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Cooking is my favorite part of the holiday season!  I love, not just the baking cookies and making candy, but cooking a meal for friends and family.  Cooking is my way of sharing my talents with others.  Spending time in the kitchen, experimenting with ingredients and different cooking techniques fuel my passion for food. This year, I have discovered panettone.  Panettone is an Italian sweet bread that is often served at the holidays.  It is a little acidic, similar to a sourdough and contains fruits and nuts.  To me, this just sounded like it would make a perfect bread pudding! In the  11th century, cooks utilized  leftover stale bread to make dessert.  It was know as "poor man's pudding".  Since its humble beginnings, bread pudding has been elevated by adding different sauces and other toppings.  In fact, bread pudding is a mainstay

The holiday season is just around the corner.  It can be pretty tricky to find just the right dishes to please everyone at the table.  Whether you or someone at your holiday table is a vegetarian, you (or they) shouldn't have to just settle for a plate full of side dishes.  This is a satisfying vegetarian entrée that is beautiful and delicious. Not only is this dish delicious, but it is also very nutritious.  Butternut squash contains nearly 500% of the RDI for Vitamin A, is low in calories and high in fiber.  Wild rice is a low-calorie, nutrient dense food.  It is high in nutrients including manganese, magnesium, and protein.  Nuts are rich in protein, healthy fats, calcium and zinc. This recipe will makes 4 entrée servings or if you wish to serve this as a side, it will make 8

Today the marketplace is full of "boutiquy" little jars of seasoning blends. There is simply no need to spend a ridiculous amount of money for these seasoning combinations that you can easily make for yourself with a few bulk herbs from our bulk department. My go-to seasoning blend is one that I have been using for many years now. Hardly a dish is served at my house without at least a little of the seasoning blend in it. It is a versatile blend that I use to elevate the flavor of everything from salsa to soup. At the holidays, I make up batches of this seasoning blend and put it in cute little jars with a label and give it as gifts to friends. It's an easy, inexpensive gift from the kitchen. You will find that many of the blog posts that I

This hot soup is perfect on a chilly fall night. Fall is finally here!   It is the perfect time of year to get out the soup pot and start cooking.  With a chill in the air and the sun setting earlier, a hot bowl of soup is the perfect dinner. Cabbage soup is a hearty soup that will satisfy any appetite.  It is low in calories and high in fiber.  Cabbage is a vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and Vitamin B6.  Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, as well. This recipe can be easily customized to fit a number of dietary restrictions.  By replacing the chicken broth with vegetable broth and the ground turkey with Beyond Meat Ground, this can be made vegan.  Replace the chicken broth with a low-sodium

If you are looking for a delicious, seasonal pumpkin bread that is low on carbs, but full of flavor, you'll love this recipe. Now that the weather is starting to cool off, you will find me in the kitchen baking more. Whether I am baking for the family, friends or bake sales for various organizations, this is one of my go-to recipes for a quick, yummy treat that contains more healthy ingredients that traditional sweet bread recipes. I use real maple syrup in this recipe, rather than white sugar because, not only is it less refined, it contains more nutrients, including calcium, potassium, iron and zinc. When buying maple syrup, make sure that you read the label. So many syrups on the market are actually corn syrup with maple flavoring. Use only 100 percent maple syrup for the best flavor and nutritional

Summer gardening season is wrapping up, but many of us still have tomatoes growing. In my case, many of my heirloom tomato plants are starting to look a little tired, but I have an abundance of Roma tomatoes.  My husband starts our tomato plants from seed, usually a variety of heirloom tomatoes. This year, he decided to try Roma tomatoes, and I am glad he did! Roma tomatoes are small and very meaty. The skin is tender and the seeds are few, compared to other varieties. Slicing tomato varieties tend to be juicier which is great when eating fresh, but Roma tomatoes make the best sauces and soup because there is less moisture in the tomatoes so the sauce will be thicker. You may not have grown Roma tomatoes, and they may not be readily available at Farmers’ Market. Don’t worry! You