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Classic chocolate eclair recipe

Do you dare to éclair? Éclairs used to seem like one of those unattainable pastries—something you had no choice by to pay $8 for in a fancy French patisserie in New York or Europe if you wanted to cure your craving. Why, they simply couldn’t be made at home by a cheeseburger eating American girl with no formal training! …Or so I had myself convinced for years. This is, of course, 100% ridiculous. For all the fanciness of their name—éclair means lightning, by-the-way—they really are not all that hard to make. Sure, there are three steps, but even all together, they can still be tackled in around 2 hours. The filling can even be made ahead of time. Though they had originated in France around the turn of the 19th century, the first known recipe for éclairs appears in the Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, published…

Red velvet pizzelle are a perfect cookie for February

Pizzelle are the ultimate holiday cookie. In my family, we eat them for Christmas and New Year and always, always, always around Easter. We can even count on them for birthdays. Valentine’s Day was feeling left out so I put a red velvet twist on this traditional Italian cookie. The bright red color and crispy, rich chocolatey taste make them perfect for sharing with your better half. Dunk these Red Velvet Pizzelle in ice cold milk or savor with your morning coffee for a combo that will have you believing in love at first bite. Red Velvet Pizzelle Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients 3 large eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp vanilla 2 tsp red food coloring Directions Preheat pizzelle iron and set aside. Lay a few low-lint…

Heart-shaped peanut butter cookies

Soft, sweet, and chewy, who can resist peanut butter cookies? This recipe is packed with peanut flavor, sure to satisfy that peanut butter craving. They taste as delicious dunked in ice cold milk as they do all on their own. Plus, you’ll fall in love with the little heart-shaped design. This is my go-to recipe for peanut butter cookies. While I don’t always take the extra time to make them into hearts, you simply have to this time of year. It’s so easy, and no cookie cutter or rolling out dough necessary. It makes them extra fun for kids and coworkers, plus, it gives you an excuse to get baking in the first place! You can put this creative twist on just about any peanut butter cookie recipe (some of the 3-ingredients recipes are a little too crumbly to hold up). How to make heart-shaped peanut butter cookies Step 1…

Honey soy glazed salmon

If you want a fancy-yet-easy main dish, look no further than baked salmon fillets. It can be a midweek date go-to as much as it can  be an al fresco meal with friends, or even a romantic night in. Salmon pretty much always suits the occasion. This baked salmon comes out beautifully with little-to-no effort. The marinade is an interesting blend of sweet and sour flavors. It’s similar to a teriyaki sauce, though it takes its main spice ingredients from Chinese and Thai cuisine. Also try these Spicy Thai tuna stuffed avocados. To cook, let your fillets soak up the marinade for about 2 hours before baking (no less than 30 minutes), then place in preheated oven (350ºF). Even thick salmon fillets cook quickly, so don’t stray too far from the kitchen. As a rule of thumb, salmon needs four to six minutes cook time per half-inch of thickness. Start…

Detoxing celery, apple, ginger juice

What’s the point of a healthy juice if you can’t stand drinking it? So many of those green juices are great for you, but they taste like a liquid salad. If that’s your sort of thing, good for you! The rest of us are jealous. Me? I need some sweetness, and a juice I can actually look forward to. This celery, ginger, apple juice definitely checks all of  the boxes. Did you know, the timing of your meals throughout the day also plays into your overall health? I’ve been making this juice for years, so I wasn’t surprised when celery juice started getting tons of national attention. Here are just a few reasons why you should drink it too: It may lower inflammation. Celery is loaded with antioxidants, which are thought to combat free radicals that contribute to inflammation. It’s good for your liver. Celery has diuretic properties, so it’s…

Immunity boosting orange carrot turmeric ginger juice

It’s official. It’s sickness season in the North East. There is no denying winter is here. Once the winter gloom sets in and you’re cooped up inside, it doesn’t take long to start feeling the sniffles set in. But food is your first line of defense against that expensive, unwanted trip to the doctor’s office. What you eat REALLY matters! Staying on top of your health and eating a generally healthy diet full of immunity-boosting foods can be the difference between floating through February and laying in bed for weeks managing a raw, red nose. There are lots of immunity boosting foods, including yogurt, green tea, almonds, garlic, and broccoli, but it’s probably citrus that most people turn to after they’ve caught a cold. And for a good reason! Citrus is full of vitamin C, which is through to increase the production of white blood cells—you body’s way of fighting…

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

We swear we’re done eating junk after the holidays, and then BAM! Valentine’s Day goodies are everywhere. But I have to tell you, these red velvet brownies are totally worth it! If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’ll love these moist, chewy brownies. They’re 100 percent homemade, and ready in no time. Even the cream cheese frosting is homemade. Yes, you can leave your brownies bare, but red velvet and cream cheese are just meant to be together. If I can give you one tip, it’s when you go to cut your finished baked goods, clean your knife after each cut. Bonus points for warming it up a bit under the faucet first. A warm, clean knife will ensure your keeping the luscious crumbs and the cream, white icing in their separate layers. You can also make these in muffin tins for easy removal and less hassle. Red Velvet…

You don’t have to go to Gobbler’s Knob when you have Groundhog Day cookies at home

Here in Pennsylvania, we’ve given a groundhog celebrity status. But he’s not just any old groundhog. On February 2, all eyes will be on the prognosticator of prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil. Phil has been sharing his weather predictions every Groundhog Day with the public for going on 134 years (never mind that the average groundhog lives to be about 7 years old), but the beginnings of this seemingly hilarious holiday go back even further. The roots go back to Candlemas Day, an early Christian holiday that also served as an occasion to predict what the weather had in store. And old English rhyme reads: “If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, Winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, Winter is gone and will not come again.” The tradition originated in Germany, where they would wake up a badger or hedgehog to see if he saw his…

Homemade V8 juice recipe

There are tons of reasons to make juice at home. Aside from benefiting from all of the additional vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in your diet, you can customize and make your very own mixtures, like this one, inspired by the popular vegetable drink V8. V8 has been around since 1933, and it has that great tomato-y, salty flavor that we can’t get enough of. By making your own, you can decrease or even eliminate the amount of  added sugar, sodium, food dyes (and potentially other scary things, too!). You can also mix up the blend and add more of what you love (and less of what you don’t), or add pulp back in for additional fiber. Other benefits of Homemade V8 Juice High in Potassium, so it reduces blood pressure and protects again stroke. High in Vitamin A, so it will keep your teeth, bones, and white blood cells healthy.…

Marry Me Chicken — also known as Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Yes! I’d marry you for that chicken! So the story goes. From what I can tell, the first lucky recipient of this dish was moved to proclaim his eternal love if it meant always being able to eat this chicken dish. That’s a pretty stellar review. And a perfect one for Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for a romantic and/or incredibly delicious recipe to make this holiday—whether it’s for one or a the whole family—this recipe will not disappoint. It’s similar to Tuscan Chicken with its blend of garlic, sundried tomatoes, and basil, but instead of spinach, we’ll add a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. It’s an easy, crowd pleaser in under 30 minutes. Also try this Tuscan risotto with kale, mushrooms, and walnuts It’s also keto-friendly, so bonus for those still sticking with their low-carb New Year’s resolutions. Start by heating olive oil in a skillet. Add the chicken…