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Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato & Mozzarella

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(originally made 10/21/2013)

Getting cooler here in New England and I've started looking for heartier, comfort food-type recipes.    I had a few roma tomatoes left from a trip to the farm, and some gnocchi in the freezer, so thought that I'd make this recipe up for dinner tonight.  

I only used about 10 slices of bacon, the remainder of a package.   The canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes I ran through the food processor, along with the paste and sugar.     Neither of my guys like chunks of tomato.   It looked a little skimpy, since I was doubling the gnocchi, so I added about 1/4c of tomato sauce.   Got distracted and forgot to add the cream/yogurt, we didn't miss it.  Next time I might stir in a little ricotta. 

I baked this in a 13x9, for 10 mins at 400, then flipped the broiler on to brown up the cheese on top.   Thank you Alida, this recipe certainly is "Simply Delicious"!



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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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I've been making this recipe for over 5 years now.  My guys saw an advertisement from a pizza chain for a Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie and they asked if I could make one. Since I didn't have an ovenproof skillet or pizza pan at the time, I searched the web for one I could do in a cake pan.    I found this recipe on That's So Yummy and it was perfect since I only had 1 egg.

This is a great fix for a chocolate chip cookie craving without making a huge batch, scooping dough and then babysitting cookie sheets! Most often I make it with semisweet chocolate chips, but sometimes I switch it up and and use some of the speciality ones that I can't seem to resist buying, like Sea Salt Caramel.

Though the directions say to cool it completely, we like ours warm, topped with a scoop of ice cream, sometimes a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.  



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Emeril's Popovers- great for a 1st time popover maker :)

(originally made 5/30/2008)

I wanted to surprise Tim with some hot from the oven popovers when he got home from work at 1am.   I needed a recipe that was simple and foolproof because I'm not exactly at my sharpest at that time of night   :)       I've never made popovers before, and I had to improvise using a muffin tin since I didn't have the specialty pan.     These were sooo good!      I filled all 12 muffin cups, and the popovers were huge and puffy.     Definitely will make these again!

The directions were a little vague, I used the 1/3c of softened butter to grease the tins and put the 4T melted in the batter.        :)


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                             Popovers-Emeril

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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     1/3      cup + 4T  melted unsalted butter
  6               eggs 
  2               cups  milk
  2               cups  flour
  1           teaspoon  sa…

Oatmeal Waffles and Pancakes

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There are so many family favorite recipes that I've been making for 10 years or more!  This is my go-to one for waffles or pancakes.  It can be changed up in so many ways.  I do always add a  teaspoon of vanilla, sometimes also a teaspoon of butter extract.  It's great with fruit mixed in, or on top. It's a filling breakfast that isn't super heavy.

(originally made 11/3/2007)
Jake's been bugging me to see how the waffle iron works, so this morning we made this recipe. It's a great starter recipe, and it would be awesome with some strawberries mixed in, or maybe some mashed banana. Definitely add a splash of vanilla! I topped mine with Blueberry Syrup, Jake had his with real Maple syrup we got during the season. Will definitely make this one again!


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With ImageWithout Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients:Ingredients2 eggs, beaten1t vanilla extract1t butter extract (optional) 2 cups buttermilk1 cup quick cooking oats…

Texas Sheet Cake from Cooking Light, yummy chocolately goodness!

(originally made 1/23/2007)

Wow. When I cut this cake into the size portions they recommended, I thought, I thought I'd be going back for seconds. Wrong! It's a moist, delicious cake. The frosting is more of a glaze, but either way, it's real good. :) Due to nut allergies, I had to skip the pecans, instead I dropped in about 1/4c of chocolate chips.

Forgot to add, I did the 13x9 version, and it baked in about 26 mins.

Texas Sheet Cake

Cooking spray
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Icing:
6 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans -- toasted (subbed choc chips)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare the cake,…

Tortilla Pie

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(originally made 1/2006)

I made this one as listed the first time, now it's more improvised.   I use Mild taco seasoning with ground beef and omit the tomatoes.    I've also dropped down to 3 tortillas and build the pie in a springform pan.    This is one of my husband's favorite meals.




Tortilla Pie

1 pound lean ground beef
Taco seasoning (we like Mild)
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley, divided (use dried parsley)
3 burrito size flour tortillas
1/2c Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 400º.

Cook beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up with a spatula.   Drain.   Add taco seasoning and water recommended on the package.   Combine the ricotta, mozzarella cheese and parsley.

Spray springform pan with nonstick spray.   Lay tortilla in the bottom of pan.   Add half of meat mixture.   Sprinkle with 1/4c mexican blend cheese.   Add another tortilla.   Top with ri…

Favorite Hamburger Casserole

This is another one of my Grandmother's recipes.   She called it "Combination".   Sometimes she'd use creamed corn, I use regular.   It's a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.



Favorite Hamburger Casserole (Gram's Combination)


Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 1/2lbs ground beef
1/2t ea garlic powder and onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
15oz can corn, drained
2 cups mashed potatoes (from scratch or instant, prepared as directed)
2T butter, diced
1/2c shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Brown ground beef, drain. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper to taste. Spoon into 2 1/2 quart round casserole dish. Pour the can of corn over the ground beef. Top with mashed potatoes, spreading it to the edges. Dot with butter.Bake for 25 minutes, sprinkle with cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.Yield: serves 6
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Toll House Pie

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(originally made 8/2004)

I made this yesterday because my sister requested Toll House pie for her birthday. Definitely a keeper! I used a deep dish pie crust, and the finished pie was a gooey, chocolate-y treat! We served it with a small scoop of Edy's vanilla ice cream. I knew it was a hit when my sister didn't offer to share when company showed up later!

*now that I have two guys that are allergic to nuts, I substitute crushed Rice Krispies cereal*




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Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal October 13, 2013   9               inch  deep-dish pie shell -- unbaked
  2              large  eggs
     1/2           cup  flour
     1/2           cup  sugar
     1/2           cup  brown sugar
  1 1/2         sticks  butter -- softened
  1                cup  NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels -- (6 oz.)
  1                cup  chopped nuts-- (use crushed Rice Krispies)

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.
BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high spee…

Snowman Pancakes

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(originally made 12/2011) 


Snowman pancakes- inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest.  I used the Shake N Pour by Bisquick.  I used a squeeze bottle to make the snowman.   Mini Chocolate chips for the eyes, M&M buttons, marshmallow snow. 


Father's Day eclairs~ DH said his best gift ever!

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(originally made 6/2008)

Jake and I made these for Tim as a surprise for Father's Day.    My friend Debbie provided her favorite Cream Puff recipe, I used Martha's Pastry cream, and dipped them in 1c Ghiradelli semi sweet chips melted with 1 teaspoon canola oil.    I let Jake do the dipping, he did pretty good, I think!



 Cream Puffs

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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     1/2            c.  water
     1/4            C.  margarine or butter  (I used butter)
     1/2            C.  flour
     1/4          tsp.  salt
  2                     eggs
*I added 1T of sugar with the flour/salt

Heat oven to 425
Grease cookie sheet   (I used parchment)

In medium pan combine water and margarine,  bring to a boil over medium heat.  Stir in flour and salt,  cook, stirring vigorously until mixture leaves sides of pan in a smooth ball.  Remove from heat.  (I let it cool about 5 mins in the bowl of KA mixer)

Add egg…

Pizzelles

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(originally made 3/2013)

Tim and Jake both have issues with eggs, so most eggy dishes are out for us.    I miss French toast and meringue!

Though this recipe is new to me, it’s not new to my family.    My mom makes over 500 of these every December, and until now, I’ve never made them, only eaten them.   Tim bought me my own iron for Christmas, and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out.    I originally doubled the recipe that came with it since Tim can eat a half dozen in a sitting, and then I realized that it was the same as my mom’s recipe EXCEPT that she significantly increased the vanilla.    I tried a few with the lower amount and was unhappy with the taste, so I added the difference.   

The end result?  They were ok, but they were not Mom’s.    Part of the issue is the iron, it seems to produce a thicker pizzelle than what I want.     I like the bigger, thinner pizzelle with the lacy edges.   These were good with some maple honey caramel and I rolled a few to fill…

Baked Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Sauce

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(originally made 5/2012)

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect for the challenge  :)   I didn't feel like chopping up the chicken, so I left it whole and increased the baking time to 28 mins.     Only had a lemon on hand so subbed it for the lime.     Big hit here.   I'm not normally a fan of curry powder, but it was ok in this.    A bag of 90 sec rice and steam in bag green beans and we were set!

This one is from the GenYFoodie blog.   I'm going to share my photo and a link so you can go check out the recipe there-



Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Sauce

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

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(originally made 6/2012)

Happened to have some boneless skinless chicken breast on tap for lunch today, so when I looked through the Hunt thread and saw Carol's review of this, I knew it was going on the menu!     Tim does not like spicy food, so I made the mixture and stuffed his first, then added the jalapeno to what was left and did mine.    I used a little less oil, not to be healthy but because I had browned my bacon in a large skillet so I used the drippings combined with the oil to brown the chicken  :)  

Thank you, thank you, thank you Carol!   Yet another winner for my Family Favorites file  :) And go check out her photo of the beautifully sliced finished chicken-  mine were not as pretty   LOL






                     JALAPENO POPPER STUFFED CHICKEN



  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  1               pkg.  cream cheese -- (8 oz.) softened
     1/2            c.  shredded cheddar cheese

Cornbread Mini Donuts

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(originally made 5/2011)

Like most of the country, we've been stuck in a rainy, cold and miserable weather pattern for a while.   I found myself craving chili yesterday, and wanted some kind of cornbread/muffin to go with it.   I found this recipe on www.cookingwithmykid.com and couldn't wait to give it a try in my mini donut pans.   

I made no changes to the recipe, though I may have sprayed my pans with Pam if I hadn't run out.      I softened some butter in the microwave and added some local honey to it, then dipped the donuts into it like a glaze    :)   I got exactly 24 donuts, and Jake & I just loved them.     Next time I'm planning on added minced jalapeno to half the batch, and maybe swapping out the lemon juice for lime.





Cornbread Donut Recipe

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     2/3           cup  yellow cornmeal
     1/3           cup  all purpose flour
     3/4  …

Monkey Cake and Cupcakes

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(originally made 5/2011)


At Christmas, Jake kept asking my Dad what he wanted for presents, and he jokingly threw out "A MONKEY!"    Jake ended up getting him a sock monkey, and since then, everything monkey that he sees must be for Papa.     When I asked for suggestions for Papa's bday cake, Jake rolled his eyes and said, a monkey? what else?

Found lots of great ideas on the web.   It was going to be ugly hot here yesterday so I got up at 5am and made the cupcakes from a cake mix and then frosted them with canned frosting.    The faces are made but carefully sawing off the top 1/3 of a Nilla Wafer, then adding 2 dots of gel coloring for the nostrils and a red line of gel coloring for the mouth.    Ears are the 1/3 of the wafers you removed earlier, and the eyes are dots of gel coloring or you could use Chocolate chips.  
Jake loved them, and so did Papa  :)






Best Baked Fish

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(originally made 4/2011)

Tim was sick on his birthday this year and it was a big one (40).   So as a belated present we went to an excellent local lobster pound/fish market and treated him to fresh steamed lobster and some nice haddock.    I don't eat seafood, so both were an adventure  :)   I called out to friends to help and got lots of great ideas and in the end, he chose Carol's Best Baked Fish.  

I was extremely nervous about ruining this piece of fish, I know nothing about cooking it other than what I've seen on tv.  Her recipe was simple and foolproof.    Jake even surprised me and ate a good size piece, normally he'll only do the boxed Gorton's or fried stuff at restaurants.    :)    Tim cleaned his plate and wished he'd bought more fish!

The pic is rushed because he wanted to dig right in  LOL 

Thanks so much Carol  :)



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                             BEST BAKED FISH


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparat…

Eggnog Bundt Cake

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(originally made 12/2007- have not made with new smaller cake mixes)



Eggnog Bundt Cake

yellow cake mix with pudding added
1 teaspoon nutmeg
eggnog
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons eggnog

Prepare cake according to package, adding nutmeg and substituting eggnog for water called for on box. Pour into sprayed bundt pan, cook at temp/for time on cake mix package. Cool. Combine powdered sugar, marg, vanilla and egg nog to desired consistency. Glaze cake.

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Italian Christmas Cookies

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Italian Christmas Cookies


Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 C. butter
2 C. sugar
3 eggs
15 oz. ricotta cheese
2 tsp. vanilla
4 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, one at a time. Beat in ricotta and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients. Drop by rounded spoonfulls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool. Frost with your favorite butter cream frosting (they might even be good with chocolate or almond flavored frosting). If desired the can be decorated with sprinkles. Yield - 4 dozen.

Source:
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-christmas-cookies


NOTES : Very good, I dipped in powdered sugar glaze.

Taco Pumpkins

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When my son was younger, I loved making special meals for Halloween.  Mummy dogs, breadstick bones, and forked eyeballs were some favorites. These Taco Pumpkins were a huge hit as well. I first saw the idea from Taste of Home in 2009.  The ingredients were not something that he'd eat back then, so I adapted it to his tastes.

It really doesn't get any more simple. I used leftover taco meat and Fiesta blend cheese. Roll refrigerated biscuits out slightly to flatten them.  Place one biscuit on the baking sheet, add 2 to 3 tablespoons taco meat and then sprinkle with cheese.  How much? I don't know, life's just too short to measure cheese, don't you think?

Top with another biscuit.  You can go two ways now.  You can get artistic and cut out jack o'lantern faces, or just score lines to make it resemble a pumpkin. Cut out stem shapes from one of the biscuits, and I like to do the little curlycues too.  Press them onto the pumpkin to seal them together.

Another way t…

Fun Halloween treats for kids

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Every year I try and find fun and creative things to make for Jake for Halloween.   Since it landed on a Sunday this year, we got to go a little crazy  :)    I found all these ideas on the Family Fun site.

First up, Apple Bites (since Jake can't have nuts, we used marshmallows) and Cheese Fingers.  For the nails, we used a cut up fruit roll up-


 Breadstick bones and Pizza mummies (our cheese "wrapping" melted away, but they tasted good... we made pepperoni eyeballs)-


 For dessert- Forked Eyeballs- donut holes dipped in white chocolate, M&Ms and dark red icing for the bloodshot effect-


Our Easter meal- Ham with Orange and Brown Sugar glaze, Rustic twice baked potato casserole and Vanilla Glazed Baby carrots

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(orginally made 4/2013)



Laid back holiday here, just the 3 of us.    I started the day off baking a double layer pineapple upside down cake.    Once it came out of the oven, I baked off the red potatoes for the Rustic Twice-Baked Potato Casserole.     Then I knit while the potatoes cooled and the boys worked on a Lego kit the Easter Bunny brought     :)
Assembling the casserole went quick.  I only had whole milk on hand, and I used chives for the green onions.  I had picked up a nice spiral ham, but the glaze packet ingredients didn’t thrill me so I went searching for another one in my to-try pile.   The Easter ham with orange and brown sugar glaze  was perfect since I had a tiny bit of OJ to use up.     I put the potatoes and the ham in together for 90 minutes at 275 degrees.    More knitting  :)     The house smelled so good!  

I started the Vanilla glazed baby carrots while the oven was heating up to temp for the ham glaze.    I tightly covered the potatoes with foil an…

Balsamic Roast Beef

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(originally made 3/2013)

Was lacking in ambition yesterday, but didn't feel like eating take out for Date day, so first thing yesterday morning I threw this roast recipe into the crockpot.    I was concerned, the vinegar smell was overwhelming and Tim is supersensitive to it.    I used a smaller amount of the crushed red pepper flakes, since I'm the only one that likes the heat.   

The end result was amazing.  Not vinegary at all.    I served ours on buttered toasted rolls.   Tim had his with mozzarella cheese, tossed under the broiler for a few mins to melt.   I had mine with thinly sliced red onion and jalapeno mustard.

Absolutely delicious and I'm looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today  :)   Be sure to go check out the AddAPinch blog, she repurposes the leftovers 2 ways (reducing the juices for a dip type sandwich and also stuffed mushrooms).



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                        Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe


  1       3 to 4 pound  bonele…

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

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Snowy here yesterday and a perfect day to bake. I'd accumulated 2 jars of caramel ice cream topping and did a quick search to see what I could find in MasterCook to use some up.   This recipe was perfect, it's from the Waiting for Gateau blog, which either is gone or not working at the moment.    They adapted the recipe from a book- Waiting for Gateau: No Nonsense Baking from Our Kitchen to Yours.   

I made a few swaps-  I had quick oats instead of old fashioned.    I used dark chocolate chips instead of semi sweet.    No nuts in our household, so I crushed up Rice Krispies.    I also used salted butter because that's what was on hand.  Next time I'd use the entire jar of caramel too.

I cut mine into about 28 squares.   They are rich and addictive and I'm sending home a dozen with the inlaws to get them out of here!


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With ImageWithout Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients: for the crust1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1…