Taco Salad Flag Dip

Turn traditional taco dip into a patriotic appetizer, perfect for your 4th of July picnic!

Ingredientsflag dip



  • Cook meat with taco seasoning mix as directed on package; cool slightly.
  • Mix cream cheese, sour cream and salsa until blended; spread onto bottom of 13×9-inch dish. Top evenly with layers of meat mixture, 1 cup shredded cheese and lettuce.
  • Arrange olive slices on top left corner of dip to resemble stars on the US flag. Add rows of tomatoes and remaining shredded cheese for the stripes.

Source: www.kraftrecipes.coom

Kid Friendly Blueberry Muffins

This kid-friendly recipe for Blueberry muffins is the perfect activity for a summer day –  especially after picking your own blueberries at one of our local farms.

Kids 7 and up can handle this easy recipe on their own, with a little supervision (and of course someone to put them in and out of the oven.)  It’s also a great way to practice those fractions over summer break!


IngredientsKids Bakibng Blueberry Muffins

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees,  Grease or line twelve muffin cups.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk and egg.

4. Combine the butter mixture and dry ingredients and mix lightly until moistened.  Fold in the blueberries.

5. Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin cups.  Bake 25 minutes. Place on wire racks to cool.


Easy Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this fun and delicious dessert – just like the one served in your favorite Mexican restaurant.  This version is super easy to make because there’s no real “frying” involved!

Fried Ice CreamIngredients

3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream 
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter
2 cups corn flakes (crushed)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

whipped cream
hot fudge sauce


Scoop the ice cream and shape into round balls. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Crush the corn flakes, sprinkle with cinnamon.

Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat, add corn flakes and saute until toasted (approx. 5 min)

In a small bowl combine the white sugar and remaining cinnamon.

Remove ice cream from freezer, roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, then coat with the toasted corn flakes.

Top with hot fudge, whipped cream and cherry

Pineapple Stuffing

Try this unique Pineapple Stuffing recipe for the perfect complement to your Easter ham.

Ingredients:Pineapple Stuffing
 1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 can crushed pineapple
5 slices of bread, cubed


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Blend butter and sugar.
Add eggs and beat well.
Sir in crushed pineapple and bread cubes
Bake in greased casserole dish for 45 min – 1 hour.

Print recipe here.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This delicious and easy Tilapia recipe is perfect for meat-free Fridays during Lent.


1 lb Tilapia filets

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp softened butter

2 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp dried basil

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp onion (or garlic) powder

1/8 tsp celery salt



In a small bowl mix together Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice and spices and set aside.

Arrange filets on a lightly greased broiling pan and broil a few inches from the heat for 3 minutes.

Flip the filets and broil on reverse side for 3 more minutes.

Remove from oven and cover (top side only) with the Parmesan mixture.

Broil 2-3 more minutes until topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork

Winter Pear and Walnut Salad

This Winter Pear and Walnut salad has fresh and inviting flavors and makes a great lunch for a winter day.


Large container of mixed greenspear salad
1 fresh ripe pear
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup Craisins
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp olive oil 



Rinse and dry mixed greens.

Chop pear into bit size chunks.

Add Craisins and walnuts and mix gently.

Top with feta cheese.

For dressing:

Combine honey, orange juice and mustard  in a carafe and shake well.

Add to salad just before serving.


Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange

Welcome to our Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange - a collection of  favorite cookie recipes from friends and family in our community. There are simple recipes to make with your kids and more complex (but delicious!) favorites that have been passed down for generations. Some are classic Christmas cookies and others are just great recipes for any time of year.

Click on the links below for a full, printable version of each recipe with photos.   

Anise Knots Cookies (Mary Maffei)mnm cookir

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies (Courtney Gabriel)

Chocolate Cracker Cookies  (Liz Fritz)

Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies  (Liz Whalen)

Classic Sugar Cookies  (Melissa Livezey)

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies (Jennifer MacHenry)

Easy Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies  (Rosalie Gabriel)

Gingerbread Men  (Liz Whalen)

Mandel Bread (similar to Biscotti)  (Angel Marinucci)pecan tassies

Lemon Squares (Lyn  Cech)

Molasses Spice Kisses (Jennifer Lewis)

Mom Mom’s Swedish Butter Christmas Cookies  (for cookie press) (Sylvia Petrillo)

Mrs. Fields Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip  (Rosalie Gabriel)

Nutella Cookies (Angel Marinucci)

OREO Truffles  (Jennifer MacHenry)

Peanut Butter Fingers  (Florence Stewart)

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies (Leanne Bauman)

Pecan Tassies (Marcella Miccolis)russian

Russian Tea Cakes  I (Theresa Weiss)

Russian Tea Cakes II (Karen Williams)

Snickerdoodles  (Marisa Miloszewski)

Spice Cookies (Marcella Miccolis)

Split Seconds  (Sue Miloszewski)

Surprise Cookies (Colleen Fossett)

Vanilla Cristies (Robin Scipione)

Creamy Pumpkin Dip and Cinnamon Crisps

Pumpkin Dip

This simple and delicious Pumpkin Dip is perfect for dipping cinnamon crisps, graham crackers or fruit and tastes just like Pumpkin Pie.

Creamy Pumpkin Dip

15 oz can of pumpkin
1 small pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
8 oz tube Cool Whip
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix pumpkin, pudding mix and cinnamon together.  Stir in Cool Whip.  Chill before serving.


Cinnamon Crisps

Flour tortillas
melted butter

Brush melted butter on both sides of tortilla and sprinkle both sides with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Use knife or cookie cutters, cut into pieces or fun shapes.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350º for 10 minutes or until golden browing


Oatmeal Apple Crisp

It’s officially Apple Season!   This oatmeal apple crisp recipe is easy, mess-free, and made with just a few extra ingredients you probably have on-hand!

Apple Oatmeal Crisp



1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, melted
3 cups apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, oats, flour and butter until crumbly.
  • Place half of crumb mixture in pan.
  • Spread the apples evenly over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Top with remaining crumb mixture.
  • Bake  40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.




Fresh Corn, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

This summer salad makes perfect use of fresh Jersey Corn and Tomatoes!

4 ears fresh corn on the cob, cleaned and cookedCorn tomato
1 package grape tomatoes, halved OR 2 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-size pieces
10 leaves fresh basil, chiffonade (roll leaves and slice thinly)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, coarsely ground



  • Cut corn off the cob, place into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add tomatoes and mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil. Set aside.

  • Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a pint size canning jar. Shake to combine. Pour dressing over salad. Toss to combine.

  • Serve and enjoy.