Thursday, July 3, 2008

low-fat biscotti

Here is the low-fat biscotti recipe

my friend used dried blueberries - I used chocolate chips

3 cups Flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped almonds toasted (I toasted mine at 350 for 10 minutes)
3/4-1 cup dried cherries (I used dried blueberries)
2TBS of melted butter (I used 3)
1tsp of almond extract
2 eggs
2 egg whites

Mix dry ingredients well, stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly about 8 times.

Shape dough about 16 inches long and 1 inch thick.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 min until golden brown (I just waited until it was slightly browned)

Cool 10 minutes and slice diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices and place cut side down onto cookies sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes until light golden brown (I sliced them thicker so it took about 12 min) The recipe said to turn them over and bake an extra 8 minutes, but I didn't want mine too dried out so I just took them out and let them cool on the baking stone until they cooled. If you like them really dry and crunchy then I bet you could cook them for 8 minutes on each side.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Clone of a Cinnabon

Clone of a Cinnabon

This is the only cinnamon roll recipe I will use! YUMMY!

The recipe is made to mix up in a bread machine - but I mix in the kitchen Aid.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk (I microwave milk for 1 min then add yeast) in a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, margarine, salt, and eggs. Add flour and mix well. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Then pick up with rolling out the dough.

I often just buy frosting at the store and have on hand - I make these a lot mostly for other people...

1 cup warm milk (110 degrees
F/45 degrees C)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine

1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground
1/3 cup butter, softened

1 (3 ounce) package cream
cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


ORANGE JULIUS - a favorite around here!
1 - 6 oz. can frozen orange juice
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (or less to taste)
1 tsp. vanilla
5 - 6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend about 30 seconds. Serve.

Best Sausage Gravy Recipe for Biscuits

Skillet Sausage Gravy (my favorite)

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2 tablespoons butter
1 16-ounce package pork sausage (tube sausage- I always use Jimmy Dean)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups milk plus… I honesty probably use closer to 3 cups
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat and heat for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until browned. Add the sausage and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no pink remains, stirring to crumble the sausage. Add the flour; mix well. Add the Worcestershire sauce and milk; mix well. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the gravy thickens, stirring constantly.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Strawberry Dessert Pizza

Strawberry Dessert Pizza (made this today - definitely enjoyed it and will make it again!) - not my picture but mine still looked good

For Crust: 1/2 pound (2 sticks/1 cup/8 oz/226 g) unsalted butter 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

For Topping: 8 oz. package cream cheese 1/4 cup strawberry puree (about 4 fresh very large strawberries pureed in a blender) 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 pints fresh strawberries (medium to large size strawberries)

For Glaze: (optional) 1 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon water

For Garnish: (optional) Mint Sprigs


For Crust: Cream together butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy; add egg, baking powder, salt and vanilla till mixture is smooth; add flour and mix till a smooth dough is formed. Place finished dough in between two sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

Remove from refrigerator and roll the dough out to about a 1/4 inch thickness and in a round shape. Place the dough in a greased 12 inch pizza pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree F (180 C) oven for 25 minutes or until crust is a light brown. Cool completely.

For Topping: Combine cream cheese, puree, honey, and sugar until smooth. Spread evenly over the cooled cookie crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border uncovered. Place whole strawberries around the outside border and use sliced berries to fill in the middle of the pizza.

Garnish with mint sprigs.

To Make Glaze: Combine honey and water and brush over the top of finished pizza. Makes 8-10 servings.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Apple Enchilada Recipe

Apple Enchilada Recipe (YUM)

- 6 8 inch tortillas
- 21 ounces apple pie filling, 1 can
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Warm tortillas in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds. This makes them easier to fold without cracking. Spoon fruit evenly onto the center of the tortillas. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll tortillas part way, tuck in ends, and finish rolling. Place, seam side down, in baking dish.
Bring butter, sugars, and water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir constantly for 3 minutes. Pour sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle with extra cinnamon.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Any type of pie filling can be used for this recipe.

Chocolate Turtle Waffle Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Waffle Cookies
(oh now these are good - I remember having them as a kid)
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
Turn waffle maker on and allow to “preheat”. Cream sugar and butter together. Beat eggs into creamed mixture, adding vanilla. Sift flour cocoa and salt together and mix into the creamed mixture. Spoon mixture into greased and hot waffle iron and cook 1-2 minutes.
Now, I like to eat them as soon as I blow on them to cool them down a bit.

Mexican Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Different but good
1 cup butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
1Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2Line 9x13x2 inch cake pan with foil,lightly butter foil.
3Fill saucepan half full of water,bring to boil over medium high heat.
4Put butter and unsweetend chocolate in stainless steel bowl,put on saucepan,reduce heat to low.
5Stir until mixture is smooth and melted,about 5 minutes.
6Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
7Add sugar,mix.
8Add eggs,one at a time,beating well after each addition.
9Add vanilla and almond extract.
10Combine flour,cinnamon and salt in small bowl.
11Add to chocolate mixture,stir to combine.
12Pour into prepared pan,bake until top is dry,but center still moist,about 25 minutes.
13Do not overbake.
14Remove from oven,sprinkle chopped semi-sweet chocolate over top.
15Let sit until chocolate begins to melt,about 5 minutes.
16Spread over brownies with spatula or knife.
17Refrigerate until completely cooled and chocolate is hard,about 2 hours.
18Invert onto plate,peel foil off carefully.
19cut into bars and serve.

Black Bean and Corn Wonton Cups

Defintily enjoyed these!

wonton skins
cup Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa
cup chopped fresh cilantro
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon chili powder
can (15.25 ounces) Green Giant® whole kernel corn, drained
can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
cup sour cream
Cilantro sprigs, if desired
Heat oven to 350ºF. Gently fit 1 wonton skin into each of 36 small muffin cups, 1 3/4x1 inch, pressing against bottom and side. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Mix remaining ingredients except sour cream and cilantro sprigs. Just before serving, spoon bean mixture into wonton cups. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon sour cream. Garnish each with cilantro sprig.

Virgin Strawberry Daquiri

Virgin Strawberry Daquiri (a new favorite around here)

• 8 large strawberries, hulled• 3 cups chilled lemon-lime soda• 1 cup white sugar (I used less) • 4 tablespoons lemon juice• 16 cubes ice
In a blender, combine strawberries, lemon-lime soda, sugar, and lemon juice. Add ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes - (made these a couple weeks ago they were pretty good)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large egg
6 ounces Dannon® All Natural Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt (or any other fruit flavor of yogurt)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

Frosting:2 Tbsp. butter, softened1 cup powdered sugar2 fresh strawberries, about 2 Tbsp. mashed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. With an electric hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg, Dannon® All Natural Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt and vanilla, blending until smooth.
2. Measure the dry ingredients into the bowl and blend, then fold in the strawberries.
3. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 paper-lined cupcake cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
4. Beat together butter, powdered sugar, and mashed strawberry in medium-size bowl until creamy and smooth. Chill frosting for 15 minutes or until thick. Frost cupcakes with a spatula. Keep cupcakes in the refrigerator loosely covered.Yield: 12 servings

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mexican casserole

(not my picture)

Mexican Casserole

This turned out good! I mixed it all together the night before then Sunday morn ing put it in the crockpot on low for a couple hours. YUM YUM

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped (I didn't have on hand skipped)

8 ounces egg noodles

1 (15 ounce) can chili

1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1/4 cup salsa

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 -2 cups shredded mexican blend or cheddar cheese.

Directions:Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, onion, pepper, and celery and saute for 10 minutes, or until the meat is browned and the onion is tender. Drain the fat and set aside. In a separate saucepan, cook noodles according to package directions. When cooked, drain the water and stir in the meat mixture, chili, tomatoes, corn, taco sauce and taco seasoning mix. Mix well and place entire mixture into a 10x15 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, or until thoroughly heated

New site

Going to try and just keep the recipes I try here......