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S’more Dip: A Recipe You Can’t Screw Up

Look, I’ve had my share of #CookingFails in my lifetime. The following recipe for s’more dip IS NOT ONE OF THEM. Just make this one time, and you’ll ask yourself, “where has this been all of my life?” INGREDIENTS: graham crackers marshmallows semi-sweet chocolate chips METHOD: In small stovetop saucepan, melt chocolate chips on low heat until smooth. Do not burn. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover melted chocolate chips with marshmallows. Bake saucepan in oven for 5-10 minutes, or until melted marshmallows are golden brown. Serve…

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Best Hot Chocolate EVER

Now that the weather has turned colder and winter is officially here, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes, one for homemade hot chocolate with an “adult” twist. Need something to keep you warm at night? This will do it! Ingredients: 2 cups skim milk 1/4 cup hazelnut creamer 1/2 cup 60% cocoa dark chocolate chips 2 shots of Grand Marnier Method: Pour milk, creamer and chocolate chips into saucepan. Stir on low heat until blended. Add Grand Marnier. Stir until well…

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Celi Cooks: Easy Peasy Angel Food Pudding

During the crush of summer, I crave light, airy, sweet treats with lots of fruit. The more fruit, the better. That’s why I love this simple recipe for Angel Food Pudding. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, doesn’t require any baking, and captures summer in every bite. Try it once, and I’m sure you’ll put it in your summer rotation. It’s a hit! Ingredients: 1 premade Angle Food cake 1 10 oz tub of strawberries, washed and sliced 1 8…

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Celi Cooks: That’s a Layered Pizza Pie!

I’ve baked homemade pizzas for years, but a recent episode of Man vs. Food I found on The Food Network convinced me that I might have been doing it wrong all along. The episode focused on an NYC pizza joint that serves an epic pizza the Sicilian way. A big twist here: sauce on top of the pizza, not on the bottom. I’m not Italian (Celi is a name I received when I married my Filipino-American husband), so this concept seemed new…

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Celi Cooks: Hot Mulled Wine

Hot mulled wine was another big hit when it came to Christmas 2014. This recipe takes a humdrum bottle of regular red wine and ads some sparkle and glamour. Serve this to your guests at a party, and they’ll clamor for another glass faster than you can serve it! Mulled wine works great at fall and winter events, when everyone wants to warm up with a hot drink. Ingredients:  1 standard bottle of red table wine (no need to reach…

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Celi Cooks: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

For the recent holiday, I got a little bit creative in the kitchen. We invited my parents over for a simple Christmas dinner on the 25th, but I didn’t want it to be the typical night at home. I took a look at my menu and decided to kick it up a few notches in the appetizer department. One way I did that was with bacon wrapped water chestnuts. It’s a simple appetizer that packs big punches on flavor and…

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