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Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Herbs

Are you a cauliflower lover?  Cauliflower is a vegetable I make infrequently. That's because I am very picky about the quality of any head of cauliflower I buy. I want my cauliflower to be pristine white, with no hint of dark spots anywhere on the head. A Head of Roasted Cauliflower It's not very often I find heads of cauliflower that look fresh enough for me to buy.  This week I did find a beautiful little head.  It weighed just over a pound. That head of cauliflower was so pretty that the cashier at the grocery store commented on it.  We began talking about roasting cauliflower.  That conversation spurred me to think of how I might roast my beautiful cauliflower.

The Best Simple Chocolate Cake

Everyone needs a go-to chocolate cake recipe they love.  Do you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe?  My go-to chocolate cake recipe is the Hershey's Chocolate Cake recipe you can find on the back of the Hershey's cocoa package.  I think this is the best, easy chocolate cake to make. It is a moist, fudgy cake that I always top with the Hershey's chocolate buttercream frosting, also found on the back of the Hershey's cocoa package.  Is there anything more satisfying than chocolate cake with chocolate frosting?  Of course not.

How to Care for Fading Daffodils

To me, daffodils mean spring.  It's not until I see that riotous yellow color bursting out throughout my garden that I believe that at long last winter is behind us. If you've been reading Just One Donna for a while you know that I enjoy having plants in my home.  I prefer easy-care plants both inside and outside.  Daffodils are pretty easy to care for, so they fit nicely into my outside garden in zone 7a. How to Keep Your Daffodil Garden Tidy  Spring Color in the Garden The trouble with daffodils is that their lovely color quickly fades and you are left with just the green leaves.  That wouldn't be too bad except for the fact that they wilt, turn brown and turn your lovely garden into a mess. You have to put up with the fading leaves for about six weeks in the garden.

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember what your favorite candy was as a kid?   I liked most candy as well as the next kid, but for a couple of years in my early teens, I was obsessed with Heath Bars. Oh, how I loved those bites of chocolate covered toffee.  I loved how the bar would snap when I took a bite.  I loved the crunching sound the toffee made while I chewed, and the chocolate, well the chocolate was the icing on the cake. What could be better than toffee chocolate chip cookies? Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies I've grown out of that obsession.  Yes, I gave up the Heath Bar long ago.  As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I had one. A few weeks back, while perusing the chocolate chip options at my local grocery store, a bag of Heath English toffee bits called out to me.  You know what I do when something calls to me from the grocery store shelf?  Well, I buy it, of course.

How to Make the Strawberry Buttercream for Your Cakes

Don't you love buttercream frosting on your cakes?  Chocolate and cream cheese frostings have always been my favorites, but this time of year a fruit-flavored frosting is delicious. Here's how you can make a delicious buttercream frosting with natural fruit flavors.  The secret is to use jam in the frosting. Wouldn't this frosting be perfect on your Valentine's Day cupcakes? This frosting is perfect for Valentine's Day but is especially fabulous for birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers. Yummy and pretty! Pretty Pink Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting This is a recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream, flavored with strawberry jam.  The key to a fresh fruit flavor in your frosting is to choose a really good quality jam. I used strawberry jam, but you can use any flavor of jam that will enhance the cake you have made.  Be sure to choose a seedless jam to ensure a smooth frosting that can easily be spread.

Spring Risotto with Lemon Shrimp

Do you love risotto and shrimp?  Risotto is a side dish I make often in spring because so many spring vegetables are a perfect addition to risotto. This Spring Risotto with baby spinach and peas is just right paired with Lemon Shrimp. It's quick and easy, too! Spring Risotto with Lemon Shrimp Risotto is such a versatile dish, but the constant stirring can sometimes feel inconvenient.  Today I'm sharing an alternate technique for easy risotto. You'll have this entire meal ready in less than thirty minutes.  That makes it a yummy weeknight menu option for spring.

Quick Dinner-Ziti Bake

The calendar says spring has sprung, but you wouldn't know it by the temperatures outside.  This ziti bake recipe is a delicious, hearty main dish perfect for a cold spring evening, or any time of year. It takes just a few minutes to assemble the ingredients and then forty-five minutes in the oven.  You can make it ahead of time, even freeze it ready for the oven. What's not to love? Quick Ziti Bake for Dinner A ziti bake is a perfect make ahead, one pan meal.  The ricotta cheese in this recipe makes the ziti bake creamy and yummy. Do you need a filling option for a family gathering or potluck dinner?  This ziti bake is the answer.  Add a colorful salad and some garlic bread and you'll be good to go.