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Garlic Love

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, April 19, 2019, In : food drink 

Garlic Cloves

Happy National Garlic Day!

I have a cooking motto:

    "There is no such thing as too much garlic."

I love garlic. I love the flavor and the aroma.

I remember watching a cooking show and the recipe called for 30 cloves of garlic (yes, 30!). It sounded wonderful.

My mother-in-law was making a dish recently and didn't realize that the little shaker filter wasn't on her jar of garlic powder and accidentally dumped a bunch into her dish. She said it turned out being the best it's e...
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Clusters

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Monday, January 14, 2019, In : food drink 

plate of clusters

When I'm not busy working on my skin care line and my sweet tooth strikes, these peanut butter chocolate clusters are the perfect choice and so easy to make. And for the little amount of effort that goes into them, they're surprisingly delicious.

They're great in the summer when it's hot and you don't want to turn the oven on, but they also satisfy in the winter, because hey, when isn't it a good time for chocolate and peanut butter???

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Quick Mint Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, April 1, 2018, In : food drink 

When you're in the mood for a quick, healthy dessert, I have just the thing for you.
It's my Quick Mint Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse.

pumpkin mousse

Quick Mint Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

1 Serving

1 Tbs Coffee-Mate® Peppermint Mocha Creamer
(Can substitute milk for creamer)
1 Tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup pumpkin puree

In a microwave-safe mug or ramekin, combine peppermint creamer and chocolate chips and microwave on High for 12 - 15 secon...
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70s Cocktails

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, August 13, 2017, In : food drink 

cocktail shaker
(Image courtesy of Marcelo Gerpe)

Some of my fondest memories are of my mom and dad having outdoor parties during warm summer evenings replete with a fully stocked bar and disco music piped through built-in speakers around the patio. Afterall, it was the 70's. I would sneak downstairs from my bedroom to watch grown ups in their polyester finest dancing to disco, ordering up cocktails at the bar, and laughing and having a good time.

One time, having snuck down to watch, my dad caught...
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Helpful Cooking Tips

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, In : food drink 

baking ingredients
(Image courtesy of Ariel da Silva Parreira)

When you need to sift flour but don't have a sifter or you just don't feel like going to all the trouble, pour some flour into a large mixing bowl and stir it with a wire whisk for a few seconds to fluff it up, then scoop out with your measuring cup. Whisk it after each scoop to keep it fluffed.

A quick way to avoid onions stinging your eyes is to not stand with your head directly over the onions when you're...
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Homemade Protein Bars

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, April 13, 2017, In : food drink 

protein bars

Quick and delicious, these are a much healthier alternative to store-bought bars.
The only unhealthy part is they're so good we can't stop eating them.

Homemade Protein Bars

4 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted)
16-ounce jar natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)...
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Cranberry Recipes Part II

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, December 25, 2016, In : food drink 

Ever since I blogged my original Cranberry Recipes post, I've continued to be on the lookout for interesting cranberry recipes. The first post was popular so I thought I'd share these new finds. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies
pistachios cranberry cookies
Portraits by NC

Upside Down Cranberry Cake
upside down cranberry cake
Smitten Kitchen

Winter Power Soup w/Kale and Cranberries
cranberry kale soup
Olde New England Recipes

Pumpkin Cranberry Fudge
pumpkin cranberry fudge
Oh! Nuts

Cranberry Orange Muffins
cranberry orange muffins
Sally's Bak...
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Cranberry Recipes

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, December 18, 2016, In : food drink 

Cranberries are a popular fruit this time of year and there are countless ways to use them. Check out these interesting and unusual cranberry recipes . . .

Cranberry Salsa
cranberry salsa

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
cranberry oatmeal cookies

Cranberry Pepper Jelly
cranberry pepper jelly

Cranberry Party Meatballs
cranberry meatballs

Cranberry Turkey Pizza
cranberry turkey pizza

Related Post:Cranberry Recipes, Part II


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Five Minute Mint Chocolate Cake In A Mug

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, December 16, 2016, In : food drink 

mug of cake

Quick and delicious, with this recipe you can satisfy your chocolate craving within five minutes, and with the mint twist, it makes a great Christmas dessert.

5-Minute Mint Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Makes 2 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons milk (if using creamer)
1 tablespoon peppermint creamer (if omitted, use 3 Tbs milk)
1 tablespoon egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon coffee
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Perfect Rice

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, November 17, 2012, In : food drink 

bowl of rice

I like rice because it's a side dish that can go with just about anything and I am going to share with you the secret to making perfect rice. Once while shopping in an Indian grocery the lovely woman who runs the shop explained to me the best way to make it, and my rice has been perfect ever since.

Perfect Rice

2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup uncooked white rice

Bring water, butter, and salt to a rolling boil in medium-sized pot. ...
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Easy Buffalo Chicken

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, July 29, 2012, In : food drink 

Buffalo chicken wings
(Photo courtesy of Clotee Pridgen Allochuku via Wikimedia Commons)

Making buffalo chicken is easy. There are any number of ways to prepare the chicken. There is the traditional route of deep-frying wings and drummies; or grilling or baking are an option as well. I've even baked skinless chicken breasts in the oven and cut into strips for a quick and healthier alternative. Regardless of which way you cook your chicken, toss them in this quick and easy buffalo sauce and you can't go wrong...
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Quick, Easy, & Delicious Tortilla Pizza

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, June 8, 2012, In : food drink 

tortilla pizza

When I'm flying solo for dinner and want a quick easy meal for one I turn to this delicious dish. It tastes great and is a much healthier choice than commercial pizzas.


Tortilla Pizza

1 flour tortilla
1/4 to 1/3 cup pizza sauce
Chopped veggies of choice (bell peppers, onions, etc.)
8 - 10 slices turkey pepperoni (or meat of choice)
2 slices Provolone cheese (or cheese of choice)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

tortilla pizza
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Homemade Pasta Sauce

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : food drink 

tomato sauce

I prefer making my own pasta sauce and what I love about this sauce is that it can be used for pasta dishes or as a pizza sauce, and it keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator so it's a great go-to sauce if you need something in a hurry.

Homemade Pasta & Pizza Sauce

2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained (if wine is omitted, do not drain.)
1/2 cup red wine (merlot, cabernet, whatever you may have on hand. This...
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Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : food drink 

steamy bowl of soup

I keep a large container in the freezer and anytime there are leftover vegetables, macaroni & cheese, or other pastas from dinner I throw them into the container. Over time when I've saved up enough leftovers I make soup.

I love soup. It's a great meal in both winter and summer. It makes a cold wintery day just a little bit nicer, and in the summer it's a good way to make a meal without having to turn on the oven.

Best of all it's a great way to make a delicious meal without putting ...
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Unusually Good Low-Fat Spice Cake

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : food drink 

Spice Cake Muffin

I told you about Unusually Good Low-Fat Brownies, and now is this unusual way to make low-fat spice cake.

Unusually Good Low-Fat Spice Cake

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (18.25 oz.) box spice cake mix

Add the pumpkin, and nothing else, to the spice cake mix. ONLY add the pumpkin to the spice cake mix; do not add anything else the mix calls for. Mix together until fully blended and bake as instructed.

It’s delicious!


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Pasta Primavera

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : food drink 

(Photo courtesy of Scott Liddell)

This is a super easy recipe I found a few years ago on I love it because it's a great recipe to play around with and add other vegetables I need to use up, such as mushroom, squash, etc. I also like it because I can use whatever pasta I might have on hand.

Primavera Sauce with Pasta

Servings: 4 servings

8 ounces dried pasta, cooked, drained, and kept warm
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups fresh vegetables: broccoli, carrot, o...
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Cucumber Chip Salad

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : food drink 

Cucumber Chip Salad

When I'm not in the mood to make a traditional garden salad I'll make this instead.
It's quick and easy and still packs a lot of flavor.

Cucumber Chip Salad

1 cucumber, sliced
Bleu cheese crumbles
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Cracked sea salt (or a very light sprinkling of table salt)
Cracked black pepper (or ground pepper)
Extra virgin olive oil

Slice a cucumber into 1/4"-thick slices.
I usually cut enough so there are four or five slices per perso...
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Unusually Good Low-Fat Brownies

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : food drink 

Low-Fat Chocolate Brownie

A friend told me of an unusual way to make low-fat brownies that are actually quite good.

Unusually Good Low-Fat Brownies

1 (20 oz.) box brownie mix
1 (15 oz.) can black beans

Puree the can of black beans in a blender and add to brownie mix. ONLY use the black beans with the brownie mix; do not add the oil, eggs, and water that the mix calls for. Just use the pureed beans. Bake as instructed.

I was skeptical but gave it a try. You'll be surprised by ho...
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Baked Rigatoni With Italian Sausage

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : food drink 

Baked Rigatoni w/Italian Sausage

Early in my marriage I knew I'd need a lot of help in the cooking department and came across a great booklet at the grocery checkout called Lawry's Weekday Gourmet. Over the years the booklet fell apart but I made sure to save this family favorite.

When I'm choosing a recipe I have two major criteria; it has to be very flavorful, and not have a lot of fussy ingredients. This one definitely fits the bill.


Baked Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

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Banana Nut Bread

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : food drink 

Banana Nut Bread

My son doesn't like bananas, but he loves my banana nut bread it's that good. I think it's the orange juice that enhances the flavor. The best time to make it is when you have bananas that are past their prime. They're softer and easier to work into the batter.

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
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