Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CHILI-SPICED SWEET POTATO OVEN FRIES

2 large sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 tsp chili powder (more or less to suit your taste)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Scrub, rinse, and towel dry the sweet potatoes; cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips.  Toss with the olive or canola oil and sprinkle with the chili powder.

Spread the potato strips out on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees.  Turn about halfway through the baking process.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN QUESADILLAS

8 (10-inch) flour tortillas

1 cup cream cheese
1 can (10-oz) chunk chicken breast, drained and flaked
1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
Toppings such as sour cream, guacamole, and salsa
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly spray both sides of each tortilla with nonstick cooking spray.

Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese.

In a small bowl, combine chicken, shredded cheese, bell pepper, and onion.

Evenly divide the chicken mixture over each of 4 of the tortillas.  Top each with the remaining 4 tortillas.

Place the quesadillas onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden  brown, turning once halfway through heating.  Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve with the toppings.

Yield: 8 appetizer servings or 4 whole quesadilla servings.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

BREAKFAST BURRITOS

1 lb bulk sausage

1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 can (4-oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
8 flour tortillas, warmed
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
your favorite salsa, optional

In a skillet, brown the sausage, stirring to crumble. Drain and discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Add the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms; saute until tender.

In a separate skillet, scramble the eggs in a nonstick skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

To assemble the burritos, place sausage mixture, eggs, and shredded cheese on each of the warmed tortillas. Fold the bottom of each tortilla up over the fillings and then roll up. Serve with salsa, if desired.


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

OREO CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE

3/4 cup milk
3 cups chocolate frozen yogurt
7 oreo cookies
3 additional cookies for garnish, if desired
Whipped cream for garnish


Place milk, yogurt and the 7 cookies in a blender and blend until mixture reaches your preferred consistency. May all a little more milk for a thinner shake or a little less for a thicker shake.

Divide equally into 3 glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and top with a cookie either whole or crumbled, if desired.

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VERY QUICK PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

1 pkg (20-oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookies

Granulated sugar
36 chocolate candy kisses

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in sugar. Place the balls about 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately press one of the candy kisses into the center of each hot cookie. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 36 cookies


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TENDERLOIN STEAKS WITH PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM SAUCE

2 (1/4 lb each)beef tenderloin steaks

1 cup beef broth, divided
1 tsp flour
1 tsp Worchesershire sauce
1 tsp catsup
1 tsp steak sauce
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/4 lb baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
dash of fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt, optional
1 tbsp chives, optional

Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, brown the steaks on both sides. Remove from pan, keeping warm.

Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium and stir in 1/2 cup of the beef broth, loosening up the browned bits on the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half. Combine the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth whisking until smooth. Whisk into the skillet. Add the Worcestershire sauce, catsup, and steak sauce along with the ground mustard. Bring the sauce mixture to a boil.

Once sauce starts to boil, return the steaks to the skillet. Add the sliced mushrooms. Cook to to 6 minutes on each side until the steaks reach the doneness you prefer. Sprinkle with the pepper. Also sprinkle with salt and/or chives, if using.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

8-oz pkg fettuccine

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup light cream or whipping cream, room temperature
3 tbsp butter, cut up and at room temperature
Fresh ground black pepper

Cook fettuccine according to the package directions. Drain immediately and return to the pot. To the fettuccine, add the Parmesan cheese, cream, and butter. Toss gently until the pasta is well coated. Transfer to a warm serving dish and sprinkle the pepper over the top.

Serves 4
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

ORANGE PANCAKES with CITRUS SAUCE

2 cups biscuit mix (ie Bisquick)

1 cup orange juice
2 eggs

In a medium bowl, stir together the biscuit mix, orange juice, and eggs. Do not beat pancake batter. Using a hot griddle (or heavy skillet), pour pancake mix on the griddle, about 3 to 4 tablespoonfuls per pancake. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes per side. The top should start to be bubbly before you turn the first time. Keep warm until serving. Serve with the Citrus Sauce below.

1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/4 cups orange juice
2 tbsp butter
1 can (8-oz) pineapple tidbits, drained]
1 medium banana, sliced and dipped in the pineapple juice

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the orange juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter and pineapple. Stir in banana while sauce is warm. Serve over pancakes.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CRANBERRY ORANGE SCONES

2 cups all-purpose flour
10 tsp sugar, divided
1 tbsp grated orange peel
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup cream
1 large egg
1 tbsp milk

In a large bowl, combine the flour, 7 teaspoons of the sugar, orange peel, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir until it forms a soft dough. Turn out on a flat, floured surface and knead 6 to 8 times. Pot dough into an 8-inch circle; cut into 10 wedges. Separate the wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with the milk and sprinkle with the remaining 3 teaspoons of sugar.

Bake scones at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Make the following glaze:

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp orange juice

Combine until smooth and drizzle over the scones. (Glaze may be omitted, if desired.)

Orange Butter:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 to 3 tbsp orange marmalade

Combine ingredients and serve with the warm scones.

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Note: This is my version of a recipe I got many years ago from a TOH magazine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GINGER LIME CARROTS

1 lb carrots, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp grated lime peel
1/4 tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
Lime slices for garnish, optional

Combine the carrots and water in a 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on high power 7 to 8 minutes until crisp tender. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lime juice, butter, honey, lime peel and ginger; cover and microwave on high 1 minute. Drain the carrots and stir in the sauce mixture. Garnish with the lime slices, if using.

Yield: 4 servings

Note: I got this recipe from a TOH magazine many years ago.

Friday, February 10, 2017

QUICK AND EASY DINNER ROLLS

 2 - 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 cup lowfat buttermilk
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, mayonnaise, and buttermilk. Stir ingredients together just until moistened.

Spray 12 muffin cups with the nonstick cooking oil spray. Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups and bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

MANDARIN AVOCADO TOSSED SALAD

1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
3 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups torn leaf lettuce
1 can (11-oz) mandarin oranges, drained
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
1 to 2 green onions, chopped

In a small skillet, heat the butter and saute the sunflower kernels and almonds; cool.

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, juice, sugar, salt, mustard and garlic; shake well.

In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce, oranges, avocado, onions and sunflower/almond mixture. Drizzle the dressing over all.

Serve immediately after adding dressing to salad.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Monday, February 6, 2017

APPLESAUCE PORK CHOPS

4 thick (1/2-inch) rib pork chops
2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
1 large red apple
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cold water
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; add chops and brown on both sides and drain.

Cut four thin wedges from the apple and set aside. Peel and chop the remaining apple.

Add the chopped apple, applesauce, water, onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cover and simmer 30 to 35 minutes or until the chops are cooked through.

Remove the chops from the skillet and keep warm.

Combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into the skillet mixture. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Return the chops to the skillet and heat through.

To serve, garnish chops with the apple wedges.

Note: I got this recipe from TOH about 17 or 18 years ago.

Friday, February 3, 2017

CRACKER BARREL BISCUITS

I do not know that this is the actual Cracker Barrel biscuits but it is being put forth as such. They are biscuits that taste like Cracker Barrel's so you Cracker Barrel diners, me included, will enjoy them.

2 1/4 cups biscuit baking mix (ie: Bisquick)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp melted butter + additional for brushing tops

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix the baking mix, buttermilk, and sugar together in a bowl; add the melted butter and stir to make a soft dough.

On a floured flat surface, knead the dough 20 times. Roll out to a thickness of around 1/2-inch and cut out with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or a glass. Place close together on an ungreased baking sheet (I like to cover my baking sheet with parchment paper but that is a personal opinion.). Brush the tops with melted butter.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush again with melted butter.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017