Perfect Pumpkin Pudding

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This is an adaptation of a recipe which uses brown sugar and half and half that I found here: Pumpkin Pudding

Here is my take on this recipe. You won’t miss the sugar and fat!

Perfect Pumpkin Pudding

“My pie without the crust!”

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/2 Amber Agave
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 3/4 cups Vanilla Almond Milk

Preparation:

Brush D’Avolio EVOO into a 1 1/2-quart casserole. It also works well in a pie plate. Heat oven to 350°. If you double the recipe, bake longer and check with a knife.In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk or beat on low speed until blended. Pour into the prepared casserole and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. If desired, serve with sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon sugar for sprinkling.Serve with whipped cream.

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Peachy Olive Oil Cake

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Servings: 12
Categories: Dessert
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• ¾ c Almond Flour
• ¾ c All Purpose Whole Wheat Flour
• 1tsp Lemon Peel
• 1tsp Baking Powder
• ½ tsp Baking Soda
• ½ tsp Salt

• 2 cans (15 oz) Sliced Peaches, drained reserving 3 Tbsp juice

• ½ c Agave Lite
• 2 Eggs

• ½ c D’Avolio Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1tsp Vanilla Extract
• ¼ tsp Almond Extract
• 3Tbsp Peach Juice from can

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut a piece of parchment the size of a 9-inch round cake pan. Brush butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the bottom of the pan. Place paper on top and brush with a little more oil.

Drain peaches, retain 3 tablespoons juice. Arrange slices of peaches in one layer around pan being sure to spread them evenly.

In medium bowl add all dry ingredients. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set aside.

With hand mixer, blend Agave and eggs. Slowly add olive oil, vanilla and almond extracts and peach juice.

Add the flour mixture about a cup at a time and mix on low until just blended.

Pour gently over the peaches trying not to disturb the pattern but don’t worry if they move a little.

Bake about 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool about 15 minutes. Invert onto a pretty plate and serve.

Have a yummy day!

Easter Cookies…Hop to it!

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20130326-131402.jpgEaster Cookies? Why not?

Simply make your favorite drop sugar cookie (I made a ricotta lemon cookie) with yellow food coloring, frost with sugar glaze and sprinkle with pastel sugar.

The secret to any cookie is consistent shape and size. I use my smallest cookie scoop for this task.

The glaze is two cups of confectioners sugar, the zest and the juice of one lemon plus water to get to 4 tablespoons.

To glaze the cookies, line a few cookie sheets with parchment (easy clean-up) and invert the cookie quickly in the glaze and roll around to coat. Set glazed cookies onto the lined sheet. Much of it runs off onto the parchment (you’ll be glad you lined the sheet) so don’t over do it. Only do 5-6 cookies at a time or the glaze will dry and you won’t be able to sprinkle. Sprinkle with colored sugar and let dry. They package easily and you can stack them.

Have a yummy day!

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Sunday Dinner Musings

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Sunday dinner means a lot to me. It’s not just my memories of dinners when I was a kid but its the memories I know I am making for my family today that motivate me to make a pot of sauce on a Sunday. Last year I posted “Musings While Making Sauce”

My son was home for the weekend and along with a Sabres game with his dad we gathered family and friends for a dish of macaroni.

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Sunday dinner is the extra effort meal. Sunday dinner does not need to be sauce and macaroni but in the middle of the winter it was a natural choice. I think that any dish that takes a few more minutes and you would not have the time nor the effort left in the tank after a long work day to prepare is a worthy Sunday dinner meal.

My mother often used to make a rib roast or roasted chickens on the oven rotisserie.

Sunday dinner smells good. I love how the house smells during these cooking sessions and sometimes for days after. If you make something with bacon it’s a gift that keeps on giving for days to come.

Sunday dinner is not complete without dessert. I talk a lot about how my mom used to bake every Saturday and how I remember watching her bake pies. I have some sort of a pastry deficit but still give it a try when peaches are in season.

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I baked a red velvet Bundt cake from a box cake on Sunday. To make it Sunday special I creamed on brick of cream cheese and about 1 cup of confectioners sugar. I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and slowly added half and half (I didn’t measure but I think it would have been about 2-3 tablespoons) until the frosting was creamy. I put it on the cake by heaping a spoonful on the top and gently guiding it down the sides. It looked pretty and tasted amazing…

…just like Sunday dinner should…

Let’s talk some more about Sunday dinner. Please feel free click the email link below and give me your story. What do you cook? Who is at the table?

When the meal is special and you’re surrounded family and friends, any day is Sunday. I know folks who work in different service industries who have Monday evening Sunday dinner.

Yesterday I invited my family and as is usual custom in our home there were a few friends I had never met before they came to my home.

That is why I would like to write a book titled “If It’s Sunday Dinner, We Must Be Family.”

Have a yummy day!

Sautéed Bananas With Grilled Angel Food Cake

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Servings: 12
Prep time: 0:30
Total time: 0:30
Categories: Dessert, Fruit
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 1 c Walnuts or Pecans

• 1Tbsp Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 6 Bananas

• 1Tbsp Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 Angel Food Cake

Directions

Toast nuts, set aside.

In large heavy skilled add 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat. Slice bananas and add to pan, stirring often until they get soft and creamy on the outside. Remove from heat.

Slice angel food cake, brush with a little olive oil and grill on each side until grill marks appear, being sure not to burn the cake.

In a pretty stemmed glass or bowl, layer a piece of cake, bananas then chopped nuts.

Have a yummy day!

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Chocolate Spice Cookies

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Chocolate Spice Cookies

Categories: Christmas
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 1 Chocolate Cake Mix
• ⅓ c Oil
• 2 Eggs
• 1c Chopped Walnuts
• 1c Chocolate Chips
• 1tsp Cinnamon
• ½ tsp Ginger
• ½ tsp Nutmeg
• ¼ tsp Cloves

Directions

In large bowl, with a wooden spoon, mix all ingredients except the spices.

Add spices and stir until blended. Refrigerate at least an hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°

Using a small cookie scoop, place small teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 9 minutes. Cool on racks.

Roll in powdered sugar or frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Makes about 5 dozen small cookies.

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Christmas Cookie Blitz

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20121215-132803.jpgIt always feels like I have more time than I do on December 1st.

Today I will:

Decide what I am baking.

1. Cut Out Cookies – I use the “Deluxe Sugar Cookie” recipe from the book shown above. It is Betty Crocker‘s Christmas Cookbook Copyright 1982 by General Mills. It is a great recipe, delicate and buttery… Recipe to follow later.

2. Magic Cookie Bars – I always say I’m going to make these during the year but usually save the treat for Christmas.

3. Oatmeal Crackles – these are one of my son’s favorites.

4. Shortbread – I use a recipe from my friend Lauren. Years ago I attended a cookie exchange. It was fun and I loved the sisterhood of sharing.

Lauren’s Shortbread

1 pound butter
1 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups flour

Cream together butter and sugar. Add flour one cup at a time. Press into 13″ x 9″ glass baking dish. Score with fork. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Couldn’t be easier.

5. Chocolate Spice Cookies – I got this one from my mother. It is made with a cake mix. Boom!

Chocolate Spice Cookies…to be continued…

Sweet Breakfast Biscuits

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20121215-095637.jpgSweet Breakfast Biscuits

Servings: 9-10
Prep time: 0:10
Total time: 0:30
Categories: Breakfast
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 2¼ c Biscuit Mix
• ⅔ Milk
• 1Tbsp Butter, melted
• 1Tbsp Turbinado Sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°

Butter a heavy cast iron skillet.

Mix biscuit mix according to directions (mix until it forms a ball, turn onto board with more biscuit mix, kneed 10 times).

With hands press to about ½ an inch.

Melt butter. Brush onto dough. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into random geometric shapes.

Place on skillet, with some edges touching. Bake about 11 minutes, until golden grown.

Cool 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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Things I Learned at My First Cooking Class

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I Learned a Lot at MY First Ever Cooking Class And when I say first ever I mean first ever class I taught…and first ever I attended. Most of us never take one class and are fine cooks. This was a new experience for me.

Most people know more than they think they do and just need more confidence in the kitchen.

Many hands really do make light work. 2 1/2 hours of cooking goes by in a flash.

Apples and Fontina cheese make an amazing Quesadilla. Confession: I have only eaten quesadillas and never made one until two days ago. The recipes for all of the dishes prepared are included in the menu below. Our friend Jack shred the cheeseFontina is relatively soft cheese that crumbles as it shreds. Katie, a pharmacy student loves to cook but doesn’t have time jumped at the opportunity to make the quesadillas. She did a great job.

There is a reason why ingredients are already prepped. Doing the fine dice on the apples on a surface a few inches higher than I was accustomed with a cutting board which was sliding around and an unfamiliar knife spooked me at first. Chef Paul gave me a cloth (to replace the one I put over my shoulder – my moppina ) to stabilize the board and we got back on track.

Our Menu:

20121011-082906.jpgQuesadillas.

Wheat tortillas filled with apples and red onions flavored with D’Avolio Black Current Balsamic Vinegar, black beans and Fontina cheese. These are served with a seasoned Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

Roasted Chicken Snack Strips

20121011-082715.jpgBoneless, skinless chicken breasts rubbed with D’Avolio Milanese Gremolata Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned with Basik’s Hunter Blend seasoning available at D’Avolio.

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Tiny rice shaped pasta with roasted grape tomatoes and garlic seasoned with Olio Fresca Herb Mix, available at D’Avolio’s and D’Avolio Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Ordinary canned peaches made extraordinary with seasoned mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of D’Avolio 18 Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. For an extra kick we sprinkle just a pinch of Vanilla Bean salt.

Even the best plan can get mixed up. And, the result will be great…just different than the plan. I made up the above menu and Independent Health included it in a nice handout at D’Avolio Kitchen.

A very astute participant noticed I switched the oil in a few of the dishes. Oops! This totally unintentional action just proved the point D’Avolio has been making since they opened their first store a little more than a year ago:

Be fearless.

Cooking, preparing healthy delicious food should not be stressful. Experiment with flavor…try the unexpected (like spontaneously adding D’Avolio Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar to mascarpone cheese) and be sure to write down what you love. Write it down because when you go back to the store you will be smacked by the volume of selections.

Have fun with your food. If you add one dish new to you each week…heck, even just one flavor combination (write down what you like…you will notice a pattern) then you will have learned to make over 50 new things.

So, when is our next cooking class? What would you like to learn? We are only limited by our imagination! Let’s learn together!

Have a yummy day!

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Peaches With Mascarpone

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Turn ordinary canned peaches into an extraordinary dessert!

Peaches With Mascarpone

Servings: 4
Prep time: 0:10
Total time: 0:10
Categories: Dessert, Fruit
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 15.5 oz Canned Peaches (sliced or halves)
• 8 oz Mascarpone
• 2 Tbsp D’Avolio Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar (or any other WHITE balsamic vinegar)
• 2 Tbsp D’Avolio Traditional 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar
• 4 Pinches Vanilla Bean Salt

Directions

Divide the peaches among 4 small bowls.

Mix mascarpone with white balsamic vinegar and divide among bowls.

Drizzle Traditional 18 Year balsamic vinegar onto each bowl and sprinkle a pinch of vanilla salt on each.

The peaches and mascarpone may be made up to 4 hours before serving. Remove from refrigerator before serving then drizzle vinegar and sprinkle pinch of salt.

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Have a yummy day!

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