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Chicken Tortilla Soup
This lightly spicy soup with just a splash of sweetness from the cinnamon will certainly warm you up on those cold winter nights. This soup is delicious, easy to make and the short cooking time makes it ideal  for weeknights.5 ripe plum tomatoes (about 1 pound) cored and seeds removed1 cup...
Spanakopita
One of my favorite meals is Spanakopita with Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad. Both dishes are based on time tested recipes brought to this country from Agrinion, Greece courtesy of my best friend’s Grandmother. My version of this traditional spinach pie gets a boost from the oregano, thyme,...
Seared Scallops with Curry Sauce
Perfectly seared scallops are accentuated by a light and bright curry sauce that adds the perfect amount of warming spice to a fresh winter meal.  This recipe can be served as an appetizer or as a main course.   1 pound fresh sea scallops1 tablespoon peanut oil or as needed½ cup...
10 easy chicken recipes to keep you focused on your new years goals!
We are now one whole month into the new year, and I know just what you are thinking. “I can’t eat one more piece of plain broiled chicken! Forget eating healthy!” It doesn’t take long before the monotony of eating the same thing over and over gets to you, and all your plans of eating well go...
Easy Pulled Pork for Wintry Weeknights and Game-Day Snacking
Most of the time I bypass the big roasts at the meat counter in favor of smaller cuts that cook more quickly. But when I’m entertaining a crowd, this is one of the easiest recipes I know, with flavor that rivals the pulled pork from your favorite barbecue joint. It takes very little prep time and...
How to Transform Winter Tomatoes
It may be the dead of winter, but I don’t lose my craving for delicious tomatoes. Unfortunately, we all know what most winter tomatoes taste like. Not much! But there’s a great and easy way to transform out-of-season tomatoes into intense flavor bombs. Roast them. You can use any kind of tomatoes...
New Year Kitchen Tip: Check Your Spices
Around my house, I use the New Year as a reminder to replace the batteries in my smoke and CO2 alarms, and to check my spice cabinet to replace any jars and tins that may be losing freshness.Spices and seasonings don’t go bad the way some other foods do, but they can lose flavor over time,...
10 EASY IDEAS WITH VICTORIA TAYLOR’S PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
1.  Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte: Mix 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice with 1 cup steamed milk; add desired amount to brewed espresso or coffee and sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice on top.2.  Pumpkin Spicy Oatmeal: Sprinkle ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice onto hot oatmeal and mix in; serve with...
Orecchiette Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts and Bacon
While I don't need any convincing to eat brussels sprouts this recipe could convert those that don't like them into fans.  This dish is great as is, but if you want a heartier meal add some grilled chicken or shrimp. 4 tablespoons Victoria Taylor’s Zesty Lemon Herb1 pound Orecchiette Pasta1...
Brining Tips and Information
It is that time of year again when we start thinking about cooking our Thanksgiving Day feasts. One of the most important steps I take is to brine my turkey. Since many of you may not be aware of brining, or what it can do for your meats, I wanted to put together some brining knowledge that I...

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