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    Ghirardelli Red Kidney Beans Brownies

    The fudgy dark brownie is definitely one of the most popular desserts among chocolate lovers. The texture and the intense taste of chocolate are always satisfying, especially if enjoyed with a nice cup of cappuccino. I stumbled upon the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownie mix and was compelled to try it, since I’m a fervent fan of their chocolate squares. I also took the liberty of replacing the egg and 1/3 cup of oil called for on the box, with a can of red kidney beans. Kidney beans are quite high up on the list of fiber rich foods which brings the fudginess to the final product. It is becoming more…

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    My take on Circassian Chicken

    I have a deep appreciation for the cuisine that emerged from Circassia, a historical country in Eastern Europe (near the black sea) where once lived the Cherkess or the Circassians. This nation was dispersed at the end of the Russian-Circassian war in 1864 and had to fled to Turkey and the Middle East, bringing along their food heritage and tradition. Circassian chicken tops my list of comfort foods. It’s is a chicken dish covered with a rich walnut gravy (walnuts mixed with stale bread, paprika, garlic and chicken broth) and served with pasta. The egyptian version serves the chicken on a bed of rice covered with coriander seasoned walnut gravy.…

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    Grilled Pineapples

    This extra easy recipe is a real surprise and tastes so wonderful. It will brighten a summer barbecue or a fall dinner on the grill. Ingredients 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2″ slices1/2 cup brown sugar2 Tbsp. lemon juice1/4 tsp. cinnamon3 cups lime sorbet Directions Combine brown sugar, juices, and cinnamon until smooth. Spread on each side of each pineapple ring. Grill 4-5″ from medium coals 5-10 minutes, turning once, until sugar mixture melts and pineapple is heated and tender. Top each slice with a small scoop of sorbet and serve immediately. Photo by Sunsetoned from Pexels

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    Corn Flake Macaroons

    Indulge in these cookies, which are easy to make and are a genius way to use leftover corn flakes that’s been sitting a bit too long on your shelf. So get whipping! Ingredients • 1 egg white• 1/2 cup sugar• 1/2 cup shredded coconut• 1 cup corn flakes• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract• pinch salt Instructions Preheat oven to 325F or 165C. Beat egg white until stiff.Stir remaining ingredients in. Drop by teaspoonfuls on baking sheet and bake about 20 minutes.Makes 18. Photo by FoodGenerations from Pexels

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    French Onion Soup

    This soup is a classic, and very much appreciated by many especially on cold days. The steaming pot with delicious bread soaked in onion broth and melted cheese hit the spot. Try this French Onion Soup, we promise you won’t regret it (if you like onions that is!) Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon olive oil 3/4 pound peeled, halved, and sliced yellow onionthick slices french bread as required to form a single layer in each soup bowl pinch sugar 1 teaspoon flour 3 cups beef stock 1/2 cup dry white vermouth (optional) salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/4 pound grated gruyère (or other strong cheese of…

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    Cream of Tomato Soup

    Another classic that you definitely find in most family recipe books. This soup is quite popular and we see why. Pair it with a sandwich and you have a quick lunch on the go. To make it you will need: Ingredients 1lb ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped3 oz chopped onion¼ lb chopped young carrot1 litre of chicken or vegetable stockSalt and pepper½ pt single creamChopped chives or basil to garnish Instructions Simmer the vegetables with one and a half pints of chicken stock until tender. Puree the soup in a blender until it is very smooth. Add the seasoning and remaining stock. If the soup is to be served cold…

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    Chicken Chow Mein

    If you’re into Chinese noodles, then this is the recipe for you! In China, chow mein is made with soft noodles. For crispy noodles, add more oil than the recipe calls for and cook the noodles longer to dry them out. (You can substitute shrimp for the chicken). Ingredients 1 pound chicken (or shrimp)1 cup celery1 pound broccoli1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced1/2 pound dry won ton noodles1 pound bean sprouts or snow pea pods1 medium onion, sliced1 green onion, diced along the diagonal1 carrot, sliced (optional)1 red pepper, sliced (optional) Seasonings for Chicken1 teaspoon soy sauce1 – 2 teaspoons oyster saucesalt, pepper to taste1 small piece (less than 1 teaspoon)…

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    Spinach Soup

    It’s getting colder with the fall season in full swing. We’re posting another soup recipe this week to help you all warm up. We give you the delicious soft spinach soup ! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes ½ kilo spinach, thoroughly washed 2/3 cup light cream or milk salt and freshly ground black pepper grated nutmeg Instructions Heat the oil or butter in a large saucepan, then put in the onion, garlic, and potato; stir, cover, and cook gently for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the spinach, stir and…

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    Sweet Potato Pie

    Thanksgivings is upon us and who doesn’t love a good hearty pie as a dessert for that special meal. There’s a lot to choose from out there, from Pecan to pumpkin to apple and blueberries. But here’s one more sweet potato pie recipe coming your way! You can also substitute the sweet potatoes with pumpkins in this recipe. Ingredients 4 medium sweet potatoes 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 stick butter 1/2 cup of evaporated milk 1 unbaked pie crust Instructions Boil sweet potatoes until soft, peel and beat till no lumps. Add remainder of ingredients, beat until creamy. Pour…

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    Moroccan Chermoula

    You have probably all had your fair share of meat and chicken for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may want to indulge in some good old fish. Instead of using the traditional fish recipes, why not try this original Moroccan marinade for your fish. With this marinade you can have your fish fried, grilled or baked . The following measures make a large quantity, enough for a big family or friends gathering. If there are any leftovers from this marinade, simply put in a jar in the fridge and it should keep well for a few days. Ingredients 1 large bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped 1 large bunch of parsley,…