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Decadent Apple Cake

Decadent Apple Cake


This cake is such a wonderful fall treat! We ate our first piece warm, that’s why it’s still in the center of the tube pan (we couldn’t wait) 🙂 , however, it’s really good cold too. If you want to serve it out of the Tube or Bundy pan you need to let it completely cool before removing. Either way, pair it with a cup of hot coffee or tea and I promise, you will have a little slice of heaven!

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 taps. vanilla

3 cups raw apples, peeled and finely chopped

Instructions:

Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Sift together flour, salt, soda. Mix into first mixture. Fold in pecans and apples. Grease tube or bundt pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Sauce:

1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup milk
¾ cup butter
Mix and cook ingredients to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over hot cake while cake is still in pan. Let cake cool completely before removing.
Enjoy & Happy Fall!

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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in Baking, Cake, Comfort Food, food, Yummy

 

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Shrimp, Potato & Kale Tuscan Soup

This soup is kind of on the line of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup… except it doesn’t have sausage in it…but if you like sausage you could certainly add that.

Ingredients:

1 large onion, chopped

1 package (1 lb) peeled & devined shrimp (chopped into smaller pieces)

3-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 tsp basil & 1 tsp oregano

1 TBLS olive oil

64 oz vegetable broth

2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

6 Russet Potatoes (washed and cut in half lengthwise and then sliced 1/4 inch thick)

1 – 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

6 cups chopped fresh kale (chopped)

12 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 Bay leaves

1 TBLS flour

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Heat oil in a large pot, add shrimp, or if your using Italian sausage here’s where you’d add 1 lb of it. However, if you are using sausage – completely eliminate the oil!! Cook shrimp (or sausage, or both) until it’s almost cooked, then add the onion & garlic. Cook until onion turns translucent.

Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Then add potatoes, cook for approx 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Reduce heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and kale. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with toasted French bread or hard rolls!


Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Comfort Food, food, potatoes, shrimp, soup, veggies, Yummy

 

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Southwestern Spring Rolls

Southwestern Spring Rolls

In honor of National Taco Day, I made these for supper last night. They were super yummy. I made the vegetarian version of these and made a dipping sauce out of sour cream, taco bell brand southwestern ranch dressing & salsa. I fried these briefly in a little vegetable oil and olive oil mixed, but I want to experiment with them and bake them to see if that will give a similar result of crunchiness without the oil.

Enjoy & Happy National Taco Day!!

 

Ingredients:

16 oz. black beans (rinsed and drained) – I used seasoned black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained.

16 oz. organic corn (you can find it 🙂 )

2 cups fresh washed & drained spinach

1-2 fresh jalapenos, de-seeded and chopped

2 garlic cloves, pressed & minced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup onion, minced

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

2 cups grated Mexican cheese blend

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15 large soft flour tortillas

Cooking oil

Salsa of your choice

Sour Cream

Directions:

1 . Combine & mix well all ingredients except oil, tortillas, sour cream & salsa.

2. Put approximately 2 TBLS of mixture on the end of each tortilla and roll tortilla into a thin tacquito.

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3. Heat a dry frying pan to med/high heat.

4. Add 1 TBLS oil per 2-3 taquito’s and shallow fry the taquitos just until browned on the outside….drain on paper towels.

Dipping Sauce:

I combined sour cream, Taco Bell brand southwestern ranch dressing & Salsa to make a dipping sauce.

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  • As I mentioned these were vegetarian rolls but all you’d need to do if you want to add meat is marinate some chicken breasts in a Mexican seasoning and cook them on a foreman grill or in the fry pan. Then thinly slice or shred your chicken and add to your tortilla mixture

ENJOY!!!

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in food, Mexican food, Tacos, vegetarian

 

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Pickle Pasta Salad

Pickle Pasta Salad

I love salads of all kinds and am always looking for creative, new ways to make salad. I love pickles and always put pickles (dill or sweet) in my pasta salads and in my potato salads. So, when I saw this salad I had to give it a try – it is yummy!! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb dry pasta (about 3 cups) – you can use shells, elbow, corkscrew or whatever pasta you think will work for this…

3/4 cup sliced dill pickles

2/3 cup cheddar cheese, diced

3 tablespoons finely diced white onion

2 tablespoons fresh dill

1/2 cup pickle juice

Dressing:

1/3 – 2/3 cup mayonnaise – depending on how thick you like your dressing

1/3 cup sour cream

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

4 tablespoons pickle juice

salt & pepper to taste

I didn’t have any onions so I added a stalk of finely chopped celery instead and just added onion powder to my dressing 


Add pasta to boiling water and cook al dente. Run under cold water to stop cooking.



Toss cold pasta with about ½ cup of pickle juice and set aside for about 5 minutes. Drain & discard pickle juice.


Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.


Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. 

– I didn’t have enough cheddar so I also added what cheese I did have (don’t be afraid to experiment 🙂 


Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving


Serve as a side with your favorite meat or sandwiches – I’m serving mine today with Salmon fillets. 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2016 in Pasta, Salads, vegetarian, Yummy

 

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Spaghetti Bake and Apple Crumble Bars 


It’s finally fall and that’s when I really feel like cooking. The smells of fall are so good, the cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg…couldn’t be better. 

Today the house smells so good and because of that I’m in the mood to give you two recipes! 

First is a Spaghetti bake that I’ve adapted somewhat from the Taste of Home cooking site. 

Here’s the recipe:

1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

2 large eggs

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

5 tablespoons butter, melted

2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese

4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

Spices I added were: Italian Seasoning, Dried basil (from my garden), oregano and salt & pepper. I also sprinkled in some red pepper flakes…

Note:  I am pescatarian  (meaning a vegetarian who eats fish) so I substituted the ground beef for chopped mushrooms and 3 large gloves of chopped garlic. Also, I didn’t have any cottage cheese, so I substituted some leftover homemade Alfredo sauce that I had. 

Directions:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef (or mushrooms – or both) and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.

Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. 


Top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.



 Repeat layers.



Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.

Then either for dessert – or earlier for breakfast that morning and dessert later, I made an Apple Crumble that is kinda like apple crumble bar cheese cake – so good!! I wish I could share with you how wonderful these dishes are making the house smell!! Oh my…welcome Fall!!


Sour Cream Apple Crumble Bars


INGREDIENTS

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Filling:

2 cups apples, peeled and shredded

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: again, I didn’t have something (really need to go shopping) – I was out of walnuts…I never run out of walnuts…so I substituted finely chopped peanuts. 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl or mixer until fluffy and lightened in color.

Add in oats, flour and walnuts, then mix in baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and allspice until combined.

Pour 1/2 crust mixture into lined baking dish and use your hands or a flat-bottomed surface to press crust into an even layer.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

While crust is pre-baking, mix together sour cream, sugar, egg, honey and vanilla extract in a large bowl, then mix in shredded apples.

Pour mixture over baked bottom crust and spread into an even layer, then top with remaining crumble mixture by dropping pieces until it is completely covered with a thin layer.


Bake for 35 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. Cover with aluminum foil if topping is browning too quickly.



Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

Enjoy and enjoy the tastes and smells of Fall!!

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in breakfast, Comfort Food, food, Pasta, vegetarian

 

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Savory Stuffed Mushrooms :)

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms :)

If you’re looking for a fairly quick, really delicious meal – look no further. This recipe is just plain ‘ole YUM!! This is a combination of several recipes that I’ve tried and combined to come up with just the right flavors for the stuffing for these mushrooms. Serve with a Caesar Salad (or the salad or side of your choice) and you have a meal!

Ingredients

1 TBLS Dijon Mustard

1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

6 ounces frozen chopped spinach (if you use fresh, I recommend you chop the fresh spinach into small pieces and then saute it in a couple drops of olive oil, then add to mixture)

1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

2  (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

3 cloves fresh garlic (minced)

1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 cup green onions – chopped

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp ground thyme

40 large fresh baby portabella mushrooms

3/4 tsp olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Optional – 3 oz. baby shrimp – chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove stems from mushrooms and take a spoon and dig out a little cavity in each mushroom. Finely chop the stems and the scooped out insides.

Place mushroom caps on baking sheet, open cavity up.

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In a skillet, heat the oil and add chopped mushroom stems, garlic, oregano, onions and thyme. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Squeeze moisture from the spinach and add to cooked mushrooms, along with cottage or ricotta cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, shrimp (if desired), breadcrumbs, mustard, & cayenne pepper; mix well with a mixer. Top each mushroom generously with filling.

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Sprinkle each filled mushroom with a little shredded Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Serve warm.

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Just a side note: When baked, the mushrooms tend to leak juice, so they end up cooking in that juice. I put mine on a grilling rack and place that rack on a parchment-lined baking sheet. This allows the extra moisture to drip off and the mushrooms aren’t sitting in that moisture during baking. (This was my daughter, Jenny’s idea 🙂 ) . It keeps the mushrooms from becoming soggy.

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I served my mushrooms with sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese and salt and pepper…also, a kale and spinach salad drizzled with a little Caesar and Balsamic dressing and fresh pineapple.

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ENJOY!

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in food, mushrooms, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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Savory Mushroom Bean Soup…

Savory Mushroom Bean Soup…
I love the cold weather we’ve been having lately and when it’s cold like this I like to try new soups! I love a soup that is hearty and savory! This soup meets both of those requirements!

At first glance, you might not think that it’s either of those because it’s not a cream soup…the texture of the broth is thin and runny…but oh my, you will be surprised at how savory, warming and rich the flavors are! I love this soup and it will now be a winter (and summer) staple in my house!
First of all I need to give credit to the blog that I got this soup from. Gluten Free and Fabulous is a wonderful blog for great recipes that are gluten free…like this one!

Ingredients:
3 15 oz cans white beans (you can drain and rinse them if you want…I drained mine, but did not rinse them and I used 2 cans of northern and 1 can of cannellini – which are white kidney beans)
48 oz vegetable broth
20 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh thyme (if you can’t get fresh, then use 3 TBLS ground)
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated (I used ginger from a jar)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Mushroom soup

Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice up the mushrooms and place on 1/2 of a baking sheet. Place the diced onion on the other half. Cover onions and mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, half of the garlic, 1/2  teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of salt for each side. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of thyme over the top and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and turn the vegetables over and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.

While they are cooking, In a large pot add the vegetable broth, beans, grated ginger and 2 tablespoons of thyme. Cook over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.

Place about 4 cups of the broth (including beans) and the roasted onions into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Add back to the stock pot, then add the mushrooms.

Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for 30 minutes. It smells sooo good and tastes even better!

I served it with hard toasted rolls (and butter) and some grated cheddar cheese on top, but Parmesan would also be good…or no cheese at all!

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It’s sooo yummy and…it will warm your belly!

Serves 4-6.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in food, gluten-free, mushrooms, soup, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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