Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast........

As you all know........it's been cold here. So I am fixing things I don't normally cook, just for the fun of it. So this morning, with the sun shining and looking good outside, I made this luscious breakfast for myself. Most days I throw oatmeal in a bowl, nuke it for a minute and that's breakfast. I really should do this more often. It is blueberry stuffed French toast. You know, we really don't pamper ourselves enough anymore. Don't you agree?

You ask if it was good? Well, the only way I could have cleaned the plate any better would be to have licked it clean. Believe me....I did think about it, but then dismissed the idea and stuck my very empty plate in the dishwasher. If you haven't treated yourself lately, do it, it's a great start to any morning. Just fix yourself your very favorite breakfast and dig in!!
Till next time......

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brrrrr......It's cold!

It's a minus -8F this morning and thankfully little wind. So the "feel like"  temp is also -8F. We seem to never get away from the cold. If you want a cold drink, just break off an icicle and stick it in your drink. I'd rather have HOT coffee myself. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Enough said.
Till next time.....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Super Bowl....Did You Know?......

Super Bowl Sunday is so close and I was wondering just how much you know about the eating habits of the Super Bowl Day. 
Did you know:
1. More people will watch the Super Bowl game this year than ever before.
2. More Pizza will be sold on this day than any other day of the year.
3. 1.25 Billion hot wings will be eaten.
4. 50 Million cases of beer sold on this day.
5. 79 Million Avocados sold on Super Bowl day.
6. Super Bowl day is the second most food consumed day of the year. Second only to Thanksgiving.
That's a lot of food, but hey, it only comes once a year, so enjoy the game and all the snacks sitting around.  What's on your menu for the game?
Till next time.......

Thursday, January 23, 2014

National Pie Day.........

Did you know it is National Pie Day? Well, it is. So get out the fixings for your favorite pie and get to baking. Or at the very least, go to your neighborhood Grocery and buy one. National Pie Day comes  but once a year, so make the most of today and enjoy a piece of pie.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stuffed Dates........

One of my earliest memories of the holidays is Stuffed Dates. Dates are so versatile that you can stuffed them with most anything, wrap them in prosciutto, roll them in nuts, granulated sugar or sprinkle with powdered sugar. These are filled with Marzipan and rolled in chopped Pistachios. The first time I ate or made them; they were stuffed with English walnuts and rolled in granulated sugar. As I grew older, I tried other things; like peanut butter fudge, marshmallow, candied ginger, cream cheese or Bleu cheese and rolled them in chopped English Walnuts.
You can make a whole plate of them and have many different kinds. When was the last time you made stuffed dates? Here are some with cream cheese and walnuts. They first entered the cookbooks around 1903, but have been around much longer than that. If you are having a gathering, try making a plate of these. Not only will they be the hit of the party, but they are good for you!
Till next time........

Friday, January 17, 2014

Stuffed Shells ........

It's still winter in my neck of the woods and I am always looking for comfort foods to fix. One of my favorites is Stuffed Shells. Shells are so easy to make, cook according to directions on the box minus one minute. They will continue to cook when you bake them, so al dente is good. You can fill them with most any filling. My favorite is a Spinach Ricotta filling. It is so easy to make. I like to make the shells and flash freeze them individually. That way I can take out a few to fix or if having company I can take out a few more. I use a bought sauce, but you certainly could make your own sauce. For this recipe use a 6oz box of Jumbo Shells.
Spinach Ricotta Filling
One 5-ounce box of fresh baby spinach
1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Rinse the spinach in a colander with cold water. With water still clinging to the leaves, add the spinach to a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and toss with tongs until wilted. Remove from the heat and let cool. Once cool, wrap in paper towels and squeeze out any excess moisture. Chop roughly. In a large bowl, add the spinach, ricotta, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan and the egg and give it a stir until well combined.
Spread 3 ladlefuls of sauce on the bottom of the prepared  9x13 casserole dish. Stuff each shell with about 1 heaping tablespoon of spinach and cheese mixture. Place the shells in the dish and then cover with more sauce. Sprinkle the casserole with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and keep baking until the cheese is melted and bubbly, another 5 minutes. Servings: 5 servings
Till next time........  
Recipe is from Jamie Deen At Home 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year........

Well, the New Year has arrived. On December 28th, I told you, that I choose a word to concentrate on instead of making resolutions. My word this year is FOCUS. I seem to have focused on things I can't change last year. So this year, I am focusing on things that bring joy to my life. Whether it is my health, family, friends or what I choose to do with my time. Looking forward to 2014! 
Happy New Year Everyone!!
Till next time.......