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Cedar Planked Salmon

Several years ago when my husband and I were first dating we had dinner at a restaurant that served cedar plank salmon. I no longer remember what restaurant it was, but I do remember having the best salmon ever. You know it’s good when you remember the food, but not the restaurant. We discovered that […]




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My 2017 Cooking Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you are having a great start to the new year. I thought I would take a moment and share with you my cooking goals for the year. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do, but not the typical one’s like lose weight, eat better (although I should do all […]




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How To Ripen Banana’s Quickly

How to take bananas from this… To This… Do you ever have the desire to make banana bread and realize that your bananas aren’t ripe enough? I have, often. It’s a frustrating thing, so, what do you do? You ripen them quickly in the oven. It’s the perfect way to get your banana bread fix. […]




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Ideas For Dressing Up Jarred Spaghetti Sauce

ideas to dress up jarred spaghetti sauce - confessions of a cooking diva

My favorite ways to take jarred spaghetti sauce from drab to fab. Today’s post is not a recipe, but a list of suggestions on ways to make jarred spaghetti sauce 100 times better. Jarred spaghetti sauce is a constant staple in my pantry. I love how quick and effortless it makes my life, but if […]




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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking bacon in the oven is one of the best things ever! It’s only been lately that I’ve started cooking bacon in my oven and I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back to doing it on the stove again. It makes such a mess! Cooking bacon in the oven does take longer than in a […]




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How I Menu Plan + Weekly Menu Plan 2/8

Today, in addition to our weekly menu plan,I thought I would share with you how I menu plan. I’ve been menu planning for over 20 years and to be honest it’s not my favorite thing I have to do. Every week I struggle with what to come up with. One would think as a food […]




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How to Roast Garlic

 Raise your hand if you like garlic? Come on, I know you do! In our house garlic gets put into almost everything. We love it and roasted garlic is so good and milder than non-roasted garlic. Roasted garlic can be used in various types of recipes. Mashed potatoes, dressings, rub on bread for delicious garlic […]




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How to Clean and Slice Leeks

A few months ago I wrote a blog post for Mother’s Niche about cleaning and slicing Leeks and wanted to share it with you too. I love leeks and have a fantastic Potato Leek Soup Here Today, I’m going to share how to clean and slice leeks. A leek is a wonderful produce from the […]




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