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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dips and Spreads for Super Bowl Sunday

Next Sunday is the big game day. I thought a reprise of these well-received recipes was in order. Any one of these dips or spreads would be perfect for your family and guests. They are all easy to make and I guarantee they are delicious. They are so simple that there's still have time to make and enjoy them with your family and friends this afternoon. Without further here are some of my favorite quick dips and spreads.








Light and Chunky Clam Dip








Friday, January 23, 2015

Linguine with Tomato Cream Sauce and Cheese


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Menus, like rules are meant to be broken. Not arbitrarily, mind you, but there are days when even your best effort won't get the meal you planned to the table on time. That happened to me today. We had unexpected guests and chatted for so long that I had to revise my dinner plans. I needed to come up with something, that while simple to make, would be delicious and could be made from ingredients I had on hand. Working quickly through my options, I settled on this pasta which takes about 20 minutes to prepare. I had garlic bread and ice cream in the freezer, a bagged salad in the crisper and an unopened bottle of Rioja left from the holidays, so there would be a meal, bare bones to be sure, but enough to feed four adults whose appetites were no longer gargantuan. Once I had gathered all the ingredients, I rolled up my sleeves, took a deep breath and had dinner on the table in just a bit over 30 minutes. It was nice, but I'm glad this doesn't happen often. One is supposed to be Zen-like in their dotage and I am here to tell you this is no way to find enlightenment. The pasta is obviously easy to make, but don't discount it because of its simplicity. It really is delicious and I think you'll enjoy it. It is inexpensive to make and it would be perfect for those of you who are looking for Meatless Monday recipes. Here is how this lovely pasta sauce is made. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mexican White Bean Soup


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...When the weather outside is frightful, I'd like to suggest a cupful of this hearty Mexican soup. While brandy would be delightful, this bean soup is infinitely better for your liver and it will cure baldness and improve your general well-being as well. I was told that by a snake oil salesman, who swore lightning would strike him dead if I did not like his soup. I wasn't looking for a miracle, mind you, so he escaped annihilation, and in the realm of good cheap food, this soup is not at all bad. It is inexpensive to make, really easy to prepare and chances are you already have the ingredients needed to make it in your pantry. I'm not, generally, a huge fan Mexican bean soups because I find their flavors to be muddy and their appearance singularly unattractive. The orange juice and zest that are used in this recipe really brighten the flavor of the soup. When I make this for the Silver Fox, I use a tablespoon or two of orange liqueur rather than the fresh orange that is called for in the original recipe, which, by the way, came from Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The sour cream and cilantro garnish add flavor and more importantly, help improve the appearance of the soup. If you are looking  for a cold weather soup, and your family enjoys Mexican food, you can't go wrong with this one.  Here is how the soup is made.

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