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Ingredient: Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature

Grape Salad

Spring has sprung and thoughts are drifting to warm days and cool picnic treats. Pull out your favorite Tupperware to share this sweet, light Grape Salad with your friends and bring copies of the recipe. They’ll want you to share! Raise your hand if you like simple recipes. Yeah, me too. There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment when you spend hours in the kitchen successfully tackling a long and complicated recipe, especially with something like a luscious lasagna or an eight-layer chocolate cake as a reward. Some weeks, though, are filled with extra appointments or kid’s soccer games or...

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Chicken Alfredo

  According to classic French cuisine, there are five “mother sauces” from which all others are derived: velouté, espagnole, sauce tomat, hollandaise, and béchamel. It’s the last one I’m most fond of since it gave birth to a rich, out-of-body-experience-inducing sauce that I treat myself to whenever I can. I’m pretty sure it’s béchamel’s favorite offspring, and it’s the undisputed star of my Chicken Alfredo recipe. Once you figure out how simply this delicious plate of creamy pasta perfection comes together, the chicken Alfredo Olive Garden makes will pale in comparison. We’re dining IN tonight! Although we associate this...

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Guaranteed to produce sweet dreams, this cake-inspired twist on strawberry shortcake nestles succulent strawberries between layers of a delicate buttermilk-infused cake and perfectly whipped cream. Forget seconds – your guests will want the whole thing! Everyone loves holidays, both for the gatherings of friends and family and for the food (honestly, it’s mostly the food 🙂 ). As a foodie, though, there are so many other special days on the calendar that justify cooking, and baking, and recipe experimenting! There’s practically a national month or day for all your favorite treats: National Chocolate Mousse Day in April, National Hot...

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Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Cranberry Bliss Cookies!  Who doesn’t love the original Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks. I think my local Starbucks has paid their entire December rent directly from the profits they’ve made from my personal consumption of these bars. I make a copycat version of the bars every year around the holidays for family and friends. Trust me, I deliver them to everyone the day they’re made so I don’t eat the entire batch myself. They’re good~really, really  GOOD!!! Who can stop at just one when you have an entire pan freshly baked wrapped up in your fridge? So this year, while...

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Triple Berry Icebox Cake

Luscious… Really, simply Luscious is the best word to describe this incredible Icebox Cake recipe! Loads of fresh berries, decadent homemade whipped cream, just the right tough of lemon, shortbready cookies….. Does it get better than this???? Oh yes. Yes, it does. How about an impressive, No Bake dessert, worthy of company?! This is the perfect dessert for any Spring occasion and beyond perfect for Summer! Who want’s to heat up the house baking a glorious dessert on a hot, hot, hot summer day. Skip dessert? Absolutely out of the question! No worries, just whip up this incredible Triple Berry Icebox Cake....

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