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Never-the-Same-Twice Vegetable Frittata

A New Master Recipe An easy-easy frittata, a protein-packed egg dish for breakfast or a light lunch or supper. Most frittatas contain little to no milk, here the eggs are mixed with lots of milk, the result is a soft and silky quiche-like custard that envelops the vegetables and pockets of warm cheese. This is a breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner you'll make again and again! PS I just "knew" I should love both frittatas and Donna Hay. But it took this special frittata recipe to make it happen. Read on ... Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Healthy Breakfast Fare. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein.

Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki)

Dried beans cooked Greek-style until creamy with tomatoes and warm spices, a fresh, healthy alternative to American-style sugar-heavy baked beans for parties, potlucks and okay sure, even for dinner. :-) These beans are cooked in the oven instead of on the stove, no more boiling over a pot of beans! Real Food. Low Cal. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Pecan Pizzazz! Maple-Glazed Pecans

The Recipe: Crisp, barely sweet pecan pieces lightly glazed with maple syrup. With five minutes, three ingredients and an hour in the oven, the payback is huge. The Conversation: Making the transition from processed sugar to natural sweeteners, one recipe at a time. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ What's a Curious Cook to Do, Really? Way back last year, I became smitten with an oatmeal dish from Half & Half, a restaurant here in St. Louis. It's a heady combination of creamy oats, a barely sweet raspberry compote, fresh fruit and a spoonful of maple syrup. I l-o-v-e this oatmeal, the combination is magical! Half & Half's oatmeal recipe was published in my column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and later in Almost-Chewy Creamy Oatmeal . What wasn't in Half & Half's recipe, was Half & Half's candied pecans. Luckily, during our interview, the chef shared a big hint: "Half & Half candies pecans by cooking pecan pieces in sugar

Banana Cream Pudding

for pie, parfaits, pavlova and even (yummm) plain Hey, Pie People! The base recipe for Banana Cream Pudding works in so many ways, just by making easy adjustments to sweetness and thickening. For example, a traditional Banana Cream Pie needs less sugar but more cornstarch but Banana Cream Parfaits and pudding served "plain" all by itself need more sugar but less cornstarch. See? Easy changes! One Recipe, Several Variations. Homemade Banana Cream Pudding, Made from Scratch. Real Food, Fast & Family-Tested. Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Naturally Gluten Free.

Spiced Preserved Lemons

The Recipe: How to make preserved lemons, a cornerstone ingredient in Moroccan cuisine and an easy way to jazz up everything from salad dressings to stews. The salty-sour essence of preserved lemons, it's truly special. You could call preserved lemons "pickled lemons" because they're preserved in a simple brine of salt and spices. They're so-so simple to make and there's a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. My next recipe will show you how to use Spiced Preserved Lemons in a "concept recipe" stew that we've made every couple of weeks since last fall, swapping out different proteins and vegetables. The single constant? Preserved lemons. Here's that recipe, Spiced Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower Tagine but I've also made it with beef and butternut squash . Good cooks keep odds and ends around, more "ingredient" than "dinner" but somehow, once they're around, just convert somethi