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Pat Sinclair is a food consultant and a recipe developer with over 25 years experience. Her newest cookbook, Scandinavian Classic Baking from Pelican Publishing (www.pelicanpub.com) has just been released. Baking Basics and Beyond, her first cookbook, received the Cordon d’Or- Gold Ribbon Award from the Culinary Arts Academy in 2007. She is currently working on Dinner for Two-Easy Healthy Recipes to Fit Your Lifestyle.

Recipe development for corporate clients includes Land O’Lakes, Pillsbury, General Mills, Publications International, Smuckers and The National Pork Board. Pat’s develops recipes that are easy, fast and practical for the home cook, keeping consumer’s busy lifestyles in mind.

During her career she has tested hundreds of recipes included in diverse cookbooks including “Breakfast in Cairo, Dinner in Rome” for the International School of MN (winner for the Midwest of the 2000 Tabasco Community Cookbook awards), and “75 and Still Cooking” for Lutheran Brotherhood. She appears regularly on KARE 11 Today (NBC) in the Twin Cities.

She has a degree in Food Research from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Foods from the University of Maryland. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Twin Cities HEIB.

Contact her at www.PatCooksandBakes.com

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Neighborhood Potluck Ahead? How About Taking Butterscotch Cashew Blondies – A Nice Change from Traditional Brownies

By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Associate Here's another easy bar cookie recipe. I often take these bars to potlucks because there are always lots of plain brownies. This gives an alternati…By Pat Sinclair NABB…By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Associate Here's another easy bar cookie recipe. I often take these bars to potlucks because there are always lots of plain brownies. This gives an alternative, especially for people who can't enjoy chocolate. The opposite of a brownie is a blondie—the colors are different but the texture of the bars is similar. It is much easier to determine doneness in the blondies than in the brownies. If the blondies are not done, you can see the batter move under the top crust when you shake the pan. Because of the high amount of sugar in these bars, the edg…

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Meatless Mondays Are More Tasty When You Include Dairy Proteins and Fresh Garden Greens, Like Cheeses and Spinach

Meatless Mondays Are More Tasty When You Include Dairy Proteins and Fresh Garden Greens, Like Cheeses and Spinach By Pat SinclairNABBW's Cooking for Two AssociateThere\'s been a lot of talk about "Me…Meatless Mondays Are…Meatless Mondays Are More Tasty When You Include Dairy Proteins and Fresh Garden Greens, Like Cheeses and Spinach By Pat SinclairNABBW's Cooking for Two AssociateThere\'s been a lot of talk about "Meatless Mondays" as a healthy way to make dietary changes. I have found that for me to feel full I need to have protein, not carbs. And of course, garden fresh veggies add taste, nutrients and volume. The following recipe contains high quality egg protein and milk protein in the Cheddar cheese. Studies show that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels to a greater degree than ingest…

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Want to Bake Something Irish This Week? How About Irish Soda Bread? (Actually, It\’s Called “Spotted Dog” in Ireland)

Want to Bake Something Irish This Week? How About Irish Soda Bread? (Actually It\'s Called "Spotted Dog" in Ireland) By Pat SinclairNABBW's Associate on Cooking for TwoI don\'t have to go back very f…Want to Bake Somethi…Want to Bake Something Irish This Week? How About Irish Soda Bread? (Actually It\'s Called "Spotted Dog" in Ireland) By Pat SinclairNABBW's Associate on Cooking for TwoI don\'t have to go back very far to find my Irish heritage as both of my maternal grandparents were Irish. Every year for St. Patrick\'s Day I bake Irish Soda Bread. Though a word about the name: Just as the French don\'t make French Toast -- they call it "Pain Perdu," (or "lost bread,") so the Irish don\'t call this delightful quick bread Irish Soda Bread. To them, it\'s called "Spotted Dog." Why? As far as I can tell the …

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Serve Spicy,Turkey Chili When You Want A Hearty, Warming Meal on a Wintery Cold Day — We Bet No One Will Know It\’s So Healthy!

Serve Spicy Turkey Chili When You Want A Hearty, Warming Meal on a Wintery Cold Day -- We Bet No One Will Know It\'s So Healthy! By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Late in th…Serve Spicy Turkey C…Serve Spicy Turkey Chili When You Want A Hearty, Warming Meal on a Wintery Cold Day -- We Bet No One Will Know It\'s So Healthy! By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Late in the Fall, my husband and I took a brief trip "up North" to Duluth to view the brilliant colors of autumn. The aspen trees and poplars covered hillsides in shimmering shades of yellow that were a strong contrast to the red maples. As we left Duluth, we took a few photos from the top of the hill overlooking the harbor and the St. Louis River. Everything looked cold, and I realized we were comin…

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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Recently my husband and I took a brief trip "up North" to Duluth to view the brilliant colors of autumn. The aspen trees and poplars c…Turkey Chili By Pat…Turkey Chili By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Recently my husband and I took a brief trip "up North" to Duluth to view the brilliant colors of autumn. The aspen trees and poplars covered hillsides in shimmering shades of yellow that were a strong contrast to the red maples. As we left Duluth we took a few photos from the top of the hill overlooking the harbor and the St. Louis River. On a cool blustery fall day, Chili is always welcome and the scent of simmering spices fills the house with warmth. Ground turkey contains less cholesterol than ground beef and is lower in ca…

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Country French Green Bean and Potato Salad

Country French Green Bean and Potato Salad By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Time for lazy days, easy cooking, less baking and lots o…Country French Green…Country French Green Bean and Potato Salad By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Time for lazy days, easy cooking, less baking and lots of icy beverages. Easy cooking means more cooking on the grill, a method that produces great tasting food and doesn\'t heat up the house. When I don\'t know what to fix for dinner, my husband is always ready to cook something on the grill. The problem with that is someone still has to figure out the rest of the meal, that would be me. One of my go-to side dishes is an easy potato salad that has a…

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert If you are planning a special dinner for two, a sautéed chicken breast surrounded with a Marsala wine spiked sauce is easy and fas…Chicken Marsala By …Chicken Marsala By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert If you are planning a special dinner for two, a sautéed chicken breast surrounded with a Marsala wine spiked sauce is easy and fast. Marsala, a fortified Italian wine, is available in three styles: dry, semidry and sweet. I keep an inexpensive bottle in my pantry so I can prepare this often, but you can substitute chicken broth or sherry in this recipe Shallots have a subtle flavor that is a combination of garlic and onion but mellower and are found with the garlic at the supermarket. Serve with egg noodles and steamed b…

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Cincinnati Chili Makes a “Super” Winter Supper

Cincinnati Chili Makes a "Super" Winter Supper By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Outside of the state of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio is the most chili-crazed city in the United States. …Cincinnati Chili Mak…Cincinnati Chili Makes a "Super" Winter Supper By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Outside of the state of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio is the most chili-crazed city in the United States. In fact, the community prides itself on being a true chili capital, boasting more than 180 chili parlors, proudly serving "Cincy Chili." In recent years, Cincinnati-style chili has developed a cult-like popularity. If you\'re not familiar with it, the first thing you need to know is that it is very different from its more familiar Texas cousin. The people of Cincinnati enjoy their chili spooned…

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Scottish Shortbread- Classic and Easy!

h1>Scottish Shortbread- Classic and Easy! By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The holiday season is my favorite time of year. Although, the days are very short, the lights on Christma…h1>Scottish Shortbre…h1>Scottish Shortbread- Classic and Easy! By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The holiday season is my favorite time of year. Although, the days are very short, the lights on Christmas trees and fronts of houses brighten the darkness. There are many times that I\'m standing in a hot kitchen in the summer, alone, while other are out enjoying the day. But this time of year, almost everyone does some baking. Do you try to add one new cookie every year or go back to all your tried and true recipes. Here\'s a recipe for Scottish Shortbread from Baking Basics and Beyond that is ve…

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Lemon Thyme Roasted Cornish Hen

Lemon Thyme Roasted Cornish Hen By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert If there are only two at your Thanksgiving table this year, start a new tradition and roast a Cornish hen instead o…Lemon Thyme Roasted …Lemon Thyme Roasted Cornish Hen By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert If there are only two at your Thanksgiving table this year, start a new tradition and roast a Cornish hen instead of a turkey. Cornish hens are the perfect size for two. Coarsely ground peppercorns and chopped thyme add flavor and color. Complete the meal with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Kitchen twine can be used to tie the legs together but I\'ve discovered silicone cords that lock together and make it easier. After roasting the hen, remove the cords and wash them in the dishwasher and then you ca…

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Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon Scented Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon Scented Sweet Potatoes and Apples By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Pork tenderloin is a lean, healthy cut of pork and is just the right size for two s…Pork Tenderloin with…Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon Scented Sweet Potatoes and Apples By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Pork tenderloin is a lean, healthy cut of pork and is just the right size for two servings. This time of year select a fresh locally grown apple that keeps its shape when cooked, like a Haralson or Honeycrsip. Golden Delicious and Braeburn apples are good choices year round. Because the pork and the sweet potatoes bake at the same temperature and require about the same time, once they\'re in the oven, dinner is almost done! Just add a salad or a green vegetable for a complete me…

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Meringues with Summer Fruit

Meringues with Summer Fruit By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The meringue shells for this light summery dessert can be baked a day ahead and stored at room temperature, loosely cov…Meringues with Summe…Meringues with Summer Fruit By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The meringue shells for this light summery dessert can be baked a day ahead and stored at room temperature, loosely covered, if you only want to serve two at a time. Use summer fruits at their peak of freshness and arrange over the yogurt. You can also substitute sweetened whipped cream for the yogurt for a special occasion but I like the flavor contrast between the sweet meringue and the tangy yogurt. Greek-style yogurt is strained removing some whey making it creamier and thicker. It contains twice a…

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Bulgur Pilaf with Dried Apricots

Bulgur Pilaf with Dried Apricots By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert For me, the best meals in the summer start with juicy grilled chicken, pork or seafood. To complete these easy me…Bulgur Pilaf with Dr…Bulgur Pilaf with Dried Apricots By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert For me, the best meals in the summer start with juicy grilled chicken, pork or seafood. To complete these easy meals, prepare a simple summer side dish made with bulgur. Bulgur, a nutritious whole grain, is often found in the organic or health food area of the supermarket. Because it has been precooked, it cooks quickly. I like the sweet/sour tang of the apricots with chicken, pork and fish. Try adding dried cranberries or raisins. The cinnamon stick adds a subtle Middle Eastern spiciness to the dish. SIDE…

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Chopped Cobb Salad with Crab or Chicken

Chopped Cobb Salad with Crab or Chicken By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Salads make great dinners because there are so many variations. Just include your favorite ingredients. …Chopped Cobb Salad w…Chopped Cobb Salad with Crab or Chicken By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Salads make great dinners because there are so many variations. Just include your favorite ingredients. Adding crabmeat to this classic salad makes it a dish for a special occasion. Use 1 to 2 cups of  a high quality canned crab or fresh crabmeat from the fish counter. You can also use 1 to 2 cups cubed cooked chicken instead of crab. If you want to use diced chicken instead of crab, cook two extra boneless chicken breasts the next time you grill. All this main dish salad needs to ma…

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Savor the Flavors of Spring: Ham and Asparagus Linguini

Savor the Flavors of Spring: Ham and Asparagus Linguini By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The fresh bright flavors of spring pop from this quick and easy entrée. Crisp pale gree…Savor the Flavors of…Savor the Flavors of Spring: Ham and Asparagus Linguini By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert The fresh bright flavors of spring pop from this quick and easy entrée. Crisp pale green stalks of asparagus are appearing in the supermarket, a sure sign of spring. For this dish, I select thinner stalks because I find it easier to cook them quickly. Use ham leftover from an Easter celebration or omit it and try cooked shrimp or chicken instead. Goat cheese forms the basis for the sauce but doesn’t use a whole package. Crumble any remaining cheese over salads. Makes 2 servings…

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Delicious Spring Dessert for Two — Lime Panna Cotta

Delicious Spring Dessert for Two -- Lime Panna Cotta By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Whether you are planning an Easter brunch or dinner for two, this light dessert is tangy fina…Delicious Spring Des…Delicious Spring Dessert for Two -- Lime Panna Cotta By Pat Sinclair NABBW's Cooking for Two Expert Whether you are planning an Easter brunch or dinner for two, this light dessert is tangy finale. Panna cotta is Italian for “cooked cream” and light and refreshing. I like to serve it in wine glasses or small dessert dishes topped with fresh berries. You can also make it in lightly greased ramekins or custard cups and unmold it. Unfortunately locally grown fresh berries won\'t be available for a while but the strawberries in the supermarkets have been sweet, and you could …

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