday night when the rain poured and the wind blew, I knew soup couldn’t cut the cold of winter; only starches would do. A few years ago I created an oil and lemon dipping sauce for a bread appetizer that I soon realized would taste even ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Supporting Side Dishes

    April 29, 2013
    Filet mignon, a salmon steak and a perfectly roasted chicken often get all the attention. It’s time to share the stoplight with these supporting side dishes that will make your guests ask for more. These recipes feature a perfect party appetizer, side dish and a ramekin dessert that guests can serve up individually and talk about long after the party is over. Lillyan’s Whipped Goat Cheese with ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Spring Saturdays

    April 29, 2013
    Spring Saturdays are my favorite. I love sleeping in and waking up to the bright, seasonal light that shines through my curtains. There is something sweeter about making breakfast on a Saturday morning than my normal work week. Celebrate the season of new beginnings by incorporating fresh fruit with energy-packed carbs to get you through your weekend of errands, or just relaxing in the springtime ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tapas

    April 29, 2013
    Forget the chips and salsa, it’s time to step up your Cinco de Mayo menu and serve your guests fiesta tapas that they will never forget. This Cinco de Mayo, I had the chance to celebrate and cook with Chef Bill at Gourmet Gallery in Waco, Texas. Chef Bill transformed the ordinary kitchen into a fiesta with his Spanish-style recipes. From tomato and watermelon skewers to tortilla espanola to a ...
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  • Celebrate For No Good Reason

    April 29, 2013
    Who says you need a reason to break out the fine china and celebrate? It’s Wednesday, so celebrate that you are halfway finished with the week with these delicious recipes from . With a savory spread of spiced lamp chops, smashed peas, couscous salad and a velvety lemon tart for dessert, you’ll want to celebrate every weeknight. Spiced Lamb Chops and Smashed Peas 8 lamb chops (about ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: One-Dish Party

    April 29, 2013
    As the weather begins to warm up, I love having family and friends over for dinner. Sometimes the stress of grocery shopping, decorating the table and prepping the meal can be dinner-overload. As a moving gift, my mom sent me this lasagna recipe from Martha Stewart that Trey and my neighbors absolutely loved. Paired with pesto and gruyere bruschetta as an inviting appetizer, this one-dish meal is ...
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  • National Love Your Pet Day

    April 29, 2013
    Chicken Jerky Ingredients: Two to four chicken breasts Instructions: Preheat oven to 200 degrees After removing any excess fat, slice the chicken into 1/8-inch thick strips Bake the strips on a baking sheet two hours (your chicken should be dry and hard) Let it cool and watch your dog go crazy of their jerky! Trail Mix Ingredients: Unseasoned meat pieces Potatoes Assorted fruits and veggies ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Summer Solstice Social

    April 29, 2013
    by Lillyan Baker Summer is here and it is time to serve your guests the tastes of the season. Celebrate the longest day of the year with fresh fruit from the local farmer’s market and herbs picked right from the backyard garden. This featured appetizer and sparkling drink will make guests remember this social as the party that made the sun stand still. Fried Polenta with Veggies Ingredients: 1 ...
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  • Sweet Serenade

    April 29, 2013
    "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." - Harriet Van Home Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s on 14th or a few days later with a getaway weekend, serenade your sweetheart with the saccharine slice of apple-molasses upside-down cake from Bon Appetit Magazine. This sweet and simple tart starts with caramelized apples and finishes with a cast-iron oven ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Dessert Goes to the Dogs

    April 28, 2013
    In my college days living in the Collins Hall dorm, my roommates and I spent our Thursday nights watching Grey’s Anatomy, refresh our Facebook feeds during the commercials, all while gathered around a bowl of puppy chow. There is something about the combination of melted chocolate and peanut butter with a bag of powdered sugar on top that just brings people together. This Saturday night, when Trey ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Uncle Jimmy's Cheesecake

    April 28, 2013
    Every time I have the opportunity to use my electric stand mixer, I get a little giddy. There’s just something about standing next to a machine that knows how to really blend butter. One of my bon appetit role models in my life is my Uncle Jimmy. He taught me key kitchen lessons, including how to entertain with bruschetta and in every social situation to always ask for a glass of chardonnay. The ...
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  • Super Bowl Sunday

    April 28, 2013
    Ready for some football? Treat your Super Bowl Sunday guests to more than just salsa and hot wings. By whipping up some football fun cupcakes, your guests can cheer on their team and have a sweet Sunday too. Football Fun Cupcakes Ingredients: A dozen cupcakes Green icing White icing Chocolate-covered almond Instructions: 1. Frost a cooled cupcake with green frosting to look like grass 2. Place a ...
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  • Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: Pasta Party

    April 28, 2013
    What do you do when you are going to a party and have no time to bake an appetizer? Make a pasta salad party. Simple ingredients, simple recipe and simply good. Pasta Salad Ingredients: • Package of rotini whole wheat pasta • 15.5 oz. can of garbanzo beans • 4 c spinach, chopped • 1 red onion, thinly sliced • 1 1/4 c feta cheese • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 c red wine vinegar • 2 cloves ...
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  • Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan: Basket of Sweets

    April 23, 2013
    Easter time is always my favorite time of the year. I think Texas hill country wildflowers, a sunny Sunday morning and my mom’s coconut cake. Since my mom won’t share her coconut cake recipe with me, I thought I would do the second best thing and enjoy a batch of coconut macaroons toasted just enough to make your fingers stick together. For the lovers of desserts that are not too sweet, whip up a ...
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