Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

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Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis is famously known for serving steaks so tender you can cut them with a spoon. Now that’s tender! I recently took a trip to Florida for a three-day recipe writing get away with my friend Laurie, one of my guest contributors in my book. She taught me to make a roasted chicken so tender; it puts …

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE

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Introducing a guilt-free dessert your entire family will love. Eat your heart out, Bill Cosby! This isn’t your childhood chocolate pudding filled with artificial ingredients and jam packed with preservatives. Yikes! Why do you think that creamy treat we all loved as kids have such a long shelf life? Actually, at my house, it didn’t last long enough to need …

Italian Burrata Caprese

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I’ve never met a Burrata salad I didn’t like. There is something simply magical about this Italian cheese that makes everything it’s paired with “Magnifico!” An interesting experience happens when biting into Burrata cheese that makes the act of eating it a bit of an adventure. Created in Southern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, the Burrata cheese …

Gray Home+Lifestyle

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Right off the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota sits a charming little lake town called Excelsior. Bustling year round with a spectacular selection of specialty boutiques, restaurants, a farmers market, an old-fashioned ice cream shop, a brewery, and a very busy nightlife filled with summertime festivals and concerts. Oh, the list goes on. But one of my favorite places to …

Kotopoulo Pikantiko – Zesty Greek chicken

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Greece is known as the country of beautiful land, beautiful people and beautiful food. In my life’s experience, I have always known the people of Greece to be a warm, generous and a wonderfully hospitable culture. Food is a large part of their lives, and Greek food is by far one of my favorites of the many Mediterranean styles of …

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A Danish Slice of Heaven

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One of my favorite pastries is a freshly baked danish stuffed with all sorts of deliciousness. In my part of town sits an adorable German bakery called “Edelweiss” that luckily for me and my sugar loving teens, is only a short tempting 10 minutes from my house. The bakery shelves are jammed packed with dozens of fresh, delicious pastries that …

Mickey’s Diner

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Remember the movie “The Bucket List”? The one that changed most of our lives because, if you are anything like me, you live by your bucket list. Mickey’s Diner is a definite “Must do” bucket list item to add to your list if you are ever visiting the Twin Cities. I think I’ve checked it off of my list six …

Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

In Dairy-free, Global Lifestyle, Gluten-free, Recipes by Lisa Soldo-Johnson0 Comments

Who could ever forget growing up watching Bill Cosby and the Jello Pudding Commercials? Instant pudding and pudding pops were built into the fabric of American culture and played a starring role as a quick and easy dessert at most of our dinner tables. Well, thank goodness times have changed. Today, we have so many healthier options to choose from …

Mehndi Designs ~ A Tradition of Love

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I have always found the unique, rich heritage of cultural traditions to be fascinating. A few years ago, I had the incredible honor of being a bridesmaid in a girlfriend’s wedding. It was one of the most elaborate and beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen. Her parents were originally from India, and although she was born in the United States, …

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Bringing The Outside In

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Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, especially in Minnesota. As the tree’s leaves begin to turn brilliant hues of orange, red, burgundy and bright green, it’s a beautiful yet subtle reminder that, like it or not, the cold weather will soon become our reality. Even though the warm weather is ready to call it quits …