Spooky Halloween Chocolate Bark

 

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Happy Halloween to all of you ghouls out there.I have a treat that will sweeten  yo’ heart.Its something you can’t resist.Are you ready alrighty then it’s Chocolate Halloween Bark.It has all kinds of stuff in like cookies and candies  .This is easy, kid fun and friendly.I hope you have a sweet tooth I know I do. Halloween is just a stones throw and I am right and ready  in the spirit of it.This treat is just the start of my Halloweeny snack delights and will be having some  have fun cooking up scary dishes .

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Ingredients:

1 bag of white chocolate chips(melted)

1/4 cup milk chocolate chips(melted)

2 tsp vegetable oil

1/3 cup reeses pieces

4 mini butterfinger bars( cut in half

1/3 cup M&Ms

1/3 cup candy corn

5  mini  Reeses”s peanut butter cups( cut in half)

10 mini Oreo cookies(cut in half)

 

Directions:

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1. Line a pan with parchment paper or foil.

2.Put chocolate and oil in a  heat proof bowl and place over a  pot  of  simmering  water. Please don’t let water touch the bowl or the chocolate will seize up. 

3.Stir chocolate with a spoon or spatula until chocolate has  melted .

4.When chocolate has melted pour onto the sheet pan .

5. With a spatula spread chocolate to the thickness you like.

6. Now melt the milk chocolate chips and once melted drizzle over white chocolate .

7. Sprinkle the  cookies and candies all over the chocolate . 

8. Transfer pan to refrigerator and chill for 1 hour or overnight.

9.Now break into pieces and eat the bark right away or place into Halloween gift bags .

 

HAPPY FALL & HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Autumn Pumpkin Puree’

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Hey old man autumn  is back upon us again and now we can start cooking for the holidays .To start it off is our love for everything pumpkin from purees to bread.I just love autumn it is my favorite season because I love pumpkins the look,smell and taste.That’s why a few years I started making my own pumpkin puree because I was up for  the challenge to doing so.It was so easy to make  and it tasted better than the canned puree.I was so please by it I continued the tradition.Homemade pumpkin puree freezes well up to 1 yr. Have fun making the puree and Happy Fall!!!

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What you’ll need:

2 Sugar Pumpkins ( I had small ones about 1.5 lbs each)

Sharp Knife

Food Processor or Immersion Blender

Medium Bowls

Spoon for scooping out pulp and seeds

Deep casserole pan or Sheet pan

Aluminum Foil or Parchment Paper

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Let’s prep the pumpkin for roasting :0)

1. Wash and Dry pumpkins.

2.Break or cut stem off of pumpkins.

3.Cut pumpkin from top to bottom.

4.Take a spoon or scoop and scrape out the pulp and seeds.Put seeds and pulp in a bowl.

Pumpkins ready for roasting ,scooping and pureeing :0)

1. Lay the pumpkins face down on a foiled or parchment lined pan.Place pumpkins in a  350 degree oven and roast them for 60-90 minutes( Pending on the size of your pumpkins.)

2.Once the pumpkins are done roasting take them out and let them cool for a bit about 10- 15 minutes.

3.Now scrape out the pumpkin flesh and put it into a medium bowl  or food processor .( I used an immersion blender).

4.With your food processor or immersion blender puree the pumpkin until its smooth in texture.

For future seasonal use:

 

1. Scoop pumpkin puree into freezer bags. The puree will freeze well for up to 1yr.

Have fun making your seasonal holiday dishes and Happy Fall.

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Simplylicious Baked Buffalo Wings!!!

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I have made one of  favorite appetizers they are Buffalo Chicken Wings.I remember the first time I had Buffalo wings I think I was 15 yrs old it was at restaurant near my Dad’s house .The Chicken wings were so good. I had to  order them every time I went to there to eat.I also have another memory for the wings it was 1996 a friend of mine showed how to make these and from there I was hooked.These Buffalo wings are baked not like ones I made years ago which  were deep fried .I made these a little healthier but with the same way that we made them.These are simple and quick to make.These are  good with fries and a salad too.I hope you enjoy them.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken wings

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 tbsp butter-melted

1 tsp lemon juice

2 pinches of dried parsley

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.Put the chicken on a foil lined sheet pan.

3. Place the chicken in heated oven and bake f0r 45-50 minutes.

4.In  a small or medium sauce put the hot sauce,butter,lemon juice and parsley.Now stir.

5.Take chicken wings out of oven and place them in a bowl.

6. Now pour the buffalo sauce over chicken and stir with a spoon until fully covered.

7. Transfer wings to a serving dish and accompany the wings with blue cheese dip or any dip you have.

Eat Up and Enjoy!!

 

 

Simply Apple Pie Spice

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Here is a quick and easy apple spice recipe .I can wait to start baking my pies apple ,pumpkin and sweet potato pies to name a few.This apple pie spice is very aromatic the pie you add it to will love you and you will love it back.It’s the Falliest spice you’ll ever know and taste.I should know and you will too.

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsps  ground cinnamon

2 tsps    ground cloves

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground  cardamom

1/2 tsp ground  allspice

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a ziplock bag and close the seal. Shake until all of the ingredients  are combined.  store in a cool dry place for 3-6 months

Apple Jelly Glazed Jalapeno Meatballs

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I made these meatballs  for a Christmas party as one of my appetizers and they were a hit .This time I made these a little different I roasted the Jalapeno pepper and added it to the beef.I added some other stuff like spices and herbs.I made sure these bad boys had some flavor .So the next time your throwing a party or a get together make sure you make these apart of your shindig and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

2/3 cup red pepper – chopped

1 jalapeno pepper roasted seeded and chopped

1-1/2 tbsps   onion -chopped

1 medium garlic clove -minced

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 tbsps  milk

2 tsps Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1-1/2 tbsps olive oil ( I used light olive oil)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

For The Glaze:

3 tbsps apple jelly

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Sauteing the onions ,garlic and bell pepper:

1. Pour olive oil in a heat skilled .

2. Now add the red bell pepper,onions and garlic.

3.Saute for 3-5 minutes or until mixture  becomes tender.

 

Making  The  Meatballs:

 

1. In a  large bowl add the ground beef,moistened bread crumbs , chopped onion,red bell pepper, jalapeno and minced garlic.Now add  the   Italian seasoning,thyme ,parsley and salt and pepper.

2.Using your hands or a Spatula mix the ground beef mixture thoroughly until everything is combined.

3.On a  parchment lined sheet pan shape the into 1″  meatballs  and make them an 1″ apart.

4. Place in into a 350 degree oven and bake for  25 minutes.

5. When the meatballs are done cooking, let them rest for 5-10 minute to reabsorb their juices lost during baking

Making the glaze:

1.Put the apple jelly into  small sauce pan.

2.Whisk the apple jelly until fully melted.

3.Once jelly has melted, pour the mixture over the meatballs and stir with a spatula to cover the meatballs.

4.Once the jelly glaze has been added ,now you finally finish by adding the tooth picks to meatballs.

Once you make these you’ll be hooked .

So  have fun making great appetizers and eat on dude.

Italian Anise Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze and Non Pareils

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Italian Ricotta Cookies sweet and pillowy  these are my new favorite dessert.I have been making these cookies for sometime now and like to say they are awesome.The ricotta makes them sorta moist and light.The first time I made these I was wowed they tasted so so good.They are easy and quick to make you can make these in no time all.Let me tell you can’t just have one trust and believe me.They are great with a nice mug of tea or tall glass of milk either way you can’t go wrong.They are good as a midday snack or a dessert after a meal.Before I forget let me say something about the lemon glaze ,this glaze catapults this cookie into another dimension okay its only my opinion but I am trying to say these are good  alrighty then .These cookies you make with your kids I am sure they will a have fun.

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter- room temperature

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of sugar

1 large egg -room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp star anise

 

Lemon Glaze:

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

 

Directions: The Cookies and Lemon Glaze:

1 .Preheat the oven to 350

2. In a large bowl cream the butter and ricotta until combined.Now add in the sugar and vanilla  and mix.

3. Add in the dry ingredients  and mix.( add the dry ingredients a little at a time).

4.Now with a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop  drop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown.When cookies are done transfer them to a cooling rack 10-15 minutes.

6. For the lemon glaze : In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until thoroughly mix.Now take a spoon and cover the cookie with the glaze,then add some non-pareils.

Now Enjoy your day with a great cookie I promise you’ll never just have one.

How To Spatchcock A Chicken

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Here is a technique one must learn it is quick and easy once you master it.It’s called Spatchcock is a technique mainly for poultry such as chicken,cornish hens and for other game bird.  The term spatchcock(butterfly) means removal of the back bone .When the bird is butterflied it roasts quicker and more evenly .You can grill your spatchcock chicken or roast it in the oven either or is good.This technique has been around for over 100 yrs and still being used these days.So this is why I will show you in the tutorial down below how to spatchcock a chicken.

 

Things you’ll need:

1. 1 whole chicken

2.Kitchen or Poultry Shears

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Directions:

1.Lay the  chicken breast down on the cutting board with the legs towards you.

2.With the  kitchen shears cut from the tail to the neck.Do this to both sides.

3.When the chicken is cut on both sides take the piece you cut and reserve it for soups or stock.

4.Turn the chicken over and press down  with your hard until you hear a snapping sound.

5.Make sure the chicken is flatten with the legs turned out .

6.Now you have your first spatchcocked chicken and now you are ready to season it any which way you want and cook it on a grill or in the oven.

Good Luck Cooking!!

Homemade Shake N’ Bake Mix

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Here is a simple recipe for homemade Shake N’ Bake breadcrumb mix:

Ingredients:

2-3/4  cups breadcrumbs

1 packet Goya Sazon with coriander and annotto

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

 

 

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into a medium to large ziploc bag.

2. Zip close the bag at top.

3.Shake the bread crumb mixture until combined.

Now you can use this on your Chicken,Poultry,Seafood Or Vegetables.

Eat and Enjoy!!

 

 

Homemade Tuscan Seasoning

Here is a simple and easy Tuscan seasoning recipe .You can put this rub on chicken,fish,beef or vegetables.It’s very aromatic and tasty.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp hungarian Paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1. Put all in ingredients in a small ziplock bag and shake until mixed.

2.Put season mix in a small container and jar.

3.Keep in dry and cool place for up to 6 months.

4.Enjoy!!!

Simply Lemon Basil Pesto

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It’s been along time since I had pesto.I love making pesto from scratch instead from a container it has a fresh taste and its healthier.This is a versatile Italian sauce you can eat with fish, chicken,pasta and so much more.It is very garlicky and lemony yummy.It’s made with toasted pine nuts,basil,parmesan cheese,garlic,lemon zest and lemon juice.I tasted it my my it was good and I think you’d like it cause its the best I have ever made. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

3 garlic cloves

1/2  cup olive oil

1-1/2 tbsps lemon juice

2 tsps lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup  grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

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1. In a food processor or blend place all of the ingredients inside and pulse until smooth.

2. Transfer to a bowl or jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3.Enjoy!!!

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