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Written By: kittencal on August 1, 2013 No Comment

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These babies really rise!
Yield 12 jumbo muffins

INGREDIENTS:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar (or more if you prefer a sweeter flavor)
3/4 cup baking cocoa (use a good quality only!)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Coke cola (not diet cola OR strong cooled or cold coffee)
1/2 cup milk (full-fat or 1% or 2%)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (can use extra-virgin olive oil)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Position oven rack to second-lowest position.
Place jumbo paper liners in 12 jumbo muffin tins.
In a large bowl combine the flour with sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
In another bowl beat eggs with applesauce, yogurt, cola or brewed coffee or water, milk, oil and vanilla until very well combined.
Gently stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture mixing with a wooden spoon just until blended (there’s a large amount of batter so it may take a few minutes, do not over mix treat this batter the same as a muffin batter).
Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin tins three-quarters full.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the muffins test done.
Cool 5 minutes in muffin tins then remove to wire racks to cool.

Written By: kittencal on June 15, 2012 No Comment

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I made these recently, except for the butter, oats and krispies I didn’t even measure, the amounts listed are close to what I used though, I used large flake oats, quick cooking should work also

1 1/2 cups large flake oats

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 tablespoons dry skim milk powder, if you don’t have any then you can omit

1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

2 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/3 cup brown sugar, reduce slightly for less sweeter taste (I have a sweet tooth)

1/4 to 1/3 cup peanut butter, depending on how much PB flavor you want

1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS:———————————————-

In a large bowl combine oats with the next 3 dry ingredients.

In a small saucepan combine honey, corn syrup and brown sugar; bring to a boil stirring constantly (be careful this boils high). Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes stirring frequentely. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and combined; immediately pour over the oat mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Transfer to a greased 11 x 7-inch pan.  Using slightly wet hands, press down mixture in the pan.

Allow to cool, then cut into bars.

Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 No Comment

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This is a classic Greek combination of baked eggplant only enhanced by the addition of feta cheese. Serve this vegetarian dish as an appetizer, side dish, or meatless or main dish.

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds of eggplants (long slender type)

olive oil for frying

4 to 5 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound red ripe tomatoes, diced

1/2 pound Greek feta cheese, crumbled

salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash the eggplants, then remove stems; slice lengthwise into about 3/4- inch slices.

 Fry lightly in olive oil until soft and only slightly browned.

Layer the eggplant slices in the bottom of a greased baking sheet..

In a bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste;  spoon the mixture over the eggplant slices.

Top with feta cheese, and bake for about 40-45 minutes.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Posted on recipezazz.com

Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 No Comment

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Three ingredients, quick easy prep and you have one delicious appetizer! bottled or homemade pesto works fine, see my pesto recipe posted here on my food blog

Servings 6-8

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup prepared pesto

1/4 pound mozzarella cheese,  preferably fresh (for packaged cut ito abut 1/2-inch cubes — if using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it)

1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:————————————————–

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Set rack to bottom position.

Grease a 9-inch pie plate.

Place the cheese squares or fresh slices in pie plate; bake for 4-6 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.

Remove from oven and drop the pesto by teaspoonfuls over hot cheese.

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Return to oven for 1 minute.

Written By: kittencal on April 22, 2012 No Comment

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This does not make very much I suggest doubling amounts, this is great with grilled fish

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter

2 lemon slices, quartered

1 tablespoon fresh dill

pinch salt

INSTRUCTIONS:————————————————-

In a small saucepan combine the cornstarch with water and lemon juice; add in butter; cook stirring constantly over medium-low heat until thickened.

Remove from heat; stir in lemon slices, fresh dill and salt.

Written By: kittencal on December 9, 2011 No Comment

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Garlic lovers can add in 2 teaspoon garlic powder in with the dry dressing mix

INSTRUCTIONS:

24 chicken wings or drumsticks

1/2 cup melted butter

1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (less, if desired)

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2  to 3  packages dry Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix (or as needed)

INSTRUCTIONS:————————————————

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a baking sheet.
In a bowl combine melted butter, vinegar and hot sauce.
Dip chicken in mixture first in butter mixture allowing any excess to drip off, then coat into the dry dressing mix.
Transfer coated wings or drumsticks to baking pan.
Bake for 35-45 minutes (for wings) 45 minutes for drumsticks or unti cooked.
Written By: kittencal on October 30, 2011 No Comment

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This is just as good if not better that the ones made in muffin tins and will also work using this using melted butter in place of the pan drippings of coarse  the pan drippings have better flavor,  the complete batter is baked in one pan then sliced into eight pieces

Plan ahead the batter needs to sit for 1 hour before using or you may refrigerate the batter overnight but you must allow it to come down to room temperature before using and for best result all ingredients should be room temperature

Servings 8

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup water, room temperature

1/2 cup beef pan drippings (or can use melted butter)

3/4 cup milk, room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————-

Mix the flour and salt together in a medium bowl.

Make a well in the middle of the flour; add in milk and whisk until smooth.

Add in eggs and beat until blended.

Add in the water and continue beating until the mixture is light and frothy.

Set the mixture aside for about 1 hour (or you may cover and refrigerate overnight, if the batter has been refrigerated then it must come down to room temperature before using).

When your roast beef is ready to come out of the oven, get ready to use the prepared batter.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (allow to heat for 10 minutes, the oven must be hot).

Pour 1/2 cup roast beef drippings (or melted butter) into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Place the pan in the oven until the drippings in the pan sizzle.

Pour the prepared batter over the hot drippings and bake for 30 minutes (or until the sides have risen and are golden brown (DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR WHILE BAKING!).

Slice into 8 equal pieces and serve immediately.

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