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Honey Blueberry Muffins

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Blueberry Muffins are one of my favorite morning grabs. Blueberries were on special at the grocery store, and I purchased too many to eat all by myself. This recipe will be a perfect use for all those blueberries. Romancing the Bee always shares great recipes with her readers. Go and visit her site and see for yourself. You will Bee impressed, honey. 🙂

Romancing the Bee

I’ve loved blueberry muffins since I was a girl.  They’re even better made with honey!

2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk or buttermilk
6 tbsp. honey
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. butter or melted shortening

Wash blueberries and toss in sugar enough to coat (about 1 tablespoon). Sift flour with salt and baking powder.

Combine milk, honey, egg, blueberries and shortening. Add to dry ingredients, stirring quickly just long enough to moisten dry ingredients. Fill lined muffin pans half full.

Bake in 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Yield: 12 muffins.

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Strawberry Banana Trifle

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I just love Jennirific’s recipes. I had to repost this one, for sure! Enjoy! 🙂

 
 
 
 
Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Dessert is a favorite word in my vocabulary!  Cakes, cookies, tarts, pies, puddings; they all have a special place near and dear to me.  Baking is the first culinary adventure I embarked on, while standing on a chair in my mother’s kitchen stirring pudding to make pies.  After some time, I graduated to cookies and my hunger for knowledge kept me testing out more and more recipes for sweet treats.  Baking is common tradition shared in families, and mine is no different.  The most fabulous pound cake ever is made into lambs every Easter by my godmother and covered with a unique cream cheese like frosting.  She bakes, then freezes the cakes; which I think contributes to their dense, silky texture. The recipe is not mine to share, and even with it my results have never achieved lamb cake status.  Some recipes are all about the method.  I have included the Joy of Cooking pound cake recipe; which is very…

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I am always looking for a good salad for BBQ’s, get-togethers, and potlucks. This looks like a winner! Check it out! 🙂

Jennirific

April showers bring us May flowers, so the saying goes.  The month of May also kicks off the outdoor party season!  Graduations, Communions, Wedding Festivities, Summer Holidays, and my favorite type of party; the Just Because start in earnest this month.  Many of the shindigs I attend are potluck style, with the host providing the main course eats and us lucky guests providing sides and appetizers.  It is always interesting to see what others bring to share and of course swapping recipes and getting clued into the ingredient lists behind the tasty, but often heavily processed dishes. 
Antipasto, meaning “before the meal” classically is the first course in a formal Italian meal.  Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, anchovies, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, various cheeses, pickled meats and vegetables (either in oil or in vinegar).  I was introduced to this collection of yumminess in grade school by an Italian classmate and eagerly…

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Time to Make the Buttermilk Doughnuts

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I woke up this morning to dreams of summer and Paul Bunyan doughnuts.  Warm, dense, and delightfully spiced these buttermilk confections have been making mouths drool for decades in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  The opportunity to enjoy a fresh made doughnut at the cook shanty may be months off, but my desire to attempt to recreate this classic was today.

Get out your cast iron skillet and throw healthy breakfast concerns out the window, today we make doughnuts!

Buttermilk Doughnuts

Click the link to visit the Jennerific blog for how to do the donut making:

Time to Make the Buttermilk Doughnuts.

Goose Bites

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A co-worker was kind enough to share this recipe.   I am not sure where the recipe originated, but it is a favorite.

 Servings: 20                                                                                         Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Serving Ideas: Keep in a covered container.  Makes a great Christmas gift.

Categories: Cookies, Bars & Candies

INGREDIENTS:

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

1 sleeve saltine  crackers

1 bag chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

 1. Heat oven to 350.

 2. Boil butter and sugar about 3-5 minutes

 3. Line cookie sheet with foil and lay out crackers.

 4. Pour sugar mixture over crackers and bake for 10 minutes.  Don’t let it burn.

 5. Remove and cover with chocolate chips

 6. Spread after 2 minutes

 7. Refrigerate to cool

 8. Break into bite size pieces.

Serving Ideas: Keep in a covered container. Makes a great Christmas gift.

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How Long Should I Freeze my Food?

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What is the average storage life of foods stored in the freezer?  I did a little research on the Internet, and I found some nifty charts.  A good idea would be to hang a chart on an inside cabinet or on the fridge to refer to when I am wondering if the frozen fish is still safe to eat.

What I learned from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service site is that frozen food can remain safe indefinitely as long as it stays frozen.  If food is frozen too long, freezer burn or discoloring may occur affecting the taste and quality of the food.  Below is a chart that will help cooks to decide if the food they wish to eat is still of good quality.

Freezer Storage Chart (0 °F)
Note: Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

ITEM

MONTHS

Bacon and Sausage 1-2 months
Casseroles 2-3 months
Egg Whites or Egg Substitutes 12 months
Frozen Dinners or Entrees 3-4 months
Gravy, Meat, or Poultry 2-3 months
Ham, Hotdogs, or Lunchmeat 1-2 months
Meats, Uncooked Roasts 4-12 months
Meat, uncooked steaks or chops 4-12 months
Meat, uncooked ground 3-4 months
Meat, cooked 2-3 months
Poultry, uncooked whole 12 months
Poultry, uncooked parts 9 months
Poultry, uncooked giblets 3-4 months
Poultry, cooked 4 months
Soups, Chili, and Stews 2-3 months
Wild game, uncooked 12 months

You can check out more food safety facts at the USDA site http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp

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Grandmother’s Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Yummy chocolate goodness to please every chocolate lover.

Categories: Desserts, Pies, & Cakes

Yield: 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS:

 2 cups flour, all-purpose

2 teaspoons Baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking soda

1 square Baker’s chocolate, melted

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup Almond Milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 paper muffin cups

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients.

3.  Melt baking chocolate in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Add to dry mix.

4.  Add all liquid ingredients and stir. Leave the batter lumpy.  Add the chocolate chips. Spoon into muffin cups and fill the cups ¾ the way up. Sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on the top.

5.  Bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Notes: Add some chocolate chips to the top of the batter before baking for extra chocolate goodness.

Source: Recipes from the Vault

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Grandmother’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

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An easy traditional Irish dish made in the Crockpot that feeds the whole family. 

Servings: 6

Categories: Main Dishes & Meats

INGREDIENTS:

4 pounds corned beef brisket, seasoned
2 bottles Guinness Draught Stout
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 small head of cabbage, sliced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced 1/2″ thick
6 whole carrots, peeled and chopped
10 whole baby red potatoes, boiled

DIRECTIONS:

1. In the Crockpot, place the corned beef, any seasoning that came with it, and the two bottles of Guinness Draught Stout. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Cook on High for 1 hour.

2. After an hour, lower the temperature to low and allow the corned beef to cook for 4-6 hours. Meanwhile, in a large pot, add red potatoes and enough water to cover them. Boil potatoes until done testing with a fork.

3. Remove corned beef and slice. Keep meat on the side while you put the sliced cabbage, carrots, and onion in the Crockpot. Turn temperature up to high and cook an additional 45 minutes, until the cabbage is translucent and the carrots are done.

4. Add sliced meat and cooked potatoes to the cabbage mixture, and heat for about 20 minutes to warm everything. Serve.

Serving Ideas: Serve with soda bread & Butter. Horseradish is also a favorite.

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Grandmother’s Sausage, Red Onion, and Red Pepper Pizza with Gluten Free Crust

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Categories: Main Dishes & Meats

Servings: 5

INGREDIENTS:

16 ounces Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 Tablespoons olive oil

15 ounces can of Pastorelli Pizza Sauce

1 package Jennie O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Links, cooked, and sliced in thin slices

1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced in very fine slices

1 small red onion, sliced very thin

1/4 cup Fontina cheese, shredded

1/4 cup Asiago Cheese, shredded

1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 Tablespoon oregano, dried

DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare crust according to package. Cook sausage on stove top, and then slice into thin pieces.

2. Spread contents of Pizza Sauce evenly on pizza crust from the oven. Layer sausage slices around pizza. Sprinkle Fontina cheese and Asiago cheese over the sausage.

3. Spread red onion and red pepper evenly around the pizza. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Evenly sprinkle oregano over the top of the cheese.

4. Bake at 425 degrees for 16 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

5. Remove from oven. Let pizza sit for 10 minutes before slicing with a pizza cutter or scissors.

Source: Grandmother’s Recipes– Recipes from the Vault

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Can Free Condensed Soup

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Can Free Condensed Soup.

This is great for those of us who are dairy-free and gluten intolerant. I can use almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Click the link to get the recipe.

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