Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Here’s another one of those fun posts:   Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See!

10 Best Brownies and Bars

Here’s a post I shared on Parade magazine’s blog that has been very popular: 10 BEST BAKE SALE BROWNIES AND BARS.  There are some really nice ideas included in this round-up for selling at bake sales, but these are also terrific brownies and bars for making every day or serving at parties too!

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Oreo Brownies

This recipe for Oreo Brownies is my all-time favorite brownies recipe!

Oreo Brownies
This fudgy brownie recipe turns out a nice, sturdy brownie- perfect for swirling in chunks of candy or cookies.  I seriously have used this base brownie recipe (originally from Ina Garten) for all of my mix-in brownies.  They’re perfectly fudgy and sturdy.  The recipe makes a LOT of brownies, so you can easily make a pan of these and split it in half for two events!  AND you can steal a few extra for freezing into little zip baggies for your kid’s lunches.

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Slow Cooker Cider Ham

This recipe turns out so tender and delicious:  Slow Cooker Ham

Slow Cooker Ham

I started this website in 2006.  So is it super strange that this is the very first ham recipe I’ve ever shared on RecipeGirl?  I couldn’t believe it myself… but I searched all over and didn’t spot any other ham recipes at all.  I’m sorry for that.  I love ham- I really do!  But I usually just get the no-fuss, already spiraled sort at the market and call it a day!  This ham recipe is absolutely the best choice ever to share for a first ham recipe.  It’s EASY.  It’s so incredibly tender.  And it’s delicious.  It’s perfect to make for a weeknight dinner, a special Sunday dinner, or a holiday occasion too.  Everyone is going to love how this one turns out.

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Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Here’s a classic hummus recipe with the superfood kale blended in:  Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Kale Hummus

I realize that some of you might be frightened of this not-so-well-known green:  kale.  I must admit… I had to learn to like it.  If you try it in a salad– like just making a salad with kale and eating it, you probably won’t like it.  Kale is one of those greens that you have to work with a bit to make it taste really good.  It can have a bitter taste and tough texture, so for salads… you need to pair it with the right flavors, and you need massage the dressing into the salad a little to let it marinate for a while.  If you make your salad right, kale is delicious.  In this recipe, kale is blended into a classic hummus recipe to make a delicious appetizer dip.  And since kale is the ultimate superfood packed with antioxidants and vitamins, that makes this appetizer recipe extra good for you!

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Classic Chicken Soup

Here is a recipe everyone should have in their kitchen:  Classic Chicken Soup

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My kiddo woke up with a sore throat on Saturday morning.  “It hurts a lot, Mom.  But I’m still playing in my lacrosse game today!!”

“Okay,” I said.  “But you’ll play the game and then come home and rest for the remainder of the weekend.”

He did just that.  Scored 3 goals and assisted a few (on a rainy, chilly day).  They won the game, and my lacrosse-obsessed son happily got his fill of playing.  He’s very passionate about lacrosse, so it’s tough for me to take that away… even when the Mother in me says he should sit-it-out and get better instead.  We chilled-out for the rest of the weekend, and he’s feeling a bit better with the exception of a pesky cold.  Sunday was a day to make my magical, healing, homemade, classic chicken soup.  I love this recipe because it makes use of the entire chicken carcass in the soup, which adds an incredible amount of flavor (as it should) to chicken soup.

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Here’s everybody’s favorite post! > Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Chocolate Chip Blondies

On Parade magazine’s blog, I shared a really fabulous recipe for EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES.  I recommend you bake them immediately!  Oh, and they freeze well… I always package things like this in zip baggies and pop them into the freezer for school lunches.  

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Crispy Molasses Cookies

These are a delicious cookie to eat any time of the year:  Crispy Molasses Cookies

Crispy Molasses Cookies
Molasses cookies probably make you think of the holidays, right?  So why am I writing about Christmas cookies in April??  Well, there’s simply no reason why you can only make molasses cookies during the holidays.  They’re just as good in April as they are in December :)  So here’s a molasses cookie recipe of the crispy variety.  It’s my favorite crispy cookie to dunk in my morning cappuccino!  And I’m totally comfortable with springtime molasses cookie dunking, for sure.

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Seafood Chowder

This soup reminds me of summering on the East Coast beaches: Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Every summer, I spend a good chunk of time in a beach area south of Boston with my family.  I love it.  I look forward to it every year from the day we leave until the day we are able to return!  One of the things I love most is that we can pick up amazing, fresh seafood every single day.  This is the perfect soup to make if you have access to a great, fresh seafood medley.  I live in Nevada now… and there isn’t any fresh seafood in sight.  So for this recipe I opted to use a bag of mixed seafood from my favorite overnight Seafood delivery company:  Anderson Seafoods.  It had shrimp, calamari, scallops and cod.  It’s a perfect option for this soup!

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Roasted Pork Protein Bowls with Rosemary Vinaigrette

Here’s a new idea for a meal that we enjoyed immensely:  Roasted Pork Protein Bowls with Rosemary Vinaigrette

Roasted Pork Protein Bowl with Rosemary Vinaigrette

My husband was just commenting recently that he has not experienced a great main dish salad for quite some time.  He lamented that they’re always the same old thing… nothing new… and nothing very filling or exciting.  I told him I was prepared to serve up a new kind of “salad bowl” that I thought he’d really enjoy.  This one would be loaded with protein: roasted pork, hard-boiled eggs, garbanzo beans, and quinoa, and I’d tuck as many vegetables in there that I could.  I’d drizzle a simple rosemary vinaigrette on top, and call it dinner!  It would also be a filling and healthy option for lunch.

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Greek Spinach Pie

Here’s a dinner recipe that I absolutely LOVE:  Greek Spinach Pie

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I’ve always, always been drawn to Greek food of every kind.  I love lemon.  I love spinach.  I love feta cheese.  I love dill.  And I adore lamb!  So if you were taking me on a hot date and you took me to a Greek restaurant, I guess you could say I’d be pretty happy.  (I’m married though… so that hot date would have to be with my hot husband).  This Greek Spinach Pie recipe is a homemade version of the traditional spanakopita with a couple of twists.  This version utilizes three cheeses:  feta, ricotta and jack.  There is dill.  There is sauteed onion.  This pie makes a great dinner item (my family loves it so I’m going to call it family-friendly!)  It’s especially awesome served with Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!

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