Zucchini Pickles

Zucchini Pickles

Zucchini Pickles
Sandwiches and snacks are great with pickled zucchini! A plentiful zucchini crop is used to great effect in this simple recipe for sweet and tangy zucchini pickles.

In a sizable bowl, combine the zucchini and onions.

Add the water, then the salt and stir to combine.

Vegetables should soak for at least two hours before being drained and added to a big pot.

Bring yellow mustard, sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seed, and water to a boil in a pot.

Pour the mixture over the onions and zucchini, then let it stand for an additional two hours.

Put the pot of pickling liquid, spices, and vegetables on the stove and bring to a boil.

a three-minute boil.

In the meantime, check three 1-quart jars for cracks and rust on the rings, and discard any that are damaged.

Vegetables should be cooked for at least five minutes in simmering water.

New, unused lids and rings should be cleaned in warm, soapy water.

March 31, 2024

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Chef John’s Shakshuka

Chef John's Shakshuka

Chef John’s Shakshuka
Eggs are cooked on top of a fiery tomato and pepper sauce as it simmers slowly to completion. You can eat this for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, and it’s always delicious!

Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onions and mushrooms.

Sprinkle with salt.

Cook and stir until mushrooms release all of their liquid and start to brown about 10 minutes.

Stir in bell peppers and jalapeno pepper.

Cook and stir until peppers begin to soften up about 5 minutes.

Season with cumin paprika turmeric black pepper and cayenne.

Stir and cook to “wake up” the flavors about 1 minute.

Pour in crushed tomatoes and water.

Adjust heat to medium and simmer uncovered until veggies are softened and sweet stirring occasionally 15 to 20 minutes.

Add more water if sauce becomes too thick.

March 30, 2024

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Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
This chocolate smoothie uses bananas, peanut butter, milk, vanilla, and cocoa for a healthy, kid-friendly beverage perfect for breakfast or a snack.

In a blender, combine the bananas, milk, ice cubes, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and vanilla.

Blend on high until smooth.

Add to 2 glasses.

March 29, 2024

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Sandy’s Cranberry Coffee Cake

Sandy's Cranberry Coffee Cake

Sandy’s Cranberry Coffee Cake
Coffee cake with a hint of almond and layers of cranberry sauce is the perfect way to start Christmas or Easter morning.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease and flour a fluted tube pan.

Whisk flour baking powder baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.

Beat sugar and margarine together in a bowl until creamy.

Add sour cream eggs and 1 teaspoon almond extract to sugar mixture; beat until smooth.

Pour sugar mixture into flour mixture and mix to form a smooth batter.

Pour 1/3 the batter into the prepared pan.

Pour cranberry sauce into a bowl and stir.

Spread 1/2 sauce over batter in the prepared pan.

Pour 1/3 the batter over cranberry sauce and spread second 1/2 cranberry sauce over the batter.

Top with remaining 1/3 cake batter.

March 28, 2024

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An Eastern European delicacy from Georgia known as Khachapuri is homemade bread that has been filled with Muenster cheese. It is perfect for breakfast or as a party snack.

2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt should be combined in the paddle attachment-equipped bowl of a stand mixer.

In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the milk and margarine.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the milk is very warm and the margarine is mostly melted, about 5 minutes.

On low speed, stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture just until combined.

Increase the speed to medium and beat for two minutes or until smooth.

Beat in the remaining 2 cups of flour until a soft dough forms.

Change to the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Fill a greased bowl with the dough.

To coat, turn over.

Cover and wait about an hour for the amount to double.

March 27, 2024

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CJ’s Epic Strawberry Banana Smoothie

CJ's Epic Strawberry Banana Smoothie

CJ’s Epic Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This recipe for a strawberry-and-banana smoothie with vanilla and whipped dairy topping is the creation of a 13-year-old who knows what’s good in a smoothie! Add it to your back-to-school recipe collection.

Put ice in a blender; add bananas milk sugar strawberries and vanilla extract.

Blend until smooth.

Top with whipped topping; blend again until smooth.

March 26, 2024

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Almond Thins

Almond Thins

Almond Thins
These are thin and delicate, making them ideal for formal events as well as morning coffee.

Set oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).

Butter and sugar are whipped together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg and vanilla after adding them.

Sift the flour and salt together, then gradually stir it into the butter mixture until just combined.

Place each half of the batter in the middle of two flat, ungreased cookie sheets.

Using a spatula dipped in warm water, spread the batter evenly across the entire baking sheet.

Add the almonds and gently press them into the dough.

March 25, 2024

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Monster Smoked Meatloaf

Monster Smoked Meatloaf

Monster Smoked Meatloaf
A beef and sausage meatloaf flavored with chunky salsa, barbeque sauce, and malt vinegar is smoked for hours in this monster of a main dish.

Mix salsa eggs onion 1/4 cup barbeque sauce 1/4 cup mustard 1/4 cup ketchup Parmesan cheese sriracha sauce soy sauce malt vinegar meatloaf seasoning mix salt garlic powder and black pepper together in a large bowl.

Stir beef and sausage into salsa mixture until thoroughly mixed.

Add enough bread crumbs to bring meatloaf mixture together.

Line a container with plastic wrap.

Pack meatloaf mixture into the container.

Chill until set 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C) according to manufacturer’s directions.

Line a wire rack with aluminum foil.

Position in a cake pan lined with aluminum foil.

Use plastic wrap to lift meatloaf onto the prepared wire rack.

March 24, 2024

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Fall in Love (with) Guacamole

Fall in Love (with) Guacamole

Fall in Love (with) Guacamole
This guacamole will make anyone fall in love with avocados. A smooth dip made with avocados, lime juice, roma tomatoes, and cilantro is perfect for any occasion!

Mash avocados sea salt garlic powder and lime juice in a bowl using a fork.

Mix onion tomatoes and cilantro into avocado mixture; season with cayenne pepper.

March 23, 2024

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Pesto Polenta Lasagna

Pesto Polenta Lasagna

Pesto Polenta Lasagna
For a gorgeous (and speedy!) vegetarian main dish, sliced polenta is layered with marinara sauce, pesto, mozzarella cheese, and pine nuts.

Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees C).

An 11x7x2 inch baking dish should be oil.

Put a single layer of polenta in the bottom of the baking dish that has been prepared.

Pesto should be applied over the polenta in a thin layer.

Transform the polenta with half of the sauce.

Add one more layer of polenta and sauce on top.

March 22, 2024

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