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Simple Irish Soda Bread!

Simple Irish Soda Bread!

Irish Soda Bread is simple and special treat – perfect for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day or any day. Try it out this St. Patrick’s Day and I bet you’ll be making it all year long.  It’s perfect when paired with corned beef and cabbage and terrific for tea time, breakfast or in the kids lunches for school.  I love this version with raisins from McCormick.com. Check out their website for more Saint Patrick’s Day recipe […]

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Simple and Savory Focaccia Bread Recipe

Simple and Savory Focaccia Bread Recipe

This recipe for Focaccia bread is a Party Bluprints favorite. It’s a simple way to make any night of the season a special one! It fills the house with the smell of fresh bread, makes everyone happy in it, and it’s super simple to make (big reward for the work!)  It’s been a regular item on the menu in Elizabeth’s house for years, and now mine too – we hope you enjoy it. Savory Focaccia […]

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Simple Strawberry Jam Recipe

You will LOVE this Simple Strawberry Jam – no pectin, no canning, no fuss from Elizabehth! Make a simple strawberry jam to add to your breakfast, brunch or tea table as a special touch. Spreading it on toast, biscuits, muffins, bagels, croissants, waffles or pancakes feels decadent – it truly is a treat! I was inspired to create this simple recipe because: (1) I had a craving for homemade jam like my mom made when […]

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Oven-Baked Polenta Recipe

Oven-Baked Polenta Recipe

P is for POLENTA! Polenta is a versatile food that is hearty, healthy and budget-friendly.  It makes a perfect based for countless toppings.  Some of my favorites are parmesan, braised short ribs, sausage and roasted tomatoes.  The traditional way to make polenta is on top of the stove, it’s labor intensive and requires constant stirring.   That’s why, I wanted to share this wonderful recipe for oven-baked polenta;  it’s so much easier than the stove-top […]

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3 Winter Meal Recipes From All-Star Chefs: Keller, Chang and Kahan!

3 Winter Meal Recipes From All-Star Chefs:  Keller, Chang and Kahan!

All-Star hearty winter meals that will warm your holiday table from the All-Clad Ambassador Chefs! If you’re hosting family and friends for the Holiday Season, you are likely beginning to plan (and stress over) what to serve to wow and delight their taste buds.  So stress less this Holiday Season, and borrow some inspiration from a few of the world’s most acclaimed chefs, courtesy of All-Clad Chef Ambassadors: Chef Thomas Keller, Chef David Chang and […]

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Easy Banana Crumb Muffin Recipe

Easy Banana Crumb Muffin Recipe

Banana bread and muffins are a favorite breakfast and snack in our house.  I have been making them for years the same way, so I was happy to find this recipe that adds a special twist – a sweet topping!  Whenever we can enjoy a leisurely morning at home,  it’s a great way to serve a warm, homemade treat. Hope you will enjoy them too. Banana Crumb Muffins Makes 10 muffins Ingredients 1 1/2 cups […]

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Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

We had to share this scrumptious recipe for Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes in time for Thanksgiving.  Hope you dive into some this holiday! Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes from  http://www.sweetpotato.org This is a simple recipe that makes a sweet side dish. It tastes like apple pie, but its healthier! Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1 Granny Smith apple […]

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Thanksgiving Triple-Corn Spoon Bread

Thanksgiving Triple-Corn Spoon Bread

View Post The perfect side for Holiday Dinner! Triple-Corn Spoon Bread is a must at our Thanksgiving table.   The first time I had the dish was years ago, at my friend Rae’s dinner party.  My husband loved it so much, I had to leave with the recipe.  Since then, I have added it to my Thanksgiving menu and it’s a crowd favorite every year.  I opt for regular corn not the “no-salt” version, and give […]

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!

Here is the line-up for 5 SUPER SIDE DISHES for your THANKSGIVING menu – Enjoy! Triple-Corn Spoon Bread Triple-Corn Spoon Bread is always a big hit at our holiday table and is powerful comfort food for any time. The first time I had the dish was at one of my friend’s dinner parties.  My husband loved it so much, I had to leave with the recipe.  Since then, I have added it to my Thanksgiving menu.  I […]

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Gorgeous Grilled Vegetable Appetizer Recipe

Gorgeous Grilled Vegetable Appetizer Recipe

Try this delicious appetizer or side dish, that features fresh flavor and color the next time you entertain! The clocks go back this weekend and while November brings the start of dark mornings and chilly nights, with it comes a variety of new produce, namely the bell pepper.  While they are available all year round, they are at their peak during the fall months!  Not only is this crisp, fresh ingredient a perfect addition to […]

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The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Stuffing is such a personal choice and defines so many Thanksgiving tables.  I find tradition dictates this holiday side dish more than any other – everyone likes it their way. My Mom always made a classic stuffing that was simple.  That’s the way I like it – with plenty of gravy!  It will always be on my table, but  I am up for adding a second version too – it’s a feast right?  My Recipe […]

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Easy Halloween Recipe For Bone-sticks!

Easy Halloween Recipe For Bone-sticks!

Turn a weeknight dinner into something Spooktacular with this easy Halloween-inspired twist on breadsticks! Bone-Sticks  (makes 12) Ingredients 1 can refrigerated breadsticks (usually contains 12) Olive oil Coarse sea salt Instructions Preheat oven to 375. Grease to baking sheets. Remove breadsticks from can, unroll and allow to warm to room temperature, six on each sheet. Gently stretch each breadstick to make it longer and skinnier. Using a knife, make a 1 inch cut into each […]

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Stuffed Peppers, Tomatoes And Mushrooms Recipe From Cat Cora

Stuffed Peppers, Tomatoes And Mushrooms Recipe From Cat Cora

Today we’d love to share this amazing recipe from Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea that features some of summer’s best treats! Serve this delicious platter of fresh picked stuffed peppers, tomatoes and flat mushrooms baked in the oven, and served warm.  It’s the perfect appetizer or side dish for entertaining guests these last weeks of summer.  The fresh, ripe vegetables and ingredients pair perfectly with cold pressed, all natural olive oils, and create a healthy […]

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Grilled Summer Bruschetta

Grilled Summer Bruschetta

This light version of bruschetta features the flavors of fresh produce.  It’s my summer “go-to” appetizer; I never get tired of it. Go light with the olive oil because there’s nothing better than fresh produce and you want its flavor to shine through. This appetizer is not only affordable to prepare, it’s easy, just the way we like it! GRILLED SUMMER BRUSCHETTA Ingredients (serves 10-12) 1 loaf Italian bread (sliced into ½” slices) 1 clove […]

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Cucumber and Dill Party Salad

Cucumber and Dill Party Salad

A cool cucumber salad makes a great side dish for summer parties. They’re also a cinch to make, and pair perfectly with any grilled meat or fish.  Enjoy the recipe below, and try it out at your next celebration! TIPS: Choose firm, unblemished cucumber and check for soft spots, especially at the ends. Avoid cucumbers with yellow streaks, as these indicate the cucumbers are past their prime. Refrigerate, unwashed, in a plastic bag for up […]

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The American Baking Competition Finale – Interview and Recipe with Paul Hollywood

The American Baking Competition Finale - Interview and Recipe with Paul Hollywood

  I can’t believe this is the finale week for The American Baking Competition.  This new show from CBS was summer’s sweetest sensation.    Marcela Valladolid, one of our favorite chefs lights up the small screen as a judge, along with UK artisan baker, Paul Hollywood, and host Jeff Foxworthy – one of the country’s most successful comedians. Tune in to the finale this Wednesday, July 10th at 9/8c , and make sure to join the […]

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Grilled Corn On The Cob

Grilled Corn On The Cob

Cheers To Big Ears! Corn on the Cob is one of my favorite tastes of summer. But with the temperatures boiling the last thing you need to do is husk, clean and cook your corn on the stove. Since your grill is probably already on, use it and skip the work ! Here’s how and there’s no husking involved. Grill your Corn on the Cob – tastes great less work Completely cover the ears of […]

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Quinoa Summer Salad – Gluten Free Recipe

Quinoa Summer Salad - Gluten Free Recipe

A delicious and healthy new summer recipe for entertaining gluten-free guests that everyone will LOVE! Good options for crowd pleasing alternatives to pastas are hard to find.  However, quinoa is a perfect solution and is a tasty base for summer salads.  This colorful, Rainbow Quinoa Summer Salad is a festive way to blend vegetables and basil with nutty quinoa.  The full recipe is included below and comes to us from Alter Eco Foods.   I really love […]

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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Make your dipping sauce cooler! Tzatziki sauce is traditionally used as a dressing for gyros or Greek salad. However it’s the perfect condiment for burgers and baked potatoes, and easily doubles as a dip. If you haven’t had it before, you must try it – simply put, Tzatziki tickles our tastebuds and it’s a healthy alternative to higher calorie condiments and dips!  This is a great recipe to serve at a party as those who […]

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Homemade Potato Salad – Friday Night Bites

Homemade Potato Salad - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and we have the perfect side for any BBQ! This potato salad recipe from Elizabeth is amazing! Serve it up at your summer BBQ’s or bring it as a side to one you’re attending. It will be a crowd favorite. We’ve been making this potato salad in my family for generations – it has evolved a bit as it has moved through the hands of each generation (I deleted […]

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Garlic String Beans – Friday Night Bites

Garlic String Beans - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we’re going green.  Munch and crunch on this delicious and healthy side this weekend. These Garlic String Beans are an easy dish to make ahead whether you’re feeding your family or a crowd. This easy recipe delivers a flavorful crunchy complement to any main dish ranging from lobster to steak to chicken, plus it’s perfect for packing in your picnic basket. Print Garlic String Beans Author: Elizabeth Mascali […]

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Padma Lakshmi Interview, Party Tips and Recipe!

Padma Lakshmi Interview, Party Tips and Recipe!

Dishing with Padma was like discovering a kindred spirit.  She, like us, truly believes the most important quality in a host is the mood they set, not the food on their table.  Although, the food and wine enhance a party, it’s the host that give it life and energy.   We had Padma’s undivided attention, during our private 30 minute interview, and by the end, we were simply three hosts who love entertaining in their homes […]

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Grilled Corn Couscous Salad – Friday Night Bites

Grilled Corn Couscous Salad - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we have a super side for BBQ’ing. This side salad is the perfect cool complement to hot grilled meats, poultry and fish. The fresh flavors from the produce brighten up this wholesome grain resulting in a refreshing and tasty salad. It’s an easy and affordable salad to make – a little couscous goes a long way! Print Grilled Corn Couscous Salad Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Side Cuisine: American Serves: 6 […]

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Special Saint Patrick’s Day Side Dishes!

Special Saint Patrick's Day Side Dishes!

Saint Patrick’s Day sides that are nutricious and delicious from RecipeRehab.com! Who doesn’t love a good St. Patrick’s Day party? For many of us, St. Patty’s Day means a fun-filled weekend with lots of beer, whiskey, and good eats. Unfortunately, many of the good eats served at St. Patty’s parties aren’t exactly on the healthy side. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you two healthy St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipes from RecipeRehab.com (formerly BetterEats.com).  […]

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Knish Recipe for Passover and Parties!

Knish Recipe for Passover and Parties!

Have you ever had a Knish? If you haven’t you need to and if you don’t have a Jewish Grandma like me, then you have to try your hand at making your own. Knish are delish (sorry, couldn’t resist) and although they are perfect for Passover, these treats make great party food anytime of year!  There are a variety of ways to stuff a knish, so I have included several recipes for you to try. […]

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Garden Harvest Chow Down!

Garden Harvest Chow Down!

It’s harvest season, and gardens are ripe and bursting with their bounty! So make the most of this delicious time of year with a Garden Harvest Chow Down.  Take what you have in your garden, or buy what is left at the farm stand and bring it home.  Peppers, onions, zucchini, squash, corn, tomatoes, you name it.  Chop it, grill it, sautée it, cook it up anyway you like it.  You can add grilled steak […]

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Cheesy Baked Ziti and Baked Ditalini With Three Cheeses – EASY Recipes!

Cheesy Baked Ziti and Baked Ditalini With Three Cheeses - EASY Recipes!

Did you know that today, July 14th is National Macaroni and Cheese Day? To celebrate, the National Pasta Association (NPA) wanted to share a few untraditional mac and cheese recipes which are fast and easy to make as well as friendly on your wallet! Pasta can be the perfect foundation for a satisfying meal and an ideal “delivery system” for other nutritious foods, pasta meals can easily become nutritional all-stars. Below, please find 2 delicious […]

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Perfect Italian Pasta Salad!

Perfect Italian Pasta Salad!

Here’s the perfect match for grilled meats from the BBQ.  You can mix up a big bowl for guests or bring it along to a summer party where you’re the guest.  As tomatoes come into season, it just gets better!   Print ELIZABETH’S ITALIAN PASTA SALAD Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Side   Ingredients 1 16 oz. box medium shells, gemelli or farfelle (bowtie) pasta – (I like the way these pastas work in a pasta salad […]

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Best Potato Salad – Family Secret Recipe!

Best Potato Salad  - Family Secret Recipe!

Looking for a perfect summer side dish? Potato Salad just might be it and this recipe from Elizabeth is amazing!  Serve it up at your summer BBQ’s or bring it as a side to one you’re attending.  It will be the crowd favorite. We’ve been making this potato salad in my family for generations – it has evolved a bit as it has moved through the hands of each generation (I deleted hard boiled eggs […]

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Fresh Fruit Lollipops!

Fresh Fruit Lollipops!

We’d like to share a very simple and special way to enjoy a healthy party treat! These fresh fruit lollipops are so simple to make, and make a very special presentation on your table – a bold, beautiful splash of color!   The best thing about these good-for-you lollipops is that they put BIG smiles on the kids faces (and that’s contagious!)  Just watch how fast they disappear, and how much fun everyone has eating […]

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4 Fabulous Recipes For Homemade French Fries – Hot Food Trend!

Image courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission Haven’t you heard?  2012 is “The Year of the Potato.” As always we take our party “picks and cues” from the food trend experts and chefs who create the menus in restaurants across the nation.   This is one trend, that I know my family and friends will embrace right away.  Try out one of these great recipes at your next celebration! So sayeth Andrew Freeman & Co., a […]

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Elizabeth’s Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese

  This dish is a family favorite not only for the weekly menu, but also for the kids when hosting holidays and kids’ parties (I make enough to feed the adults too, because who can resist mac & cheese!) Elizabeth’s Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese Ingredients 2 16 oz. boxes elbow pasta 4 tablespoons butter 4 heaping tablespoons flour 1 cup half and half 3 cups skim milk 1 ½ cup Fontina cheese, shredded 8 […]

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Potato Pancakes – Favorite Hanukkah Food

Here is a simple and special recipe for Potato Pancakes.  Also know as Potato Latkes, these shredded potato patties are a slice of heaven and are one of my favorite foods – never met one I did not like.  You can top them with sour cream or applesauce or just pop them in your mouth plain – they are simply awesome!  Enjoy them at your Hanukkah celebration or if you don’t celebrate try them with dinner […]

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Thanksgiving SUPER SIDES!

I am trying to keep my heart from breaking this year. . .  I will NOT be hosting my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving.  Instead, my husband, our 3 boys and I will be in a hotel in Washington, DC .  I will be eating Thanksgiving in a restaurant for the first time in my life, same for my family.  Two of my sons will competing in the Congressional Cup Youth Ice Hockey Tournament […]

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Polenta Is Perfect Party Food For Just Pennies A Serving!

Polenta Is Perfect Party Food For Just Pennies A Serving!

Polenta is known as the pasta of the Northern Italy. It’s amazingly versatile, inexpensive and perfect parties!  You can make it in 5 minutes with water, or add broth or milk for more flavor or creaminess.  You can bake it, fry it,  grill it or serve it from the pot like a thick soup.   At just pennies a serving you can use polenta as a side dish, an appetizer, dessert or even a base […]

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