Italian Grilled Panini

This is a wonderful new recipe for a panini sandwich. I have a panini maker I bought a couple of years ago, and they are very nice to have. They make a regular sandwich so much more of a treat without adding calories. Traditionally, more panini’s are cooked with butter on the machine to grill the bread, but pan spray works just as well without all that extra butter. I have not made this recipe yet, but I am very excited to try this recipe. It is also very easy to make at college because it is quick and doesn’t
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Meatball Appetizer

Image by hodgers via Flickr Thia meatball appetizer is great for large parties and would be a perfect idea for the superbowl. You can make them ahead of time, and let them sit the whole time in the crock pot until you need them. One of my sorority sisters had a purse party this afternoon and made these meatballs for everyone. It was a huge hit and everyone enjoyed them!   Crockpot meatball recipe is easy to make up and serve in the crockpot. Scroll down to see more meatball recipes. Ingredients: Meatballs: 2 lbs. lean ground beef 1/3 cup
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SuperBowl Sandwich Idea

Image by James Good via Flickr The Superbowl is coming up and with the game, there are always huge parties to celebrate. Since I am in college, the food usually consists of wings, pizza, chips, veggie trays and cookies. Now this food is not very healthy, but it is very inexpensive and requires little or no preparation. Now, if it was up to me, my Superbowl party would be a lot different. I would like spending the time preparing gourmet dips, veggie trays, special wings, and even different sandwiches. But since I am on a budget, this is very hard
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Nibbles & Bites: Creating Recipes

You know how it is: you’re in the kitchen trying to come up with something for dinner so you just start tossing things together. Or, maybe, you’re doing a little improv on an otherwise basic recipe. Either way, dinner turns out very yummy and you’re left wondering: now, how did I do that? Of course, in my case, I’m working on the cookbook so I have to be able to tell others the recipe. But whether you’re situation finds you wanting to write down a family recipe that’s made by memory or follow your own ad libbing, the following tips
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Fiber Rich Muffins – Recipe

Want something healthy, yummy, and quick for breakfast or a mid-day snack?  Make these Fiber Rich Muffins.  They are so moist.  I made these to start my New Year off right and have been eating one muffin for breakfast along with a glass of skim milk and some fruit – it keeps me satisfied until way past noon.  Whole wheat and fiber will do that for you. The main ingredient in this recipe is Hodgson Mill multi-Grain Hot Cereal.  The ingredients label simply says:  Oats, unprocessed wheat bran, milled flaxseed, soy grits, untoasted wheat term, and cracked whole wheat. Fiber Rich
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Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are really good and do not require many ingredients outside the ones that are normally kept around the house.   For the cookies 1 stick salted butter, softened 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal 1 cup raisins 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Sips & Shots: Since Cocktails Don’t Travel Well…

The Internet and all it’s various uses mean that those on your gifting list may not always been in the same town (or even country) as you. While it’d be great to share a holiday cocktail with friends far and near, sometimes you might have to settle for the next best thing: cocktail-related gifts. And since I’m also an avid reader, books on the subject are a favorite of mine. Here’s a short list of some I’ve plucked from my own shelf that might just strike a chord with someone on your list. Swell Holiday by Cynthia Rowley and Ilene
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Nibbles & Bites: Formulas versus Recipes

While listening to the Weekly Geek podcast last week they discussed a submitted iPhone App, Ratio, by the author of the book of the same name: Michael Ruhlman. First let me say I’m completely unfamiliar with his work, his book or the App (as of the podcast it had been submitted but not yet approved and I don’t even own an iPhone so…) so this is not a commentary on the App or the book; though I am curious about the book now that I know it exists! At any rate, the hosts were discussing the versatility of the App
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LAFF Gal-Pal Party Menu: The Appetizers

I think many parties get carried away with the appetizer menu by offering way too much variety.  Variety is a bad thing when it comes to eating healthy because human nature is to try everything and that just means more calories.  But variety is also more work and you don’t want to be too exhausted to enjoy your own party! For our gal-pal party, we decided to limit the appetizers to three.  In choosing what to include, we considered preparation time, how healthy the ingredients were, and the “chic” factor.  These three recipes were definitely a hit with our sophisticated group
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Nibbles & Bites: Comfort Food

Comfort foods can come in many forms: favorite recipes from childhood, treats remembered for special occasions or just starch-, fat- or sugar-laden dishes that offer a chemical reaction we associate with happiness as well as satiety. Usually considered a guilty pleasure or indulgence, I have a hard time seeing all comfort food as all bad and, I think, as long as it’s not an everydayoccurrence or in massive quantities, a little comfort can go a long way. One of the reasons this came to mind (aside from the impending holidays and increasingly cooler weather, both of which set my taste
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