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Easy and yummy dinner recipes for holidays and every day

Quick and easy breadsticks recipe from scratch

Here’s an easy, same-day breadsticks recipe for bakers like me who prefer instant gratification. This quick and easy breadsticks recipe uses instant dried yeast and a bit of honey to speed the baking process. In less than 2 hours, you’ll have a pan filled with warm, pull-apart crusty breadsticks ready for dipping! Add oregano, garlic …

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Easy DIY Drink Stirrers for Cocktails

Planning a party soon? Make these easy DIY drink stirrers for your cocktails and mocktails. All it takes is wood sucker sticks, striped washi tape, cardstock paper, a 1″ round craft punch. You can personalize them with any image you like, and it’s quick to make a ton of drink stirrers in just one evening. …

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The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe: Shane’s Famous Chicken Marinade from Upstate New York

Today I’m sharing the best grilled chicken recipe to make this summer. This grilled chicken recipe uses a super easy, foolproof marinade that takes just a few ingredients and is cheap enough to serve a crowd. Shane is the chef in our family and he’s a master griller. His grandmother and mom passed down this …

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Easy and Tasty Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, Recipes and Grocery Shopping List

Here’s an easy and tasty complete Thanksgiving dinner menu with recipes, grocery shopping list, and daily preparation schedule for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner that combines traditional favorites with fresh modern twists. This is Thanksgiving menu planning made easy!

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe

Here’s a pork carnitas recipe that’s not only kid-friendly but also foodie-friendly. This pork carnitas recipe works for my picky toddler, my adventurous five-year-old, and my foodie husband and I tell you, finding a meal that pleases them all is like finding a tiny unicorn ? Our Chicago home is within walking distance to Antique …

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Mini pizzas recipe using cookie cutters and wheat tortillas

Mini pizzas have quickly become a dinnertime staple at our house. They’re just so cute and easy to make, and Elise can help with the recipe. The final mini pizzas are about 2-1/2 in diameter – perfect for kids to handle on their own or for adults to pop in their mouths amuse-bouche-like. I usually …

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Tasty marinade recipe for grilling chicken, pork, fish or veggie kabobs

Memorial Day in Chicago means one thing: grilling! Here’s an easy, very tasty and relatively healthy marinade recipe for chicken, pork, fish or veggie kabobs, courtesy of Merriment reader Jen Martensen who created and evolved this recipe that she uses “all the time” (thanks, Jen!). And if you’re not into mustard, try Shane’s famous grilled …

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Rainy Day Green Pea Soup

Here’s one of my favorite it’s-a-rainy-day-and-I-am-low-on-groceries recipe: Green pea soup with toasted baguette slices. It’s a healthy, low fat, non-dairy recipe from Ellie Krieger, one of my favorite Food Network chefs. 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 large onion, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups) 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon (I subbed …

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Yummy Individual Chicken Pot Pie Recipe in Ramekins for St. Patrick’s Day

This easy chicken pot pie recipe is my favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I started making this homemade chicken pot pie recipe as a St. Patrick’s Day dinner tradition but it tasted so good that I ended up adding it into our winter dinner rotation. I like making individual mini chicken pot pies …

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