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It may be hard to believe this, but there are people out there, people that you may know, who do not like chocolate! WOW! MIND BLOWN, Right? And, while I adore chocolate and sometimes (most of the time) crave it, occasionally it is nice to have something that is not chocolate, if only to help you appreciate chocolate even more! And what, I ask you, could be a runner up to chocolate? Cheesecake of course!
Yesterday, Lindsey talked about sharing cookies with friends and neighbors as a way of giving service as we participate in #LightTheWorld this Christmas season. So, I thought I would give you another choice of something that everyone will love you for if you include them on your treat platters! It is so great to get a little bit of cheesecake that isn't over the top filling but gives you that creamy, rich goodness.
My recipe is an adaptation from Jim Fobel's Old-Fashioned Baking Book. In it, he has a cheesecake square recipe that uses lemon and walnuts. I prefer pecans if I going to eat nuts in a dessert, which I don't usually care for. But in this case, they are ground finely and used in the crust, instead of getting in the way of the delicate creaminess of the cheesecake part. Then, just a few pecan pieces are scattered on top. Also, I love the taste of oranges during the holidays. They just say Christmas to me. And, finally because I have a large family and wanted to give some of these away, I needed a larger recipe. So, I came up with my Orange Pecan Cheesecake Bite version and I have to tell you, they are delicious and while they are baking, the smell is wonderful. It really does smell like the holidays!
There you go! Some scrumptious cheesecake without too much guilt! Soon, I will show you what my goodie platters look like as we get ready to deliver them!
I need to head over to DollarTree.com and find platters I can order in bulk! Some come as low as 12 in a package and some up to 48, so be sure to check as you shop online. Remember you can get free shipping to your store for you to pick your order up there!
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My dear friend Anita has a very green thumb and has a fantastic garden practically year round, which is a thing here in Arizona. She gave us some beautiful purple eggplant out of it recently.
I don't have a lot of experience with eggplant, but I knew that it pretty much takes of the flavor or whatever it is cooked with.
I thought about using it to replace noodles in lasagna. But, I didn't know if I had to seed it or what! Here are a couple of things I learned about it as I studied it out:
My husband and I watched a couple of YouTube videos about cooking eggplant and I saw a really delicious looking recipe for Eggplant Parmesan. So, that gave me a different perspective about the Lasagna idea and I decided to do a mash-up of Eggplant Parmesan with Lasagna. It worked out very well and tastes wonderful. Here is how I did it. First make the sauce, then work on the eggplant.
Now, here is the real recipe:
If you haven't tried cooking with eggplant, I would highly recommend it! This recipe works great for a low-carb diet. I think you could even do away with the bread crumbs if you would like. Have you ever tried it? Drop us a comment below!
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Happy Halloween! I hope it's an awesome day for all of you.
Today I want to share the last recipe that my family makes often, chicken and waffles! To be honest, I have never had traditional chicken and waffles. One day I would like to try these in the south. But I really love our version, which is really more like a sandwich. I hope you will enjoy them too!
You may be wondering why there's no waffles in my picture of chicken and waffles, this is something I will explain later.
Chicken and Waffles
This isn't as involved as you might think if you have the right tools. It also isn't the fastest dinner. But it is a satisfying and delicious dinner. And it's something the whole family loves.
The waffles we make are always from scratch and they are so delicious. You can use box mix if you prefer but the recipe we use isn't difficult and is so flavorful. It uses sour milk or buttermilk if you have it. To make sour milk add 1 TBS white vinegar or lemon juice per cup of milk you need. In this recipe you need 2 cups of milk, so I add 2 TBS of vinegar and then fill the remaining volume with milk.This works best because then you won't have too much liquid. Allow the milk to sit for at least 5 minutes. I usually prepare the sour milk very first thing and then get everything out that I need and mix together the dry ingredients. Another tip for the waffles is that you'll want the batter to be slightly lumpy, don't let your batter get too smooth, your waffles will be sad.. If you can put it in the fridge before you make the waffles for at least 20 minutes, it really improves the texture and taste of the waffles.
For making the chicken I have these tall food containers with lids that make breading the chicken so easy. In one container I have beaten egg. In another I have a mixture of flour and spices (taste a pinch of the flour mixture to make sure you like the flavor, I've done my best to approximate the amounts of spices but you can adjust according to taste). I put a few pieces of chicken in the egg container first and use a fork to make sure everything is covered with egg. Then I move the pieces to the flour container, out the lid on and shake. I've never had an issue with my chicken not being completely covered this way. It always turns out great, so I highly recommend these containers. They're also great for holding leftovers in the fridge, because they are taller, they utilize the fridge space better than low flat containers. I also recommend a pair of silicone tipped tongs. They make handling the hot chicken so much easier than a fork like I used to use. The chicken comes out so delicious and crispy. The last tool I am loving is my meat thermometer. I used to have an analog one but it broke, so I bought this new digital one and it has made checking the temperature so much easier. This way I don't have to break open my chicken to make sure it's cooked and I don't over cook my chicken. I love it!
I did run into some trouble when I was making this the other night. After I made my waffle batter, I plugged in my waffle iron and it didn't work! It never heated up. RIP my waffle maker, you served me well for the last 6 years. Therefore, you will notice a distinct lack of waffles in my pictures. I used my batter to make them into pancakes. It's what circumstances permitted. Waffles are better, but these worked ok.
Let me know if you try these out! I love them, I hope you will too!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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