Archive for October, 2015

Chocolate Cake of the Month: Italian Cassata

Smack dab in the middle of the end of summer heat, you’re asked to make the dessert for a grand occasion sit-down dinner. Then there’s a dessert for the family picnic. Old friends drop in at 3 p.m. and they’re staying for dinner. So, what can you prepare and serve, yet never turn on the oven? A host of beautiful, well-presented desserts that start with store-bought pound cake. The best of which is a Cassata Siciliana.

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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Really this was dubbed the “The Best White Chili Ever” by my sister Meg, who loves anything and everything creamy. This is a mild chili and utilizes leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Its almost a no brainer, out of the cupboard meal.

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Microwave Cooking: Olive Oil Granola with Golden Raisins

Granola certainly has become one of the most touted of healthy breakfast cereals and what we are experiencing now commercially has grown straight out of its roots in the hippie whole grain oat-nut-and-seed kitchen of the 1960s. The name granola is a take on granula, a toasted wheat cereal touted by whole grain movement of Sylvester Graham in the 1900s. Since it is tremendously versatile, it takes to all sorts of additions and variations on the basic recipe.

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