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Monday, November 28, 2016

chicken and spinach stuffed shells

I made this back in October for my sister in laws birthday dinner.  I also made stuffed Manicotti which was delicious too.  They were both very good.  I just love Alfredo anything and this was a nice change.  I made the Manicotti with ricotta which was also very good.

adapted from here

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells Serves: 8-10 servings
Serves: about 40 shells
1 (12-ounce) box uncooked jumbo pasta shells
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups fresh chopped spinach
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (5oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1⅔ cups)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  1. Cook shells according to package directions. Be careful not to overcook them or they will tear easily when trying to fill them. Drain and set shells out individually on a cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease two 9x13 baking dishes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken and all the rest of the ingredients except mozzarella and spaghetti sauce. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella. Spoon into shells. *Tip: For easier filling, fill a gallon ziplock baggie with the filling and snip a quarter size hole off the corner of the bag. Then you can just pipe the filling into the shells.
  4. Spread half of spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dishes. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. If you are freezing one of the 9x13 prepared pans, freeze it after this step. Include a baggy of the remaining mozzarella for when you cook it.
  5. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes.
  6. Makes 8-10 servings.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the time to Do ALL the things YOU Love.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin bread

  1. This is a delicious bread and really not all that sweet.  Will be great for the holidays.  Of course I made this work the work crew and they just goobled it up  

adapted from here

  • 1/2 c. butter, melted, plus more for buttering pan
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting pan
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree (unsweetened)

      1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
      3/4 c. heavy cream

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-5" loaf pan and dust with cocoa powder.
      2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
      3. In another large bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, egg and egg yolk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined, then fold in chocolate chips and pumpkin puree.
      4. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes.
      5. Make ganache: Place chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream just until it bubbles. Pour heavy cream over chocolate chips and let stand 2 minutes. Whisk until completely smooth and no clumps remain.
      6. Pour ganache over pumpkin bread, smoothing top if desired, and serve.
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      Monday, November 14, 2016


      Monday, November 7, 2016

      Lemon Toffee Cookies

      • I've been experimenting with cookie recipes trying to make a list of what I will make at Christmas time.  I usually make about 7 or 8 different kinds of cookies, some are favorites, some are requests from the folks I give cookies to at the holidays and some are just new recipes I've tried.    
      • I think recipe will be a keeper, you can change it up by adding chocolate, nuts or other type of flavoring.  It's a very simple basic cookie recipe.

      • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
      • 1 cup granulated sugar
      • 1 egg
      • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
      • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
      • 2 cups all purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • ¾ cup toffee pieces
      • ¼ cup granulated sugar, for rolling cookies in

      1. Cream together butter and 1 cup of sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the egg, lemon extract, and corn syrup,  and beat until combined.
      2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture, beating a little at a time until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir in the toffee  chips. Cover dough and chill in the fridge for one hour. (may do longer just take out 15 minutes or so before you are ready to bake)
      3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll chilled dough into balls (about ⅛ cup each) and roll in the remaining ¼ cup sugar. Bake on prepared cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes, until edges are set. Cool on a wire rack before enjoying.

      Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
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