Thursday, October 18, 2018

BANANA-MOCHA MILK SHAKE

3 medium bananas
2 cups (1 pint) coffee ice cream
1 cup milk
1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Peel bananas and place in a blender container with the ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup; process 1 minute or until smooth--stopping to scrape down the sides. Pour into 4 chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY JAM IN MINUTES

1 qt ripe strawberries
4 cups sugar (or Splenda for diabetics)
3/4 cup water
1 box sure-jell or other fruit pectin (for diabetics they make one for sugar substitute products)

Mash the strawberries, being sure you have 2 cups. Put into a large bowl and add the sugar OR Splenda granular. Set aside for about 10 minutes if using sugar or 15 minutes if using Splenda, stirring occasionally.

In a small saucepan stir the fruit pectic into the water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Stir the hot mixture into the fruit mixture in the bowl. Stir together for about three to five minutes until the sugar or Splenda is completely dissolved.

Pour the jam into freezeable plastic containers to a half-inch from the lid. Cover with lids and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store one container in the refrigerator (it is now ready to use) and freeze the remaining containers.

Yield: 6 cups

Note: Jam may be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. May be kept in the freezer for a year. Thaw frozen jam in the refrigerator.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

QUICK AND EASY TANGY COLESLAW

1 pkg (16-oz) cabbage/carrot slaw mixture
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
3 tbsp sugar or Splenda granular
1 tbsp + 1 tsp prepared horseradish
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt

Combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar OR Splenda, prepared horseradish, dry mustard, and salt in a medium to large bowl. Add the slaw and toss together well. Cover and chill before serving.

Note: This makes a great dressing for pork sandwiches, wraps, etc.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

CHOCOLATE SCOTCHEROOS

1 cup sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
1 pkg (12-oz) chocolate chips
1 pkg (12-oz) butterscotch chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Cook the mixture over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter until melted, mixing well. Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until well blended. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In the microwave or on the stove over hot, not boiling, water, melt the chocolate chips with the butterscotch chips. When completely melted and blended, spread the mixture evenly over the cereal mixture. Allow to cool. Cut into squares or rectangle bars.

Note: In extremely hot weather, keep refrigerated.
 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM PARFAIT PIE

1 baked pastry crust or graham cracker crust
1 pkg (4-serving size) strawberry gelatin
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 cup strawberries, halved or sliced
Whipped cream for garnish, if desired
Whole strawberries for garnish, if desired.

Mix the gelatin and boiling water. Spoon in the ice cream, stirring until melted. Place in the refrigerator until thickened but not set (15 to 20 minutes). Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the strawberries. Pour mixture into the pastry shell or graham cracker crust. Before serving pipe a decorative border of whipped cream around the outer edge of the pie. Top whipped cream with whole strawberries, if desired.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

CITRUS BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

2 pkgs (7-oz each) blueberry muffin mix (I used Martha White)
2/3 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the milk, egg, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon peel and orange peel. Stir together to blend then add the muffin mix; stir together just until moistened. Fill the prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full each. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan about 2 to 3 minutes then add the glaze to the warm muffins.

Glaze: Mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon or orange juice. Drizzle over the warm muffins.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

DOTTIE'S FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE

1 can fruit cocktail
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the fruit cocktail, including juice, sugar, and eggs. Sift together the flour, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix into the fruit cocktail mixture. Blend together well. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until done.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with a dollop of whipped topping and fruit, or frost with your favorite frosting.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CHICKEN MARINARA STIR-FRY

1 tbsp cornstarch
1 can (14 1/2-oz)diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8-oz)tomato sauce
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry red wine (or additional chicken broth)
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp salt
1-lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp canola oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, julienned
1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into cubes
Hot cooked spaghetti
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Drain the tomatoes, pouring the juice into a medium bowl. Set the tomatoes aside. To the juice in the bowl stir in the cornstarch and add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, wine-if using, basil, thyme, and salt; combine until smooth. Set mixture aside.

In a large nonstick skillet or Chinese wok, heat the canola oil. Stir-fry the chicken and garlic in the hot oil until it is no longer pink. Remove chicken and keep warm.

In the same skillet, stir-fry the onion and bell pepper for 4 minutes. Add the eggplant to the skillet and stir-fry for another 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir the sauce in the bowl and add to the pan. Bring mixture to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the chicken and tomatoes to the skillet and heat through. Serve over the hot spaghetti; sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

Yield: 4-servings

Note: This dish is also suitable for diabetics as it contains 17 carbs to 30 g protein per cup, including the spaghetti. Even better for you if make it with whole-wheat spaghetti.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

OATMEAL PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRIES

1 cup Bisquick-type baking mix
1 cup raw quick oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
 2 tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, washed and drained

In a medium bowl combine the baking mix, oats, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter; mix together well.  Gently fold in the blueberries.

Heat a lightly greased griddle or large skillet until  hot; add batter and cook until the edges are slightly dry and surface is bubbly.  Turn and cook on other side until golden brown.




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Monday, October 8, 2018

QUICK AND EASY BAKED BEEF AND POTATO LOAF

2 cans sliced potatoes, drained
1 tbsp dried onion flakes, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup quick cook oats
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp catsup
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a glass loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer the drained potatoes, sprinkled with 1 teaspoon of the dried onion flakes and the black pepper, in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, oats, milk, catsup, salt, garlic powder, and the remaining dried onion flakes. Spread this mixture over the potatoes. Place in the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the beef mixture is done. Sprinkle with the grated cheddar cheese, if desired.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

BUTTERED PARMESAN RICE

3 cups water
1/4 tsp salt, optional
1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a large saucepan that has a lid, bring the water and salt (if using) to a boil; stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. While the rice cooks, in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter and cook until browned but not burned.

Place the hot rice in a serving dish and top with the grated Parmesan cheese. Pour the browned butter overall cover with foil or a plate and let stand for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the fresh parsley over the top before serving.


Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN TACOS

1 can (12.5 oz) chicken breast meat, drained
1 tbsp dry taco seasoning mix
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup sliced red onions
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper strips
1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
4 flour tortillas (6-in size), warmed
fresh cilantro, chopped

Sprinkle drained chicken meat with 1 teaspoon of the taco seasoning mix; set aside. In a 10-inch non-stick frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the onions and peppers to the oil; sprinkle with the other two teaspoons of the taco seasoning mix. Stir-fry over medium heat until the vegetables are crisp tender. Carefully toss the chicken into the onions and peppers until heated through. Stir about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture onto one side of each of the warmed tortillas; fold over. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

ORANGE TERIYAKI GLAZED SALMON FILET

1/3 cup orange marmalade
3 tbsp teriyaki marinade
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 lb salmon filet, approximately 1-inch thick

In a small saucepan combine the orange marmalade, the teriyaki marinade, and the fresh pepper. Stir the mixture together over low heat until the marmalade is melted and the mixture is well combined. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Take out 3 tablespoons of sauce and set the rest aside.

Place the salmon with the skin side down in a glass baking dish. Brush the 3 tablespoons of the sauce of the top of the salmon. Marinade in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.

Prepare the grill for direct cooking by oiling the grid. Grill the salmon over medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until the salmon begins to flake with a fork. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Yield: 4 servings at 283 calories, 23 g protein, and 19 g carbs per serving.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

UPDATED VERSION OF GRANDMA'S CHICKEN POT PIE

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsps Italian salad dressing
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup
1/4 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put the Italian salad dressing into a large skillet and add the cubed chicken. Cook the chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Stir in the vegetables, soup, and the cheese. Put the mixture into a 9-inch square baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Unfold the pastry sheet and place over the chicken mixture; fold the edges of the pastry under and press down onto the edges of the baking dish. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Cut slits in crust to vent. Set baking dish on a cookie sheet (to catch any boil-over that might happen). Place casserole in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is browned and mixture is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 servings


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Monday, October 1, 2018

HOMEMADE CARAMEL CORN

28 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
2 tbsp cold water
2 1/2 quarts freshly popped corn

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly butter a cookie sheet that has sides; set aside.

In a large glass measuring cup, put the caramels and water. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving on high for another 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the sauce is smooth and the caramels melted. Immediately pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn; toss until popcorn is well coated. Spread onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

EASY SPINACH-PARMESAN DIP

1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 cup mayonnaise style salad dressing
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (8-oz) water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1/8 tsp ground red pepper

In a medium bowl, blend the salad dressing and sour cream together. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and red pepper. Add the spinach and water chestnuts, stir to blend well. Cover and chill. Serve with assorted crackers and/or fresh vegetables.

Yield: 4 cups
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

BITE-SIZE CARAMEL APPLES.

1 bag (11 oz.) KRAFT Caramel Bits
2 Tbsp. water

Make apple rounds with melon baller.

INSERT one candy stick into each apple round. Cover plate with waxed paper; spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
PLACE caramel bits in medium saucepan. Add water; cook on medium-low heat 3 min. or until caramel bits are completely melted, stirring constantly.

DIP apples into melted caramel until evenly coated, spooning caramel over apples if necessary. Allow excess caramel to drip off. Scrape bottoms of apples; place on prepared plate. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Store any leftover apples in refrigerator.


 I got this recipe and photo from the internet a few years ago.

Friday, September 28, 2018

QUICK PIZZA CASSEROLE

6 oz fettucine, broken up
1 pkg (3 1/2-oz) sliced pepperoni
1 jar (15 1/2-oz) pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can (4-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can (2.25 oz) can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Bring 8 cups of hot water to boiling. Add the fettucine, boil gently for 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Drain; return to the pan. Cut the pepperoni slices in half and add to the fettucine. Stir in the pizza sauce, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, olives, and the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake in a 400 degree oven about 15 minutes or until heated through.

File photo for reference only.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

MARY'S BANANA MUFFINS

1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas
2 cup biscuit baking mix
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease the bottoms only of 12 muffin cups.

Beat the egg slightly; stir in the bananas, baking mix, sugar, milk, and oil just until moistened. Evenly divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

LINGUINE PASTA CARBONARA

8 oz linguine
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Cook linguine as directed on the package. Drain but do not rinse; return to the pan. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and milk; toss with the linguine. Add the remaining ingredients and heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally. Serve sprinkled with additional cheese, if desired.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

VEGGIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

1 lb (approx 20) large white mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/4 cup finely chopped or grated carrot
1 tbsp finely chopped onion
1/2 cup crushed seasoned croutons
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Clean mushrooms and cut a thin slice off the stem and discard it. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop enough stems to make a fourth of a cup. Place chopped stems in a small mixing bowl.

Place mushrooms, cap side down, in a deep baking dish. With the stems in the mixing bowl, combine the broccoli, carrot, and onion. Stir in the crushed croutons, salt, and cheese. Add the butter and mix well. Spoon the vegetable mixture evenly into the mushroom caps. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the stuffing is light golden brown. Serve warm.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

PORK CHOP WITH CURRIED ORANGE SAUCE

4 (1 lb total) boneless center-cut loin pork chops
3/4 tsp curry powder, divided
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
nonstick cooking oil spray

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the curry powder. Sprinkle the mixture over the pork chops.

In another small bowl, combine the remaining curry powder, orange marmalade, horseradish, vinegar, and red pepper.

Heat a skillet that is coated with nonstick cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the pork to the skillet and cook three to five minutes on each side or until the pork loses its pink color. Remove from pan and set aside to keep warm.

Add the marmalade mixture to the pan and cook for a few seconds while scraping pan to loosen the browned bits. Spoon sauce over the pork chops.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

MICROWAVE CHEESY SALSA DIP

1 lb Velveeta-style cheese, cubed
1 jar (8-oz) your favorite salsa
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

In a microwave-safe bowl, put the cubed cheese product and salsa. Microwave on high for about 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Stir after 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Add the cilantro; stir in to mix well. Serve dip with tortillas and/or corn chips and/or fresh veggies.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Quick and Easy Noodles Romanoff

8-oz pkg egg noodles
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles well and return to the pan. Add the sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Toss noodles lightly to coat with the sour cream and cheese. Serve immediately while still hot.

 Note: File photo for reference only.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

APPLE GLAZED CHICKEN BREASTS

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup apple jelly
3 tbsp chicken broth
2 tbsp thinly sliced green onions, including tops

Preheat broiler. Line pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a small saucepan, blend the jelly and broth. Heat the mixture, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the jelly melts. Reduce the heat and add the green onions, salt and pepper; stir to mix well. Remove 1/3 of the mixture and set aside.

Put the chicken breasts on the foil lined broiler pan and brush with the apple jelly mixture. Broil for about 20 minutes or until the juices run clear. Turn frequently while cooking and baste with the jelly mixture.

Heat the reserved jelly mixture in the microwave. Drizzle over the cooked chicken before serving.

Note: This is a file photo for reference only.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PEANUTTY FRIED OKRA

1 cup all-purpose baking mix
1/2 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb fresh okra, cut into 1/4-inch pieces OR 1 pkg (16-oz) frozen cut okra, thawed
Peanut oil for frying

In a large bowl, stir together baking mix, chopped peanuts, salt and pepper. Add the okra, tossing to coat; gently press the mixture onto the okra.

Pour oil to 2-inches deep in a cast iron skillet or use a deep fryer. Oil should reach 375 degrees. Fry the okra in batches for about 4 minutes or until golden. Drain okra on paper towels on a cookie sheet.

Yield: 4 servings
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LIGHT AND DARK BEAN SALAD

1 can light red kidney beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 chopped dill pickle
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Drain the beans and save the liquid. Place beans in a large bowl and add the celery, onion, pickle, and eggs. Stir to mix. Add the mayonnaise and any of the reserved liquid you need to mix well.

Monday, September 17, 2018

MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE AND JAM BARS

TOPPING:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini-chips, divided
2 tbsp chopped pecans

BASE:
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup jam

To make topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and brown sugar. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until fine crumbs form. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate mini-chips and the pecans. Set bowl aside.

To make base: In a small mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar; beat until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in the flour and salt. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips from the topping list. Spread the mixture into a greased 8-inch square microwave-safe dish. Microwave on High power for 4 minutes. Rotate dish after 2 minutes (if microwave doesn't have a turntable). Top with the jam. Sprinkle the topping over the jam. Microwave on High 3 to 5 minutes longer, rotating once, until the jam bubbles around the edges. Cool completely by setting on the counter. Cut into bars.

 Note: Picture of a similar bar cookie used for reference only.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

MOCHA PUDDING

This pudding goes together in minutes. However, it does need to chill for a couple of hours.
1 container (15-oz) fat-free ricotta cheese
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp espresso powder
12 chocolate-covered coffee beans

Combine the ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup of the yogurt, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and espresso powder in a food processor or blender container. Process just until smooth. Divide the pudding evenly into 4 dessert dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.

Before serving top each dish of pudding with one tablespoon of the remaining yogurt. Top the yogurt with 3 of the chocolate-covered coffee beans per dish.

File photo used for reference only.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

QUICK AND EASY BROCCOLI CHOWDER

1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped broccoli
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1 can (10 3/4-oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp ground red pepper

In a medium saucepan bring 1/2 cup water to boiling; add broccoli and onion. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until the broccoli is crisp tender. Stir in the soup, milk, cheese, and red pepper. Cook and stir about 4 minutes or until heated through.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

BUTTERED CITRUS CIDER

6 cups apple cider
1/2 medium unpeeled orange, sliced
8 whole allspice
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange peel strip
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large saucepan, combine the cider and orange slices. Place the allspice and cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peel on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Pull cheesecloth up to form a bag and tie with kitchen string; add to the cider. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Discard the spice bag from the cider saucepan. Pour cider into mugs and dot with the butter mixture. Use extra cinnamon sticks as stirrers, if desired.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

CINNAMON AND SUGAR BISCUITS

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3 tsp double-acting baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon, or more as desired

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Cut the shortening into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or two butter knives until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add milk and stir just enough for the dough to hold together. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll the dough out to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter or a glass, cutting straight down without twisting. Place biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar that has been stirred together in a small bowl. Bake at 425 degrees for 6 to 9 minutes.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SPICY SHRIMP WITH REMOULADE SAUCE

SAUCE:
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 tsp grated lime rind
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp capers, chopped
dash of ground red pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined. Set aside or refrigerate.

SHRIMP:
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp olive oil
Cilantro sprigs for garnish, if desired

In a medium bowl, combine cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Add shrimp and toss well. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the shrimp to the skillet. Cook about 3 minutes on each side or until done. Do not overcook. Remove shrimp and keep it warm. Repeat the procedure with the remaining oil and shrimp. Serve shrimp with the Remoulade Sauce. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
 Note: File photo for reference only.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CINNAMON-GINGER MIXED NUTS

Nuts:
1 cup walnut halves
1 cup blanched hazelnuts
1 cup unsalted roasted cashews
1 cup unsalted roasted pistachios

Spice Mix:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 large egg white

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Coat a baking sheet that has sides with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine spices in a small bowl until blended.

Whisk the egg white in a large bowl until frothy. Add nuts and stir until evenly coated.  Add the spice mix and toss to coat.

Spread nuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted and just dry, about 25 minutes.

Allow nuts to cool completely on the baking sheet. They will crisp as they cool. Break up any clusters.

Store in a tin until ready to use or put 1 cup into 4 tins to give as gifts.




DEBBIE'S SPICED CIDER

8 cups apple cider or juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp ground allspice
dash of salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional

In a large saucepan, combine the cider or juice, brown sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks, allspice, salt, and nutmeg; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks. Use the additional cinnamon sticks as stirrers in the mugs, if desired.

Yield: approximately 1/2 gallon

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Monday, September 10, 2018

TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS

2 large leaves of leaf lettuce
2 slices turkey bacon, cooked
6 thin slices smoked turkey breast
2 thin peeled avocado slices
2 thin tomato wedges
1 tbsp Blue Cheese salad dressing

Top the lettuce leaves evenly with the bacon, turkey slices, avocado slices and tomato wedges. Drizzle the dressing over the meat and vegetables. Roll each lettuce leaf up tightly, securing it with a toothpick, if desired.

Yield: 2 wraps

Note: Be careful with the toothpicks to prevent choking. Toothpicks should be removed before you start eating. 
 
File Photo

Sunday, September 9, 2018

GRILLED ZUCCHINI WITH CHEESE

1 lb zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 lb shredded mozzarella

Preheat broiler or prepare indoor or outdoor grill.
Brush the olive oil on the zucchini slices. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano over the oil. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Grill or broil for about 5 minutes until zucchini softens and cheese melts.

Note: This is a file photo for reference only.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

MICROWAVE PIZZA DIP

1 jar (8-oz) pasteurized process cheese spread
1 can (8-oz) pizza sauce
8 to 10 slices pepperoni, diced

In the microwave heat the cheese spread about 30 seconds for more easy removal from jar. In a small microwave safe bowl, mix the cheese spread and pizza sauce together. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until heated thoroughly, stirring halfway through cooking. Stir the diced pepperoni into the dip and stir to mix in well. Serve with bread sticks, fresh vegetables, or crackers.

Friday, September 7, 2018

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN SKILLET

1 tbsp canola oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 can (10 1/4) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
2 cups fresh broccoli broken into small florets

In a heavy 10-inch skillet, over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add the chicken until well browned on both sides; remove from skillet.

Stir the soup, water, paprika, and pepper together in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Stir rice and broccoli into the soup mixture in skillet and reduce heat to low. Return the chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle additional paprika and pepper over the chicken. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

ZUCCHINI CAKES WITH JALAPENO

1 (1/2 lb) zucchini, grated into a colander
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp water
2 pickled jalapenos, chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped fine
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sunflower or canola oil for frying

Sprinkle the salt over the zucchini and stir.  Allow to sit for 20 minutes; squeeze out the excess liquid.

In a medium mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, water, jalapenos, green onions, garlic, curry, sesame seeds, olive oil, flour, and baking powder.  Using lightly floured hands, shape mixture into equal rounds and flatten slightly.

Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan and cook the cakes 1 minute or until golden brown on first side.  Gently flip using a spatula, lower heat to low and cook cakes approximately 15 more minutes, turning once more.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SWIRLY CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKES

3 cups vanilla ice cream
3 cups milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate fudge syrup, divided
4 maraschino cherries with stems attached

In a blender container combine the ice cream, milk, and vanilla. Process until thick and smooth, about 1 minute.

Divide fudge syrup among four parfait glasses, covering the bottom and drizzling syrup in a spiral pattern around the inside of each glass. Divide the ice cream mixture evenly among the four parfait glasses. Swirl some chocolate fudge syrup over each serving. Place a maraschino cherry atop each milkshake.

NOTE: In a hurry, stir the fudge topping into the glasses rather than swirling the insides of the glass.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

MAY YOU HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY


BARBECUE CHICKEN GREEN SALAD

1/2 lb chicken strips or tenders
1/4 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
4 slices ready to serve bacon
1 large tomato
1/2 small yellow onion
8 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup whole-kernel corn, drained
1/3 cup ranch salad dressing

If using an electric stove, preheat broiler. Gas broiler does not need to be preheated. Spray broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken and toss to coat. Broil 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning once during cooking process. Cut strips into thirds.

Heat bacon in microwave, crumble; set aside.

Coarsely chop the tomato. In a salad bowl, combine the tomato, onion, salad greens, and corn. Toss to mix ingredients. Pour the ranch dressing over the salad and toss. Divide salad among serving bowls or plates and top with chicken and sprinkle with bacon.


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

SAUTEED ZUCCHINI AND YELLOW SQUASH

1 lb zucchini
1 lb yellow squash
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
dash of garlic powder
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp snipped chives, optional

Slice zucchini and squash into 1/4 inch thick slices. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the squash, zucchini, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in chives before serving, if desired.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

HERBED BAKED TOMATOES

3 large tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp unflavored bread crumbs
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking pan. Place tomatoes in pan, cut side up. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; spread on tomatoes. Bake 15 minutes.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

ARKANSAS DOWN-HOME FRIED CORN

1 tbsp bacon drippings or butter
4 cups whole-kernel corn (6 to 7 ears cut from the cob)
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup water

In a large skillet, heat the bacon drippings or butter over medium heat. Add corn, sugar, salt, and water; saute 5 to 7 minutes. Serve hot.

Yield: 8 servings
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER BISCUITS

These tasty little biscuits from Cooking Light are less than  25 calories each and they are gluten-free for those who follow a gluten-free diet.

  • 1 cauliflower head, leaves removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
 Step 1: Make Mashed Cauliflower Preheat the oven to 400°F. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor. Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Mix Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, Nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mix together.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.

Step 3: Bake Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray of your choice. Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.


ITALIAN TORTELLINI SALAD

1 pkg (7-oz) cheese filled spinach tortellini
8 oz provolone cheese, cubed
1 small tomato, coarsely chopped
1/2 small green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain tortellini in a colander. Place colander in a large bowl of ice cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well. Transfer tortellini to a serving bowl. Add cubed provolone cheese, tomato, pepper strips, olives, and green onions. Pour dressing over the mixture. Toss gently to coat. Top with grated Parmesan and toss lightly.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

QUICK BAR COOKIES

1 can (15-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
17 graham crackers, crushed
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all the ingredients and mix together well. Pour into a well greased 9 x 9-in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cut into bars.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Georgia Delicious Punch

This is an old recipe from Good Hope, Georgia.

7 pkg gelatin (pick a flavor to coordinate with your party, etc color scheme)
7 cups sugar
7 cups boiling water
1 cans (1-qt each) pineapple juice
2 small cans frozen lemonade concentrate
2 qt ginger ale

Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water; add the pineapple juice. Prepare lemonade as directed on package and add to the punch mixture. Add the ginger ale just before serving.

Yield: 2 gallons
Garnish as desired.

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