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Chicken Soup with Orzo
Chicken Soup with Orzo
If you’re like me, you keep your eye out for crock-pot recipes that can be thrown together in a hurry. There are plenty that I’d like to try, but my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do a lot of preparation. I’m often tossing ingredients into a crock pot before bedtime to cook the next day or I’m hurriedly throwing things together before I walk out the door in the morning. For me, browning meat is an additional step that takes time and effort. It’s much easier for me to prepare recipes that are simply “load and go,” no precooking necessary.
  • If there’s an Elf in your house, feed him
    Is there an elf moving mysteriously from place to place in your house? Our house is visited by a little guy in a red suit and hat named Elfie. Elfie is a new tradition as last Christmas was his first year at our house. He flies to our house from the North Pole to spend a little time with us and to keep a close eye on our boys, Kellan, almost 7, and Carsten, 4. He loves to explore different parts of our home and surprises the boys each morning from a different location. 
  • Sweet tooths talk about favorite holiday treats and desserts
    At my school we have a staff marker board near the office and we take turns writing weekly questions. It’s a way to learn a little bit about each other and to share thoughts and ideas. Recently I posed the question about favorite holiday sweets and desserts. The results ranged from frosted sugar cookies to divinity, from peanut butter balls to Spritz cookies, as well as thumbprint cookies and fudge. 
  • There’s a lot of good eating in those Thanksgiving leftovers
    It’s hard to believe it’s already the first day of December. Christmas trees and lights have replaced our autumn décor, but Thanksgiving leftovers still lurk about. Make good use of the turkey leftovers, the mound of mashed potatoes, the spare can of pumpkin, and even that bag of unused candy corn this holiday season. 
  • From dip to dessert, complete the feast
    If you haven’t started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet, don’t fret. As long as you have a turkey resting comfortably in your refrigerator, you’re good to go. Here is a complete menu, minus the turkey, from the appetizer, to the cranberry sauce, vegetable, side dish, and lastly a dessert to top off your feast. All of the recipes are crowd-pleasing and easy to make. 
  • Turkey-shaped treats  dress up the Thanksgiving table
    Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture over 45 million turkeys will be cooked and eaten this Thanksgiving? As we sit down next week to give thanks, most of us will enjoy a slice or two of turkey. 
  • As easy as pie — thanks for these desserts
    With Thanksgiving only 2-1/2 weeks away, it’s time to begin thinking about your Thanksgiving menu and the course everyone remembers — dessert. Not everyone has the skills or the time to make a homemade pie, but with just a few easy steps you can make a pie that tastes like it took you all day to prepare. 
  • Slow cooker makes lasagna easy
    If you think making lasagna is time-consuming and complicated, think again. By using your slow cooker you can throw together dinner in a hurry without any fuss. Sit down to enjoy a movie, run some errands or even take a nap. No need to watch the oven or worry about dried out lasagna. In a few hours perfectly cooked lasagna is ready and waiting to be served. 
  • Recipe tricks for some ghoulishly good treats

    Scare up some hauntingly good treats this Halloween. Adults can have just as much fun as kids conjuring up something sweet.

     
  • Savory history: Texas brand added to Mexican dishes
    As Mexican flavors have grown in popularity, you may have wondered what makes Tex-Mex different from Mexican food. According to cookbook author Linda Larsen, Tex-Mex cuisine is a collection of recipes and foods native to Mexico that were updated with the foods and customs of the state of Texas. In the 20th century, as the culture grew, elements from Spain and the United States created the oldest regional cuisine in America. 
  • Pork chops and apples:  A winning combination
    It certainly feels like fall as orange leaves fall softly from our trees and pile up in our yard and our weekends have included getting lost in corn mazes, taking wagon rides and climbing on hay bales at local pumpkin patches. 
  • Great for busy cooks: Crock-pot recipes
    If you’re like me, you keep your eye out for crock-pot recipes that can be thrown together in a hurry. There are plenty that I’d like to try, but my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do a lot of preparation. I’m often tossing ingredients into a crock pot before bedtime to cook the next day or I’m hurriedly throwing things together before I walk out the door in the morning. For me, browning meat is an additional step that takes time and effort. It’s much easier for me to prepare recipes that are simply “load and go,” no precooking necessary. 
  • A world of adventure: Recipes that span the globe
    Life in the same spot can be comforting, but maybe not as adventurous as you’d like. If you’re in the midst of saving for your dream vacation, go ahead and let your taste buds do the traveling for you. They may just lead you to your next destination. 
  • Fall favorites: Pumpkin spice and caramel apples
    Cooler mornings and evenings mean grabbing a sweater or jacket on the way out the door. It also means our tastes change. My two favorite flavors of fall include pumpkin spice and caramel apples. If I could, I would drink a warm pumpkin spice latte each morning of autumn. 
  • Soda-pop dishes: So delicious
    There’s nothing easier than opening up your fridge, pulling out a can of soda pop and popping open the tab as you’re preparing your favorite dishes. Add some unexpected flavor, a little fizz and maybe even a little color to your dishes in the near future. 
  • Pop adds fun, punches up recipes
    Turn up the fun factor on your cooking and baking. Add a can of your favorite soda pop and see what happens. 
 
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