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Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Ingredients
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions
In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

Recipe found here:Peanut Butter Snowballs

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Creamy Ham & Cheese Casserole

Creamy Ham & Cheese Casserole

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked wide egg noodles
3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 carton (10 ounces) Philadelphia original cooking creme
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic-herb seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions
Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine the ham, soup, cooking creme, milk and seasonings in a large bowl.

Drain noodles and add to ham mixture; mix well. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Ham & Cheese Casserole

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Wild Rice Chicken Dinner

Wild Rice Chicken Dinner

Ingredients
2 packages (8.8 ounces each) ready-to-serve long grain and wild rice
2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen French-style green beans, thawed
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
2 cans (8 ounces each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2/3 cup chopped onion
2 jars (4 ounces each) sliced pimientos, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon pepper
6 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup slivered almonds, divided

Directions
Heat rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the green beans, soup, water chestnuts, onion, pimientos, mayonnaise, milk and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and rice; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until chicken is heated through.

Transfer half of the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds. Serve immediately. Pour the remaining mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; cool. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.

To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (6-8 servings each).

Recipe found here: Wild Rice Chicken Dinner

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Mushroom Pasta Carbonara

Mushroom Pasta Carbonara

Ingredients
2-1/2 cups uncooked mostaccioli
8 bacon strips, diced
1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) whole mushrooms, drained
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1/3 cup butter, cubed
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 to 8 drops hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Directions
Cook mostaccioli according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Brown mushrooms in drippings; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings from pan.

Add the cream, butter, parsley, garlic, pepper sauce and salt if desired to the skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Drain mostaccioli; add to cream mixture. Stir in the bacon, mushrooms and cheese; heat through. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Mushroom Pasta Carbonara

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Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
7 eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

LEMON FROSTING:
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
4-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Dash salt

Directions
Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, water, oil, lemon peel and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and beat until well blended. Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.

Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 50-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake, allowing frosting to drape down the sides. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Lemon Chiffon Cake

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Fried Cabbage with Sausage

Fried Cabbage with Sausage

Ingredients
1 stick butter or margarine
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into round pieces
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes or rotel tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Melt butter in large skillet.

Add cabbage, onion, and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes stirring to keep from sticking to pan.

Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.

Makes about 8 servings. Only 4 g net carbs per serving.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture.

Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf ban. Bake at 350° for 70-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (8 slices).

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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