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  • Making “iced cream” is a breeze with just four ingredients and an ice cream maker.

    ‘Iced' cream, you scream, we all scream for ‘iced' creamSep 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    A friend of mine called the other day and announced: “I'm making homemade ice cream on the deck today. Come on over.” Funny how all my “straightening up the house” plans for that Sunday afternoon disappeared at the words “homemade ice cream.” That invitation got me thinking: When is the last time I made homemade ice cream? Years ago, for sure. I've been on a sorbet kick for a while now and had all but given up on ice cream. Why? Mainly because it seems like too much work.

  • It doesn't matter which comes first, the chicken or the egg, when gobbling up this lean protein salad.

    Chopped salad for all Sep 15, 2011 12:00 AM
    Do you like chopped salads? I do! I love that with a chopped salad, you get a little bit of everything in every bite. When my kids were younger, a chopped salad was a sure way to get a variety of things in their dinner without turned-up noses and scowls.

  • Breakfast for dinner -- yum!

    A quick scramble for a long day Sep 8, 2011 12:00 AM
    Some nights when we get home after a long day we're just too tired to dive into preparing a big meal. That's how this recipe for Fresh Egg Scramble was born. Breakfast for dinner has long been a “Desperation” staple in my family. You can mix up the scramble any way you want, depending on what you have in the refrigerator.

  • A dash of spicy Thai sauce makes chicken salad a company-worth meal.

    Thai sauce spices up chicken salad Sep 1, 2011 12:00 AM
    Usually when I'm eating salad in a restaurant, I can figure out the ingredients. Today's recipe for Courtyard Bistro Asian Chicken Salad With Chili-Lime Vinaigrette is an exception. (The chefs at Marriott headquarters in Washington, D.C., were kind enough to share their recipe.)

  •  A stash of frozen stash of chicken sausage saves dinner.

    Chicken sausages save dinner Aug 24, 2011 12:00 AM
    One night I was digging through my freezer meat shelf looking for some shrimp to throw into a spaghetti sauce. And then I spotted some chicken sausages just begging to be dinner. The sausages had been pushed to the back for a few weeks, and now, it was as though I had hit the jackpot.

  •  For an easy and versatile summer dessert, turn to Creamy Tart with Pecan Crust and Berries.

    Desperate and delicious dessert Aug 18, 2011 12:00 AM
    Desperate desserts are hard to come by. Bakers know that cutting time out of baking or prepping is a recipe for disaster. But even desperate cooks need dessert. Today’s quick and easy recipe is just in time for the final hurrah of summer’s fresh berries.

  • Any variety of fresh figs will work in this easy sorbet recipe.

    Fresh fig sorbet Aug 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    If you've been a reader of this column or our Kitchen Scoop blog, you know I adore figs. My grandmother had a row of tree-sized fig bushes in her backyard, and my brother and I would sit under them for hours, eating our fill of fresh figs through the summer months. California figs start producing in May and some varieties go all the way to December.

  •  Any variety of fresh figs will work in this easy sorbet recipe.

    Fresh Fig SorbetAug 5, 2011 12:00 AM
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  • For the same price as one gourmet shop cupcake you can bake two dozen of these Cuckoo Coconut Cupcakes at home.

    Craving coconut cupcakes? Try these frothy confectionsJul 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    The nation has gone cuckoo for cupcakes. Shops dedicated to the bite-size or larger confections now dot the country. While this trend has been building over the past five years or so, I still don't get it.

  •  High temperatures are the secret to these potatoes.

    High heat key to amazing baked potatoes Jul 14, 2011 12:00 AM
    For years, Beverly and I tried to figure out how to duplicate the potatoes at our favorite steakhouse, with the skin a little crunchy and the middle moist and fluffy. “Real” baked potatoes, we discovered, need to cook at 475 degrees for an hour.

  •  With frozen cheese ravioli and a quick, homemade sauce, you can have an elegant meal to enjoy solo or with friends.

    Ravioli for one Jul 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    Frozen cheese ravioli is one of the easiest desperate dinners for one. Delicious and delicate, frozen ravioli is available from several manufacturers.

  • Alicia Ross/Desperation Dinners For a quick and crowd-pleasing meal, serve Lowcountry Shrimp Tacos and Corn.

    A summery take on tacos Jun 29, 2011 12:00 AM
    Question: What do you get when you cross a Lowcountry boil and a taco bar? Answer: Deliciously flavored shrimp tacos and sumptuous corn on the cob, which also equals a party!

  • All-American Apple Pie

    An Apple Pie Fourth of July Jun 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    What's a more American dessert than apple pie? And what's more American than a college cook-off between guys and girls? I can't think of a thing.

  • Savory blue cheese and bacon make these burgers extra special.

    Burgers heat up dinnertime Jun 16, 2011 12:00 AM
    Just in time for Father's Day, here's a wonder-burger for all those meat-eating men in your life. Bacon Blue-Cheese Burgers are easy to fix and sure to please.

  •  Italian Sausage Spaghetti is easy enough to prepare for dinner tonight or whip up a batch and freeze for later.

    Italian Sausage SpaghettiJun 7, 2011 12:00 AM
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  • Italian Sausage Spaghetti is easy enough to prepare for dinner tonight or whip up a batch and freeze for later.

    Plan for Italian Sausage Spaghetti leftoversJun 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    What do you do with leftovers? Do you ever intentionally plan for them? I do, and I freeze them. Especially when I'm testing recipes, I often end up with a batch or two of the same soup or sauce, and there's no way I can consume it by myself. (Nor do I really want to.)

  • Shrimp cocktail

    Savor the taste of shrimp cocktail May 31, 2011 12:00 AM
    It’s June, and that means summer is here! In North Carolina, where I grew up, summer meant weeks at the coast, playing in the sun, swimming, sailing and fresh shrimp right at the docks every evening.

  • Roasting early season tomatoes for this Caprese-style salad brings out the sunshine flavor we have missed since last year.

    Roasted tomato salad a summer preview May 18, 2011 12:00 AM
    Fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes are still weeks away in my neck of the woods. You know what I mean: those delicious orbs that grow right on your deck or in the garden and go straight from the vine into your favorite dish. Forgive my fawning, but I do look forward to tomato season.

  • Old fashion cheese biscuits worthy of handing down from generation to generation.

    Cheese-biscuit recipe handed down May 3, 2011 12:00 AM
    I marvel at the way great recipes are passed from generation to generation. Some of my favorite recipes are the ones my grandmother and my mom shared with me years ago. Today’s recipe is just that sort of recipe, and it comes from my girlfriend Lane’s mom, Mona Ellis.

  • A rave review for chicken recipe Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    “I'm sure you hear this ALL the time — but thank you! I literally stumbled on your book at a local store, and the title caught my attention — 'Desperation Dinners.' How often did I feel desperate to get a good, healthy and appealing meal on the table — all before everyone had to rush out the door to the next series of activities? EVERY DAY!

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