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Pi Day Poem

A special Pi Day poem for today…

Monday was a quiche topped with cheese,
May I have a second serving please?
Tuesday was a shepherd’s pie with beans,
Extra mashed potatoes? Of course, by all means.
Wednesday was a flaky pot pie,
Full of creamy goodness and a veggie supply.
But now that it’s Thursday, the day of the pi,
I’m going for something a little more decadent, I can’t lie.
Apples, berries, chocolate, peanut butter,
So many choices, my taste buds start to flutter.
Lemon meringue, strawberry, pecan, or key lime,
They all sound delightful and ever sublime.
Yes, Thursday’s the day for all pie lovers,
To enjoy a day of pi and all the flavors pie uncovers.

Happy Pi Day to you!

Amanda Piccolo


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Stephen’s Favorite Cookies

Stephen's Favorite Cookies

Stephen’s Favorite Cookies

1/2 c butter
1/2 c white sugar
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c rolled oats
2/3 c chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

Preheat oven to 350° F.  In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.  Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and egg until well blended.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter, just until moistened.  Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.  Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes* or just until edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

*The key to these cookies is not to overcook them.  When you first see any browning on the edges, take them out.  I’ve never cooked a batch more than 10 minutes and often only 8 or 9 minutes.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

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Basil Pesto

I fell in love with pesto the first time I was introduced to it by one of my favorite college professors. She thought it was good for us to have new food experiences, so every Friday she would have something new for us to try. I grew up with a “meat and potatoes” family, so this shocked my taste buds and they asked for more. Hope you like it as much as I do.  Continue reading

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Chicken Coconut Kurma

I love Indian food and have been trying to convince Matt to like it as well. I had been searching for a good Tikka Masala recipe for a long time. A co-worker of mine gave me an amazing recipe. So, now I’ve conquered the Tikka Masala and convinced Matt he likes it too, I decided to branch out and find more delicious Indian food recipes to experiment with. I ran across this recipe from a website of a woman I met at a football game brunch. She and her three sisters started a food blog which became popular enough that they have a cookbook that just came out.

This recipe for Chicken Coconut Kurma was a delicious choice. So good that I didn’t want to stop eating it. I did make a few alterations to the recipe. If you use light coconut milk like I did, reduce the amount of water to ¼ cup. Chopped onions would also be a good addition with the garlic and ginger. I used chicken thighs to make it a little more authentic with a little tenderer finished product.  Go to this website to get the recipe. Enjoy!