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(Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Winger’s Sticky Fingers are my all time favorite ‘goin’-out-to-eat’ food. No joke, I could eat sticky fingers every week, heck, probably two times a week, if I’m completely honest with you. Since eating out at Winger’s every week could get a little pricey, I’ve come up with a solution that can tide me over in between visits. (Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers Ingredients: 1 bag frozen pre-cooked and breaded chicken strips (The crunchy or Southern style strips work best,) 6 Tbsp. Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (No substitutes. It must be Frank’s brand if you want it to truly taste like Winger’s Amazing Sauce. Frank’s Hot Sauce can be bought at Wal-Mart.) 1 1/2 c. brown sugar Ranch Dressing (Buttermilk Hidden Valley mix works the best) Directions: 1. Bake chicken strips according to package directions. 2. While chicken is cooking, mix up … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – ‘You get what you get, and you don’t make a fit’

As you regular readers know, Mondays and Wednesdays are Liz’s rant days, and here it is Wednesday and there is  nary a  rant in sight. That’s because Miz Liz in up to her eyeballs in boxes, packing up all of her worldly possessions in anticipation of a big  move into a new house this weekend. A house with air conditioning (HOORAY!) which I might add, would have been really nice to have when I was visiting her last summer and the heat and humidity were sucking the life out of me?  Just sayin’. Anyway, I’ve got your back, Liz. Take as long as you need, as long as that ‘as long as you need’ doesn’t spill into next week, in which case I would say, “Get your butt back to Coffee … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – If you can’t say something nice…

Cooking everyday (or even just a few days a week) can become a bit of a dreaded chore. Let’s face it, we are busy people these days and sometimes getting a meal on the table seems to be a nearly impossible task. I know this. You know this.  Liz really, REALLY knows this. I was originally just sharing my recipes with Liz, but quickly realized there are a lot of people out there struggling with the same “I want to feed my family a good home cooked dinner or dessert, but I really don’t have the time to do it” dilemma. That’s why I started running my Recipe of the Week, featuring fast, easy, and yet still yummy, food ideas. So on this past Sunday a  reader left this lovely comment … Read entire article »

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Just Between Liz and Kate – Mother Knows Best

Remember when we were younger and our mothers would say, “Don’t use my good scissors,”? Well, I finally get it. I think it’s safe to say we have roughly five pair of scissors in this house – two devoted to material cutting. Yet, when Hannah decided to make herself a new fleece blanket the other day, what does she use? That’s right. She got out my kitchen shears – the pair you can use to debone a chicken or skin a deer (okay – I could be exaggerating, here). Hoping I’d caught her in time (and saved the shears), I offered her a pair of the material-cutting scissors. Next thing I knew, she’d gone back to using my “best” scissors. Turns out, she’d used the material cutters on some plastic … Read entire article »

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Pina Colada Cupcakes – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

We’ve been on quite a cupcake kick at our house lately. Last week I shared the recipe for Oreo Cupcakes. The week before that, the recipe for Churro Cupcakes. Today, I’ve got a tropical treat for you…Pina Colada cupcakes. Super easy, super yummy and one of our family favorites. Pina Colada Cupcakes Cupcake Ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix 3 eggs 2 tsp coconut extract 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 small can crushed pineapple Directions: Mix together cake mix, eggs, coconut extract, buttermilk and pineapple with juice. Pour batter into paper liners, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 15- 18 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1  cup powdered sugar Directions: 1. Pour cream into large mixing bowl and begin mixing on low speed. Gradually increase speed until cream thickens and soft peaks form. 2. Turn off mixer … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits

Never let it be said that I am unwilling to make great and noble sacrifices for our devoted Coffee Break readers. You see, I was in the check-out line at the store a few days ago looking over the rows of gum.  (I have previously admitted to a pretty serious gum addiction here.) Instead of finding a new gum flavor, I stumbled upon a new “Limited Edition” candy bar. It’s the name that caught my eye. Thingamajig. Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t Thingamajig sounds remarkably similar to…Whatchamacallit? As the checker rang up my purchases I picked up both candy bars and read their descriptions - Thingamajig – made with chocolate, cocoa crisps and peanut butter Whatchamacallit – made with chocolate, peanut butter flavored crisps and caramel To me, these candy bars, both made by … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Why we need the three R’s

And I don’t mean “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle”. Sigh. Oh, no. I’m talking about the original three R’s – reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic.  And maybe you already know what I mean by the need for them. Because all too often, it seems those r-words have been replaced with a double-D word: dumbed down. You probably also know this is another one of my rants in the making. I initially pondered writing about this subject a few months ago, when a trip through the check-out line went downhill faster than an Olympic skier. My bill had come to $11.81. I handed the cashier $21.81. Quick, people – do the math. My change? An even ten-spot. $10. The cashier looked at me as if I’d lost my mind by daring to throw a wrench … Read entire article »

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Just between Liz and Kate – Ice, Ice Baby

Kate, I’m falling apart. My counter top ice maker is not making those cute little ice pellets. You know how we count on these ice-makers. They are perhaps the best technological advance in the history of the world!!! And I’m in four-alarm panic! No ice for the Diet Coke! No ice for the summer margaritas. No ice for the shrimp cocktails… NO ICE!! We’re at Defcon 4.5, here, Kate. Calm down, Liz, you’re getting a little overly dramatic here. I’m sure that by the time you’re ready for summer margaritas, your ice maker will once again be churning out those precious pellets of deliciousness. Shrimp cocktails? You eat shrimp cocktails?  Even after “The Incident”? You know, that time when I went on vacation with your family when we were kids … Read entire article »

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Oreo Cupcakes – Kate’s recipe of the week

Who doesn’t love the deliciousness of Oreos? And what’s more yummy than a cupcake? How about mixing the two  together to make one scrumptious treat…Oreo Cupcakes. Here’s the recipe. Oreo Cupcakes Cupcake ingredients: 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 cup sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla 3 eggs 18 – 24 whole Oreo cookies Directions: Mix together cake mix, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Place a spoonful of batter in bottom of paper liner. Place a  WHOLE Oreo on the spoonful of batter, lying flat. Fill with more batter until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 15 – 18 minutes. Cool completely. Oreo Frosting Frosting ingredients: 1 stick butter, room temperature 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar 3 – 4 Tbsp. milk 2 tsp. vanilla 12 crumbled Oreos (regular size, not mini) mini Oreos Frosting Directions: Place butter in mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp. milk, and vanilla. Beat frosting … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Hold the red sauce

You know how it is when you’ve set your mind on something, and then that something turns out to be nothing like the something you’d set your mind on? Such was the case last night. I’d purchased a white pizza at the grocery. Spinach, garlic, mozzarella – you know the drill. Probably my all-time favorite pizza. Every time I have it, I’m hearkened back to my life in Florida. I had an apartment on one of the islands, so going home each night meant taking the bridge across the intercoastal, which was a real treat and the ultimate in relaxation on its own. Anywho… as soon as I drove onto the island, there was a group of shops – gas station, small grocery and a New York pizza joint. Let’s just say … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant – Commercial Appeal

Here we are – one day after the Super Bowl – which can only mean one thing: It’s time to talk commercials. As you know, I’m not really all that big on football’s biggest day of the year. Not that I’m anti-football or anything… So instead of forcing myself to be glued to the tube for 3 hours, I got a sneak peek at some of this year’s commercials. “That’s cheating, Liz!” you might be saying. No, people. I’m just staying a few steps ahead of the game. Pun intended. It’s probably a good thing I was pro-active, too. Because after Aguilera botched the the National Anthem, I questioned my decision to even acknowledge that yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. But alas I did make it through much of the game. Unfortunately, … Read entire article »

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Just between Liz and Kate . . . Are you ready for some football?

So Liz, without googling, can you tell me what two teams are playing in the Super Bowl this year, or perhaps maybe when the big game is? Dear, sweet, innocent Kate… You know my favorite sport is HOCKEY!! But yes, I do know who’s playing in the big bowl game thank you very much. Well, I know one team – the Steelers, right? (That is right, isn’t it? Tell me I’m right about at least one team…) That’s neither here nor there, though. The big question is this: What songs will the Black-Eyed Peas be including in their half-time show. I mean, c’mon! That’s what everyone really wants to know. Will they lead with “Time of My Life”? Or will they end with  that song? Let’s face it – … Read entire article »

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Super Easy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday –
Kate’s Escapades

Let’s just be honest here, for many, the Super Bowl is as much about the food and commercials, as it is about the game itself. I already shared a few of my favorite Super Bowl commercials here. Now for the good stuff, munchies for the “Big Game”.  This year I’ll be serving Chicken Nachos Grande, Cowboy Salsa with chips and Churro Cupcakes. Chicken Nachos Grande Ingredients: 1 Rotisserie Chicken, deboned and shredded 1 package frozen steamable rice (white or brown) 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces) 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup shredded cheese 1 can green enchilada sauce (16 ounces) tortilla chips or flour tortillas 1 sm can sliced black olives sour cream Directions: Preheat oven to 450. Mix all ingredients (except tortilla chips) in large bowl. Spread evenly into 9 x 13 baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Top with olives. Bake for 20 … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: No pressure, Phil

Well, here it is – the day we’ve all been waiting for – bulldog Murray’s first birthday! Happy Birthday Murrtaco!! What’s that you say? You aren’t celebrating Murray’s birthday? Shame, shame. I suppose you’re thinking this is a day to think clouds! Because as you probably know, not only is today my favorite bulldog’s birthday, it’s also the day ol’ Punxsutawny Phil waddles out of his hole in the ground today to single-handedly decide whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter. And if we have six more weeks of winter, my head will spin right off my neck. No pressure, Phil. You may be asking yourself, “How did a groundhog manage to be appointed meteorologist for the day?” Heck if I know. What I do … Read entire article »

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Churro Cupcakes – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Churro Cupcakes Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix 3 eggs 1 cup sour cream 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 Tbsp. cinnamon 4 Tbsp. butter, melted Directions: Mix together cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Fill each paper liner half full with batter. In a separate bowl, combine white sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1 tsp. sugar mixture on top of cake batter. Top with remaining batter and fill 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and set aside. With pastry brush, place melted butter on top of cupcakes. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top of cupcakes. Serve warm. ~Kate … Read entire article »

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