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Key Lime Cookies

Posted: 02/04/2008 - Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and egg yolk, beating until creamy. Beat in lime juice and zest just until combined. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Refrigerate dough 60 minutes, until firm.

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Peachy-Bourbon Spread

Posted: 02/04/2008 - In a large saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 45 to 60 minutes, or until peaches have broken down and syrup has thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

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Cranberry-Orange Nut Pancakes

Posted: 02/04/2008 - In a large bowl, combine biscuit baking mix, milk, eggs, and sugar. Stir in dried cranberries, pecans, and orange zest; mix until well combined. Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon butter on griddle. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto hot griddle. Cook until pancakes begin to bubble and edges begin to set. Flip pancakes and cook 1 to 2 more minutes, or until golden, adding more butter as necessary.

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Game-Day Wings

Posted: 01/29/2008 - Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken wings; mix well. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours (see Notes).

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Vegetable Chowder

Posted: 01/29/2008 - In a large pot, combine all ingredients except potato buds. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low, stir in potato buds, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.

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Best Food Buy: Long-Cooking Roasts

Posted: 01/29/2008 - This is the time of year when our supermarkets have loads of sales on long-cooking roasts like brisket, bottom round, shoulder and chuck roasts, and pot roast varieties. All of these take a little more cooking time than most other cuts, but what we like best is that they're completely no-fuss. In fact, they almost cook themselves!

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Lime-Walnut Chicken

Updated: 01/29/2008 - Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a shallow dish, combine flour, walnuts, paprika, salt, pepper, lime peel, and garlic powder. Place lime juice in another shallow dish. Dip chicken pieces in juice then coat with walnut mixture, pressing mixture onto chicken with the back of a spoon.

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At the Market: Potatoes 101

Posted: 01/22/2008 - It's a New Year. Diet fads are "out" and potatoes are "in" again, because research has proven that not only is one medium-sized potato fat-free and cholesterol-free but, because potatoes are packed with nutrition, they're an important part of mealtime

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Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Posted: 01/22/2008 - In a large skillet, sauté the cauliflower, pepper, and carrots in 1/3 cup chicken broth over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, scallions, and garlic and cook for 5 more minutes. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup chicken broth, the soy sauce, and the sugar. Pour over the cauliflower mixture, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cauliflower is fork-tender

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Tortilla Fruit Pizza

Posted: 01/22/2008 - Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place tortilla on an ungreased baking sheet and spread butter on tortilla. In a cup, combine 1 teaspoon sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over the tortilla. Bake the tortilla 4 to 5 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown; remove to a serving plate

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Beefy Barley

Posted: 01/22/2008 - In a medium saucepan, bring the beef broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the barley, cumin, and black pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 45 to 50 minutes, or until the barley is tender and all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside

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Honey-Garlic Pork Chops

Posted: 01/22/2008 - In a 9" x 13" baking dish, combine all the ingredients except the pork chops; mix well. Add the chops, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, turning the chops over occasionally. Preheat the broiler. Coat a broiler pan or rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray

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Hot Cocoa Mix

Posted: 01/15/2008 - In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. To make a mug of hot cocoa, simply place 1/4 cup mix in a mug and add 3/4 cup boiling water; stir to blend.

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Raspberry Bread Pudding

Posted: 01/15/2008 - Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, and salt; mix well. Add raspberries and bread cubes and toss gently to mix well. Pour into the baking dish. Bake 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or chill until ready to use.

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Best Food Buys: Old Favorites with Healthy Options

Posted: 01/15/2008 - Are you trying to stick to your New Year's resolutions to eat healthier? These days it's easier than ever, because many of our everyday products are chock-full of added health benefits, like: Who would have thought that today our pastas, rice, breads, and our cereal would all be available in whole-grain varieties? Imagine serving the kids PB&J on whole-grain white bread without them even realizing it's "mom approved," or their favorite mac 'n' cheese with whole-grain pasta.

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Franks 'n' Beans Bread Bowls

Posted: 01/15/2008 - In a soup pot, combine all the ingredients except the rolls and cheese; mix well and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the tops off the rolls and hollow out each roll to create a bowl. Spoon the franks ?n? beans evenly into each bread bowl. Sprinkle each with Cheddar cheese, and serve.

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The Surprising Perks of Caffeine

Posted: 01/15/2008 - For some of us, we can't get out of bed or utter a word unless we have our morning coffee, chock-full of a jolt of caffeine. But with caffeine always getting a bad rap because it keeps us awake or makes us jittery, a bigger jolt came some months back when studies from several leading universities came out about caffeine that's had coffee lovers rejoicing!

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Fast Taco Pie

Posted: 01/08/2008 - In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef over medium-high heat for 6 to 7 minutes, or until browned, stirring frequently; drain off excess liquid. Stir in the refried beans and salsa, breaking up the mixture with the back of a spoon. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until well combined and heated through, stirring frequently. Remove the skillet from the heat, scrape down the sides with a spatula, and smooth the mixture evenly in the skillet.

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Resolve to Be Safer in the Kitchen

Posted: 01/08/2008 - Did you know that there are more mishaps in homes than in cars or airplanes? If you haven?t resolved to be safety-minded in your kitchen this year, please remember that most cooking injuries, especially burns, are avoidable. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your kitchen: Everybody should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it. This is a must for every adult to learn before, not during, a fire emergency! Also have a telephone accessible so you can call 911 for any fire that you may not be able to handle.

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Parmesan-Herb Crispbread

Posted: 01/08/2008 - Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except the crispbread; mix well. Brush the oil mixture evenly over the crispbread. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through

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The "King's" Cake

Posted: 01/08/2008 - Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, cream the granulated sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Gradually blend in baking soda, flour, and salt. Beat in mashed banana and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thoroughly combined

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Easy Turkey Chili

Posted: 01/08/2008 - Coat a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until no pink remains in the turkey, stirring occasionally to break it up.

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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Posted: 01/02/2008 - .Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet, combine all the ingredients except the cheese and bread; toss until well combined. Roast the vegetables 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender, turning vegetables occasionally

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Cheese of the Month: Havarti

Posted: 01/02/2008 - With the football season heating up, it's a great time to think about cheesy munchies for your get-togethers, and havarti is the cheese to pick up. Havarti is a golden, creamy, mellow, semi-soft cheese with little tiny holes. Everybody loves its super creaminess that fills every bite.

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New Year's Resolutions: Curry for Healthy Eating

Posted: 01/02/2008 - Every New Year's Eve, party chatter is often about what we're resolving to do in the months ahead -- and for those of us who brought up the usual "eat healthier and exercise," with the new year officially kicked in, we might want to keep this tidbit that's been in the news lately

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