Archive for the ‘Seasonal Recipes’ Category

Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie

April 27, 2011

Blueberry lovers are sure to enjoy this mouthwatering deep-dish pie

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Maple-Granola Trail Mix

August 31, 2010

This crunchy mix is wonderful any time of day. It’s great sprinkled over yogurt at breakfast or packed into a lunch box

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Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

August 30, 2010

I recommend getting all of the ingredients ready in the blender and then toasting the marshmallows.  You want your marshmallows gooey and hot when you throw them in the blender so they incorporate nicely.  Marshmallows tend to get sticky and harden upon cooling down.

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August 24: National Peach Pie Day

August 24, 2010

To apprecipate the great taste of homemade peach pie. If you’ve never had it before, give it a try. Let today be the day you bake your very first peach pie. Try putting cold peach ice cream on top and let it melt on a slice of hot peach pie.
Peach pie is the quintessential American dessert in the Southern states. In countless surveys it has been chosen as the favorite dessert in the South. It has also been recognized as a favorite dessert in Canada for hundred of years as well.

Peach pie was invented sometime around the 14th century in Europe. Though it is unknown who actually created the first peach pie, the first printed peach pie recipe was by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in this recipe included peaches, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn, a casing of pastry.

Dutch peach pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes but also included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—peach pie a la mode—was brought to America where most people enjoy their peach pie topped with ice cream.

During the 19th century, many homes in the state of Georgia served peach pie and other types of fruit pies for breakfast because it was considered a good, hearty meal to begin a hard day of work. To celebrate National Peach Pie Day, bake a delicious pie or pick one up at your local bakery to share with your family!

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Sponge Cake with Blackberry Topping

August 23, 2010

This recipe puts the blackberries grown in our Sacramento Delta Levee areas to good use. It’s a great summertime dessert. You can also substitute fresh blueberries for our local berries.

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Spumoni Ice Cream

August 22, 2010

August 22nd is National Spumoni Ice Cream day! What better way to celebrate than making this fun and attractive dessert. Spumoni is a molded Italian dessert usually made by layering two or three different flavors ice cream with a layer of sweetened whipped cream which has nuts and candied fruit folded in. Spumoni is usually served in slices. Impress your family or guests with this cool treat.

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Creamsicle Pie

August 14, 2010

Creamsicles are a great treat anytime. When you make a Creamsicle pie, it brings back memories of enjoying a hot summer day with a cold Creamsicle. You will need at least 4 hours to freeze this pie, so if you need it for tonight’s dessert, plan accordingly!

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August 10: National S’mores Day

August 10, 2010

National S’mores Day is August 10.  The Hershey Company and Kraft Foods have shared five S’mores recipes. Just click here to view these ideas! Here are a few ways to celebrate with four ways make S’mores. Be sure to have a responsible adult around if you are going try the backyard fire pit idea.

1) Microwave ’em – You can make S’mores, in seconds, right in your microwave. It’s easy; just top each of four graham squares with one chocolate piece and one marshmallow. Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave on HIGH 7 to 10 seconds or until marshmallows puff and chocolate begins to melt. Carefully remove plate from microwave and then cover the S’mores with remaining graham cracker square.

2) Fire up the Fire Pit – Can’t get out to a campground this National S’mores Day? No problem! Make an impromptu campfire setting at home over your backyard fire pit. You can even use real sticks to roast your marshmallows to make yourself feel like you’re immersed in the great outdoors.

3) Sweet Grilled S’mores – Mix it up this year by making S’mores on the grill. Build the S’mores ahead of time then wrap in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped S’mores on the grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes over a medium-hot grill on each side or until the marshmallow is gooey and the chocolate is slightly melted between the graham crackers.

4) Classic Campfire – Everyone loves classic campfire S’mores. If you’re looking for a reason to get together with family and friends before the cold weather returns, plan a camping trip to commemorate National S’mores Day and make the timeless treat the center of your fun. Start by placing half of a chocolate piece on top of half of a graham square. Then, lightly toast a marshmallow over the campfire and place it on top of the chocolate. Finally, top the toasted marshmallow with the remaining graham square half and press together.

Watermelon Cocktails

August 3, 2010

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Fresh Cherry Pie

July 20, 2010

If you ‘ve never eaten a fresh cherry pie, you ‘re in for a treat with this recipe. It ‘sa bit of work to pit the cherries, but once this is done, you will love it

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Summertime Squash & Zucchini Recipe

July 19, 2010

Everyone knows the best-tasting vegetables come from your own garden. Use your garden-grown veggies to create this colorful, nutritious dish.

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National Ice Cream Month

July 12, 2010

Celebrate your favorite ice cream flavors during the entire month of July! Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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Boston Baked Beans

July 11, 2010

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July 10, 2010

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Chicago Style Hot Dog

July 8, 2010

“The Chicago Dog is a Windy City classic, and a big favorite with sports fans! The frank must be all-beef, the bun must be poppyseed, the ingredients must be piled onto the bun in the order specified. And whatever you do, don’t spoil the splendor with ketchup!”

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National Hot Dog Month

July 8, 2010

Sports and hot dogs go together like cookies and milk, a truly American institution with a rich and interesting history. Whether you call them hot dogs, red hots, wieners, franks or frankfurters, learn the good, the bad and the ugly.

Summertime Potato Salad Mold

July 5, 2010

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Sherbet Watermelon

July 1, 2010

Perfect for  July. Each refreshing wedge comes complete with chocolate chip “seeds”

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All-American Hamburgers

June 30, 2010

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Strawberry Ice Cream Soda

June 21, 2010

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Barbecue Salmon Steaks

June 20, 2010

This is my Father’s favorite meal. He loves fresh salmon, especially when he used to take the boat out past the Golden Gate and catch the fish himself. Of course, I was always seasick from the waves.

Salmon is a well-rounded fish. You can make it a million and one different and tasty ways and it is really easy to prepare. One of the classic ways to cook salmon is by barbecuing it either on a grill over an open flame or in the oven.

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Classic Macaroni Salad

June 18, 2010

perfect for your picnic today. This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

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All American Trifle

June 14, 2010

Berries and cake makes thiseasy patriotic dessert.
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Refreshing Applemint Iced Tea

June 10, 2010

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Tomato-Basil Bisque

April 12, 2010

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Call me for the snacks for your morning meeting

April 11, 2010

I can be your office snack guy..

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Standard breakfast = only $5.00 per person

  • Coffee Cake
  • Orange Juice
  • Assorted yogurts
  • Assorted Fruit

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Call me for a catered lunch at your office

April 11, 2010

I can be your office lunch guy..

Just call me and i can bring a simple lunch or more to your office or special event. FREE DELIVERY

Standard lunch = only $6.75 per person

  • Mini crescent sandwiches ( Ham/Turkey & cheese)
  • Bag of chips
  • Bottled Water
  • Dessert ( Assorted Fruit or Coffee Cake)

Additional $0.25 charge per person for Paper Goods

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Tips for the first day of Winter

December 21, 2009

If you live north of the Equator, get ready to say goodbye to fall and give a big welcome to the favorite season of kids and skier’s — winter.



November 26, 2009

Kitchen Tip of the day: Storing Leftovers

Cut the turkey into small pieces; refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately in shallow containers within 2 hours of cooking. Use leftover turkey and stuffing within 3-4 days; gravy within 1-2 days; or freeze these foods. Reheat thoroughly to a temperature of 165 ° F or until hot and steaming.

Here’s a list of common leftovers and recommended refrigerator storage times:

  • soups and stews: 3 to 4 days
  • gravy and meat broth: 1 to 2 days
  • cooked turkey, meat and meat dishes: 3 to 4 days
  • cooked poultry dishes: 3 to 4 days
  • casseroles:3 to 4 days
  • luncheon meats: opened package 3 to 5 days; unopened package 2 weeks
  • pasta & potato salads: 3 to 5 days

Easy Fresh Cranberry Sauce

November 26, 2009

This refreshing cranberry sauce can be made on Thanksgiving Day. That is how easy it is!

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Easy TURKEY Pan Gravy

November 26, 2009

Perfect Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving or Christmas…

I recommend making 1/2 cup gravy per person since it is Thanksgiving. You need that much gravy to pour over everything, and for leftovers. So here is the formula, click below to read the recipe.


Homemade Turkey Broth

November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving turkey would be naked without the proper broth and gravy.

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November 9, 2009

Kitchen Tip of the Day = How to use a Microwave Rice Cooker

1. To cook rice, refer to package microwave directions. If package microwave directions are unavailable, a general guideline for four servings is 2 cups water to 1 cup rice. Fill cooker with water and rice. Cook on HIGH (100% power) 5 minutes; reduce to MEDIUM (50% power)15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

2. Place clear inner lid into base with outer rim upright. Set lid on top of cooker aligning lid tabs with handles. Pull locks up and over tabs to click in place.

3. Place cooker in microwave and follow package directions to begin cooking. Microwave ovens vary; adjust times and power levels as needed, beginning with shorter cooking times.

4. Remove from microwave with heat-resistant oven mitt or pad. Release locks from tabs. Caution: Steam will build during cooking. Using a heat-resistant oven mitt or pad, lift lid toward you, allowing remaining steam to escape away from you. Insert a utensil in center hole, lift clear inner lid toward you.

5. Refer to microwave manufacturers instruction manual for more information on cooking other foods.

Stuffing and Dressing Cooking Tips and Hints

November 4, 2009

Kitchen Tip of the Day

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Whether your family calls it stuffing or dressing, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is Thanksgiving. However, stuffing is not just for holidays and not just for poultry. Many varieties of seafood and vegetables are also prime candidates for stuffing.

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November 3, 2009



Think it’s too early to start planning Thanksgiving dinner? Think again! Nov. 26 may seem like a long way off, but for the holiday host, it’s right around the corner. That’s why each Tuesday until Turkey Day, I’ll bring you preparation tips to ensure your Thanksgiving is as smooth as your gravy (should be). Here are two tips to start thinking about today!

1. Get a head count.

Now’s the time to start inviting people to Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re thinking about it, chances are good your friends and family are, too. So if your cousin is bringing her new boyfriend, and both sets of grandparents are coming to town, as well as your parents and siblings, you’re going to need to figure out how to seat everyone at your small table with three mismatched chairs.

Getting a head count this early ensures you’ll have enough time to borrow tables, chairs and whatever other furniture items you need to so that everyone can eat comfortably, and then have a place to lounge when the tryptophan-wine combo sets in. And don’t forget to find out who’s a vegetarian, who’s allergic to nuts, and any other dietary restrictions you’ll be dealing with. The last thing you want to hear as you put your pecan pie on the table is that your cousin’s new boyfriend has a severe nut allergy.

2. Pre-order your turkey.
There are few things more stressful than trying to find a good turkey of the correct size during the week before Thanksgiving, especially if you want a fresh turkey over the 3-4 days to defrost a frozen turkey

Luckily, many grocery stores begin taking orders for turkeys around the beginning of November. And that early head count will let you know how much turkey you’ll need to ensure everyone leaves with bellies so full they’ll wish they’d worn sweatpants. Allow for one pound of turkey per person (that way you’ll most likely have leftovers for things like turkey sandwiches and other fun recipes I will be posting here after Thanksgiving.

How to Toast Nuts in the microwave

November 2, 2009



Here is a great tip for your Autumn baking, I discovered that most nuts such as PECANS, ALMONDS, and WALNUTS toast beautifully in the microwave. Many Fall recipes call for nuts which are in season right now. By toasting them first, the flavor explodes and enhances your recipe. Instead of using your stovetop or oven, put this microwave method to the test. It worked like a charm.

Evenly spread nuts in a flat microwavable dish such as a small stoneware bar pan. Microwave on high or full power for 3 to 4 minutes for 1/2 cup of nuts and 4 to 5 minutes for 1 cup. Stir every 45-60 second intervals (which is good for all nuts) to control the toasting times during cooking. Do not over cook as nuts will continue to darken after being removed from the microwave.

Warning!!  the dish will be HOT. allow to sit for 5 minutes to cool the nuts to room temp before using in your recipe

Do you have leftover SNICKER BARS Candy? Make SNICKER BAR COOKIES

November 1, 2009

Do you have leftover SNICKER BARS Halloween Candy?



1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
1 (13.3-oz.) pkg. fun-sized Snickers® candy bars, each cut into 8 chunks


Heat oven to 350°F.Spray cookie sheetswith nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; blend well. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in oats until well combined. Stir candy pieces into dough.Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets.Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.

yield 3 dozen cookies