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Onion Strings. Please note: This is one of my all-time favorite recipes.

Onion Strings

Thank you for listening. But lawsy mercy, ladies and gentlemen. I know they don’t look it, but these teeny tiny, thinly-sliced fried onions are so pleasantly flavorful and crisp, and such an utterly perfect accompaniment for so many different main courses, they really need to be placed on some list of Culinary Triumphs of All Time. Yes Siree. Right next to homemade sweet lime pickles and Tiramisu. No, I’m not pregnant. Making these fried onions is so simple folks, but there are two crucial steps. And besides, I don’t really know the reasons.

The Cast of Characters: Onion, Buttermilk, Flour, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Canola Oil. Begin by peeling a large onion and slicing it very, very thinly. Notice that you can see the knife through the onion slice. Next, separate the onion slices into rings and place them into a shallow dish. Measure 2 cups of buttermilk and pour it over the onions. Next, add 2 cups flour to a bowl. Criminis? Cheese Biscuits Recipe. These cheese biscuits from Garrett are the best, enjoy!

Cheese Biscuits Recipe

~Elise There are a three secrets to making successful biscuits. 1. You have to be willing to get your hands dirty. Mixing with a spoon overworks the dough. 2. 3. Follow these steps and I promise you perfect biscuits every time. These biscuits only take about five minutes of active work and 12-16 minutes to bake. The cut up biscuit dough can be frozen in an airtight container and stored for a few months. I prefer Parmesan and plenty of black pepper for these, but feel free to substitute cheddar, feta, or your favorite blue cheese. Ingredients 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flourdash cayenne1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure your baking powder is fresh! Method 1 Preheat the oven to 425F. 2 Dice the butter into small pieces. 3 Add the buttermilk and mix with your hands until it just comes together. 4 Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Easy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

Golden cheddar biscuits drizzled with garlic parsley butter.

Easy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Make sure you have some company to enjoy these with, or you'll be tempted to eat them all! You can easily halve this recipe. Of course, they taste best fresh out of the oven, but reheating them the next day is still good if you have leftovers. Garlic Cheddar BiscuitsSkinnytaste.com Servings: 14 • Serving Size: 1 biscuit • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 ptsCalories: 97.3 • Fat: 3.9 g • Protein: 3.7 g • Carb: 13.0 g • Fiber: 0.0 g Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter, melted2 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick3.5 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (Cabot 50% reduced fat)2/3 cup fat free milk Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in a small frying pan, add half the garlic and saute on low heat about 1 minute. In a large bowl, combine biscuit mix, cheddar cheese, and remaining garlic. Bake for 10 minutes. Easy Holiday Appetizer. Cucumber Feta Rolls [Holiday Recipe Exchange] Appetizers and Snacks, Holiday Recipes, Recipe Exchange | 40 comments I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really feel like the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season snuck up on me this year.

Easy Holiday Appetizer

It seems busier than ever and I’m not sure why. Maybe because my kids are getting older, which means more to do, and there was a bit of traveling during November to keep us on our toes. I can hardly believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I’m all about keeping things simple this year. I’ve never had or made Cucumber Rolls before making this recipe, but I loved the flavors of feta with kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes inside refreshing cucumbers. What do you do to keep things simple during this time of year? Join Jamie and me this week in sharing your recipes for your Favorite Holiday Entertaining Recipes for a chance to win a great Mandoline Slicer from Edgeware. How To Participate Link Up Your Recipes: (Linkup closed) This Week’s Prize: End of Summer Recipe: Three Cheese Tomato Tart. Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks. Part-skim mozzarella sticks coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked until hot and golden.

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Serve them with my quick marinara sauce and you have yourself an appetizer everyone will love. Hot mozzarella sticks, I can't think of a more popular finger food with both kids and adults alike! I mean, what's not to like? Baking them as opposed to frying and using part skim cheese doesn't effect how good these are. The cheese still melts, see for yourself! Of course, you'll want to serve them hot right out of the oven, because like any cheese, as they cool they harden. It actually took me several attempts to get these perfect. These are freezer friendly, in fact these MUST be frozen before you bake them or you will have one big cheesy mess in your oven! Skinny Baked Mozzarella SticksSkinnytaste.comServings: 12 • Serving Size: 2 pieces • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts*Calories: 86.8* • Fat: 4.8 g • Protein: 7.4 g • Carb: 3.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.2Sodium: 168.6 Ingredients:

Zucchini fritters. Everyone’s got their superheroes; I’m sure when I was younger they were things like Super Grover and later, Jem but these days, they’re decidedly more humble: I admire the hell out of people who manage to put homemade meals on the table everyday, as this has never been my strong suit.

zucchini fritters

It probably doesn’t help that I’ve spent the last year or so developing recipes for very specific things — a side dish, a salad, a tart — that don’t exactly add up to be a dinner, and that NYC makes it quite easy to order in whatever parts of your meal you haven’t made at home. I’m a terrible multitasker — really, no fan of it at all — and when I’m making brioche, I’m making brioche, and not brioche with a side of a pot of beans with something braising in the oven, no matter how much I wish I were. It also means that more often than not, I have a 4 p.m. panic as, whoops! Someone will soon be hungry and I have no idea what’s for dinner and true to form, this happened last Tuesday.

Garlic butter roasted mushrooms. A repeat offender in the lede-burier category, let me begin with what matters: this is absolutely my new favorite quick and obsessively delicious way to prepare mushrooms.

garlic butter roasted mushrooms

And now, a story. Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian who loved going to steakhouses. A friends birthday would approach and out of kindness to me, they’d start talking about gathering friends at a restaurant that had vegetarian options and I’d beg them to go to a steakhouse instead. “It’s your birthday! I know you want a steak! If only I knew the secret: escargot! I found this recipe a while back on Gourmet.com, something that hadn’t made the cut of what had to have been their final issue (moment of silence, but do you know what’s almost as wonderful?).

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms Perfect as can be from Gourmet.com Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle.