Winter Fruit Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Seasonal citrus, pomegranates and pineapple team up with apples and kiwi in this gorgeous fruit salad.

I’m always looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables into my life – and into my family’s mouths – but sometimes biting into a plain piece of fruit is not that a-peeling. (Haha – I just made a fruit joke!) A gorgeous fruit salad is a great way to eat healthy and enjoy it! This winter fruit salad combines seasonal citrus, pomegranates, pineapple, kiwi and apples. A simple dressing of lemon and honey adds sweetness and keeps the fruit fresher longer.

This gorgeous salad combines seasonal winter fruits with a simple honey-lemon dressing.

This winter fruit salad is perfect for a holiday party buffet, or you can make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge. It doesn’t contain delicate fruits like berries or bananas, so it will stay fresh for several days.

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Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Made with flaky pie crust, filled with pie filling, and topped with streusel topping and caramel, these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a perfect fall treat.

Caramel. Apple Pie. Cookies. Truth be told, I had a hard time naming these. Are they cookies? Are they mini pies? Are they cobbler bites? I settled on Caramel Apple Pie Cookies but you could also think of these as apple pie bites.  With the combination of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pie crust these smell heavenly and they taste even better.

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Homemade Roasted Chili Oil

Sichuan-style toasted chili oil brings a toasty heat to all your favorite foods.

Lately I’m in love with Sichuan-style roasted chili oil – a little obsessed, in fact. Roasted chili oil (or toasted chili oil) has a complex, toasted chili flavor that’s mellow and not acidic. Sometimes I buy roasted chili oil from my local gourmet supermarket, but it’s a little expensive and hard to find. I decided to try making my own, so I would never run out. I eat it with scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables and potatoes. It’s also fantastic with our 10-Minute Wonton Soup, Crock-Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken, Korean Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry and Easy Homemade Kung Pao Chicken.

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30-Minute Chicken Chili

Make this warm, spicy and satisfying chicken chili in only 30 minutes.

I’m always looking for recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy, and this 30-Minute Chicken Chili is all of those things. It’s spicy and satisfying, and it cooks up quickly with just a few staple ingredients. My family loves my Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe, but this chicken chili is lighter and less expensive to make. It’s more of a broth-based soup than a meaty chili.

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Greek Yogurt Lemon Pudding

Greek yogurt lemon pudding is a simple everyday dessert with calcium and protein.

Lately I’ve been looking for new healthy dessert recipes. I love something sweet, but I want to take care of my body at the same time. This Greek yogurt lemon pudding is a perfect everyday dessert that’s light and refreshing, with calcium, protein and nothing artificial. It takes literally 5 minutes to make, with only 3 ingredients.

I got this recipe from a cooking class I attended on a recent trip to Greece with my husband and 18-year-old daughter. The cooking class was one of the highlights of our trip! If you are ever in Athens, I recommend that you check it out. The teacher, Fofi, was a gracious hostess with a wealth of knowledge about Greek food. We made zucchini balls with tzatziki, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Greek salad, spanikopita (spinach pie), roasted lamb with potatoes, and this Greek yogurt lemon pudding. All this in 2 1/2 hours! At the end of the class, we got to eat the food at outdoor tables while listening to traditional Greek music.

This Greek yogurt lemon pudding is ultra-easy and was perfect at the end of our big meal. I made it again soon after I got home, because I’ve become such a fan of Greek yogurt. The ingredients for this recipe are simple: one large container of plain Greek yogurt, one can of sweetened condensed milk, and one lemon.

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Easy Homemade Kung Pao Chicken

This easy kung pao chicken is even better than takeout!

Chicken, Rice | October 11, 2016 | By

Do you ever go through “food phases,” where all you want to eat is a certain type of food? Lately, all I’ve been craving is spicy Asian food, so I decided to make this easy homemade kung pao chicken.

This is an update of a recipe I’ve been making for many years, from a cookbook I’ve had so long its cover is ripped off and pages are falling out. It’s one of the first stir fry dishes I learned how to make, and it’s still a family favorite. It’s an Americanized version of the Szechwan classic, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty.

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Freezer Friendly Apple Pie Filling

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in ours it is really starting to feel like fall. Last weekend my family and I went to a local orchard and picked our own apples.  We came home with way more apples than we expected, and I knew that making a few batches of apple pie filling was the perfect solution. I love all pie, of course, but apple is one of my favorites and it’s the perfect way to get into the fall spirit.

The best part of making multiple batches of apple pie filling was that I was able to put a few of the batches in the freezer for later in the season. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and it’s nice to have some at least one thing that’s already prepared.

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup With Orzo

Creamy tomato basil soup with orzo is one of the best soups you will ever make!

One thing I love about fall is the return of soup season! One of the first soups I make every year when the weather turns cooler is this creamy tomato basil soup with orzo, which is based on a ready-made soup from Costco. It’s probably my favorite “Costco hack” recipe. I’ve made this soup dozens of times – for my family, for company or for potlucks – and people always ask me for the recipe.

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Crispy Bean and Chorizo Tostadas

Crisp, fresh and spicy bean and chorizo tostadas combine all your favorite Mexican flavors!

Everybody loves tacos, but sometimes tostadas are even better: crispy, crunchy and spicy, with lots of room for fresh toppings. The only thing I don’t like about tostadas is that they’re messy and difficult to eat. I wanted to make my favorite bean and chorizo tostadas for a football watch party last Sunday, but tostadas are not exactly finger food. I decided to cut the tortillas in half before frying them, to make them easier to pick up. Everybody argued about whether these were mini tostadas or giant nachos, but they devoured them anyway!

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Sun Dried Tomato Walnut Pesto

Yum! This sun dried tomato pesto is packed with Italian flavors!

Italian, Sauces, Snacks | September 21, 2016 | By

Anyone who knows me knows I love Italy and Italian food. My husband’s family is Italian on his mother’s side. Recently his Italian immigrant great grandparents were honored with a historic plaque at the site of their former farm, now a city park. It was a great time for the family to get together, celebrate Italian heritage, and eat Italian food. Everyone brought snacks and appetizers, and I decided to make this sun dried tomato walnut pesto. This pesto is irresistible! The bold, bright flavors of sun dried tomatoes and fresh herbs perfectly complement the rich, mellow flavors of walnuts and olive oil.

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