Nibbles & Bites: Apple Dumplings

I’ve been thinking a lot about apples, lately, and with the weather cooling off, the cinnamon brooms showing up in the supermarkets and the idea that the holidays are right around the corner, I think of Mom making Apple Dumplings. This is her recipe, updated a little by me. They are especially good on cool Fall and Winter nights and actually travel fairly well for pot-lucks. Apple Dumplings serves 4* 1 sheet Puff Pastry Dough, thawed 4 medium apples, peeled and cored* Cinnamon Brown Sugar 4 Tbsp unsalted butter Dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries or blueberries all would go well)
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Traditionally, my garden club has a carry-in for our first meeting of our new year which starts in September.   This year was no exception and we had an exceptional selection of salads and desserts.  This is not always the case.  One year we had at least three broccoli salads. One item in particular was a hit – the Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, brought by Karen Baker – one of our newer members (it’s always good to get new blood into any organization :’).  This is served on chocolate chip graham crackers.  It makes for a very elegant presentation.  Here’s her
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Nibbles & Bites: Magazine Mash-Up

Okay, everyone, show of hands: how many subscribe to cooking magazines? Bonus round: how many times have you actually used a recipe from said magazines? Uh huh, exactly what I thought. (Don’t worry, I’m just as guilty as the rest of you.) It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m interested in, a “collector” streak always seems to run right through it. In my heyday of culinary collection, I probably subscribed to half a dozen food-related magazines (at least!) and, while I did read them, and store them, and flip through them occasionally, I probably only used half a dozen recipes
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Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread but it is not the healthiest thing to be eating. I will usually make it once or twice a year, but I tend to stay away from the ones they sell at the grocery store bc they are usually higher fat grams and relatively expensive for what you are getting. Here is my recipe for banana bread I found online and it is lower fat. I made this recipe a few days ago and added orange peel to put a little kick in it. It was delicious and a wonderful treat for me this summer. LOW
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Tuscan White Bean Soup Recipe from Oodles Uncorked Restaurant

Enjoy this flavorful soup, courtesy of Executive Chef and General Manager Amelia Adams of Oodles Uncorked restaurant at Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Chef Amelia is expecting her first child in a couple of months and lives on a farm about 5 miles from Big Ridge State Park on Norris Lake.  She’s only lived in the Knoxville area for 5 years but loves it and highly recommend the area to others! Read my post about how I discovered this restaurant. NOTE:  This recipe is in restaurant proportions, so downsize accordingly for your family. Tuscan White Bean Soup Recipe ( from Oodles Uncorked Restaurant)
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Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

I was wondering what you look for in a recipe. What is your deciding factor to either make the recipe or look for another one? For instance, I can look at a recipe and decide that I’m not going to make it because it has too many ingredients that I don’t have on hand and am too thrifty to buy especially if I think I’m never going to use them again. Really, how often am I going to use sumac? Or I can look at a recipe and there will be one thing that turns me off like in this
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Get Recipes On Your Cell Phone

The Wall Street Journal has a weekly column where they mention notable blogs. 101Cookbooks.com was mentioned this week so I took a peek. It is a lovely, well-thought out foodie blog with lots of recipes. I especially like their beautiful photos. One thing that caught my eye was their ability to provide recipes in a narrow width format to accommodate cell phone displays. I could see this being useful for people that might be cooking at a friend’s or relative’s home that did not have a good supply of cookbooks. I’d be interested in hearing how you would use this
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Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

Originally uploaded by Laurel714 Well, since I just did a post slamming the Girl Scouts for not making homemade baked goods for their public service project, I thought it would be useful to offer another contrast between store-bought and homemade using another popular food item – the animal cracker. Who, among us, has not had Barnum’s Animal Crackers? They evoke great childhood memories. I still buy a box, from time-to-time, but I am always disappointed in the taste – and they are not all that healthy for you either. I found a homemade animal cracker recipe that is healthy, and
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Talking Turkey Tips and Social Networking

Gather, the social network with substance for the over-30 crowd, and Butterball®, America’s No. 1 brand of turkey, are working together to bring the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® experts to the popular social networking site. A live chat is scheduled for Wednesday, November 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. The live chat makes it easier than ever for cooks to ask last-minute questions of the Turkey Talk-Line experts, as well as learn the latest and greatest tips for preparing a tender and juicy turkey.  Ten live chat participants will be randomly selected to receive a $15 Butterball Turkey gift check.
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Recipe Contests: Cook Food. Win Money.

I’ve won two cooking contests in my time. The first was when I was in sixth grade and while the boys had a contest to make model planes, the girls were asked to bake something. I attended elementary school in more sexist times. While all the other girls made chocolate cakes, brownies, and cookies I made my first ever Chef Boyardee Pizza from a box. I remember rolling out the gummy dough, spreading it with prepared tomato sauce, and sprinkling with prepared parmesan cheese. I baked it before I want to school that day. It was still warm when I walked into
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