Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Appetizer ( No Cook )

This super easy Cranberry-Pecan Goat Cheese No-Cook Appetizer is delicious, and it comes together in just 15 minutes. For a larger appetizer, use an 8-oz. goat cheese log, one-and-a-half tablespoons finely chopped rosemary, and 1/3 cup each pecans and dried cranberries.

Cranberry-Pecan Goat Cheese Appetizer ( No Cook )

Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: n/a
Serves: 2


¼ pecans, finely chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
¼ c. dried cranberries, chopped
1 4-oz. goat cheese log
3 T. honey, divided

Cranberry-Pecan Goat Cheese Appetizer ( No Cook )

To serve:
Crackers or crostini


  1. Combine chopped pecans, rosemary leaves, and cranberries in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place the goat cheese log in a rimmed bowl and drizzle 2 tablespoons honey on top. Turn the cheese log while spreading the honey evenly across the entire surface with clean fingers.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped pecan mixture across the top of the honey-covered cheese log and gently press into the surface until the entire log is evenly coated.
  4. Drizzle the remaining honey on a small serving platter or round plate as shown to hold the cheese log in place. Position the goat cheese in the center and sprinkle any remaining cranberry-pecan mixture around it. Serve immediately with your choice of crackers or crostini. Enjoy!

How To Make Scones with Dried Cranberries Topped with an Orange Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes to chill
Baking time: 18-22 minutes
Yields: 12 scones

Scone Ingredients:

2 c. all-purpose flour + ¼ c. for work surface
3 t. baking powder
½ c. granulated sugar
¼ t. salt
½ c. cold unsalted butter
½ c. heavy cream
¼ c. sour cream
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla extract
¼ t. orange extract
1 t. orange zest, preferably organic
1 c. craisins

Glaze Ingredients:

2/3 c. powdered sugar

1-2 T. fresh orange juice


1. Line a large, rimmed baking parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.

2. Mix two cups flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the heavy cream, sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest. Whisk to combine.

4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Add in the craisins and stir until just mixed.

5. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour onto a clean work surface. Transfer scone batter onto floured surface and lightly knead into a ball. Press the dough down into a ½” high rectangle (approximately 6” x 10”). Cut in half lengthwise, and then each half into 3 rectangles. Then, cut each rectangle diagonally to create triangle-shaped pieces.

6. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-2” between them. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking.

7. Pre-heat oven to 400°F, then add the baking sheet to oven when ready. Bake the scones for 18-22 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.

8. While the scones are cooling, prepare the orange glaze by stirring the powdered sugar and orange juice together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.

9. Serve the scones warm drizzled with some of the orange glaze on top. Enjoy!

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Easy Poached Pears Dessert with Honey Mascarpone Cream

This elegant and Easy Poached Pears Dessert with Honey Mascarpone Cream looks so much more complicated than it actually is!
The key to success with this recipe is to choose a naturally firm pear varietal, such as the red Anjou used here.
Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream. This elegant and easy dessert looks so much more complicated than it actually is!

You also want to use pears that are not quite ripe for this dish. Softer pear varieties and/or overly ripe specimens have a tendency to turn to mush while cooking, so it pays to choose carefully while shopping.

Poached Pears Ingredients:

3 c. Riesling or other sweet white wine
1/3 c. honey
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 t. whole cloves
3 whole star anise
6 firm pears, peeled
Dash ground cinnamon, for garnish

Honey Mascarpone Cream Ingredients:

8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
3 T. half & half
3 T. runny honey
2 t. pure vanilla extract
2 t. organic orange zest



  1. Combine wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in a large skillet with high sides. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey is melted and the spices become fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, halve the pears and carefully remove the seeds with the tip of a potato peeler or small spoon.
  3. Carefully add the pears to the simmering poaching liquid. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Do not overcook.
  4. While the pears are poaching, place the softened mascarpone cheese and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until light and airy. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to blend).
  5. Add the honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest and whip until combined. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Remove pears from heat and cool slightly. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the honey mascarpone cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a drizzle of the poaching liquid, if desired. Enjoy!

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Easy Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Chili

This easy Instant Pot® ( pulled pork chili recipe only takes 15 minutes of hands-on prep time. After that, the Instant Pot® does all the work. If you are lucky enough to have any left over, this chili tastes even better the next day!

Easy Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Chili. If you are lucky enough to have any left over, this chili tastes even better the next day!


2½ -3 lbs. pork boneless pork loin roast
Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
½ medium red onion, diced (approximately 1 cup)
1 T. dark cocoa powder, unsweetened (affl. link)
1 T. chili powder
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. smoked paprika  (affl. link)
1 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried oregano
1 c. strong black coffee  (affl. link)
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
2 15-oz. cans dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz. can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. strained tomatoes

Easy Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Chili


  1. Remove pork roast from refrigerator at least 30 minutes, but not more than 2 hours, before cooking. Remove excess fat and cut into four equal-sized pieces. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and set aside.
  2. Select the “Sauté” function on the Instant Pot® and add olive oil. Once hot, add the red onion, cocoa powder, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and dried oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and the spices become very fragrant, approximately 3-4 minutes. Deglaze the pot by adding the coffee and gently scraping the bottom with a plastic spatula to loosen any brown bits. Turn the unit off by pressing the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes with chilis, kidney beans, white beans, strained tomatoes, and seasoned pork loin. Stir to combine and add the lid. Lock into place and position the vent toward “Sealing.” Press the “Manual” button and adjust until it reads “High Pressure,” if necessary. Set cook time to 55 minutes.
  5. Once cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Once the pin drops, carefully remove the lid and shred the pork with two forks. Stir to combine and let sit for 5-10 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve warm topped with some shredded Mexican cheese blend and diced onion. Enjoy!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: 55 minutes (+ time to come to pressure)
Natural release: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Tip: If desired, combine one or two tablespoons cornstarch with an equal amount of the hot liquid from the Instant Pot® and stir into the chili to thicken.

You might want to add one of the Bread Recipes to go with your pulled pork chili.


Click Here : Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

This cheesy garlic bread will take almost any meal over the top. Just serve it once in a while, as part of a balanced diet.

Cheesy Garlic Bread This cheesy garlic bread will take almost any meal over the top. Just serve it once in a while, as part of a balanced diet.


Click Here: Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits) Recipe

Red Lobster makes it extra special by bringing you biscuits with cheese in them. You can do this at home so easily and so inexpensively you’ll never need to go back to an expensive restaurant again.

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits) Red Lobster makes it extra special by bringing you biscuits with cheese in them. You can do this at home so easily and so inexpensively you’ll never need to go back to an expensive restaurant again


Tex-Mex Chicken & Black Bean Soup Recipe

I  can feel Fall in the air. There is nothing better than a nice warm bowl of soup. This Tex-Mex Chicken & Black Bean Soup Recipe if loaded with lots of veggies and chicken breast and black beans for your protein.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40-45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Tex-Mex Seasoning Mix Ingredients:

¼ c. chili powder
2 T. ground cumin
2 t. ground coriander
1 T. garlic powder
2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. fine sea salt
½ t. black pepper


2 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
2-3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ medium white onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 14-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chilies, with liquid
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 whole bay leaves
3½ c. chicken broth, preferably organic
1 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. sweet corn kernels
3 T. fresh lime juice



To Serve:

1 large avocado, diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 large lime, cut into wedges




  1. To prepare the Tex-Mex seasoning mix, combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Transfer to an airtight storage container and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, onion, and red bell pepper to a large, high-sided skillet set over medium heat. Sprinkle two tablespoons of the Tex-Mex seasoning mix on top and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, bay leaves, and chicken broth and stir to combine. Nestle the chicken breasts into the skillet so they are completely submerged in the liquid.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a rapid boil, then immediately reduce heat to just below medium. Cover skillet loosely with a lid and simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with two forks.
  5. Stir in corn and fresh lime juice and simmer until heated through, approximately 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired, and serve immediately topped with diced avocado, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges for squeezing. Enjoy!

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Try These At-Home Dumbbell Exercises to Stay Fit During a Pandemic

If you’re stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, then try these four at-home dumbbell exercises to stay fit and healthy.

Stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Don’t worry; you can still workout in your living room. You don’t need any expensive gym equipment either. This article shares four of the best at-home dumbbell exercises to work every muscle in your body.


Stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Don’t worry; you can still workout in your living room. You don’t need any expensive gym equipment either. This article shares four of the best at-home dumbbell exercises to work every muscle in your body.

So, if gyms are closed and people are asked to observe social distancing due to the coronavirus epidemic, your fitness routine doesn’t have to stop. Ideally, dumbbells are incredible fitness ‘equipment’ that are versatile. You can work every muscle in your body from your legs to your arms, and chest to your back.

Dumbbells can help to take your fitness routine to the next level no matter whether you want to lose weight, build muscles, improve heart health, etc. You can get a pair of dumbbells on Amazon or just use any weights accessible at home at the moment because these equipment alternatives are currently hard to find as everyone has taken their workout routines at home.

Note that dumbbells may be heavier or lighter depending on the equipment you have been using. So, pay attention to your body so that you know when to rest and when to continue working out. If you have your pair of dumbbells ready, let’s

take a look at some of the best living room workouts to inspire your home dumbbell routine.


Dumbbell press-ups


This is one of the best at-home dumbbell workouts to work your chest and back. You are going to do two different dumbbell press-ups which include wide dumbbell press-ups, and narrow dumbbell press-ups.

To do the wide dumbbell workout: Get into position as you normally do with press-ups making sure your feet are together and hold two dumbbells, one on each hand so that the dumbbells are supporting you on the floor/ground. Keep your hands apart as well.

Make sure your body is straight from head to your heels. While still in that position, curve your elbows so that your chest is lowered then press back up hard. Repeat the sequence 4 times if you’re a beginner. If you’re a pro, then go for up to 10 sets without resting.

Keeping your hands wide apart holding dumbbells on each hand ensures your triceps and shoulders aren’t engaged which involves your chest lifting and lowering your torso.

To do the narrow dumbbell press-up: While still in the position of press-ups, keep your feet together and your hands close together with each one holding a dumbbell. Making sure your body is straight from head to heels, curve your elbows so that your chest is lowered then press back up hard.

Repeat this as you have done with the narrow dumbbell press-up but in this case, you take a rest of 60 seconds while still in the press-up position. Ideally, this at-home dumbbell workout helps to work your triceps muscles while reducing the involvement of your chest and shoulders.


Dumbbell Floor press

Floor press is also another powerful at-home dumbbell exercise to work your chest and back.

To do floor press dumbbell exercise:Lie flat on the floor looking upwards with two dumbbells, one on each hand, making sure your arms are straight and above your chest. Lower the dumbbells in the direction of your chest then press them back up hard then repeat this 4 or 10 times without resting.

Try to do it with your arms wide apart, while still holding the weights then lower the dumbbells towards the floor and push them back up hard in the same sequence.

Ideally, when you lie flat on the floor you increase your stability which helps you to lower and press back up the weight forcefully. This exercise works your chest. You can also try the dumbbell bench press which is pretty similar to the floor press.


Dumbbell squat

Squat is a powerful dumbbell workout that works your legs and abs.

To do this exercise:Stand straight while holding two dumbbells, one on each hand. While standing straight, squat down as low as you can, then push back up until you stand straight again. Repeat the series 4 to 10 times without resting.

This dumbbell workout helps to build huge and stronger legs and can also help to shed belly fat as well. 


Dumbbell Lunge

Dumbbell lunge works almost the same as squat but this one is a bit different.

To do dumbbell lunge:Stand straight with your chest up, bracing your core, with two dumbbells on each hand, then lunge forward until your knees are bent 90 degrees. While still in that position, push back your front foot to the start. Repeat the sequence at least 4 times with one leg without testing then switch to the other leg repeatedly.

This dumbbell workout helps to work your hips, abs, back, and legs which ultimately help to improve stability and mobility.


So there you have it.  As you can see, with the best at-home dumbbell exercises, you can work the entire body. You don’t need any gym equipment. You just need a pair of dumbbells and your bodyweight. If you like this plan, then give it a shot. There are plenty of home routines like this to choose from. For example, have a look at this home workout routine for women.

Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe with Fresh Apples

It’s hard to beat the taste of a freshly baked apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. No matter what time of the year it is, apple pie makes for a wonderful dessert. You’ll love the best homemade apple pie recipe with fresh apples.


There are several variations of apple pie, but using fresh apples makes all the difference for the best apple pie. Whether for a holiday, BBQ or birthday party, you can’t go wrong with a homemade pie. In addition, it will make your house smell wonderful while it is baking.


Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe with Fresh Apples

When it comes to making apple pie, some apples work better than others. It is also common to use a mixture of different types of apples, such as a mix of sweet and tart, to create a perfect balance. The types of apples available will also depend on what time of the year it is.

Perfect Apple Pie Recipe by Pillsbury


  • 1 refrigerated boxed pie crust
  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples 
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 2  tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 9-inch glass pie plate

Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pie Crust

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pie crust in the ungreased pie plate and press firmly against the sides and bottom.

Step Two: Mix the Filling

In a large bowl, mix together the freshly peeled and sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice. Place the mix in the pie crust and cover with the top crust. Wrap the excess top crust together with the bottom, pressing the edges to seal.

Step Three: Bake the Pie

Cut slits or different shapes on several parts of the pie crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown. After the first 15-20 minutes of baking, cover the edge of the crust with 2-3 inches of tin foil to prevent over-browning.


Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least two hours before serving. As it cools, the filling will thicken. 

Tips and Tricks 

Though apple pie is already amazing by itself, you can take it up a notch by adding caramel and pecans. After taking the apple pie out of the oven, you can drizzle ⅓ cup of caramel topping across the top and sprinkle 2-4 tablespoons of chopped pecans. The caramel and pecans perfectly complement the spiced apples in the pie.

If you are short on time, you can make your pie ahead of time and freeze it for later. Simply bake the pie as the instructions say and allow it to fully cool. Wrap the pie tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a two-gallon freezer bag. 

The pie can be kept in the freezer for up to four months. To reheat, allow the pie to thaw in your fridge overnight. Then remove the pie from the plastic wrap and freezer bag, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

No matter the occasion, apple pie is a delicious treat. Whether a pro baker or a novice, you can make this tasty pie. Using fresh apples will make for the best apple pie you’ve ever had.


Karen Rutherford is founder and editor in chief at Cakedecorist. You will often find her in the kitchen creating edible works of art or trying out some new recipes. As a pâtissière and baking enthusiast, Karen has decided to share her abundant knowledge with the internet audience and provide only the best tips and recipes for baking and decorating your favorite sweets.



Cast Iron Ribeye with Green Sauce

The green sauce used in this recipe is similar to the popular Argentinian chimichurri sauce. However, in this case, the ingredients are blended until smooth rather than coarsely chopped.

For a more traditional chimichurri sauce, briefly pulse the ingredients until just combined or finely chop them by hand for a less homogenous, but equally delicious, result.

For best results, remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking and use an instant read thermometer (like this one Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

to determine level of doneness while cooking. As a rule of thumb, remove the steaks from heat when they are approximately 5 degrees below the desired final temperature.

Cast Iron Ribeye with Green Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings: 2
  • 2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 c. fresh cilantro
  • 2-3 large cloves fresh garlic peeled
  • ¼ t. - ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ large organic lemon washed and sliced*
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 ribeye steaks approximately 16 oz.
  • *Or use 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. If using organic lemons you can leave the rind on the lemon before processing in a high-powered blender. If not, remove the rind completely prior to using.
  1. Combine ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon, and ground cumin in a high-speed blender or food processor. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Set aside.
  2. Heat a cast iron grill over medium heat and brush the surface with half the remaining olive oil. Once the grill is hot, add the steaks. Brush with the remaining olive oil, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Cook steaks over medium heat for approximately 4-5 minutes before turning. Continue cooking for another 4-8 minutes, depending on how well you’d like the steaks done. Check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer after 4 minutes to determine final cooking time.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving with a drizzle of the green sauce and your choice of sides. Enjoy!

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Rustic Blueberry Maple Crisp

This Rustic Blueberry Maple Crisp is made with fresh blueberries and topped with greek yogurt or your favorite topping.

Rustic Blueberry Maple Crisp. This Rustic Blueberry Maple Crisp is made with fresh blueberries and topped with greek yogurt or your favorite topping.  #blueberrycrisp #blueberrydessert

Just mix up the ingredients and place in a cast iron skillet.


4 c. fresh blueberries, rinsed
¼ c. real maple syrup
¾ t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground allspice
½ t. dried rosemary (or 1½ t. fresh, finely chopped)

Topping Ingredients:

¾ c. old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ c. almond flour
¼ c. almonds, sliced
¼ c. honey, preferably local
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/8 t. table salt

Optional, to Serve:
1 c. Greek yogurt


  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Place blueberries in a large bowl. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, rosemary, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Combine the topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  4. Pour blueberry mixture into a 10” cast iron skillet and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  5. Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned at this point, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the blueberry crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with some Greek yogurt, if desired. Enjoy!

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.  This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers. #broccolisalad #healty #bacon #easy #salad

This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers.

The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavor thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.

If you have the time, make this recipe the night before. The extra time will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.


Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes to overnight
Serves 4



3/4 c. full-fat, non-flavored Greek yogurt
1 T. honey* or one very small pinch Stevia powder
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. fresh lemon zest
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.


Broccoli Salad:
½ small red onion, outer skin removed and cut into thin slices
2 large heads fresh broccoli, tough stems removed, rinsed, and broken into florets
6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 c. toasted pumpkin seeds, unsalted


To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).

Remove from microwave and drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.