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Easy Home-Made Greek Yogurt Ranch

I have a confession – I’ve never warmed up to Ranch dressing. Everyone I know loves it…but not me. Sometimes I think I’m a lone hold out. Until now.

Easy Home-Made Greek Yogurt Ranch

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Spicy Chicken Sandwich, BA’s Best

Yanno, I’m always trying new recipes and this Chicken Sandwich from Bon Appetit’s March issue caught my eye. See, I was just down in Georgia and had an opportunity to eat at Chick Fil A for the second time, ever. I think it’s the best fast food – and I don’t usually quite lower myself to eat fast food! I know, I know, I’m a snob about some things…life is just too short for mediocre food.

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

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Ballymaloe’s Irish Soda Bread . $1.00

For years I’ve made Ballymaloe’s Brown Soda Bread, and we’ve always liked it, but this year I decided to try their white for my St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I don’t know what the hold out was on my part – some nod to tradition combined with a commitment to eat more whole grains. I feel like a sinner, but this bread is so beautiful!

Ballymaloe's Irish Soda Bread
Ballymaloe’s Irish Soda Bread

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Queso Fresco

Queso Fresco, Fresh Cheese, is a wonderful creamy cheese, and SO misunderstood. Queso Fresco is often confused with Queso Blanco, White Cheese, another soft, crumbly Mexican cheese. As a matter of fact, some “experts” say they are the same – and some say they are different. They are, after all, both white, both fresh, both crumble.

Home-made Queso Fresco, pressed over night
Home-made Queso Fresco, pressed over night

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Home-Made Crème Fraîche or Mexican Crema

Being an avid reader of cook books and magazines, when crème fraîche appeared on my radar, I was wild to use this “new” (to me) ingredient. Of course, it wasn’t available, even at the “gourmet” stores – and it took years and years (decades?) before I ever found it in a store.

Creme Fraiche - Home-made
Creme Fraiche – Home-made

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Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad . $5.40

This is one of our newer family faves – Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad. It has a bit of spice but it’s not over the top and it’s a perfect foil for the creamy ranch style dressing. This is a marvelous summer recipe, but it’s bold flavors can easily spill into fall with no problem. Oh heck, it’s good anytime.

Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad
Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad

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Scottish Oatcakes – Oatmeal Pancakes . $1.65

Scottish? I don’t know if they are traditionally “Scottish” but that’s what our family has always called these oatmeal pancakes. They are made out of mostly oats, a traditional Scottish staple. Plus, the name sounds so wholesome. The outside of these oatcakes is a beautiful, lacy, crispy contrast to the soft, moist interior. In my mind, these far exceed the taste of boring old pancakes, any day.

Scottish Oatcakes - Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes
Scottish Oatcakes – Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

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