Cosmic Cocktails | Cancer | The Sensitive Soul

When researching this week’s sign and cocktail the immediate thought I got, reading about the Crab’s nurturing and protective nature, was of a lioness protecting her cub, or an angry momma-bear. Maybe it should have been a little more Finding Nemo and less Jungle Book (we are dealing with a water sign, after all), but the comparison is still there. Cancerians are very protective of the siblings and friends. They sympathize and empathize with alacrity and are very intuitive beings. They’re not selfless, however, and feel their own emotions just as strongly as others (if not more so). Real or perceived slights
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Sweet Potato Spoon Bread Recipe

I love to try new recipes on family and friends and this one is a WINNER.  It came from this year’s December Better Homes and Gardens magazine, but I modified it slightly and used curry instead of thyme.  It is not what you think!  It is savory, not sweet.  Light and fluffy.  It is a souffle!  And so quick and easy to make when you use the microwave to cook the sweet potato. NOTE:  For perfect consistency, gently fold in egg whites, leaving visible swirls. Spoon bread is a cross between grits and corn bread, with a lovely dense pudding-like
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Fourth of July Jello Shots

Jello shots are a very festive way to celebrate the holiday. They are easy to make and fun for parties. For Fourth of July, follow the recipe below but only use Red and Blue jello for holiday colors. Top with whipped cream for a holiday feel! Make sure you chill for 4-5 hours so they are hard before serving. Star Spangled Jello Shooters 4 c  Package Jello* 2 c  Boiling water 2 c  Liquor** *Any flavor. * *86 or 100 proof–don’t use 151, any type. Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water and let it cool. Add the liquor. Pour
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The Best French Dips!

Last night my friends and I got together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We were not in the mood to go out to eat, but wanted to make something great at home. After deciding for a couple minutes, my boyfriend suggested making French Dips. I have never been a big fan of this sandwich, but I thought the roast beef would be good so I decided to give it a try. He was in charge of making them and then ended up turning out really good. Here is the recipe below… 1 package beef bouillon cubes (only use one cube
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The Lost Art of… Marmalades?

On our second trip to the farmers’ market (Todd came with, this time), I spotted kumquats and thought making marmalade would be a good way to use the fruit and have it available for more than just one meal. Now, I’d made marmalade in the past, but it had been maybe 10 years since, so I wanted to check what I thought I remembered (namely that it didn’t require added pectin) and how much sugar per pound of citrus and so forth. Would you believe that I went through 6 cookbooks before finding marmalade instructions? We have an entire bookcase
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This recipe is like nothing I have had. My friend made it at her ugly sweater party and it is wonderful! It is also pretty simple to make and makes a large amount of dip! To start: you need the following ingredients 3 large chicken breasts 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup bleu cheese dressing 2 8 oz cream cheese 12 oz. Frank’s Hot Sauce 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese In large frying pan, cook chicken and drain. Cut chicken into small chunks and return to pan. Add hot sauce and celery. Cover and cook 10 min. Add dressing,
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Peanut Flour Power

Restaurants have been using peanut flour for years. High in protein, this gluten free flour is used in soups, breads, cookies, sauces, breading and batters. Now home cooks can find this versatile ingredient at Trader Joe’s nationwide and at Harvey’s Supermarkets in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina thanks to the folks at The National Peanut Board. They sent me a bag of peanut flour and a link to their website where they have a plethora of recipes using peanut flour. The recipes cover breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks, soups, cookies, sauces, entrees, side dishes, you name it. It’s all pretty
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Caramelized Red Onion Pizza Recipe

Looking for a vegetarian main course? Try this Caramelized Red Onion Pizza.  I made it last night for dinner and the leftovers at lunch today were just as good.   It is moist and full-flavored without any high-calorie layer of cheese – just a hint of feta on top of a mound of sweet, caramelized red onions.  the Swiss chard cooks down nicely once baked.  Use your favorite pizza dough recipe.  I made my pizza dough with my bread machine (here’s a link to the exact same bread machine that I have) – using whole wheat flour, of course.  To save
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Meatballs from America’s Test Kitchen TV Show

Image via Wikipedia I don’t watch a lot of TV.  But I’ve started using my DVR to record cooking shows that usually air at times that I prefer to do non-TV things.  America’s Test Kitchen TV show, and their second “Cook’s Country TV show”, are two that I especially enjoy.  Why?   They satisfy all sides of my personality:  my creative side, my analytical side, and my adventurous side. Analytically speaking, I love how they give the reason behind why they do certain things.  The other day, they were cooking a sirloin roast and chose to bake it in the oven
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100 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People

Image via Wikipedia I was asked to link to 100 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People. Thanks for the heads up. Who could not resist? And the hotter it gets, the lazier I get. This list is a real keeper. Who has ever heard of chocolate bruschetta? Spicy lemon trout, poached ginger chicken, and BBQ tofu sandwich all sound really good about now. Check it out…
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