Italian Baked Cod Fillets

Today is National English Toffee Day. The challenge of the day is to whip up a batch of buttery confection topped with almonds. Think Heath Bar, but without the chocolate. In the US English Toffee is made by caramelizing white sugar with butter. A true English Toffee is made with brown sugar, no nuts, and a layer of chocolate.

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Delicious Diabetic-Friendly Baked Potato

When I first crossed that fine line from borderline Diabetic to Insulin Injections, I went in search of all things diabetic in an effort to change our entire eating habits. As far as making a complete transformation, cutting out all sugars and carbs and unhealthy refined food from our table, I will admit I failed. However; the search did lead to discovering dishes that are delicious and deemed diabetic friendly that I have incorporated into our diet. Moderation is the true key to success.

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Blue Plate Diner-Style Salisbury Steak

Those of us in the United States and parts of Canada are familiar with the term “Blue Plate Special”, especially if you frequent diners and roadside cafes. We understand the meaning, even if we don’t know the history. Generally speaking, the Blue Plate Special is the low-priced meal of the day. Not just a single dish, but rather an entire meal, such as meat loaf, mashed potatoes and green beans all served on a single plate. Believe it or not, there were even plates designed specifically to serve the daily special. You guessed it, the plates were blue. And divided, keeping each dish separate.

Blue Plate Special

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Saucy Chicken Bake with Vegetables

When it came time to “categorize” this recipe, I was really torn. It’s not American, but sort of. It’s not Italian, but sort of. The only thing I knew with any certainty was that one  category was Chicken. All that was required was one scrumptious bite and all doubt flew out the window – the Italian influence screamed loud and clear. If they don’t bake chicken like this in Italy, they should! With a side of butter pasta, it would be awesome. (Hind sight twenty-twenty and all – next time a little spaghetti or penne pasta is definitely part of the presentation).

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