Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Need an easy, delicious and seasonal recipe that is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults and is great for gift giving? Look no further than Cranberry Orange Bread. Being native to New England, the cranberry is near and dear to many of us that live in this special area of the USA. Its flavor is unique and American for sure. This quick bread reminds me of my Grandma Jenny who always made it at Holiday time.  The recipe comes from her well used and loved 1956 Betty Crocker Cookbook which I now own. They only change I made to...

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5 Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Many people dispute the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil. However, most experts agree that olive oil - especially extra virgin olive oil - is healthy for you.Here are 5 health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is Packed Full of AntioxidantsExtra virgin olive oil contains modest amounts of vitamins E and K. It is also loaded with powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants can reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They can also help your body fight inflammation and help protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation. An additional benefit is that it will help protect you...

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Wild Rice & Cauliflower Soup

INGREDIENTS ¼ Cup O’Live A Little’s Black Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus for drizzle 2 Cups chopped celery, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 2 Cups chopped carrot, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 1 Large sweet onion, diced into ½” – ¼” pcs. 4 Large cloves garlic, minced 2 Teaspoons Ground Allspice 1 ½ Teaspoons Ground Cumin ½ Teaspoon Harissa – or more to taste depending on your heat tolerance 2 Medium heads of cauliflower, chopped into small florets  12 +/- Cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 Cup Heavy cream – Omit if Vegan 1 Cup nutritional yeast ...

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Lebanese Rice and Peas - Bazila W Riz

This is such a simple dish and it packs a huge amount of gastronomic satisfaction into something so easy to make! Don’t let the name fool you, this dishes main ingredient is ground beef or ground lamb, so I have know idea why it is called Bazila (Lebanese for peas) and Riz (Lebanese for rice). Made often by my Lebanese Mother-in-Law, it was a favorite of my husband Matt, while growing up in Buffalo, NY. The key to this dish is the Lebanese 7 Spice Blend . It is what creates all the deliciousness and will have you going back for...

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Middle Eastern Inspired Cornmeal Cookies

I adapted this recipe from a recipe called “Italian Polenta Cookies” I have made numerous times. Not sure why the cookie recipe is called “Polenta” cookies, other than it sounds a bit chic instead of just simply using the word “cornmeal”. Polenta is actually an Italian dish you make with cornmeal, not the ingredient itself. So, for my lowly recipe I will just stick to the name “Cornmeal Cookies”.In baking there is nothing like cornmeal for added texture, mouthfeel and flavor.  It adds pizzazz to pizza dough, nuttiness to cakes and just the right texture to cookies. I enjoy these...

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Chocolate, Pumpkin & Olive Oil Cake

Whoever the first person was to combine Chocolate and Pumpkin was a genius! The sweet and earthy flavor of pumpkin pairs well with the intense flavor of chocolate to create a uniquely delicious flavor. Also, cakes baked with pumpkin get the added benefit of the extra moistness that pumpkin adds. This cake benefits in that department not only from the pumpkin, but also with the addition of the Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil in lieu of butter.This recipe can be made fast and simple by baking it in a 9X13 pan. Or, if you have more time and want...

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