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    Chocolate Wontons with Chai Drizzle

      Here’s another recipe I developed this week. When you think of wontons you think savory but these are sweet and I think make a perfect snack for this time of the year. To give them some extra pizzazz I used chai tea mix. The pairing of slightly sweetened chocolate with the spicy bite of the chai is a winning combination. Ingredients 4 ounces of cream cheese 2 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of ginger powder 1 cup chai tea…the liquid kind you buy in packages in the coffee and tea aisle 10 wonton wrappers Oil for cooking the wontons Method In a small…

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    Easy Holiday Appetizers

    WordPress whose site this blog appears on tells me this will be my 575th post! Thank you to everyone who’s been reading this since post number one. Here’s to the next 575. Easy Appetizers One thing I love about the holidays is the chance to make some appetizers or finger foods that can be made ahead of time and pulled out of the fridge or freezer when company stops by or you’re in need of a snack. Two things I always rely on are filo pastry and cream cheese. First up is a cream cheese spread that I use on crackers or cucumber slices. Leftovers, if there are any, make the perfect…

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    One Ingredient for the Budget Savvy Cook

    Some of my best money-saving habits began by pure accident. Take for example, the time I was making mashed potatoes. I’d drained and mashed them, then walked to the refrigerator, opened the door, and yes, had forgotten I was out of margarine or any other type of low fat spread. I began to think, if only I’d checked before I boiled the potatoes. I thought about what I could make with a saucepan of smashed potatoes and would just adding milk really work? But then I noticed a box of cream cheese sitting in the dairy compartment. I’d seen a few of the TV chefs add it to potatoes, I’d…

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