Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Baked Potato Patties

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It's Women's Health month. Looking for dish a  dish that is a crowd pleaser? This  potato dish works well as a starter to a meal or as a super side dish.

You’ll Need
  • 6 medium potatoes scrubbed
  • 2 Tablespoons onion; minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Shred the potatoes coarsely.
  • Mix the shredded potatoes with the onion, parsley, pepper, and flour.
  • Shape into patties and place on a greased baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • If you like, place the patties under the broiler during the last few minutes for browning.
  • Top with sour cream if you would like.

Monday, October 12, 2015


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It's Women's Health Month. Many women enjoy baking. This is a great quick bread to serve as a part of a nice fall brunch or to give as a gift.

You’ll Need
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Preheat the oven to 300.
  • Grease a 9 inch square pan
  • In a saucepan over low heat, heat the molasses, sugar and butter. Mix in the hot water and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir in the gingerroot and the egg.
  • Mix the molasses mixture with the flour mixture and pour into greased pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Greek Lemon Soup

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This is women's health month. And women are caregivers. When someone is down with a cold, this is a great soup to make for them.

You Need :
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup to ½ cup rice
  • 3 eggs
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Bring broth to a boil and then add ¼ to ½ cup rice.
  • Cook on simmer for 25 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl beat 3 eggs and mix in the lemon juice.
  • When broth is done simmering, add 1 cup of the broth to the beaten eggs and lemon juice mixture and mix.
  • Next add it all back into the pot cook for 4 minutes and then it is ready.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ricotta Cappuccino

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It's Women's Health Month. Women enjoy getting together to chat. Invite a friend over for dessert and enjoy this easy to make treat and conversation.

You'll Need:
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or less)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Place sugar in a food processor and start the machine. Add the vanilla, ricotta, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Blend for 1 minute, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Last Lasagna

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Take advantage of short bursts of exercise and make these bursts happen when dinner is in the oven. 

Time to the Table: 1 hour

Yield: 15-18 servings

Preheat the Oven to 350F

For the Sauce You’ll Need:
• 1 Pound spicy Italian sausage
• 1 Onion, chopped
• 4 Garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Large can whole tomatoes
• 1 Small can tomato sauce
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 to 2 bay leaves
• 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 Teaspoon dried basil
• 1 Pinch cayenne
• ½ Cup red wine

For the Ricotta Cheese Mix You’ll Need:
• 1, 16-ounce container of ricotta cheese
• 1 Large egg
• ¼ Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
• 12 Lasagna noodles
• 1 Pound whole milk Mozzarella cheese, grated


Make the Sauce:
• In a large frying pan, cook the Italian sausage over medium heat with the chopped onions and minced garlic.  
• After it’s brown, add the whole tomatoes and tomato sauce right into the frying pan. Cut up the whole tomatoes into bite sized pieces. Add the bay leaves, oregano, basil, and cayenne. Throw in a half-cup of red wine. Simmer for at least 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
• When you think you’ve got it, let it sit and simmer on low heat for a while, because it only gets better as it cooks.
• While the sauce is bubbling its way into its various stages of perfection, continue below.

Make the Ricotta Mix:
• In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, egg, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and oregano.

Prepare Noodles:
• Boil 12 lasagna noodles in a pan of salty water and a splash of olive oil.

In a Standard Lasagna Pan:
Place the pasta on the bottom layer. Spread a third of the ricotta mix onto the pasta. Spread a third of the sauce on the ricotta mix. Sprinkle a third of the mozzarella onto the sauce. Repeat the process for the remaining ingredients.

Into the Oven:
Bake for 45 minutes – you’ll smell it when it is getting close. When it’s crisping a bit on the top and bubbling up on the sides pull it out. Allow another 30 minutes for it to cool and set.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chai Tea

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It's Women's Health Month. Hey ladies, while you greet the trick or treaters at your door, enjoy sipping on a warm glass of Chai. Or offer it as an ender at a fall pot luck party that you host.

You'll Need 
  • 2 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups milk

Combine all ingredients and place of medium heat. Heat uncovered for 4 minutes.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Honey Nut Cinnamon Biscotti (Vegan)

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It's women's health month. Women  like to share gifts with others. Got a coworker that you would like to bake something for but they do not eat eggs or dairy? Here is a biscotti recipe free from both. You can jazz it up with flavor combinations of your choice.
You’ll Need
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ cup blanched almonds, finely ground
  • ¾ cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped (or other nut such as macadamia nuts, pecans or walnuts)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water

  • Preheat oven 350
  • Combine everything except honey and water and stir to mix. Next add in honey and water and stir until a firm dough forms. It may help to use your hands to mix dough.
  • Divide in half and form two narrow logs, approximately 12 to 14 inches in length.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Be sure to leave room between logs for spreading.
  • Bake until firm and risen approximately 20 minutes.
  • Take out of oven and let cool for 8 minutes. Then slice on a diagonal about ½ inch thick.
  • Slightly separate and bake another 15 to 20 minutes until lightly golden and fairly dry. Bake longer if needed.

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