Strawberry Mousse

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I love any flavor of mousse but so many of them use raw eggs that I don’t usually make them.  Yes, I know I can use pasteurized eggs but  for some reason, I don’t.  Anyway, this recipe doesn’t have any eggs at all.  It tasted like fresh strawberries which I loved.  I hate when I can’t taste the flavor.  It is also very easy to make.

A Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream

Place the strawberries and sugar in a blender and process until pureed. Let stand for 30 minutes.

In a bowl, soften the unflavored gelatin in cold water. Add the hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves.

Add the gelatin mixture to the pureed strawberries and process in the blender to mix well. Add the whipping cream and whip for 5 minutes. The mixture will not whip up like whipping cream usually does.

Pour into 4 dessert dishes and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until set.

Makes 4 servings. I made 2 large servings instead of the 4.

Recipe adapted from Something’s Simmering

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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First of all, I love the deep fried mozzarella sticks and while the baked sticks don’t come anywhere close to tasting like the fried sticks, they are a wonderful substitute.  Especially if you are counting calories or, like me, are too lazy to get the deep fryer out and mess with all that oil.

This recipe is easy but plan for all the freezing involved.  These sticks MUST be watched in the oven or they will melt.  I watched mine and couple melted very quickly so please keep an eye on them.

I found the recipe on Pinterest and it comes from a site called The Comfort of Cooking.

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

12 mozzarella sticks, cut in half to make 24 pieces
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup panko
2 tsps grated Parmesan
1 tbsp dried parsley

Freeze the 24 pieces of mozzarella until hard ~ about 30 minutes.

Place the egg in a shallow dish and whisk. Place the flour in a separate dish. Place the breadcrumbs, panko, Parmesan, and parsley ~mixed~ in a third shallow dish.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.

Working quickly, dip frozen mozzarella halves into the flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are coated. Freeze on the cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes until frozen.

While the coated cheese is freezing, preheat the oven to 400º.

When the coated cheese is ready, place in oven and bake 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn pieces over. Return to oven for an additional 4-5 minutes.

WATCH STICKS CLOSELY because they will melt quickly.

Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

Makes 24 mozzarella sticks.

Happy Cooking!

Quick and Easy Lemon Bars from 101 Farmhouse Favorites by Gooseberry Patch

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I have been so slow over the past couple of days that I haven’t even gotten to write a new post here.  It seems the colder it gets, the slower I get.

This recipe comes from Gooseberry Patch’s 101 Farmhouse Favorites ~

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Quick and Easy Lemon Bars was submitted by Lynda McCormick who I “met” on a message board on AOL years ago.  She is an awesome cook and I wish she would start her own blog because every recipe of hers that I have made has been wonderful!  Anyway, we lost touch when the message board went away but she found me on Facebook and have been back in touch since then.

This recipe is another of hers that I really like.  Super easy, very lemony, and great to make and take at the last minute.  I made half the pan sprinkled with coconut and half the pan sprinkled with chopped pecans.  I like the coconut better only because no one else in my family are big coconut eaters and I love it.  The bars are just delicious!

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Quick and Easy Lemon Bars
Submitted by Lynda McCormick, Burkburnett, TX

16 oz pkg angel food cake mix
22 oz can lemon pie filling
Optional ~ chopped pecans, sweetened flaked coconut

Combine the dry cake mix and the pie filling in a large bowl; mix well.

Spread in a greased 15×10 jelly-roll pan; sprinkle with the chopped pecans or coconut, if desired.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.

Let cool and cut into bars.

Makes 24 to 30 bars depending on how you cut them.

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Apple Crumb Pie

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Mr. Meat Eater and I are pie people.  We like cake, too, but almost always choose pie over cake.   Even though we love pie, I don’t make it very often because we would eat too much.  Last week I had some apples that were well on their way to spoiling so the first thing that came to my mind was…pie!

I searched around and found a recipe on Allrecipes that I changed up to suit us.  It’s easy and delicious.  I used MUCH less sugar than the recipe called for ~ I used barely 1/4 cup since my apples were sweet and 3/4 cup just seemed like too much sugar to me.

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie

Pie:
1 pie shell, unbaked
6 cups sliced apples
1 tbps lemon juice
2/4 cup sugar ~ I used less than 1/4 cup
2 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp cold butter

Preheat oven to 375º.

Place sliced apples in a large bowl and sprinkle lemon juice over the apples. Mix the rest of the pie ingredients (except crust) in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the top of the apples and mix until all the apples are coated evenly. Spoon into unbaked shell.

In another small bowl, mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle over filling in the pie shell. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Cool and serve.

Makes 8 servings.

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Chicken and Farfalle Alfredo

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I’ve been spending lots of time on Tasty Kitchen and found this delicious and easy recipe.  Tasty Kitchen is affiliated with the Pioneer Woman and has tons of wonderful, user-submitted recipes so if you have some time, have a look!

This recipe is super easy and can be probably made up and on the table in 30 minutes.

Bowtie Pasta and Chicken

Chicken and Farfalle Alfredo

12 ounces farfalle pasta (Bowties)
4 tbsps butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup half and half
3 tbsps heavy cream
chicken broth ~ may need of sauce becomes too thick
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsps fresh parsley, minced

Cook pasta according to pkg directions. Drain and set aside.

Salt and pepper chicken breasts on both sides. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsps butter. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden on both sides and cooked through so that no pink remains. Remove from the skillet and slice into thin strips. Set aside.

Add additional 2 tbsps butter to skillet and then add the minced garlic. Stir the garlic to avoid burning. If it burns, start over. Pour in the wine and let it bubble and reduce for 2 minutes. Add the half and half, cream, and extra salt and pepper, if desired. Whisk until all combined. Allow to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, use some chicken broth to thin.

When the sauce looks good, remove from the heat and add the Parmesan to the sauce then put the farfalle i right on top of it. Toss to combine. Add the chicken and continue tossing until it is all combined. If it’s too thick for oyur taste, add a bit of chicken broth to thin.

Adjust seasonings if needed. Top with the minced parsley and serve while hot.

I had some leftover and Mr. Meat Eater heated it up the next day and said it tasted just as good.

Makes 4 servings.

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Barefoot Contessa’s Country Omelet

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Egg dishes like this are one of my favorite things to make ~ especially when I don’t feel like cooking.  This is an easy dish to put together and to use up whatever you have in your refrigerator.

Ina’s recipe calls for bacon but Mr. Meat Eater hates bacon in anything and will only eat bacon as a slice of bacon for breakfast.  So, instead of bacon I used mushrooms which gave that bit of meatiness I like in omelets and frittatas.

This is perfect for 2 or even three if you are light eaters.  You must use a pan that can go in your oven so be careful when grabbing the handle to bring it out of your oven.

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Barefoot Contessa’s Country Omelet

1 tbsp olive oil
5 or 6 mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 cup diced Yukon Gold potatoes
salt and pepper
5 extra-large eggs
3 tbsps milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 350º.

Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and mushrooms to the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and browned, stirring occasionally to brown evenly. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, some salt and pepper to taste together with a fork. Wipe pan of any leftover oil. Add the 1 tbsp butter, lower temperature to low and pour in the eggs. Add the potatoes/mushroom mixture and chopped chives evenly over the eggs.

Place the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes or cook until the eggs are set.

Divide in half and serve hot.

COOK’S NOTE: If you would prefer bacon instead of mushrooms, cook chopped bacon in the pan first, remove, and continue with the potatoes.

Makes 2-3 servings

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Baked Fish Sticks

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A Print Friendly Note:   I just noticed that on print friendly, if you hover over any part of the recipe you don’t want to print, it highlights and you can delete unnecessary parts.  I usually just print the recipe and delete all the other stuff.

We love fish sticks and I’m always looking for a made from scratch recipe that isn’t fried and I think I finally hit on one we really like.  I want to say I found this recipe in a Southern Living cookbook but I’m not positive.

I used cod in this recipe but you can use your favorite fish.  I like using a thicker fish and we like cod so that’s why I chose it.  The recipe is easy and I made my homemade tartar sauce and I also made cocktail sauce by mixing ketchup and horseradish to taste.

Baked Fish Sticks

Breading:
8 bread slices ~ I did not cut off the crusts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tsps grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Fish:
Cooking spray
1 tbsp canola oil
2 lbs cod or other white fish such as flounder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 cup milk ~ I used 2%
Breading mix

Mix all breading ingredients together and set aside.

Spray a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray then coat the bottom of the pan with the canola oil. I used a brush to spread it over the bottom of the pan.

Rinse fish in cold water and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt on each side and cut into strips.

Beat eggs, egg whites, and milk in a shallow pie plate until well blended.

Place the breading mix in a ziplock bag.

Dip the fish into the egg/milk mixture then add to breading bag and shake carefully until coated. Place prepared fish on prepared pan. Repeat with all the fish strips.

Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes or until breaded fish strips are golden.

Serve immediately with your favorite sauces.

Makes 6-8 servings

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Strawberry Sour Cream Jello Salad

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love jello.  It’s weird, I know, but I crave the stuff.  At one of my daughter’s bridal showers, this salad was on the table and I was in heaven.  I didn’t get the recipe right them so I searched around until I found it.

It’s easy to make but takes a little planning.  I made it with sugar-free jello and less fat sour cream so it was not full of sugar and fat.  Mr. Meat Eater loved it, too, and I think it would be great for picnics or BBQs.

Strawberry Sour Cream Jello Salad

1 large box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
1 small box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 oz) boxes frozen strawberries ~ I used berries in light syrup
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (16 oz) container sour cream ~ I used less fat

Mix boiling water with jello in a large bowl. Add strawberries (Frozen is fine) and pineapple ~ all the juices from the fruit go in too.

Pour half this mixture in a 13×9 pan and leave the other half in the bowl. Put both in the refrigerator. When the bottom layer has jelled, spread sour cream over it. Pour thickened jello from the bowl carefully over the sour cream.

Chill until the all the jello is firm.

Makes 8-10 servings

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Red, White and Blue Trifle

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This trifle is another recipe that I’m reblogging since it’s perfect for July 4th.

It’s very easy to make and looks very patriotic.  You can make it with all sugar-free products like I do or use the regular products ~ it’s great with either.  This recipe uses help from prepared products, but you can always make yours from scratch.  I always use more fruit than necessary and I never use the banana since I’m not much of a banana fan.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 (4 ounce pkg.) cheesecake flavor instant pudding
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
16 ounce frozen pound cake, thawed
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced banana

Mix together the milk and pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk for 1-2 minutes or until well blended. Gently stir in the thawed Cool Whip.

In a trifle bowl or large glass bowl, layer half the cake cubes, half the fruit, and half of the pudding/Cool Whip mixture. Repeat layers, ending with pudding/Cool Whip mixture.

Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Makes 12 servings

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Lemon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple

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When we lived in Hawaii, we could get pineapples practically off the vine.  They were so sweet and delicious (and cheap!).  We ate so many of them that I’m surprised we still like them!  This recipe is perfect if you get a not-so-sweet pineapple like I did recently.  A super easy grilled dessert that only uses 3 ingredients. The hardest part is peeling and cutting the pineapple ~ although it’s not really hard, just time-consuming.

We grill the pineapple after we finish eating dinner so it’s still warm when we eat it. This would also be great with some vanilla ice cream.

I found the recipe in an old All You magazine.

Lemon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple

1 fresh pineapple
2 tbsps grated lemon zest
1/2 cup sugar

Trim off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Peel the rind off being sure to get as many of the eyes off as possible as they are hard to eat. When peeled, cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and then into sections, making sure to cut the rind off each section.

Mix the sugar and zest in a ziplock bag.

Put a couple of the pineapple sticks into the bag at a time and shake until coated. Transfer to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until you have grill marks and pineapple is softening up.

Cool slightly before eating so you don’t burn your mouth.

Makes 8 servings.

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