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Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
February 23, 2018 – 9:55 am | No Comment
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)

This recipe has been “lightened up” slightly and is a wonderful soup that, while meat-free, is able to satisfy the carnivores in your life!
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large carrot, …

The “Nutty Nikolai” Cocktail
February 16, 2018 – 9:23 am | No Comment

A variation on a White Russian cocktail, I came up with this last night…and dang it was good! Sorry for the lack of photograph, however.
The Nutty Nikolai Cocktail
1.5 oz of Hazelnut Liquor (such as Frangelico®)
1.5 …

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
February 3, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 2 lbs)
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to season


8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese at room temp
5 oz (I can) artichoke hearts in brine, drained, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced …

Hot Virginia Dip
December 12, 2010 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip (Courtesy of the Virginia Hospitality Cookbook and the Junior League of Hampton Roads)
Original recipe:
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 tbsp butter (Unsalted)
16 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp milk
5 oz dried beef, minced
1 tbsp garlic …