Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
  4. Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
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Eggplant Chicken
 in Garlic Sauce Recipe

Makes 2 servings



1 lb    eggplant, cut into 1½-inch chunks

  • kosher salt, for sprinkling

1 lb    skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

3 Tbsp    cornstarch, for dredging

3 Tbsp    chopped garlic

¼ tsp    chili pepper flakes

⅓ cup    shredded carrots

  • canola or vegetable oil,
for frying

Dark Sauce:

⅓ cup    low-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp    sugar

1 tsp    toasted sesame oil

1 tsp    ground black pepper

1 tsp    cornstarch


  1. Sprinkle eggplant chunks with salt; allow to rest for 20-30 minutes (this process will prevent eggplant from soaking up too much oil during frying). Rinse salt from eggplant and drain well.
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A Greek Take on the BLT

Greek BLT
Makes 4 servings

12 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon
½ cup Kontos Tzatziki sauce (contains Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, oil, and salt)
4 pieces Kontos Greek Lifestyle Flatbread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for brushing the bread
1 ½ cups Baby Arugula
2 ripe Tomatoes (heirloom if available)
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Nut Free Halloween Classroom Treats (for the not-so-crafty)

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We all know “that mom” who always has the perfect, handmade, beautiful treat in hand for every occasion.  She is usually perfectly put together, in this season’s latest, not a hair of of place.  I am not that mom.  I am not crafty, and I don’t have 4 hours to spend hand-dipping things into other things that I spent 4 hours “whipping up from scratch” – nor do I have the desire.  Sorry, not sorry.  So what’s a not-so-crafty mom to do?  Do we fail our kids, are we horrible moms?  Nope, we have our skills in other places.  And it’s all good, ladies- here’s some really cute, really easy Halloween treats to make that won’t break the bank OR make you late for your meeting, your deadline, or car line.  (Hey, we all have a boss in one form or another.)

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It’s a Boo-tiful Thing

And it is!  Because it’s easy to make and not only nut free, but easy to make gluten free as well.  Boom.

Totally simple- ready?  Go to the store, and buy a mess of the tiny marshmallows- most are nut free, and many are gluten free as well. (Check the labels to make sure).  Hint- the average bag makes 3 ghosts in a sandwich sized bag, so buy accordingly (either smaller bag or as many marshmallows as you will need for your class). Get bags to the size you desire- we used sandwich bags, not ziplock- the kind that fold over so there were no other “colors” involved.  Last- get some festive fall ribbon.  We spent less then $10 on all of this.
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Bacon and Onion Squash Sauté


Makes: 3 servings

Hands-on time: 18 min.

Total time: 18 min.

Server this quick and easy side dish straight from the skillet.

3 hickory-smoked bacon slices

3 cups sliced yellow squash (¾ lb.)

¾ cup chopped onion

¼ tsp. table salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ cup (1 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
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Strawbasil Splash and Crandazzle Drink Recipes


Now that summer is in full swing, the SMIRNOFF team is very excited to announce the two newest innovations for the SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light portfolio – SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach!

Infused with natural and fresh-tasting fruit flavors including intense ripe strawberry and juicy sweet peaches, SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach joins the brand’s robust portfolio of reduced-calorie vodka specialties offering light, refreshing tasting cocktails at only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and giving consumers even more options for delicious summertime cocktails without sacrificing taste or worrying about calories. It’s the perfect complement to any summer activity from the beach to the backyard barbecue.

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Uniquely Greek Dips and Spreads

There are lots of options out there for snacking. Each with their own unique qualities to them. One of the most recent trends in snacking has been Greek foods. These foods show up in dips, as ingredients in snack bars, even on sandwiches in the form of Greek yogurts and Feta cheeses.

pic3Dips are particularly interesting because they can be used in a plethora of recipes. One such dip we will be looking at his particular favorite of mine, Uniquely Greek. Throughout their products the commonality is Feta. Each of their spreads revolves around the theme of a delicious easy to use spread with simple natural ingredients. As of now there are 4 varieties, Fire Roasted Red Pepper which has cream cheeses, feta garlic and fire roasted red peppers, this is not spicy in the slightest and adds a great flavor to recipes. Up next is the Simply Spinach, which is one of the original flavors developed by Uniquely Greek’s creator Jessica Gill owner of Grecian Delights in Boothwyn, PA. Next is the spicy one Spicy Buffalo which packs a Buffalo wing punch and is full of wonderful flavor. And last but not least is the Imported Kalamata Olive flavor which is a wonderful combination of olive cream cheese and feta to make a delightful spread that goes perfectly on crackers and other crunchy delights. Each of the dips is unique in its own regard but can all be used as dips, sandwich spreads, slathered on a grilled meat. There are tons of uses for them. Below is a recipe a delicious back to school meal.

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Strawberry Delight Cookies



I absolutely love to cook and bake. I love it even better when I make something that my girls can help with and love eating. The Strawberry Delight Cookies are a huge win in this house.


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1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix

1 8oz. container Cool Whip

1 Egg

1/3 C. Powdered Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together Cake Mix, Cool Whip, and Egg. (Will be very sticky)
  • Drop by the spoonful into a bowl of powdered sugar and roll until well coated.
  • Place on lined or greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
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