Browsing: Food and Dining

Warmer days at the start of spring mean Easter is almost here, and the big bunny himself will be hopping around in no time delivering goodies. This Easter, celebrate with your loved ones with a delicious and colorful Easter Bunny Butt Cake. It can bring smiles and laughter while putting everyone in a light, joyful mood. This cake is fun and bright with a fluffy, moist interior. Complete with chocolate candy eggs, shredded coconut and chocolate chips for little bunny toes, this recipe goes all out to paint a picture of the Easter bunny. Start by combining whole eggs, egg…

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Everyone knows that corned beef and cabbage is a traditional favorite for St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other traditional Irish recipes that are sure to please. Shepherd’s Pie Shepherd’s Pie, also known as cottage pie, is one of the best-known Irish dishes. The dish is made with minced meat (traditionally beef or lamb) cooked in onions and served with a mashed potato crust. The dish originated with working class folks in Ireland sometime in the 18th century, when the potato was gaining popularity as an inexpensive source of food. Today, shepherd’s pie is cooked with a variety of vegetables,…

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Did you know that Americans are spending billions of dollars more at restaurants than on groceries? Preserve your finances and enjoy a meal away with the buffet of options to feast on savings. 1. Budget It Take control of the urge to splurge by setting a limit on how much you will spend on restaurant meals. Having a budget will help you determine how often you will dine and which restaurants fit within your means. 2. Savings in Your Wallet You may be holding a key to dining discounts. Are you a student? A member of AAA or AARP? Veteran…

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Gingerbread houses are a fun, time-honored tradition for many families. The joy of gathering around and helping to decorate and build this sweet holiday decoration is a happy memory for many. If you’d like to break away from using store bought kits and want to put your own spin on your gingerbread house, here are some gingerbread house decorating ideas to get you started. Make it Monochromatic Using one color scheme can really make your project pop. Buy different types of candies in shades of the same color and let the texture of the candies be your focal point. Pastel…

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With Halloween right around the corner, make your child’s lunch box pop with creepy critters and silly monsters. Here is a list of fantastic Halloween lunch ideas that are sure to make your little one squeal with delight. Grilled Ghosts This spooky spin on grilled cheese sandwiches is sure to be a lunchtime hit. Cut the bread into a ghost shape and toast, fry, or grill the sandwich as you would normally. Once it’s cooked, add a couple of peppercorn flakes for the eyes. Monster Mouth Take your child’s favorite apple and cut a wedge out of the side. Coat…

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With Halloween is days away, the hassle of preparing, cooking and baking goodies can really put a damper on your holiday spirit. When planning a get-together or party, desserts and are a must. Try these quick and frightfully easy no-bake Halloween desserts. Black Cat Oreo Cookies These adorable black cat Oreo cookies are incredibly simple to make. Simply take two regular Oreo cookies, smother them in decadent melted chocolate. Then, use that same chocolate as an adhesive to attach the cookies to one another in the formation of a black cat. Simply shape two tiny cat ears from the chocolate…

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Tacos are delicious and simple to prepare, it’s a playful meal that your family can partake in making. Plan the ultimate Taco Tuesday and bring the flavors of Mexico into your home with these simple and easy tips. Taco Night Shopping Essentials Toppings Purchase toppings used to decorate your tacos including lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, limes and jalapeños. Taco Shells Choose any type of taco shell, including flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and pre-made or hard taco shells. Taco Filling Select the filling for the tacos. There is a variety of meat to choose from: chicken, ground…

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What better way to show your love for your special someone on Valentine’s Day than by cooking a romantic meal for two. Here are five delicious and easy dishes to prepare for your sweetheart. Oven Baked Mushroom Chicken and Risotto Cooking the risotto in the oven allows you to easily prepare a creamy risotto dish without the need to spend a lot of time stirring. Ingredients 1 minced sweet onion 1 minced garlic clove 1 pint quartered mushrooms 4 cups chicken broth 1½ cups Arborio rice 1 cup hot water 4 tablespoons butter ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and…

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Fall is the perfect time for pasta. Pasta is easy to cook and provides an endless source of fall recipes. Macaroni and Cheese With Butternut Squash Enliven this classic comfort food with an autumn vegetable and lots of cheese. Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons of butter • 1pound and a half of squash • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour • 2 cups of whole milk • 8 ounces of your favorite shredded cheddar cheese • 8 ounces of macaroni • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs Directions: 1. Cut the squash in half and until tender under the fork or about…

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Labor Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning. While drinks and games will be a fun part of your celebrations, you know that most people are going to be looking forward to the food. To ensure that you have an event that will be talked about for months to come, start prepping for recipes that are as mouth-watering as they are fun to make. Texas Brisket Who can say no to a delicious brisket? You’d be hard-pressed to find a non-vegetarian/vegan who doesn’t. Even better is when the brisket is made Texas-style. You’ll just need…

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