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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Mexican quesadillasWhen we go out to eat, my kids always want Mexican food. With these Cinco de Mayo recipes, it's easy to enjoy restaurant-quality Mexican food at home.

Take my Mexican quesadillas. They're quick to prepare and perfect for dinner, lunch or an afternoon snack.

My 7 layer dip makes a fantastic appetizer for a Mexican dinner. And for dessert, try my buttery chocolate Mexican wedding cookies. These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good and sure to become family favorites.

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What to Bring to a Potluck

Sunday April 20, 2014
7 layer dipThe season for outdoor entertaining is almost upon us. These potluck recipes will make sure you always have something good to bring to the party.

My seven layer dip is a classic favorite and works as well for a backyard barbecue as it does as a Cinco de Mayo recipe. Serve with good-quality tortilla chips.

My chicken pasta casserole is a fantastic main dish for all kinds of celebrations. But be prepared: If you make this one, everyone will want the recipe.

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Recipe

Thursday April 17, 2014
Broccoli Raisin SaladThis five-star broccoli raisin salad recipe is one of my favorite "go to" side dishes for spring and summer meals. It is full of great textures and colors, bright with fresh ingredients and perfect for everything from an Easter ham to burgers on the grill. The bonus: You can make this salad a day in advance.

If you like this recipe, check out my other broccoli salad recipes, too. They're all quite good, especially my broccoli bacon salad with grapes!

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9 Spring Desserts You'll Want to Make Again and Again

Wednesday April 16, 2014
fresh strawberry cupcakesThis collection of spring desserts features fresh seasonal flavors and lighter textures. My strawberry cupcakes, for example, are made with fresh strawberries -- in both the cupcakes and the frosting.

Want something quick and easy? Try my lemon Jello Cool Whip parfaits. This dessert is a wonderful marriage of textures and complementary flavor pairings (fresh blueberries and lemon go beautifully together).

And you won't want to miss my chocolate pecan pie recipe. It is reminiscent of the famous Kentucky Derby pie and makes a perfect treat for Derby-watching.

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Key Lime Smoothie Recipe

Tuesday April 15, 2014
key lime smoothieIf you're a fan of key lime pie, you will adore this key lime smoothie recipe. It has that sweet-tart flavor of key lime pie with a nice tropical finish. And the best part is it's healthy, so you can enjoy this drink for breakfast, an afternoon snack or even dessert.

Check out my other favorite smoothie recipes, too, including my berry fruit smoothies (loaded with antioxidants) and my orange creamsicle smoothies (they taste like an orange creamsicle ice cream!).

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Overnight French Toast Casserole with Walnut Streusel Topping

Sunday April 13, 2014
overnight french toast casseroleThis overnight French toast casserole makes a perfect Easter brunch recipe. I use cinnamon raisin bread for extra flavor, but if you don't like raisins, feel free to use a plain cinnamon bread, challah or Italian bread.

When the bread is stale, it will soak up the custard better. If you don't have stale bread, try spreading the chunks of bread on an ungreased cookie sheet and leaving them out to dry overnight. The excess moisture will evaporate, giving the bread a stale texture.

If you like this recipe, check out my strawberry French toast casserole.

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Easter Side Dishes

Friday April 11, 2014
green bean casseroleFlesh out your Easter meal with these special Easter side dishes. Of course, the green bean casserole is the classic, because it goes with everything from ham to turkey to steak.

My garlic mashed potatoes are creamy and rich and the perfect homey side dish to go with everything.

For something a little lighter, try my strawberry spinach salad. It's colorful, full of texture and wonderful spring flavors, too.

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George Foreman Grill Recipes

Thursday April 10, 2014
chicken paniniEveryone is always looking for a quicker, easier way to get a hot, home-cooked meal on the table. These George Foreman grill recipes to the rescue! These recipes include my kids' favorite chicken panini sandwich (hint: the pesto is what makes it so good), a super simple grilled lemon chicken recipe, a quick and easy grilled broccoli recipe and more.

And if you're looking to buy a new grill or upgrade the one you have, you can compare prices on George Foreman grills (compare prices) here.

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Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding

Wednesday April 9, 2014
fruit salad with vanilla puddingThis fruit salad with vanilla pudding is one of my "go to" recipes when people ask me to bring something to a party, holiday or potluck. It can be served as a side dish or dessert and can be varied dozens of different ways with different fruits. The pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges are staples in this recipe, since you can find canned varieties of these fruits all year long. I use strawberries and blueberries when they're in season. When they aren't, I might add chunks of fresh peeled pears or even canned pears instead.

Avoid sliced bananas for this recipe, as they become browned and mushy fairly quickly.

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Chocolate Matzo Recipe

Tuesday April 8, 2014
chocolate matzohYou don't have to celebrate Passover to enjoy this chocolate matzo recipe. It's a sweet-and-salty dessert made with matzo, a caramel topping and chocolate chips. I like to finish it off with hazelnuts or almonds, but if you don't care for nuts, feel free to leave them out. A light sprinkle of sea salt might be a nice addition to this recipe, too, especially if you're using a low salt matzo.

For more tasty Passover desserts, try my Passover cream cheese brownies and my flourless chocolate cake.

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