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News from around the network we have been making some changes to some of the sites and moving back to our roots. November was taken up with the rework and expansion of our former JelloRecipes site (SimpleDessertRecipes.org). I am happy to say we are just days away from switching the site back over this should speed up the site immensely. We will also start a major content expansion in January of this and a number of other sites in the system. The accountant has us restrained from doing it this year for tax reasons we hope you can understand we have to please the money people too.

We had been doing new sites as blogs but this really didn’t fit our style or the way we do things and I’m happy to say with the near completion of SDR this should accelerate in January along with two new soup sites. We love all the content and info our hand coded sites offer we love to over deliver and feel these do a better job at it. To be quite honest with you some of the sites we had a hard time with the constant updating blogs require.

We would like to make a personal appeal to you to please take a few minutes and social bookmark as many of the sites as you can this really helps us get noticed and keep our resources into new content instead of constant site promotion. With your help in 2012 we think we can surpass our old pre Panda numbers and make RPN a household name in recipe sites.

If you can help us spread the word about the newsletter or one of the sites your facebook likes and other social bookmarks are always appreciated.

Visit it at: SimpleDessertRecipes.org

Here is a list of a few of the sites we have already converted to our traditional style.

Recent conversions from blogs:

  • EasyChickenMarinade.com
  • EasyLasagnaRecipes.org
  • PotatoSoupRecipe.org (still updating)

And many more to come including some new sites here are some of the upcoming conversions.

  • EasyCabbageSoup.com (still updating)
  • EasyPastaRecipes.org (Feb.)
  • SplitPeaSoups.com (Dec.)
  • ChineseSoupRecipe.com (Jan.)

As always thanks for letting us into your home we appreciate the privilege and until next time we wish every one of you a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Enjoy and thank you for your help,

Christine

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Different Types of Green for Salad

Many salad recipes call for the addition of “mixed greens” but what exactly is this? What types of salad greens are there to choose from, and how do you know what type of salad greens would be best with your simple salad recipes?

Popular Types of Salad Greens

Woman with Caprese Salad

Woman with Caprese Salad

Arugula, which is also known as rocket, features tender, dark green leaves and a peppery, bitter, mustard-like flavor. Butterhead lettuce, which includes Boston and Bibb lettuce, is sweet and mild. The heads have a smooth buttery flavor and wrinkled leaves. Cabbage can be red or green. The flavor is sharp and bitter and the leaves are crunchy and crisp. Chard, or Swiss Chard, has large, dark green, wrinkled leaves. Chard is always cooked before serving and the flavor is like beets. The stalks are similar to celery.

Endive tastes bitter and mild, and the lighter the color the milder the flavor will be. The spoon-like shape of endive leaves means you can fill them with chicken salad or crab salad. The leaves are smooth and tender. Dandelion greens are tender and flat with jagged edges. The bigger ones are better when cooked but the young ones are good in salads. They have a bitter flavor.

Escarole is mild and frilly, and can be added for texture and visual appeal. Frisee is long, wide and curly, and can be green or red-edged green. Frisee is slightly nutty or peppery, and is great with walnut, berries, and blue cheese. Iceberg lettuce is crisp, mild, and tender. Kale has broad, ruffled leaves and it tastes very mild and slightly like cabbage. Mesclun is pre-mixed salad greens, or you can make your own blend. The overall flavor is usually peppery or bitter.

Leaf lettuce can be dark green or red-edged. The flavor is interesting but quite mild. Spinach is hearty and slightly bitter. The leaves can be smooth or wrinkled, and this tender ingredient is dark green. Romaine, also known as Cos, has long green leaves and a bitter flavor. Romaine is used to make Caesar salads but is also nice for taco salad recipes.


Radicchio features crisp, white, and deep red leaves, with a bitter, peppery taste. Try a honey citrus dressing with radicchio to contrast with the flavor. Tat Soi, which is also known as baby bok choy or spoon cabbage, has spoon-shaped leaves and a pepper taste. Watercress has dark green leaves and a peppery, strong flavor.

Types of Salad Dressing for Salad Greens

There are many different types of salad dressings but it is a good idea to match your salad dressing to the types of greens for salad you have chosen. If you are serving salad leaves with a bitter, peppery flavor, then sweet, fruity dressings like citrus and honey usually go well.

For plainer varieties like iceberg or leaf lettuce, you can use a spicy or more complex dressing. Bear in mind the salad greens and salad dressing are only two components of the salad, since you will probably be adding fish, meat, poultry or eggs, as well as other fruits, vegetables or nuts too, so all the flavors in the finished salad need to work well together.

Best Easy Cookie Recipes for the Winter

EasyCookieRecipes.comThe summer might be the season to relax outdoors, enjoying chilled beverages and desserts and grilling your meat and vegetables al fresco, but in the winter everything changes. Gone are the long, sunny days when it is nice to be outside, and with us instead are the short days with their chilly mornings and lack of warmth.

If you want to light up your day though, you might feel like making some easy cookie recipes. Not only does this mean you can have the oven on to warm up the kitchen, but it also means you can have some mouthwatering cookies to enjoy later with a glass of milk or cup of coffee.

Eaten while still warm from the oven, cookies are always a delight, and if you have kids you can get them to help you make the cookies and also watch their joy as they bite into their hot, flavorful creations.

Seasonal Cookie Ideas

Although cookies are great at any time of the year, you might want to make heavier, richer ones during the cooler season. You can add spices like nutmeg, allspice or cinnamon to make winter cookies, or you can make festive ones using a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter or something similar.

You can also make snowman-shaped cookies and decorate them with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and frosting. There are plenty of easy cookie recipes at http://www.easycookierecipes.com to tempt your taste buds, no matter which flavors you want to use or what kind of cookies you wish to make.

 

Recipe: The Best Ever Eggs Benedict Recipe

Eggs Benedict consists of two English muffin halves topped with bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. Nobody knows for sure how this dish originated but there are several theories behind the invention of eggs Benedict. A retired Wall Street broker claimed that he ordered toast, eggs, bacon and Hollandaise sauce in the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 as a hangover cure, and the maître d’ put in on the menu afterwards because it was so well-balanced and tasty. A banker and yachtsman called Commodore E C Benedict claims that his mother gave him the recipe. There are some other stories too, but any one of them might be true.

Although the classic eggs Benedict recipe features an English muffin, Canadian bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, there are plenty of variations. Eggs Blackstone swaps the bacon for ham and a slice of tomato, Eggs Florentine swaps the meat for spinach, and some versions of Eggs Florentine also use Mornay sauce instead of Hollandaise sauce. Huevos Benedict features avocado and salsa, as well as the Hollandaise sauce, and Eggs Sardou uses artichoke bottoms and anchovy filets instead of the English muffin and bacon. Eggs Hussarde uses Holland rusks instead of a muffin and tops the dish with Marchand de Vin sauce, while Eggs Hemingway (or Eggs Royale) uses salmon instead of bacon. Eggs Hemingway is especially popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Irish Benedict uses Irish bacon or corned beef instead of Canadian bacon or ham, and Country Benedict replaces the muffin with an American biscuit, the bacon with sausage patties, and the Hollandaise sauce with country gravy. Despite these different ways to make it, Canadian bacon eggs Benedict served on top of an English muffin and covered with Hollandaise sauce remains the most popular way of serving it. The following recipe can be adapted if you want to use spinach and avocado instead of the bacon, or bread or biscuits instead of the English muffin but, like with many recipes, the classic recipe is generally agreed to be the best.

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Although the eggs Benedict recipe in the photo features tiger bread, spinach, and avocado, these ingredients are optional. Some people like to adapt the original eggs Benedict recipe but most feel that the authentic dish, which is made with an English muffin, poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce, cannot be beaten. Eggs Benedict makes a warming, satisfying breakfast and you can easily double or triple the recipe. You will have some Hollandaise sauce left over if you are only making this for one, since it is hard to make it in a tiny quantity, but you can reheat it later for another meal.

Bacon Eggs Benedict

Bacon Eggs Benedict

Authentic Bacon Eggs Benedict

Ingredients

  • 2 large fresh eggs
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 English muffin
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives (optional)
  • 1 sliced avocado (optional)
  • Small handful spinach leaves (optional)

For the Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups clarified or regular butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup very hot water

Instructions

  1. First make the Hollandaise sauce.
  2. Put the egg yolks, salt, cayenne pepper, and ¼ cup of very hot water in the top of a double boiler, over a moderate heat.
  3. Stir until the mixture is thick like mayonnaise, and then take it off the heat.
  4. Alternating the water and butter, slowly add the remaining ¼ cup of hot water and the remaining butter, whisking the sauce all the time.
  5. You can add extra water to thin the sauce or extra butter to thicken it, but it will get thicker as it sits.
  6. Keep the Hollandaise sauce warm until serving.
  7. Fill a pan with 3 inches of water and bring it to a simmer, then add the vinegar.
  8. Break the eggs into the simmering water carefully and poach for 3 minutes.
  9. The yolks should be soft in the center.
  10. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the water and keep them warm.
  11. Brown the bacon in a skillet and toast the muffin halves.
  12. Spread the softened butter over the muffin and top each one with a slice of bacon.
  13. You can also add some spinach leaves and avocado at this point, if you wish.
  14. Add the poached eggs and drizzle with the Hollandaise sauce.
  15. Sprinkle some chives over the top, if you like, and serve right away.
  16. (Serves 1)

Number of servings (yield): 1


Well-Loved Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions are what make the holidays as enjoyable and memorable as they are. Whether you are looking at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween or another holiday, the holiday simply would not be the same without the traditions we all know and love.

Some families have their own traditions, in addition to the main ones associated with the holiday, and it can be nice to pass these down the generations. These traditions vary from family to family. As well as having traditions about the special seasonal food and beverages, there are also traditions about music, dress, gifts, and decorations, which vary from holiday to holiday.

Special Holiday Foods for Everyone

Whichever holiday you are looking at, one of the main traditions has to be the food. Each holiday has its own special recipes. There are plenty of egg recipes and candy recipes for Easter, turkey recipes for Thanksgiving, and unusual, extra-special recipes for Halloween. Some holidays do not have special food associated with them, so you can make whatever foods you like the best, and others have set meals which you can change.

Turkey is one of the best-known holiday traditions for Thanksgiving, for example, but not everybody likes it, so if you want to cook a chicken instead, or even something vegetarian, that is also fine. There is no point in cooking something that not everybody likes. The holidays are about celebration and enjoyment, and making delicious food is a big part of that.

It is always a good idea to plan your holiday food well ahead of schedule, so you have time to buy everything you need. Some dishes can also be prepared in advance. Some things take a long time to thaw or cook as well, so if you are cooking a huge turkey to feed a family of six, you will need to buy and thaw it up to several days in advance.

Why Soothing Snowman Soup Makes You Smile

SnowmanSoupPoem.comThere are many different foods and drinks which are capable of putting smiles on our faces, but nothing quite matches snowman soup, in terms of cuteness, flavor and comfort food appeal.

The snowman soup poem is a tradition and many families like to make their own snowman soup poem and snowman soup recipe every year. If you have grown up with this lovely tradition, you will probably want to carry it onwards into adulthood and make it for your own kids.

What is Snowman Soup?

The snowman soup poem makes a wonderful gift. You get powdered hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows, chocolates and more. You might even get a mug and a personalized snowman soup poem to read. In short, you will have everything you need to make the perfect snowman soup.

Snowman soup is basically a hot chocolate recipe which features the components of a melted snowman, which might be mini marshmallows to represent the buttons, chocolate chips for the eyes, and other ingredients too.

The Appeal of This Treat

Hot chocolate already makes a soothing drink, but team it with a nice handwritten poem and perhaps a few extras, and you will find a lovely gift like no other. If you want to learn how to make snowman soup or what the snowman soup poem should say, pay a visit to http://www.snowmansouppoem.com and discover how to make your own wonderful snowman soup recipes.

There are various recipes for snowman soup, so if you are looking for a white chocolate version, an extra-rich version, a sugar-free snowman soup, or something else, you can browse our extensive recipes and see which one you fancy making, but every single one is guaranteed to make you smile because this treat is so heart-warming and tasty.

Heavenly Holiday Appetizers for Two

There are lots of different appetizers you can make if you are cooking for two, including both hot and chilled ones, sweet and savory ones, elaborate and basic ones, and more. If you are making a sit-down meal, then you can make something that needs to be eaten with a spoon, or with a knife and fork. If you are making appetizers for a crowd, then finger food is often the way to go, but it is different if there are just two of you.

Deciding on the appetizers means you need to think about the main meal. If the entree is going to be beef or steak, then a light appetizer, perhaps something with fish, seafood or poultry, might work well, or you can forget the meat and fish and make a vegetable, egg, or cheese-based appetizer.

A Few Tempting Ideas

Lots of holiday appetizers for two can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator until it is time to serve. This is a good idea if you are busy working on the entree and you want to save your concentration for that. Ideas include shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs or a chicken salad recipe.

Maybe you would prefer hot holiday appetizers for two, especially if the weather is very cold. You can make homemade soups or broths, or you can try chicken tandoori skewers, cannellini bean filo cups, or goat cheese tartlets with cranberry. Something sweet like lemon cream stuffed grapes would be unusual and special too.

How Much to Make

Holiday appetizers for two should not be too filling if you are going to serve an entree and dessert afterwards, but if you are just making snacks to enjoy with a glass of wine or a hot drink, then you can make a selection of finger food, and also serve some little bowls of olives, nuts, cheese cubes, and pretzels on the side too. There are hundreds of easy appetizer recipes to choose from, and an appetizer should whet the appetite and offer plenty of flavor without being too rich or heavy.

For more Holiday Appetizers vist our: Easy Appetizer Recipes

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