Candied Citrus Peel

You have a recipe that asks for candied citrus peel, but you can’t find it.  It is actually pretty easy to make on your own with just a few ingredients.

First you have to decide which kind of peel you want.  You will need:

2 Grapefruit, or 3 Oranges, or 4 Lemon, 1 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1 Cup Water.

Using a knife, cut the ends off of your fruit.  Next, gently cut off this colored skin of the fruit, leaving most of the “pith” (the white stuff) on the fruit.  Cut the peel into pieces about 1/4 inch wide and as long as you want.  I usually make them about and inch to 2 inches long.

In a medium pan, bring a pan filled about 2/3 full of water to a boil.  After the water is to boiling drop in your peel. Boil for about 10 minutes.  Remove the peel with a slotted spoon, and place on a wire rack that has been set inside a baking pan.  Let cool and dry for about 15-20 minutes.

While the peel is cooling, remove all but 1 cup of water from your pan and add 1 cup of sugar.  Heat on high heat, until all sugar is dissolved.  You can stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Add your peel to the water/sugar mixture and continue to boil until the syrup begins to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the peel from the hot liquid using and slotted spoon, and place back on wire rack, making sure that none of the pieces are touching. Let cool and dry for about an hour.

Place a half a cup of sugar into a bowl, and toss the peel in the sugar until well coated.  Let dry for about another hour, then place into tightly sealed container.

These will keep at room temperature for about 3 weeks.

Can be used as a palette cleanser, dip in chocolate for a sweet treat, finely chop and add to muffin or bread batter,  or garnish desserts.  The sky is the limit for these sweet treats!

Easy Chips

Chips for snacking on can get expensive, and a lot are not very good for you.  You can make your own at home with leftover tortillas, warps and pita bread.

Grab any leftover type of flat bread that you have left over.  Preheat your oven to 375f.  Cut into triangles or any other shape that you might want and brush with olive oil.

At this point you can sprinkle on salt and herbs for flavoring.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15minutes until crisp.

You can enjoy your new tasty treats with hummus, salsa or any other dip.

Frozen Juice Pie

This is a quick and easy recipe that you can create with most any frozen juice. It is a great last minute desert that looks like you spent all day on it!

1 6oz Can Frozen Juice Concentrate (thaw until “crunchy”)
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 large container Frozen Whipped Topping.

1 Cup Flour
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar and butter until well blended. Press into a 9″ pie plate. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Combine the juice concentrate, milk and cool whip well in a large bowl. Pour mixture into cooled shell and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Overnight Pull Apart Cake

You have guests staying the night or arriving in the morning. You would like an easy breakfast treat that will not take too long to prepare. Here is a quick recipe that you prepare the night before.

1 Bag Frozen Dinner Rolls
1 Small Pkg French Vanilla Pudding
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Nuts (Optional)
1/2 Cup Butter (Melted)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the pudding (dry) cinnamon, Sugar and nuts. Place the undefrosted rolls into the mixture and coat well.

Place the coated rolls into a large well buttered bunt pan.  Sprinkle any remaining mixture over the rolls.

Drizzle the rolls and dry mixture with the butter. Place in an unheated oven over night.

In the morning when you get up, turn the oven to 350 Degrees F and bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm with plenty of napkins!

Easy Chicken Fingers

If your you or the kids are tired of the same old chicken fingers, here is a great recipe to spice it up a bit with flavor for all.

Take one pound of chicken breasts and slice them into 1 inch strips and set aside.

In a shallow bowl or large plastic bag, combine: 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon minced onion, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Mix all of the ingredients together well. Coat each of the chicken pieces with the spice mixture and place on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil and greased well.

Broil in the oven for 5 minutes, remove. Turn pieces of chicken over and Broil again for 5 more minutes.

Serve with rice or chips and dip for a change.

Soft Ginger Cookies

I love soft ginger cookies, but it is really hard to find a good recipe. I recently ran across a great recipe that has fast become a family and friend favorite. Give it a try this holiday season and you will be the talk of the town.

Makes about 48 cookies

2 1/4 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon ground Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon ground Powdered Ginger
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup Butter
1 Cup Granulate Sugar
1 Egg
3 1/2 Ounce Crystallized Ginger Chips

Sift all ingredients into a bowl. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add molasses and egg. Beat until well combined.

Add sifted flour combination into butter mixture. Add crystalized ginger and stir until combined. Refrigerate at least one hour.

Preheat oven 375f. Roll dough into 1″ balls and roll in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool on pan for a minute or two, then remove cookies from the sheet and place on wire rack to cool completely.

Honey Comb Candy

We have a nut allergy in our house, so we are always looking for a good nut free candy to munch on for the holidays. This year we found a winner! Try this quick and easy recipe for an addicting little treat!

1 1/2 Cups sugar
1/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup corn syrup, light
1 Tablespoon(s) baking soda

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a large sauce pan. Heat to 300f with out stirring. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Immediately pour onto large greased baking pan. (do not spread, just let it do it’s thing)

Let sit until cool. Break into little pieces and enjoy.

You can also dip in chocolate for an extra sweet treat!

Kitty Treats

You can always find recipes for doggie treats, but you can never find an easy recipe for cat treats. Here is a pretty easy one for your feline friend.

Preheat your oven to 325°.

Mix 1 6oz can of Tuna, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup wheat germ, 1/4 cup wheat flour, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large bowl.

The mixture will loosely form a ball. Flatten the dough to 1/8″ thickness.

Using a pizza cutter or a knife cut the dough diagonally into 1/2 inch strips.

Cut again in the opposite direction to form diamonds or squares, your choice.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and immediately remove from the cookie sheet.

Let cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Quick Parfait

You just found out that you have company coming over within the hour and you have no dessert! You can actually whip up a quick parfait that will taste like you spent all day making it!

Simply mix up a box of instant vanilla pudding. Set in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes.  While the pudding is chilling, pull out as many decorative glasses or bowls as you will have guests.

Grab the box of granola and some fresh fruit. Slice strawberries or bananas, and/or rinse raspberries or blueberries.

Now create your parfait by layering granola, pudding, fruit, several times in your glasses or bowls.  Top with a bit more fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Quick Applesauce

You just got a bunch of fresh apples, and you are afraid that they are going to go bad.  You can make up a quick batch of applesauce that will keep in the refrigerator for 10-12 days.

Wash 6-8 apples, then core and quarter.  Place the apples into a saucepan and cover with 1/4 cup water.  Bring to a simmer and cover until the apples have cooked to a mush.

Remove the apples from the heat, and once they are cool enough to work with, puree in a blender or with a food mixer and add sugar to taste.  Place in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Fresh Apple Sauce should keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.  Frozen, it should be good for 5-6 months.