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Melissa Guerra

Sugar Skulls
How to Make Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Latin America on November 1st and 2nd as a remembrance of the dearly departed.


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How to Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Homemade Nutella? How to Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

I remember the first time I had Nutella, during a visit to England. My friend’s mother was serving breakfast, and brought a jar of the deep, dark chocolate paste to the table. “It’s for your toast,” she said, and placed it next to the jar of English orange marmalade. Frosting? For breakfast? Why hadn’t I visited Europe sooner?

Related: Are You Nuts?! 3 Savory Nutella Recipes


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Breakfast Cookie
Breakfast Cookies

Is there a superlative for the word “commuter?” If so, in my family, we are the commuter-est. Driving to school, driving to work, driving to visit family…we spend a lot of time in the car. And frankly, I will give up a nice, tranquil breakfast at the kitchen table for a few extra minutes of snoring face down in my warm pillow. So breakfast is many times gobbled down on the run, with a cup of coffee in the to-go mug.


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Breakfast Cookie
Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast cookies are a great solution to single-handed dining and they're pleasant enough to get your morning started right. Scented with cinnamon, sweet without overdoing it, and loaded with fiber and super fruits such as blueberries and cherries, homemade breakfast cookies beat stale packaged granola bars any day.


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Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder
Soup-er Recipe: Spicy Pepper Jack & Shrimp Chowder

Cream soups are delicious, but sometimes they can veer off the soup category and into the gravy or sauce category. Too heavy, or downright fattening, most of us elect to skip them altogether. Soup made with cheese can turn out like a cheese sauce, but by layering the flavors we can keep the heaviness in check while keeping the yum factor high.


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Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder
Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder

Cream soups are delicious, but sometimes they can veer off the soup category, and into the gravy or sauce category. We adore this Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder, it's loaded with savory goodness, but you can change the ingredient of cream to lower fat milk if you like. Granted, this is not a low calorie recipe, but we cut corners where we can, without sacrificing flavor.


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Guatemalan Jocón de Pollo
Choose Chicken: Guatemalan Jocón de Pollo

Chicken… again? Ugh. If your meal menus sound more like a broken record than a tempting treat, maybe it’s time to look at some new recipes. Jocón de Pollo is a delicious, hearty stew from Guatemala that might just be the ticket.

Similar to a Mexican style green mole, or pipian, the jocón sauce is made with pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic and is heavily perfumed with cilantro.


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