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What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

Happy to share!

Chocopeanut Banana Pudding

Ingredients
4 Ripe bananas
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1/8 Teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1/4 Cup honey
4 Teaspoons sugar
3 Tablespoons milk (or soy milk, coconut milk, etc)

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a electric blender until smooth and ultra creamy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Try not to eat it all in one sitting!

May 02, 2014
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What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

Oh yes, you've got me here!

May 01, 2014
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Eggplant?

I love eggplant in Greek Mousaka! Yasou!

What's Your Favorite Healthy Dessert?

Okay, "healthy" can mean different things to different people, but I'm talking about desserts that have high nutritional value instead of all empty calories.

Chocopeanut Banana Pudding falls right smack into that category, and somebody needs to save me from eating any more of it for a week or so!

Anybody else have a favorite? And, are you willing to share your recipe for the good of humanity? Seriously, think of it as a public service!

Apr 30, 2014
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Chocomole Anyone? Chocolate/Avocado Pudding!

One more comment:

The cinnamon can be doubled, and if you do that there's almost no way to detect the avocado aftertaste! I made another batch last night, used 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and it was extremely yummy!

Apr 29, 2014
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Chocomole Anyone? Chocolate/Avocado Pudding!

Hahaha! I just ate a nice bowl of it with whipped cream, and I pulled it over on myself...and I'm kinda like a 5 year old! Good luck!

Apr 29, 2014
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Chocomole Anyone? Chocolate/Avocado Pudding!

Sounds good!

Apr 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

Sounds yummy!

Apr 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

Okay! Here's my recipe!

Cake
2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1 Teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1 Teaspoon chocolate extract (optional)
1 Cup milk
2 Teaspoons of vanilla
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup vegetable oil

Flan
1 14oz can of evaporated milk
14 Ounces sweetened condensed milk*
4 Ounces cream cheese, softened
4 Eggs
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract

Plus 1/2 cup caramel sauce for topping

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the cake, mix all dry ingredients & set aside, mix all wet ingredients, then combine wet & dry for one minute using an electric mixer. Prepare a large bundt pan with non stick spray, then pour in the caramel sauce. Spoon in the cake batter over the caramel.

2. Mix all flan ingredients for 1 minute in a blender, then pour over the cake batter. Place your bundt pan into a larger pan, then pour in some very hot tap water into the larger pan to about an inch from the top of your bundt pan. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before unmolding.

*Recipe for Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk:

Ingredients
1 Cup instant nonfat dry milk
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup boiling water
2 Ounces butter

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for one minute. It's that easy!

Best of luck! I'd love to hear how it turned out!

Apr 28, 2014
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Chocomole Anyone? Chocolate/Avocado Pudding!

Gladly! Here's my recipe:

Ingredients

2 Ripe avocados, peeled and diced
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 Cup honey
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste (don't omit this!)
1 Teaspoon espresso powder (optional
1/4 Cup cream (other choices: lowfat milk, almond or coconut milk)

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a electric blender until smooth and ultra creamy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Apr 28, 2014
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Secret to a moist cupcake?

Recommendations: buttermilk, use proper amounts of oil or butter, and don't over bake the cupcake.

Also, don't beat the batter more than about 1 minute.

Good luck!

Apr 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

Gee, thanks! Let me know if you'd like to try making it and I can post the recipe. It's really easy.

Apr 28, 2014
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Chocomole Anyone? Chocolate/Avocado Pudding!

Avocados combined with cocoa powder to make a pudding? Before I tried it I just wasn't sure about this one, but WOWIE is it ever good! Honestly, it's probably the creamiest chocolate pudding I've ever tasted.

Does anyone else make chocomole? I find that adding just the right amount of ground cinnamon almost entirely reduces the avocado aftertaste, so all you're left with is this totally amazing pudding...sigh!

My grandson hates avocados, so I asked him to taste my new pudding recipe without telling him what it was made of. He said it was fabulous!

I'm always looking for ways to make nutritious desserts!

Apr 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

Chocoflan! So yummy!

Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

I live in a little Craftsman style house without central air, so you're lucky!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Super! I'm glad you tried it out!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

So very true!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Yes, that's what I did! Turned out really moist and tasty.

Apr 01, 2014
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Quiche pie crust question

Double yum to the photo of your quiche! Looks like a resounding success to me!

Mar 31, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

Oh yes, I've had thoughts on this subject my entire cooking life! Even during the times when I can buy whatever I want, I still work hard at getting everything possible out of my food money.

Planning meals ahead of time, making larger batches, less meat, more veggies are the way we roll in my kitchen! I cook for a lot of people each week, and need to keep the costs down.

You can also identify items on your shopping list that add significant cost, and start making those things at home. For me, it's been homemade yogurt instead of store bought, homemade vanilla & other extracts, homemade soups, homemade sweetened condensed milk for baking, homemade espresso powder for baking, homemade sugar cubes, etc. I've saved hundreds of dollars over the last few years by making adjustments like that, and the homemade stuff tastes way better than store bought. It's also really rewarding to know you made it yourself, you saved money, and it's delicious!

One last thought: look around at different stores in your area for deals. For instance, I buy most of my spices, fruit, fresh garlic and chilies at the Latin market down the street because they're fresher and cheaper. I don't run myself crazy driving all over town for the best prices, but I do plan ahead of time and shop at a few places when it's convenient.

Good luck!

Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Why bake in a crock pot? It's easy, the crock pot doesn't heat up your kitchen in hot weather, the timing is somewhat forgiving, and it takes delicious!

Mar 29, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

I use my crock pot to make quick breads all the time, and they turn out quite delicious! An added bonus is that during warm weather you don't have to heat your kitchen up by using the oven.

Here's one of my favorite recipes:

Orange Cranberry Cake
Serves 3 - 4

Ingredients
2 Cups flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Teaspoons orange extract
1/2 Cup orange juice
1 Teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup dried sweetened cranberries
Glaze: Mix 1/4 Cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons water.

Directions
1. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
2. In a separate bowl beat the eggs & butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla & orange extracts and beat for 30 seconds. Pour in the orange juice, milk, sour cream & orange zest, beat for an additional 30 seconds, then gently fold the cranberries into the batter.
3. Prepare the crock pot with non-stick spray, then fold three long strips of foil over several times to create long strips. Place them crosswise in the pot, extending over the top sides. These will be used to remove the cake when it's done.
4. Carefully pour the batter into the slow cooker pot. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, then on low for 1 hour. Serve either warm or at room temperature. If desired, serve with glaze.

Mar 29, 2014
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Do you think tartar sauce is gross?

TOTALLY gross! I'm with you on that for sure!

Jan 02, 2014
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Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now? *Happy Holidays Edition*

You bet I am! I just can't keep my hands off of that nice, fresh loaf of Tsoureki I made the other day...yasou!

What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

Well, I generally dislike raisins cooked into anything, but I dig them plain!

Jan 02, 2014
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What's Your New Year's Food Resolution?

Although I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, it seems like the time is right to cook more international cuisine.

Anybody else?

Jan 02, 2014
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What Are You Planning For New Years Day?

New Year's Day will be a baking day for me! Planning to make some Greek Tsoureki bread (yes, I do know it's not Easter!), and maybe a batch or two of Koulouraki!

Happy New Year everybody!

Dec 26, 2013
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What Holiday Food Gifts Are You Making?

I'm having a great time preparing food gifts for family & friends this season, and am wondering what others are giving this year?

Dec 09, 2013
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Does anyone actually put stuffing inside the turkey anymore?

I don't do it, but my mom did and it always tasted super!

Nov 19, 2013
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newbie dirt cake question

As a rule of thumb, homemade should taste better than store bought, but sometimes that's not really the issue! For Dirt Cake I'd probably use a mix and just enjoy the end result. Sounds like you're going to have fun making this - good luck!

Nov 19, 2013
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