I am excited about some new software I just purchased called MasterCook. It is a recipe and nutrition manager. You can import recipes from the internet, compile your own favorite recipes in one place, complete with all your changes and notations, add photos and calculate the nutritional information. All of this for just under $20. It sounds …

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Apple Cider Tea


In my quest to give up foods containing artificial sweeteners I found the perfect swap for the sugar free instant cider I used to drink. Bigelow’s Apple Cider herb tea is zero calories, and with no caffeine, I can drink it in the evening too! You will think you are drinking apple cider – it’s that good! …

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Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Shells

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Each jumbo pasta shell is stuffed with chicken and spinach combined with the smooth ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiano-reggiano cheese, smothered in tomato sauce with more  mozzarella cheese melted over the top.  The layering of three types of cheese creates a creamy texture with every bite.  With recipes like this you won’t feel the least bit deprived. I prefer to use marinara or spaghetti sauce which adds more …

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Crockpot Mexican Shredded Chicken

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My family enjoys Mexican food and this easy recipe gets made frequently. All you have to do is toss everything in your crockpot and let it do the cooking! The chicken comes out tender, moist and full of flavor. You can control how much “heat” it has with your choice of salsa. When the chicken is finished cooking it takes just …

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Grandma’s Vegetable Soup


My love of food and cooking comes from my mother and her mother who loved spending time in the kitchen. My grandmother was an incredible baker and cook. Her bread and rolls were delicious! It is no wonder that my mom and I enjoy baking so much, it is in our genes! Grandma was a …

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