Archive for November, 2017


Chocolate Walnut Nutella Cookies

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. dark chocolate morsels (get a good brand)

3/4 cup walnuts (chopped)

sea salt (optional)

1 jar of chocolate Nutella

confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Put parchment paper on baking pans.

2. In a bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy.

3. In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

4. Slowly beat in dry ingredients into egg mixture.

5. Add chocolate and walnuts. Stir it in with a wooden spoon gently. Make sure it is well blended.

6. Use a heaping tablespoon and place on baking pan. (about 2 inches apart)

7. Optional: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie.

8. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. If you made larger cookie bake about 15-16 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if they’re baked.

*Makes about 2 dozen if you use a tbsp. for each cookie. *12 cookie sandwiches

9. Let cookies cool. When cooled, spread Nutella on the inside of each cookie. Put two cookies together to form a cookie sandwich,

10. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. (powdered sugar)

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Mr. C.’s Thumbprint Cookies

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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 sticks of margarine (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 small eggs (or 1 large)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. of vanilla
preserves (your choice)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a bowl, with a mixer, cream butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together. In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder together,
2. Add flour mixture to creamed butter mixture and mix together.
3. On a greased cookie sheet, scoop a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on cookie sheet. Using your thumb or the back of a teaspoon press down.
4. Using your favorite preserves (apricot, strawberry, etc) spoon a little preserve into the center of the cookie dough.
5. Bake 18-20 minutes. Check occasionally to make sure they don’t burn on the bottom.
Makes about 3 dozen.

Apricot Almond Cookies

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup chopped almonds (see picture)

12 oz. almond paste

2 large egg whites (beaten)

2/3 cups sugar

apricot preserves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Chop almonds into very small pieces. In a small skillet, toast them for 3 minutes.

2. Mix almond paste and sugar together in a bowl.

3. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until fluffy. Add slowly to almond paste and sugar mixture.

Optional: If you chill the dough for an hour, it is easier to handle.

4. Using a teaspoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Roll in the toasted almonds. Place on cookie sheet. Using the back of the teaspoon, make a circular indentation in the center of the cookie when pushing down. Add 1/2 tsp. of apricot preserves to the center.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen.

 

 

Open Apple Pie

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Ingredients:

9-inch pie crust, refrigerated dough or make you own dough. (unbaked)
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup flour
Apple pie spice, a good sprinkle
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 tbsp. butter, cut into bits
Granulated sugar for topping

Directions:

Reheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place pie crust onto prepared baking sheet.

2. Rinse apples and remove stems. Peel, core and slice apples.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, flour and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. . Mix well to combine.

4. Add sliced apples to the bowl and mix gently.

5. Turn out apple mixture onto the pie crust leaving a 3-inch border around the pastry edge.
Dot butter bits on top of the sliced apples.

6. Fold the pastry to partially cover the apple slices. You will need to fold the pastry

7. Sprinkle granulated sugar over pie.

8. Bake pie 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

ImageIngredients:

1 lb. brussel sprouts (cut in half)

1 lb. carrots (sliced)

1 lb. asparagus (ends trimmed)

3 tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 cup vegetable stock

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large baking pan, put all vegetables. Add olive oil and toss vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Add vegetable stock.

3. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Stir vegetables every 10 minutes.

4. Remove when vegetables are tender.

Carrots With Walnuts and Cranberries

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. carrots (shredded)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup of walnuts (cut into pieces)
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tsp. sea salt
3 tbs. olive oil (plus extra if needed)
Directions:
1. In a large skillet put olive oil. Brown garlic for a minute and then add carrots. Stir well.
2. Add 1 tsp. of sea salt and stir. Stir frequently so carrots don’t burn. If it seems a little dry, add another tbs or two of olive oil.
3. When carrots become tender, add cranberries, walnuts and 1 tsp. of sea salt. Stir.
4. Cook for another 3-4 minutes and serve.
Serve hot.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 lb. spinach (rinsed, drained, chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 stick of salted butter
1 cup of heavy cream
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large pot of water, boil potatoes until soft. Drain well and set to the side.
2. In a large skillet, put garlic and olive oil. Brown garlic and add spinach. When spinach is soft, remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl, add potatoes, spinach, butter, salt and pepper. Use a mixer to mix together. Gradually add heavy cream while mixing. Mix until smooth and creamy. Use judgement for less or extra heavy cream.
4. In a baking dish, put potatoes. Put in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
Serve hot.

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Ingredients:

1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup of water

1/3 cup brandy

1/2 cup mandarin oranges (chopped)

Directions:

1. Rinse and drain cranberries.

2. In a large pot, put cranberries, water and sugar. Stir well and cook over a medium heat. When cranberries start to pop, add brandy and mandarin oranges. Bring to a boil and let simmer for  8-10 minutes. Stir frequently.

3. Let cool and refrigerate.

Mashed Potatoes With Sautéed Leeks

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Ingredients:
2 lbs. sweet potatoes
2 lbs. russet potatoes
1 1/2 sticks butter (softened)
About 2 cups heavy cream
2 large leeks (sliced thin)
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Rinse all potatoes. Dry well. Put an X on top of each potato.
2. Bake all potatoes in the oven until soft. (about 45 min. to 1 hour)
3. Let potatoes cool for a little while.
4. Take sweet potatoes and scoop out the center. Put in a deep mixing bowl.
5. Add 3/4 stick of butter and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix until creamy. (set to the side) If you need a little more cream, add it and mix well.
6. Take russet potatoes and scoop out center into a deep mixing bowl. Add 3/4 stick of butter and 1/2 cup of cream. Mix until creamy. (set to the side) If you need a little more cream, add it and mix well.
7. In a large baking pan put sweet potatoes. Spread it out and smooth out top. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on top.
8. Put mashed potatoes on top and smooth on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper.
9. Put baking pan in oven. (400 degrees) Bake for about 15 minutes.
10. Meanwhile in a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add leeks and cook until slightly crispy.
11. Remove potatoes from oven. Pour leeks on top.
Serve hot.

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Ingredients:
4 baked sweet potatoes
1 large zucchini (cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
Bake sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for about 40-45 minus. (or until soft) Put an X on top of potato before baking.
In a skillet, put olive oil. Sauté garlic for a minute. Add zucchini. Stir frequently. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
When zucchini is tender, add sundried tomatoes. Stir together.
Cut open sweet potatoes and top with zucchini and sundried tomatoes. (see photo)
Serve hot.