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Make-Your-Own Valentine's Day Gifts

Secret Message Cupcakes from Better Homes and Gardens.

Secret Message Cupcakes from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Homemade Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

INGREDIENTS:
5 1/2 cups chicken broth (or 3 cans), 
2 cups whipping cream, 
2-4 cups chopped kale, 
2-3 potatoes sliced thin and quartered, 
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, 
2-3 shakes of red pepper flakes (or more if you like more of a kick), 
salt and pepper (to taste).

INGREDIENTS: 5 1/2 cups chicken broth (or 3 cans), 2 cups whipping cream, 2-4 cups chopped kale, 2-3 potatoes sliced thin and quartered, 1 lb sweet Italian sausage, 2-3 shakes of red pepper flakes (or more if you like more of a kick), salt and pepper (to taste).

Wild Rice Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup wild rice, 
1/2 cup dried cranberries, 
1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans, 
1/3 cup chopped toasted unsalted cashews, 
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions, 
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery, 
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion.

Ingredients: 1 cup wild rice, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans, 1/3 cup chopped toasted unsalted cashews, 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions, 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery, 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion.

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:
3 medium sweet potatoes, 
1.5 cups corn (frozen corn is fine, just rinse or thaw and pat dry), 
1 tsp. chili powder, 
1 tsp. cumin, 
1/2 tsp. oregano, 
1 Tbsp. canola oil, 
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced, 
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed, 
cilantro, to taste, 
1 oz. cream cheese (light is fine), 
1/4 cup sour cream (light is fine), 
1 to 3 chipotles in adobo, finely minced, 
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a combination of cheddar and pepper jack).

Ingredients: 3 medium sweet potatoes, 1.5 cups corn (frozen corn is fine, just rinse or thaw and pat dry), 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1 Tbsp. canola oil, 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced, 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed, cilantro, to taste, 1 oz. cream cheese (light is fine), 1/4 cup sour cream (light is fine), 1 to 3 chipotles in adobo, finely minced, 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a combination of cheddar and pepper jack).

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