Friday, October 30, 2015

Homemade Granola


It's Women's Health Month. Looking for a quick yet yummy gift? Make a big batch and share with friends. You may also consider attaching the recipe so that it becomes the gift that keeps on giving.
 
You’ll Need

  • 4 cups oats (use quick oats for a granola bar with a softer consistency and old-fashioned oats for granola with a harder consistency)
  • 8 Tablespoons softened butter or 7 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 7 Tablespoons brown sugar (1/2 cup minus one Tablespoon b/c 8 Tablespoons equals ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup to 1/3 cup chopped nuts of choice
  • A pinch of salt

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • Mix all of the above ingredients together.
  • Place mixture in greased baking pan.
  • Bake for 23 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Let sit and slightly cool.
  • Roughly cut into chunks or crumble into loose granola.


Variations

Get creative with this recipe. Add some ground flax seed, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruit or, shredded coconut. Add some cinnamon or a teaspoon of vanilla. Or you could add a tiny bit of maple syrup or honey. A tip is when adding some other form of food that could sweeten the granola, hold back a tiny bit on the amount of brown sugar. You could also add a ½ cup to ¾ cup of nut butter and leave out the chopped nuts. This recipe serves as a very versatile base. Store the granola in an airtight container.  Have fun with this recipe and enjoy!!


Serve this granola mixed into some plain yogurt for a delightful breakfast.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Coconut Bars

Looking for a unique yet easy to prepare dessert? Try this one. Coconut is a treat in itself!

You’ll Need
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Mix the first four ingredients together and spread evenly in a 8”x12”2”pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile beat the eggs.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and spread over the baked mixture.
  • Bake again for another 25 minutes.
  • Cut into bars.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Chocolate Biscotti


It's Women's Health Month. Women (and men) like chocolate (but let's get real, so do men)! This chocolate biscotti is a treat! Biscotti derives from medieval Latin and means "baked twice." Most people enjoy this after it's cooled and hardened but try it fresh out of the oven, too!  
 
You'll Need:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel
  • 3/4 cup chopped high-cocoa chocolate

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, blend the eggs, egg yolks, and almond extract. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir until they're completely mixed together. At this point, you'll have the basic dough ball in place.
  • Fold the walnuts, orange peel, and chocolate into the dough, then roll it out into a rectangular loaf that is 6" wide and about 2" tall. Bake the loaf on an ungreased baking sheet for 20 minutes, or until it's golden brown on top. Let it cool on a wire rack.
  • Once it's cool, cut your biscotti in about 1/2" wide slices. Keep these slices standing upright (don't lay them on their sides), but leave some air between the pieces so they an dry out. Then, place them back into the oven at the same temperature for 15 minutes, or until they are crisp. Take them out, let them cool and you are ready to enjoy! 


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sausage Patties

It's Women's Health Month. Ladies, plan a special brunch with loved ones and prepare this easy to make sausage recipe the night before. Doing it the night before really allows the flavors to meld.

You’ll Need
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil
Directions
  • In a bowl, combine pork, garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, and salt; mix until just combined.
  • Cover, refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • Shape mixture into patties.
  • Lightly coat skillet with cooking oil.
  • Place skillet over moderate heat until it is hot.
  • Add patties to skillet.
  • Cook about 7 minutes on each side or until browned.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Spiced Apple Cider

Here is another drink you can enjoy sipping on, on a chilled fall evening. It's a nice addition for a fall potluck too.

You’ll Need:
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 2 chunks crystallized ginger
Directions

On the Stovetop:
Heat on stove top for approximately 30 minutes or until spices flavor the cider.

In a Crockpot:
Dump all ingredients in a crockpot.
Heat on high for 2 hours, and on low to keep warm until ready to serve.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Gingerbread

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


Directions
  • 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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ricotta Cappuccino

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
Directions:

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

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


Directions

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

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
Directions

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)


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

Directions
  • 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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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Crockpot Shrimp In Tomato and Feta Cheese Sauce

It's women's health month and women are busy! When time is short take advantage of the crock pot.

You’ll Need:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 ounce canned tomatoes including the liquid
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp; peeled, deveined
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Directions:
Heat oil in a saute pan and add the onion and garlic.
Cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, about 4 minutes.

Transfer to a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker.

Add the tomatoes with their puree and the tomato paste, wine, parsley, oregano and pepper.
Cover and cook for6 to 8 hours on LOW.

Then increase the heat to HIGH and add the shrimp.

Cook just until the shrimp are firm and have turned pink, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the feta cheese and serve immediately over pasta or with some fresh bread.