National Cocoa Day – Lavender Cocoa

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Did you know there’s a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Here in the U.S. we tend to use the terms interchangeably, but there is a difference! Hot chocolate is literally drinking chocolate – shavings of chocolate melted into cocoa butter or simply melted and sipped. Hot cocoa, on the other hand, is made with cocoa powder, milk or water, and sugar.

So let’s celebrate the day with a little twist on the traditional! Instead of sugar, how about some lavender syrup?

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Corn and Cheddar Chowder with Bacon

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I love winter – and I love the soups and stews that seem to make the table so often.  I had some corn from this summer in the freezer and wanted to use it before it started to freezer burn. So what to make…Soup! Chowder to be exact. But what is the difference?

Chowder and Bisque are both simply a thick soup. Bisque is smooth and chowder is chunky. And I like chunky! Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #178

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It’s the holiday season! Our home is bursting with Christmas and we’ve got parties already on the calendar. And we still have to eat every night. So I ask you the question …

  This is the place to answer that question! The home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – And tell your friends to share – We’re shooting for 100 entries!! Help us break our record!

               Remember, make sure there is an edible recipe in your post.                  (sadly it will be deleted if it doesn’t).

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

It’s great to see how many visits everyone makes to each other. Some posts were pretty popular! And here they are in no particular order…

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Sea Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

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I’m trying to come up with ways to enjoy potatoes without all the butter and cream. I also love the flavors of sea salt and vinegar together. And then I thought, why not? We do it to french fries, why not just some smashed potatoes? And so I did! Not Mashed, but Smashed!

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Crumpets – I think…

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I had a crumpet a few years ago. Its sort of like an English muffin, but not. I really enjoyed it and decided I’d give it a whirl. But first, what is the difference between an English muffin and a crumpet?

Well, my research didn’t come up with a lot. There are two things that seemed to be unanimous – English muffins are split, crumpets are not. English muffins are made with a dough, crumpets use a batter.

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National Cookie Day

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Tomorrow is National Cookie day! It’s a day to indulge in your favorite cookie and enjoy every bite! It’s also a day to start thinking about Holiday Baking!

Here’s a great way to get some ideas! Find a cookie – share a cookie! Join our Great Cookie Exchange!

The rules are simple – share only those sweet treats that you can give away – cookies, fudge, brownies, bars – You know. That kind of treat!

And let’s get baking!



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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #177

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It’s December! I can’t believe it’s December! There is so much to do and so much fun to have. Parties and planning, shopping and wrapping, and, oh yeah! …

  This is the place to answer that question! The home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – And tell your friends to share – We’re shooting for 100 entries!! Help us break our record!

               Remember, make sure there is an edible recipe in your post.                  (sadly it will be deleted if it doesn’t).

 Here are the most visited posts from last week:

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

To everyone that shared an awesome recipe last week, I apologize if I didn’t make it to your site. My week had too many unexpected turns I simply couldn’t get it all done.

It’s great to see how many visits everyone makes to each other. Some posts were pretty popular! And here they are in no particular order…

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Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onion Gravy

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I was trying to come up with a new way to make chicken breast that would keep it moist and give it a flavor kick. My love of onions came into play as I put this dish together.

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Mocktail Recipes Drinkers and Non-Drinkers Will Love

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If you have never heard of a mocktail, it is similar to a cocktail but made of all non-alcohol ingredients. This can have its advantages, as they can be made for anyone at any time of year without worrying about them driving home after they have had a few. They can contain whatever you want them to, as long as no alcohol is involved. Here are just a few examples to show you the way.

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Lemon Curd Poppy Seed French Toast with Lavender Raspberry Cream

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It’s National French Toast day! Also called Gypsy toast, this eggy bread is a delicious treat for breakfast or dessert. No one quite knows who created a national day for this egg soaked bread, but here’s a really tasty recipe to celebrate it with!

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