Saturday, September 29, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 1 tsp)
With a mixer (I used KA mixer), blend cookie powder, cream cheese and vanilla extract until thoroughly mixed (there should be no white traces of cream cheese).
Roll into small balls and place on wax-lined cookie sheet.
Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Line two cookie sheets with wax paper.
In double-boiler, melt milk chocolate.
Dip balls and coat thoroughly.
With slotted spoon, lift balls out of chocolate and let excess chocolate drip off. Crush cookies that you set aside and sprinkle on top of truffles while chocolate is still melty.
Place on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet. Let cool (put in fridge).
Store in airtight container, in refrigerator.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 stalks celery, chopped finely
3 large new potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
7 cups water
5 vegetable bouillon cubes
5 whole allspice
2 pinches thyme
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
add chopped onion and celery.
heat over medium heat for about 5 mins (or until tender).
add water and bouillion cubes.
add all veggies and spices.
cook about 20-30 mins until all veggies are very soft.
in small pan, melt butter and slowly add flour and stir until golden brown. Slowly add some of the broth from your soup and stir to make a rew. Add this mixture to the soup and either mash with a potato masher OR for a smoother, creamier soup use an immersion blender.
1 Can Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 Can (use soup can) milk (any kind but skim, I use 1 %--whole works best)
2 C dry elbow Macaroni
an 8 oz. block of Colby Jack, shredded **Do not use white cheddar, it clumps**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil macaroni in salted water for about 8-10 minutes, drain. While pasta is cooking whisk together tomato soup and milk in a casserole dish and add most of cheese (just save enough for sprinkling on the top). Add macaroni and mix, sprinkle remainder cheese on top. I usually sprinkle some sea salt on top. Bake covered for 30 minutes and then take the cover off and broil until top is golden. You may need salt on the mac once it's done, it is not very salty at all.
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Mushroom Chicken in a Crockpot
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 2 large chix breasts and they equaled about 1lb total)
1 pkg chicken gravy mix (the powdered kind)
1 C White Wine (I used dry sherry, and used half to saute the mushrooms and 1/2 in the crock)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used cream of chicken)
8 oz cream cheese (I used 6 oz of low fat cream cheese)
1 pkg sliced mushrooms (use two!!!)
1-2 cloves garlic
1 T EVOO
garlic powder and onion powder (your pref--I used a couple of shakes of each)
Saute garlic 1 min in EVOO and add mushrooms and saute another minute, add 1/2 C dry sherry and salt and pepper and cook until there is very little liquid left. In the meantime, place chicken breasts in the bottom of crock and season with salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder and sprinkle dry gravy mix over chicken breasts (I only used about 1/2 the pkg), turn heat off of mushroom mixture and add can of cream of chicken soup and 1/2 c dry sherry and whisk until combined. Pour over chicken and set crock on high for 3 hours. In the last 1/2 hour add cream cheese, cubed and recover and cook for remainder. When done check the chicken for doneness and remove from crock. Whisk sauce together and serve over chicken.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
2T red wine vinegar
1T dijon mustard
1 tsp curry powder (or cumin--your choice)
1/3 c chopped cilantro
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 c froz sweet white corn
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
cheese and or shredded chicken optional
Mix first 4 ingredients for dressing, set aside. Combine cilantro, black beans, corn (do not need to thaw unless serving immediately), tomatoes. Mix dressing with black bean mixture. You can also put in chicken or many different kinds of cheese, or even jalepeno. This is very low cal, filling and yummy!