Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple Cider Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

My family has recently discovered steel cut oats.  They haven't been run through a bunch of processes other than a quick cut so when they cook they aren't mushy like quick or regular oats.

If you are looking for a warm, nutritious breakfast but don't have the time in the morning, try this oatmeal recipe.  You can throw all of the ingredients into the crock pot before bed, set a timer (in the electric section of the store that will turn your crock pot on and off for you based on how you set it) or program on your crock pot and you're off to sleep.  The oatmeal cooks without effort and in the morning you will have an aroma that smells like baked apple pie filling your kitchen.

This recipe makes plenty and you can save the leftovers in the fridge to heat up for another tasty quick breakfast. I made ours for dessert since I was testing the time needed to cook and wanted to be awake during the process.  After our family of four we devoured our share, there were still 2-3 servings to be re-heated for breakfasts.

Apple Cider Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal                                   Printable Recipe

3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
2 cups apple cider (or use 3-1/2 cups and leave out the water)
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats ( I used organic Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar (I used raw)
Optional: chopped pecans or walnuts and pure maple syrup

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #131

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

I saw a bag of Key Limes at the store the other day.  Curious about these tart little fruits, I bought the bag.  Not sure how to go about making Key Lime bars I looked a few recipes and then came back to the Apple Pecan Cheesecake Bars I made last fall and tweaked the recipe a little bit.  A little sweet, a little tart. They are perfect little bites of yummy!

If you don't have Key Limes where you are or don't want to take the time to squeeze those little guys you can use regular limes or lime juice from the bottle.

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars                                                             Printable Recipe

1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
6 Tablespoons butter

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 Tablespoon Key Lime zest
1/3 cup Key Lime juice

8 ounce package light cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Crumb Topping:
6 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons old fashioned oats
2 Tablespoons quick oats
3 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #130

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Corn Salad

I had this at a potluck and had to hunt down the one who brought this in and get the recipe.  It's fresh and crunchy and you'll find yourself grabbing a second helping.  If you are headed to a party, make this dish.  It's a unique dish so there's a good chance there won't be 2 to 3 other dishes just like it. There is only so much macaroni and potato salads one can eat at a meal. 

It tastes just as good the second day although it loses its corn chip crunch.  Sprinkle on a couple more crushed pieces and you'll be back in corn salad heaven!

Corn Salad                                                                                               Printable Recipe

2 cans yellow kernel corn, drained (or four cups frozen corn, thawed and drained)
1 green bell pepper, diced (approximately 1 cup)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 cup mayonnaise
8 ounce block of cheddar cheese, shredded (approximately 2 cups)
Chili cheese flavored Frito-Lay corn chips

Monday, January 12, 2015

Two-Toned Scalloped Potatoes

This scalloped potatoes recipe has a delicious creamy sauce.  We eat it as a main dish with meat added but you could leave out the meat and easily serve it as a side dish.  One day I didn't have enough white potatoes so I tossed in some sweet potatoes.  It was tasty!

Two-Toned Scalloped Potatoes                                                     Printable Recipe

3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons flour
2-1/2 cups milk
8 ounces Velveeta (or you can use 2 cups shredded cheddar or any other cheese you like)
salt to taste

3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
ham slices, chopped, or dried chipped beef, chopped