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!!

 

 

Caramel Apple Cookie Pops

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Apples,Apples and More Apples can never get enough of apples.This fall I am really inspired and I will be trying new recipes like in the picture above .Those are my Caramel Apple Cookie Pops wow these are different in my eyes . I wanted to do caramel apples with real apples I just wasn’t into it so I went another way I am glad I did.These were easy and fun to make you and your kids.They would love  this because its kid friendly with parent supervision for the caramel .This is my homage to Halloween day . The best part is decorating the cookies with the caramel and putting candies,coconut or anything you want on them. These taste really delicious and not that sweet .You won’t be able to leave them alone after having one.So you if you have an apple imagination you can make just about anything apple.This beats bobbing for apples and besides that this is more fun.

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Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cane or white sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/2 tsp red gel paste food coloring

1-3/4 cup flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp apple pie spice

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup caramel bits or 12 caramel squares

Wooden popsicle sticks

1 -2 tbsps of water

Optional Toppings:

Reese’s Pieces

Autumn color sprinkles

Coconut flakes

Chopped Pecans

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven at 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

2.In a bowl cream butter ,sugars and apple pie spice until light and fluffy.Add Vanilla and mix.

3.Now add  the egg and mix.Add the flour,baking soda ,salt ,food coloring and beat thoroughly until the dough is red.

4.Put the dough on a board or the counter and place the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.Roll out dough to a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickeness.

5. With apple shaped cookie cutter press it into dough and place it onto the sheet pan .

6.Place the popsicle sticks under stem of the apples and place into oven for 5-8 minutes.

7. Take out of oven and let the cool on a rack for 5 minutes.

8.In a small or medium sauce pan at medium low heat add the caramel bits and water .Stir with a spatula or whisk until creamy and smooth.

9.With a small knife or spatula spread caramel on the cookies and add your toppings ie:(fall colored  sprinkles,reese’s pieces,chopped pecan,coconut the skies are the limit .Be simple or be very creative I am giving you the basics.Just Have Fun.

10. Just plate these cookie pops or stand them up in a cup or styrofoam and serve them at your Halloween party.

 

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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

Easy Rustic Sweet Bean Pie

The History and my experience with bean pie

This dessert is known to be apart of the African American and Muslim culture in my research its also found in the southern states.It’s an dessert with a deep culture .This is all I know about this type of pie.This history is not huge over the internet but I know different cultures have own bean desserts.

Bean pie, Bean Pie Oh what a memory .I remember as a kid eating bean pie to be truthful wasn’t my favorite but I loved sweet  baked  goodies like cakes,cookies, pies and etc.Now that I am older I have teetered tottered with the idea for a while so now I finally made it happen.This my first homemade bean pie and I tell you it is really good .It really doesn’t taste like it has beans in it and its has a nice sweetness with spices that comes through beautifully.I like it I hope you’d like it.

 

Mis En Place:

 

1 15oz can of Navy beans-Drained and Rinsed

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 eggs – room temp

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup of milk, half/half or evaporated milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 unbaked pie shell

 

 

Directions:

1.Set the oven to 350 degrees

2.Puree the beans  in a blender,food processor or with an immersion blender.Now add in the sugar,eggs ,vanilla ,spices milk and with a hand mixer on low speed mix together until fully incorporated.

3.Now pour mixture into pie shell.

4.Place into the oven for 45 mins or until a tooth pick comes clean.

5.When done put pie onto a wire rack to cool for about 30 mins-1 hr.

6 Now you can plate and serve with some whipped cream.

 

Maple Pumpkin Spiced Pecans

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Here is a little autumn treat just for you.Nice and sweet with lil’ surprise of pumpkin spice you’ll just love.This is a simple recipe .It takes no longer than 45 minutes to make.You can make this throughout the fall season and even make little gift bags for your Halloween Party or as a  Thanksgiving snack.

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Ingredients:

1 cup pecans

2 tbsps unsalted butter

3 tbsps maple syrup

2 tbsps light brown sugar

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Pinch of  salt

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 325.

2.In a medium pan melt the butter.

3. Add in pumpkin spice,sugar and vanilla.

4. Mix the ingredients with a whisk for 3-5 minutes.

5.Now add the pecans and stir with a spatula until pecans are thoroughly covered.

6. Pour pecan mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

7.Place into the oven and bake for 4-8 minutes.

8. Take out of oven and let cool for 15-25 minutes.

9. Transfer to a serving bowl or place into gift bags.

Happy Fall & Enjoy!!!

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Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

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Here is a delicious meatball appetizers to serve at your holiday parties .These meatballs are so flavorful and moist you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds.They are made with ground turkey,stuffing mix and best of all dried cranberries.The cranberries add a tarty sweetness that stands out in the meatballs.These one bite appetizers are my favorite because just pick it up and enjoy it without all of the guilt because they are healthy.Great for vegetarians whole still eat chicken and turkey .You can use other types of ground meats such as pork,chicken or beef if you like and change up the spices and herbs to suit your tastes.I think your going to like these because they Nicole approved and I wouldn’t lie to you .So please give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!!

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Ingredients:

1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter-for pan

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1 cup stuffing cubes-moistened with 2 tbsps of water

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 small onion finely diced

2 garlic cloves finely minced

1 egg

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp poultry seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.Turn stove onto medium high heat.Put butter into pan.

3.Put onions and garlic into pan  for 3-6 minutes until translucent.

4.Remove onions and garlic from pan .Set Aside.

5.In a medium or large bowl add all of ingredients and stir with a spatula until completely mixed.

6.With a small ice cream scoop or spoon and drop the meatballs on a foil lined sheet pan.

7.Place meatball into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

8.Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a serving dish.

9.Drizzle gravy over meatballs and serve and Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

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What I made is gluten free Irish soda bread. It was so easy.  I made it  because I would like to learn more about gluten free cooking. It’s not always easy but I love the challenge. Irish soda bread was the thing to do. , Those who have a gluten allergy can certainly. make this .You can eat at any meal or as a snack or with some cheese and deli meat.This bread is so good.I have the recipe; it is posted down below.

 

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free flour blend

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthum gum

1/2 tsp sugar – for the top of the bread

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a round pan or cast iron skillet.

Combine the gluten free flour blend, raisins, caraway seeds, sugar, baking soda, xantham gum and salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into the cake pan or cast iron skillet.

Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack, for 10 minutes, before removing from the pan.  Wrap bread in plastic wrap or aluminum foil for freshness.

So have fun making the bread and enjoy!!!

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.

Independence Day Flower Cupcakes

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I love summer it’s the best season for beautiful food.I love summer desserts.Cakes and cupcakes are my favorite and pies too.Now were right here on the of 4th July.Everybody’s getting ready for family get togethers and have that summertime food.Barbecues and swimmimg pools.People get excited because of fireworks and the American standards that will happen later on the day.But let me get back to cupcakes.

I’m going to show you how to cupcakes for the 4th of July.So you can have the at your parties or bbq’s.These cupcakes are quick and simple and fun to make .Your kids will enjoy decorating them for the big day.Now let me show you what you’ll need so you can make these delicous cupcakes.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

  1. For the cake mix follow the in instructions on the back of box for the cupcakes.
  2. When cupcake are out of the oven let the cool on a baking rack
  3. Once the cupcakes are cool frost with vanilla frosting and place the blueberries and slices strawberries on top of the cupcake make a flower pattern.
  4. I think its cool and fun to make.
  5. Place cupcakes on a serving dish and enjoy.
  6. I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.

 

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