Create a Party Pantry

Water and Lime

Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email or follow me on Facebook or twitter. One of my favorite festive beverages is a Pellegrino and lime. Granted the mineral water has a distinct taste that some people don’t like, but when served over crushed […]

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Sundried Tomato & Brie Pasta

Brie Pasta

Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?! What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the […]

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Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

You’ve had these traditional holiday cookies before, I’m sure. Sometimes they’re known by other names: Mexican Wedding Cakes, Swedish Teacakes, Russian Teacakes. We call them Snowballs. And they are soooooo good. I mean, butter, flour, sugar and nuts? You really can’t go wrong with that combination. Since we’re nut-free around here, at least culinarily speaking, […]

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Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Cassis Jam

I discovered cassis the year I lived in France. I’m not sure what turned me on to it, but it was a very common flavor there at the time. I haven’t been back in 17 years, so I don’t know how times have changed. But, in 1992, tea, jam, sodas, and candies were all commonly […]

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Using Shredded Coconut (& A Giveaway from Tropical Traditions)

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This giveaway is now closed! See these? These are really good. I mean really good. They are your traditional Magic Bars, also known as Seven Layer Bars, but with a twist. I used Oreo cookie crumbs instead of graham crackers for the crust. They were absolutely amazing. Another twist was that instead of your grocery […]

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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?! What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the […]

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Easy $5 Cookie Gifts

Cookie Gifts

As someone who loves to bake, I love to give (and get) gifts of food. For me, food gift wrapping is always the challenge. Sometimes the cute tin costs more than the contents of the packaging! Recently, a walk through Walmart resulted in the purchase of the magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Food Gifts. I […]

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

I’m going to be sharing 12 kinds of Christmas Cookies this month! Following some easy techniques, you can make a wide selection of cookies to freeze and assembly as variety trays throughout the month. Pop over to LifeasMOM and check out the line-up as well as a great round-up of cookie recipes from around the […]

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Freezing Potatoes

This weekend I’ve been freezer cooking. That is, I’m making lots of meals to store in the freezer to save me time, energy, and money later in the month. And one of the things I recently added to the stash was potatoes. Potatoes are a filling, inexpensive food. They are full of fiber and offer […]

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Using Seasoned Rice Vinegar (& A Giveaway from Nakano Vinegars)

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Since I make my own salad dressings, I buy a lot of vinegar. A lot. It seems like that’s the one item that I often run out of. So when I see a good sale and a good coupon, I stock up. Lately my stockpile contains a lot of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar. I had […]

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