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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...

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Hummingbird Cake

Skip the boring banana bread and breathe new life into that overripe fruit with this tropical Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The Caribbean is calling, and this cake is the next best thing! “If you build it, they will come,” has worked exactly (at least) two times in history: once in a Kevin Costner movie and once for the tourism board of Jamaica. It may be hard for those of us who dream of Montego Bay beaches to imagine, but in the 1970s it wasn’t exactly a tourist hotspot. In an attempt to bring more flights and full wallets in from...

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Oreo Cheesecake

The simple perfection of a classic Oreo cookie combines with the rich decadence of a cheesecake to make this show-stopping dessert. My Oreo Cookie Cheesecake is guaranteed to bring back fond childhood memories of milk and cookies even though you’re going to need a fork this time! Few snack foods fill me with nostalgia like Oreo cookies. I enjoyed them as a little girl and then later shared them with my own children. What’s not to love about that signature sweet “stuff” sandwiched between two crispy chocolate cookies? I’d argue that the act of eating them is even a...

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7 Layer Salad

This beautiful, fresh salad will wow your family and friends before it even hits their plates! With tons of texture and literally layers of flavor, my version of this eye-catching classic will be your new favorite crowd pleaser and inspire you to create your own spin on the 7 Layer Salad.   When I’m in a restaurant, I often find myself distracted by all the beautiful dishes being delivered to the anxious, hungry diners around me. “That looks so good! I’ll have what she’s having!” Presentation truly is everything. We’ve all had that “eating-with-your-eyes” experience that made you pause...

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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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