MandyLHiggins Blog Posts

  • Molasses cookies, cranberry margaritas, and brandy milk punch - recipes for your holiday arsenal
    on Nov 29, 2013
    Here are three recipes I tried recently that would be amazing additions to your holiday entertaining arsenal. Click on the links to get the recipes.Molasses Spice Cookies: These were yummy, heartwarming and cozy. The whole family will go crazy for th...
  • Fast winter weeknight dinners, and an easy-to-make, popular cake
    on Nov 28, 2013
    Here are some recipes I tried recently that will warm up your winter nights. Panang Curry Beef with Basil: The word “curry” may scare those who don’t like spicy food, but don’t worry – this dish is mild, and could even be served to children...
  • Soup, speedy potatoes and tomatillos
    on Oct 7, 2013
    Here are some cozy fall recipes I tried recently. Click on the links to get the recipes. Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Gruyere Croutons: A soup that’s easy to make and is incredibly delicious. The recipe title is a bit curious as there aren’t rea...
  • Three Pepper Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Bratwurst
    on Sep 9, 2013
    Here are a couple of new recipes I tried during the week of Sept. 2-6. They’re awesome! Click on the links to get the recipes. Three-Pepper Pork Tenderloin with Peach-Cucumber Salad: The peaches and cucumbers provide a refreshing foil to the pep...
  • Late summer recipes: Grilled Corn; Black Plum Ice Cream
    on Sep 3, 2013
    Here the awesome new recipes I tried from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Enjoy! Click on the links for the recipes. Grilled Corn with Herb Butter: This simple recipe will have you munching down corn on the cob in no time. Husked corn is grilled then slathere...
  • on Aug 26, 2013
    My latest round of delicious summer recipes, tried by me in the time period from Aug. 15 to 25, includes a kabob and some must-try cooling summer salads. Click on the links to get the recipes. Grilled Lamb, Tomato, and Halloumi Skewers with Orzo S...
  • on Aug 12, 2013
    I tried four successful on the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11, 2013. Click on the links to get the recipes: Vodka-Grape Sparkler: This recipe from Bobby Flay is a grown-up grape soda. I made half of the recipe, and it produced three very decent-sized c...
  • More terrific summer recipes - pastas, salads, appetizers, cake!
    on Aug 7, 2013
    My promised update of recipes I tried so far this summer that worked continues. In this blog entry are summer pastas, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, cake and more. All of them were awesome – try all of the recipes below without fear! Click on the...
  • A whack of great summer recipes
    on Aug 6, 2013
    It’s been a looooonnnng time since I’ve posted on Recipes That Worked.   That’s because things have been so hectic at my day job that I’ve had no time for any outside writing projects.    I’ve come to the realization t...
  • Hate the idea of frying donuts? Try fonuts!
    on May 30, 2013
    I've always liked the idea of making donuts at home, but I’m frankly terrified of cooking with hot oil.     Luckily I’ve come across an excellent alternative: Fonuts, which you bake instead of fry. They have exactly the same textu...
  • Keep out the slow cooker for these springtime recipes
    on Mar 27, 2013
    You may be thinking of putting your slow cooker in storage after a long winter of use, but I’ve got a couple of recipes that will make you want to keep it out for some springtime meals.     I chose both recipes because they requ...
  • Pasting supper together
    on Feb 19, 2013
    Recently my husband and I made two dishes that required paste.     Not glue, of course, but spice pastes: Harissa in one dish, and green curry paste in the other.     Both recipes, from the pages of Martha Stewart Living...
  • Get some Italian sausage in your stew
    on Feb 11, 2013
    My husband and I have always been fans of Italian sausage, the sweet or mild variety. (No hot stuff for us!)     Italian sausage delivers a hit of awesome to the three things to which it is most commonly added: Pasta, soups and st...
  • Three coffee-style cakes to warm up your winter
    on Feb 4, 2013
    With winter still in full swing, there is still lots of time to hunker down and enjoy the coziness of home with a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of delicious coffee-style cake.    Although I’m personally not a tea or coffee drinker...
  • Ancient-sounding Onion and Ale Soup is perfect for winter
    on Jan 31, 2013
    The recipe for Onion and Ale Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons (click for the recipe) first attracted me because it had the word “ale” in it.     This conjured up an image of men clad in animal robes, swords in scabbards on their belt...
  • Celebrate citrus season in style with Blood Orange Margaritas
    on Jan 28, 2013
    It’s the time of year when citrus fruit is tumbling off the stands at supermarkets, and I’ve got a drink that will help you celebrate this abundance in glorious style.     Blood Orange Margaritas (click for the recipe) are absolute...
  • Grapefruit-tangerine hybrid makes for yummy salsa with coconut shrimp
    on Jan 22, 2013
    It was all in the name: Tangelo.    When I read the name of the of the citrus fruit it made me think of Jell-O because the two words rhymed, which in turn made me feel happy and want to try the recipe for Baked Coconut Shrimp with Tang...
  • Quinoa-Leek Pilaf is a stellar holiday dinner side dish
    on Dec 8, 2012
    This time of year, many cooks are on the lookout for a stellar side dish, one that will be a worthy alongside a magnificent Christmas turkey, ham or roast.     But the easier the side dish the better, right?     Wel...
  • Christmas cookie baking begins with Walnut Snowball Cookies
    on Dec 7, 2012
    My annual foray into Christmas cookie baking began this year with Walnut Snowball Cookies (click for the recipe).     I chose to try this recipe for two reasons: The apt-sounding name, and the use of vanilla bean seeds in the recipe, s...
  • Texture almost outranks taste of Brown Sugar Almond Cake with Caramel Frosting
    on Nov 27, 2012
    Once in a rare while, I will make a dish or dessert whose texture almost outranks its taste.    Almost.     The texture of Brown Sugar Almond Cake with Caramel Frosting (click for the recipe - but watch out, it's missing...
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