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Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

Jerk-Seasoned Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple Sauce

Jerk-Seasoned Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple Sauce

A snack with spice is perfect for a salt craving. Grab sweet potatoes and toss them in cinnamon, cloves, cumin, allspice and red pepper.…

Asian Slaw Turkey Burgers

Asian Slaw Turkey Burgers

With Asian flavors, these turkey patties turn out anything but bland. Vegetable slaw in ginger dressing and an egg adds zip and richness to the burgers.…

Blackberry Sage Lemonade

Blackberry Sage Lemonade

Grab this tart, cool drink and head outside. Adjust the simple syrup to your sweetness level and let the sage leaves infuse the drink as you sip.…

Vanilla Twinkie Bundt Cake

Vanilla Twinkie Bundt Cake

This cake is the queen of all bundt cakes. Innocent and regal on the outside, with a secret tunnel of marshmallow filling on the inside. Dig in.…

An EGG For Every Occasion — Pineapple Curd Tartlets with Toasted Meringue

An EGG For Every Occasion — Pineapple Curd Tartlets with Toasted Meringue

A tangy pineapple curd is completed with a fluffy, toasted meringue for a delicious tropical treat.…

Avocado, Bacon and Mango Salad with Queso Fresco Dressing

Avocado, Bacon and Mango Salad with Queso Fresco Dressing

The queso dressing and bacon accentuate the avocado and sweet mango like you wouldn't believe. Sitting on butter lettuce, it is tropical heaven on a plate.…

Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

These cookies can be mixed and baked in no time with pantry staples. They are chocolatey, chewy and perfect for a last minute treat for gifting, or keeping.…

Bacon, Cheddar and Zucchini Quiche

Bacon, Cheddar and Zucchini Quiche

Flaky, buttery crust nestles a creamy egg custard. The addition of cheddar, bacon and zucchini gives it the interest it needs to stand out at brunch.…

Avocado and Grapefruit Salsa with Baked Coriander Chips

Avocado and Grapefruit Salsa with Baked Coriander Chips

Baked coriander crisps dipped in an avocado and grapefruit salsa will leave you refreshed after this light snack.…

Brown Butter Zucchini Cornbread

Brown Butter Zucchini Cornbread

Sweet cornbread is studded with moist, shredded zucchini and it is all harmonized together with a nutty, delicious brown butter taste.…

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

Tender vanilla-scented muffins are speckled with bright bits of ripe strawberry, and a surprise layer of cheesecakey yumminess. …

Smashed Potato Bites

Smashed Potato Bites

Garlic-infused olive oil gives these potatoes a hint of savory flavor along with sea salt and fresh herbs.…

My Hometown Guide – The 5 Best Eats in Jupiter, Florida

My Hometown Guide – The 5 Best Eats in Jupiter, Florida

Jupiter, Florida native, Dianna Muscari shares the ins and outs of dining in her #MyHometownGuide.…

Chocolate Rum Pot de Cremes

Chocolate Rum Pot de Cremes

Impress with luxurious chocolate pots de creme flavored with smooth rum.…

Homemade Chinese Dumplings

Homemade Chinese Dumplings

How to successfully make Chinese Dumplings with a filling of your choice.…

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2013 Recap

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2013 Recap

Dianne Muscari describes The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival with captivating photos and a recap of Chef Talk.…

Spicy Broccoli Rabe and White Bean Soup

Spicy Broccoli Rabe and White Bean Soup

White beans and broccoli rabe form the base for this soup. No dairy, but the result is creamy with a hint of spice from red pepper flakes. …

Sweet Potato Pie S’mores

Sweet Potato Pie S’mores

Dianna Muscari serves up what might well be the ultimate sweet holiday treat. …

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Spiced Quinoa

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Spiced Quinoa

Maple-basted acorn squash serves as a charming vessel for lightly cinnamon-spiced quinoa in a seasonal side that serves as a nutritious option for your Thanksgiving spread.…

Apple-Cheddar Galette

Apple-Cheddar Galette

This flaky, rustic galette is the perfect mix of tart apples, sharp cheddar and sweet apricot jam.…

Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin

Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin

Layers of butternut squash, tart green apple and savory onion are punctuated by tiers of gooey cheese in these mini gratins that would be perfect at a dinner party.…

Cinnamon-Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon-Swirl Pumpkin Bread

This is a yeast bread, not a cake-like quick bread that doubles as dessert, with a crusty exterior and a tender, bready interior.…

Pumpkin Spice Bark

Pumpkin Spice Bark

This super-sweet confection is almost a cross between fudge and bark, with a texture on the pumpkin layer that remains slightly chewy.…

Swedish Visiting Cake with Mackmyra Whisky Glaze

Swedish Visiting Cake with Mackmyra Whisky Glaze

This cakes comes together in under an hour so you'll be ready to entertain even the most last-minute guests. …

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

The garlic-infused parmesan sauce gives this crowd-pleasing pasta dish a grownup mac and cheese quality. …

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Despite using over half a dozen eggs, this cake is not at all dense but rather light and almost sponge-like. …

Individual Strawberry Crisps

Individual Strawberry Crisps

If you want to make these a little more decadent, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some freshly whipped cream on top for a taste of pure, summery bliss.…

4th of July – Star Spangled Martini

4th of July – Star Spangled Martini

A true salute to the red, white, and blue, The Star Spangled Martini combines muddled raspberry, citrus vodka, blue curacao, and a white sugar rim.…

Tin Foil Shrimp Boil

Tin Foil Shrimp Boil

The best part about these is that you can make them ahead and have them ready to go once your guests arrive.…

Chocolate-Hazelnut Risotto

Chocolate-Hazelnut Risotto

This chocolate risotto version is non-dairy, uses honey as a sweetener instead of sugar, and gets its rich, creamy texture from coconut milk.…

Chocolate Dipped Orange Segments with Chili-Salt

Chocolate Dipped Orange Segments with Chili-Salt

Juicy orange segments are dipped in dark chocolate, then sprinkled with a mixture of salt and chili for the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spicy.…

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

A gorgeous beverage for any party and a good alternative to juleps for those who don't care for bourbon.…

Tropical Fruit Bellini

Tropical Fruit Bellini

Enjoy a wonderfully colorful tropical fruit bellini from Dianna Muscari.…

Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

Today, Dianna Muscari is sharing a recipe for some extremely moist and delicious stuffed banana bread muffins.…

Goat Cheese and Walnut Covered Grapes

Goat Cheese and Walnut Covered Grapes

Here is a wonderfully simple recipe. Four ingredients. Semi-healthy. Kinda fancy. So yum.…

Roasted Grape, Onion and Rosemary Focaccia

Roasted Grape, Onion and Rosemary Focaccia

This bread is hearty, like a thick Sicilian pizza due to the toppings. It is also one of the quickest, easiest breads you'll ever make.…

Valentine’s Day Jelly Donut Muffins

Valentine’s Day Jelly Donut Muffins

Dianna Muscari gives us a wonderful jelly donut muffins recipe with a Valentine's Day twist.…

Orange, Walnut and Rosemary Muffins

Orange, Walnut and Rosemary Muffins

The combination of orange zest, walnuts, and rosemary makes these muffins seem like anything but "just muffins". …