Monday, July 31, 2017

White Chocolate Chip Sugar-Doodle Cookies

I made these last week for treats for Don.  I got 3 dozen YUMMY cookies!
White Chocolate Chip Sugar-Doodle Cookie
http://tidymom.net



1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 tablespoons caramel liquid creamer (or heavy cream or milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour or 1 c all purpose flour, minus 2 T with 2 T cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces white chocolate chips

1. Cream butter with electric mixer until smooth. Add sugars and beat on medium high until well combined, scrapping sides of bowl as necessary. Add egg, creamer, and vanilla and continue beating 3-4 minutes until fluffy.

2. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix just until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.

3. Chill dough for at least one hour.

4. Heat oven to 350° F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden and edges have just set. Remove from oven and cool completely before moving to a cooling rack.













Sunday, July 30, 2017

Better Than Fat Head Pizza - Low Carb Pizza Crust

I had a bag of pork rinds, so decided to try this recipe.  I really liked it.  Next time I will add more pork rinds.  Measure them AFTER they have been ground up.  I used a 12 in pizza pan.

Better Than Fat Head Pizza - Low Carb Pizza Crust
http://www.heyketomama.com

1 cup pork rind flour (add more if your dough feels too wet, )Measure after grinding
1.5 cups shredded cheddar
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 egg

Pulse pork rinds in blender or food processor until finely ground

In microwaveable bowl, heat shredded cheddar and cream cheese until smooth ~45 seconds
Mix cheeses together, add egg and stir. Work quickly, if cheese becomes stiff microwave for 10 sec
Add pork rind flour and stir until combined

Press dough out onto parchment covered baking sheet. ~1/4 inch thick, or desired thickness
Bake at 350 for 5 minutes

Remove and top with desired toppings and bake for additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted

From original poster:  Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information that is discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates based on NET carbs. If nutrition is important to you, I highly encourage you to verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.
Nutrition Information

Serving size: ½ Pizza Calories: 469 Fat: 38.5 Carbohydrates: 1.9 Protein: 28.4

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sausage Ball Puffs {Keto / Low Carb}

Kathleen tried a new to us sausage ball recipe.  We liked these a lot.
Sausage Ball Puffs {Keto / Low Carb}
https://kaseytrenum.com
Serves: 36

1 lb sausage, browned and drained (can use mild or hot)
4½ tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled
⅓ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons full fat sour cream
4 eggs
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.

Combine melted butter, eggs, salt, and sour cream then whisk together.  Add coconut flour and baking powder to the mixture and stir until combined.

Add browned sausage.  Stir in cheese.

Drop batter by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. 

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops are slightly brown.

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Wild Mushroom Soup 

    Kathleen made this last week.  It is very good!
    Wild Mushroom Soup
    https://paleoleap.com

    1 ½ lb. mixed wild mushrooms, sliced
    2 large shallots, diced We used onion, chopped fine
    1 tbsp. fresh thyme
    7 cups chicken stock
    1 cup. coconut milk
    3 tbsp. ghee  We used butter
    ¼ cup parsley, chopped
    2 tbsp. tapioca starch; (optional)
    Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

    Melt the ghee in a large saucepan placed over medium high.

    Add the shallots and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.

    Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook for about 8 minutes.

    Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 15 minutes.

    Stir in the coconut milk, season to taste, and let simmer for another 5 minutes.

    Stir in the tapioca starch if you like your soups thicker.

    Mix in the chopped parsley and serve.

      Thursday, July 27, 2017

      Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan

      This was another way to use up some of that 3# bag of chicken that thawed in the freezer last week.  Kathleen and I are the only spaghetti squash lovers and this was a HIT!  My changes/additions are in bold.
      Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto, Bacon, Chicken and Parmesan
      adapted greatly from KalynsKitchen.com

      1 large spaghetti squash (6-8 lbs.)
      1-2 T olive oil Beth used more than this
      1-2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (or use other seasoning of your choice)
      3 T basil pesto (more or less to taste)
      about 1 cup + 1/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
      salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
      chicken, cooked and cubed
      3-4 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
      1/2-1 c whipping cream(depending how big your squash is)


      Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Wash outside of spaghetti squash if it's dirty, then cut squash in half lengthwise. Use a sharp pointed spoon to scrape out seeds and stringy gunk that's around the seeds.

      Cut ends off squash if desired, then rub inside surface with a small amount of olive oil and Italian Herb Blend. Put squash on baking sheet that you've sprayed with non-stick spray. Roast squash, starting to check after about 40 minutes and removing when squash is still firm but strings apart fairly easily into spaghetti-like strands. (It took about 50 minutes for the large pieces of squash I had.)Beth cooked this whole in the microwave for 15-20 minutes until soft.  THEN, I cut it in half and discarded the seeds.  I removed the 'noodles" and tossed them with oil and seasonings.

      Let squash cool a few minutes if needed, then scrape out strands into a plastic bowl or baking pan and discard skins. Gently mix in pesto, 1 cup of coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, chicken, bacon and whipping cream.  Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, then pour squash/cheese mixture into a gratin dish and top with 1/4 cup more Parmesan cheese.

      Bake 20-30 minutes more, until mixture is slightly bubbling and cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve hot.

      Wednesday, July 26, 2017

      Green Beans with Walnuts and Balsamic

      I had some fresh green beans to use and this recipe looked great.  We all liked it.  
      Green Beans with Walnuts and Balsamic
      adapted from http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com


      4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
      4 teaspoons minced garlic
      ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
      2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
      ½ teaspoon kosher salt
      1 pound green beans, trimmed (about 8 cups)


      Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring until the garlic is just barely showing signs of turning brown, 30 to 90 seconds. Immediately pour into a large mixing bowl to stop cooking.

      Meanwhile, add 1 to 2 inches of water cook the green bean until tender and crisp.

      Transfer the green beans to the bowl. Add walnuts, balsamic and salt and toss to coat.

      Tuesday, July 25, 2017

      Leftover Roast Beef Sliders


      I made these with the leftover shredded beef I had from my freezer debacle last week.  Since Don is the only one in the house eating carbs, I only made 1/4 of the recipe and  he had lunches for a few days.  I DID taste and these are very good.
      Leftover Roast Beef Sliders

      Recipe makes 24 sliders  Beth made 1/4 of the recipe



      2 tablespoons of chopped roast beef on each slider, about 1½ to 2 cups chopped roast beef.

      12 slices Swiss cheese, cut each one in half

      ⅓ cup mayonnaise

      ¼ cup butter, melted

      1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

      1 tablespoon Onion powder

      2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

      1 tablespoon poppy seeds

      2 packs - 12 count each King Hawaiian Dinner Rolls


      Leave the rolls together and slice the rolls in half.

      Add the mayonnaise to the top and bottom of the rolls.  Layer the chopped roast beef.  Add the top half of the bread.

      Mix together the melted butter, Dijon mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds.  Add this mixture to the top of the sandwiches.

      Cover with foil.  Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.  Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.


      Monday, July 24, 2017

      Chipotle Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

      This was quick and easy to make.  We really liked it.
      Chipotle Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
      http://www.saltandlavender.com/


      1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
      1/3 cup mayo
      1/2 cup (lightly packed) cilantro
      1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce + 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (or to taste)
      Juice from 1/2 lime
      1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
      1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
      1/2 teaspoon onion powder
      1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
      Salt and pepper, to taste


      Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Process on high for about 30 seconds.
      Serve immediately or chill for an hour (or longer) prior to serving. Will keep in the fridge for a few days.

      Sunday, July 23, 2017

      Cheesy Bacon Chicken

      I planned to make this recipe the day I discovered the freezer had thawed, so I went ahead with this.  It was very good--just a bit dry.  Think I will cook it a bit less and broil it for a few minutes to crisp the bacon.
      Cheesy Bacon Chicken
      http://joyfilledeats.com/cheesy-bacon-chicken/


      5-6 chicken breasts, cut in half width wise (about 2.5-3 lbs.)

      2 tbsp seasoning rub (I use my smoked paprika rub, but you can use a seasoning salt or bbq rub - basically any rub with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika - not an herb rub)

      1/2 pound bacon, cut strips in half

      4 oz shredded cheddar

      sugar free barbecue use, optional, to serve


      1. Preheat oven to 400. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

      2. Rub both sides of chicken breasts with seasoning rub. Top each with a piece of bacon. Bake for 30 min on the top rack until the chicken is 160 degrees and the bacon looks crispy.

      3. Remove tray from the oven and sprinkle the cheese oven the bacon. Put back in the oven for about 10 min until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve with barbecue sauce.



      Saturday, July 22, 2017

      SPICY LEMON PAPRIKA CHICKEN THIGHS

      I made these for me to eat and reheat! I really liked this recipe. Easy to throw together and the taste was great!


      SPICY LEMON PAPRIKA CHICKEN THIGHS

      2 lbs. chicken thighs, skin on Beth used 5 # bone in skin on
      2 tbsp paprika
      1 tbsp garlic powder
      2 tsps cayenne power Beth used 1 tsp
      2 tsp salt
      1 tsp ground pepper
      Zest and juice of one lemon
      ¼ cup organic olive oil

      In a bowl, mix paprika, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil, to create the marinade. Check the taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary (you may want more spiciness here, for instance).

      Add the chicken thighs and toss. If you have the time, let the thighs marinade for a couple of hours –in full-disclosure, I often make this recipe when I don’t have time to marinate the thighs for much longer than 15 minutes, and the chicken still tastes delicious.

      Preheat the oven to 215C (about 419F). Lay out the chicken thighs in a roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes, until cooked through.

      Turn on the broiler and broil until the skin is lightly crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.Beth did not need to do this. Take the roasting pan out of the oven, transfer the thighs onto a platter and let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

      Friday, July 21, 2017

      Delicious and Easy Pot Roast(Crockpot)

      This was very easy to fix and forget!  We shredded it and Don had it on a bun. You could make gravy and serve it over potatoes. We liked it.
      Delicious and Easy Pot Roast(Crockpot)
      http://www.momsbalancingact.com

      3-5# beef roast
      1 packet of Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
      1 can of Dr. Pepper (or any soda you prefer to try)Beth used diet Dr Pepper


      1. Place roast in crock pot
      2. Pour packet of onion soup mix and soda over roast
      3. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or High for 2 hrs/Low for 6 hrs

      Thursday, July 20, 2017

      Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

      I made this recipe to go with a beef roast. Go light on the salt...I think with the parmesan cheese in this recipe, there really is no need for salt. I added a bit more heavy cream since I thought it was too salty. Jenna and I really liked this.


      Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

      https://therecipecritic.com

      2 Tablespoons Butter
      1 Tablespoon olive oil
      8 Ounces white mushrooms, whole or sliced to preference Beth used 12 oz
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      ½ cup heavy cream
      ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
      2 ounces cream cheese, softened
      1 teaspoon italian seasoning
      ½ teaspoon salt
      ¼ teaspoon pepper
      fresh chopped parsley for garnish


      In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter and olive oil. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute until tender.

      Add the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, cream cheese, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir with the mushrooms and heat until the sauce is bubbly and smooth.

      Serve immediately and garnish with fresh parsley.

      Wednesday, July 19, 2017

      Texas Almond Crunch Cookies

      I needed to make more cookies for Don's lunch.  I had all the ingredients for these and they are crunchy and taste wonderful.  

      Texas Almond Crunch Cookies
      http://www.recipegirl.com


      1 cup granulated white sugar
      1 cup powdered sugar
      1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
      1 cup vegetable or canola oil
      1 teaspoon almond extract
      2 large eggs
      3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon cream of tartar
      2 cups almonds, coarsely chopped Beth used sliced almonds
      One 6-ounce package butter toffee baking bits  Heath bits


      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugars, butter and oil until well blended. Add the almond extract and eggs and mix well.

      In separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Add the dry mixture to the sugars and mix at a low speed until well blended.

      Stir in the almonds and toffee bits. Form balls with about 1 tablespoon of dough per ball. Roll in granulated sugar and place 5 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.Beth used a small cookie scoop. With a fork dipped in sugar, flatten the ball of dough with criss-cross fork pattern.

      Bake 12 to 18 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.


      Tuesday, July 18, 2017

      Toll House Chocolate Chip Slab Pie


      I had made two pie crusts in the hopes of making a grape pie with grapes from our land.  The grapes were NOT juicy enough, so I came up with a plan B!  I doubled the recipe for the original recipe and put it in a jelly roll pan(the doubled recipe is below).  They are very good.  Jenna took most of them to work where they were enjoyed!
      Toll House Chocolate Chip Slab Pie
      adapted from Toll House

      2 pie crusts(I used this one)
      4 eggs
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1 cup granulated sugar
      1 cup packed brown sugar
      3 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
      2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
      2 cup chopped walnuts optional
      Vanilla ice cream (optional but highly recommended, for serving)

      Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with the unbaked pie crust.  

      In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs on high speed until light and foamy. Add the flour and both sugars to the bowl and mix again until combined. Then add the softened butter and mix one more time until completely mixed.

      Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts and mix until the chocolate and nuts are evenly mixed throughout the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pie crust.

      Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center of the pie comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for about 30 minutes.

      Serve warm with vanilla ice.

        Monday, July 17, 2017

        Low Carb Coconut Flour Porridge (Paleo, Grain Free)


        I was tired of eggs for breakfast and found this recipe.  I really liked it.  I did add some cinnamon after I took the picture.

        Low Carb Coconut Flour Porridge (Paleo, Grain Free)

        https://www.lowcarbmaven.com


        2 tablespoons coconut flour
        2 tablespoons golden flax meal
        3/4 cup water
        pinch of salt
        1 large egg, beaten
        2 teaspoons butter or ghee
        1 tablespoon heavy cream or coconut milk
        1 tablespoon Sukrin Gold or your favorite sweetener


        Measure the first four ingredients into a small pot over medium high heat. When it begins to simmer, turn it down to medium and whisk until it begins to thicken.

        Remove the coconut flour porridge from heat and add the beaten egg, little by little, while whisking continuously. Place back on the heat and continue to whisk until the porridge thickens.

        Remove from the heat and continue to whisk for about 30 seconds before adding the butter, cream and sweetener.

        Garnish with your favorite toppings.


        Sunday, July 16, 2017

        Meat Loaf Burgers

        I found this recipe and thought it sounded good.  Don thought they would have a burger like texture, but it was a MEATLOAF texture because it was a MEATLOAF burger.  The girls and I liked this.
        Meat Loaf Burgers
        Lafaye M. Musser-Fix It and Forget it Recipes for Entertaining



        1 large onion, sliced
        1 celery rib, chopped
        2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
        1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
        1/4 teaspoon pepper
        2 cups tomato juice
        4 garlic cloves, minced
        1 tablespoon ketchup
        1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
        6 hamburger buns, split

        1. Place onion and celery in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the beef, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper; shape into six patties. Place over onion mixture. Combine the tomato juice, garlic, ketchup, Italian seasoning, bay leaf and remaining salt. Pour over the patties.

        2. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Separate patties with a spatula if necessary; serve on buns. 

        Saturday, July 15, 2017

        Randy and Katy's Tomato Sauce

        I last made this recipe in 2005.  I had printed the recipe and saved it in my canning files.  The website I got it from is no longer there.   See my additions in bold.   I got 18 8 oz jelly jars
        .




        Randy and Katy's Tomato Sauce

        10#  tomatoes, peeled and cored(Beth puts them through a strainer/food mill first)
        3 medium onions, finely chopped
        3 cloves garlic, mince
        3 T olive oil
        1 1/2 t oregano
        2 bay leaves
        1 T salt
        1 t pepper
        11/2 t crushed red pepper
        1 t supar
        1/2-1 jalapeno
        1 green pepper, chopped finely
        fresh basil


        Cook onion, garlic, green pepper and jalapeno in oil in a large saucepot until tender.  Process tomatoes in a food mill(or roughly chop them, or put in blender to puree).  Add all ingredients to the onion mixture and simmer uncovered 2-3 hours until thick.  Stir frequently to prevent scorching.  

        Prepare canning jars(I have them hot in the dishwasher) and hot lids and rings.  Carefully pour the sauce into jars, leaving a 1/4 in head space.  Wipe rim clean and place lid and ring on jar.  Process in hot water bath for 30 minutes.

        Friday, July 14, 2017

        Easy Grape Juice to Can

        We were able to catch the last of our wild grapes on Sunday.  We picked 17 cups and I made 16 qts of this easy grape juice.  I hadn't made this since before 2007 when we moved to Texas.  Don will enjoy this in a few weeks!


        Easy Grape Juice to Can

        1 -2 c. grapes
        1/2 c. sugar
        Boiling water


        Place washed grapes in a quart jar. Add sugar and boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top of jar. Put on cap and firm down lid. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.  Let the jars sit for 3 weeks before opening, draining the grapes and drinking.


        Thursday, July 13, 2017

        No More Bottled Barbecue Sauce

        I got out my Fix It and Forget it Cookbook the other day.  I tried this and really liked it.
        No More Bottled Barbecue Sauce
        Lauren Eberhard  Fix it and Forget It Recipes for Entertaining

        1 c onions, finely chopped
        1/4 c oil
        6 oz tomato paste
        1/2 c water
        1/4 c brown sugar Beth used 2 T brown sugar blend--Splenda
        1/4 c lemon juice
        3 T worchestershire sauce
        2 T prepared mustard
        2 t salt
        1/4 t pepper

        Combine ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.   Use on hamburgers, sausage, pork, steaks chicken, turkey or fish.

        Wednesday, July 12, 2017

        Cilantro-Jalapeno Adobo Sauce

        My sister, Karen sent me a link to this recipe.  We really liked it, but with our HUGE TX jalapenos, 4 was almost too much heat.  Start with 2 jalapenos and more if you want more heat.  We put this over chicken, but it makes a great dip mixed with cream cheese or sour cream, too.

        Cilantro-Jalapeno Adobo Sauce
        https://www.177milkstreet.com

        4 large jalapeño chilies
        6 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
        5 cups (about 4 ounces) lightly packed cilantro leaves and tender stems
        6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
        1 tablespoon lime juice, plus more as needed
        ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
        ½ teaspoon sugar

        Heat the broiler with an oven rack 6 inches from the element. Arrange the jalapeños and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and broil, turning as necessary, until the chilies are evenly blistered and the garlic skins are spotted brown, 8 to 10 minutes.


        Cover with foil and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Peel, stem and seed the chilies and peel the garlic, trimming away any scorched bits. In a food processor, combine the chilies, garlic and all remaining ingredients. Process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Taste and adjust salt and lime juice as desired.







        Tuesday, July 11, 2017

        Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Flank Steak


        I made this and it was very good.  I thought the pepper was a little much, but Jenna really liked it!
        Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Flank Steak


        1 (2 lb) flank steak
        4 limes, juiced
        6 large garlic cloves, minced
        1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
        3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
        2 tbsp freshly ground pepper
        1 tbsp salt



        Place steak in your crock pot.


        Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl. 

        Pour over flank steak. Coat well. Add lid and place heat on low.


        Let cook 7-8 hours or until steak begins to fall apart when prodded.


        Remove from crock pot, shred, and serve with desired sides. The Man particularly loves this dish served over rice with a generous helping of the sauce drizzled on top. Enjoy!


        Monday, July 10, 2017

        Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

        I made these for Don.  He really liked them.
        Peanut Butter Candy Cookies
        Carol Kitchens Taste of Home Cookie Book

        1/2 c butter, softened
        3/4 c sugar
        2/3 c packed brown sugar
        2 egg whites
        1 1/4 c chunky peanut butter
        1 1/2 t vanilla extract
        1 c flour
        1/2 t baking soda
        1/4 t salt
        5 Butterfinger candy bars, chopped(2.1 oz each)Beth used 1 bag butterfinger baking bits

        In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Add egg whites: beat well.  Blend in peanut butter and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt;  add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in candy bars.

        Roll in to 1 1/2 in balls(Beth used a cookie scoop) and place on greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.   Remove to wire racks to cool.



        Sunday, July 9, 2017

        Parmesan Lemon Vinaigrette

        Kathleen made this for the 4th of July. See our changes/additions in bold. We really liked this.


        Parmesan Lemon Vinaigrette

        https://www.delicioustable.com

        1 cup good olive oil
        2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar We used white vinegar
        1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
        1 table or teaspoon Dijon mustard
        2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
        2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
        1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
        1/2 teaspoon kosher sea salt
        1/2 small shallot, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
        1 tablespoon tarragon
        1 package Truvia
        2-3 drops lemon essential oil

        In a clean mason jar with a fitted lid, add all the ingredients.
        place the lid on tight, and shake for about a minute. We used a hand blender.
        Re-shake jar with lid on to recombine, drizzle over salad.

        Notes

        You can use a blender, or Vitamix, and blend away.

        But a mason jar is so fast and easy, and stores perfectly in the fridge!

        Saturday, July 8, 2017

        SOFT NO KNEAD Dinner Rolls

        I made these for dinner on the 4th.  Easy to make and tasted great!


        SOFT NO KNEAD Dinner Rolls

        http://www.recipetineats.com

        1 tbsp dry yeast
        1/4 cup white sugar
        1/2 cup warm water
        4 ½ c bread flour or all purpose
        1 1/2 tsp salt
        1 cup, lukewarm, whole or low fat
        3.5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
        2 eggs, at room temperature, beaten with fork

        1 tbsp butter, melted for brushing tops


        Place the yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a medium bowl, then pour in water. Leave for 5 minutes until it froths.

        Place flour, remaining sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix to combine.

        Make a well in the center. Add milk, butter, eggs and pour in the yeast liquid, including all froth.

        Mix until combined with wooden spoon - it will be like a thick muffin batter. Not pourable, but thick and sticky.

        Leave dough in the bowl, cover with a wet (clean) tea towel and place in a warm place to rise for around 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.

        Line a 9 x 13" tray with baking paper with overhang. Beth just sprayed the pan with cooking spray.

        Remove tea towel and punch dough to deflate, then mix briefly in the bowl to get rid of the bubbles in the dough.

        Dust work surface with flour, scrape dough on work surface. Dust top of dough then shape into a log. Cut log into 12 pieces.

        Take one piece and press down with palm, then use your fingers to gather into a ball, Place the ball with the smooth side up on the tray. Repeat with remaining dough. Line them up 3 x 4.

        Spray surface of rolls (or cling wrap) with oil (any), then place cling wrap over the tray.

        Return tray to warm place and leave for 30 - 45 min, until the dough has risen by about 75% (less than double in size).

        Preheat 350F (fan/convection). Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until the surface is a golden brown and the roll in the center sounds hollow when tapped.

        Remove rolls from oven. Brush with melted butter.

        Use overhang to lift rolls onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool to warm before serving.

        Friday, July 7, 2017

        Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub

        This was the rub we used on our steaks for the 4th.  Very good, but I will sprinkle lightly next time.


        Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub

        http://thecozycook.com


        1.5 tablespoons kosher salt
        2 teaspoons brown sugar
        ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
        ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
        ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
        ¼ teaspoon onion powder
        ¼ teaspoon turmeric
        ½ teaspoon paprika
        ½ teaspoon chili powder
        1 teaspoon black pepper

        Combine all ingredients.

        Generously cover each side of the steak with the seasoning and let it rest for about 40 minutes. This allows the salt to penetrate through the surface  and actually helps break down the muscle fibers, which results in a more tender meat. During this time, the liquid that initially surfaced has time to reabsorb, which makes the meat juicer.

        Once the grill is nice and hot, place the steak(s) on and cook for 4-5 minutes, until it’s browned and slightly charred. Flip it over and cook for the following additional time:

        -5 minutes: Medium Rare
        -7 minutes: Medium
        -10 minutes: Medium- Well
        Notes
        This rub is GREAT on burgers as well!

        Thursday, July 6, 2017

        Orange Coffee Cake


        I made this for the 4th of July.  It was quite easy and very tasty

        Orange Coffee Cake
        Taste of Home BB

        1 c butter
        1 c sugar
        2 eggs
        2 c flour
        pinch of salt
        1 c sour cream
        1 t baking soda
        1/2 t baking powder
        1/2 t orange extract
        grated rind of 1 orange
        1 orange, juiced, divided

        Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add sour cream.  Add dry ingredients and then rind.  Add the juice of 1/2 of the orange.  Beat all together until blended well.  This will be thick.

        Spoon into a well greased tube pan(angel food cake pan).  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.   Cool for 10 minutes and then flip out onto a plate.

        While cake is still warm, pour this over top:

        1-2 c powdered sugar(depends on how big the orange is)
        juice of 1/2 orange

        Wednesday, July 5, 2017

        CASA OLE GREEN SAUCE

        We recently went to Casa Ole after not having been there for MANY years.  We fell in love again with their green sauce and found a recipe that seems to be quite close.  See our additions/substitutions in bold.
        CASA OLE GREEN SAUCE
        http://www.epicurious.com


        4 medium Avocados
        1 can (32 oz size) Green Tomatillos We subbed 8 ounces  green tomatillo salsa
        2 cloves Garlic
        1 large Jalapeno (fresh, not pickled)We used 1/2 of a TEXAS jalapeno
        2 sprigs fresh Cilantro We used one BUNCH
        2 teaspoons Salt
        1 container (8 oz size) Sour Cream
        1 teaspoon Fajita Seasoning
        1 cup Water or as needed during blending
        ¼ cup of chopped onions


        Combine all ingredients on high in blender until smooth, adding water as necessary to thin down mix so that it blends smoothly in blender. Place in refrigerator for 4 hours. Serve in dip bowls.

        Tuesday, July 4, 2017

        Crispy Pretzel Bars

        I made these for Jenna to take to work this week.  They were easy and NO BAKE!  In this Texas heat, that is a good thing!
        Crispy Pretzel Bars
        adapted from Taste of Home--Jane Thompson, Eureka, Illinois

        1 cup sugar
        1 cup light corn syrup
        1/2 cup peanut butter
        5 cups Rice Krispies Beth used red white and blue Rice Krispies
        2 cups pretzel sticks Beth had twists, so lightly crushed them
        1 cup plain M&M's

        1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add the cereal, pretzels and M&M's; stir until coated. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. pan. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.

        Monday, July 3, 2017

        Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

        I put this together before church on Sunday and cooked it from 8-12. I used skinless boneless breasts. This was very good.


        Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

        http://dinnerthendessert.com


        6 chicken thighs bone and skin on --per comments, can use breasts3-4 hr cook time
        3 green onions from tip to tail with root trimmed
        1/2 yellow onion
        1/2 jalapeno pepper de-seeded and de-veined
        1/3 cup soy sauce
        1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
        2 tablespoons vegetable oil
        1 tablespoon brown sugar Beth used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
        2 teaspoons thyme
        1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
        1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
        1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


        Add the chicken thighs to a large skillet and brown them on medium high heat on both sides for 3-5 minutes.  Beth did NOT do this.

        In a food processor add the green onions, onion, jalapeno, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice and puree until smooth.

        Add the chicken to the slow cooker skin side up and pour the sauce over the chicken.
        Cook on low for 8 hours

        Sunday, July 2, 2017

        Philly Bowls

        I was looking for a quick low carb dinner. This was very easy and tasted great. We got 5 ramekins out of this.





        Philly Bowls



        1  medium/large sized Green Bell Pepper, diced finely
        1/2  small White Onions, raw & diced finely
        1 clove Garlic, minced finely
        1 pound 93% Lean Ground Beef, raw  (or turkey if you prefer)
        2 Tbsp Montreal Grill Mates Steak Seasoning
        Salt/Pepper, to taste
        8 slices Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Provolone Cheese

        Saute the diced green peppers and onions in a small amount of olive oil till softened and the onions are translucent.  Add the ground beef and garlic, cooking the beef until browned.  (Drain if you need to…but probably won’t.)  Season with steak seasoning, salt & pepper to taste.  Divide into ramekins and top with cheese.  Zap in the microwave to melt cheese if need be but they should melt from the beef’s meat alone.

        The stats are so similar between the two portion sizes….

        If you divide this into 6 servings (over 1/3 of a cup approx.), the stats are:  158 calories, 8 grams fat, 3 grams carb, 19 grams protein.  

        If you divide into 8 servings (about 1/4 of a cup), the stats are:  129 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 grams carb, 15 grams protein.  

        Spicy Nuts (Paleo + Whole30)

        I made these to have around for a snack.  I subbed Walnuts for the Pecans when I discovered I had none.  Next time I will double this, since it is addicting and doesn't last long!
        Spicy Nuts (Paleo + Whole30)
        http://realsimplegood.com

        1 cup almonds
        1 cup pecans Beth used walnuts
        1 cup cashews
        1.5 tsp chili powder
        1/2 tsp garlic powder
        1/2 tsp cumin
        1/2 tsp black pepper
        1/2 tsp sea salt
        1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
        1 tablespoon olive oil


        Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Place nuts in single layer on the baking pan. Place in oven to roast for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.


        While nuts are roasting, prepare spice mixture by combining chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
        Remove nuts from oven and allow to cool. Transfer to a bowl and coat nuts with olive oil, then coat with spice mixture.
        Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

        Saturday, July 1, 2017

        The Easiest Greek Grilled Chicken

        This was very easy to put together and tasted great. 
        The Easiest Greek Grilled Chicken
        http://littlespicejar.com

        1 1/4 – 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
        1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
        1/2 teaspoon EACH fresh chopped rosemary AND dried oregano (see note)
        1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
        1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
        1 tablespoon minced garlic
        3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (not the stuff in a bottle!)
        3 tablespoons olive oil
        1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


        In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, thyme, cayenne, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.

        Place the chicken breasts in a large zip top bag. Pour the prepared marinade on top, zip the bag and give it a good shake until the chicken is evenly coated. Allow the chicken to marinate for 10 minutes – 2 hours. I like to stick to a 30 minute marinade if possible.

        Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium high heat. Spray the grates with nonstick cooking spray if desired. Place the chicken breasts on the grill, discard any leftover marinade. Cook the chicken breasts for 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

        Serve immediately, garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

        Notes:
        1. The fresh rosemary can be replaced with 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary.
        2. Boneless skinless chicken thighs can also be used in place of chicken breasts if desired. I have not tested this recipe with bone-in chicken thighs/breasts so please use your best judgement!