Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

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This recipe comes from the adorable Rachel Ray and the Food Network.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Defrosted Frozen Strawberries or Juice
  • 1 Pint of Fresh Blackberries, Raspberries, or Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Good Quality Granola

Directions:

  1. Layer 1/3 of the yogurt in the bottom of 4 tall glasses.
  2. Combine defrosted strawberries and juice with fresh berries.
  3. Alternate layers of fruit and granola with yogurt, until glasses are filled to the top.
  4. Serve immediately to keep granola crunchy.

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Thoughts after making:

This was delicious, just like donkey says, in fact so good, I forgot to take a pic!

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For more Rachel Ray recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more Food Network recipes, go to Roasted Carrots

For more breakfast recipes, go to Egg and Spinach Hummus Toast

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

In other news, let’s have a quick year in review.

So in 2019 I published 111 posts!

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Cheers!

Out of those 111 posts, I’ve reviewed 63 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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On the case!

And the following stand alone mysteries:

And the following short stories:

And the following Children’s books:

And the following little extras: 

With cooking I reviewed 47 different recipes:

Breakfast:

Drinks:

Soup:

Entrees:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

Extras:

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This blog was viewed 30,068 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 496 views and the post “Jughead Jones in The Giant Tonsils That Swallowed Riverdale” from Jughead Jones Digest

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The top five posts of this year were:

5) What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners from 2018

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4) “Apple Orchard Bars” from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke 2016

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3) Wookie Cookies from 2016

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2) Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos from 2018

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1) “The October Game” from Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury from 2016

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So what will the next year hold?

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You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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In other news, this year marks an important anniversary for mystery lovers. This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the beginning career of an amazing detective.

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Roasted Carrots

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was going to a potluck and needed to make something, but had very little in my fridge-and no money as I was waiting for a new debit card and my work hours don’t work well with my bank’s hours.

I had just bought a huge bag of carrots, so I decided to look up a carrot recipe. I searched through google, and when I saw Ina Garten, I thought why not try it out as Barnes and Noble has been promoting her like crazy. It comes from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 12 Carrots
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-1/4 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/3 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Minced Fresh Dill or Parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole.
  3. Slice carrots diagonally in 1-1/2 inch thick slices. (The carrots will shrink when cooking, so make the slices big.)
  4. Toss in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 mins-until browned and tender.
  6. Toss the finished carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

So I took them to the potluck and they were all gobbled up instantly.

I know, I wanted seconds but there were none. So yeah, it was delicious and I highly recommend it.

And this also works for potatoes, but you do have to roast them longer.

For more Food Network recipesgo to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more carrot recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more recipes, go to Spinach Tortellini Soup

Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So Sunday I posted that recipe Potato Chip Omelet, well in the article I cut the recipe from it said to serve the omelet with a baguette and an arugula salad. I had never made an arugula salad, so I went searching on Pinterest and found Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese from Tyler Florence on Food Network.com

It sounded easy and I had all the ingredients, so I thought I would make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Bunches of Arugula, washed & dried
  • 1/4 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • Sal
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. In a serving bowl, drizzle the arugula with the olive oil.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Shave thin slices of Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

You know what, I realize that I don’t like arugula.

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I don’t care how much Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Antonelli (Steve Martin) likes it.

I think it is gross.

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I mean the salad tasted good except the arugula, It is just not my favorite vegetable.

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For more Pinterest recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more salads, go to Caesar Salad

For more arugula, go to Arugula-Walnut Pesto

For more Food Network recipes, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more low calorie dishes, go to Lemon Scones

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

Orange Chocolate Cake

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

When I read Bloom and DoomAudrey goes to visit her grandmother’s best friend, Mrs. June. While there, she is served Orange Chocolate Cake. When I read that, I was intrigued and decided to make it. The book however, did not carry a recipe so as I  read several recipes to find the one that sounded the best, and chose this one.

This recipe comes from Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood, on the Food Network website.

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Ingredients for Orange-Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed Orange Juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated zest
  • 2/3 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup Confectioners/Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice

Directions:

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the softened butter and 1 tablespoon of the cocoa to make a thick paste.
  3. Use this paste to paint the inside of the pan. Set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup cocoa and mix until blended.
  5. Add the orange juice, yogurt, vinegar and vanilla and mix until just combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Fold in the orange zest.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 minutes.
  8. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. For the chocolate glaze: Mix the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa together.
  10. Whisk in the orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a good consistency to drizzle.
  11. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This cake was pretty amazing.

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It was more of a spice cake then chocolate and was fantastic.

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The only thing that went weird was the frosting. It was super dryso I had to add vanilla extract. I think the glaze from the Applesauce Cake would be better.

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For more cake recipes, go to King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes

For more chocolate recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more Food Network recipes, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more recipes, go to Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

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Thoughts before cooking:

So I was looking though the recipes in this magazine and I spotted this one. It  sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes (preferably mixed colors)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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  • Salt
  • 8 oz Campanelle or Fusilli Pasta (~4 Cups)
  • 1 Small Zucchini
  • 1.5 Cups of Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Halved Bocconcini (Small Mozzarella Balls)
  • 1/4 Cup of Slivered Almonds or Pine Nuts, Toasted
  • 1/2 Cup of Basil, thinly sliced
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil; add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
  2. Remove the garlic and place in a blender with the cherry tomatoes, vinegar and basil; puree until smooth.
  3. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady, stream and blend until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding the pasta and cooking until al dente.
  6. Drain and rinse under cool water, shaking off the excess.
  7. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the dressing.
  8. Shave the zucchini into strips with a vegetable peeler or mandoline; halve the strips crosswise and add to the pasta.
  9. Add the tomatoes, bocconcini, pine nuts or almonds, and basil.
  10. Toss.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours (bring to room temperature before serving.)

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Thoughts After Cooking:

It was phenomenal.

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I loved it!!!

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I took it to a potluck and it was gobbled up in like five mins.

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For more from Food Network Magazine, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more salad recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I got this recipe out of Food Network Magazine July/August 2012 issue. That pasta on the cover looked so good, I just had to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 2 Large Zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 12 oz of Lasagna Noodles, broken into bite sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Zest
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Grate the zucchini
  2. Break up the lasagna noodles
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  4. Toss the zucchini with 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a colander set over a bowl. Let it stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess moisture.
  5. While the water is boiling, cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  6. Heat the butter in a skillet, tossing in the tomatoes. Let the tomatoes cook until blistered and slightly softened, (about 4 minutes).
  7. Stir the zucchini and lemon zest into the tomatoes. Lightly crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, and cook until zucchini is crisp-tender, (about 4 minutes).
  8. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. Stir to keep it from sticking.
  9. Let the pasta cook for 12 minutes, then drain the pasta. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  10. Transfer the zucchini-tomato mixture into a large bowl. Add the pasta and cheese.
  11. Add about 1/4 cup of pasta water and toss, adding more water if needed.
  12. Season with salt, pepper, and extra cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

Sorry no picture. I completely forgot to take one, but will add one when I remake it. Yes, remake. I just Loved This.

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That I have made it quite a few times, and will continue to do so.

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One time I ran out of noodles and made it with regular pasta which worked just as well as the lasagna.

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For more recipes from this Food Network Magazine, go to Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French Fries

For more pasta recipes, go to Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano

For more recipes, go to Chocolate Cherry Delights

Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French Fries

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With Superbowl Sunday coming up, I decided to share a tasty recipe that is sure to be a hit. I also just want to take this moment to share my support for South Carolina Panthers, go team!

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Moving on…

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So this recipe comes from this Food Network magazine. In the magazine they call it Emeril Lagasse’s Oven Crispy French Fries with Paprika-Parmesan Salt, but I decided that was too long for a title and renamed them.

I love fries!

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And I decided that I would give these slightly healthier ones a try. As I didn’t want to spend money buying creole seasoning when I only need one tablespoon, I decided to make my own. It only cost like 30¢ that way.

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Creole Seasoning Ingredients (from Epicurious)

  • 1/3 Cup of Paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons of Dried Oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Granulated Onion
  • 4 Teaspoons of Dried Thyme
  • 4 Teaspoons of Granulated Garlic

Directions:

  1. Mix all the spices together in a bowl.
  2. Store in airtight container for three months.

 

 

French Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Baking Potatoes (about 1.5 lbs), scrubbed well
  • 1/4 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of the above Creole Seasoning, Emeril’s Original Essence Seasoning, or other Creole Seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sweet Paprika (I couldn’t find any so I used regular)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Pat the potatoes dry and cut them lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices. Turn each slice flat and slice again lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add olive oil, creole seasoning (or Emeril’s seasoning), and 1/4 a teaspoon of salt.
  4. Toss well to combine.
  5. Transfer the fries to a large baking sheet, arranging them in lines and not allowing any to touch.
  6. Roast the potatoes for 15 mins.
  7. Turn them over and roast another 15 mins or until brown and crispy.
  8. While potatoes are cooking, combine cheese, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  9. When potatoes are crisp and brown, sprinkle with mixture.
  10. Serve Hot.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I thought these fries were really good, but the sheet needs to be greased or else the fries all stick.

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I also thought the fries were better without the paprika-parmesan salt. But other than that, they were really delicious.

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For more holiday posts, go to Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

For more recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

With the 4th of July comes Apple Pie

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With the 4th of July tomorrow, I thought I should do some recipe that honors the day. As I was pondering this, the answer came to me. Apple pie. The perfect dish for America’s birthday. 

Thoughts before cooking:

Now this was a mysterious dish four years ago when I entered a pie bake-off. I searched the internet for the perfect apple pie, and found this recipe. It sounded simple and I risked it. I didn’t win (there was a gazillion pies) but not only did I think it was amazing, but everyone else did too. This recipe is from the food network and was posted by Sandi Anderson from Tyler’s Ultimate. Of course I have tweaked it over the years to suit the way I like it.

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Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Filling:

  • 1/2 Cup – 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 6-7 Granny Smith Apples peeled, and cut into slices
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is to liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  2. Put dough aside.
  3. When cutting up the apples, make sure to remove the hard pieces where the seed grows along with any spots or blemishes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°
  5. Combine the apples, with the brown and white sugar.
  6. Add the flour and cinnamon, mixing them all together.
  7. Divid the dough in half and roll into two balls.
  8. Take a cutting board and put a little flour on the surface, rubbing it. Rub flour on your rolling pin as well.
  9. Place the dough down and roll it into a large circle.
  10. Place the dough in a cake pan.
  11. Lay the apples down on the dough in the pan.
  12. Put the two tablespoons of butter on top.
  13. Repeat step 8.
  14. Place the second ball of dough down and roll it out into a large circle.
  15. Place it on top, to be the top of your pie.
  16. Cut a small incision on the top of the pie to allow steam out.
  17. Add a dash of cinnamon and sugar on top.

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Thoughts after baking:

Best pie I ever made and sure to be the crowning achievement to any 4th of July celebration. At least until the fireworks come out!

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For more recipes, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)