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Maple Caramel Popcorn

I have a friend, who shall remain nameless, who really hates Valentine’s Day. He constantly groans on that Valentine’s Day is a creation made by the greeting card companies, and he will not be fooled into spending good money on “crap” such as roses, chocolates and cards. Jeeze – he’s a real buzz kill during this time of year. Bless his suffering partner, let’s call her Julie, she deserves a medal.  Today’s recipe is for Julie – maple caramel popcorn. She asked me to share a recipe for popcorn as it is my friend’s favorite thing to eat when watching a movie, and he loves to watch movies.

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Bacon Cheddar Dip

I know there are many of you trying your best to shed a few pounds to get yourself swimsuit ready. But there are times when you have to take a day off, and when that day comes, that cheat day, whatever you eat has to be worth the calories – am I right? Of course I am! Bacon cheddar dip is it. The snack of all snacks, high in calories but absolutely great on the tongue, and if you’re really going for it and ignoring all calorie boundaries, serve them up with kettle chips and savor every bite.

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

You have some friends coming by for dinner, and you’d like to give them something interesting to nibble on while they enjoy drinks before dinner is served, what could you serve them that’s easy and light? Problem solved, as soon as they arrive prepare a plate of blistered shishito peppers. These are so easy to make, they just take five minutes and bingo, bango, boom you have them.

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Parmesan Crisps

Are you always stumped as to what to serve on those holiday weekends, when you have a house full of guests celebrating national holidays?  Something simple to complement your grilled food, something that will satiate your guests’ appetite but leaves plenty room for what’s to come? Well for this Memorial Day you should try your hand at some parmesan crisps?

Parmesan Crisps

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So I’m British, born and bred in England and live in NY. So sometimes I yearn for something quintessentially British – bangers and mash, fish and chips, and today its Scones! Scones with plump raisins slathered with butter paired with a cup of extra strong Marks and Spencer’s Gold Tea…. Heaven.

Unfortunately, the scones I described aren’t always easy to find. New Yorkers enjoy chocolate chip scones and cinnamon scones drizzled with frosting, which are fine, but they’re just not British. So to appease my scones jones, I decided to make them myself.

It has been years since I’ve baked these fun treats, so I was excited to get them in the oven so that I could sit in front of the TV and savor their crumbliness. I will continue to hone this recipe, perhaps add buttermilk next time.  

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Classic Bruschetta

Bruschetta – one of my favorite foods.  I’ve had bruschetta in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, LA, Belgium; I can go on.  But let me tell you, my favorite place to eat bruschetta, the place where bruschetta tastes the best, will always be at home. Test my theory, freshly made bruschetta, with your favorite tomatoes and olive oil – no one can do it better for you, trust me.  

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