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Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Sausage with Stewed Tomatos

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We are deep into tomato season and I am looking for ways to use up my tomatoes other than raw tomato salads. Using flavorful chicken sausages is a great way to add flavor and texture to your tomatoes. Enjoy!

Posted on 09/05/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Red Quinoa Salad with Corn & Vidalia Onions

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In the summer, I love making use of fresh, local corn but I have recently become obsessed with using corn nuts in all my dishes for an extra crunch. As always, I have added in seeds and dried fruit for extra flavor. Make a big batch and enjoy for a few meals!

Posted on 07/20/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Spinach with Chick Peas

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I just spent a week in Seville, Spain and spent a good deal of that week at my friend Antonio's bar. He made the best Spinach with Chick Peas or Espinacas con Garbanzos. Although I have eaten this dish every time I have visited Seville, I never thought to make it. Until now. It doesn't compare to Antonio's but it is still pretty darn delicious. I combined a bunch of recipes I found online and ended up with this tasty version. Enjoy!

Posted on 06/08/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider: Healthy Raw Cocoa Balls

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Want a healthy treat that is also a crafty project for you and your kids? I made these yesterday when I was starving but wanted to remain healthy. They only took about 5 minutes to make. Try freezing them as well!

Posted on 05/04/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider: Green Pea Guacamole

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Summer is coming which means dips galore at BBQs! This is a recipe for a simple and healthy green pea guacamole that a friend gave me years ago. I just rediscovered it and thought I would share with all of you. Enjoy!

Posted on 04/26/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Easy Green Bean Coconut Curry

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We are in the throes of a frigid winter and what is more comforting than a nice steamy, bowl of soup? Better yet, a nice steamy bowl of Thai curry soup? Here's a simple recipe to use up your already cooked butternut squash. Freeze the leftovers for a nice treat later this winter as well. Enjoy!

Posted on 02/12/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Tahini Salad Dressing

I've been doing a lot of food shopping in Paterson, NJ lately because of their wonderful Middle Eastern stores. One of my favorite reasonably priced items to get there is tahini. I stocked up on it and have been making loads of hummus, tahini cookies and the following salad dressing that I replicated from memory, as best I could, from my friend's dressing at our book club years ago. I hope you like it!

Posted on 02/05/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Garlic Buckwheat with Coriander and Currants

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I love cooking up a lot of grains and then letting the recipes flow from there. I've been making a lot of buckwheat lately, something healthy and new for me, and then throwing in some spices, nuts and dried fruit. Using up some vegetables makes this a simple and tasty side dish or main dish. Enjoy!

Posted on 01/19/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Healthy Truffles

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I've been experimenting with a lot of different ways to make healthy desserts for myself and my kids and I must say that this one really satisfies. The cocoa powder gives it the essence of a chocolate truffle without all the sugar. Enjoy!

Posted on 01/05/2015 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Mung Beans and Brown Rice

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It's the start of a new year so why not make it a healthy one from day one? I whipped this dish up pretty quickly and ate it for lunch for a few days. I used leftover brown rice that I always have prepared in my rice cooker. Treat yourself to a rice cooker in 2015. It will change your life!

Posted on 12/29/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chick Pea Salad For a Crowd

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A few weeks ago I had to make a dish for a large pot luck dinner I was attending. I had nothing prepared but remembered my giant can of chick peas. Costco has a huge can that I keep in my basement in case of emergencies and I am so glad I remembered it! With a little browsing through my pantry and fridge, I came up with this very simple and healthy dish that was a hit. I hope you like it!

Posted on 12/22/2014 | Continue Reading

Join Us for a Holiday Baking Twitter Party with Honey Maid! #ThisIsWholesome

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We're less than two weeks away from Christmas and you know what that means....time to buy pants in the next size so that you can enjoy all those holiday treats that you'll be inhaling this time of year. There's something about the holiday season that puts my sweet tooth into high gear and this year, I've teamed up with the folks at Honey Maid Graham crackers to host a twitter party where we'll be sharing fun recipes and tips for the holidays.

Posted on 12/13/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

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Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that can be oh, so bad or oh, so very good. For example, the boiled or steamed, mushy version of my childhood, not so good. These buttery, mustardy roasted ones? Delicious!! Try to find cute, little ones for this recipe if you can. Enjoy!

Posted on 12/08/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Savory Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

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Need to take a break from holiday food madness? Try these simple yet healthy and delicious pancakes that can be served for breakfast or as a bread with soup or Indian Dahl. Feel free to add or omit any spice to give them the flavor of any regional cuisine. Enjoy!

Posted on 12/01/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chipotle Cole Slaw

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As crazy as this sounds, I am thinking of replacing cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving with my new cole slaw. Who needs all that added sugar? This tasty slaw will add some moistness to the turkey and give it a little kick. Who's with me? It's also a great way to use up that never ending cabbage that is always staring back at you from the fridge.

Posted on 11/18/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Fried Polenta Rounds with Parmesan

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The holidays are coming and I am getting excited to start planning my appetizers. Polenta is a delicious and gluten free dish that I always seem to forget about but then rediscover when I am served it at restaurants. It is so easy to prepare and so satisfying with cheese or anything else you'd like to pile on. You may be stressed to host your holiday events so cut some time and effort corners with this simple app. Enjoy!

Posted on 11/13/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Spaghetti Squash with Sausage and Shrimp

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I love pasta but am not willing to give in to all the unhealthy carbs just for a night of decadence. I am beside myself that spaghetti squash is back in season! No, it is not pasta but it looks like pasta and feels like pasta when combined with our favorite pasta companions like shrimp, oregano, and in this recipe, even sausage. Enjoy!

Posted on 11/03/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Buckwheat Salad

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I made a big batch of buckwheat the other day but added too much water in my rice cooker by accident! It came out soggy and mushy. Instead of tossing it, I decided to turn it into a pilaf and give it some more texture by frying it up and adding some interesting ingredients. The results were a delicious scramble of sorts. I hope you like it as much as I did!

Posted on 10/27/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Leftover Black bean Pasta with Sausage and Roasted Squash

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To avoid the extra weight that I always seem to put on in the winter, I am switching my pasta to a healthier ad more delicious one. I discovered black bean pasta at Costco and am now a convert! 2 out of my 4 kids will eat it as well as my husband and that speaks volumes about it's pleasing texture and flavor. Look for it in health food stores or google it. Try it with whatever you normally eat pasta and you be the judge!

Posted on 10/21/2014 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Easy Pumpkin Thai Curry

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Want a very quick and easy Thai curry recipe that will serve 2-3 people and takes just a few minutes to prepare? Well, look no further! I substituted the sugar I usually use in curries with dates and it worked out great. Enjoy!

Posted on 10/16/2014 | Continue Reading

Older Entries

10/06/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Carrot Ginger Dressing

09/29/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Homemade Shrimp Lo Mein

09/16/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Curried Chicken Salad

09/02/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Fried Polenta with Olive oil and Parmesan

08/18/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Cucumber Raita

08/11/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Corn Frittata with Kale

08/05/2014: Join us for a S'mores Sunday Twitter Party #ThisisWholesome

08/04/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Easy and Quick Lasagna

07/28/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Kahlua Ice Cream

07/16/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Hummus

07/10/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Parmesan and Leek Tart

06/30/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chick Pea Salad with Mango

06/23/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Tuna Salad with Celery and Dill

06/17/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Collard Greens with Toasted Almonds and Raisins

06/10/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Indian Coconut Curried Vegetables

06/02/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Red Quinoa with Buttery Leeks and Mushrooms

05/29/2014: To Hide The Veggies or Not to Hide The Veggies, That Is The Question

05/27/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Spicy Lentils with Grated Beets

05/12/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Dominican Flan

05/05/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Tater Tot Egg Strata

04/29/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Tater Tots

04/22/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Roasted Lemon and Artichoke Dip

04/15/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chili for 40

04/07/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon

04/03/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Thai Green Curry with Beef

03/24/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Ricotta and Apple Jelly Hors d'oeuvres

03/17/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Passover Matzoh Crunch

03/10/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Zucchini Souffle

03/03/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Smoked Paprika Red Lentil Soup

02/24/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Thai Chicken Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Chili Sauce

02/10/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chocolate Hazelnut Date "Truffles"

02/04/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Pasta with Ricotta, peas and Broccoli

01/27/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chinese Fried Rice

01/21/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Chinese New Year Tofu with bamboo Shoots for a crowd

01/13/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Sesame Tuna Salad

01/07/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Paleo Curried Carrot Soup

01/02/2014: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Kale Salad with Roasted Squash and Apples

12/16/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Magic Cookie Bars

12/10/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Red Lentil Soup with Turmeric and Cumin

12/02/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Farro with Acorn Squash and Truffle Oil

11/21/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Friend Hilda's Turkey Meat Sauce

11/11/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Breakfast Pumpkin with Granola and Fruit

11/05/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Yucca latkes/fritters

10/28/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Dulce De Leche with Cheese and Crackers

10/21/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Rosemary Caramelized apples

10/14/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Angel Hair with Garlic Sauteed Zucchini and Rosemary

10/07/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Fennel Potato Soup

10/01/2013: My Smashing Time at Smashburger!

09/16/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Curried Zucchini and Couscous

09/03/2013: Packing Your Kids A Healthy Lunch

08/24/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Red Kale Recipe

08/08/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Tofu Recipe

07/25/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Sauteed Zucchini Recipe

07/19/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Paiche Miso Fish

07/14/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Grilled Asian Tofu

07/08/2013: Just Desserts: What's Cooking with American Baking Competition's Paul Hollywood

06/28/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Cream Cheese Frosting Stuffed Strawberries

06/25/2013: Bake Like Celebrity Chef Marcela Valladolid with this Sophisticated S'mores Recipe!

06/20/2013: Alma's Grilled Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

06/10/2013: Chatting with Whitney from CBS' American Baking Competition

06/06/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Swiss Chard

05/30/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Garlic Ramp Pesto

05/19/2013: Delicious Summer Cocktail Recipes

05/15/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Cod Cakes

05/07/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Decode your Kitchen Personality

05/01/2013: Catching up with the Cake Boss

04/24/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Corn Dog Muffins

04/23/2013: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Family Style!

04/11/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Alma's Saffron Rice

03/28/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Satay with Peanut Coconut Sauce

03/28/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Satay with Peanut Coconut Sauce

03/28/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Satay with Peanut Coconut Sauce

03/21/2013: Take Back the Kitchen: Jalapeno, Cheddar and Corn Tortilla Casserole

03/12/2013: Take Back the Kitchen - Alma's Buttermilk Quiche

02/27/2013: Take Back the Kitchen - Winter Salad with Butternut Squash and Pistachios

02/21/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

02/14/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

02/12/2013: Chef Tim Love Teaches Me How to Cook!

02/05/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

01/29/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

01/22/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

01/10/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

01/04/2013: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

12/19/2012: Desert Recipes to Outsmart Your Sweet Tooth

12/18/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

12/03/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

11/13/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

11/07/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

10/26/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

10/18/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

10/01/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

09/19/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

09/12/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

09/06/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

08/29/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

08/08/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

07/24/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

07/17/2012: Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

04/06/2012: Alma's Fabulous Passover Recipes

04/04/2012: Passover Recipes that Aim to Please

08/11/2011: The Help Recipes & a Giveaway

05/15/2011: Pineapple Chicken Sausage Recipe: Leftover Central

04/14/2011: Cooking with Chips

01/13/2011: Alma's Goat Cheese Casserole

09/18/2010: Ladies Night In Margarita Recipes

05/18/2010: Save Money with These Yummy Memorial Day Recipes

03/10/2010: Take Back the Kitchen with an Edamame Dip

03/06/2010: Check out These Great Oscar Desserts!

09/28/2009: Having my Kugel and Eating it Too

05/24/2009: Memorial Day Recipes

05/13/2009: Family Fun for Father's Day

04/19/2009: Side Dish of the Week...Baked Polenta Fries

01/12/2009: Mango Salsa Swordfish for Dummies

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