Sunshine State Citrus Cupcakes and a Gooseberry Patch GIVEAWAY!!

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Time for another giveaway for a great  Gooseberry Patch cookbook!

This giveaway is for ONE copy of the NEW Simple Shortcut Recipes generously donated by Gooseberry Patch.   This cookbook is perfect if you don’t have loads of time to spend in the kitchen.  The recipes are delicious, easy, and you probably have many of the ingredients in your pantry already.  Giveaway rules will follow after the recipe!

For the next 10 days, look for a recipe every day from this cookbook!

I chose to make these cupcakes because I LOVE citrus.  It’s one of my favorite ingredients to cook with.  Everything always tastes so fresh and citrus can be found all year long so I don’t have to wait for a certain time of year to use it.

One of the things I liked about this particular recipe, is that you can use it for a dessert, for breakfast, or for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea.  Plus I love Florida so anything that says Sunshine State is right up my alley!

Three of the four dogs got into them and enjoyed them as well!

Sunshine State Citrus Cupcakes
submitted by Bunny Palmertree of Carrollton, MS

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 small boxes Instant Lemon Pudding ~ I used sugar-free
3/4 cup oil
1 cup orange juice
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat for one minute on low and then 3 minutes on high.

Fill paper lined muffin tins about 1/2 full.

Bake at 350º for 25 minutes or until golden.

While cupcakes are still warm, pierce with a fork.

Spoon glaze evenly over the top of all the cupcakes, using up all the glaze. It’s easier if you put wax paper under the cooking rack to catch all the drips.

Glaze:
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and boil and stir for 2 minutes. Use immediately.

Makes 2 dozen.

FOR THE GIVEAWAY ~ all you have to do is just reply on this post telling me you want to be entered.  Very easy!  The giveaway will run  until April 3.  I will pick a winner using random.org.  If you have any questions, just email me at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com.

Happy Cooking!

Pi Day!

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Today is 3.14 which is pi so today is known as pi(e) day in the foodie/blogging world.

Those who follow A Recipe A Day on Facebook know that I have been craving banana cream pie so I thought it would be a perfect post for pi day ~ and it helped that I remembered to buy bananas.  A reader suggested a banana pudding pie and it stuck with me.

I was looking through a bunch of old cooking magazines last week and found one called Our Best-Ever Cakes and Pies by Southern Living.   While everything in it looks so good, I did find a banana pudding pie that used homemade pudding so I gave it a shot.  It wasn’t hard to put together but it did take some time.

As I suspected, one piece satisfied me and now I won’t want banana cream pie for another couple of years since I’m not really a fan of bananas.  Mr. Meat Eater, on the other hand, inhaled 2 pieces ~ he loved it!

Regular readers will know that I can’t cut a pie to save my soul so I will only show pictures of the whole pie before I make a mess of it, LOL!

Banana Pudding Pie

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

1 (11 oz) box Nilla wafers
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 large bananas, sliced ~ I used 3
Vanilla Pudding ~ recipe follows
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350º. Put 30 Nillas aside.

In a food processor, process remaining Nilla wafers. Stir crushed wafers and melted butter together and firmly press on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake crust for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to rack and let cool.

Arrange half of the banana slices over the bottom of the crust.

Prepare the vanilla pudding and put 3/4 cup hot pudding over the bananas and top with 20 of the reserved Nillas. Put 3/4 of the leftover pudding over the top of the Nillas and top with remaining banana slices. Put the rest of the pudding (about 1 cup) over the banana slices.

Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer at high speed until foamy. Add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over hot filling making sure to seal edges.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove from oven and let cool on rack for 1 hour. Crush remaining Nillas and sprinkle over top of pie.

Chill for 4 hours before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

Vanilla Pudding

2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 large eggs
4 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla

Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, for 8-10 minutes or until mixture reaches thickness of chilled pudding. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Use in banana pie immediately.

Happy Cooking!

Southwest~Style Cod

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I really like fish and seafood and I don’t make it nearly enough.  Last week my local grocery had US caught cod fillets on sale and happened to have recipes for it right at the counter so I bought the cod and grabbed a recipe.  The recipe was very easy and was excellent.  I’ll be making it again for sure!

Southwest~Style Cod

2 lbs fresh cod fillets
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup yellow corn meal
2 tbsps flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Mix all ingredients except cod in a Ziplock bag. Add the cod and shake until the fish is well coated. Place coated fish in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with any remaining cheese mixture over the fish.

Bake at 400º for 12 to 15 minutes or until the fish flakes when tested with a fork.

Makes 4 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

A NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!!!

Starting off the new year with a new Gooseberry Patch giveaway!!

This time I am giving away a copy of  Fresh from the Farmstand which is chock full of recipes that use all those favorite veggies and fruits from your local farmstand.  There are 6 chapters, from breakfast to dessert and so many delicious recipes to try.

This week I’ll be making and posting a few recipes from this cookbook!

Last night I made Quick 40-Clove Chicken submitted by Sharon Velenosi of Stanton, CA.  I halved the recipe since I was cooking for just Mr. Meat Eater and myself but I used about 30 cloves of garlic.  I did have to cook mine much longer than the recipe stated and I stuck it under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown it up.  I squished the garlic on top of the chicken and it was delicious!

Quick 40-Clove Chicken

8 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
40 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Season chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Place in a baking dish in a single layer and scatter garlic cloves over the chicken.

Cover and bake at 400º for 20 minutes; sprinkle with parsley. Continue baking, uncovered, for 10 more minutes or until juices run clear. I ended up baking mine close to an hour but they were thick breasts; thinner ones would cook much quicker.

Makes 8 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Now for the giveaway ~ to be entered, just reply ON THIS POST ONLY that you would like to be entered.  The contest will run until Monday, January 16 at noon.   That’s it!  Easy peasey.   If you have any questions, just email me at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com.

Happy Cooking!

Witches Fingers

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These are super cute to serve for Halloween dinner.  They are easy to make and the only thing that takes a bit of time is cutting the pouch to stick the end of the red pepper in.  I tried just laying a few on instead of cutting the pouch and that worked fine, too, so do whatever is easier for you.

The recipe I found originally called for Shake & Bake for chicken but I didn’t want to use that so I just used a recipe for regular chicken nugget coating.  I didn’t dip in the butter before coating to try and save a few calories and they will brown up more if you use the butter or you can spray them with Pam before baking.  Make sure you spray the pan before placing the chicken on it.  You can also increase the number of chicken breasts easily, too, if you need to make more.

Witches Fingers

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp basil
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 small red sweet pepper, cut into small triangles

Preheat the oven to 400º.

Cut chicken breasts into long strips and tapered a little on one end.

In a bowl or on a plate, mix all ingredients except the butter. Put the butter in a bowl big enough for dipping.

Dip chicken into butter then into the crumb mixture and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

On one of the tapered ends, make a small slice and fit the red pepper triangle in it or you can just place on the end and it should stick while baking.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked through.

Serve with barbecue sauce or your favorite sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

Hamwiches

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These little sandwiches are not nearly as heart attack worthy as my Hot Ham and Swiss Party Rolls but taste just as good.   These are easy to make and are good as appetizers or at a brunch or lunch.

Use your favorite mustard ~ I used Gulden’s. I didn’t have any poppy seeds so I just left them out and didn’t miss them. I also used King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls and loved the bit of sweetness from the rolls but any dinner rolls would work.

This recipe came from Capture the Coast, the fourth book in the Culinary Collection series by the Junior League of Tampa.

I made a few other recipes that I have already posted here ~ Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Paula Deen’s Sausage Spirals, Winter Fruit Salad, and one more recipe that I have to post.

Hamwiches

3 tbsps butter, melted
2 tsps mustard
2 tsps poppy seeds
1/3 cup chopped onion
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 (16 oz) pkg of dinner rolls
1/3 lb shaved deli ham
Swiss cheese slices

Preheat oven to 350º.

Mix the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, onion, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl and set aside. Place a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet.

Remove the rolls from the package in one piece and carefully cut them in half horizontally so you end up with one top and one bottom. Place the bottom on the foil and spread the butter mixture evenly over the bottom. Layer the ham and cheese over the butter mixture. Replace the top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Take out of the oven and carefully cut the rolls apart with a sharp knife.

Make as many servings as there are rolls. This is easily doubled.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

Brunch Mushroom Frittata

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I am a real mushroom lover and this dish was was my favorite at my my pink party  last weekend.   It’s easy to make and a little bit unique in that you use shredded cheddar cheese for the “crust”.  I used a 9×9 square baking dish since the recipe just called for a 8-cup baking dish.  The recipe also called for only 4 mushrooms, chopped and I used about 10 mushrooms, sliced.

I found the recipe in a cookbook called Savor the Seasons by the Junior League of Tampa. It’s the third book in their Culinary Collection.

Brunch Mushroom Frittata

2 tbps butter
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 mushrooms, chopped (I used 10 mushrooms, sliced)
4 ozs sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 eggs
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 tsps salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dried thyme
dash of pepper
2 dashes Tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 325º.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes, stirring often.

Press the cheese evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a greased 8 cup baking dish. I did not cover the sides but just went up a bit from the bottom.

Beat the eggs, cream, milk, salt, cumin, thyme, pepper and Tabasco in a bowl until blended. Add all but 1/2 cup cooked vegetable mixture and mix well. Set 1/2 cup vegetable mixture aside.

Carefully pour the egg mixture in the prepared pan trying not to move the cheese from the bottom of the dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until almost set in the center. Sprinkle with the remaining vegetable mixture and bake for 10 minutes longer or until set.

Makes 6-8 servings

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Happy Cooking!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Side Dishes

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Sometimes I like the side dishes better than the main course and I have been known to skip the main to get to the sides…even in restaurants.  Here are a few that are perfect for Easter.

Not Your Mother’s Green Bean Casserole

Au Gratin Potatoes

Roast Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

Cream Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Fruity Tossed Salad

Mixed Veggie Casserole with Cheese

Green Onion Potato Casserole

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls ~ Bread Machine or Not

Barefoot Contessa’s Potato Salad

Honey Glazed Carrots

I hope some of these will find their way to your Easter table!

Happy Cooking!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Ham!

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We always have ham for Easter and I always wonder if it’s the baked ham we love or the ham salad sandwiches the day after (that recipe is included), LOL!

Here a few that I’ve made and loved.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Baked Ham and My Mom’s Ham Salad

Glazed Ham

Bourbon Ham

Glazed Spiral Ham

I don’t know what recipe I’m going to be using but I think I’ll be trying a new one!  What about you?

Happy Cooking!

Oven Baked Bourbon Chicken

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We made it back in one piece!  We had a great vacation ~ it was great seeing our son and our daughter ran her first half marathon and did a great job!  We are glad to be home and trying to get back in our routines.  The biggest lesson we learned is that Mr. Meat Eater and I are too old to make a 12 hour drive in one day anymore 😦  I will probably not be posting every day this week but will be soon.

I love bourbon chicken but for some reason haven’t made it in a long time.    I saw a recipe recently calling itself Bourbon Chicken but it doesn’t even have bourbon in it.  I would have thought that was a prerequisite.

This recipe is very easy but does need time to marinate.  Make sure you use the chicken thighs as I think they taste best in this recipe. as the white meat would dry out too much.  I have made this using Splenda brown sugar instead of regular and I have made about half the marinade but if you do make half the marinade, make sure to use the full 2 tbsps. of bourbon.  I usually serve with rice and stir fry vegetables.

Oven Baked Bourbon Chicken

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 lb dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons bourbon

Make marinade and add chicken. Pour into a large ziplock bag, and refrigerate several hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

Pour contents into a baking dish, cover, and bake at 350º for 45 to 60 minutes.

Serve over rice if desired.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Happy Cooking!