Stuffed Pepper Soup

January 15, 2018

Holy moly it's cold outside! When I left the house for work this morning (well, on the morning I wrote this post anyway) it was 20 degrees outside! It's onyl 4 degrees warmer now at 1:30 in the afternoon. Fortunately, I have stuffed pepper soup in a bread bowl for lunch today. I bring the […]

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Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy School Days

August 15, 2017

(Family Features) When the school year rolls around, switching from pool to school means finding simpler ways to kick off the day with healthy and nutritious options. Preparing feel-good breakfasts can be as easy as picking and putting together the right ingredients, if you know where to buy them. At grocery stores like ALDI, parents […]

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Smart Meals for Busy Families

August 3, 2017

(Family Features) Ease your way into a busy new school year with easy dishes you can prepare and serve in minutes. Time-saving and delicious dinners allow you to enjoy valuable family meals without sacrificing precious time in the kitchen. One smart way to pull together flavorful meals when you’re pinched for time is to keep […]

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Add Sizzle to Your Fourth

May 19, 2017

Great ideas for grilling and more (Family Features) A dazzling fireworks display may be the grand finale for your celebration, but you can make your mouthwatering menu a close second with these ideas to light up your Fourth of July. From bold burgers to crisp salads and sweet sides, give your guests plenty of reason […]

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5 Smart Cooking Gadgets for Healthier Eating

March 13, 2017
Man having his wife tasting pasta dish

Cooking at home provides plenty of benefits, like the ability to control the ingredients you use and the chance to portion out your meal perfectly. However, it can also be a less healthy habit than eating out depending on your techniques and ingredients. A study carried out by researchers at Rush University discovered that the […]

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American Irish Stew

March 10, 2017

Looking for the perfect St. Patrick's Day recipe? Try this American Irish stew! American Irish Stew Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research Servings: 6 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/4    pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 3          cloves garlic, minced salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1          medium […]

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Ramp Up Breakfast with Morning Protein

January 4, 2017

(Family Features) Families across America want to make sure that they’re starting the day strong, and getting enough high-quality protein in the morning is a simple way to do so. A breakfast with protein is a great way to energize the morning, and adding it to your family’s routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply […]

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Top Articles of 2016

December 20, 2016

These are the top articles from this blog for 2016 10. Pizza Rolls – Kid Friendly Recipe 9. Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine Taste Alike Healthier Recipe 8. Rental Decorating – Home Office 7. Chili's Cinnamon Apples 6. Cooking with Campbell's – Stove Top Chicken Casserole 5. Rental Decorating Tips on a Budget 4. Rental […]

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German Potato Salad

December 16, 2016

We all want to feed our children the best and healthiest meals. But let’s face it: sometimes it gets tough to find a food that our kids love, that isn’t filled with preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, and that is also packed with nutrients. Really, does such a food actually exist? One that satisfies little […]

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Give Thanks for the Slow Cooker

November 24, 2016

(Family Features) Want to spend more time with loved ones this Thanksgiving? Ditch the perfectly timed oven schedule and put your slow cooker to work. It’ll deliver the familiar flavors of your favorite holiday stuffing, sauces and desserts in a new, more convenient way. “Take advantage of the hassle-free slow cooker for sides and desserts […]

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Pineapple Glazed Ham

November 20, 2016

Merry Made Easy Simple tips for holiday entertaining (Family Features) The holidays are the time of year when families and friends come together, and when special moments and memories are plentiful. This year, instead of just letting the holidays happen, make them happen by embracing the season. No matter how or where you celebrate, sometimes […]

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Two-Minute Apple Tart

August 24, 2016

There’s an Apple for That   (Family Features) If you’ve ever stood in the produce aisle and wondered what apple to select among the many varieties available, you’re not alone. Apple varieties can differ greatly when it comes to taste, texture, cooking and storage properties, making it important to make the right choice to get […]

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5 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2016
PlumSweets Dark Chocolate

(Family Features) With the day of love not far away, it’s the perfect time to consider all of the ways that you can share sweet indulgences with your nearest and dearest. This Valentine’s Day, try some new, delicious ways to give the gift of decadent chocolate. Whether you make a chocolate treat from scratch or […]

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

December 2, 2015
Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies

  Made to Vanish When it comes to holiday baking, it’s often the simplest ingredients and classic recipes that resonate best with everyone. One of which is Quaker’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – a family favorite that’s been featured under the lid of the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats canister for 20 years. A kitchen staple […]

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots

November 12, 2015

  Ingredients 2 pounds baby carrots 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt   Preparation Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with no stick cooking spray. Add carrots and melted butter; toss to coat. Cover. Cook on high […]

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Caramel Apple Slab Pie

November 6, 2015

Ingredients 2 packages (14.1 ounces each) refrigerated pie crusts (4 crusts), divided 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon 8 cups thinly sliced and peeled Honey Crisp apples (about 8 apples) 1 cup caramel topping, divided   Preparation Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring crusts to room temperature according to package […]

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Mac and Cheese Pot Pie

September 29, 2015

Hello Dishwater Dreams readers, Kristin from Chef Boyardee here.  I am excited to be writing for Lindsey today!  Let me introduce myself. I live in Chicago with my Bichon Frise, Joey.  What I love most about the city is that there’s always something to do: grab drinks with friends, stroll along the Riverwalk, check out […]

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Brisket Over Briquets: Easy Ideas with Grilled Leftovers

August 25, 2015

Barbecue Benedict Grilled Greek Salad Pita with Beef Brisket Barbecue Beef Brisket (Family Features) Although brisket is generally regarded as a cool weather dish, you may be surprised how this ultimate comfort food works in delicious recipes that help you hang on to the fading days of summer. A traditional Barbecued Beef Brisket prepared low […]

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Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies

July 9, 2015
Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Here is a great twist on the basic sugar cookie. Servings: 6 1/2 dozen cookies 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1          cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2          cups all-purpose flour 1          teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2       teaspoon salt Poppy seed, apricot and strawberry pastry filling Confectioners’ […]

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When Planning Meals, Think Frozen

February 12, 2015

Research from the Journal of Nutrition found that nearly 80 percent of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts of fruit, and nearly 90 percent do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables.  While a variety of factors may contribute to this low consumption, including cost and convenience, a recent study revealed one easy solution: […]

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Show Off Your Sweet Side This Valentine’s Day with these Cookie Recipes

February 3, 2015

Scalloped Heart Cookies Stackable Ombre Heart Cookies (Family Features) Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine’s Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or simply dress up store-bought ones by adding some simple details with icing. From the cupids at Wilton, here […]

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December 30, 2014
chilis cinnamon apples

This was a great year for Dishwater Dreams and I thank you for coming by as often as you do to check out what is going on in my little world! These are the top 10 reader favorites from the blog this year. #10 – Chili’s Cinnamon Apples recipe #9 Movie Review – The Lego […]

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Sweet & Smoky Roast Chicken

December 11, 2014
sweet and smoky roast chicken

From Chef Matt Gordon Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 75 minutes Servings: 4-6   Chicken brine: 1/3       cup kosher salt 1/4       cup granulated sugar 1/4       cup brown sugar 4          sprigs fresh thyme 8          cloves garlic 1          tablespoon peppercorns 1          lemon, sliced 1          whole chicken (2.5-4 pounds), […]

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Tree-ific Holiday Treats with Kids

December 2, 2014

Trim the Tree Cupcakes (Family Features) For many adults, the holidays are transformed by the chance to experience the wonders of the season through the eyes of children. There’s no better way to elicit a merry twinkle all around than by creating festive holiday treats together in the kitchen. Getting kids involved in holiday baking […]

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Cheerios Christmas Trees

November 25, 2014
Cheerios Christmas Trees

Prep time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: 18 6          cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal 6          tablespoons butter or margarine 4 1/2    cups miniature marshmallows Betty Crocker green gel food color Betty Crocker red cinnamon decors or sliced gumdrops   Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.   Pour cereal […]

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New Twist on Classic Campfire S’mores

October 30, 2014

Roasting marshmallows around the campfire with friends and family is a popular pastime. Luckily, the classic combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker can be enjoyed in so many ways – whether you’re fireside or stuck inside!   Try giving the sticky-sweet summer favorite a modern twist by using DOVE Dark Chocolate. As the No. […]

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Gluten-Free Brookies

October 23, 2014

Gluten-Free Brookies (Family Features) The end of summer marks the beginning of the busy back-to-school season. From PTA meetings and fundraisers to team parties, there are lots of gatherings that require delicious baked goods. To make sure everyone who attends can enjoy the treats, try the gluten-free Brookie. It’s a creative combination of two favorites: […]

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A Spooky Snack and Drink for Halloween

October 14, 2014

Monster Mash Float Paranormal Pudding (Family Features) If your family’s Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you’ll be happy to know that the “double, double, toil and trouble” doesn’t have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up […]

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Super Good Chili

September 20, 2014
super good chili

(Family Features) Football season can only mean one thing – time to grab the best seat in the house, and we’re not talking about at the stadium. In fact, 77 percent of Americans think the best seat in the house is at home in front of an HDTV, according to a recent survey by McIlhenny […]

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How to make school lunch healthier

September 11, 2014
healthy school lunch

Offering healthy school lunches is an important step to raising healthy kids. New guidelines and offerings make it easier for kids to get the nutrition they need for their growing bodies.

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Back to School Bites

August 21, 2014

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will […]

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Grilled Steak Fajitas

August 19, 2014
Grilled Steak Fajitas

Start to finish: 2 hours and 30 minutes Servings: 8 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef ribeye steak (may substitute strip, sirloin or flank) 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 green bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 medium-hot Poblano pepper, dark green and triangular 1 medium yellow onion 8 […]

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Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

August 14, 2014

Ingredients 2 cups quartered and cleaned California strawberries 2 cups diced watermelon (yellow and red, if available) 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1 handful arugula Sherry vinaigrette (see recipe below) Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans 1/3 cup blue or goat cheese 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic syrup Sherry […]

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How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

July 12, 2014

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That’s especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide. According to the latest data from the NPD Group, a market research firm, […]

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Mexican Fiesta Dip

July 6, 2014

Ingredients 2 (16-ounce) can Goya black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.25-ounce) can Muir Glen diced tomatoes no salt added 2 (11-ounce) cans Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn no salt added, drained 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso green chilies chopped, drained 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 […]

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Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa

June 29, 2014

Ingredients Salsa: 1 (15.25-ounce) can Del Monte Lite sliced peaches, drained and chopped 1 (4.25-ounce) can Old El Paso green chilies chopped, drained 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce Tacos: 8 corn, flour or whole wheat tortillas, slightly warmed 1 […]

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