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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Melon with Ricotta Cheese

A healthier dessert than ice cream.
Fresh cantaloupe and blueberries
drizzled with sweet honey along
with a few tablespoons of cheese.
A sprinkle of salt makes this special.

1 cup cut up cantaloupe
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons Ricotta Cheese
1 tablespoon honey
a dash of salt

Place cantaloupe in a bowl with blueberries,
place dollops of cheese on top and drizzle
with sweet clover honey to taste.
Sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups,
this is Gourmet tasting All the Way.
One of my Nephews has a seven year old that
likes peanut butter so much he eats the whole jar.
This hot and humid weather of late got me to thinking,
I haven't used my ice cream maker this summer.
I never tried making a peanut butter ice cream.
Can you imagine it with tiny bits of peanut butter cups?
This is a good one...

1-1/8 cups creamy peanut butter, I used Jif.
1/2 cup granulated sugar or to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-1/4 cups whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped

Place ice cream maker bowl in freezer over night.
In a mixing bowl using a hand beater combine
peanut butter, sugar and softened butter.
Whip until nice and creamy looking.
Place your ice cream maker bowl on machine,
pour in milk, cream and peanut butter mixture.
Let churn for about 20 minutes or until creamy.
Fold in Reese's peanut butter chips or pieces.
Remove to a sealed container and freeze over night.
Enjoy this peanut butter ice cream with your children !

Refrigerated Iced Box Cake

My Grandmother used to make this for my Brother
as a Special looking and tasting Birthday cake.
It's so easy to make with only four ingredients.
Though you have to plan ahead in buying the cookies,
whipping cream and allowing it to sit covered up
in the refrigerator over night to set up before serving.

1 package chocolate wafer cookies
1 pint whipping cream
1/8 cup sugar or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place a glass bowl and beaters in the freezer
to cool before whipping cream nice and fluffy.
Adding sugar and vanilla extract to taste.
Arrange chocolate wafers side by side on a plate.
Spread whipped cream over cookie wafers and
then layer with more wafers and cream creating a cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
The cream will make the the cookies soft and so good.
I think I just drooled on my keyboard !

Scalloped Potato Pizza

Taking specialty pizza to another level,
this tastes like a baked potato on a pizza.
Combining simple ingredients making a great
tasting slice of heaven on a bread dough.

1 russet potato
1 cup cream or milk
a few dashes of ground black pepper
corn meal for baking sheet
1 prepared pizza dough
2 cups creme fresh
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Wash whole potato and place in a glass dish
along with 2 tablespoon water, cover with plastic wrap
and microwave for about 6 minutes, set aside to cool.
When cool, drain off water and slice into 1/8" rounds.
Spread slices out to dry for 10 minutes then season
with ground black pepper and place back in bowl.
Pour cream over it and microwave for 2 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Sprinkle a baking sheet with some corn meal.
Roll out pizza dough onto prepared baking sheet.
Spread creme fresh all over top of pizza dough.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese all over top of dough.
Arrange potato slices side by side all over top of pizza,
then sprinkle with cooked and crumbled bacon.
Bake for about 12 minutes or until dough is cooked
and the cheese is all melted and then top with chives.
Sprinkle melted butter all over top of pizza before serving.

Easiest Baked Whole Chicken

Sometimes less is better in the long run.
In this recipe you simply wash and dry
the whole chicken inside and out.
Place in a prepared roasting pan to bake.
How simple is that ? and it tastes great.

1 whole roasting chicken (4 Lbs)
2 whole lemons, halved
Cooking spray
Salt and ground black pepper
dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a small roasting pan with foil.
Remove chicken from package and
also remove pack of giblets inside it.
Rinse the bird inside and out then place
the lemons inside of cavity of chicken.
Pat top of bird dry with paper towels.
Spray top of chicken with cooking spray.
Season with salt, pepper and rosemary.
No need to add any liquid as the bird will
give off enough liquid to keep it moist.
Bake uncovered for about 90 minutes or until
internal temperature of bird is 185 degrees F.
The skin should be browned enough.
Remove from oven, let rest before serving.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Progresso Canned Minestroni Pizza

What is Progresso Minestrone Pizza ?
It tastes like their Minestrone soup on pizza dough.
It's got fresh carrots, onions, garlic and celery.
Real easy to put together using a can of soup.
With a few herbs and spices and some grated cheese,
this is an amazing tasting minestroni tasting pizza.

1 frozen cheese pizza
1 can Progresso minestrone soup
1 package shredded mozzarela cheese
Sliced pepperoni to taste

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
Drain the liquid out of the soup.
Place frozen pizza on a baking sheet.
Top frozen pizza with drained can of soup.
Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese and
bake 30 minutes until nice and cooked through.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BK Burgers Secret Smoky Taste

BK's burgers are 100% beef burgers
with more added beef flavorings.
They add flavorings to the ground beef
from a company called Red Arrow.
They condense natural wood smoke
 into a refined smoke concentrate
that BK adds to their beef.
It gives BK burgers grilled flavor.
To achieve this BK burger taste at home,
all you have to do is add a few drops
of liquid smoke, into a cup of water,
some brown sugar, salt  and MSG.
Add dashes of ground black pepper and
let it sit for a few hours to mix up good.

Mix in a few grilled onions,
add a few fresh sliced tomato,
some sliced pickles and your good to go.
Add in BK's special sauce and your all set.
Your welcome !

Red Arrow’s Condensed Natural Smoke is a refined smoke condensate created from a 100% natural proprietary process using only heat, water and filtration. It’s that simple.

Best Sauce for Hot Dogs

Most meat sauces are bland tasting.
This one will knock your socks off.
Not with hot pepper heat but with
the fantastic blend of spices.
Of course you could kick it up
with more hot pepper if you like.

1 red onion, peeled and chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup prepared ketchup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
a dash or two cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 /2 teaspoon onion powder
1 or 2 more cups water

In a soup pot place chopped onions
and peppers along with 2 cups water.
Bring to a boil, then add in vinegar,
Worcestershire sauce and ground beef.
Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef.
Stir in the ketchup, salt, pepper and cayenne.
Lower heat to a simmer and stir in the allspice
garlic and onion powders with more water.
Let simmer for about one hour to cook down.
If you desire a smoother sauce pulse it in a
food processor until desired consistency.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gambas Al Ajillo
Roasted Garlic Shrimp

I like Roasted Garlic and Shrimp together.
Making this and topping it on some Pasta
is a meal fit for the Queen or King in your family.
I like this dish, it cooks up fast using thin spaghetti.
Gambas al ajillo, or “shrimp with garlic”  is just
about one of the most popular Spanish Tapas.

2 whole heads of fresh garlic
a few drizzles of olive oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
12 frozen shrimp, 15/20 size
1 fresh lemon, sliced
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut garlic heads at the tops, then
drizzle with olive oil and place on baking dish.
Slice onion and place on baking dish.
Bake uncovered for about twenty minutes,
then add shrimp onto baking dish to cook
for another 30 minutes or so until done.
Remove shrimp, peel and toss in a bowl with
roasted garlic, onion, add in sugar, vinegar and
also toss with sliced lemon, salt before serving.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lemon Zest Chow Mein

I made this with canned chicken chow mein,
it was amazing tasting right light and tasty good.
It would work well with any canned chow mein.
Adding in cashews this is gourmet all the way.

1 can of store bought chow mein.
1 package of store bought Ramen noodles
1 lemon, zest and juice of
2 cups water to cook noodles
a dash or two of soy sauce

In a sauce pan heat up 2 cups a water to boil.
place in dried Ramen noodles to cook.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove zest, or peel
from one or two fresh lemons into the pot.
Drain cooked noodles and set aside,
place canned chow mein in pot to heat through.
Serve chow mein on cooked noodles.
Season with soy sauce if desired.