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Dear HG,

I bought a bottle of that Torani Sugar Free Syrup -- the vanilla kind -- for one of your recipes: the Cravin' Cap'n Crunch Shake. The shake was awesome, but what else can I do with the syrup?

Seeking Syrup Suggestions
Dear Seeking,

Mmmmm, I love that shake! There are LOTS of things you can do with that SF vanilla syrup. (For those who don't know, it's an amazing product with zero calories per serving that can be bought online and found at select stores.) It's a fantastic ingredient for cocktails, coffee drinks, and more. Here are some of my favorite things to make with it:

1. Cocktails. For the 21+ HGers... Add some to mixed drinks of all kinds for sweet vanilla flavor. Try it in our Orange Creamsicle Martini and Kickin' Key Lime Pie Martini. (And if you own the first HG cookbook, check out the Wicked Good White Russian on page 251.)

2. Blended Beverages. It's good in fruit smoothies, milkshakes, and frozen coffee-shop swaps. If you don't feel like experimenting, whip up our Vanillalicious Cafe Freeze, Green Tea Crème Swappuccino, and Freakishly Good Frozen Hot Chocolate. And if you've got a copy of 200 Under 200, check out the Key Lime Pie Shake and the Vanilla-Thrilla Coffee Float.

3. Hot Drinks. Add a splash to some low-cal hot chocolate (made with a 25-calorie hot cocoa packet, like the kind by Swiss Miss), your morning cup of coffee, or even your hot tea -- it's great with chai, too.

4. Breakfast Foods & Creamy Snacks. You can cook with it! Add a little to your Egg Beaters before making French toast, and you'll have a vanilla-infused breakfast. Yum! Stir some into yogurt, cottage cheese, and even oatmeal -- it'll add sweetness and flavor. You can even drizzle a small amount over fruit or ice cream. Get creative...

By the way, if you're looking for things to do with the rest of that Cap'n Crunch cereal, make some Planet Hungrywood Sweet & Cap'n Crunchy Chicken. SOOO GOOOD!!!

Hi, Hungry Girl!

So, I'm a hungry mom who LOVES your recipes. But I usually don't have time to make one thing for myself and then something else for my husband and kids. What are some of your best multi-serving recipes? Preferably ones that picky eaters will enjoy. Thanks for everything!

Cookin' for Four
Dear Cookin' for Four,

I've got a bunch of GREAT recipes for you and your family. These are some of my favorites because NO ONE (not even your husband!) will suspect they're guilt-free.

Exploding Chicken Taquitos - Awesome at home and also great for parties!

Do the Cabbage Pack! - This 4-serving side dish is so bacon-y and delicious, it'll change the way your kids feel about cabbage.

Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese - Another great recipe that serves four... and it only has THREE ingredients! (Salt and pepper don't count.)

EZ Tomato Basil Chicken - One more three-ingredient recipe for you. So simple and SO delicious!

Cheesy Butternut Bake - A fantastic swap for cheesy mashed potatoes. (P.S. Scroll down for another good side dish!)

Ginormous Oven-Baked Omelette - Here's a fantastic breakfast recipe you can whip up the night before and reheat. Convenient!

Slow-Cookin' Pulled Chicken, Pump-Up-the-Jam Cocktail Weenies, and Glaze of Glory Candied Carrots - Three slow-cooker recipes for your chewing enjoyment. Bonus? Leftovers!

Floosh's Stuffed Cabbage - This is sweet and saucy family food. I know because it's a remake of my mom's recipe. (Thanks, Mom!)

Today, February 24th, is National Tortilla Chip Day. Choose your favorite baked chip, and then make Saucy Chick BBQ Nachos!
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