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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pecan CheesecakePanera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup – Panda Express Orange ChickenStarbucks Eggnog Latte – Cheescake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake & Pops – Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi SoupRed Lobster Maple Glazed Salmon & ShrimpCalifornia Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch SaladApplebee’s Mozzarella Sticks  – Starbucks Classic Coffee CakeHoustons Spinach Artichoke Dip – Chilis Baby Back RibsPF Changs Chicken Lettuce WrapsStarbucks Cranberry Bliss BarDominos PizzaStarbucks Cake PopsJamba Juice SmoothiesBonefish Grill BangBang ShrimpOreo Cookies

Recipes | Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup w how-to videos

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Olive Garden zuppa Toscana soup is a classic, delicious and hearty Italian soup with sausage, potato, bacon and kale. We have one recipe from Olive Garden’s cookbook and one that’s a healthy low fat version.

Olive Garden zuppa Toscana soup copycat recipe and low fat healthy recipe, cooked and ready to eatSo someone who used to work at the Olive Garden sent in the original recipe and I’ve adapted it to serve just 6-8. In my opinion, making these recipes at home makes them even better than the ones you eat at the restaurant! The soup at The Olive Garden is not thick. If you wish yours to be more like a cream soup, simply simmer it longer, and mash some of the potatoes in the pot with a wooden spoon, and stir frequently until of the desired consistency.

 How-To Video – Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

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Recipes | Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos w how-to videos

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This copycat recipe for Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos has zesty stir fried chicken stuffed in crispy wonton shells and topped with crunchy slaw and cilantro.

Copycat recipe for Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos appetizer, in plate TThese are just like the chicken wonton taco’s from Applebee’s appetizer menu. These tacos consist of stir fried chicken, coleslaw, red onion, green onion, and cilantro. The best part about these tacos is the chicken.

The chicken is marinated and stir fried in a teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, stir fry sauce, and sesame dressing mixture. This combination goes together extremely well. The coleslaw is tossed with additional sesame dressing.

The hardest part about this recipe is cooking the wonton wrappers. It can be a little tricky and it is something you will want to do last. Watch our easy how-to videos to get some tips on making the wonton wrappers a couple of different ways.

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Recipes | Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake w how-to video

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A layer of pecan pie with a layer of pumpkin cheesecake on top, in a graham cracker crust and topped with glazed pecans and whipped cream rosettes.

Recipes-Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake, ready to serveThis recipe for the Cheesecake Factory pumpkin pecan cheesecake, combines the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving desserts–pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake–to create this luscious holiday dessert. A sweet praline topping sends this one over the edge.

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How-to video to prepare pecans for Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

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Recipes | Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup – with how-to videos

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Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup recipe with chopped broccoli, shredded carrot and select seasonings simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce. How-to videos for the soup recipe and baking bread for the bread bowl.

Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup recipe shows soup cooked in bread bowl tDelicious, healthy and easy recipe. Yumm! This was my first time ever making any type of restaurant soup and it turned out great! Family couldn’t get enough. The key with this soup is making sure that you DO simmer it for 20-25 minutes, multiple times. Before and after you add the veggies. That way, if gets a chance to thicken, mix well, and the veggies get to soak in all that good flavor!

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Recipes | Panda Express Orange Chicken with how-to videos

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Panda Express Orange Chicken recipe is a dish inspired by the Hunan Province in South Central China. It is prepared with crispy boneless chicken bites, tossed in the wok with their secret sweet and spicy orange sauce.

Panda Express Orange Chicken recipe finished and shown in a dish for servingDid you know that Panda’s very own Executive Chef Andy brought this entree to life and it quickly became Panda’s most beloved dish. Now whenever we go to get groceries at this shopping center with a Panda Express, we always smell the mix of asian inspired food filling the air. And inevitably one of our kids will say, “Can we go to Panda Express?”  It’s always so tempting to say yes, but most often we stay on track! One of my favorites is the Orange Chicken there so I created my own to make at home!

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Recipes | Starbucks Eggnog Latte – with how-to video

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With this Starbucks eggnog latte recipe, you can savor the holidays with a rich espresso beverage that’s complemented with subtle holiday spices, steamed milk and topped with nutmeg.

Starbucks-eggnog-latte-recipe-in-mug-and-hot-t Winter conjures up memories old and new, cold and bright and, of course, the holidays. With friends and family coming together this time of year, here’s your chance to enjoy the season and reconnect with a classic treat that will keep you warm and fuzzy all season long.

Whether your winter is snowy, rainy or just plain cold, this classic Starbucks latte has been keeping fans warm since 1986. And now, you can enjoy the tradition too.    Continue reading »

Recipes | Cheesecake Factory – pumpkin cheesecake & cheesecake pops

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Here’s a great recipe for the Cheescake Factory’s classic pumpkin cheesecake, and one of their fine chefs also reveals his secret recipe for pumpkin cheesecake pops.

Here’s a recipe for the original classic cheesecake with delicious spiced pumpkin filling, a graham cracker crust and finished with whipped cream rosettes and chopped pecans. A how-to video from Cheesecake Factory chef, Scott Pickering, and one from an 8 year old girl, makes it easy to create these wonderful treats in time to make you the dessert holiday hero.    Continue reading »

Apps | BigOven – 250,000 recipes, your grocery list, menu plans & much more

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The Big Oven app is a great demonstration of why recipe apps can be better than recipe books. It lists over 250,000 recipes, with a powerful search engine that offers many options for finding a recipe you’d like.

BigOven has a “leftovers” search trick, excellent for using up spare food in your refrigerator. And if you just want to be surprised by a new recipe, you can see recipes that Big Oven users nearby are cooking, or dive straight into a random one.

The app also comes with a suite of tools to make cooking a meal easier — like its virtual grocery list, based on your chosen recipes. If you’re a keen menu planner, then you may also love its calendar-based planning feature. The recipes are clearly arranged. The app looks just like a traditional glossy book — right down to its photos and clearly marked sections telling you how many people each recipe serves, its calorie content and its reviews.

But it is actually a huge searchable database of recipes that people have uploaded (you can use your device to upload one of your own).    Continue reading »

Recipes | Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup – tasty and easy with how-to video

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This delicious recipe for Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup  is made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. 

Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup is a rich, thick soup that can serve as a full meal.

The excellent how-to video below makes it extra easy to put together.    Continue reading »

Recipes | Red Lobster maple-glazed salmon and shrimp with how-to video

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This recipe for Red Lobster maple glazed salmon and shrimp is a Pacific Northwest-inspired combination of fresh salmon and skewered jumbo shrimp, fire-grilled and topped with a maple and cherry glaze.

Putting a new spin on traditional surf-and-turf entrees, Red Lobster’s Maple Glazed Salmon and Shrimp is a surf-and-surf meal featuring salmon fillets topped with shrimp skewers.

Seafood fans who are searching for a new flavor might enjoy learning how to make this Red Lobster Maple Glazed Salmon and Shrimp recipe for dinner. The glaze combines the taste of maple syrup, dark cherries, and lemon.

Red Lobster uses bamboo skewers for the shrimp. You can substitute thin metal skewers if you can’t find bamboo ones. If you are using bamboo, soak them for 10-15 minutes before inserting into the shrimp. This will help prevent the wooden skewers from burning while the shrimp are grilling.    Continue reading »

Recipes | CPK Thai Crunch Salad – healthy, quick, easy with how-to video

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This recipe for California Pizza Kitchen’s delicious Thai Crunch Salad, with how-to video, contains shredded Napa cabbage and authentic Thai peanut dressings.

California Pizza Kitchen’s delicious Thai Crunch Salad

This quick and easy recipe combines shredded Napa cabbage, chilled-grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, edamame, crispy wontons, rice sticks, peanuts, cilantro, julienne carrots, red cabbage and green onions tossed with lime-cilantro and authentic Thai peanut dressings. Los Angeles photographer shoots recipe photos and other delicious food art.

Describing the Thai Crunch Salad served at California Pizza Kitchen as “probably the best salad I have ever had,” she offered a few details. “The blend of items in the salad is a delicious combination. But the peanut dressing combined with the lime dressing is what makes the salad,” Deborah wrote.

“A friend and I tried to figure out the ingredients, but didn’t get it quite right,” she reported, ending with, “If you could get this recipe, I would greatly appreciate it.”    Continue reading »

Recipes | Applebee’s Mozzarella Sticks – less calories with this low-fat version but full deliciousness

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This recipe for Applebee’s mozzarella sticks is a delicious and healthier version that cuts the fat and calories by baking instead of frying. Delicious meets healthy.

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Recipes for the Dr. Oz Show. Cooking time includes freezing time. Todd noted “I originally created this recipe for an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show in a segment about healthier clone versions of popular restaurant appetizers.

This formula duplicates the taste of Applebee’s Mozzarella Sticks but the fat and calories are cut significantly by baking the sticks rather than using the traditional frying method. Prepare these ahead of time since the sticks have to sit for at least 2 hours in your freezer before you bake them.”    Continue reading »

Recipes | Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake – with how-to video

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It takes a lot to qualify as “Classic Coffee Cake” at Starbucks and as this recipe shows, only the softest, moistest, most scrumptious cake will do.

Starbucks classic Coffee Cake Recipe Each slice has a layer of cinnamon streusel swirled within it and a crumble top that deliciously balances sweet cinnamon spice with crunchy goodness. Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake recipe will thrill your pastry taste buds.

I have found three Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake recipes! You may find slight variations of the cake at different Starbucks locations. Sometimes there is a ribbon of cinnamon running through the middle of the cake, and sometimes the cake is dusted with a bit of powdered sugar. You’ll also find some versions with a few chopped pecans in the topping; and that’s the version here.    Continue reading »

Recipes | Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip with how-to video

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This tasty recipe for Houston’s spinach artichoke dip combines spinach and artichoke hearts and mixes with cheeses and spices, served up hot with chips for dipping.

I’ve made the rounds and tried most of them, and the recipes are nearly identical. That is, except for this one. Houston’s makes their spinach dip special by using a blend of sour cream, Monterey jack cheese and Parmegiano Reggiano — the ultimate parmesan cheese photographed by G Mancuso who shoots in Los Angeles

Parmegiano Reggiano comes from Italy and is usually aged nearly twice as long as other, more common parmesan cheeses. Houston’s Artichoke Spinach Dip is a more complex spinach dip than most that you may have tried.  This appetizer has become my go to dish for large parties, and gatherings.  This recipe has multiple cheeses and a hint of garlic to make this artichoke spinach dip extra tasty.    Continue reading »

Recipes | Chili’s Baby Back Ribs recipe with GMA video

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Chili’s baby back ribs savory flavor is found in the sauce, and the cooking secret is a slow-braising technique prior to grilling that will keep the meat juicy.

Chili’s baby back ribs recipeChili’s smokes their ribs in-house over pecan wood so they’re fall-off-the-bone tender with a bold and savory flavor that’s impossible to resist.

Choose from Original BBQ Sauce, Shiner Bock BBQ Sauce or Memphis Dry Rub. Continue reading »

Recipes | PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps – with how-to video

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This PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe has wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups.

PF Changs Chicken Lettuce-Wraps recipe It’s fast, easy and healthy so what’s not to like?  This is one of the most popular appetizers ever concocted in the history of humanity.

Below is an excellent video demonstating how to prepare P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Enjoy!    Continue reading »

Recipes | Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar – with how-to video

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Bring a little bliss to your holiday gatherings with Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar.  A blondie cake base, topped with sweet cream cheese icing and tart dried cranberries, garnished with white orange drizzle.

If there are fruits for every season, cranberries might just be it for the holidays. Say hello to our Cranberry Bliss Bar. The sweet cream cheese icing and tart dried cranberries go perfectly with the hints of orange zest in the white drizzle.

Give one to a friend or enjoy a bar all to yourself. We know you’ll just love it.  Continue reading »

Recipes | Domino’s Pizza – with how-to video

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Here’s the secret recipe for a delicious Domino’s pizza and how-to videos for the recipe, and for tossing pizza dough, and making stuffed crust.

Dominos pizza recipe Top Secret RecipeThis Dominos hand tossed pizza recipe allows those who love the pizza chain’s signature taste to recreate it at home. While Dominos does not advertise their exact recipe or technique, this recipe comes close to what you would get from your local Dominos pizza delivery. This is a template for a basic cheese pizza which can be topped with a variety of ingredients.

Dominos changed the recipe for their pizzas at the end of 2009, and the new style is reflected here. Most consumers seem to prefer the “new and improved” Dominos, and the national chain has seen profits grow since making the switch.    Continue reading »

Recipes | Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops – it’s whimsical, fun and delicious cake on a stick

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Starbucks cake pop recipe solves the ever lasting question of how to make cake portable–it’s whimsical, fun and delicious cake on a stick. With how-to video.

What’s not to like about a portable pastry creation? This has been an emerging trend popping up in specialty bake shops, on blogs like Bakerella and even touted by Martha Stewart.

Here is Starbucks cake pops most popular flavor, birthday cake. And below is a how-to video that demonstates the making of Starbucks cake pops.    Continue reading »