Recipe Testing and Judging: Cheddar Waffles with Applewood Bacon Butter

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Okay, so no recipe today. Sorry! I am on a busy, tight work deadline recipe testing and judging for Cheesechampionsonline.com recipe contest for Safeway Cheese USA. The winner receives a “5-Day/5-Night Culinary Boot Camp” at The Culinary Institute. It’s an awesome project, shopping, recipe testing, evaluating and photographing some incredible entries that are as creative as delicious. I made these Cheddar Waffles with Applewood Bacon Butter this morning. Yesterday it was Apple Pepperjack Cornbread with Spicy Maple Glaze (yum!). Tonight it’s Crispy Fig & Prosciutto Pizza with Feta and Walnuts. I will let you know the winning recipe when I’m done.

Easiest Healthy Tuna Ever: Fresh Basil-Red Pepper Tuna

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We have tuna salad just about every weekend at my house. I’m fortunate because my kids love it. I’m always trying to come up with new ways to give it a twist. I had some leftover fresh basil and red bell peppers and didn’t want to use any mayonnaise. I threw these ingredients together, and it came out great. You may want double the recipe because it goes fast.

Mother’s Day Dessert Idea: Lighter Lemon Squares

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Who doesn’t love lemon squares? I thought for Mother’s Day, these Lighter Lemon Squares would be great, and they are very easy, only 25 minutes of prep time. My kids eat these in a matter of seconds so it’s good that this recipe makes 16 servings.

Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

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My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Kid’s “Healthy Baking” Cooking Class at “Studio B” in Alys Beach

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Over spring break (I can’t believe it has been a month), I had the ultimate pleasure and honor to teach my “Healthy Baking for Kid’s Cooking Class” at Studio B in Alys Beach. It was such a wonderful experience in an incredible venue, Studio B, located at the most beautiful beach in the country, Alys Beach. We had originally planned for 15 kids, but when 24 arrived, we didn’t turn them away. We made all types of wonderful healthy baked (and no bake) treats. I will feature some on the blog this coming week. Below, is a shot of some of my hometown Birmingham friend’s children who attended and some other shots taken from the class by the talented, Colleen Duffley, owner of Studio B.