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Ham Cheese Puff Pastry Pizza

  This Ham Cheese Puff Pastry Pizza is a quick and easy recipe that the whole family will love.  It makes a great dinner with a garden salad.  You could also cut into smaller portions and use as an appetizer for a party.  If you are not a fan of ham and cheese, you could always use your own combinations of toppings for endless versions of this yummy treat.  Try it tonight. . . you'll be glad you did.  ...

Cheesy Shells and Meat Sauce

  Well, last night I was not feeling great and thought I would make a quick and easy pasta dish.  I had bought some jarred pasta sauce at ALDI gasp!  I thought I would use that with some ground beef and cheese to make a pasta bake.  When I told my daughter my intentions, she had a "meltdown".  "Please don't use that mom!" she begged, "I will make the sauce just tell me what to do."  Of course, I obliged...

Sweet & Sour Beef & Peppers with Rice Noodles

  Sweet & Sour Beef & Peppers with Rice Noodles   Save Print Sweet & Sour Beef & Peppers with Rice Noodles Author: April Ozbilgin Recipe type: Main Dish Ingredients ½ pound Beef Stew Meat 1 small Onion 1 Cup Sweet Bell Pepper, red, yellow and orange 2 Cups Beef Stock 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil ⅓ Cup Soy Sauce ⅓ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch Dash Sesame Oil 3-4 Cloves Garlic, crushed 1...

Dana Mutancana or Beef Mutancana

  One of Fatih Sultan Mehmet's favorite foods was a dish called Mutancana.  Lamb meat was sauteed in butter with shallots and cooked until tender.  Then dried fruits and almonds were added and cooked a little longer.  It was seasoned with honey and sumac which gives it a sweet and sour effect.  If you want to eat like a Turkish Sultan, you should try and make this dish.  I made my Mutancana with Beef and it could also be made...

Spinach Feta Puff Pastry Pizza

    Spinach, onions and Feta go so well together and this recipe is no exception.  Spinach Feta Puff Pastry Pizza would be good to serve as an appetizer at a cocktail party or for brunch.  It is really light and tasty.  You could serve it with soup or a salad for a light lunch.  You make your own puff pastry but be prepared to take about a day to do so.  I made homemade puff pastry years ago but...

Stella’s Yummy Honey Mustard Sauce

  I am not crazy about sweet food.  Don't get me wrong, I love desserts and sweets but separately from my savory food.  I will say though that sometimes, having a sweet sauce to accompany an appetizer or dish makes all the difference in the world.  Rich dishes often need a little acidity and sweetness to cut through some of the heaviness.  This was the case when I made my Arancini Alabama Style.  My daughter's Honey Mustard Sauce had just...

April’s Arancini Alabama Style

  With all the rice recipes I have given you, I thought now would be a good time to do a recipe on what to do with leftover rice.  The April's Arancini Alabama Style calls for two cups cooked and cooled rice.  You can either cook some plain rice or you could use leftover rice.  The saffron rice would be a perfect one to use.  I would probably also put a stuffed green olive in with it.  You can play around...

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs With Saffron Rice

Crock Pot Chicken With Saffron Rice

  The chicken recipe I have for you is too easy to be true.  You just put everything in one pot and forget about it.  Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs comes out tender and juicy every time you make this recipe.  I can guarantee it will be often.  Serve it with saffron rice.  Even if you want to make it in the oven, it is really easy and stress free.  Hope you like it.  Afiyet olsun! 5.0 from 1 reviews Slow...

Saffron Rice

    I would first like to apologize for my lack of posts over the weekend.  I made an unplanned trip out-of-town and have just gotten back into the swing of things.  I will be posting two recipes today.  One for my Saffron Rice and one for Crock Pot Chicken Thighs. First, let me tell you a little about saffron.  Saffron is one of the most expensive spices used today.  Because it comes from the dried stigma of the Saffron...

Vanilla Honey Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

    I almost forgot the birthday cupcakes.  Vanilla Honey Cupcakes are a quick alternative to baking an elaborate birthday cake.  The icing was delicious to me but I think I over cooked them just a tad - they were a little dry to me.  So start checking them at about 15 minutes.  I could have eaten the icing all by itself.  It was really good! Vanilla Honey Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing   Save Print Vanilla Honey Cupcakes...

Oven Roasted Boneless Lamb Shoulder

    Well, February 14th was not only Valentine's Day but also my dear friend Angie's birthday.  She is like a sister to me and I wanted to invite her over for dinner.  My sister and nephew were also coming over.  I had planned on making my Chicken in Decadent Garlic Sauce but the day before, my sister, Kim was out shopping and she called me to tell me she saw some lamb at a good price and would I...

April's Spice Mix

Here is a Spice Mix that I am using on my Oven Roasted Lamb for dinner tonight!  My spice mix would go well with other oven roasted meats.  Sprinkle some of the spice mix into your meatballs or on beef, chicken or lamb and grill them to perfection.  Food is always better when you add a little spice.   April's Spice Mix   April's Spice Mix   Save Print Author: April Ozbilgin Recipe type: Spice Ingredients 2 Tablespoons Salt 2...

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