Author Archives: Arlene Coco

Top Ten Favorite Holiday Dishes for Easy Entertaining- Part One

During the holidays, most of my days are filled with making cookies by the thousands. By the time the weekend comes, I want to entertain and have my friends over, but I am pretty tired at the end of most … Continue reading

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Holiday Baking Marathon- Recipe for Cajun Cocoons

It’s cookie baking season around the kitchen. Every year I embark on a cookie baking journey and sell them to local restaurants and caterers. I was taught by a local retired baker how to make these delicious spritz cookies.  I … Continue reading

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Culinary Adventure: Crawfish Time in the Deep South…

Yep, It’s that time of the year again, time for me to make the pilgrimage to the deep south to do culinary research… Tough duty I know, but this is the best time of the year to eat crawfish and … Continue reading

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Invisible Chef Saves the Day- Mama Siena’s Tex Mex Chicken Hotdish and other Delights

This is a guest post from my good friend and author Ginnie Bivona who lives in Texas. She had been my editor and great inspiration for many years.. Down in Texas they call them casseroles, but we know of course … Continue reading

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Annual Al Dumancus Memorial Brunch at the DECC this Sunday

It’s that time of the year again- Time for the Annual Al Dumancus Memorial Brunch. It’s one of the few events that involves many of the local chefs from the community. We come together to raise money for local scholarships … Continue reading

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Makeover

Local Registered Dietitian and Certified Culinary Professional Paula Tsufis gave me this recipe for Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner made a little lighter. It’s a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner … Continue reading

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Avid Baker’s Challenge- Cherry Chocolate Pecan Bread

I am part of an on-line baking challenge and every month we all pick the same recipe to feature on our food blogs. This is a terrific experience to see how everyone perceives the same recipes. I have learned so … Continue reading

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Prairie Kitchen Teaching Cooking Class Series in Twin Ports

 I will be teaching a series of Spring cooking classes at Johnson Mertz Appliance in Duluth starting March 18. Check out my new schedule below. It’s a great night out for anybody who loves to eat..Lots of samples too! Register … Continue reading

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Veggie Open Faced Omelet Fits The Bill For a Healthy Breakfast

It’s hard to get vegetables in at breakfast. This recipe takes a little time, but well worth the effort. You can make it with egg whites to cut down the calories, but it’s delicious either way. We make this at … Continue reading

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Cook Once, Eat 2 times- Stuffed Peppers with Lamb and Artichokes

I recently bought half a lamb and have been experimenting with all the ways of preparing  lamb. I slow cooked the roast and picked the meat off the bones. I then chilled it to remove the solid fat that floats … Continue reading

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