Crab and Corn Chowder Recipe

This chowder is so creamy and so delicious!  Sweet and salty all in one!

Crab and Corn Chowder Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 jalepeno, seeded, diced
  • 1 small potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 4 cups (32 oz) chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 12 oz fresh lump crab meat
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream or half and half
  • 1/2 tsp creole/cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon. Reserve 2 Tbs bacon drippings. Crumble bacon.
  2. Saute celery, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, jalepeno, and potato in bacon drippings, approximately 6-7 minutes or until tender.
  3. Whisk flour and broth until smooth, add to celery mixture. Mix in corn Bring to a boil, reduce heat, stirring every few minutes. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Gently stir in crabmeat and seasonings, cook 4-5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Serve hot with crumbled bacon on top.
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Candied Pecan Recipe

I love pecans and if they are candied and extra sweet – so much the better!

Candied Pecan Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1 pound pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon and salt together in small bowl
  3. Beat egg white with water in a bowl until frothy
  4. Toss the pecans in the egg white mix
  5. Mix sugar mixture into pecans until well coated
  6. Spread coated pecans onto parchment coated baking sheet
  7. Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are nicely browned, 1 hour
  8. Cool
  9. Store tightly covered - they won't last long as everyone will gobble them up!
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Candied Cranberries

We had extra cranberries from the holidays so I thought I’d use them up with this recipe – WOW they were yummy!

Candied Cranberries

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat maple syrup in medium pan over low/medium heat, just until warmed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cranberries. Cover and refrigerate 10-12 hours.
  2. Place cranberry mixture in strainer over bowl, let drain for 15 minutes. Reserve syrup for another use.
  3. Place sugar in a shallow bowl, place 10-12 berries in the bowl, gently cover with sugar. Remove and place onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Let dry for about 2 hours.
  5. When completely dry, gently pour into a bowl that can be covered.
  6. Use as a snack, or on a pretty white cake!
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Limoncello Cake Recipe

Ooh my this IS delicious!  I received homemade limoncello from several friends and since I *love* anything with lemon, I thought I’d whip this up.  Delicious!

Limoncello Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I used my homemade greek yogurt!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup
  • 4 Tbsp limoncello liqueur
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup confectioner sugar
  • 3 Tbs limoncello liqueur

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9" round baking pan with cooking spray
  3. Whisk together yogurt, eggs, canola oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and limoncello liqueur in a large bowl
  4. In a separate large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  5. Gently stir/whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. Don't over mix or the cake will be tough - the batter can be a tad bit lumpy!
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan
  7. Bake until top is lightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 33-38 minutes. Don't over bake!
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 15 minutes
  9. Sift powdered sugar and 3 Tbs limoncello liqueur together in a small bowl until smooth
  10. Poke holes all over the still warm cake - use a toothpick or a fork
  11. Slowly spoon the glaze over the warm cake, as otherwise it will pool into the middle!
  12. Spread with a spoon if necessary
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Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

I have a dear friend who had “naked lemons” lying around as she’s prepping for her yearly limoncello event..  (Meaning she had “skinned” the lemons and had the naked ones for me to use! )  So, lemon meringue pie was on my list to make..  I squeezed all of them and wow the juice made great pies!

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 3 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten (whites reserved and set aside at room temperature)
  • 1 9" pie crust, baked
  • 5 egg whites
  • 6 Tbs white sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In medium pan, whisk together sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Temper egg yolks with 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture, whisk back into pot Whisk constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat, pour into baked pie shell.
  3. In large mixing bowl, place egg whites and whip until foamy. (I use a large stand mixer.) After foamy, slowly add 1 Tbs of sugar at a time and whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over warm pie, ensuring that the meringue is all the way to the edges.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
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Baked Apples Recipe

We get lots of apples in our weekly produce delivery, and so I decided to make this Baked Apple Recipe in order to have something yummy to put over my fabulous homemade greek yogurt (praise be for the instapot!)

This was amazingly easy – I highly recommend it!

Baked Apples Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups peeled, sliced baking apples
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs oats
  • 1/4 cup water
  • additional 1 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle over top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Place all apples into a greased baking pan
  3. Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter in small bowl. Cut into with 2 knives until it resembles corn meal; sprinkle this across the top
  4. Sprinkle the oats over the top
  5. Place the butter pieces over the top
  6. Pour 1/4 cup water over all
  7. Sprinkle lightly with a small amount of cinnamon
  8. Place in preheated oven, bake approximately 45 minutes or until it starts to brown
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool before serving
  10. Serve over yogurt, with ice cream, over pound cake, etc.
  11. Delicious!
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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

 

So on a whim, I made this last week as I wanted to eat something different, and I love all kinds of pasta (maybe because of all the yummy pasta we ate when in Italy awhile back!)  Anyway, this is fab.  Highly recommend it.  Made it again (to use up all the bacon!) and sauteed shrimp to add on top – and that was excellently fabulous!

AND if you need it GF – easy enough to make just subbing in gluten free pasta!

Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup freshly grated asiago or parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon until crispy; drain on paper towels, when cool, chop or break into small pieces
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions
  3. Drain, reserve 1 cup pasta water, return to pot to keep warm
  4. Whisk egg yolks together, add cheese and salt and pepper and whisk until well combined
  5. Add small amount of egg yolk mix to reserved pasta water, and whisk back into entire egg yolk mixture
  6. Pour egg mixture over hot pasta, add in salt and pepper, stir well, place in serving bowl
  7. Sprinkle bacon and basil and extra cheese over the top
  8. Serve immediately
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Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Mini Muffins

 

I love snickerdoodles and when I came across a variation of the snickerdoodle recipe with apples?  I was totally hooked.  I made my own apple pie filling – canned a lot of it – and used the rest here.  Delicious!

 

Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can apple pie filling (chopped up fine) - I made my own!
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Make the topping by mixing the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream the softened butter and sugar together with an electric mixer (I used a stand mixer) until light and fluffy. Stop mixer, add in the egg and vanilla and stir gently to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together on low speed in the mixer until well combined but don't overmix!
  4. Use a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the dough into 36 balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and then place each ball into the a well-greased mini muffin pan.
  5. Bake for about 11 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges turn slightly golden brown. Immediately after removing from the oven, make a small indentation in the top of each cookie by pressing the back of a tablespoon into each cookie cup OR the backside of a small cookie scoop. Don't press too hard or you'll break the cookie.
  6. After cooling about 5 minutes, use a small butter knife to gently remove each cookie cup from the pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. I made my own filling, but you can use canned, just chop up to very small pieces! Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the pie filling into each of the cookie cups.
  8. I then sprinkled the leftover cinnamon - sugar mix over the top.
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Buttery Roll BreadMaker Roll Recipe

We love fresh bread at our house.  I was looking for a new ONE rise bread recipe and stumbled over this one – I made a few modifications (yes it’s now “tried and true”!) and so here it is!

Buttery Roll BreadMaker Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm (70-80 degrees F) milk (don't have to warm it if your breadmaker has a warming feature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1-2 Tbs additional flour for flouring surface

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in breadmaker in order above
  2. Select dough setting
  3. When complete, remove dough and place on lightly floured surface
  4. Divide in half
  5. Divide each half into 12 even pieces
  6. Gently shape dough into balls.
  7. Place in a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  8. Cover and let rise in warm place for 30-45 minutes
  9. Preheat oven to 350
  10. NOTE - when I don't have a good place for "rising" bread, I do the following:
  11. Place small bowl of water in microwave. Heat for 2-3 minutes. Leave bowl in microwave, place the pan with bread on top, close microwave. When removing, have a towel ready as the steam will have gathered all over bottom of the bread pan.
  12. Place in preheated oven, bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

My daughter absolutely ADORES cookie dough.  Years ago, I made one type of chocolate chip cookie dough frosting for birthday cupcakes, and it was a hit but I do believe this one is better!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened (not melted!) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4-1/2 cup half n half or whipping cream (depends on desired consistency - may need more)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Beat brown sugar and butter in stand mixer until smooth and creamy
  2. Mix in flour, vanilla, salt, and baking soda until well combined
  3. Slowly add in cream/half n half until desired consistency
  4. Fold in 1/2 cup chips
  5. (I use additional chips to sprinkle over the top once I have frosted the cake or cupcakes!)
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