Hershey’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownie

Hershey’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies are an unabashed brownie, a bit forward, perhaps even impertinent in their rich, chocolate taste. If these brownies were a person, they’d be Melissa McCarthy in Identity Crisis. A bit loud; bordering on obnoxious and a little messy around the edges.

Hershey's Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownie
Hershey’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownie

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Catalina Dressing . $.58

Sometimes ya just have to go retro – leafing through my recipe file I came across Catalina Dressing – Catalina reminds me of my childhood when my favorite was “Western,” a thick, sweet, tangy dressing. This, though, is a little thinner, a little more sophisticated, and an absolutely perfect blend of flavors.

Catalina Dressing on a Chopped Salad
Catalina Dressing on a Chopped Salad

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Frugal’s Muesli

Way back in the late ’70’s – maybe early ’80’s – I fell in love with Swiss Muesli, namely, Familia cereal.  It was pricey, and I looked at the ingredients on the box and decided that not only could I make my own for a lot less, but I could customize it to my own tastes and make it even healthier!

Frugal's Muesli - this is pecan date, but another favorite is slivered almond and pear.
Frugal’s Muesli – this is pecan date, but another favorite is slivered almond and pear.

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Spider Cake

I have a confession to make:  I don’t like cornbread much.  I’ve wanted to like it, and attempted it many times, with many different recipes.  Somehow, nearly all of them have fallen short of my expectations.

Spider Cake - look at the lovely band of custard running through the center.
Spider Cake – look at the lovely band of custard running through the center.

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Braised Turnip (or other) Greens – Healthy Style

Until late in my life, I didn’t really eat greens, and when I’d had them they’d always been Collard greens cooked forever with ham hocks or salt pork – delicious, but something I’ve avoided because of the high fat and long cooking process. That was a shame, because any of the greens, turnip, kale, collard and beet greens are powerhouses of nutritional value. Even radish greens are great for you!

Braised Greens
Braised Greens

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Jambalaya

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this version, as well as just the right amount of spice to be interesting.

Jambalaya - this one is Sausage & Chicken
Jambalaya – this one is Sausage & Chicken

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Taco Night Casserole

What can I say about this casserole? All the appeal of tacos combined with a nacho like topping, hearty, with vegetables and added fiber from the beans? I tried it, thinking my teenager would like it. I was wrong, he loved it. A little salsa, a few slices of avocado and a dab of sour cream add a freshness to this substantial meal.

Taco Night Casserole
Taco Night Casserole

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