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Low Fat Artichoke Dip

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is …grazing food.  I love the dips and chips and cheese and crackers and nuts….and…well, you get the idea.  Christmas Eve we typically have a fire crackling in the fireplace, Christmas carols playing softly in the background, the tree is lit up…well, like a Christmas tree should be….and the most impressive spread of …. .dips and chips and cheese and crackers and nuts is displayed on the coffee table.   This Low Fat Artichoke Dip is a favorite of mine.  It’s made with Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt in lieu of sour cream and/or mayo.  Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, and riboflavin, so you can enjoy this heart-friendly dip without any guilt and without having to spend any extra time at the gym. View full post »


RASPBERRY ALMOND SCONES These rustic Raspberry Almond Scones are light, delicate, barely sweet and very buttery.   And I’ve tossed in a handful of ground almonds to the mix – so they’re a bit flakier than your standard scone.  I love a raspberry-almond combo as with this incredible RASPBERRY TART with a ground almond crust or these RASPBERRY ALMOND MUFFINS, so I went with that combo here as well, but you could easily switch things up to your liking and use walnuts or hazelnuts in lieu of almonds.    And if you’re the type who really loves a robust almond flavor – then by all means, add a drop or two of almond extract to your mixture. View full post »


French Toast with Cranberry Sauce

As we approach the holidays, most of us have been feverishly searching the Web and/or scouring cookbooks for new dazzling, festive, feast-worthy recipes to spring on our family and friends.  This recipe for French Toast with Cranberry Sauce caught my eye a few weeks ago and I finally got around to making it today.   It was well worth the wait! View full post »



cottage pie

This Cottage Pie is pure comfort food and not a far departure from the well-known and appreciated Shepherd’s Pie.  I tossed in a few Italian herbs, Marsala wine and some Parmesan cheese to make it noteworthy, but other than that – this is a pretty basic recipe.  A little diced zucchini and yellow squash fits in nicely here if you have any on hand.  I didn’t so we’re working with the ever humble peas and carrots duo. View full post »

  • November 17, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) - Two things I dearly love about this, the parmesan mashed potato topping, great idea and that photo with the sprigs of thyme on top. So inviting.ReplyCancel


This is a really great simple recipe for Parmesan Chicken (aka Chicken Parmesan).    It’s one of my stanby recipes to make in a pinch on a weeknight after a long day at work.   When I come home from work at the end of the day – the last think I want to do is spend a lot of time in my kitchen making a long-winded recipe.  More importantly – I don’t want to spend a lot of time in my kitchen after dinner cleaning up a huge affair.   Why I love this humble Parmesan Chicken is because it’s an unfussy dish to make and it comes together quicker than ordering a Double-Double at In N Out.   Seriously!! View full post »



Croissants with Caramelized Apples, Cranberries and Walnuts makes for a lovely rustic dessert that has a certain air about it .  This apple dessert is certainly festive enough to serve for a special occasion, yet simple enough to whip up after a long day at work.  This little ensemble is a mix of mellow brown sugar, tender apples, tart cranberries, crispy candied walnuts.  The croissants are from La Brea Bakery and they’re perfectly soft and flaky.   These flavors are reminiscent of the iconic American apple pie, yet this caramelized apple dessert is much quicker and easier to make. View full post »