Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 11, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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It takes the cake……………

If a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use some of the dry cake mix instead. The cake will absorb the mix, and you won’t have a floury mess on the outside when the cake is done.

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Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts

April 1, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts. Start the Spring off right with these Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts. Delicious Dessert recipes like; Silky Chocolate Pie, Berry-Ginger Shortcakes, and No-Bake Lime Pie. Find these recipes and more at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Heathy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts
Brush off the winter blues with refreshing spring desserts that fit into your diabetic diet. Enjoy fresh flavors of the season featuring lemon, strawberry, lime, blueberries, raspberries, and more in dessert favorites from creamy custards to luscious cheesecakes.

Silky Chocolate Pie
The secret to this velvety smooth chocolate lovers’ pie is fat-free yogurt. Using plain fat-free Greek-style yogurt, which is commonly found in most grocery stores, will also save you preparation time…….

Berry-Ginger Shortcakes
Boasting a medley of sweet berries, whipped topping, and cakey biscuits, this diabetic dessert doesn’t skimp on taste or satisfaction…….

No-Bake Lime Pie
A simple graham cracker crust and easy-prep citrus filling keep you away from the oven so you can get back to the things you love about spring……..

* Click the link below to get all the – Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/diabetic-recipes-our-best-spring-desserts

Our Favorite Spring Recipes

March 29, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Our Favorite Spring Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Spring Recipes like; Hazelnut Coffee Cake, Cinnamon Streusel Rolls, and Chicken and Mushroom Manicotti. Find these Diabetic Friendly recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Our Favorite Spring Recipes
It’s time to spring clean your eating routine. Enjoy recipes for breakfasts, lunches, appetizers, and restaurant-style dinners all using delicious seasonal ingredients.

Hazelnut Coffee Cake
Guests will gush over this luscious sour cream breakfast bread that’s spiced up with cinnamon and hazelnut. Serve it for brunch or as an after-dinner treat……..

Cinnamon Streusel Rolls
Stop swearing off cinnamon rolls and dig into these gooey streusel-filled rolls with only 5 grams of fat per serving……..

Chicken and Mushroom Manicotti
Dish up two of these rolls per serving! Lean chicken, reduced-fat cheese, and light spaghetti sauce make this Italian dish low in fat and diabetes-friendly………..

* Click the link below to get all the the – Our Favorite Spring Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/our-favorite-spring-recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When baking have your items at room temperature……….

When ingredients are at room temperature, butter and sugar will cream properly and hold more air, eggs will blend well into the batter to act as an emulsifier, egg whites are easier to beat, and dry ingredients will combine easier.

One of America’s Favorites – King Cake MONDAY

February 12, 2018 at 6:11 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Louisiana-style king cake. The baby figurine is seen in the middle of the roll.

A king cake (sometimes shown as kingcake, kings’ cake, king’s cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.

What started out roughly 300 years ago as a dry French bread–type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside now comes in many varieties depending on the country. Some king cakes are made of a sweet brioche dough in the shape of a hollow circle with a glazed topping sprinkled with colored sugar. Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in New Orleans during the Carnival season. In other countries, king cakes are made with a puff pastry, filled with one of several fillings (e.g., almond, apple, chocolate/pear, etc.), and have a small figurine hidden inside. The figurine changes from bakery to bakery and often represents a hit movie or other cultural icon.

The cake often has a small plastic baby (to represent the Baby Jesus) inside or underneath; and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.

 

In the southern United States, the tradition was brought to the area by Basque settlers in 1718. Originally, it was a cinnamon-filled bready cake eaten to celebrate Epiphany, but it is now associated with Carnival (also known as Mardi Gras). Celebrated across the Gulf Coast region from the Florida Panhandle to East Texas, King cake parties are documented back to the 18th century.

The king cake of the Louisiana tradition comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough. It may be topped with icing or sugar, which may be colored to show the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, yellow, and purple. King cakes may also be filled with additional foodstuffs, the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry. A so-called “Zulu King Cake” has chocolate icing with a coconut filling, because the Krewe of Zulu parade’s most celebrated throw is a coconut. Some bakers now offer king cakes for other holidays that immediately surround the Mardi Gras season, such as king cakes with green and red icing for Christmas, cakes with pink and red icing for Valentine’s Day, and cakes with green and white icing for St. Patrick’s Day. Others have gone a step further and produce specialty king cakes from the beginning of football season for Louisiana State University and New Orleans Saints tailgate parties, then for Halloween, then Thanksgiving—and do not cease until after Mardi Gras season, when they produce an Easter holiday king cake.

In the Southern culture, whoever finds the trinket must provide the next king cake or host the next Mardi Gras party.

 

Starting on Epiphany on January 6, residents begin holding parties especially dedicated to King Cake. King Cake parties bring families and community members together to celebrate the season of Mardi Gras, with its krewe parades and festivals. King Cake is so symbolic of the Mardi Gras celebration for residents it is believed that consuming King Cake outside of the Carnival season will result in rain on Mardi Gras day. The dessert’s “search for the baby,” the small figurine located inside the cake, is a fun way for residents of New Orleans to celebrate their Christian faith.

The dessert’s significance to the city was evident in the first Mardi Gras season (2006) after Hurricane Katrina: thousands of King Cake orders flooded bakeries both inside and outside of Louisiana, an example of how significant the dessert’s tradition is both inside and outside of the region.

Some sports teams around the area have also infused the tradition of the king cake baby into their teams. The Miami Marlins AAA minor league baseball affiliate, formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs, changed their name to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, starting in the 2017 season. The New Orleans Pelicans introduced the King Cake Baby as a second mascot during games around Mardi Gras, to accompany their main mascot, Pelican Pierre.

 

Traditional king cake baby

Traditionally, a small plastic or porcelain baby is hidden in the king cake. Originally, the baby was placed in the cake to symbolize baby Jesus. Fava beans were also used to represent Jesus.

Today, the baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his/her slice of cake. In some traditions, the finder of the baby is designated “king” or “queen” for the evening. That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake, or for throwing the next Mardi Gras party.

Many bakers have recently been placing the baby outside of the cake, and leaving the hiding to the customer because there is a potential of customers choking on or swallowing the baby, and bakers want to stay clear of this liability.

 

 

There are many different recipes for king cake. However, the most common ones include: milk, butter, yeast, water, brown and white sugar, eggs, salt, nutmeg, flour and cinnamon. The frosting is typically made from confectioner’s sugar, water, lemon juice, and colored sugar crystals.

The colors of the king cake originally came from the Christian religion. The purple symbolizes justice, the green symbolizes faith, and the gold symbolizes power. The three colors honor the three kings who visited the Christ child (Jesus) on Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 16, 2018 at 6:29 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Takes the cake……..

If a cake recipe calls for flouring the pan, use some of the dry cake mix instead. The cake will absorb the mix, and you won’t have a floury mess on the outside when the cake is done.

Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday

December 10, 2017 at 6:24 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes like; Frozen Espresso-Peppermint Bombe, Gingerbread-Pumpkin Yule Log, and Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes. Find these recipes and more at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday
Ready to start your own holiday traditions? Forget the cheesecake, pecan pie, and pumpkin bars. Bring a new dessert with flavor and flair — and a perfect fit for people with diabetes — to the table this year with one of these twists on conventional holiday dessert recipes.

Frozen Espresso-Peppermint Bombe
Looking for a diabetic dessert that has holiday party written all over it? Celebrate the season with peppermint and mocha flavors in this impressive bombe that takes dessert to new heights……….

Gingerbread-Pumpkin Yule Log
Gingerbread and pumpkin are holiday classics — and here, they’re rolled into one! Include the Yule log tradition without sabotaging your diabetic meal plan. Each slice only has 168 calories and 3 grams of fat……

Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
These chocolaty morsels are the perfect way to end any savory meal for less than 20 grams of carb per serving………

* Click the link below to get al the – Diabetic Dessert Recipes for the Modern Holiday
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/holiday/diabetic-dessert-recipes-modern-holiday

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 1, 2017 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Keep the cake fresh…..

If you need to store a cake more than a day or two, put half an apple in the container. The apple will provide just enough moisture to keep the cake from drying out. Cakes around here never last that long to try this!

Halloween Treat Recipe – Great Pumpkin Cake

October 24, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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It’s all treats and no tricks with this recipe for a Great Pumpkin Cake. Linus would be so proud of this Dessert! Another good one from the CooksRecipes website. Check out Cooks for delicious and healthy recipes for Soups, Salads, Entrees, Desserts and more! Check it out today (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html).

 

Great Pumpkin Cake
This fun and festive cake that looks like a pumpkin is the perfect treat for a Halloween party!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (2-layer size) package cake mix – any flavor
1 (8-ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
Few drops each: green, red and yellow food colorings
1 COMET cup (flat-bottom ice cream cone)

Cooking Directions:

Prepare and bake cake mix in a (12-cup) fluted tube pan as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely.
Beat cream cheese and butter in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the frosting; place in small bowl. Add green food coloring; stir until well blended. Spread half of the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Set remaining green frosting aside for later use.
Add red and yellow food colorings to remaining white frosting to tint it orange. Place cake, rounded-side up, on serving plate. Spread with orange frosting to resemble pumpkin. Invert ice cream cone in hole in top of cake for the “pumpkin’s stem”. Pipe the reserved green frosting in vertical lines down side of cake.*
Makes 24 servings.

*How To Pipe Frosting: Turn a resealable plastic bag into a handy piping bag for professional-looking decorated cakes. Simply spoon the frosting into the bag and seal the bag. Cut off a tiny piece from one of the bottom corners of the bag. Twist the bag at the top and holding the bag with one hand, guide the tip with the other. When you’re done, the whole bag goes right into the garbage for easy cleanup!

* For a Crowd: Serve this festive cake at your next Halloween party! Double all ingredients. Prepare batter as directed; pour half of the batter into each of two fluted tube pans. Bake and cool as directed. Trim cake tops to flatten; reserve trimmings for snacking or another use. Place one cake, rounded-side down, on serving plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting. Top with remaining cake, rounded-side up, to resemble a large pumpkin. Frost and decorate as directed. Makes 48 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): Calories: 260; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 31g; Protein: 2g; Sodium: 200mg.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/great_pumpkin_cake_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 14, 2017 at 5:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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What, use Buttermilk?…………

 

 

Thank you to Kim K. for passing this hint along………

 

When cake mix calls for water use buttermilk instead. It will make the lightest and best cakes. Plus it will give it that homemade taste.

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