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Recipe: Jack Frost Martini

Hello, my dear friends and readers!

It has been so long – almost forever that I have written on here. I’ve missed you all!

I think it’s almost celebration time – since holidays are coming. Time for another recipe!

Jack Frost Martini is perfect for those pre-holiday party evenings!

Jack Frost Martini
Makes 4 drinks

Ingredients: Read the rest of this entry


Design with Fruits

How do you decorate your plate with fruits?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you know the St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Well, let me provide you with some here:


green for st patSt. Patrick’s Day tradition holds that if you’re not wearing green on March 17, you’ll get pinched.

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that started in the 17th century, when green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see. Pinching those who didn’t wear green was meant to remind them that leprechauns could sneak up at any time. Still, only around half of Americans choose to deck themselves out in green for the holiday.

5 Ways for Women to Wear Green on St. Patrick’s DayWomen can accessorize easily with green without going over the top. Here are five things women can wear on St. Patrick’s Day so they won’t get pinched:

  1. Green jewelry: necklaces, earrings, rings, and pins
  2. A green scarf
  3. A green headband
  4. Green nail polish
  5. A green scrunchie or ponytail holder Read the rest of this entry

Shrimp-Pepper Popper Recipe

These shrimp appetizers are simple yet full of flavor. Just top melba toasts with a bit of cream cheese, a cooked shrimp and dollop of pepper jelly. Look for pepper jelly near other jellies and jams—it has a tiny bit of heat that gives these some extra pizzazz!

2 dozen

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
  • 24 small, round melba toasts or whole-wheat crackers
  • 24 small (60-70 per pound) cooked peeled shrimp (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper jelly


Spread 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese on each cracker. Top each with a shrimp and 1/8 teaspoon pepper jelly.

Apricot Canapes Recipe

For those who are not prepared for Thanksgiving yet, here’s a 10-minute Thanksgiving recipe of ‘Apricot Canapes’:

16 pieces

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 16 dried apricots
  • 8 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 ounces chopped shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Freshly ground pepper


Top each apricots with 1/2 teaspoon cheese. Sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with honey; sprinkle with pepper.

Chicken and Pumpkin Tagine Stew Recipe

Makes: 6 servings

Prep 50 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 6 large cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
  • 5 – 6 saffron threads, crushed
  • 1 2 1/2 – 3 pound pie pumpkin* or butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley Read the rest of this entry

Eggplant and Beef Casserole Recipe

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 50 mins

Bake: 350°F 30 mins
Stand: 10 mins

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded Italian-blend cheese (8 ounces) Read the rest of this entry

Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe

Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Prep: 45 mins
Bake: 375°F 50 mins
Roast: 425°F 25 mins to 30 mins
Stand: 10 mins

  • 3 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary
  • 9 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/3 cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese (5-1/2 oz.)
  • 1 cup whipping cream Read the rest of this entry

Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie Recipe

Last night I made this yummy Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie ! Unbelievable! Try it!

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 35 mins
Bake: 350°F 40 mins
Stand: 20 mins

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 3 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta (3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart cooking apples (3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla (1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 whole milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened and cut up
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

Directions1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform pan with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter. Sprinkle sides of pan with 1/3 cup of the panko to coat; set aside. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon softened butter. Stir the remaining 1/3 cup panko and 1 teaspoon of the thyme into melted butter; set aside.

2. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than directed by package directions; drain. Return pasta to pan; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook apples and onion in the 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Add flour, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and apple cider. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Add cheeses and the remaining 2 teaspoons thyme; stir until cheese melts.

4. Add sauce mixture to pasta; stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved panko mixture.

5. Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Let stand on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Using a serrated knife, cut pie into eight wedges. If desired, top with fresh thyme sprigs.

Pork Roast with Eggplant and White Beans Recipe

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 40 mins
Chill: overnight
Roast: 325°F 1 hr 15 mins
Stand: 15 mins


  • 1 4 – 6 pound pork center rib roast (8 ribs)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary or 2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced Read the rest of this entry