chicken kabobs

Even when it’s not yet nice enough outside to use the outdoor grill, you can experience the deliciousness of well-seasoned, flavorful grilled chicken kabobs by using your broiler. The seasoning here is incredibly simple – and incredibly good.
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crustless chocolate pie

I love pies, and I love flaky, buttery pie crust, but I often feel that the extra starch/carbs/calories are just not worth it – after all, it’s the filling that gives pies most of their flavor. So this year for Valentine’s Day, I was determined to make a crustless chocolate pie.

It took a couple of tries – chocolate pie filling tends to be moist and wiggly and without a crust to hold it together, you do need to make a few adjustments. I’m very pleased with the final result: a dense, intensely chocolaty pie, absolutely exquisite with homemade unsweetened whipped cream.
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roasted cauliflower

High-heat roasting caramelizes the cauliflower and enhances its flavor, further intensified here with olive oil, paprika and coriander.
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breakfast sausage

The ingredients list for Jimmy Dean pork sausage: Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Dexstrose, Monosodium Glutamate.

There ARE better alternatives (such as Applegate), but it’s so easy to make homemade breakfast sausage, and the result is so very tasty. You can make them in advance, and freeze (place parchment paper between patties) for quick and easy midweek meals. Next time I’m definitely doubling the recipe.
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stuffed portobello mushrooms

I love these stuffed portobello mushrooms – they are delicious and so pretty. They can work well as an appetizer when you host, or just serve them as a tasty side dish, as I did tonight.

Stuffed and baked portobello mushrooms can become soggy. To avoid sogginess:
1. Wipe clean, don’t wash them (they absorb water).
2. Pre-broil to release some of the water.
3. In the final stage of baking or broiling, broil or bake briefly, just until topping is browned. Baking too long will result in mushy mushrooms that have released their liquid into your filling. If that happens, the only thing you can do is to carefully drain the liquid, and place the mushrooms on paper towels to soak as much of the liquid as you can.
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microwave spaghetti squash

It’s easy enough to cook spaghetti squash in the oven; it’s ridiculously easy to cook it in the microwave! So easy in fact, and the results are quite comparable, that more often than not, when cooking spaghetti squash, I choose the microwave.
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creamy cauliflower soup

This creamy, delicate cauliflower soup gets extra flavor from garlic, nutmeg and Parmesan. The heavy cream is optional – the soup is creamy even without it – but it does elevate the experience enough to be worth it, in my opinion.
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