Home & Garden Insights

May 5, 2009

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Cabbage Slaw

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* 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
* 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
* 2 cups coleslaw mix
* 2 green onions, chopped
* 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 4 white or yellow corn tortillas
* 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
* Bottled chipotle hot sauce or other hot sauce

Reorganize Your Pantry in Five Steps

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Get Organized Step by Step

Organization is part skill and part artistry, but there are simple steps you can follow that will work every time.

April 17, 2009

Christmas Caipirinhas

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  • Peel from 4 large limes (green part only; removed with vegetable peeler in 2-inch-long strips)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 30 large fresh mint leaves plus 10 fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup Brazilian rum (such as cachaça)
  • 3 cups ice cubes plus additional for serving
  • 5 cups ginger beer or ginger ale

February 6, 2009

Parmesan Pull-Aparts Recipe

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* 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from a 1/4-ounce package)
* 1 teaspoon mild honey or sugar
* 2/3 cup warm milk (105–115°F), divided
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoon for sprinkling
* 1 1/4 cups grated (with a rasp) Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 1/3 ounces)
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 large eggs
* 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces and softened
* 1 tablespoon water

Direct Buy Club

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While our economy is in dismay, it’s important to consider companies that help you save. One of these companies is Direct Buy. Members of the Direct Buy Club receive the following benefits:

access to:

over 700 manufacturers and their complete line of products.s
service representatives
direct buy’s design center

plus delivery & installation

Taking advantage of these benefits will help people who would like to build or remodel their home.

December 30, 2008

Gougeres

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Ingredients

* 1-1/2 cups water
* 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 5 eggs
* 1-1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (6 ounces)
* 4 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
* 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
* 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* Cayenne pepper (optional)

December 29, 2008

DirectBuy

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Over the Christmas break I looked into owning a DirectBuy Franchise. I’m still collecting the materials I need to move forward with it. According to Jason Orkin there was mention of a lawsuit against them, but I’m not worried about it.

July 10, 2008

Dark-Chocolate-Dipped Cherry Ice Cream Cones

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3 pints premium cherry ice cream
8 sugar cones
1 11.5-ounce package bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted almonds

Read about preparation.

Tropical Sorbet and Ice Cream Parfaits

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2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
Pinch of salt

1 1/3 cups mango sorbet
1 cup chopped peeled cored fresh pineapple
1 cup diced peeled pitted mango
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/3 cups vanilla ice cream

Read about preparation.

Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberry Ice Cream and Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

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1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet miniature chocolate chips (about 6 1/2 ounces)

Read about preparation.

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