One of America’s Favorites – Texas Toast

March 6, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Texas toast made with Mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese

Texas toast is a toasted bread that is typically made from sliced bread that has been sliced at double the usual thickness of packaged bread. Texas toast is prepared by spreading butter on both sides of the bread and broiling or grilling it until it is a light golden brown. Commonly, garlic is added to the butter, yielding a form of garlic bread. The toast may include cheese on one or both sides, similar to an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich.

Popular in Texas and its bordering states, Texas toast is often served as a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish, or barbecue.

Thick-sliced bread sold for making Texas toast can be used in the same manner as ordinary bread slices, such as in sandwiches, and it is especially useful for dishes involving liquids or where extra thickness could improve the product, such as French toast. While most varieties sold for Texas toast are white bread, whole wheat varieties also exist.

Frozen Texas toast brands are also popular, with best sellers including the New York Brand of the T. Marzetti Company, Pepperidge Farm, and Coles.

Appetizer of the Week – Honey Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

February 11, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Honey Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Bread, Cream Cheese, Honey, Grated Orange Peel, Watercress Sprigs, and Orange Peel. There’s 105 calories and 9 carbs per serving. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2023!

Honey Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Delectably elegant, dainty tea sandwiches with a honey-sweetened cream cheese filling kissed with the fragrant zest of orange.

Recipe Ingredients:
Any variety bread slices
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
Watercress sprigs
Orange peel*, finely julienned

Cooking Directions:
1 – Remove crust from bread; cut into desired shapes.
2 – Combine cream cheese, honey and grated orange peel; blend until smooth.
3 – Spread cheese mixture on bread; garnish with watercress sprigs and orange peel.
Makes 7 servings.

*Remove white part (the pith) of peel.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 tablespoon of spread only): 105 Calories 7.1 g Fat Total 1.6 g Protein 23 mg Cholesterol 9.2 g Carbohydrates 64 mg Sodium 0 g Dietary Fiber

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 30, 2023 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pop on over…..

Learn to make a great popover! Bread on the table is a natural for any gathering, but that basket can make it easy to nosh on a lot of carbs before the main event, which is something to be aware of for those living with diabetes. Popovers are a wonderful light and airy roll to sub in, and since they have very little flour in them they can be a more diabetes-friendly alternative.

One of America’s Favorites – Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

January 23, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A peanut butter and concord grape jelly sandwich on white bread

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich (PB&J) consists of peanut butter and fruit preserves—jelly—spread on bread. The sandwich may be open-faced, made of a single slice of bread folded over, or made using two slices of bread. The sandwich is popular in the United States, especially among children; a 2002 survey showed the average American will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school. There are many variations of the sandwich, starting with the basic peanut butter sandwich or jam sandwich.

In basic preparation methods, a layer of peanut butter is spread on one slice of bread and a layer of fruit preserves is spread on another before the two sides are sandwiched together. (Jelly is a fruit-based spread, made primarily from fruit juice boiled with a gelling agent and allowed to set, while jam contains crushed fruit and fruit pulp, heated with water and sugar and cooled until it sets with the aid of natural or added pectin.

The water inherent to preserves can make the bread soggy, especially when the sandwich is prepared ahead of time as part of a bag lunch. To prevent this, the peanut butter can be spread first on both slices of bread. The fat in peanut butter will block the moisture from the preserves from entering the slices of bread. However, the preserves are now more mobile and can squirt out the sides. If the open sides are sealed, the preserves are thoroughly contained; this technique is utilized by the major manufacturers of sealed crustless sandwiches (e.g. “Uncrustables”).

Peanut butter and strawberry jam create a red-orange contrast

There are many variations on the sandwich; for example, honey or sliced fruit can be substituted for the jelly component, e.g., a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Marshmallow fluff can also be substituted for the jelly, or added for extra flavor; this sandwich is called a “Fluffernutter”.

The popularity of almond butter has inspired some to transition to “almond butter and jelly” sandwiches; other nut butters are less common. Seed butters, such as sunflower seed butter are also possible peanut butter substitutes. Cream cheese, substituted for the peanut butter, makes a “cream cheese and jelly” sandwich. Nutella is another possible spread.

Peanut butter was originally paired with a diverse set of savory foods, such as pimento, cheese, celery, Worcestershire sauce, watercress, saltines and toasted crackers. In a Good Housekeeping article published in May 1896, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread.” The following month, the culinary magazine Table Talk published a “peanut butter sandwich” recipe.

Sandwich preparation, where each slice of bread is protected by a layer of peanut butter

The first known reference for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich appeared in the Boston Cooking School Magazine in 1901; it called for “three very thin layers of bread and two of filling, one of peanut paste, whatever brand you prefer, and currant or crabapple jelly for the other”, and called it as “so far as I know original”. In the early 20th century, this sandwich was adopted down the class structure as the price of peanut butter dropped. It became popular with children with the advent of sliced bread in the 1920s, which allowed them to make their own sandwiches easily.

Since World War II, both peanut butter and jelly have been found on US soldiers’ military ration list.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day occurs annually in the United States on April 2.

One of America’s Favorites – Stuffing

December 12, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Stuffing a turkey

Stuffing, filling, or dressing is an edible mixture, often composed of herbs and a starch such as bread, used to fill a cavity in the preparation of another food item. Many foods may be stuffed, including poultry, seafood, and vegetables. As a cooking technique stuffing helps retain moisture, while the mixture itself serves to augment and absorb flavors during its preparation.

Poultry stuffing often consists of breadcrumbs, onion, celery, spices, and herbs such as sage, combined with the giblets. Additions in the United Kingdom include dried fruits and nuts (such as apricots and flaked almonds), and chestnuts.

It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documentary evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. Most of the stuffings described consist of vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, and spelt (a cereal), and frequently contain chopped liver, brains, and other organ meat.

Stuffed turkey

Names for stuffing include “farce” (~1390), “stuffing” (1538), “forcemeat” (1688), and relatively more recently in the United States; “dressing” (1850).

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of animals, including birds, fish, and mammals, various cuts of meat may be stuffed after they have been deboned or a pouch has been cut into them. Recipes include stuffed chicken legs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed breast of veal, as well as the traditional holiday stuffed turkey or goose.

Many types of vegetables are also suitable for stuffing, after their seeds or flesh has been removed. Tomatoes, capsicums (sweet or hot peppers), and vegetable marrows such as zucchini may be prepared in this way. Cabbages and similar vegetables can also be stuffed or wrapped around a filling. They are usually blanched first, in order to make their leaves more pliable. Then, the interior may be replaced by stuffing, or small amounts of stuffing may be inserted between the individual leaves.

Purportedly ancient Roman, or else Medieval, cooks developed engastration recipes, stuffing animals with other animals. An anonymous Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century includes a recipe for a ram stuffed with small birds. A similar recipe for a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with bustards stuffed with carp stuffed with eggs is mentioned in T.C. Boyle’s book Water Music. Multi-bird-stuffed dishes such as the turducken or gooducken are contemporary variations.

Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many American stuffings contain a starchy ingredient like bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, ground meats, herbs and

Stuffed orange pepper

spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, or forcemeat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing. There has also been a long time debate on who uses the term stuffing or dressing and which one is the correct term. Stuffing and dressing or two different things even though both items are being “dressed” with almost the same ingredients, stuffing is being stuffed inside the cavity of a bird and uses white bread while dressing is considered a side dish and uses cornbread. Southerners who are from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi are known for its search of dressing recipes while Northerners who are from Delaware, Montana, and New Hampshire are known for its search of stuffing recipes.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 12, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Let it rest…..

When baking your own bread, make sure you let the dough rest after kneading it. This will give the dough time to relax, and in turn, it will be easier to work with.

Healthy Bread Recipes

September 15, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website it’s Healthy Bread Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Bread Recipes with recipes including Pumpkin Zucchini Bread, Fried Apple Pie Rolls, and Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022!

Healthy Bread Recipes
Find healthy, delicious bread recipes including easy banana bread, Irish soda bread, gluten-free and yeast free breads, and bread dough, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread
This pumpkin zucchini bread is the perfect marriage of classic pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. Zucchini helps keep the bread tender and moist, while canned pumpkin gives it an orange hue that carries the flavor of pumpkin pie spice for a touch of fall……

Fried Apple Pie Rolls
In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream……

Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins
Just because you’re watching carbs doesn’t mean you can’t have the classic breakfast pastry. In place of all-purpose flour, nutty almond and coconut flours make these muffins fluffy while slashing carbs. A bit of brown sugar blunts the tartness of fresh blueberries. Make these ahead for a grab-and-go breakfast for the week……

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 21, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Water and Stale Bread…..

The best move to revive stale bread is to get your oven hot and run the bottom side of your loaf under the faucet. In the oven, the water will turn to steam and re-crisp the bread’s outer crust. Nice way to save a little money.

Healthy Catfish Recipes

July 26, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Catfish Recipes. Try these 4 Delicious and Healthy Catfish Recipes with these recipes included – Crispy Baked Catfish, Easy Sauteed Fish Fillets, Fish Fillets with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa, and Fish Fillets with Tartar Sauce. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022!

Healthy Catfish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious catfish recipes including baked, broiled and fried catfish, and Cajun catfish. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Crispy Baked Catfish
This baked catfish has a crispy cornmeal coating with a hint of spice from the Cajun seasoning, while the interior stays flaky and moist. Serve with tartar sauce, lemon wedges or your favorite hot sauce and with a green salad on the side……

Easy Sauteed Fish Fillets
Here’s an easy method for quickly cooking fish fillets. We love the simplicity of just using salt and pepper to season the flour for dredging, but feel free to get creative and experiment with other seasonings. If you like a little heat, add a pinch of cayenne; for a smoky flavor, add a touch of smoked paprika; try white pepper, a common ingredient in Chinese cooking, instead of black pepper if you’re pairing the fish with the Black Bean-Scallion Sauce……

Fish Fillets with Tartar Sauce
This fast tartar sauce comes together in just 10 minutes and makes a great topping for simple sautéed fish fillets. Serve with toasted potato wedges and coleslaw……

Fish Fillets with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa
Serve simple sautéed fish fillets with jalapeno-spiked pineapple salsa for a Caribbean-inspired meal. Serve with black beans and brown rice……

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Healthy Zucchini Recipes

July 3, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Zucchini Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Zucchini Recipes with recipes including Balsamic Chicken Pasta Bake with Zucchini Noodles, Blueberry Zucchini Bread, and Chicken and Zucchini Casserole. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022!

Healthy Zucchini Recipes
Find healthy, delicious zucchini recipes including baked zucchini, zucchini fries and zucchini pasta. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Balsamic Chicken Pasta Bake with Zucchini Noodles
Packed with plenty of vegetables and tons of flavor, this chicken pasta bake is inspired by the ingredients in a caprese salad……

Blueberry Zucchini Bread
This moist blueberry zucchini bread is spiked with fresh blueberries and has a subtle tang thanks to lime juice. Enjoy this easy zucchini bread for breakfast or a light dessert……

Chicken and Zucchini Casserole
This baked chicken and zucchini casserole is creamy, hearty and low-carb! The whole family will love this easy casserole, plus it’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies (concealed in a delicious cheese sauce!)……

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