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Stephanie Gallagher

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Quick Dinner Ideas for Summer

Wednesday May 28, 2014
chicken paniniThe weather is heating up, and I'm sure the last thing you want to do is spend time in front of a hot stove. The good news is summer is the perfect time for quick-cooking. A lot of these meals can be made in the slow cooker, leaving you more time to go to the park or the pool with the kids.

Take my slow cooker pulled pork recipe. It cooks for 10 hours but only requires 10 minutes of active prep time.

Want something you can make at the last minute? No problem. My chicken panini recipe with bacon, pesto and cheese is rich with flavor, yet only takes minutes to prepare. Your family will adore all of these recipes. And you won't have to go through the drive-through to make dinner!

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Broccoli Raisin Salad

Thursday May 22, 2014
Broccoli Raisin SaladNeed to bring a side dish to a Memorial Day picnic or BBQ? This broccoli raisin salad is a great idea. Crisp, crunchy, sweet and creamy, this salad is a party of textures and flavors. Sunflower seeds and almonds or walnuts lend crunch and nutrition to this salad. Bacon adds salty meatiness and raisins add sweetness. The creamy dressing is made with mayonnaise and orange juice for a refreshing citrus flavor.

If you like this recipe, check out my other broccoli salad recipes, too.

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American Flag Cake Recipe

Tuesday May 20, 2014
American Flag CakePlanning to host a cookout or barbecue for Memorial Day? This flag cake makes a fantastic dessert to celebrate the occasion. This patriotic cake can be made with any flavor of cake. I like to use a vanilla or white cake because it shows off the decorations, but a red, white and blue poke cake would work equally well.

If you like this recipe, check out my other Memorial Day dessert recipes, too.

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Easy Strawberry Recipes

Friday May 16, 2014
chocolate strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolateIt's strawberry season, and there are so many lovely ways to enjoy spring's favorite fruit. These strawberry recipes include smoothies, cupcakes, homemade ice cream, dipped strawberries and even a fruit pizza topped with strawberries.

But perhaps one of the easiest recipes is my chocolate strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate. The fanciful berries look like they would be a lot of fuss to make, but they are actually quite simple. Even kids can make these!

My strawberry cupcakes are simple too -- they start with a cake mix. And if you want something you can enjoy for breakfast as well as dessert, try my strawberry smoothie recipe. You can even make this smoothie in the winter, because it's made with frozen strawberries.

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Recipes Made with Chocolate Pudding

Thursday May 15, 2014
chocolate pudding pieChocolate pudding is not only a wonderfully sweet and creamy dessert, it can be the basis for lots of other desserts, too. These dessert recipes made with chocolate pudding show you how.

Take my chocolate pudding pie. It's a simple, seven-ingredient recipe that turns ordinary chocolate pudding into a sumptuous dessert you can serve for even the most special occasions (the homemade whipped cream and raspberry garnish are not to be missed!).

My dirt dessert recipe is a classic treat to make with the kids. It tastes far better than it looks, but kids love the gross factor -- and the fact that they can make this dessert themselves. No cooking or baking required!

My s'mores parfaits are another great treat you can make with the kids. They have all the flavors of s'mores, but in a no-cook parfait.

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Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

Monday May 12, 2014
Chopped Greek SaladThis chopped Greek salad recipe makes a fantastic side dish to go with anything from BBQ chicken to burgers to fish. This salad also works great as a main dish. Try adding cooked lamb, falafel or chicken strips to make this a heartier summer meal.

As with all salads, feel free to add or subtract ingredients, based on your tastes and preferences. Greek pepperoncini would make a nice addition to this salad, if you like spicy foods.

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7 Picnic Salads You'll Enjoy All Summer Long

Friday May 9, 2014
blt saladAs the weather turns warmer, outdoor eating becomes the rule rather than the exception. And these picnic salads are the perfect accompaniment to any cookout, BBQ or picnic of any size. Whether you're just having burgers and chicken with the family or a big party with lots of friends, these salads are a great way to round out the meal.

My BLT pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. If good, fresh tomatoes are in season, feel free to use those. Otherwise, try canned. Really!

My best potato salad recipe is a popular companion to barbecues in our house. It goes well with everything from hot dogs to fried chicken.

And if you're looking for something green the kids will actually want to eat, try my broccoli bacon salad. It is fresh, crunchy, salty, creamy and sweet. All in one salad!

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Shrimp and Pasta with Lemon Butter

Wednesday May 7, 2014
shrimp and pasta with lemon butter sauceThis shrimp pasta recipe has a wonderful lemon butter sauce that adds just the right amount of richness and texture without being overwhelming. The sauce has a touch of white wine in it, but don't worry. The alcohol cooks out. The sauce also has a pinch of red pepper flakes, but unless your kids prefer extremely bland food, they won't be turned off. The red pepper flakes just add a bit of a kick.

Serve this dinner on a busy weeknight, for Mother's Day or any time!

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Homemade Kit Kat Bars Recipe

Monday May 5, 2014
homemade kit kat barsWhenever I have to make something for the kids' teachers, or a bake sale or a special occasion, I make these kit kat bars because the recipe is so simple, and I know they will be well-received. These bars taste like the candy bar of the same name, but they are even better. If you like chocolate, peanut butter, graham crackers and caramel, these bars are for you.

They make a fantastic Mother's Day dessert recipe, too.

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Overnight French Toast Casserole for Mother's Day Brunch

Friday May 2, 2014
overnight french toast casseroleThis overnight French toast casserole recipe will be the hit of your Mother's Day brunch. It's a perfect make-ahead recipe (it has to sit overnight in the fridge any way), and the sweet streusel topping really sets this recipe apart from the rest. Although I recommend cinnamon raisin bread for this casserole, feel free to use challah or Italian bread. It's best to use day-old bread. It seems to soak up the custard better.

Check out my other Mother's Day brunch recipes, too.

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