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55 One-Bite Appetizer Recipes – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit

With Christmas and New Years right around the corner, if you are hosting parties for either you may want to think about some of the appetizers you make for your event. Making appetizers that are quick bites to eat and don’t require a knife and fork is the best way to go and Bon Appetit has put together 55 great recipes for items that are easy to make and try for your party. Check it out!

Our kitchen renovation is still ongoing so there is no cooking for me yet, but after the holidays it will all be done and I’ll have a brand new kitchen to cook in, so look for some great new recipes after the New Year. Thanks for following and have a fantastic holiday!

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Emergency Hacks for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

As much as you may plan your meal on Thanksgiving, there can always be a situation where you find you run out of one ingredient you may need. Williams-Sonoma has put together a few hacks for you for items you can use in a pinch if you run out of something like buttermilk or cornstarch. Check it out!

Emergency Hacks for Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Cooking, Cooking Tips, Cooking Websites, Dinner, Holidays


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100+ Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes : Food Network

Sure, the turkey is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal, but the side dishes you serve can really help the dinner shine and be what people remember the most about the meal. Choosing new, interesting or classic side dishes is easy when you take a look at over 100 different side dish recipes that Food Network provides for you. Check it out!

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Our 20 Most Popular Thanksgiving Side Dishes – Recipes from NYT Cooking

It’s that time of year again – when people begin to think about Thanksgiving and what the meal will contain. It’s never too early to start planning out your menu and the more organized you can be the smoother the days leading up to and Turkey Day will be for you. A good place to start is to consider some of the side dishes that you will want to make for the day. New York Times Cooking has put together 20 of their most popular Thanksgiving side dishes so you can see some classic recipes or give something new a try this year. Check it out!

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Don’t Go in the Water(Melon)! Make Your Own Watermelon Shark Fruit Salad

It’s July 4th weekend. That means lots of cookouts, parties and barbecues and lots of eating, hanging out with friends and family and fun. The last thing you want to do is cook in the hot kitchen while everyone else is out having fun in the sun. As long as your cooking everything outside you want your desserts to be just as easy for you to put together. Sure you can make or buy some pies, get some ice cream (or make your own) or have a big batch of cookies, but one of my favorite things to do when the weather is warm like this is to make a nice fruit salad. There are so many great fruits that you can use that are in season right now that you can get the chance to put something really great together. If you really want to wow everyone this year, skip the fruit cocktail in a can or jar or the prepackaged fruit tray from the grocery store with the unripe melon and do it yourself. As long as you are doing it yourself, have some summer fun and make this great watermelon shark fruit salad too from Tasting Table.

Watermelon Shark Fruit Salad

1 Baby watermelon (about 2-3 pounds)

4 cups watermelon pieces (from the baby watermelon above)

2 cups bite-size mango pieces (2 mangoes)

1 cup melon pieces (cantaloupe, honeydew, casaba, whatever you like)

1 cup sliced kiwi rounds (2 kiwis, peeled)

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup red seedless grapes

1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks

¼ cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1½ cups bite-size avocado pieces (2 avocados), optional

½ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes, optional

⅓ cup toasted and roughly chopped macadamia nuts, optional

Handful of Swedish fish, optional

To make the watermelon shark, take a sharp knife and cut off the wider end of watermelon so it will stand at an angle. Turn the watermelon upright so that it is standing on its base. Draw a half-moon shaped mouth on the watermelon with a marker, beginning at the stem mark as a guideline. Use a sharp paring knife to cut along your outline and remove the watermelon wedge. Save the wedge to use for the fin for the shark. Use a large spoon to scoop out all of the watermelon flesh into a separate bowl. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off about 1-inch of the outer edge of the watermelon skin, exposing the light green flesh underneath. Cut out small triangles in the exposed light green flesh of the watermelon to make the teeth of the shark. Cut a wooden skewer in half and use it to attach the shark fin to the top of the shark. Using toothpicks, take 2 blueberries and attach them to the watermelon for eyes.

To make the fruit salad, in a large serving bowl, combine the watermelon, mango, melon, kiwi, blueberries, grapes and pineapple. Season the fruit with the agave nectar and lime juice, tossing gently to mix. Fold in the avocado pieces, if using. Garnish the salad with the coconut flakes and macadamia nuts. If you are serving the fruit salad in the shark’s head, fill the shark’s head with as much fruit as you can. Place the Swedish fish among the fruit pieces, if using, and serve.

Of course you don’t have to use the shark’s head, but hey, it’s a great centerpiece for the table, looks great and the kids love it. It’s really easy to make and Tasting Table has step by step pictures you can follow in their link. I used a baby watermelon but if you feel ambitious you could certainly use a larger one and the same thing and have much more fruit in it. Use any fruit that everyone really likes so you get a good mix of flavors, but don’t forget to use the agave nectar (or honey if you prefer) and lime juice so you get that added flavor to the fruit. The Swedish fish were just a nice touch at the end.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!


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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Cooking, Dessert, Fruit, Holidays


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48 Memorial Day Dessert Ideas – Bon Appétit

What makes a great barbecue besides family, fun and food on the grill? An awesome dessert of course. There are all kinds of great dessert options you can try that go beyond the standard fruit salad or store-bought pie. Bon Appetit has 48 Memorial Day desserts for you to try, but these desserts are great for any summer get-together. Check it out and give them a try!

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easter recipes Recipes – NYT Cooking

Easter is less than a week away and if you are planning on hosting Easter dinner this year, you want to have some good recipe ideas on what to make. NYT Cooking has put together everything you might be interested in making this year, from ham to lam to side dishes, brunch recipes, desserts,what to do with those hard-boiled eggs and much more. Check it out!

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