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Cheesecake-stuffed strawberries

Cheesecake-stuffed strawberries
I put a slightly different version of these on my Easter Menu, but I’ve changed them up a bit. With the help of my strawberry huller – I’m not a gadget gal, but this one is worth having — these are a cinch to prepare. I took these up to school for Teacher Appreciation week and was blushing at the compliments. Do you think they knew how ridiculously easy these are? Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries 24 large strawberries, hulls removed 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar (add gradually, to taste) 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs Place cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, or until soft. Use a sharp knife to make a hole in the center of each strawberry (going as deep as you can without hitting bottom). Spoon or pipe the filling into each hole. Related:  cooking ideas

Healthy Turkey Meatballs It's time to change up your recipes with the changing leaves! Fitness expert David Kirsch replaces the beloved hearty meal of spaghetti and meatballs with this seasonal version of Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash! This is the second most popular dish at the Madison Square Club, which David founded. 1 spaghetti squash (4-5 pounds) 1 Vidalia onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 6 plum tomatoes, chopped ½ cup chopped Pomi tomatoes 2 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped ¾ pound lean ground turkey 1 egg white 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2-3 dashes hot-pepper sauce -Preheat the oven to 400°F -Wrap the whole squash in foil. H-eat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. -Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.

Cyborg Anthropology Big chocolate Would you like to get this kind of gift? Scrumptious Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites I love a good donut, especially a homemade one. What I don’t love is the pain associated with deep frying them. It is messy, time consuming and certainly more fattening. These baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites mimic what I love about donut holes but without all the added stress and calories. They are super scrumptious and I encourage you to try them out yourself and see how long they last in your house! Ingredients 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup butter, melted Directions Mix flour, crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir just until moistened. Roll dough into approximately 2 1/2 dozen 1 inch balls. Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar in a small bowl.

Martha Stewarts Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes Recipe | La Mia Vita Dolce - StumbleUpon Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 21st July 2010 I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like Oreo cookies or Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes. Who could resist cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies? Not Me! I went out yesterday to do my weekly shop, came home, and before I was able to bring in the first grocery bag Matt was hunting for the cookies and cream ice cream. One of Matt’s favourite desserts of all time is cherry cheesecake and I thought to myself why not Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes, that should satisfy his craving. Plus these cheesecakes are super easy to prepare, everything comes together in one bowl and there’s no crushing chocolate wafers with a rolling pin, then melting butter, baking the crust first and then baking a second time when filled. Drop an Oreo cookie into each muffin tin, make filling, add chopped cookies, bake, and enjoy, how easy is that? I can’t wait to try my hand at homemade Oreo cookies. (from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes) Makes 30 Comments (225)

Kiwi and Jalapeño Salsa © Jerry James Stone via Flickr Just because tomatoes are no longer in season, that doesn't mean we have to give up on fresh salsa, right? No, it doesn't! This kiwifruit salsa is tangy, spicy and so yummy! Come summer, you just might be longing for fresh kiwis again. Try it with a Viogner or any off-dry white with floral undertones. 8 ripe but firm kiwis1 jalapeño pepper, minced1/4 cup cilantro, chopped1/8 cup sweet onion, finely choppedPinch of sea salt 1. 2. 3. Enjoy! Visit the Green Wine Guide for more vegetarian recipes and wine pairings. 22 Ways To Get Your Vegan Snack Attack On It must be snacking season because I’ve had a lot of emails lately asking for some healthy vegan snack ideas and I thought it was a great idea for a post. Many of the recipes below are also some of the most popular snack recipes of 2011, so I will also add this post to my Top Recipes of 2011 page for easy reference. Ready to get your vegan snack attack on? 1. My all-time favourite cracker and quite possibly one of the top 3 recipes so far in 2012. 2. Enjoy this ultra-creamy, thick, and energizing smoothie, with a hint of orange that will help keep those cold bugs at bay! 3. Love dipping your finger into a bowl of cake batter? 3. Just like my favourite salt and vinegar chips, but better. 4. Incredibly easy to make. 5. Growing up, I always loved strawberry nutri-grain bars. 6. Adapted from the lovely Heather, this almond butter is the best thing to pair with a juicy apple or drizzled over fruit. 7. 8. 9. 10. for the rest click the link to continue… 11. Simple. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19.

Banana Nut Monkey Bread I think the combination of bananas, nuts, cinnamon and sugar are just perfect. Especially in the morning hours. That’s the sort of thing I like to think about as I’m falling asleep the night before… “… tomorrow morning. Banana. Nut. That was me falling asleep. This was a grand idea, and was enjoyed by most in my household this morning. Live and learn. Unless I’m having a prideful day… then I’m just plain upset when a recipe isn’t perfect the first time. So if you’re going to give this a try stick with the recipe below, I’ve already added in a few tweaks that I think will enhance the final dish. Banana Nut Monkey Bread, makes 6-7 servings. Needed: 2 cans biscuits (the non-flaky kind), 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 sticks butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 ripe bananas and 2 cups nuts (I used chopped walnuts). In a gallon size zip lock bag combine the sugar and cinnamon. You want all the pieces to get fully coated by the cinnamon sugar. Slice up the bananas. xo.

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts Even though I've been a busy girl lately, I'm never too busy for a doughnut break! I especially love the mini variety. These are extra light and have a double dose of vanilla goodness. The idea for these came from the Starbucks Birthday Cake Doughnut, a very dense doughnut that is eye-catching with pink icing and tiny white nonpareils. Newborn baby doughnuts... aren't they cute? You'll need a mini doughnut pan for this recipe. The recipe is pretty strait forward, and the only extra advice I can give is to put the donut batter into a piping bag. Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts [click for printable version]Adapted from Sur La Table Yield: 5-6 dozen baby donuts Doughnut batter: 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp. butter, melted Seeds from one vanilla bean Preheat oven to 425°F. In large mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Apple Pies & Jo In the Kitchen - StumbleUpon I know, I’ve made a few pies lately. But see how these are different? Look at how adorable these are! I mean, come on. I sure couldn’t. We ate them before I had a chance to think about pictures. Oops. This is why I had leftover dough for that impromptu dinner. Although this recipe is a little time consuming, it’s no harder than making any sort of real pie. It still involves slicing fruit. Rolling out crust and making it look pretty. Mixing fruit and sugar and cornstarch. And taking bites with your eyes closed so you can focus solely on each flavor. Please give these a try. Apple Pies Inspired by Pinterest 1 prepared pie dough, rolled out and sliced into strips 6-8 large apples (really any kind of apple will do) 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling onto the crust 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 or 1/2 tsp cardamom, if desired 1 tsp cornstarch Juice of a lemon or lime, mixed with 1 cup of water 1 tbsp melted butter Preheat the oven to 375F. Place the hollowed out apples in a muffin tin.

Easy homemade mint recipe - Raleigh Food Homemade mints are simple to make and they never last long at a reception or dinner party. Mints are also a popular choice for finger foods during the holidays. This simple homemade recipe for butter mints will become a fan favorite in your circle of friends and family. Simple Homemade mint recipe Ingredients 2 boxes powdered sugar5 Tbs butter3 Tbs milk¼ tsp oil of peppermintFood coloring as needed Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. You can buy flexible mint molds at the Carolina Paper Company in Clayton; which is just outside of Raleigh. This easy to make butter mints are the perfect addition to any holiday food table! © 2011 Amy Bittinger Kunkle, All rights reserved.

DIY: Make your own Halloween dinnerware So now you've seen my interpretation of a Raven themed dinner party, I wanted to show you how I made the dinnerware. If you are like me you probably oogle over the holiday themed dishes but quickly shy away since you don't want to shell out for a whole set just for one celebration. (I don't even have real china so I think its safe to say I won't be buying any themed kind either) So when this idea of making my own for next to nothing came to mind, I just had to try it. Start off with plain white plates of your choosing (available cheaply everywhere), a porcelain 150 pen, some blue masking tape and a small stencil (optional). Cut a single piece of blue painters tape to use as a guide to keep straight and start copying the text across the rim of the plate. Now on to the little plate. I added the 'nevermore...' under the bird and the hard work was over. There you have it, custom dinnerware for less than $3 bucks per setting.

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Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry Poaching fruit is one of my favorite things to do when cold weather arrives. It's so warming to stand over a boiling pot of fragrant spices and lose yourself in thought. When I made these, I couldn't help but daydream as I stirred; if I were a pear... I wouldn't want to spend my days on the shelf of a cold produce department. I'd want to be taken to a warm home and placed in a jacuzzi of honey and spices. I'd want to be wrapped in an extra long puff pastry scarf and baked until golden and toasty. That sounds a little silly, but that's what I'd want... if I were a pear. The idea for these came from the Pepperidge Farm website. On a personal note, our Christmas tree is already up courtesy of Mr. Since poaching is a relatively easy task, I'll skip to some helpful tips for wrapping the pears in puff pastry. The poaching liquid has a high concentration of sugar, so your pears will be sticky. When you reach the top, tuck in the end piece of pastry behind the last spiral. 4 small pears 1/2 lemon

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