Sunday

Fresh Twists on Burger Recipes

Are you kind of in a rut when it comes to your burgers... they pretty much taste the same every time you serve them? Guilty... my hand it up, but just spotted the first recipe in this collection. It's called Black Bean Chili Burgers. Now that sounds as if it has lots of possibilities and the prep time is just 10 minutes!

Fresh Twists on Burger Recipes

Saturday

Cream Pie Recipes

"There is no need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making dessert when you can create a decadent pie in a half hour or less. Forgo the standard fruit filling and focus on creamy fillers instead. From the super-rich Chocolate-Mint Cream Cheese Pie to the tropical-inspired Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie, these confections will make all of your culinary dreams come true."

Cream Pie Recipes at WomansDay.com

Thursday

Rotary Eggbeater by Kuhn Rikon - Baking & Pastry Tools - Bloomingdales.com


"Kuhn Rikon rotary eggbeater. This classic kitchen tool gets an upgrade with new gearing, smoothly turning whips and high-quality stainless steel construction. Comfortable to hold, the beater confidently takes on cream, eggs and light batters."

I haven't seen one of these in years!! My mom used to have one and if we were lucky, one of us would get to lick off the beaters. Cake batter tasted like heaven!

Rotary Eggbeater by Kuhn Rikon - Baking & Pastry Tools - Bloomingdales.com:
The measured tree overflows.

Sunday

Getting Your Kitchen Ready for Halloween

You could use it all month for everything from bread sticks to candy and then after Halloween is over, it could go back to being a soup tureen.

I was just thinking that this would look so effective sitting on a bookshelf, nestled amongst your Halloween books... and you do have some Halloween books now don't you??

Thursday

Self Steeping All Natural Glass Tea Mug



Now this is kind of interesting. Might make a cute little Christmas gift for someone at the office.

Details of the Self Steeping All Natural Glass Tea Mug...


# 3 piece set includes 12 ounce mug, infuser basket and lid
# 100% all natural hand blown heat resistant borosilicate glass
# The large brew basket delivers the full flavor of teas, herbals and rooibos
# The glass lid doubles as a coaster for the brew basket
# Includes 2 free pre-measured packets of loose leaf tea"

Available at Amazon.com:

Wednesday

The Cornbread Book: A Love Story with Recipes (9780060096793): Jeremy Jackson: Books


I always spend time in bookstores perusing their cookbooks. I love looking at the photographs first of all and then its the anecdotes that grab my attention. Just love them. It reminds me of all the times that my mom made cornbread... but if I'm not mistaken, she always called it Johnny Cake and it was sweet. Loved it and it is actually something that I can pull off.

Now that I am thinking about it, I will have to ask my own mom where her first recipe for corn bread originated? I'm not sure if I remember Nanny ever making corn bread... but she was a wicked baker, so I wouldn't be surprised. And here is a little anecdote of my own. Nanny owned ONE frying pan and she cooked absolutely everything in that frying pan. I swear all the flavors in that pan just made her dishes taste that much better.

Amazon.com: The Cornbread Book: A Love Story with Recipes (9780060096793): Jeremy Jackson: Books

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Sunday

Seashell Cookie Jar - Bealls Florida Department Store


Will does this Cookie Jar make me feel that I'm in Florida?? Well, just maybe. I have a soft spot for Florida and at we won't be going on vacation for while yet. I need to go now! Yeah, that's the kind of summer we have been having.

Our house was put up for sale at the beginning of the summer and we have had dozens of bare feet wandering through our home. Have you noticed what barefeet does to hardwood floors?? Yeah, I am a wee bit cranky. But luckily it's all over. The house has sold and in a couple of weeks, we will be headed south to look for a new house. I only wish that my husband had been transferred to Florida, but it wasn't to be.


So the Seashell Cookie Jar... Yeah, I think this just might work. ;)

Price: 17.99, Sale Price: 10.79
You save 40%"



Seashell Cookie Jar - Bealls Florida Department Store:



The Best Days of Our Lives

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Friday

Quesadilla Makers - Take Your Pick


Sante Fe Quesadilla Maker cooks quesadillas in 4 to 5 minutes. Both Power Light and Ready Light. Cool touch exterior. Non-stick coating & drip tray. Fits tortillas up to 12-in. in diameter. Includes recipes."

Quesadilla Maker - Belk.comSale $26.99




Enjoy restaurant-style Tex-Mex at home with this no-fuss quesadilla maker
The red-and-orange design with chili pepper handle adds festivity to cooking
Features an on/off and ready light and built-in drip reservoir
Made of plastic


El-Paso Quesadilla Maker (Target): $19.29






A quesadilla maker looks a little like a round waffle iron, in that it has a nonstick metal plate on its top and bottom. The halves are hinged together ...

Monterrey Quesadilla Maker (K-Mart) $37.99

Amazon.com: Renaissance Banana Tree/Fruit Basket: Kitchen & Dining


How about having a fruit bowl AND a banana holder in one spot. Makes sense don't you think?

Amazon.com: Renaissance Banana Tree/Fruit Basket

Easy Cornbread Recipe



Ingredients:
Butter: 1/3 cup
Flour: 1 cup
Cornmeal: 1 cup
Milk: 1 cup
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Egg: 2


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Melt the butter on medium heat or nuke it slowly.

3. When butter has melted, add milk, sugar and cornmeal. Stir until mixture has thickened.

4. Allow mixture to cool.

* In separate bowl, gently beat the eggs and baking powder together. Now, add flour and cornmeal mixture to it. Stir until lumps dissolve.

* Grease pan with oil and then pour in batter.

* Bake for 30-35 min until golden brown. Wooden testing skewer should come out dry when inserted into cornbread wedges.


Love this pan... it makes the cornbread nice and crispy on the outside. *Note... if I have time and I remember lol... I sometimes preheat the cornbread pan, but if I forget, it still works. ;)

Pan available at Amazon.com: Nordic Ware Scottish Scone & Cornbread Pan

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Thursday

Ice Cream Trivia

Strawberry ice cream in a cone.Image via Wikipedia



Just in case you always wanted to know, I went looking to see what I could find on the topic of ice cream. My reasoning... it's not as easy to make as it looks. We just made a batch of ice cream and it's not tasting the way I expected it to. So, we either play around with it by adding stuff to it until it tastes better, or we dump it. In the meantime I thought that I would go looking for a bit of trivia!




Believe it or not, the average cow can produce enough milk to make 9000 gallons of ice cream!

People in New York City were enjoying ice cream as far back as 1776 when the first ice cream parlor supposedly opened!

If someone was to ask you what the most popular day for buying ice cream would be, what would you say?? Saturday?? Surprisingly enough, the answer is Sunday!

Ice cream may have been served in 1776, but it wasn't until 1886 that the first cone was made. I wonder just how many cones are consumed each year? I wonder how many products are still waiting to be thought of? Boggles the mind doesn't it!

Sources:

Fun Facts On Ice Cream

MakeIceCream.com


Food Reference

Cyber Space Farm





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Making Ice Cold Lemonade From Scratch

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When we were kids, lemonade out of a packet was just fine with us... actually, I can't believe some of the stuff we actually consumed as kids! You know the drink mixes that I'm talking about, but now that we are older, we want something a bit more sophisticated and that's where home-made lemonade comes into the picture. It just tastes better. We can control how much sugar we use and how much of the lemon we want to use. So have fun with this recipe, there's nothing quite like it! Here's what you will need:

1/2 to 1 cup of sugar. It can be as sweet or as tart as you like it.
1 cup of lemon juice made from honest to goodness lemons lol...
5 cups of cold water.

The first thing you are going to do is to dissolve the desired amount of sugar in a cup of water and the lemon juice. Once you have the sugar crystals all dissolved, all you have to do is stir in the rest of the water. Now test to see if you need to add anything more and then serve over ice. You are going to love it! Here's to a non-ending supply of fresh lemonade for the rest of the summer and all the fun that goes along with it!





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Wednesday

Mustard and Orange Turkey Breast - Crockpot Recipe

a w:slow cooker Oval Crock PotImage via Wikipedia



* One fresh bone-in turkey breast
* 3 Tbsp. mustard (whatever flavor you have handy)
* 2/3 cup orange juice
* pinch salt
* twist of pepper

Preparation:

Remove the skin and then place the turkey breast in the slow cooker. Spoon your mustard over the breast and then sprinkle with salt and the pepper. I'm not really big on amounts when I cook. My pinch is whatever I can squeeze between my two fingers and my twist of pepper is whatever comes out when I twist the pepper mill. If I want more, I give it another twist. ;)

Pour juice over the turkey and put the lid on the crockpot. Cook on low for about 8 hours or until the turkey is thoroughly cooked. We have served this over noodles or rice... whatever you fancy. Actually, I think that we have even pulled the meat apart and wrapped it in pitas. Pretty versatile. ;)




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Saturday

No-Bake Butterscotch Haystacks

I'm sure that mom used to make something like this when I was a kid and we loved them. They were sort of a combination cookie/candy. All I remember is that they tasted pretty good! So, I'm sharing the recipe.

Here are the ingredients...



* 1 cup HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips
* 1/2 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
* 1 tablespoon shortening(do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
* 1-1/2 cups (3-oz. can) chow mein noodles, coarsely broken

And this is coming from the Hershey Kitchen, so you know that it's going to be good!


Easy to follow instructions...

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