Archive | November, 2017

Hot or Cold Chocolate

16 Nov

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I found this recipe on the Real Simple web site and made a couple of changes.

This is too good to have every day but I wish I could.

3 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups ice

whipped cream

chocolate shavings for a topping

Put the milk in a saucepan with the chocolate and heat on medium high until the chocolate has melted.

Add the cream, vanilla and malted milk powder.

Stir till it is hot.

Pour into a mug and top with the whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

If you want it frozen like the best slush you have ever had follow the next steps.

Let the chocolate mixture cool.

Place in a blender and add the ice.

Blend till it is smooth and serve in a glass with a straw.

Of corse we have to top it with whipped cream and chocolate.

Hot or cold this is delicious.

In the Real Simple recipe the milk was much less but I thought it was too sweet.

If you want it sweeter decrease the milk especially if you are going to freeze it.

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Spicy Buffalo Dressing

14 Nov

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I love buffalo anything.

I make buffalo chicken, pizza, cauliflower and now salad.

This is so easy I don’t even make a bottle, I just make it as I want it.

Two ingredients.

Thats it!

3 tablespoons good blue cheese dressing

One tablespoon Franks Red Hot Sauce.

Mix it together and pour it over your salad.

I made a green salad with scallions, blue cheese chunks and leftover cubed chicken.

Simple, easy, fast and GOOD.

This satisfied my salt and spicy craving.

I did heat the chicken so it wasn’t cold from the refrigerator.

If you don’t like blue cheese you can use ranch dressing.

Not bad but I am a blue cheese lover.

I pulled a pork and put this on my sandwich and enjoyed every mouthful.

This is also a great spicy dip.

Udon

10 Nov

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I love udon noodles but it kills me to spend ten dollars for one order.

The next best thing is to try to make them at home.

I tried Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles.

Not bad.

I bought this at the grocery store.

Followed the directions on the back of the package.

1 3/4 cups boiling water

One package of the noodles

One package of the seasoning mix.

Then I added broccoli, sliced onions, red pepper, pea pods, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and one teaspoon soy sauce.

Boil the water

Add the noodles and cook for 2 minutes

Take off the heat and add everything else

Let this stand for 2 more minutes.

Thats it!

It satisfied my urge for Udon for three dollars.

The sodium is a little high and so is the carb count.

Fast Apple Sauce

7 Nov

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I have a apple tree but I refuse to spray it with pesticides.

As a result, my apples are not perfect like the ones in the picture but they are delicious.

Since I have to watch my sugar I decided to make applesauce.

I am old so I love applesauce.

Peel, core and slice the apples

I normally would not peel the apples but they where not pretty.

12 apples

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups diet cranberry juice or unsweetened juice.

Put the apples, juice and cinnamon in a pot.

Bring to a boil.

Stir.

Lower the heat, cover the pot and cook till the apples are really mushy.

This should only take ten to fifteen minutes.

Stir with a spoon till everything is soft and the consistency you like.

I like it with a surprise chunk ever so often.

This is the perfect snack or side dish.

 

 

Personal Frying Pan Pizza

6 Nov

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I never order pizza any more because I end up eating the entire pie.

These little pizzas are fabulous and you can make the size you want.

You need a eight inch oven proof frying pan.

One pound of pizza dough cut into four equal pieces

One tablespoon oil

1/2 clove crushed garlic

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon tomato sauce

One tablespoon grated cheese

Sprinkle of garlic powder and oregano

One slice mozzarella or muenster cheese

Optional topping sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions etc.

Heat your oven to broil

Put the oil, garlic and salt in the frying pan

Slightly brown the garlic

Don’t burn it.

Stretch out one portion of the dough to fit the pan.

It should be about seven or eight inches

Gently place the dough in the hot oil

Put all the topping on now.

Make sure the dough is not sticking to the sides of the pan and if so just scrape it down to the oiled surface.

Cook on medium  to medium high heat for about a minute. Check the bottom of the dough, just lift up the edge with a fork.

It should be starting to brown.

Keep on the stove for about another minute or two.

Check to see if it is the color you like.

I like a good golden brown color because I like it crispy.

Take the entire pan and place it under the broiler until the cheese is bubbling and melted.

This takes about a minute or two.

Do not leave the oven, this needs to be watched. It burns in a second.

These pizzas could be made ahead of time and served hot or cold. They also freeze well.

I also made a sausage, spinach and three cheese pizza.

Now I’m going overboard and also made a feta, ricotta cheese  and olive pie.

Calorie wise I should just order the large pizza.

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Mushrooms and Mushroom Ravioli

3 Nov

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Stop what you are doing.

Read this recipe.

Go out and buy the ingredients.

Start cooking.

Then be prepared for all the compliments.

This is too good and so easy.

It would be a $25 meal at least in any restaurant.

4 tablespoons butter. ONLY use butter

One large sliced onion

3 cloves diced garlic

2 pounds sliced mushrooms

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme maybe a little more. I love thyme. If you have fresh thyme use one four inch sprig.

Salt and black pepper

1/2 to 3/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2 or cream

2 dozen fresh mushroom ravioli

I found the ravioli in the produce department and they are delicious.

They were also on sale so that makes them even better.

Melt the butter in a large skillet

Add the onion and garlic.

Cook till they are soft.

Add all the mushrooms

Cook till they are soft

Add the thyme , cream, salt and pepper

Keep on a low heat.

Boil the ravioli

Do not overcook them. You want them still slightly firm because they will cook in the mushrooms.

If you overcook them they get too mushy.

Do not drain them.

Take your slotted spoon and take each cooked ravioli out with the spoon and place in the  skillet with the mushrooms.

Put some mushrooms over each ravioli as you put them in the skillet.

Serve with fresh thyme as garnish

I went all out and made veal cutlets with fried spinach and roasted vegetables.

If your sauce gets too dry, add some pasta water or cream to keep it loose.

This is a great easy meal.

 

Vegetable Salad

2 Nov

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This is a salad I throw together whenever I need something really healthy on the table.

Two to three handfuls of spring mix

One sliced cucumber

!/2 sliced sweet onion

One diced avocado

One diced red pepper

One big handful of sugar snap peas.

One bag of cauliflower and broccoli mix

Olives

One handful grape tomatoes

You can add anything like sliced carrots, artichoke hearts or zucchini.

Use your favorite dressing. Of corse in moderation.

This is large enough for four people and I love the leftovers for lunch.

I do microwave the peas, broccoli and cauliflower for one minute.