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Caramel Apple Salad

Okay folks here goes – I have been sitting on this recipe for a…long…time. We were first introduced to Caramel Apple Salad at a recipe exchange potluck. Both the Mr. and I went nuts for the stuff. We have since made it for numerous gatherings and he is now the resident expert

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The Thanksgiving Recipe Collection

I’m calling it early this year. I have a baby who pretty much wants to be held and snuggled all the time. I am happy to oblige but I’m also pooped! I’ve got ideas for all new and exciting light takes on Thanksgiving foods bouncing all around in my head unfortunately, chances

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Walnut-Oat Apple Crumble

An apple a day may keep a doctor away, but I bet they would come running if you put that apple into this crumble! I have been working my way through 80 pounds of apples. There was a full weekend of simmering that resulted in many quart and pint jars filled with

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Burger Night Done Light

Burger night is a rare treat in our house. When it does come around, burgers are a great opportunity to put the recipe lightening techniques I shared earlier this week into action. Let’s apply those tips to the burger recipe below: Ingredient Swap To get a really moist juicy burger most sources

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How to Lighten Recipes

By now you should have caught on that I feel strongly about continuing to eat familiar favorite foods while maintaining my weight in a healthy way. Achieving the full extent of this lofty goal takes a combination of creativity and patience. When I look at a recipe I can tell fairly quickly

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Ricotta and Scallion Scones

When you stop to think about it there really is magic in the transforming of flour into the vast variety of bread eaten around the globe. Grains, finely ground into powder, are the basis for staple foods in nearly every culture. From the nearly translucent pancakes of Asian cuisine, the coarse masa

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Picnic Perfect Potato Salad

This potato salad was a highlight of our Father’s Day dinner menu. I served it along side grilled turkey bratwursts (no buns), grilled sweet onions, and a fancy green salad my sister-in-law provided. The potato salad was a hit around the table and I know a few people went back for more.

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Taste Adventures or Not Macaroni & Cheese

For the record, I am not about to share a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese. Off the record, this is totally a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese – just don’t tell my husband. Mr. Second Helpings was raised with the rule that you must try everything on your plate before declaring your

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Your Signature Potluck Dish – Creamy Broccoli Salad

This is embarrassing to admit so please tell me I’m not the only one who does this – I excitedly accept an invitation to a party or potluck a few weeks away, make a note of the upcoming event on my calendar, and then file it away for later. The week of the potluck

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Crustless Quiche Two Ways

Easter candy is my favorite of all the candies marketed specifically for holidays. I love the bright colors. I especially love the chocolate eggs with crispy candy shells, fruit flavored jelly beans, and larger pastel malted chocolate eggs. Next Sunday I am sure I will wind up consuming more than my fair share of

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Perfectly Poached Eggs

When we go out for breakfast or brunch I love to order poached eggs. I like the simple clean look of a poached egg and the way the yolk creates a sauce for the protein and starch beneath. Even though there is not much to it I always feel like I am

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Gingerbread with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Strictly speaking I’m not one for following recipes. I can’t think of many times in the last few years that I have reproduced something as written. There are two primary reasons I go rogue. I either want to reduce the amount of calories and fat or I would like to use items