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Pizza Dip Bites

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Ingredients:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
8 oz pizza sauce
2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped (optional)
2 Tbsp pepperoni, chopped (Optional)
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.

2.  Combine cream cheese and Italian seasonings , set aside.

3.  Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Unroll one can of crescent rolls and press dough into one large rectangle. Cut rectangle into 24 squares. Press dough squares into muffin cups and shape up around the edges. Repeat with remaining can of crescent rolls.

4.  Spread cream cheese mixture in bottom of each muffin tin. Top with half of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Spread pizza sauce over the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with bell pepper and pepperoni (or toppings of your choice).

5.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, until crescent rolls are golden brown.

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Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large chicken breasts, cubed or sliced
salt & pepper
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise or sour cream
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese + more for topping
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese + more for topping
1 1/3 cups drained and chopped marinated artichoke hearts
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped {optional}
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped cilantro, as garnish {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 4 heavy duty squares of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Divide chicken between the foil squares. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Divide into 4 and spoon over chicken. Top with remaining cheese if desired. Close packets to seal and bake 30 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

3.  Serve hot over rice, quinoa or anything else you like.

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Fruit Juice Berry Booster

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Ingredients:

8 pieces strawberries

1 large apple

Instructions:

1.  Wash and slice the apple.

2.  Wash the strawberries as well. Remove the green stuff.

3.  Prepare you juice and juice the fruits.

Serve and enjoy!

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Chicken with Parmesan and Basil Leaves

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cup croutons/ can be bread crumbs

1/2 cup basil

salt and black pepper to taste

1 1/2 lb chicken cutlets 1/4 inch thick

1 egg

3 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions:

1.  Mix ingredients 1 to 4.

2.  in a flat plate. Scramble 1 egg in a small bowl.

3.  Cut chicken breast into thin slices. Around 1/4 ” thickness.

4.  Dip the chicken cutlets on the scramble egg then roll it in the cheese mixture. Then fry it in a heated oil.

5.  Fry until golden brown.

6.  Do this to the rest of the chicken .Serve with lemon or salad.

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Soft Cheese Bread

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Ingredients

  • 794 grams (28 oz / 6 1/2 cups) unbleached bread flour (can use all purpose, if that’s all you have)
  • 2 tsp. fine salt or 1 Tbsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 5 Tbsp. white or brown sugar (or 3 1/2 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar)
  • 1 cup lukewarm water, about 95° F. (for even softer bread, use 1 cup water leftover from boiling potatoes, cooled)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. lukewarm buttermilk or milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup melted, unsalted butter or vegetable oil
  • Filling:
  • Cheddar and Herb
  • 2 cups shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced herbs (parsley and chives are good choices)
  • Parmesan, Garlic and Herb
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or about 2 tsp. minced fresh)
  • 1/4 cup minced herbs (parsley works well)
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt and sugar* together. (Tip: If measuring your flour in cups, without a scale, hold back 1 cup to add as needed later). *If you’re using honey or agave, add with the liquid ingredients instead.
  2. In a large measuring cup or bowl, combine the water and buttermilk and whisk in the yeast until dissolved. Add this mixture, along with the melted butter, to the dry ingredients. Mix by hand or with a dough hook, until the mixture is combined, about 2 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Continue mixing the dough, adding more flour or water, as needed, until the dough becomes soft, smooth and tacky, but not sticky.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes, then form dough into a ball. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and either refrigerate for up to 4 days, or allow to sit at room temperature until doubled in size (about 60-90 minutes). (*Tip: I like to use an 8-cup glass measuring cup, so it’s easy to see when it’s doubled by the markings).
  5. Note: If you have refrigerated your dough, remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan to bake, to allow it to come to room temperature.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Dust each with a bit of flour and then, using a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle approximately 10 inches wide and 16 inches long.
  7. For the Cheddar and Herb Bread: spread shredded cheddar and herbs evenly over the surface of the dough. Starting with the shortest side, roll the dough up jelly-roll style and pinch the seam together.
  8. For the Parmesan, Garlic and Herb: spread the softened butter over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan, garlic and herbs. Press lightly with the palm of your hand to press the toppings into the butter. Starting with the shortest side, roll the dough up jelly-roll style and pinch the seam together.
  9. Grease two 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pans and set aside.
  10. Shaping: Using a sharp knife, cut the roll of dough down the centre, lengthwise. Rotate each piece so that the cut sides are facing upward and place them side-by-side. Pinch together the farthest end. Keeping the cuts sides facing upwards as much as possible, place the right-side piece over the left-side piece. Straighen it up and then repeat, pinching together the end closest to you. If any cheese escapes, just place it back on top. Using a bench scraper or spatula, carefully lift the dough into the greased loaf pan. Repeat with the other dough log, then cover both with a greased piece of plastic wrap and allow to rise until the dough rises to about 1-inch above the side of the pans in the middle.
  11. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 45-50 minutes total, but after 25 minutes of baking, rotate pans front-to-back in the oven and loosely cover with a piece of aluminum foil if necessary (if bread is already well-browned), to prevent the top from over-browning. Bread should reach about 185° F. internal temperature in the centre.
  12. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for a couple of minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the bread and carefully remove the loaves to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 1 hour before slicing.

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Walnut Soft Pretzels

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Ingredients:

Pretzel Dough:

 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast = to 1 packet fast rise yeast ( I use the fast rise yeast – the one in which you do not dissolve)

2 tablespoon unsalted butter (NOTE: IN THIS WHOLE RECIPE, WE USED A TOTAL OF 8 TABLESPOON BUTTER . Divide it in 6 tablespoon for dipping the pretzels and 2 tablespoon for the dough)

3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 cup milk

 Dissolved Baking Soda Mixture:

3 cups water

1/3 cups baking soda

Walnut Topping:

1/8 cup ground walnut ( it was not ground on the picture. You have to grind it using electric chopper.

1/4 cup white or brown sugar

6 tablespoon ( this is the part of the 6 tbsp butter mentioned above. refrigerate left over. We are making another pretzel this week)

Instructions:

1.  Prepare your baking sheet as shown in the picture. I greased the bottom of the sheet with oil then top it with parchment paper and grease it too. I used two baking sheets here.This will not burn the pretzel’s bottom too much. Set aside.

2.  Place baking soda and hot water ( I use the warm water from the faucet. No need to boil or microwave) and set aside. Place all purpose flour, salt and yeast in a stand mixer bowl. Mix using spoon or wire whisk. Set aside. Place the sugar, milk and butter in a small bowl or microwavable cup and mix them so that the sugar will somehow dissolve. Then microwave for 1 minute and thirty seconds. Pour milk mixture into the flour mixture.

3.  Knead the dough by hand or by using the electric mixer until dough is pliable and smooth. Form into a ball and place into greased bowl to rise. Let the dough rise in a warm place for an hour. ( See notes below)

4.  After an hour, Preheat oven at 450 F. Form the dough as shown on the above picture or go here to learn to do it. Then dip it in the melted baking soda make sure to drain the water.

5.  Arrange in a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes ( you have to pay attention because the bottom of the pretzels will get burn. When the pretzels are baked, MELT THE 4 TABLESPOON BUTTER dip the top of the pretzels into a melted butter and roll top on the the sugared walnut.

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Lemon-Pineapple Dessert Squares

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Ingredients:

2 boxes (4-serving size each) lemon-flavored gelatin

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, well drained, liquid reserved

1 container (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 round angel food cake (9 or 10 inch)

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions:

1.  In large bowl, mix gelatin and boiling water until gelatin is completely dissolved. In 2-cup measuring cup, mix reserved pineapple liquid and enough cold water to make 2 cups. Stir into gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until thickened but not set, about 45 minutes.

2.  Stir pineapple into thickened gelatin mixture. With rubber spatula, fold in 3 cups of the whipped topping.

3.  Tear angel food cake into 1-inch pieces, placing half of the pieces in ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Spoon half of gelatin mixture evenly over cake pieces. Repeat layers. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

4.  Cut dessert into serving pieces; place on dessert plates. Top each with about 2 tablespoons strawberries and about 1 tablespoon remaining whipped topping.

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