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Month: October, 2014

RecipeGirl: Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Oct 28th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Among my “favorite desserts ever” : Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I have never been a humongous fan of pumpkin pie. At Thanksgiving, it’s the last dessert I’ll reach for… and if it’s the only option available, I’ll usually pass. But Pumpkin Cheesecake!!! That’s a whole different story. Cheesecake is my passion. It’s my thing. It’s my forever craving! If it’s on the dessert menu at a restaurant, I can’t resist trying it! So Pumpkin Cheesecake is a big draw for me, for sure.

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This pumpkin cheesecake recipe turns out a very creamy and delicious dessert. You’ll find that it’s crazy good, especially if you’re an overly obsessive cheesecake lover like me!! The gingersnap crust is the perfect pairing with the pumpkin cheesecake.

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I tried to have just one slice of this one. I really, really tried. But I totally failed. It was too good. I kept digging in and sampling until the entire dessert was gone. At least it took a few days to demolish. And now I’m currently paying for it by spending extra hours on the treadmill. The truth: it was worth it :)

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RecipeGirl: Classic Light Lasagna

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Classic Light Lasagna Oct 27th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
You’re going to want to stick around for this one: Classic Light Lasagna

Classic Light Lasagna

We had some special family members visiting our house last week- my (chef) nephew, his wife and their adorable 22-month-old daughter. I love having people staying with us because that gives me an opportunity to think up a delicious menu, pop open the good wine, and eat in our rarely-touched-but-much-loved dining room! My nephew cooks a LOT when he’s working on the Idaho Ranch where he plans all of the menus and food that his ranch guests eat, so I wanted him to relax and enjoy some home-cooked meals. Lasagna seemed like the perfect comfort-food meal for us all. A light lasagna was an even better choice!

Global Kitchen Cookbook

The recipe comes from David Joachim’s book: Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy (a collaboration with Cooking Light). I first met David last year in Las Vegas when we were judging the Pillsbury Bake Off together. I came to learn that he’s an extremely talented recipe developer who has written dozens of cookbooks. In fact, Global Kitchen is his 40th cookbook. I can’t imagine writing that many cookbooks, but he’s a talented guy who knows how to do this! Joachim consulted food experts for this book, and it includes recipes from around the globe. I’m personally enjoying it because it’s pushing me out of my day-to-day comfort zone and into trying out some international dishes for a change. You’ll find things like Steamed Pork Buns and Tandoori Grilled Chicken (East Asia and India), Chicken-Coconut Soup and Lamingtons (Southeast Asia and Australia), Baba Ghanoush and Cape Malay Curry (The Middle East and Africa), Apple Strudel and Ukrainian Borschch (Europe and Eurasia), Argentinean Pork and Dulce de Leche Flan (South America), and Huevos Rancheros and Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches (North and Central America). There are so many interesting dishes shared in this book, and there are big beautiful photographs of them all too. Every recipe includes nutritional information. It’s a good one to have on your cookbook shelf.

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RecipeGirl: Apple Streusel Muffins

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Apple Streusel Muffins Oct 25th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s a recipe for Apple Streusel Muffins that is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour and a lesser amount of sugar.

Apple Streusel Muffins

For as many years as I can remember, I’ve always gone apple-picking… but this year I didn’t make it to any orchards. It’s a bummer because it’s truly a great family-activity, and there is usually fresh apple pie involved somewhere along the way. So instead, I’ve been testing the waters on apple varieties lately that I’ve spotted at the store. I find them hard to resist when they all look so darn good in the produce aisle right now! The Gala’s and the Jonagold’s are sweet and crisp. The Honeycrisp’s are absolutely perfect in every way. I’m not fond of the Red Delicious variety for some strange reason- they just don’t do anything for me (though I do like them sliced up in a good green salad). And the Granny Smith’s are my go-to for baking most things. I used Granny Smith’s for these healthy little Apple Streusel Muffins. The streusel on top helps make them interesting.

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They’re just a simple breakfast muffin- a little whole wheat flour thrown in to give them a healthy vibe, plenty of cinnamon and chunks of apple. The streusel on top adds more texture and a little more sweet and spice.

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Recipe Girl: Couscous Recipe with Parsley and Shallots

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Couscous Recipe with Parsley and Shallots Oct 22nd 2014, 14:30, by Lori Lange
Here’s a side dish recipe that is perfect for serving with chicken, pork, beef or seafood: Couscous with Parsley and Shallots

Couscous with Parsley and Shallots

There is something to be said for having a good arsenal of carb-loving side dish recipes at hand. Whether it is rice, potatoes, quinoa, pasta or couscous… it is nice to have quite a few options to choose from when you’re serving up dinner. And if you’re anything like me, you’re usually looking for the magic three: main dish, side dish and vegetable. My sister called me a couple weeks ago and said, “You need more couscous recipes on RecipeGirl!” I took a peek, and she’s totally right. I don’t have too many options for couscous. So here ya go sis! This recipe is super simple. It’s just freshly cooked couscous mixed with sauteed shallots, lemon juice and parsley. Sometimes the simple dishes are best.

Couscous recipe with Parsley and Shallots

One of the nice things about serving couscous as a side dish is that it’s a fairly light side dish. You won’t eat it and feel completely overstuffed. Another nice thing about making couscous is that it takes very little time to cook- about 5 minutes and it’s done! I served this with the fabulous pork tenderloin recipe that I blabbed about yesterday: Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin. Oh, and to round out the magic three, I served some steamed broccoli too. My family kind of freaks out if I don’t have three things on the dinner plates (not really, but they do kind of expect it!)

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Recipe Girl: Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest: Top 5 Finalists

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Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest: Top 5 Finalists Oct 20th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Fun news to share today! Newman’s Own® announced the five finalists in their “Greens for Good” Recipe Contest.


A quick recap of what this contest is all about: Salad lovers were asked to create a green salad recipe that utilized one of Newman’s Own® Salad Dressing flavors as an ingredient in the recipe. All recipes created were inspired by favorite charities. The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity for a charity of their choice to receive a $35,000 donation from Newman’s Own®. A $1,000 donation will be awarded to charities chosen by the four first place winners.

How the finalists were selected: Consideration was given to looking for unique flavors in the recipes, as well as how the recipe creators were inspired by their favorite non-profit charities (aligning with Newman’s Own® four areas of giving: Encouraging, Philanthropy, Empowerment, Children with Life Limiting Conditions, and Nutrition). Newman’s Own is thrilled to be able to make a donation to a special charity chosen by the winner. I’m 100% behind this company > Newman’s Own®, inc. donates 100% of their profits after taxes to charities ($400 million since 1982!)

Five finalists were selected from a pool of hundreds of entrants, and here they are! Time to vote for your favorite finalist! >>

Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Salad

  1. Amy Hudson – (Harrisburg, PA) Ain’t No Cure for the Summer-time Blues Salad with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. Charity: The Vista School

    Hearts of Healing Salad

  1. Juliana Palmcook – (Wausau, WI) Hearts of Healing Salad with Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. Charity: The Women’s Community

    Massaged Kale Salad

  1. Sarah Karlson – (Oakland, CA) Massaged Kale Salad with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. Charity: City Slicker Farms

    Herb and Lemon Salmon Salad

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Recipe Girl: Egg Muffins

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Egg Muffins Oct 18th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s an easy-to-make breakfast treat that is delicious too: Egg Muffins

Egg Muffins

Hey, it’s weekend breakfast time! By now, I’ve explained extensively how I feel about weekend breakfasts. Shove the cereal aside and make something special! Saturday and Sunday are your two days not to be stressed-out and tired. Sleep in, put together some sort of tasty breakfast, and get on with your relaxing day, right?! These little egg muffins aren’t any kind of chore to make at all. They’re just eggs scrambled with a little milk and adding in your desired fixings. I cleaned out my fridge for these guys and used sausage, spinach and the last of my cheddar cheese hunk.

Egg Muffins Prep

30 minutes in the oven… while you make the coffee, flip on the TV to watch recorded episodes of Scandal, Shark Tank or The Walking Dead (favorites in our house!) Then your muffins are ready to eat. We served ours with a scoop of chunky salsa. They’d also be good with some sour cream and/or (GASP!) ketchup. That all depends how you like to adorn your eggs.

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If you’re not into spinach, you can certainly throw some broccoli pieces in there or bell pepper. Crumbled, cooked bacon would be awesome too. Use whatever cheese is your favorite. If you want to lighten up on the eggs, it’s okay to use half egg whites and half whole eggs. I have a small family, so we just made 6, but you can certainly double the recipe and make an entire dozen.

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Recipe Girl: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See Oct 16th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s another one of my favorite posts of the week: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Waffled Banana Bread
On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared a recipe that I will make again and again and again. It’s this WAFFLED BANANA BREAD!! It’s banana bread, made in a waffle iron. My whole family chowed down on these waffled banana bread slices, and they were gone very quickly. LOVED THEM. The recipe comes from the cool new cookbook, Will It Waffle? by Daniel Shumski.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another yummy recipe I shared on Parade this week: PUMPKIN- CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. They are soft and cakey and full of pumpkin-spice. I don’t usually like cake-like cookies, but I found myself unable to stop eating these. They were really, really good, and they were easy to make too. The recipe comes from the book I’ve been talking about endlessly this week: FutureChefs.


And in case you missed it (I’m not sure how you could have though since I’ve been blabbing about it constantly), I’m hosting a giveaway for the FutureChefs Cookbook by Ramin Ganeshram. RecipeBoy is hosting a second giveaway for the book, so you have multiple chances to win one!


Someone shared this cute idea on Facebook. I don’t have any little kiddos anymore, but isn’t this an adorable idea for a kid’s birthday party? Each kid decorates their own box like a car and then they have a drive in movie in the driveway. I love it!

Breakfast Cravings

Here’s what I’m totally craving for breakfast these days:

Dinner Cravings

And here are a couple of recipes that my family would LOVE for dinner:

Formal Dress

It has been YEARS since I’ve attended a truly formal event, but I’m going to one this weekend. This is the dress that I bought to wear to the event! It has some rhinestone embellishments on the shoulders and a manageable slit in the front. I’m very excited!!

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Recipe Girl: Butternut Squash Soup with Kale

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Butternut Squash Soup with Kale Oct 14th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s a comforting recipe to warm you up on chilly fall and winter days: Butternut Squash Soup with Kale

Butternut Squash soup with kale
This recipe comes from the book I shared with you yesterday: FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World. I mentioned that my own son is featured in the book. As I was reading through the book last weekend, I discovered that there is another teenage boy in our town who is ALSO featured in the book. How totally random and coincidental is that?! He’s 15-year old Karthik Rohatgi, and this is the recipe that he shares in the book. It’s a beautifully silky, smooth butternut squash soup with plenty of fresh kale added in.

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In the book, each child sharing a recipe has a profile highlighting what they’ve been doing in the world of food. Karthik Rohatgi launched Farm Fresh For Kids (FFFK) in Reno, NV. Farm Fresh for Kids aims to combat obesity by helping economically disadvantaged families consume more fresh fruits and vegetables, while also supporting local farmers. Isn’t it refreshing to learn that there are youth in our cities who care about what they see, recognize need and are willing to take the time and do something about it? There are many stories just like this behind the kids who are featured in this book. It’s a great book to share with your children… giving them examples of what they can do in their own communities.

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Recipe Girl: FutureChefs Cookbook: Review and Giveaway

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FutureChefs Cookbook: Review and Giveaway Oct 13th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s the book I’ve been most excited about coming out this year!!! >> FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World

I guess I should tell you the reason I’m so excited… my son Brooks (RecipeBoy) is featured in the book! It’s also a terrific read- featuring young foodies (ages 5 to 18) from all over the world. Inspirational stories of what these kids are doing in their local communities and across the web are included, as well as delicious recipes too! I’m giving away two copies of the FutureChefs Cookbook- scroll to the end of this post for details :)

FutureChefs Cookbook

About the book: There are 150 recipes from cooking-obsessed kids and teens from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. This is a sampling of our culinary future! The author is veteran journalist and trained chef Ramin Ganeshram. She shares profiles of young foodies whose experience varies from cooking contest winners, food bloggers, activists and brand-new cooks in the kitchen. The book shares their passion, their stories and their recipes. It’s a terrific book to share with your own children, reading through the profiles to see what each of these kids is accomplishing at such a young age in the world of food. It’s truly an inspiring read.

Here are a few of the kids who are featured in the book:

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Brooks Lange- age 13 (Reno, Nevada): My son! He was given a food blog for his 10th birthday-, where he has shared 100 recipes since its debut. Brooks (along with his Mom) acted as a spokesperson for McCormick Spices. He has been hired to create recipes for brands, and he has won a few recipe contests too. Having recently moved to Reno from San Diego, Brooks hopes to get involved in his new city doing some charity fundraising using his food industry connections. Brooks’ Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread recipe was inspired by his love of chocolate and fresh raspberries. The recipe is included in the book, but you can also find it on his RecipeBoy blog. You can follow Brooks’ food adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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Recipe Girl: Hash Browns Made in the Waffle Iron

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Hash Browns Made in the Waffle Iron Oct 11th 2014, 15:44, by Lori Lange
Here is a delicious and fun recipe to try for a weekend breakfast: Hash Browns Made in the Waffle Iron

Waffled Hash Browns

This is one of those recipes where the outcome turned out to be a super exciting and delightful surprise! I’m just going to state it right up front: Hash Browns made in the waffle iron are the way to go, People! SO DARN GOOD.


The recipe comes from this super cool, new book from Daniel Shumski: Will It Waffle? He shows you how to make all kinds of things using your waffle iron, and they really work! I think it’s a super cute book to work through with your kids. And it would also be a fun gift for the holidays: waffle iron + the book. I have already tried the Waffled Banana Bread, and my family LOVED it. Other fun recipes in the book that my son and I plan on experimenting with: Griddle Grilled Cheese, Spaghetti and Waffled Meatballs, Waffled Macaroni and Cheese, Waffled Chicken Fingers, Waffled Onion Rings, Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Waffled Apple Pie.

Waffled Hash Browns - Will it Waffle

It all starts with shredded potato mixed with a little rosemary, salt and pepper. Into the waffle iron it goes!

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And then it comes out like this!!

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Perfectly waffled! And Hash-Brown-Perfect too- crispy on the edges and potato cooked through.

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