Rachael Daylong

The sweet and earthy flavors of a pumpkin are enveloped in tender pockets of pasta and topped with a decadent browned butter and sage sauce. This is an fabulous pumpkin recipe that can be made to impress even your most snobby friends! It may take some time, but it is worth it! Also, the raviolis can be made ahead of time and frozen for use later on. Makes about 50 4-inch raviolis.

These are made with very cute baby pumpkins! A perfect idea for individual size portions and a great way to celebrate the fall. An added plus is that kids love then and they can help.

The classic pumpkin muffin! These are a great way to feed breakfast to a house full of hungry in-laws during the holidays! They can also be baked the night before and are still delicious in the morning. Makes 24 muffins.

Although this recipe is delicious on its own, it is also amazing as a filling for a cake or cupcake.

These are rich and indulgent and perfection for the holidays! A great way to cheat on your diet while on vacation, and a wonderful way to appease cranky children.

This dressing is a great way to dress up a southwestern style salad. Just add some avocado corn salsa(see recipe page) with this dressing on top of fresh green leaf lettuce. It is a refreshing and delicious summer salad.

For days when the temperature gets so hot that there is no other way to cool down! This is a great soup for an appetizer to serve at outdoor parties. It is also a beautiful color and can be easily dressed up.

These tacos are a low calorie alternative to ground beef. They are also light and refreshing, great for summer time or an easy lunch. Makes four tacos.

This is a creamy salsa that is best when eaten right away. It is a little but spicy but it is good not spicy too. Just leave out the jalapenos. Serve with tortilla chips at your next football game.

This is a classic at my hometown cafe. It is low carb and delicious! It is a great alternative to serving your favorite chicken salad recipe in a bed of lettuce or as a sandwich. Serves four.

This crisp summer sandwich is best eaten on a hot day with a glass of limeade! I love it withe spicy broccoli srouts but any sprouts will do.

This is a spin off of a burger I ate while in Austin, Texas. It has a strong spiciness to it that is combated by the creamy and cool avocado. What makes these burgers really good is if you can find a cheese and jalapeno hamburger bun. Makes 2 hamburgers.

These are a twist on the tea time original. They are still very dainty but have a fresh citrus and avocado flavor that can't be beat! Makes 24 tea sandwiches.

This is a classic Mexican breakfast that is fabulous accompanied by a ripe avocado. Makes 2 plates.

This is an open faced avocado breakfast sandwich. It is a great way to start a Saturday morning with a glass of orange juice or some coffee. Makes one sandwich.

These are a classic indulgence in tex-mex restaurants. The big round fried ball is cut into to reveal a deep green outer ring filled with bright pink shrimp center. The important part is to make sure and season the avocado all over before filling, otherwise it will be bland. Makes 2 fried avocados.

A panini is just a grown up word for grilled cheese. This is a very simple but delicious vegetarian panini. It is warm and hearty but still healthy!

Gazpacho is a cold Spanish soup that has the hearty flavors of fresh tomatoes and the refreshing chilled flavor of cucumber. The diced avocado on top creates a creamy balance with the acidity of tomatoes and vinegar. The best way to eat this soup would be on a hot day with a refreshing salad.

Sushi is so expensive at restaurants and very impressive at parties. This would be a great and easy way to use avocados and also impress your friends.

This is a traditional Mediterranean salad with the addition of avocado. The creamy avocado balances the acidity of marinated vegetables and tangy lemon vinaigrette.

Ham and Cheese Quiche is always popular, but at your next brunch try something a little more exciting! This quiche is great for any meal, it is a large portion and really good served with a small green salad. Make it a day ahead to have an easy breakfast the next day. Serves 8 people.

Creamy avocado pairs perfectly with the mayonnaise and tuna of this salad. The corn creates a slightly sweet burst of flavor as you eat it. You could also use cooked or canned chicken. Serves 6.

This recipe should be reserved for the most beautiful and ripe avocados you can find. Perfect for the peak of the season and intriguingly simple. Serves 4 as an appetizer.

This is a great lunch recipe. Also easy to pack for a kids lunch or a lunch at the office. Simply pack the pita separately and do not fill it until you are ready to eat. Serves 2.

Avocado and shrimp is the classic combination that is delicious for brunch and a great way to have a relaxing Saturday or Sunday morning. Omelets only take a few seconds to make and can easily be divided or multiplied to serve as many people as you would like. This recipe serves 4.

Avocado adds some fresh summer flavors to classic spicy cheese dip.

I have seen this on Menus listed as California eggs Benedict. It is a fresh twist on the classic eggs Benedict. Serves four people.

This delicious avocado salad recipe can be made about an hour ahead of time and held in the refrigerator until the steaks are done grilling. This recipe would be really good to eat outside or at a barbecue. Serves 6.

Tasty and savory enchiladas that can be changed to meet many variations. Any type of meat or cheese can be used, like chicken and mozzarella, or beef and colby. Serves 6.

Crisp lettuce leaves make a great vehicle for savory meat and creamy avocado chunks. Ground beef is just a suggestion, ground turkey, chicken, or pork can also be used. Serves 8.

This salmon has delicious Asian flavors mixed with fresh sweet mango and creamy avocado chunks. Serves 2.

This is a traditional Mexican breakfast. It is almost like breakfast nachos. The crisp sauteed tortillas are complimented by creamy melted colby cheese and tender chunks of avocado and tomato. Serves 2.

Home made macaroni and cheese is better than anything. It is worth the effort! This recipe utilizes crumbles of bacon and chunks of avocado to create a fabulous contrast of flavors. Serves 6.

Caprese salad is a fresh and classic salad of summer. It is simple to make and looks beautiful on a table. Avocados add another layer of creaminess and flavor. Use the mozzarella that come vacuum sealed in tubes ot the kind that comes in small balls cured in water. Serves 4.

Mexican flavors make these plain baked potatoes into a fiesta in your mouth.

Mexican restaurants serve all variations of stuffed Poblano peppers. This is the easier version made to feed a family. The same bright and creamy flavors are combined with rice to make a filling casserole. Serves 6.

Crispy fried fish is complimented by creamy avocado and cabbage slaw. Serves 4.

This is a great recipe for people on Atkins, low carb, high fiber and protein. It has meat but also has a healthy dose of vegetables. Serves 4.

The mayonnaise is usually the only creamy component in potato salad but this time avocado adds a fresh flavor. Serves 8 as a side.

Deviled eggs make a perfect little cup for the flavors of avocados. The smokiness of paprika balances everything out. Makes 12 eggs.

This is an easy fruit salad that has fresh fruit flavors of mango and mint with the creamy avocado and yogurt.

Use cheddar dogs in this recipe to make it extra delicious. The cold guacamole is a great contrast to a piping hot dog. Serves 6.

This recipe is great because it is a delicious vanilla ice cream or you can add any flavors you would like. For ideas see the extra information at the bottom. Makes 6 cups.

This ice cream not only has raspberry puree to add a delicious raspberry flavor but fresh fruit to add extra texture and a pretty color. Makes 6 cups.

Eggnog gives a fun holiday feel to a basic ice cream recipe. It would be great to top pumpkin or pecan pie, or even with a splash of bourbon on top. Makes 1 quart.

When cherries are in season everything turns cherry flavored at my house. This is a great recipe that can make those cherries last a few weeks in the freezer. If you can keep from eating it all!

Green tea ice cream has become rather popular over the past few years. The delicate flavor of the green tea leaves result in a refreshingly creamy base. It is best to use nicer brands of green tea.

This recipe welcomes fall with an abundance of pumpkin and spice flavors. It is a great recipe for entertaining or to eat of the first day of frost. Try it with spice cake or a splash of bourbon on top. Makes 1 quart.

The chopped pecans in the beginning add a nutty flavor but are removed to make the ice cream smooth and consistent. The best pecans that are glazed with brown sugar are added at the end. Makes about 1 quart.

This recipe can be made with any chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or bittersweet. You could even try combination. Just use the same amount of chocolate as called for in the recipe. Makes 6 cups.

The classic mint chocolate chip, made with fresh mint and delicious real bittersweet chocolate chunks. Makes 1 quart.

Although pistachio ice cream is usually bright green, this recipe does not call for green food coloring. But i can assure you it is just as delicious. If you can not live without the green color, just add a few drops of green food coloring, preferably avocado color. Makes 1 quart.

Red velvet cupcakes are always one of the most popular flavors at a bakery. Whether it is the deep permeating flavor of chocolate or the bright red color peeking through the paper cup, it flies of the shelf and into the mouths of happy customers.

The classic vanilla cupcake is the best way to go if surprising someone you don't know that well or if you are taking these to a kid's party. Everyone likes a vanilla cupcake! You can also try livening these up by filling them with different jellies, chocolate sauces, or puddings.

These are a non-traditional cupcake flavor that have cream cheese in the batter. This results in a moist and creamy cake like I have never had before.

For these carrot cupcakes it is best to refrigerate then, tightly wrapped overnight. This makes the spices and moistness of the carrot even more delightful.

These banana cupcakes are fun and crown pleasing. The cupcake is reminiscent of breakfast banana bread but lighter, and the frosting is delicious and smooth, like the center of a Reese's... almost.

These cupcakes are similar to carrot cake in flavor but the zucchini adds a moistness that you really cant get from any other cake.

A mint cupcake is fabulous but what about a dark chocolate mint cupcake with white chocolate mint icing? Double fabulous! These cupcakes make a great party favor, keep your breathe fresh and are perfectly festive for the holidays.

Consider these cupcakes a healthy snack since they contain up to 26% of your daily value in vitamin A, which keeps skin and hair healthy.

These cupcakes are almost more like individual flourless chocolate cakes. They are rich, decadent, and moist. However they tend to crumble on top, but this is okay because they are served upside down with a glaze on top!

These cupcakes are chocolate on the bottom and cream cheese on the top. They not only make a contrast of color but of flavors too. The bittersweet chocolate of the cupcakes is delicious with the creaminess of the top layer.

This is an easy recipe for a dessert that does not require an ice cream maker. Juts simply keep stirring and the end product will be like a grown up snow cone. Makes 8 servings.

This is a childhood favorite with the delicious flavors of homemade flaky pastry filled with strawberry preserves and dusted with powdered sugar. Make a large batch and save them to eat for breakfast every morning. Make 8 tarts.

This is a refined type of salad that looks fancy but is actually very easy. It would also be very good with grilled chicken or goat cheese. Makes 6 servings.

Aren't you tired of the over sweetened sponge cake from the grocery store topped with fake red strawberry filling? Make these flaky biscuits from scratch and top with fresh strawberries for a strawberry shortcake you will not be able to stop eating. You will never go back to the grocery store kind again! Serves 8.

Sparkling wine is used in this recipe to add a refreshing flavor to a strawberry and orange sorbet. Serves 8.

A simple tart that is prefect for when strawberries are at the peak of the season. The strawberries cook and form their own sauce as they release their juices. You can also serve this with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top. Makes 6 to 8 slices.

Strawberry shortcake goes as far back as strawberries and chocolate so why not have both? This is a delicious variation on the traditional strawberry shortcake that uses a chocolate shortcake biscuit and a orange flavored strawberry filling. Serves 6.

This recipe uses a fresh strawberry syrup that tastes better and is better for you than the fake kind you can buy at the store. Serves 4.

The basil and balsamic adds a twist to traditional strawberry topping. The basil is fresh and herbaceous like mint, it also freshens breath like mint too.

This salad is crisp and has a variation of flavors that work surprisingly well together. The acid from the tomatoes balances the sweetness of the strawberries and both go well over the tender leaves of Boston lettuce. Makes 4 servings.

These light and fluffy cookies look beautiful when presented and are so airy that you can eat many of them without getting full. Also try dipping the bottoms in chocolate, it looks beautiful and creates a contrast between dipped and not dipped cookies. Makes about 2 dozen.

This is a tropical and fun way to present meringue. Passion fruit contains the right amount of sweet and sour to make a delicious creamy curd and meringue provides the perfect light and fluffy topping for this non-traditional pie. Make 6 servings.

This is a classic lemon meringue pie with a sweet and tart filling, a fluffy meringue topping, and a nutty graham cracker crust. Try serving it with melted raspberry sorbet as the sauce. Serves 8 to 10.

Marshmallow and sweet potatoes always go well together but meringue adds another element to this deliciously creamy pie. Serves 10.

This torte is not only a beautiful centerpiece on the outside but on the inside as well. The thin layers make a fabulous presentation and flavor. Thin and fluffy meringue layers are combined with creamy and crunchy praline frosting. Serves 6.

This is a rich and decadent layered meringue cake that is made fluffy and light with the addition of whipped cream. Serves 6 to 8.

Although these chewy, chocolaty delights will last a couple of days in an airtight container, they are the very best eaten the same day. Makes 16 cookies.

Ice cream cakes are a family favorite, but the ones from the grocery store don;t meet expectations anymore. This recipe makes a fabulous ice cream cake that everyone can enjoy. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

This takes simple peaches to a whole new level. The sweet and crisp meringue add texture and sweetness to the perfectly ripe peaches. Try serving alongside pound cake or simply on their own. Serves 4.

Try serving these with raspberry sauce or chocolate dipping sauce. Makes 24 meringue kisses.

Mushroom Marsala sauce is a classic Italian dish that is fabulous with chicken or shrimp. The creamy sauce is given extra flavor from the Marsala wine and heartiness from the mushrooms. Serves 6.

These make a fabulous appetizer when stuffed into cherry tomatoes or a dashing side when stuffed into the large size vegetables. Serves 6.

This is a great vegetarian option that is high in flavor while still being animal friendly. You can serve this alongside sauteed spinach and roasted tomatoes to make it a full meal. To make it vegan, be sure to purchase vegan pastry and omit the cheese. Serves 4.

Tender breasts of chicken filled with hearty and savory mushroom chunks and finished with a creamy wine sauce. Serves 4.

Risotto is a rice based dish that, because of all the stirring, comes out to be like a creamy casserole consistency. Even when there is no cream in the recipe it tastes like there is, which makes it great for a vegetarian option. Serves 6.

Most people think of mushroom soup as the thick and flavorless goop that comes from can. However, this recipe is creamy and decadent and resembles nothing of that bland mush. Serves 8.

This is a delicious alternative to the traditional hamburger. It is juicy, flavorful and just as filling. Not only is it good for vegetarians but also great just to change up your diet once in a while. The cilantro mayonnaise adds a calming element to the spicy pepperjack cheese. Serves 4.

You may not think of mushrooms as a breakfast food but they go great with eggs. This dish can also be served as a lunch or brunch recipe, especially when paired with a small salad. Makes 1 omelet.

This recipe uses the portobello mushrooms kind of like a little pizza crust. This recipe is also easily divided or multiplied to serve as few or many people as you like. Serves 2.

This recipe is a perfetc side for grilled steaks or chicken breasts. Place a heaping cup of it on a plate and top with the meat. Serves 4.

Serves 10 to 12.

The classic Jewish potato cakes. Garnish these with sour cream, or the more traditional applesauce! Makes about 12 latkes.

Gnocchi may be a little hard to work with but this recipe will definitely be worth the effort. It produces delicious, light and fluffy potato pillows. Serve with any Italian pasta sauce. Makes 6 servings.

These are a traditional Polish treat of little dumplings filled with savory potato filling. Try them served with applesauce in the traditional manner or on top of sauteed onions or sauerkraut. Makes about 3 dozen dumplings.

This creamy and hearty soup had the best combination of flavors ever, bacon and potato! Try this soup topped with a little bit of chopped onion, shredded cheese, or crisp bacon. Serves 8.

The best thing about making your potato chips at home is you can make them however you want. If you like thin potato chips cut them very thin and fry for less time, for thicker do just the opposite. Makes about 6 cups potato chips.

This delicious pie is traditionally made with mutton (sheep meat), hence the reason it is called shepherd's pie. In this version I like to use ground beef but any ground meat can be used. Serves 4.

Crispy shallots on top make this potato salad especially delicious and all your friends will wonder how you did it! Serves 6 to 8.
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