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May 26, 2009

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Filed under: Breakfast, Fruit — Tags: , , — bettylou79 @ 9:35 pm

Last week I was in the mood to bake and muffins were the first thought that came to mind.  I love how simple muffins are to put together and then they just go into the oven.  I love them!  I was also inspired by the blueberries that I spied in my freezer.

I consulted my mini library of cookbooks for a recipe that I liked but finally decided to head to my other trusted friend, Cooking Light.  I loved how moist and fluffy these muffins were.  I was amazed at the amount of power behind the tablespoon of lemon zest.   I didn’t think that it would be enough but it was wonderful.  I froze half of these and my husband and I ate the rest as dessert or breakfast for a few days.

I strongly suggest you make these.  I think these would be great for a brunch.  Enjoy!

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Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

‘Source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/4  cup  butter
  • 1 1/4  cups  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  tablespoon  grated lemon rind
  • 1  cup  blueberries
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup  powdered sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through nutmeg) in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Combine buttermilk, egg, and rind; stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Gently fold in blueberries.

Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until the muffins spring back when lightly touched. Remove muffins from pans immediately, and place on a wire rack to cool.

Combine lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze evenly over cooled muffins.

Note: You can make these muffins up to 2 days ahead and glaze them the morning of the brunch.

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May 22, 2009

Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

Filed under: Breakfast, Main Dish, Uncategorized — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 12:46 pm

These were delicious and very filling.  My husband and I thought they would be great on a day when you’re going to be doing a lot of work out in the yard or another busy outside activity.  These definitely stick to your ribs.

I’m always on the look out for new breakfast food recipes and these fit the bill.  The recipe came from Everyday Food and it even tells you how to freeze them, which I did and I’ve already enjoyed some of the leftovers from the freezer.  We loved the nutty smell and taste that the oatmeal adds to the pancakes.  They also reminded us of some blue corn pancakes that we had a few years ago from a mix that we got from my husband’s brother for a gift.

I strongly suggest you make these before your next camping trip or outdoor project.

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

source: Everyday Food

Ingredients

Makes 20

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for skillet

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1 cup oats and pulse a few times to coarsely grind oats. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and oil. Add dry ingredients and 1 cup oats and whisk just until moistened.
  2. Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium. Lightly oil skillet. Using 2 to 3 tablespoons for each pancake, drop batter in skillet and cook until a few bubbles have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until browned on undersides, 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with more oil and batter.

May 13, 2009

Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers

Filed under: Main Dish, Thai, Turkey — Tags: , , — bettylou79 @ 8:58 pm

Oh my goodness!  I have just found a new favorite recipe for ground turkey!  I’m so glad I tried this recipe.  When this popped up in my Google Reader I had to try it soon.  This recipe came from Cara’s Cravings.  I strongly suggest you head over there and check out her yummy treats!  My local grocery store has had several sales on ground turkey.  I just can’t resist the buy one get one free sale, especially when it comes to meat!  Needless to say, there are a few pounds of ground turkey waiting in my freezer again! I loved the taste of the peanut butter and the chili garlic sauce.  The shredded carrots added a nice touch and flavor.

My husband and I enjoy Thai food so I knew this recipe would be right up our alley.  I made these burgers a few weekends ago when we had company for the weekend.  They enjoyed them too.  These burgers worked well in my fabulous grill pan.  As you can tell from the pictures I served them with sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s.  I should have bought 2 packages, we loved them so much!

Enjoy!

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Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers

Source:  Cara’s Cravings

Serves 2

Ingredients
8oz ground turkey
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 large scallion, minced
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
freshly ground salt & pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp light mayonnaise
handful of cilantro, finely minced
1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce

hamburger buns of your choice
mixed greens

Combine burger ingredients a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Form the turkey mixture into two patties. Cook for about 7-10 minutes per side, until cooked through. Serve on buns with cilantro-chili mayo and greens.

Butterscotch Bars

Filed under: Cookies, Dessert — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 11:55 am

I’m always on the look out for new cookie or bar recipes so when I saw this lightened up recipe in Cooking Light I knew I would be trying it soon.   I love butterscotch pudding  but not candy.  Something about the taste of butterscotch is comforting to me.  I remember my mom serving it still warm from the pan.  Yummy!

These bars did take some time to put together because you make a crust and you also have to melt the butterscotch chips and condensed milk.  These bars are delicious but I recommend that you have a napkin and  glass of milk near by too.  My husbands’ coworkers were lucky enough to be the recipients of half of the pan of Butterscotch Bars.

Enjoy!

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Butterscotch Bars

source:  Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 5  tablespoons  butter, melted
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  large egg, lightly beaten
  • 9  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2 1/2  cups  quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4  cup  fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4  cups  butterscotch morsels (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla and egg. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add oat mixture to sugar mixture; stir with a fork until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Place 3 cups oat mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; press into bottom of pan. Set aside.

3. Place sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch morsels, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until butterscotch morsels melt, stirring every 20 seconds. Stir in walnuts. Scrape mixture into pan, spreading evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with remaining oat mixture, gently pressing into butterscotch mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Place pan on a cooling rack; run a knife around outside edge. Cool completely.

May 7, 2009

Salmon with Maple-Lemon Glaze

Filed under: Fish, Main Dish — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 12:17 pm

I’m always on the look out for new salmon recipes and when I spotted this one I knew I wanted to try it.   I loved that I had all of the ingredients on hand too!  This recipe came together quite quickly but I did have to make some modifications because of my kitchen equipment.  The recipe directs you to cook one side of the salmon in the pan on the stove and then flip the salmon over and place the pan in the oven.  Sadly, I don’t own a pan that can be put in the oven.  If I had known almost 3 years ago that I would want/need better pans I would have registered for them!  Argh!  So, needless to say, I cooked the salmon in the pan and then transferred it to a baking pan and put it in the oven.

Enjoy!

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Salmon with Maple-Lemon Glaze

source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  maple syrup
  • 1  tablespoon  cider vinegar
  • 1  tablespoon  canola oil
  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add fish to bag; seal. Refrigerate 10 minutes, turning bag once.

3. Remove fish from bag, reserving marinade. Place marinade in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute.

4. Heat a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt and pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes. Turn fish over. Brush marinade evenly over fish. Broil 3 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

May 5, 2009

Garden Harvest Cake

Filed under: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Fruit, Vegetables — Tags: , , , — bettylou79 @ 12:26 pm

I’m always in the mood for new bread or cake recipes and when I spotted this one in Cooking Light I knew I would be trying it soon.  It was also a great excuse to use my stoneware loaf pan again!  This cake was so tender and moist.  I loved how sweet it was too.  It smelled just like fall when it was baking. Memories!

I did learn that I should trust the recipe.  When it says that 1 carrot shredded will equal 1/2 of a cup, believe it!  I bought double the amount called for of apple, zucchini and carrots.  So, I ended up doubling the recipe.  I kept one loaf and sent the other with my husband to his work. If you double the recipe I suggest using a food processor to shred the apples, zucchini and carrots.  It will go much faster than by hand (I know from experience)!

Enjoy!

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Garden Harvest Cake

source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 4.5  ounces  all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  grated peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  grated carrot (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  shredded zucchini
  • 1/4  cup  chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/4  cup  nonfat buttermilk
  • 2  large eggs
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add grated apple, grated carrot, shredded zucchini, and walnuts to flour mixture; toss well. Combine canola oil, buttermilk, and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove cake from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

April 30, 2009

Chipotle Sloppy Joes

Filed under: Beef, Main Dish, Mexican — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 5:16 am

These Sloppy Joes have got some heat behind them!  My mouth was still feeling the heat after I was done.  My husband called it a slow burn!  In any case they were great and a new twist on the traditional family recipe.  I saw this in Cooking Light and knew it had to be added to the menu for a fun Friday meal.  My husband was even home for dinner that night so it was even better.  I did make a small change to the recipe.  I added some water to the mixture at the end to thin it down a little.  I’m always amazed when a recipe tells you how many servings you should be able to get out of it, but when you look at it all cooked up all you can do is laugh!  Wow!  Honestly, this served about 3 people instead of 4 or 6.  You have been warned.  My husband isn’t a huge fan of onions, especially when they are so large and cooked so there were more for me.  I thought the onions gave it a nice touch.  From what my husband reports it was great as leftovers too.

Enjoy!

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Chipotle Sloppy Joes

source: Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2  cups  presliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1  (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1  pound  ground sirloin
  • 1/2  cup  prechopped green bell pepper
  • 2  tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 5  (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted

Preparation

1. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cover and cook 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.

2. Remove 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can; set aside. Remove 1 chipotle chile from can; chop and set aside. Reserve remaining chiles and adobo sauce for another use.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in chopped chipotle chile, adobo sauce, tomato paste, and next 3 ingredients (through tomato sauce); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun, and top evenly with onions and top half of bun.

Plate with pickle chips and a simple slaw. Combine 1/3 cup canola-based mayonnaise, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 3 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw, tossing well to combine.

April 24, 2009

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Filed under: Chicken, Main Dish, Mexican, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 12:52 pm

I must admit that when it comes to food I judge a book by it’s cover and it’s title too.  I saw this in Cooking Light and knew I had to make it.  Every time I picked up the magazine I was drawn to the recipe.  I think knowing that I had chicken breasts in the freezer helped me to decide that I would add this to the menu for the week.  I was looking forward to this meal the whole week!

This recipe was so easy to put together.  I loved that I didn’t feel rushed when I was prepping it.  The marinade for the chicken was wonderful and smelled great.  The salsa was so easy to toss together.  I chopped a little extra cilantro and added it to the salsa.  I couldn’t resist trying a spoonful of the salsa.  I could have eaten the whole bowl!  When the chicken was cooking I was thinking about how delicious a margarita would have been with this meal.  Too bad I didn’t have any of the makings!  Drinking by myself wouldn’t have been much fun either!  My husband is working nights right now but that will hopefully change soon!  I was so thankful that I have a great grill pan for my chicken!  It made wonderful marks.  I think this would work out great on the grill too.  I served my chicken with some Spanish rice.  I suggest you make this for your family or even company.

Enjoy!

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

source:  Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • Chicken:
  • 2  tablespoons  minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Salsa:
  • 1  cup  chopped plum tomato (about 2)
  • 2  tablespoons  finely chopped onion
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  avocado, peeled and finely chopped

Preparation

1. To prepare chicken, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; toss and let stand 3 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

2. To prepare salsa, combine tomato and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add avocado; stir gently to combine. Serve salsa over chicken.

April 21, 2009

Broccoli, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stromboli

Filed under: Italian, Main Dish, Pork — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 1:04 pm

I saw this recipe in my Everyday Food magazine and folded down the corner to remind myself to come back to it in a week or two.  I have made stromboli before and have even had them in New York and they were delicious.

To me this recipe was a bit lacking.  I think it needs more spices.  I will probably make those changes if I make it again.  I did make a few changes in the recipe.  I used pizza dough that was  bit different than what you get in the roll in the refrigerator section, instead I used pizza dough from Trader Joes.  I love that stuff!  I also didn’t use the salami the recipe called for, instead I used chopped up ham that I had left over from Easter.  As I’m writing this I’m also starting to wonder what the stromboli would be like with chopped spinach instead of broccoli.  Hmm!

Enjoy!

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Broccoli, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stromboli

source: Everyday Food, Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 1 package (1 pound) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella (6 ounces)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced Genoa salami, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Divide dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, stretch out each piece, first to a 3-by-4 inch oval, then to a 6-by-8-inch oval (let dough rest briefly if too elastic to work with).
  2. Place broccoli in a strainer, and press to remove excess liquid. Transfer to a double layer of paper towels, and pat dry.
  3. Dividing evenly, scatter broccoli over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Dividing evenly, top with mozzarella, salami, and 1/2 cup marinara.
  4. Starting at a shorter end, roll up each stromboli, and place, seam side down, on baking sheet. Using the tip of a paring knife, cut two slits in the top of each. Brush with oil. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve stromboli with 1/2 cup marinara for dipping.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Cookies, Dessert — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 12:47 pm

I made these last week for a student in a class that I’m teaching one day a week.  He was done with the class so I wanted to bring something to congratulate him but also to celebrate.  He is a senior in high school and has decided to go to my alma mater next year.  Go Eags!  The class is 14 weeks long and most students come 14 weeks in a row, others come sporadically.  In the class I’m teaching the students about making good choices, social skills and how to manage their anger.  I was going to give this student a choice of  cookies but time got away from me so I decided to go with the classic and always safe, Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I have another student who is about to finish the class soon too.  I will probably give him a choice of cookie recipes.

When I decided to make chocolate chip cookies I knew that I wanted to try a different recipe (usually I use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag).  This time I chose to consult my Martha Stewart cookies cookbook.  I knew their had to be a recipe in there!  I was in luck!  These turned out just like the title  says, soft and chewy!  They are definitely being added to the cookie repitore!  I’m still trying to replicate the delicious Mrs. Field’s cookies.  That might take some time.

I don’t have a picture of the cookies.  I’m assuming you know what chocolate chip cookies look like but also the whole batch is gone.  I took half to class and kept the rest here.  We made fast work of them!

Enjoy!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

source:  Martha Stewart Cookies and Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Makes about 3 dozen

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
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