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Chocolate Glazed Donuts

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I've had a chocolate craving for several days that I haven't been able to kick.   I kept going back to this recipe for Chocolate Glazed Donuts over and over again on Pinterest.   Finally this morning I broke out the donut pans.   I doubled the recipe, did half as regular donuts and the other half as mini donuts.    Absolutely no other changes to the recipe.     I love the way that the coffee in the glaze just enhances the chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee.    My chocolate craving is now satisified!  Lots of baked donut recipes turn out to be just donut shaped muffins.  Not these, they are dead on- the texture, the glaze, everything.  Thank you to Cat Davis at Food Family and Finds for sharing this great recipe  :)




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                         Chocolate Glazed Donuts


                        Donuts
  2                cup  all purpose flour
     1/2           cup  + 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
     1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder (used Ki…

Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken

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I am on a roll this week with new recipes.   Chicken is our most consumed protein, and new ways to cook it are always something I'm searching for.    I found this recipe on the Pick Fresh Foods blog, and even though I couldn't get fresh basil, it was a big winner here tonight.

I dipped the chicken in beaten egg before dredging in the panko mixture.    Obviously dried basil in place of fresh.   My chicken was huge, so I removed the tenders and did them separately.    Still large, I knew that they would burn before the insides were cooked.  I started everything on the stovetop,  browning on both sides, then moved it to a 350º oven for about 15 mins.  An instant read thermometer that I got for Christmas made easy work of checking to make sure they'd reached 160º.   Carryover cooking took it the rest of the way to 165º.

For the sauce I used local honey and Frank's Red Hot along with the lemon juice.   I didn't measure the honey, just eyeballed it, and held back …

Hamburger Pie

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Always looking for something new to do with ground beef.   Grilling is out right now, my grill is under several inches of snow with more on the way.   I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a run by the guys.   I made quite a few adjustments to get it by them, and it was mostly enjoyed by all.

They will not eat chunks of veggies, so I used minced dried onions, 1t celery salt and grated the carrots on a microplane.  I used Progresso Recipe Starter in Fire Roasted Tomato, and that hung Jake up a bit- next time I'll use something else or run it through the food processor.

I had debated making a potato side dish, but this turned out to be filling enough on it's own.  





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                              Hamburger Pie


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  1         tablespoon  olive oil (omitted)
  1 1/2         pounds  ground beef
  1T minced dried onion

Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread

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From time to time, my guys ask me to buy bananas.  They never seem to get eaten, they brown and soften, and I end up baking with them.    This morning I threw together a double batch of this Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread, and it is outstanding.     Slices are rapidly disappearing, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm being played when they ask me to buy bananas.   I can see them conspiring- "if we don't eat them, Mom will bake something delicious with them!"    Ok, maybe not  :)

I have noted that I got this recipe via Foodgawker from the Harried Housewife, but the link no longer works and a search of the site doesn't yield any results. 





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                        BANANA CINNAMON CHIP BREAD

  1 1/2           cups  flour
     1/2      teaspoon  baking soda
     1/4      teaspoon  cinnamon
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  2                     eggs
  2                     ripe medium bananas -- mashed
     3/4           cup  sugar
     1/2     …

Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken

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Been a while since I've tried a new main dish recipe.  Thin sliced chicken breast was on the menu and we've all worn thin on eating it breaded and pan fried.   I'd pinned this one a while back, and it was perfect for getting me back onto trying new recipes.  

I had a bag of cooked plain couscous in the freezer, so went with that instead of the quinoa.   I used a ratio of 2 parts syrup to 1 part dijon, hoping to entice Jake to try it, but no luck.   He sees those 'seeds' and it's all over.    He had his with just the bacon on it.     I microwaved my bacon on a paper towel lined plate, though I do want to try the oven method. 

Simple, fast, delicious.     Thanks to Ashley at Center Cut Cook for sharing the recipe, be sure to go and check out her blog & pics!




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                        Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken


  4 thin sliced chicken breasts
                        Salt, pepper, garlic powder for seasoning the chicken
  6          …