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.

 

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – LEMON POUND CAKE

January 30, 2018 at 6:49 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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For this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week it’s Dessert – LEMON POUND CAKE. Equal Sweetner replaces the Sugar in the recipe. You’ll also be using Bisquick Reduced Fat Baking Mix, Low Fat Yogurt, and 2% Milk. Sugar Free Pound Cake sure does sound good! You can fond this recipe along with all the other delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

LEMON POUND CAKE
This sugar-free pound cake is easy to make because it uses a reduced-fat baking mix as the base. Lemon yogurt, juice and grated lemon peel provide rich flavor. This is sure to become a favorite with frequent requests. Just don’t let anyone know how easy it really is to make so you can bask in all the praise!

Recipe Yield: 16 servings.

Ingredients

Cooking spray
2-1/2 cups reduced-fat baking mix (Bisquick)
48 packets Equal sweetener*
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 cup lite lemon flavored nonfat yogurt
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
*Substitute 2 cups Equal Spoonful for the packets.

Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 350F.
2 – Spray a 9 cup Bundt cake pan OR a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
3 – Combine baking mix, Equal, cornstarch and lemon peel.
4 – Mix in yogurt, melted butter, eggs, lemon juice, milk and flavorings until blended.
5 – Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
6 -Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
7- Let cake cool in pan 5 minutes.
8- Remove and cool completely on wire rack.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 137
Fat: 6 grams
Sodium: 258 milligrams
Cholesterol: 35 milligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/lemon-pound-cake

Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes

January 30, 2018 at 6:48 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes. If you love Apples as much as I do, you are going to love these recipes! Diabetic Friendly Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes like; Amazing Apple Tart, Apple-Glazed Chicken with Spinach, and Cherry-Apple Cobbler. Find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes
Apples are a super-versatile, budget-friendly, and fiber-packed fruit. We’ve included our favorite low-carb apple dessert recipes (think pies, crisps, and cobblers) and a few apple-infused side- and main-dish recipes, too. Best of all, these yummy apple dishes have been developed with a diabetic diet in mind.

Amazing Apple Tart
Juicy baked apples, a tender biscuitlike crust, and a sweet and spicy sauce add up to this diabetes-friendly dessert. That is truly amazing!…..

Apple-Glazed Chicken with Spinach
A drizzling of lemon-accented apple glaze lightly sweetens the braised spinach-topped chicken in this delightful dish…..

Cherry-Apple Cobbler
Make sure the fruit filling is hot when you spoon the biscuit batter over it. That way, the bottom of the “cobbled biscuit” will be thoroughly cooked…..

* Click the link below to get all the Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/sweet-and-savory-apple-recipes

Sweet Potato Casserole

January 18, 2018 at 6:38 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Came across a Diabetic Friendly Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole. Instead of Sugar it calls for Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener. It’s 190 calories per serving. I found this recipe at the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of Recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Sweet Potato Casserole
A diabetic-friendly side dish to serve with turkey or ham during the holiday season.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup panko crumbs*
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
2 – Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet; bake for 1 hour or until done. Cool to touch. Peel and mash. Reduce oven to 350°F (175°C).
3 – Combine sweet potatoes and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon into baking dish.
4 – Combine panko and remaining ingredients; sprinkle crumb mixture over top of casserole. Bake for 1 hour or until casserole is thoroughly heated.
Makes 14 (1/2 cup) servings.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb that is sold in some supermarkets and in Asian food markets. They are delicate crisp crumbs that add a light crisp texture to foods.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/14 of recipe; 1/2 cup): Calories: 190; Calories from Fat: 70; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 95mg; Total Carbs: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 4g.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/sweet_potato_casserole_recipe.html

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.

One of America’s Favorites – Shortcake

January 15, 2018 at 7:24 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake is a sweet cake or biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda). The earliest recipe for shortcake is in an English cookbook from 1588. In 1602, William Shakespeare used it as a character’s name in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Alice Shortcake.

Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs. The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a shortened dough. The dough is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, rolled and cut like baking powder biscuits, or poured into a cake pan, depending on how wet the dough is and the baker’s preferences. Then it is baked at a relatively high temperature until set.

 

The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour or so, until the strawberries have surrendered a great deal of their juices (macerated). The shortcakes are split and the bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream, typically flavored with sugar and vanilla. The top is replaced, and more strawberries and whipped cream are added onto the top. Some convenience versions of shortcake are not made with a shortcake (i.e. biscuit) at all, but instead use a base of sponge cake or sometimes a corn muffin. Japanese-style strawberry shortcakes use a sponge cake base, and are a popular Christmas treat in Japan.

The largest strawberry shortcake ever made was in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet in the Philippines on March 20, 2004. It weighed 21,213.40 lb.

Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition.

 

Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 21st century, particularly in the South.

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588, according to Driscoll’s berry growers. By 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream. In the United States, strawberry shortcake parties were held as celebrations of the summer fruit harvest. This tradition is upheld in some parts of the United States on June 14, which is Strawberry Shortcake Day. It wasn’t until 1910 that French pastry chefs replaced the topping with heavy whipped cream.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 11, 2018 at 6:35 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Easy as Pie……

Spray a small amount of non stick cooking spray on your knife before cutting a pie with cream filling. This will stop the filling from sticking to the knife. Enjoy that Pie!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 9, 2018 at 6:16 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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An apple a day……….

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 too soon.

Our Best Potato Recipes

January 6, 2018 at 6:18 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 Best Potato Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Potato Recipes like; Cheesy Meat and Potato Casserole, Meatless Sweet Potato Hash, and Sweet Potato Pie. Find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Our Best Potato Recipes
Enjoyed alone or accompanied by meat, veggies, or cheese, potatoes make a perfect side dish, satisfying soup, savory casserole, and even a sweet dessert.

Cheesy Meat and Potato Casserole
Packed with protein and loaded with gooey cheese, cubed pork chops offer a twist on a meat-and-potatoes meal you can really sink your teeth into………

Meatless Sweet Potato Hash
Don’t be afraid to make this flavorsome dish for meat-eaters. Only you will know this hearty, savory meal is vegetarian……..

Sweet Potato Pie
Go ahead and indulge in a scrumptious piece of spiced pie. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, this dessert recipe is sure to become a family favorite…….

* Click the link below to get all the – Our Best Potato Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/main-dishes/our-best-potato-recipes

It’s Nuts I tell you……..OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE)

January 4, 2018 at 7:11 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | 2 Comments
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE). Now enjoy delicious Fudge and its all Sugar Free! At the Nuts site you’ll find a good selection of Sugarless Treats. You can choose from; Caramel Corn (Sugar-Free), Chick-O-Stick Bites (Sugar-Free), (Sugar-Free), Peanut Butter Bars (Sugar-Free), Sugar Free Chocolates, and more! Check out all the selections of healthy and delicious items you can purchase and checkout their recipe selections. Now more on the OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://nuts.com/ 

 

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE)
Our old-fashioned chocolate fudge is classic, boardwalk-style fudge made with no added sugar. This hard-to-find sugar-free treat is a decadent chocolate indulgence you can enjoy as an after-dinner delight. We guarantee supreme quality and freshness.

Ingredients

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE SUGAR-FREE

Isomalt, Erythitol, Dextrin, Cream, Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, Dutch Cocoa, Belgian Chocolate Liquor, Sucralose, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 7 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 80
Calories from Fat 40
%DV
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 14%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Sugars 0g

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
https://nuts.com/chocolatessweets/premium-chocolates/fudge/chocolate-sugar-free.html

 


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800-558-6887 or 908-523-0333
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