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Archive | August, 2013

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

9 Aug

Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 (1-pound) package sliced bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden pick. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

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Hissy Fit Dip

9 Aug

Ingredients:

16 ounces sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Velveeta®, small cubed
1 cup white American cheese, shredded
1/2 – 1 pound pork sausage, crumbled, cooked and drained
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon curry
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash of garlic salt or powder
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; stirring until well blended.

Place in baking dish you have sprayed with non-stick coating.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve with crackers, chips, or veggie sticks – carrots, celery, sliced cauliflower, etc.

Cream Cheese Mints

8 Aug


Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons soft butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract 
  • 2 pounds sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food coloring

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and push mixture into a pastry bag, icing syringe, or squeeze bottle with a decorative tip. Create desired shape and let set for 1 hour.

Kiss Pies

8 Aug

Ingredients:
 
1 refrigerated pie crust, thawed
14 Hershey Kisses of choice, I used Mint Truffle today 
1 egg white whisked with 1 Tbsp water
Powdered sugar for dusting


Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out pie dough onto a lightly floured counter top. Place 10 kisses around the edges of pie dough, about 2 1/2 inches apart (as in the photo above). Take a knife and cut a 2 1/2-3 inch circle around kiss. Fold half of pie dough around top of dough and pinch edge around top of kiss. Now, fold up both sides of remaining dough up to the tip of the kiss pinching edge. Now press together edges and form criss cross as shown in photo, step 3. * *Continue cutting dough around kisses until all dough is used up.


2. Brush all little pies with an egg white wash then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 20-28 minutes or until little pies are golden. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Dust each with powdered sugar and serve.
about 14 little pies.


Confetti Ice Cream Pops

8 Aug

Beneath the confetti-candy covering of these ice cream pops lies a marvelous surprise: a soft-in-the-center miniature candy bar on a Popsicle stick. Let kids help prepare these fanciful confections: Have them push sticks into the candy bars and finish the pops by giving them a full coating of the candy sprinkles. Perch the pops on a chilled cake stand to give them a longer life during serving.

 

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces 1 1/2 – inch soft-centered candy bars. ( Milky Way , Snickers, 3 Musketeers)
  • 1 pint vanilla custard- style ice cream, softened
  • 3/4 cup assorted candy confetti or sprinkles

Directions

  1. Insert a wooden Popsicle stick into one end of each candy bar and set aside. Place 1 tablespoon of ice cream in the bottom of a 3-ounce paper cup. Place candy in the center of the cup, surround with 3 tablespoons of ice cream, and smooth over top.
  2. Transfer cup to a baking sheet, repeat with remaining cups, and freeze until solid. Pour confetti or sprinkles into a shallow bowl and set aside. Peel the cup from each ice cream pop and roll in the decorations to cover completely. Store in freezer for up to 3 days.

 

http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/confetti-ice-cream-pops-352222

Taco Pie

7 Aug

Ingredients:

1 sheet puff pastry
1 package Taco Bell seasoning mix
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, optional

Directions:

place puff pastry on the bottom of a greased pie tin.

In a medium skillet, cook beef and onions until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa and taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut and serve with sour cream.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownie Recipe

7 Aug

Ingredients

½ cup cocoa or 2 squares (2 oz.) unsweetened baker’s chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions
Melt butter with the cocoa or chocolate together in a heavy saucepan over medium low, whisking constantly till blended. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and walnuts. Mix well. Pour into a well buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into squares.

These brownies are very fudgy and may be somewhat difficult to slice cleanly; use a sharp knife and a spatula to help them loosen from the baking dish.

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