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Ingredient: Fresh Lemon Juice

Crab Rangoon Dip Recipe

Crab Rangoon gets a dunk-able makeover in this amazing dip. All the creamy, cheesy filling chock-full of crab exits the oven bubbling and ready for homemade wonton chips. Dig in!   I love to eat Chinese food – all the complex dishes with unique vegetables and sauces. If I’m completely honest, though, the thing I look forward to the most are all the crispy fried goodies and dipping sauces – egg rolls plump with barbecued pork and cabbage, fried dumplings full of shrimp and scallions, and . . . mmmm . . . Crab Rangoon. The marriage of sweet,...

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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Lemon Pan Sauce

Unexpected guests? Need to impress on a weeknight? Try my Lemon Pepper Chicken – it’s light and crispy, with a peppery, creamy lemon sauce that transforms your table into an elegant French dining room in less than 30 minutes.  Do you remember the first time you tasted fresh cracked peppercorns? The complex floral and fruity qualities can be a pleasant surprise if you’re used to a shaker of dust-like, ancient pepper that’s been passed down from table to table for generations of futile attempts at seasoning. Peppercorns were actually used as currency in the middle ages, and there are...

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Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise is an impressive dish that celebrates our American “Melting Pot” by bringing together two of my favorite cuisines – Italian and French. The bonus is its feasibility for a busy weeknight treat, allowing you to put together a complex and delicious dish with simple ingredients and limited time.   “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – – – James A. Beard If you’ve watched foodie films – “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” or even “Eat Pray Love” – and, well, you like food, you’ve been hypnotized by beautifully set tables and artfully...

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Every once and awhile my family craves something different. I think everyone understands nights like that, when the typical evening meal routine just isn’t going to cut it. It’s nights like these that family dinner squabbles can get the most intense. Everyone wants a dish no one else wants. I’ve found that I have a secret recipe to quench the growing dinner-time tension: Cabbage Roll Casserole. My family loves this recipe. We’ve always loved the standard stuffed cabbage rolls, but they take way too long to assemble for a simple weeknight meal. It would take me all afternoon to...

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Easy Hummus Recipe

There are some recipes that I don’t even think about posting. Usually these are family recipes, or a dish I make more than three times a week. It’s not that I’m trying to keep these recipes a secret—it just doesn’t cross my mind that they would make good material for my blog. It wasn’t until one of my friends mentioned that I should put the easy hummus recipe I use up on the site that it even occurred to me to do so. My husband was raised on Mediterranean food. Hummus was a regular part of his diet before...

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