Super Easy Goya Recipes

Super Easy Goya Recipes

Trying to work around a family with different dietary needs can be difficult.  Whenever I find a recipe that the kids enjoy, I know it’s a keeper…especially when one won’t eat meat. When I came across Goya’s recipe for Black Bean Quesadillas, it looked like something my family might enjoy.  I decided to use a corn/flour tortilla combination for this recipe.  I couldn’t locate Pico de Gallo, so I substituted salsa by draining it.  I reserved the salsa liquid for anyone who wanted to dip the quesadilla into it. I…

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

I was raised in a family of crab lovers.  As a child, my grandmother introduced me to crabbing and enjoying steamed blue crabs.  She lived near Baltimore, Maryland at the time, and the competition was fierce for the best crab cakes. When I became a teenager and lived in Virginia Beach, she would take us crabbing.  We had various crab traps and tied chicken onto the traps in order to catch crabs off the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier.  We spent hours there checking those traps.  I enjoyed that time at the…

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Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

When I tell people I live in New York, an automatic assumption seems to be that I live in New York City. Thoughts of large buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life seem to step into the minds of those who ask. I often have to explain that I’m NORTH of New York City, but not in it. My children watch horses while they wait for the school bus, and, on many occasion, we’ve stepped out into our yard to find we were entertaining guests that consisted of…

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Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving always leads me to think about holidays of the past.  While I’m preparing food, my thoughts turn to my grandmother who was the self-proclaimed matriarch of the family.  Whether or not she actually was is undetermined when you’re one of many independent women in the family, but we let her believe it. My grandmother – AKA “Betty Baby” when we wanted to make her laugh.  She kept those fabulous legs until the day she left this world. My grandmother didn’t socialize much outside of the family after my grandfather…

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – The Better Show

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – The Better Show

On the train to New York City, I thought about how many times I’ve come to Allrecipes for my children’s birthday parties, those sleepovers where Mom and Dad never get sleep, the graduations….whenever I needed an idea or a last minute recipe based on items in my fridge or pantry, Allrecipes.com has been there. When I was asked if I would like to be on the Better TV show, I was more than happy to go.  I felt like it was an opportunity to give back to a company and…

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How to Make Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs

How to Make Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs

I’ve had this in my mind for awhile that I’ve wanted to create chocolate covered Easter eggs.  I wanted to come up with my own recipe with a more unique taste.  I also wanted the center to be creamy in some of the eggs.  Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s starting to appear that I want a lot. The recipes that will follow are ones I created.  However, I want to refer you to a recipe for Marshmallow Fluff that I made in order to create these recipes.  That’s…

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Maple Sugaring and Wood Carving – Cronin’s Maple Farm featuring Chainsaw Doc John Incledon

Maple Sugaring and Wood Carving – Cronin’s Maple Farm featuring Chainsaw Doc John Incledon

The Hudson Valley is a beautiful place to live and visit, but having the ability to experience and see how things are made by the local farmers provides a wonderful learning experience. This weekend, we decided to head over to Cronin’s Maple Farm where we were first treated with watching “Chainsaw Doc” and his son create custom carvings from wood.  Chainsaw Doc is also known as John Incledon, a chiropractor who creates his artwork as a hobby. Although, I loved many pieces he created, I think my favorite piece was…

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The Leprechaun Trap – Rainbow Cake with a Spot of Gold

The Leprechaun Trap – Rainbow Cake with a Spot of Gold

A year ago, one of my friends posted a Leprechaun Trap that her children made. I had no idea what a Leprechaun Trap was and thought it would be great fun to create something that would possibly woo a little Leprechaun over to our corner. So, I thought about it and told my younger two daughters about the whole idea of a Leprechaun Trap. The older of the two broke out in giggles while the younger one said, “Let’s do it!” Since I had two boxes of cake mix, I…

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Philly Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

Philly Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

    I created this recipe a few years ago, and it won a place in the dessert section of a Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook.  I was inspired to make the mini-cheesecakes due to my daughters being mint addicts.  I thought St. Patrick’s Day would be a fun time to make them due to them having a green color in them.  Also, my friends have told me they made them for Christmas as well.  If you change the color of the Oreo, you can create something for any occasion.  Enjoy…

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Katie’s Senior Recital

Katie’s Senior Recital

Of course, I have to write about my oldest daughter’s senior recital.  Since I was never a music major, I wasn’t aware of senior recitals and what they involved. When my daughter sent out an announcement with the date of her senior recital and announced appetizers were being served,  I asked, “Is the school providing appetizers?”  Her response, “No, you are!” I wasn’t sure what I was going to make until the day before my flight was scheduled.  I pondered how fancy I wanted to be and my time constraints. …

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