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Baked Chicken Ziti

Baked Chicken Ziti

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This recipe came out really, really good. It's also on the light side; everything we make we try to do with less whatever, less cheese, less cream, less fat. I don't need pounds of butter in my diet, I am unhealthy enough from my heart medicine (ahem, nightly glass of wine).I've made some life changes this year, and that includes trying to become a better cook. I have to say, I've surprised myself on occasion - this being one of those. Here's the deal, I am a rule breaker and I hate following a recipe. The original idea does come from Gimme Some Oven, I've been following her for years and she's got some KILLER recipes. But of course I did it up different, because that's who I am and I've learned to embrace the me that always has to be different.I am not going to give a calorie ...
Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

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Disclaimer: this recipe is not in any way authentic and bound to make people angry. Let's start by saying I probably don't deserve to use the title Paprikash because I know that the real version has a special place in some people's authentic, Hungarian, hearts and I mean no disrespect to them when I completely butcher their memories of how this meal should be made.A little background on me, I suck at cooking. So, if I post a recipe of something that worked for me, chances are, it will work for anyone else in the world because I can easily mess up the simplest of recipes. Flash back to a horror show of a Thanksgiving I put together for all of my friends who didn't have local family Thanksgiving plans, where the mashed potatoes turned into soup somehow, then I added Hungry Jack flakes...
Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

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Did you know mayonnaise is mostly oil? For a long time, I didn't. Food chemistry is fascinating; it's actually the emulsification of the oil and egg that turns the oil into a firm white substance. Whatever that means, to me it's just PFM. A few years ago I became OBSESSED with trying to make my own mayonnaise once I found out that was something you could do. But alas, I probably went through 100 cups of oil before I actually got the technique down. So even though I mention it is "easy", it is now, but wasn't easy for me for the longest time. If you don't succeed on your first try don't be discouraged! Just make sure you are following these instructions carefully. I have tried to make mayonnaise in a regular blender and had watched tutorials and have seen other people successfully do thi...
Quick Low-Cal Yogurt Dessert

Quick Low-Cal Yogurt Dessert

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Hubby and I are always on the lookout for quick and easy food and dessert (low-cal is just a bonus) ideas. Here's one that we make many nights out of the week when you need a little something sweet but don't necessarily want a bowl of ice cream. Nutty Yogurt Bliss "Amazing low-cal, easy to make dessert!"Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 0 Total Time: 5 min Yield: 1 container (6 servings)Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups yogurt (greek yogurt is best) 1 cup pecans 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla Topping: Fruit of your choice Almond slices (optional)Instructions: Mix all ingredients (except Toppings) in a blender until smooth. Top with garnish/fruit of your choice. Eat and Enjoy!Let us know what you thought!