Sweet and Savory Spiced Nuts – Dayna Crisco



  • 2 cups pecan halves



  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less to taste)



  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola or corn oil





  1. Heat the oven (or toaster oven) to 350°.
  2. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast them for 6 minutes or until they are fragrant and their color deepens slightly.
  3. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the spice mix.
  4. In a saucepan, combine the glaze ingredients and bring them to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  5. Stir in the toasted nuts and continue to stir until all the nuts are shiny and the liquid is gone, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Move the glazed nuts to a mixing bowl, sprinkle on the spice mix, and toss them well to coat.
  7. Spread the coated nuts on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven for another 4 minutes; check regularly to make sure they don’t burn.
  8. Remove and let cool. Makes 2 cups.
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Corn-and-Avocado Salsa Linda Longchamps

Corn-and-Avocado Salsa


  • 4 cups                 fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon                 fajita seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon                 pepper
  • 2 tablespoons                 vegetable oil                                $

    1                  red bell pepper, chopped                                $


  • 1/2                  jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup                 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup                 fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup                 fresh lime juice                                $


  • 2 tablespoons                 orange juice                                $


  • 3/4 teaspoon                 salt                                $


  • 2                  ripe avocados, diced                                $



  1. 1. Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until corn is slightly golden. Remove from heat; let cool.
  2. 2. Stir together corn mixture, bell pepper, and next 6 ingredients. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Stir in avocado just before serving.
  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Badia Fajita Seasoning.

Michael Russo, Lafayette, Louisiana, Southern Living    
JULY 2006

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Red Pepper and white bean dip Anne Mager

2 cans of white beans, rinsed and drained
roasted red peppers in a jar –
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar  –
2 tablespoon of honey
salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro (I didn’t add this)
Food process all until smooth.
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7 Layer Fat-Fighting Taco Dip Dr. Oz

7 Layer Fat-Fighting Taco Dip Dr. Oz
4 cups shredded lettuce
3 medium ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 can black beans
3 medium diced tomatoes
2 cans sliced olives
8 oz 2% cheddar cheese
Starting with the lettuce on the bottom of a bowl, add each layer on top of the next, ending with sprinkling the cheese on top. Alternate one celery stick with each whole grain chip to cut your calories in half.
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Cheese Cake Cheater



Cheese Cake Cheater
  • -2 cans Pillsbury butter crescent rolls
  • -2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
  • -1 cup sugar
  • -1 teaspoon vanilla
  • -1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • -Cinnamon & sugar
  1. Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

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24 Hours Of LeMon – Capitol Offense

Not the trophy I was going for, but we’ll take it.

I started my last stint with a little over an hour left in the 15 hour race and closed our gap from the class leader from 1 min 40 secs to just 40 secs with plenty of time to overtake them when we blew the head gasket.

 It was looking like we’d be 1st in the class and top 10 overall until the failure…we wound up 5th in our class and 17th overall of 97 cars.

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Holiday Update 2012

Happy Holidays to you and your family!!  Whether you celebrate Kwanza, Chanukah, Christmas – or some other holiday we have not been introduced to – – we wish you a great one!!

2012 has brought many changes to our family.  In June, Bill (my mother’s husband) pass away after a short battle with cancer.  We will miss Bill’s passion for politics, his love of Notre Dame’s football, and his doting over Meme (it was adorable).

December 31, 2011 Amber and Jesse became the proud parents of Max!!  Every member of our family is enchanted with Max!!

On to activities – Todd, Jessica, Alex & Austin biked and camped 170 miles of the C&O Canal in July.

In August we spent a week at our annual rental home in Ocean City – it was so much fun to have Max with us!!

Amanda – I officially live in the house I purchased a year ago in Baltimore City – and I love it!! Kevin (my boyfriend) and I have been diligently doing projects and renovations. I’m super busy at work and I’ve taken on an apprentice. I love being an aunt. I have three very exciting trips planed this year out of the country. See the Elf’ed video

Amber – Jesse, Max, Lily (the dog) and Amber are all a big happy family and live in Hanover, Maryland! Max is mobile, crawling nonstop and learning more sign language each day.  Max and Lily will follow you around like the house like little ducklings.  Jesse is still at Toys R Us and could not be happier with his son.  Amber has made the Dean’s list (as a full-time student) every semester since Max was born.

Alex – I’m looking for a girlfriend, I want to move out of our house, have a car and kids.  I still work at Columbia Tri.  I went away to camp this summer for a week – it was overnight camp.  I had a great first quarter report card, excellent Lion’s Pride (behavior record), went out for a celebration dinner.  Rode bike with Rachel Markus 8.8 miles.  I had a solo in the winter dance concert and got a huge applause!

Austin – Is a freshman at Howard High School.  He is doing well!!  Auditioned and was accepted into Drama Learning Center’s Teen Youth Acting Company and will have an ensemble role in “Side Show”.  He ALSO got a role in the High School Theater’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  On December 10th he will take his Red Belt promotion test for Martial Arts (last belt before Black belt).  He continues to take voice lessons and his mother LOVES to hear him sing throughout the house.

Todd – Ran his 1st 100 mile race in just under 24 hours, you should have seen his feet afterward!  He is still racing in the ChumpCar and 24 Hours of LeMons race series (video).  In April Todd joined a new start up company called Cobalt Talon and works predominately from home.

Jessica – I’m working at the Y teaching yoga and Pilates – and my favorite job is watching Max.  I’m happy, so very happy. 

We hope to hear from you!!


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