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Hot or Cold Chocolate

16 Nov


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.


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.


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.

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.




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


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.


Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

31 Oct

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I found this recipe from the Shaws website.

It was similar to my Tortilla soup .

A lot of vegetables with a little zip.

2 tablespoons olive oil

One diced onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cloves diced garlic

One teaspoon cumin

3  diced, peeled sweet potatoes

32 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth

One minced chipotle pepper in adobe sauce

One can Rotelle

2 cups chopped uncooked spinach

One can of drained and rinsed black beans

One can of drained corn

Heat the oil.

Cook the onions till soft.

Add the salt.

Add the garlic and cumin for another minute.

Add the sweet potatoes and broth.

Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes till soft, about ten to 12 minutes.

Stir in the chipotle pepper, tomatoes, corn and black beans.

Stir in the spinach.

Garnish with shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream.




Clementine Jack O’ Lanterns

30 Oct

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I posted these clementines last year and they were such a hit I had to do it again.

This is one of the healthiest treats you can give out.

My grandchildren loved them.

All you need is a permanent black marker and a couple bags of the small clementines.

Have your kids use their imagination.

This only takes about 25 minutes and you are done.

Draw whatever face you like on each clementine.

Let it dry for a couple of minutes.

Put them in a bowl and watch them disappear.

Happy Halloween.