April 2012

Steamed Pork Dumplings

April 28, 2012
Steamed Pork Dumplings

Happy Birthday Buddha! The Holiday Recipe Club is celebrating this occasion by sharing recipes having gram masala, tofu, or sesame as one or more ingredients. I was excited when I received the information on today’s event from Erin. It gave me the reason to make steamed dumplings for the first time. The only Asian-inspired dish […]

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Beef Stew – A Family Recipe

April 26, 2012
Homemade Beef Stew

What food do you crave on a cool, windy day? Stews, soups, and chili are at the top of my list. A cold front came through this past weekend bringing lower temperatures and winds over 30 mph. I figured it would be that last cold snap of the year. I had been wanting to make […]

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Skeleton Malbec

April 24, 2012
Skeleton Malbec 2010 Patagonia Argentina

Are you ready for Halloween? I know I am not. It is mid-April and Halloween is way far down on the list. I usually never think about it until the end of September or first part of October. Figuring out a costume takes the most time. Then there is food to make and wine to buy. I […]

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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce – A Simple #SundaySupper

April 22, 2012
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Are you busy these days? There are so many activities happening along with work and family. The weekends should be a time of rest but are often filled with a big to-do list. Errands, chores, and events take away from a luxury of cooking a big elaborate Sunday Supper. The important thing is preparing a […]

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Turkey Pot Pie Pizza

April 19, 2012
Turkey Pot Pie Pizza

Creativity spawns creativity. I believe you become more creative when you surround yourself with creative people. Fresh ideas are the greatest! I have talked about inspiration many times and it never ceases to amaze me how many different ways I get inspired. Whether it is being with people in real life or reading about people’s […]

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April Flowers and Zone 8 Gardening Tips

April 17, 2012
Lavender

It has been a busy month here in Magnolia Land. There has been so much to do in the yard and garden. Getting the landscape ready for summer is important to make sure it does well. The hot summers here in the South take a toll on plants. It is best to get plants strong […]

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Cherry Cream Cheese Bites for #SundaySupper

April 15, 2012
Bite-sized cherry cream cheese pies in fillo shells

What does the phrase “April showers” mean to you? For me it is two things. One is the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”. Each year new spring growth is nourished by rain. It helps to strengthen plants and give what is needed for flowers to bloom. This year Mother Nature seems to be […]

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

April 12, 2012
Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Spring arrived early here in the South. Actually, some days already feel like summer. Temperatures are in the mid-80’s which means flip-flop season had begun. Or should I say sandal season? Either way it is toes out time. The warm weather also gave me a craving for ice cream. I want something to cool down […]

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Apple Dumplings

April 10, 2012
Homemade Apple Dumplings

Ever want to make something after having it in a restaurant? It happens to me all the time. It is one of the reasons I love to dine out. I get to try new things and have foods I do not often cook at home. Take seafood for example, I love it raw (sushi), steamed, […]

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Herbed Goat Cheese Dip for #Easter #SundaySupper

April 8, 2012
Herbed Goat Cheese Dip

Happy Easter! Today families all over the world gather to share a meal and celebrate. Eggs of all sorts are hunted, pretty dresses are worn, ears disappear from chocolate rabbits, and memories are made. It is a happy time and marked by all the beautiful flowers blooming in spring. Azaleas, lillies, viburnum, forsythia, phlox, and […]

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