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January 2018

Recipes Sweets

Toffee Bit Brownie Mix Cookies

January 30, 2018
ToffeeBrownieCookies

Is there really anything better than brownies? Yes, I think there is. Brownie mix cookies. Now I am a corner girl. You know, the brownies that reside in the four corners of the pan. Crusty and crunchy on two sides, and chewy and soft on the other two sides and middle. Sadly, there are only four of these little gems in a batch. Now imagine a cookie that has that crusty, crunchy texture all around the edges, and in the middle soft and chewy. Does it get any better? Well, sorta, these cookies are so easy. Store bought brownie mix, I like Ghirardelli the best, a couple of eggs, a bit of flour, oil, water and whatever extras you want to add.

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Breakfast Drinks Ranch Life

Taking Time for the Perfect Cup of Tea

January 25, 2018
Perfect Cup Of Tea

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”                               Bernard-Paul Heroux.

The perfect cup of tea is one of life’s simple pleasures. All it takes to make that perfect cup of tea, is just a bit of extra time. There really isn’t anything better. First, it needs to be brewed in a pot or at least a mug that you can cover while it brews. The water needs to be brought to the right temperature. For most teas that is 200°F. Don’t forget to warm the pot before adding the tea. It doesn’t do much good to get the water hot enough, just to have it cool in a cold teapot. And, of course, use good quality tea! Keep your tea in an air tight tin or container. Loose tea is best but I confess I use tea in bags for my morning cuppa. These extra steps are part of my morning routine. They are so worth the extra few minutes. Let’s face it, a good start can make all the difference in how the rest of the day goes. So be good to yourself and take those extra few minutes.

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Recipes Sides Soups

Flo’s Carrot Soup

January 19, 2018
Flo's Carrot Soup

Its been a couple of frustrating days here in the kitchen, but Flo’s Carrot Soup is a keeper. I have created and tested recipes for stuffed mushrooms and queso blanco cheese dip (thinking about Super Bowl food). Neither are worthy of sharing yet. But, this carrot soup, well I just spent the last few minutes scraping every last bit of it out of the cooking pot. YUM!  The flavors are very subtile. No one flavor jumps out at you but the combination is intriguingly delicious. This soup is gluten free, dairy free and vegan if you leave out the butter.

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Breakfast Recipes

German Muesli

January 16, 2018
German Muesli

One of the many things I love about Germany is the breakfasts. Whenever possible we stayed at privately owned Bed and Breakfasts partly so we could sample all the different breakfast choices. One of the simplest and yet one of my favorites is muesli. It’s slightly different everywhere you go. This German Muesli is inspired by my favorite German store-bought variety.

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Recipes Sides

Flo’s Cauliflower Pilaf

January 12, 2018
Flo's Cauliflower Pilaf

Flo’s Cauliflower Pilaf is a low-calorie, low carb alternative to rice pilaf. This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, “Le Cordon Bleu Quick Classics”. It’s a rather small cookbook, but every page is culinary gold.

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Main Dishes New Mexico Cuisine Recipes Soups

Authentic New Mexico Green Chile Stew

January 8, 2018
New Mexico Green Chile Stew

New Mexico Green Chile Stew from a Native New Mexican

Yesterday it was cold and blustery. A perfect day to hang out by the fire with a good book and have a nice hot bowl of authentic New Mexico Green Chile Stew. Ground beef, green chile, and potatoes in a hearty broth. Top it with a bit of shredded cheese, add a flour tortilla along side, and you have a culinary electric blanket on a cold winter evening.

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Main Dishes Recipes

Flo’s Skillet Pot Pie

January 4, 2018
Pot Pie ready for the oven

I love a good pot pie. I know, the crust is flour and butter. But, I love a good pot pie. Boston Market, Kentucky Fried Chicken and once upon a time Banquet or Marie Callander Frozen Pot Pies. The frozen ones of late have changed though. They are mainly crust and gravy. What happened to all the vegetables and meat? Make Flo’s Skillet Pot Pie and you’ll never look back.

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