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Quick Chicken Cranberry Crunch Salad

Canned Chicken Costco

I normally make chicken salad using leftover chicken that I cooked for dinner the night before.  However,Costco was recently sampling their canned chicken,something I would never in a million years have considered,but I was totally impressed.  Costco's canned chicken is 100% white meat with no fillers or fat or gunk... it really ...

Butter Bars or Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Butter Bars Bottom

My delicious butter bars are like a giant,thick,butter or sugar cookie that is soft and gooey on the inside.  My recipe is a variation on a recipe I read in Anne Byrn's The Cake Mix Doctor.  Anne Byrn (or The Cake Mix Doctor) calls her recipe Gooey Butter Cake.  I tried it ...

Chocolate Forest Cake

Cherry Filled Cupcakes

 I recently made chocolate forest cupcakes that were amazing.  In case you missed the post this is what they looked like: Well a few days ago my husband was craving the cupcakes,but I didn't have too much time to carefully make a full batch of cupcakes.  So I figured I would experiment with doing the same concept ...

Rum Banana Bread

Rum Banana

I like very moist and flavorful banana bread,and my top secret for making it is by adding rum. You do not really taste the rum (although if you want to taste the rum,that is delicious too,just double the rum!) but the extra flavor and moistness that the rum adds to the banana ...

Hostmonster Discount (and Review)!

I am going to digress from the topic of food for just a moment,because everyone keeps asking me what company I use as my web host. I have tried quite a few web hosts and my favorite by FAR is HostMonster.com. For a very low fee,you can get unlimited space,unlimted transfers,...

Persian Thanksgiving!

Ash Reshteh

They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Iran,but I will never ever pass up an invitation to a Persian Thanksgiving (or any Persian meal for that matter!).  I discovered a few new Persian dishes that taste very unique and flavorful.  I have already played around with making Fesenjan and I posted my master recipe for Khoresh Fesenjan.  I ...

Thanksgiving in Greenwich!

Greenwich Thanksgiving Food

This year we had the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving with our own family,in addition to multiple families.  The most interesting Thanksgiving meals was our celebration in Greenwich,which was a classic All-American Thanksgiving,and our Persian Thanksgiving,which was amazingly delicious but had a totally different feel.  I love learning about different cultures (especially ...

Heavenly Cupcakes –Stuffed Black Forest Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Sabra Chocolate Orange Liqueur

My favorite candy is cherry cordial... my favorite ice cream,also cherry with chocolate chunks... my favorite part of a sundae,the red cherry on top... what can we conclude from this? I LOVE the combination of chocolate and maraschino cherries!  How can that combo be kicked up a notch? Add in some cheesecake filling!  ...

The BEST Stuffed Peppers with Turkey

Cleaned Sweet Bell Peppers

I love to bake... but baked goods are not always the best things for our health... so when I can get the same amazing flavor in a dish but cut the fat,I never pass up that opportunity.  These stuffed peppers are filled with ground turkey instead of ground beef,but nobody can ever tell ...

Khoresh Fesenjan or Pomegranate Walnut Chicken Stew Persian Recipe

Browned Chicken Pieces

My husband's favorite Persian dish is Fesenjan (sometimes also spelled Faisinjan),which is a chicken stew made mainly of walnuts,onion,pomegranate and chicken. It is the perfect combination of slightly tart with a hint of sweetness for a delicious fruity stew. Most recipes call for a whole chicken or chicken legs,but my husband ...