Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries

3 zucchini (approx. 1 lb.)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 packet Shake & Bake Coating Mix
1 small egg

Heat oven to 450ºF. Trim the zucchini -cut crosswise in half, then cut each piece into 1/4-inch sticks. Add cheese to coating mix in shaker bag; shake gently to combine. Whisk egg in medium bowl. Add zucchini; toss to coat. Use tongs to place 1/4 of the zucchini in shaker bag; close bag and shake to evenly coat. Spread onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining zucchini. Bake for 12 to 13 min. or until golden brown, turning the baking tray 180 degrees after 7 min to facilitate even baking. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients. Remove the baked fries from the oven, and serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.

Jalapeno Popper Wontons

Jalapeno Popper Wontons
( Just look for the lowest carb wontons wrappers)
1 package refrigerated square wonton wrappers
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (or light cream cheese)
3 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Vegetable oil for frying
Coarse salt

1. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. Arrange wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of the filling to the center of each wonton (don't overfill them). Dip your fingers in a bowl of water and run your wet fingers around all edges of each wonton. Fold the wontons over the filling, pinching the edges to seal to make a triangle and removing any air bubbles.

3. Fry wontons in batches in hot oil until browned and cripsy. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with coarse salt. Serve warm.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Easy Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

~ Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars ~

Only Three Ingredients  Unbelievably Easy & Delicious

These bars are the best of both worlds … apple pie and cookies with no utensils required! These are a great dessert to pack up for a summer picnic. Or, warm up a cookie bar and top it with vanilla ice cream for an a la mode treat! 

One 16.5 oz tube of Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
One 20 oz. can of apple pie filling
Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup of granulated sugar & 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon)

Press 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.
Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar.
Spread the apple pie filling over the cookie base.
Take small amounts of the remaining cookie dough, flatten it slightly and place over the pie filling. It will not cover the pie filling completely.
Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake in a 350* oven until the cookie dough is baked - mine took about 35-40 minutes.
Allow bars to cool and cut into squares.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Grilling Goodness

We are always wanting to try something different.  We get into ruts and seem to eat the same thing week after week.  We have really gotten into grilling the past few weeks and have a had a great time trying different dishes.  This one was really good, liked by all with no known complaints, lol. We started out by grilling ALL of the ingredients, the chicken was grilled until completely cooked, followed by adding the pineapples, then the peppers and onions.  The peppers and onions were just grilled enough to get some good grill lines going.

After grilling, all the items were cut into bite sized pieces.  I mixed up the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple with some soy sauce, brown sugar and a hint of garlic powder, cheyenne powder, crushed red and black pepper and sea salt to taste.  I made foil packets and placed equal amounts of food items in each packet.  I then divided up the liquid into the packets and tightly closed each one.  I threw them back on the grill for about 10 minutes to let the heat help marinate the packet contents. The chicken stayed moist and the veggies still had some crisp to them.

The results were a slightly tangy spicy with the salty sweet mix.  The grilled pineapple burst with flavor and made me feel like I got dessert with my deal!  It was yummy, fairly healthy and super easy to make.  

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Pink Champagne Cupcakes


1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist white cake mix 

1 1/4 cups champagne

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 egg whites

4 to 5 drops red food color

Champagne Frosting

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup champagne

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 to 5 drops red food color

Betty Crocker pink decorating sugar Edible pink pearls


Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

1. In large bowl, mix dry cake mix and champagne. Add oil, egg whites and food color. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed

2. minutes. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

4. In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with garnishes. Store loosely covered.

Expert Tips
Champagne is a sparkling wine, and while many expensive champagnes are available, this is one time you might choose less expensive champagne. Have the champagne at room temperature when preparing the cake.

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Sprinkle garnishes on cupcakes just before serving to maximize sparkle and keep them from absorbing moisture and melting into frosting.