Perfect Apple Pie (from Pillsbury)

Perfect Apple Pie – from Pillsbury

Ingredients

Crust:  1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:

6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Steps:
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.

  • In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.

  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.
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Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This recipe does not use mayonnaise to coat the chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Squeeze the fresh garlic into the pan.  Let it sit in a warm oven for a few minutes then dip and coat your chicken in it.  Then roll the chicken into the bread crumb/Parmesan cheese mixture.  Put your chicken back into the baking dish and bake.
  2. If you desire, once the chicken has baked, lay a slice of mozzarella or provolone cheese on top of each breast and pour your favorite marinara sauce over it. Put it back in the oven until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts.

Banana Bread (Gold Medal Flour Recipe)

BANANA BREAD

    • 1 1/4cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 2eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
    • 1/2cup buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/2cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired
  • DIRECTIONS
  • 1

    Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2×4 1/2×2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.

  • 2

    Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.

  • 3

    Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

LIBBY’S PUMPKIN ROLL

LIBBY’S PUMPKIN ROLL

INGREDIENTS

  • CAKE:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
 oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

FOR FILLING:
BEAT
 cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

COOKING TIP:
Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.

 

Nestle Toll House Cookies

Nestle Toll House Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

 

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION:
PREPARE
 dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

I love lentil soup!  This fabulous recipe is from: http://ohsheglows.com/2016/04/03/glowing-spiced-lentil-soup/

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
 Yield: About 7 cups
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook time
20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (280 grams) diced onion (1 medium/large)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk*
  • 3/4 cup (140 grams) uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste (for a kick of heat!)
  • 1 (5-ounce/140-gram) package baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, stir, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until the onion softens.
  2. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom until combined. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), entire can of coconut milk, red lentils, broth, salt, and plenty of pepper. Add red pepper flakes or cayenne, if desired, to taste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil.
  4. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, uncovered, for about 18 to 22 minutes, until the lentils are fluffy and tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted. Add the lime juice to taste. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into bowls and serve with toasted bread and lime wedges.

Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Prep time: 20 minutes; cook time: 30 minutes / Yields 12 muffins

By: Carolyn Riley

Recipe From AllRecipes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  •  1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled apples

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. For topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle 1 teaspoon over each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Depression Cake (uses no eggs)

Depression Cake (no eggs)

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup water
Frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (or cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
    1. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, vinegar, oil and water. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined and no lumps remain.
    2. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 square pan.
    3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    4. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan (or in the microwave using a microwave safe dish.) Stir in cocoa powder, mixture will form a thick paste.
  2. Transfer chocolate mixture to a medium size mixing bowl. With mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
  3. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer to medium high speed and beat about 5 minutes, until frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread on top of cooled cake.

Chocolate Crazy Cake (no eggs)

 Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes.  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  Cool.  Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!

 
Note:  Oven cooking times may vary, be sure to check your cake to make sure you do not over bake.
TIPS

  • You can double this recipe, just use a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Mix batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing. Be sure to follow the directions the same way – mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients. Don’t forget to grease your pan. You can also make cupcakes – be sure to adjust baking time. 
  •  This recipe is great served warm or cold with just sprinkling powdered sugar on top.  

Quaker Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

QUAKER VANISHING OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” –Zig Ziglar

Makes about 4 dozen cookies
INGREDIENTS

Mint Polka Dot Cookies

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. –Robert J. Collier, Writer

Recipe and photo source: http://www.ldsliving.com/-Food-Dish-My-Family-s-Favorite-Cookie-Recipe/s/67377
Mint Polka Dot Cookies
Recipe adapted from Guittard
2 cups (12 ounces) Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter (NOT margarine)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) Guittard Green Mint Chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat semisweet chips and butter in microwave inside a small bowl at medium power (50% or level 5) for 2-3 minutes, stirring well after each minute until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light. Blend in melted chocolate, then dry ingredients. Stir in green mint chips and chill for 10-15 minutes or until slightly stiff. (If you chill it for longer, make sure to roll dough into balls before placing on cookie sheet.) Drop by well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (preferably lined with parchment or Silpat).
Bake 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be soft in centers but will harden as they cool.
To judge doneness:
-cook until the tops look crusty, but there’s still a little gloss through the cracks. (With dark cookies, it can be hard to tell when things are cooked; it helps to smack the pan against the rack–if they deflate a little when you do it, they’re cooked.)
-leave cookies on the pan for 5-10 minutes after you pull them. The residual heat helps to bake them a little, but doesn’t overcook them. They shouldn’t fall apart when you remove them with a spatula, but they will still be a little gooey.