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Learn how to make croissants (and pain au chocolat!) It should be flaky, with as many rich buttery layers as possible, this beautiful pastry defying gravity itself.

4 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1/3 c granulated sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
2-1/4 tsp instant yeast
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole milk
1/4 c water ( at room temperature )
1-1/4 c (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter ( softened - for laminating )
1 large egg, plus a few drops of water ( for egg wash )
12
Nutritions

Calories
629

Sodium
222mg
9% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
10g
21% DV

Carbs
66g
22% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
27

Lemon Meringue Pie

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My lemon meringue pie recipe is absolutely irresistible. The flaky butter crust is filled with smooth tangy lemon deliciousness, then topped off with a gorgeous amount of fluffy, lightly sweet meringue.

Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1 c unsalted butter ( cold, cut into pea-sized pieces )
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
A few Tbsp ice water
Vegetable shortening for greasing pie pan
Lemon Filling:
5 large egg yolks
1-1/4 c water
1-1/4 c granulated sugar
1/3 c plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 c lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Meringue:
5 large egg whites ( at room temperature )
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8
Nutritions

Calories
304

Sodium
334mg
13% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
51g
17% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
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A cool, refreshing watermelon lemonade with fresh garden rosemary! This drink has just the right combination of sweet & tart to cool you off on a hot summer...

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c watermelon, blended
1/4 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
Ice cubes
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
35g
12% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
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Pepperoni bread (aka pepperoni roll or stromboli) has always been a special treat for me. In my Italian family in southern New Jersey, we all savored pepperoni bread!This recipe makes enough dough for 2 loaves of pepperoni bread (you'll have to double the fillings though). So, my recommendation is to either double the "fillings" or save the other half of the dough to make a homemade pizza!

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Filling:
5 oz pepperoni ( sliced thin )
1 lb mozzarella cheese ( grated or cut into thin strips )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( grated )
1 large egg ( beaten )
2 Tbsp butter ( melted )
Your favorite Italian spices and herbs (garlic powder, oregano, basil, etc)
16 slices
Nutritions

Calories
5835

Sodium
9399mg
391% DV

Fat
225g
346% DV

Protein
259g
519% DV

Carbs
618g
210% DV

Fiber
35g
143% DV
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What better way to enjoy this juicy, sweet fruit than in a strawberry cocktail (and mocktail) that's super refreshing and thirst-quenching on a hot sunny day. (Each recipe makes one drink. Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe when company stops by!)

2 strawberries, hulled
1/8 c honey
Juice of 1 lemon
7 oz sparkling water ( plus another 1/4 c sparkling water )
Mint or basil leaves ( optional )
Strawberries and slice of lemon for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
388

Sodium
72mg
3% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
35g
71% DV

Carbs
126g
42% DV

Fiber
40g
160% DV
Main Dishes
702

"Go To" Shoyu Chicken

If my children had one “go to” meal that they could eat every week, it would be this one. I am not sure what it is about this chicken, but folks absolutely LOVE it. It has a salty sweetness and the ginger adds a unique savor to the dish. I hope it will become a family favorite of yours as well.

1 chicken cut up ( or you can use breasts or thigh pieces )
¾ cup soy sauce
1 large pinch pickled ginger ( found at oriental markets or fresh ginger, sliced thin )
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
8
Bring soy, water, and sugar to a boil. Add chicken and ginger and simmer until chicken is tender. 30 - 45 until done, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken and thicken sauce with 2 T. cornstarch and water....
See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
526

Sodium
1510mg
62% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
14g
5% DV

Fiber
1g
4% DV
Snacks
230

Easy Flan

When it comes to deserts, I think one of the very best is flan. It looks impressive and with that smooth, velvety, creamy texture it doesn’t get much better. The wonderful thing about flan is that it looks a lot harder than it really is. So I got a little adventurous and put one in a Dutch oven. I was super happy with the results, it turned out fantastic!

¾ cup sugar
4 eggs
1 (¾ cups) water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. Salt
4
In a small cast iron skillet melt sugar on low heat in heavy skillet. The sugar will start to clump, but don’t worry and just keep stirring. It goes from clumpy to done in just a few minutes.Pour into 9...
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Nutritions

Calories
655

Sodium
316mg
13% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
16g
33% DV

Carbs
122g
41% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
Main Dishes
553

One Hour Ribs

Faith loves ribs. I mean she really, really likes ribs. A while back she was sitting in a hospital waiting area flipping through magazines. She happened upon a recipe for ribs that only takes a little more than an hour, which almost seems too good to be true. Most of the time you have to bake them for hours. The combination of using a brine and finishing them on the grill was really good. We tried it for the first time and found it to be a keeper.

6 Quarts Water
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Course Salt
1 Head Garlic
Ribs ( You can use Baby-Back or Country Style Boneless )
6
Bring water to a boil. Add salt and sugar. Add garlic, smashed and unpeeled. Add ribs and boil for 30-minutes until tender. Transfer meat to a cooling rack or cookie sheet and allow to dry for...
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Nutritions

Calories
411

Sodium
289mg
12% DV

Fat
57g
89% DV

Protein
10g
20% DV

Carbs
43g
14% DV

Fiber
10g
40% DV

Easy homemade flour tortillas that you can whip up at home!

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbls shortening
3/4 cup water
12
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together with a fork. Add shortening and continue mixing with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the...
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Nutritions

Calories
104

Sodium
147mg
6% DV

Fat
3g
4% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
16g
5% DV

Fiber
0.7g
2% DV

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