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Now you can have your chocolate and eat it too -
Even on a diet!

Dark Chocolate Is Healthy Chocolate!
You can have chocolate and still lose weight!

Dark chocolate is also known as "bittersweet" or "semisweet" chocolate. One (1) ounce of dark chocolate per day is allowed on most diets. Dark chocolate (not white chocolate or milk chocolate) is good for you. There is no question that chocolate procures pleasure for those who eat it. - Never feel guilty again! Read more . . .

Chocolate Glossary - Types of Chocolate
All chocolate is not created equal. When shopping for your chocolate look at the label to find the percent of cocoa butter contained in the bar.

Chocolate Substitution Chart
Need a quick substitution for chocolate? Here are some chocolate substitutions, but remember not always do they work as well as the original recipe ingredients.

Hot Chocolate History
The terms Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate are often used interchangeably, but technically they are as different as Milk Chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.

Recipes and Secrets for Making Hot Chocolate
These delicious and easy-to-make hot chocolate drinks are a must to serve your family and friends.

How To Melt and Temper Chocolate

The Irreplaceable Cast-Iron Skillet!

cast iron skillets

Please don't throw away that old cast iron frying pan that was your mothers or grandmothers! Clean it! As long as it has no cracks or nicks, you can clean, season, and use it.  When well seasoned, a cast-iron pan will be stick resistant and require no additional oil.

An old-fashion way to cook fat-free - You can use a single cast iron frying pan or cast iron skillet for just about any cooking task: Bake a cake, sear a filet, roast or fry a chicken, fry potatoes, stir-fry vegetables, etc. One skillet is all you need, but because cast iron cooking is lot of fun and makes the food you cook taste great, you will probably want more than one cast iron pan.

Using and Caring For Your Cast-Iron Pans

Dutch Oven Camp Cooking

Cast-Iron Cooking Recipes


St. Patrick's Day - March 17th

You don't have to actually be Irish to join in the fun and celebration of St. Patrick's Day! Just cook up some wonderful traditional Irish food for your family and friends.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage
My family and I look forward to enjoying corned beef and cabbage dinner as part of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day every year. This is a great no-fuss meal to serve on Saint Patrick's Day or any day that you desire. We have also learned to fry up the leftovers for breakfast the next day to make the Corned Beef Bubble and Squeak recipe shown below.

Irish Colcannon Bubble and Squeak

Irish Colcannon Potatoes - Mashed Potato with Kale and Bacon
Colcannon is true Irish soul food. The dish consists of mashing together buttery mashed potatoes with cooked kale or cabbage and leeks for flavoring.


Corned Beef Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak is a traditional Monday lunch in England to take the leftover potatoes and vegetables from Sunday supper and fry it up to enjoy for lunch the next day with eggs, bacon, and/or any leftover meat.


Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Here is a wonderful traditional Irish Soda bread recipe that can be found in homes and markets all over Ireland. In the United States, Irish Soda bread is popular to accompany Corned Beef and Cabbage when celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.

Guinness Stew

Guinness Beef Stew - Irish Beef Stew
Most every pub you visit in Ireland will offer Beef and Guinness Stew on the menu. Stewing the beef in Guinness stout beer tenderizes the beef and adds a robust, malty flavor to the stew.


Easter Egg Time - March 27th 

basket of eggsThe simple and classic boiled egg, is one of the finest and easiest edible delights known on earth. Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Learn All About Eggs & How To Cook Them
Lots of interesting information regarding eggs.

Egg Equivalents

How Fresh Are Your Eggs? (Date Codes on Egg Cartons)

How To Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs

Dyed Easter EggsDying Easter Eggs:

Making Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Give the Easter bunny a run for his money by dyeing Easter eggs the natural way, using common foods and flowers.

Tea Infused Eggs (Marbleized Eggs)
Learn how to make Tea Infused Eggs (Marbleized Eggs)

Stuffed Deviled Lemony EggsHow to Make Perfect Deviled Eggs.

What do you do with all those Easter eggs that your family made? How about making everyone's favorite deviled eggs?

Deviled Eggs with Truffles

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

Stuffed "Deviled" Eggs with Caviar

Stuffed "Deviled" Lemony Eggs

Uptown Deviled Eggs


Marshmallow Peeps Candy Recipe and History

Marshmallow Peeps, Peeps Candy

This sugar, soft, and chewy marshmallow treat is hard to beat when it is homemade and not store bought.

Did you know that Americans devour more than 700 million Peeps Candy per year. Peeps have been around since 1953, when they were hand-squeezed using a pastry bag, a process that took 27 hours to "hatch" each Marshmallow Peep Chick.

Learn about the history of the Marshmallow Peep Candy and also check out my homemade Marshmallow Peep Candy recipe. Marshmallow Peeps Candy Recipe and History

Photo from Just Born, Inc. in Bethlehem, PA - the official site hosted by the candy company.

Great cooks use a Cooking Thermometer as their guide - NOT a clock.

Always follow internal cooking temperatures to be safe!

Internal Temperature Cooking Charts - meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and casseroles

A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a "sometime thing." A cooking thermometer can be used for all foods, not just meat. It measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and/or casseroles to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria (like certain strains of Salmonella and E. Coli O 157:H7) have been destroyed.

Cooking and Meat ThermometerLearn how to read and use an Internal Meat and Cooking Thermometer.

Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, and/or casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.


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