Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chocolate Dipped Cones

A great way to serve ice cream is in a chocolate dipped cone.

Place a 1/2 Cup of semisweet chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 70 percent power or medium high heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving for 1 to 3 minutes or until the chocolate is smooth.

Dip the cones into the melted chocolate about 1/3 of the way up the cone.

If the chocolate is too thick, stir in 1 teaspoon of melted shortening. If desired sprinkle with crushed oreos, sprinkles etc while still wet.

Place the cones top side down on wax paper until the chocolate is set.

Make your own homemade ice cream to put in your cones!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

French Toast Recipes

Baked French Toast

8 slices white bread, crust removed and cubed
1/2 lb. cream cheese, cubed
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
6 large eggs
1 C of whole milk
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

How to Make It:

Set the oven temperature to 375 and allow the oven to preheat.
Layer half of the bread cubes into a deep 8X8 casserole dish.
Spread the cheese cubes evenly over the bread.
Scatter the apple over the cheese.
Layer the remaining bread cubes over the top being sure they go to the edges of the dish.
Break the eggs into a mixing bowl.
Pour in the milk and sprinkle in the cinnamon.
Whisk until well blended.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Makes 6 servings

Honey Orange French Toast

3 tbsp of butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 C of orange juice
8 slices of bread

Preset the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
Spray a baking dish well with a nonstick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, honey and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out to coat the bottom completely.
Place the eggs and orange juice into a shallow bowl and blend together well.
Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture well and place into the prepared baking pan.
Bake 15 minutes or until a golden brown.

Makes 4 servings


 More Resources:

French Toast kids cooking party - with a basic French Toast recipe and Homemade maple syrup recipe
Peach Overnight French Toast Recipe

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Once a week cooking ideas

With once a week cooking you will be able to prepare a batch of different foods and enjoy them later. This does not mean you will eat the same foods every day, as some believe because you can prepare whatever you want.

Once a week cooking will save your time, money, and bring you a week without stress in the kitchen.
Before you start, you should have a plan. Planning once a week is the first thing you have to do. You need to put a list and a weekly grocery list together. This will be your starting point. Once you have your ingredients you can start cooking.

How to Prep for Once a Week Cooking

Prep your fridge to help you through the week. Cut vegetables ready for snacking, fresh lettuce ready for salads, fruit ready accessible is great to have on hand all week. You can even prep ahead pasta or rice so you can pull it out and add a sauce or create fried rice faster. Then prepare a few favorite recipes to use during the week.

These recipes are great for leftovers to use through the week.

Chicken Black Bean Chili

Serving: 6
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
40 oz. tomato sauce
30 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
2 diced shallots
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat chicken well.
Freezing method:
Place ingredients in a zip-lock bag and shake once again to coat the chicken.
Set in the freezer and keep until ready to use.
Cooking method:
Set the chicken in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
Place all ingredients in the large pot or saucepan and cook for 30 minutes.
Serve while still hot.

Seafood Chowder

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Reheating time: 25 minutes
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
4 cups chicken or fish stock
1 ½ cup corn kernels
1 ¼ lb. marinara seafood mix
1 cup thickened cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Fresh ground salt and pepper –to taste

Place potatoes, carrot, stock, and celery in a large pan.
Cover and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and using a hand blender, mix until smooth.
Add corn kernels to the soup and simmer again for 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat and add seafood mix and cream.
Stir and cook, without boiling for 5 minutes or until seafood is cooked.
Season to taste and add chives and parsley.
Set aside to cool.
Freezing method:
Pour the cooled chowder in airtight container and place in the freezer; keep until ready to use.
Reheating method:
Place the airtight container in the bowl filled with hot water.
Transfer the chowder to the pot and heat over medium heat.
Stir the stew, gently to distribute heat evenly, but do not press because you may break the seafood and end up with the mush.
Bring stew to boil (you will need 25 minutes) and remove from the heat.
Serve immediately.

Roast Chicken Recipe

Try this roast chicken recipe and then recreate  different meals through the week such as a chicken salad, chicken sandwiches or chicken casserole.

More Resources

Freezer Meals- stock up your freezer for easy meals throughout the week
Leftover Recipes- recreate meals all week using your leftovers

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cookie sheet one-pan dinner recipes

Cookie sheet one-pan recipes are so easy to make. By easy we do not only mean the time preparation, cooking technique, but also the entire cleaning process. These dinner options are perfect for time-strapped parents who want a healthy, delicious, and nutritious meal, but without spending the entire day at the kitchen counter and sink.

This method of food preparation will get the food on the table fast but also make the cleaning process easy since it allows to make a side dish and main course in the same pan.

This method has other benefits including healthy cooking and care-free cooking. By the healthy cooking we mean oven baked foods that do not require the use of too much oil, or deep frying and the care-free cooking simply means you can pop the foods in the oven and let the oven do the job.

With the following recipes, you will see how using a cookie sheet for one-pan cooking is easy and simple to pull off. Since it requires a minimum of preparation you can involve your kids in the cooking process. You can do the harder thinks like chopping the vegetables or slicing the meat, but the kids can combine all ingredients in a cookie sheet.

Parmesan Chicken

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon celery flakes
4 chicken breast fillets, skinless, boneless
2 eggs
2 cups marinara sauce
4 slices Gouda cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 400F and grease cookie sheet pan with cooking oil.
In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with basil, garlic powder, and celery flakes.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour with salt and pepper.
Beat the eggs in a third bowl with salt and pepper.
Coat the chicken with flour, dip into eggs, and finally dredge through breadcrumbs.
Place the chicken into prepared cookie sheet pan and gently spray with cooking oil.
Add sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, or other vegetables you'd like to go with the chicken.
Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and top with marinara sauce, Gouda cheese, and parmesan.
Continue baking for 10 minutes more.

Cookie Sheet English Breakfast

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

7oz. smoked sausages, mini
4 thick slices bacon
4 eggs
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toasted bread slices, o serve with

 Heat oven to 425F and grease cookie sheet.
Arrange the sausages and bacon onto cookie sheet. If you are using large sausages, you can cut in half.
Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Make room for the eggs and crack the eggs directly over the cookie sheet.
Toss in the tomatoes and sprinkle with dried basil, salt, and pepper. For some extra flavor, you can add a pinch of chili powder or curry powder.
Continue baking for 6-8 minutes or until the eggs are set.
Serve with toasted bread and some pickles.

Cookie Sheet Frittata Squares

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

12 eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup shaved asparagus
½ cup sliced mushrooms
6 slices pancetta
½ cup cream cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a bowl, whisk the eggs with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
Stir in the asparagus and mushrooms.
Place the pancetta onto cookie sheet, in slices or chopped.
Pour over the egg mixture and dot with cream cheese.
Bake the frittata for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake further for 5 minutes.
Remove frittata from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and serve.

More easy dinner ideas

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids

Cooking with your kids is one of those great things you can do to spend some quality time together. During this process, you will teach your kids basics of cooking, help them increase confidence, show your love while having some fun together.

Your cooking lessons should not be rigid but instead filled with creativity and laughter. Do not expect perfect results and if something goes completely wrong explain that sometimes accidents happen.

When cooking with your kids the most important thing is to let them get creative and do not hinder with traditional culinary rules. Maybe during this process, you will too learn something new.

Here are some very easy, but delicious meals you can prepare with your kids. Each recipe will allow your kid to express creativity and show certain skills.

Simple Pizzas

This pizza is not made with classic pizza dough, but instead already baked crusty Italian rolls. Other substitutes for the rolls, could be bagels or bread slices. During this cooking adventure. you will be able to teach your child how to prepare a simple yet delicious pizza.

You will also have the chance to learn what your kid loves. This is a great chance to talk, bond, and learn a lot about each other.
Preparation time:
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
2 crusty Italian rolls
½ lb. Mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
1 cup marinara sauce
¼ cup grated parmesan
Toppings by choice: pepperoni slices, olives, caramelized onion, pineapple, tomatoes etc.

Heat oven to 375F.
Cut the Italian rolls in half by length and place on a baking sheet.
Allow your kid to spread marinara sauce over the halved rolls.
Next, begin topping the bagels with favorite topping.
Bake the pizzas for 10 minutes. Increase heat to 425F and bake for 2 minutes more.
Serve while still hot.

Colorful Jar Turkey Salad

We all know how kids can be picky when eating, especially when you serve them veggies. Very often we end up by begging them to eat their veggies. Would you believe that there is a more simple way to talk the kids into eating vegetables?

Instead of serving them already prepared salad, invite your kids into the kitchen and prepare one together. During this process, kids will have a chance to choose favorite ingredients and create their own dressing. You can explain the benefits of each vegetable or fruit you are choosing for the salad. This way the kids will learn the benefits of consuming fresh vegetables and fruits and adopt healthy habits.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
1 cup turkey deli ham (kids can snip with scissors)
½ apple, diced and tossed with some lemon juice – to prevent browning
2 tablespoons celery, diced
¼ cup cucumber, seeded and diced
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
½ cup cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons dried cherries
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 tablespoons water
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup fresh peas
2 mint leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper

Place the peas, water, mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper in food blender; process until smooth and divide evenly between two standard Mason jars.
Top the peas dressing with shredded turkey, chickpeas, cucumber, celery, dry cherries, apples, tomatoes, and chives, dividing all between the jars.
Shake well or stir before serving.

More Salad in a Jar Ideas

Sweet Quesadillas

Sweets are something kids enjoy the most. Making sweets does not have to take too much of your time with these sweet quesadillas.

This recipe allows you to play with ingredients, and with an easy swap of ingredients, you can prepare different combos. Again, you need to let your kid be creative, and who knows, maybe they will create something new and exciting.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes

2 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter*
1 large banana, sliced*
2 tablespoons chocolate chips*

Place the tortilla in front of you and spread over the peanut butter.
Place the banana slices at one-half of the tortilla and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Fold in half and cook quesadilla in a non-stick skillet until crispy on both sides.
Cut in half and serve.
*Instead peanut butter you can use: almond butter, hazelnut spread, pistachio spread
*Instead banana you can use: sliced apricot, strawberries, or raspberries.
*Instead chocolate chips you can use: white chocolate chips, carob chips, caramel chips

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