Sunday, January 28, 2018

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells





If your family loves Chicken Parmesan, then they will love these stuffed shells full of chicken and creamy ricotta cheese. 

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
1# chicken tenders, cooked and fork shredded
15 oz ricotta cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 large egg
1 tsp oregano
¼ tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
30 large pasta shells, cooked al dente
1 ½ cups red pasta sauce
In a large bowl combine the cheeses, chicken, egg and spices.  In a greased 9 x 13 pan, place the pasta sauce at the bottom evenly.  Stuff each shell.  I found using an ice cream scoop (the one you use for meatballs) works perfectly.  Line the pan with the shells and bake for 30 minutes at 350°Remove from oven and sprinkle 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese on top and return to the oven until it melts.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread





If you love lemon and poppy seeds, this is a perfect bread for snacking or to serve guests. 

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup lemon juice or lemonade

1 tsp lemon zest

2 cups flour

1 tbsp poppy seeds

 

Cream together butter and sugars.  Add in egg and yogurt.  Fold in the baking soda, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest.  Gradually alternate stirring in the lemon juice and flour.  Place mixture in a greased loaf pan.  Bake for 70 minutes at 350°.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan and placing on a cooling rack.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Peach Bread




This is a delicious bread full of peach chunks and the recipe makes 2 loaves.  One for you and one to freeze for later or giveaway to a close friend or family member.  I used frozen peaches and put them in the food 


Peach Bread

3/4 cup butter softened
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups peaches, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour

Cream together butter, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar.  Fold in peaches.  Add in dry ingredients gradually.  Divide the dough and spread evenly into 2 greased loaf pans.  Bake for 60-70 minutes.  Test with a wooden cake tester to make sure it's fully cooked.  Cool for 20 minutes before cutting into.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Chocolate Caramel Layer Bars




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Chocolate Caramel Layer Bars

2 sticks of butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour

Stir together and place in a non-stick aluminum foil lined 9 x 9 pan.  Pat down 
leaving a little rim around the edges to hold the caramel and chocolate.  Bake 
30 minutes at 350°.  While it's baking, unwrap 1 - 11 oz bag of caramels and
cut in half.  Put in a microwave safe container with2 tbsp. of milk   Heat until
soft and mix together.  Spread caramel mixture over the shortbread.  Top 
with 4 Hershey's bars and allow to soften before spreading out.  Place in 
refrigerator to harden the chocolate.





Who doesn't love chocolate and caramel together and this bar has all that and a buttery bottom layer of shortbread.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chocolate Bark with Craisins and Potato Chips


This is such a simple recipe that all the ingredients are in the title of this post...chocolate bark, Craisins and potato chips with a delicious result.



Chocolate Bark with Craisins & Potato Chips

1 pkg chocolate bark
2 cups crushed ripple potato chips
3/4 cup Craisins, cut in smaller pieces (approximately in half)

Melt the chocolat bark in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir in the potato chips and Craisins.  Spread out evenly over an non-stick aluminum foil lined baking sheet.  Cool to harden.  Break into small pieces and store in an air tight container.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Baileys Caramel Brownie Balls

  



It’s that time of year to enjoy an adult beverage and this time it’s inside of these little brownie balls.

 

Baileys Caramel Brownie Balls

 

Melt together in a large saucepan ~

¾ cup butter

6 oz semisweet chocolate chips (1/2 bag)

 

Allow to cool slightly and then stir in ~

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt

¾ cup flour

Spread out on a greased 12 x 17 pan or use non-stick aluminum foil.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350°Allow to cool before breaking up the brownie into small pieces and placing in a mixer bowl.  Using the paddle attachment on low speed gradually add in ¼ cup Baileys Caramel liqueur and mix until it forms a ball.  Shape into 1” balls and roll in ½ cup of Natural Sugar in the Raw to coat the balls.  Chill until set.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Orange Muffins


I love the flavor of oranges and what better way to start off your day than with a muffin that's packed full of orange flavor and a hint of cinnamon.


Orange Muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 of an orange
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups flour

Cream together butter and sugars.  Stir in eggs, extracts and sour cream.  Add in juice and milk and gradually add in the dry ingredients.  Scoop into greased or lined muffin cups.  Bake for 25 minutes at 350°.  Allow to cool before icing.  Or you can just eat them warm without the icing.

Orange icing

3/4 cup powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 of an orange

Stir together and spoon over the muffins.