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Fresh Cranberry Cake

A rustic cake that "pops" with fresh cranberries. It's best made a day ahead so works especially well for potlucks and holiday food gifts. Fresh & Seasonal, Special Cake for the Holidays. Great Choice for a Hostess Gift or Make-Ahead Dessert to Carry for Office Parties and Holiday Gatherings.

Spanish Stew with Roasted Peppers (Chilindron) Recipe

A Spanish stew called “Chilindron” – that’s pronounced [chill-in-DRONE] – pungent with onions and roasted red peppers. And yes, there’s that color, that gorgeous dark-red color, that emerges as the braising liquid cooks down in the oven, leaving the meat cloaked in a flavor-packed sauce. Real Food, Fresh & Filling. A One-Pot Meal, Weekend Special. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Homemade Butterhorns
My Iowa Grandmother’s Recipe

My Iowa grandmother's recipe for Homemade Butterhorns – some people call them Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls, yes? – made with a rich yeast dough shaped in the familiar "cornucopia" shapes that so suit a Thanksgiving table. I like baking a mix of "mini" Homemade Butterhorns for Thanksgiving dinner and larger rolls for after-dinner turkey sandwiches! Fresh & Seasonal. Easy Dough to Work With, Easy to Roll the Distinctive Butterhorn Shape. Nothing Quite Like Homemade Bread.

Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks or Venison Shanks

For a man-pleasing meal, start with lamb or venison shanks and braise them in the slow cooker, filling the house with a savory welcome-home. The meat will practically fall off the bones and the sauce is silky smooth. Hello, long fall nights by the fire ... Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian family and the many Canadian readers and visitors who pop into Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture for Thanksgiving recipes! May your long weekend be filled with "good times" and "good food"! If I could bring everyone a dish of the World's Best Green Bean Casserole , I would, I really would! But for anyone still on the hunt for recipes, two places to visit: The famous collection of Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables at A Veggie Venture An eleven-year collection of Thanksgiving recipes at Kitchen Parade For those who don't eat meat, ideas for Thanksgiving Vegetarian Entrées (Oh! I'm suddenly tempted to cook a turkey this weekend!) But when it's all over and you're wondering how to use up the last of the turkey, think "soup" – in fact, think "healthy soup"! Turkey Sweet Potato Soup is one of my oldest recipes, a healthy colorful soup made with sw

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions:
Sweet, Dark & Memorable!

So memorable, these onions, just thin slices of onion cooked until soft and dark and sweet in the slow cooker. My recipe for Caramelized Onions is "extra special" thanks to tiny touches of brown sugar and dry sherry. And now? My recipe is "extra easy" by switching from cooking the onions on the stove to cooking them either in a slow cooker or "slow cooking in the oven". Real Food. Vegetarian, Easily Switched to Vegan. Low Cal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? Yes and No.

So here's the question. Should pork still be "pink" after it's cooked? Am I straddling the fence by answering sometimes "yes" and sometimes "no"? My reasoning just might surprise you ... and I'd love to know yours, too. Please do chime in ...

Jerusalem Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

Moist, flavorful turkey burgers straight from the pages of my favorite cookbook of the summer, Jerusalem from Yotam Ottolenghi. The turkey burgers are specked with grated zucchini and fresh herbs adding moisture, volume and summer flavors. If low-cal burgers have left you hungry for, you know, something "more" – this is your burger! Weeknight Easy. Fresh & Summer Seasonal. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Cal. Low Carb. High Protein. Gluten Free (without the bun).

Wedge Salad with Homemade Low-Cal, Low-Carb Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Happy Salad Days , All! Welcome to my salad version of that famous hot-weather favorite, the BLT Sandwich. A good BLT is such a late-summer indulgence of good bread, bacon and tomato. But really, isn't a Wedge Salad really a BLT without all the bread? Right?! For my salad version, start off with a much lighter but completely rich Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing where it "pays" to pay attention to texture. Drizzle the dressing over a wedge of iceberg lettuce, a juicy tomato, crispy bacon plus a few bread crumbs cooked in bacon grease. Then, y'know, just call it “dinner”! Tonight, maybe?! Fresh & Seasonal. Summer Classic. Low Carb. High Protein. Weeknight Easy.

Summer Couscous with Mango & Tomato

Quick-cook couscous all dressed up for summer, quick to toss together and studded with bites of fresh mango and perfectly ripe summer tomatoes. Vegan and beautiful on a platter. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Do Certain Recipes Send You Straight to the Kitchen? Do certain recipe words stop you like roadblocks? My work-block words are so many, they need categories! World cuisines such as Moroccan and Greek, anything Finnish or Swedish or Nordic. And Canadian, of course, Canadian! Hints at origin ("traditional" or "authentic") and seasonality ( “summer” and “winter”). Savory. And then there’s an endless list of favorite ingredients. Blueberries, buttermilk, sour cherries, almost anything with lemon. Beets, of course! Mangos are high on the list too. These days I buy more mangoes in a month than I once did in an entire decade. Most go into smoothies and a summer version of my daily Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad . What's NOT On My List? Cousc