Divine Deviled Eggs

Mignon Dunbar shares her latest!

The one thing that I love more than making deviled eggs, is eating deviled eggs. This easy recipe will add a little zip to those traditional deviled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (hardboiled)
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • sugar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Paprika

Method:

First hardboil your eggs.  Once the eggs are hardboiled, peel off the shell and discard the shell.  Cut the hardboiled eggs in half.  Separate out the yolk into a separate bowl.  Mash the egg yolks.  Mix in mayonnaise (the amount that you put in will depend on your own taste and how many eggs you are making).  Sprinkle in some Old Bay seasoning and sugar.  Again, the amount depends on how much you are making.  For example, for 7 eggs add about half a teaspoon of sugar and a quarter teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning.  The sugar will give the deviled eggs a slightly sweet taste, while the Old Bay seasoning will add the zip! Mix well.  Spoon the mixture or pipe the mixture back into the egg white.  Sprinkle with a dash of paprika.  Enjoy!!!

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The easiest lemon tarts you’ll ever make!

Mignon Dunbar shares her latest!

These lemon tarts are the easiest dessert I have ever made!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup lemon curd

1/2 cup spreadable goat cheese

Mini fillo dough shells

Method:

Mix the lemon curd and goat cheese with an electric mixer. Fill ready made fillo dough shells with lemon cheese mixture. Serve and enjoy!

The fillo dough shells that I got were in the freezer section of the grocery store and already baked. They only had to be defrosted!

Recipe courtesy of Redwood hill farm.

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3 Thanksgiving Meals for the Whole Family

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to try your hand at these 3 innovative holiday meals. Whether you’re cooking for the entire family or a simple dinner for two, these three holiday entrees will be sure to steal the show!

Spiced lamb with sticky date and onion chutney recipe

An aromatic marinade packed with toasted coriander and cumin seeds, cinnamon, and paprika make these juicy lamb cutlets wonderfully-spiced. They can be prepared up to a day in advance and are a brilliant party food idea for festive celebrations.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 lamb cutlets or chops
  • handful pea shoots, to garnish
  • 1/2 pomegranate, seeded, to garnish
  • handful mint leaves, to garnish

For the onion chutney

  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1-2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 x 200g pack Medjool dates, chopped

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Cooking lobster needn’t be tricky and this simple recipe for a hearty weekend main shows you just how easy it can be. Pairing sweet, luxurious lobster with mature Cheddar, rich Parmesan and a drop of Prosecco (optional!) gives you a comforting and indulgent dish that’s perfect for sharing with friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 x 400g packs frozen whole cooked lobsters, defrosted
  • 500ml (17fl oz) whole milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50g (2oz) salted butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30g (1 1/4oz) plain flour
  • 150ml (1/4pt) Prosecco (optional)
  • 200g (7oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 400g (13oz) macaroni
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 50g (2oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • 50g (2oz) Parmesan, grated
  • crisp salad, to serve (optional)

Milk chocolate truffles with almonds and honeycomb recipe

If you’re into making Thanksgiving dessert from scratch, then this delicious recipe is for you!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp single cream
  • 100g (3½oz) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 100g (3½oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 150g (5oz) Crunchie bars
  • 40g (1½oz) whole almonds, toasted and chopped
  • cocoa, for rolling
  • icing sugar, to serve

 

 

 

Related posts: “Step-by-step guide to Making Meringue 2”

7 Back to School Recipes for Parents

 

School is well underway and what better way to bring in the new school year than to share some of the best “back to school” recipies for parents.

Below is a full list of easy to prepare lunches, dinners, and snacks that will last you all school year.

Chicken Quesadillas

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This recipe is sure to be a favorite with your kids; it’s delicious and is great hot or cold. Your child will be thrilled to find this in their lunch box!

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (1.27 ounce) packet fajita seasoning
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Check out the full recipe here.

 

Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

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A broccoli and tortellini salad is a healthy option to put in your child’s lunch and it’s pretty simple to make!

Check out the list of ingredients below:

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 20 ounces fresh cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3 heads fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

Find it here.

 

Spinach Roll-Ups

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These are easy to make and little snacks or an entire meal. Make a lot the night before and you can use them for multiple lunches!

The ingredients include:

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 10 (12 inch) flour tortillas

Get the recipe here.

 

Chicken Chili Soup

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If you want to make some soup for your kids, here’s the recipe for you!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 pounds diced chicken breast meat
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans with liquid
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
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You can find the recipe here.

 

Mini Frittatas

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These cute bite-sized pieces of food are reminiscent of muffins and will be a hit with your kids; they won’t want to trade them for anything!

Check out the ingredients:

  • 6 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons salsa

Recipe is here.

Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwiches

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The simplest recipe you’ll find on this list, but also nutritious and tasty!

Here’s all you need to make it:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, or to taste
  • 1 small apple – peeled, cored and shredded

Here is the recipe.

 

Rainbow Rotini Salad

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Another favorite pasta salad, your kids will adore finding this salad in their lunchbox!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package colored rotini pasta
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced

Get this recipe right here.

 

Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef: Part 2

If you read part one of my series on some the great cookbook generators for every at-home chef and loved it, then you will  definitely enjoy part two!

If you haven’t tried some of the sites listed on part one of “Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef”  then give the ones on this list a spin.

Blurb

Blurb produces many types of books that can be customized based on customer preferences. However, users must first download Blurb’s free BookSmart software to start designing their cookbooks.

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With Blurb, books can be up to 440 pages with a soft or hard cover. The program also offers a lot of creative options for layout options and designs. Although this service does not offer stock photos, you can simply upload images from your computer to your account.

Bookemon

With a play on words, Bookemon has numerous size and style options for every professional at home cook. They provide over 150 color choices for text and background as well as 20 different fonts to match.

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Recipes can be scanned, pasted, or typed and pages can also be rearranged in order to give your cookbook the perfect look. Bookemon works can range in length from 30 to 420 pages. If you’re looking to create a larger than life recipe book than Bookemon may have what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re starting off small and creating a book that can be passed down throughout your family, or enjoy creating projects related to cooking, each of these services listed is unique in its own way.

Want to give one of these services a try? Follow me on Twitter @mignon_dunbar and let me know how your DIY cookbook project turned out.  

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Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef: Part 1

Believe it or not, customized cookbook publishers have existed for years, but most have a large minimum number of orders and are best bets for fund-raising events. Today, a crop of publishers let home chefs inexpensively design and create a single book online for their personal use.

For those of you who enjoy “DIY” projects like myself, I wanted to create a series of some of the best cookbook generators that will allow your creative juices to flow.

TasteBook
Launched in 2007, TasteBook is unique from many other DIY companies because it allows users to fuse their own recipes with recipes from other online sources. This site has more than 100,000 recipes to browse as well as books that will make your cookbook project complete!

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When it comes to making the cover, there are more than a hundred choices of photos, ranging from tables filled with platters of attractive looking food to a chocolate cake souffle. You can also upload your own photos at no additional cost.

Create My Cookbook
In mid-2008, Create My Cookbook was created as an alternative for personalizing cookbooks to customers liking.

This publishing service offers customers two options for books that are up to 100 pages. Of course the cost increases for books of greater page length but for beginners this site may be just what you’ve been looking for.

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Want to give one of these services a try? Follow me on Twitter @mignon_dunbar and let me know how your DIY cookbook project turned out.

 

For more content on recipes, travel, and related topics, visit my Cooking and Traveling blog.