Paleo Smoked Salmon-Avocado Toast

Paleo Smoked Salmon-Avocado Toast

Recently, the hubs and I had the pleasure of visiting California. Since I usually have the “when in Rome” philosophy , I decided to give smoked salmon and avocado toast a try. Some of you may be totally grossed out but I know there are others out there saying, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’. I have been hooked ever since. As a bonus, it is amazingly satisfying!

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A Valentine Treat- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A Valentine Treat- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries? They are pretty, delicious, romantic, and impressive. If you buy them in the store or from an online vendor, you can pay a fortune for them. But what if I told you that you can make them yourself in a matter of minutes? Seriously! You can make them as simple or embellished as you want but no matter what you choose, they will make you proud.

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The REAL Kringle

The REAL Kringle

For those of you familiar with Kringles and the Wisconsin bakeries that crank them out every day, you may wonder why I bother if the process is so intense. Well, it’s because “necessity is the mother of invention”. I wanted some diabetic versions for my mom but the mail-order company would only sell them in sets with flavors she didn’t want. Not to be defeated, I Googled how to make them and ironically, the recipe that showed up was from the same bakery. I adjusted it to accommodate Mom’s dietary needs and a tradition was born. So, for those who either want to make something really special for a gift or want to start a new Christmas breakfast tradition, here is how I make Kringle. By the way, the recipe makes two and I make six batches at once.

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

As promised, here is my favorite French Onion Soup recipe. Years ago, when we lived in South Africa, I found it in a magazine. The author of this deliciousness was Della Smith. Also, since I have not made it in a while, I decided to use the picture from the original publication. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that was. So that is as much disclosure as I can give.

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Bootleg Instant Pot Beef Burgundy

Bootleg Instant Pot Beef Burgundy

I just made a bootleg version of Beef Burgundy in my Instant Pot and it tasted so good I just had to share it. The original recipe came from Pinterest. But I adjusted it a bunch to suit what I felt like doing and my ingredients on hand. Full disclosure; mine was very soupy. That could have been remedied by using more flour. But it didn’t really matter to me since the mashed potatoes absorbed the liquid. It was the perfect meal for a cold, rainy night. Bon Appétit!

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The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

Many years ago, my mom, Mama Gabe, did a reception for my cousin’s senior piano recital. (The man has mad skills.) Anyway, she made this punch. TO DIE FOR! I have never been a punch person because it all has soda and I am one of a tiny minority of people who cannot stand carbonation. But this recipe had so much fruit in it that I could eat the “mash” (non-soda part) by itself, like Italian ice. This is no three-ingredient wonder, not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds. But oh my goodness, is it worth the effort. It is now a staple of our Yuletide season and I will never make another.

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