Oats and nuts breakfast muffins

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I'm not a fan of oatmeal porridge but I enjoy oats in many other forms -- in cookies and, lately, after I learned to make them because Sam loves snacking on them, in granola bars.And these oats and nuts breakfast muffins actually started with granola … [Read more...]

Homebaked granola squares

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Sam discovered granola bars when she was in high school. By the time she was in college and living away from home, she used to bring a stash of granola bars for a weeks' supply. Granola is muesli -- a loose mixture of oats, nuts, honey and, sometimes, … [Read more...]

Chicken with mixed berries and almonds

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I've heard it often said that sweet and spicy go well together as they enhance each other's flavor. Well, this dish proves the truth of that statement. The chicken fillets were cooked in white wine with sweet-tangy dried berries, ginger and chili. Pearl … [Read more...]

Soy-orange chicken with walnuts

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Lemon and pineapple often figure in Asian stir fried dishes. Oranges make a more rare appearance perhaps because orange segments easily disintegrate over high heat and constant stirring. But that can be prevented, or at least minimized, by adding the … [Read more...]

The pops that became stuffed cookies

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Pops are cakes or cookies on sticks. You've probably seen them in bake shops and candy stores. They are very popular gift items especially during Valentine's Day. You know, heart shaped cookies covered in red frosting with piped text that say a dozen … [Read more...]

Birthday salad

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It's called birthday salad because it was made by three people who celebrated their birthday last month -- Buddy, Laura and myself. Just like my complete salad from 2008, this one is savory and filling as it has everything in it -- meat, vegetables, … [Read more...]

Apple and almond strudel

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A strudel is a pastry that consists of a filling (often but not always sweet) wrapped in dough. To be more illustrative, the dough is laid out, the filling spread on it, then the dough is rolled, cigarette-like, then baked. The baked pastry is sliced, … [Read more...]

Apple and walnut cake with cream cheese frosting

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Based on the carrot cupcake recipe, this apple and walnut cake is moist inside with a light crisp crust on top, not too dense, not too sweet and the addition of roughly chopped walnuts provides a nice contrast to the otherwise old-fashioned texture. The … [Read more...]