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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

White CHocolate Raspberry Brownies #recipe


5.3 oz (150 g) white chocolate, roughly chopped
2/3 stick 75 g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup (70 g) caster sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 cup (125 g) plain gluten free flour blend (I've used a simple store-bought blend of rice, potato and maize flour with no added xanthan gum)
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup (230 g) frozen or fresh raspberries

Pre-heat the oven to 190 ºC (350 ºF) and line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with greaseproof/baking paper.
In a bowl above simmering water, melt together white chocolate and butter. After they are melted, allow to cool until warm to touch.
Add the caster sugar, eggs + egg yolk, vanilla extract, salt and milk, and mix well until evenly combined.
Sift together gluten free flour and xanthan gum, and add them to the batter. Mix well until no flour clumps remain.
Transfer the white chocolate brownie batter into the baking pan and "sprinkle" the top with raspberries.
Bake in the pre-heated oven at 190 ºC (350 ºF) for about 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick still comes out a bit dirty, but the top is a light golden brown colour.
Allow to cool, cut into pieces and enjoy!
The white chocolate brownies keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for about 3 - 4 days (but only if very well hidden).

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Keeping Food Safe at All Fall Activities

Welcome to fall where the weather starts to cool down a bit and the days are a bit shorter. There is still more fun to be had and many times this fun will also involve eating food. While many think that the food rules that were present in the hot months do not pertain to the fall months they are wrong.

There is much fun to be had at picnics, hikes, cookouts, apple picking, or even tailgate picnics during the fall months. These events are all fun but if someone ends up getting sick because of the food they ate it will end up on a sour note. Therefore it is best to follow the same type of food rules as are followed in the warmer months. 

  • One of the first and easiest ways to prevent food borne illness is to always make sure the food is prepared with clean hands, utensils and surfaces. When there is no running water then disposable wipes should be used.
  • Make sure that raw meat always is prepared with clean utensils and dishes. Cooked food should be kept on separate plate never place with the raw or where the raw meat was kept.
  • The same 2 hour rule that was followed in the summer months continues year round. SO if you serve perishable foods at the fall get-together then you must put them away in cool place within a 2 hour time frame or throw them away. If you are out and about and not near a fridge then ice packs that come in many varieties should be used. An option to perishable foods is to use non perishable treats like trail mix, energy packs, protein snacks or canned meats. 
  • When packing a food for tailgating place in cooler with ice or ice packs. Similar to in the fridge meat should be placed at the bottom of the cooler so that juices can not drip on the other foods. 
  • When grilling cook meat to proper temps
By following these rules you can make sure that your fall event stays fun and no one falls ill from a food borne incident

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Supreme Pizza Casserole #recipe

 oz. uncooked fettuccini
2 lbs. ground beef
1 medium onion chopped
2 cans sliced mushrooms drained, 4-oz. each
2 29-oz. jars   your favorite spaghetti sauce
14 oz. jar pizza sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
2 8-oz. bags mozzarella cheese shredded
6 oz. bag parmesan cheese shredded
2 3.5-oz. bags pepperoni sliced
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Stir in the mushrooms and spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, sugar and seasonings.
  4. Drain pasta; stir into meat sauce.
  5. Place half of the meat/pasta mixture into greased 10x15" casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle 1 package of mozzarella cheese over sauce mixture.
  7. Layer 1 package of pepperoni slices on top.
  8. Repeat layers once.
  9. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top of pepperoni.
  10. Cover casserole with foil or lid and bake about 1 hour at 350° until mixture bubbles on sides.
  11. Remove cover and bake an additional 10 minutes or so until done.

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Truth About Hunger

There are so many factors currently in the economics that is leading families to desperate times. Food is one area in the budget that may have been slimmed. Sadly in some situations hunger may be affecting more neighbors than you realize. In addition, it is known that in America there is one family in every community that struggles with getting enough food to feed the family. 

It was all ready a known fact each year that millions of Americans faced hunger daily. Now the coronavirus pandemic affecting every American has made it even harder for families that are struggling to get enough food to feed their family. In 2020 it is estimated that 54 million individuals are not sure if they have enough to eat or not. Thus food banks are seeing more participants that are in need of help. 

Those visiting food banks have deeply been affected by covid 19. Many often think that the individuals that are in need and visit food banks are those that do not work. This is not the case as many families in need are led by those working part time or full time jobs. However, the issues involved are low wages, underemployment, and other expenses that must be made. 

Programs set up by the government including SNAP or WIC and these are meant to help offer proper nutrition. Many families that are still going hungry earn to much to qualify for such programs. 

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Smothered farm Chicken


  • 2 servings of chicken (we used boneless skinless breasts)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2oz grass-fed cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make sure the chicken is of uniform thickness (pound it down if you need to). Place the chicken onto a baking pan and season with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix together the Dijon mustard and mayonnaise and then spread it evenly on the chicken. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through
If using the cheddar, sprinkle it right onto the chicken as soon as it comes out of the oven; the residual heat will melt the cheese.
In the meantime, fry the bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain all but 1 Tbs of the drippings. Add the thinly sliced onion to the pan with bacon drippings and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until onions are translucent and browning.
Roughly chop the crisp bacon and prepare to assemble the chicken.
Place a piece of chicken onto a plate and top with a portion of the fried onions, followed by the crumbled bacon, and then the fresh tomatoes. Garnish with fresh chives or parsley if desired.

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Butterscotch Trifle Recipe


This tasty dessert is easy enough for any night of the week and tasty enough for special Sunday dinner 

  • 1 box butterscotch pudding mix
  • Crushed Vanilla Wafers
  • Cool Whip
  • 2 C milk

n a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk and pudding mix. Allow to firm up, about five minutes.
Layer the bottom of two dessert glasses (or more, depending on the size of your glasses. Mine were 12 fl oz glasses) with some of the crushed vanilla wafers. Spoon a layer of the pudding over the crushed wafers and smooth out. Spoon a layer of cool whip over the pudding and spread out. Repeat this process one more time, ending with a layer of cool whip.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Peanut Butter Apple Crumble


6 granny smith apples , peeled, cored, and diced

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar , packed

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 T. all-purpose flour


1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed

3/4 cup quick cooking oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cold

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter



In a large bowl, add flour, oats, and sugar. Whisk together until incorporated and there are no lumps.

Add in the butter and peanut butter. Using a fork, cut in the butter/peanut butter until it resembles small pebbles. Set aside.


In a large bowl, add in brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Whisk together until combined and no lumps 

are left.

Add in the peanut butter and stir with spatula until it's incorporated into the dry mixture.

Add in the apples and stir until the apples are completely coated.

Pour the apples into a 10-inch pie plate. Pile the crumble topping on top of the filling.

Place into a 350 degree oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. 

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Bit of History on Uncle Sam Day

Today is Uncle Sam Day. NO!!! Not your uncle Sam but the Uncle Sam that represents the United States. 

Where and How did Uncle Sam come about?? Well to tell you what I know there are more than one story behind the name. One story is about soldiers near New York and the meat that was delivered to them The meat was delivered in barrels stamped with the letters "U.S." The meat may have belonged to the United Stats but the man meeting the supply demand was Samuel Wilson. The soldiers started jokingly calling him "Uncle Sam" The second story has to do with Irish Immigrants and their native tongue abbreviation for the United States was "SAM" I like the first story what about you. Uncle Sam Day is said to occur on the 13 of September the same date as Sam the meat man would have celebrated his birthday. 

Did you know that there are other human symbols that represent the United States??? 
  • Brother Jonathan and I truly have a brother named Jonathon but this Brother was a symbol to the United States prior to Uncle Sam. He was first introduced by George Washington as a symbol that represented one of his governors Later it was costumed as a strong young man in striped britches that was in the prime of his life and often stood to show the rocky relations between the United States and Great Britain. Eventually before disappearing Brother Jonathan would come to symbolize the Union during the Civil War 

Brother Jonathan celebrates the American centenary by straddling the towers of the main building at the Philadelphia World's Fair of 1876.

What other symbolized individual do you recall representing the United States 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Be Sure To Get The Day Started WIth Breakfast

 September is thee first of many different things. It was the day my gran-daughter (12 year old now) and my other grand-daughter (only 1 now) and even I (not telling my age) took our first breaths. In 2020 it will also hold the first day of fall. While September holds many 1st it also holds true to a month long tradition of eating a better breakfast. 

You may have heard of a balanced breakfast. You may have even eaten what is considered a balanced breakfast. But do you really know what a balanced breakfast is?? A Balanced Breakfast consist of 3 of the four food groups or check this out it must include 3 of these:

  • vegetables and fruits which include a whole gambit of choices like bananas, oranges, pineapples, blueberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, and the list goes on and on. These can be fresh, frozen or dried it makes no difference
  • A source of grain whether it be oatmeal, corn, rice, wheat found in products such as cereal, tortillas, or any other product. 
  • A source of dairy that can easily be found in milk or other choices such as yogurt, cheese, or an alternative choice like soy
  • Meat is the final of the four categories and not only includes meat from animals but also tofu, nuts, seeds and peanut butter. 

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some great breakfast ideas. But today lets talk about why we should eat a balanced breakfast:
  • It is good for our health. to eat a balance breakfast. Breakfast helps provide our bodies with essential nutrients and has been shown to battle against obesity. In addition it is important in helping keep our bodies blood sugar at a normal level
  • You work better after supplying your body with a good breakfast. Breakfast has also shown to be able to fight off hunger, boost our immunity system 

So start your day off right and enjoy a balanced breakfast

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