Dandelion Wine

Gather the dandelion booms on a dry day when making Dandelion Wine. Great gift idea for wine drinkers!

2 quarts dandelion blossoms

1 gallon water

2 oranges, coarsely chopped

2 lemons, coarsely chopped

4 lbs. sugar Read more »

Sorghum Caramel Corn

Sorghum Caramel Corn has a distinctive flavor, try this delicious caramel corn, your family will love it.

6 quarts popped popcorn

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter

1/2 cup sorghum molasses

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. baking soda Read more »

Chili Cheese Dog Bread

Chili Cheese Dog Bread makes a quick, tasty appetizer to add to your game day table, it will go quickly!

1 baguette-homemade recipe

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 can premade chili or homemade recipe

4 hot dogs, depending on length of your baguette

2 Tbsp. chives, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Read more »

Black Walnut Angel Food Cake

Black Walnut Angel Food Cake makes a much moister cake than you would expect for angel food. This is a great dessert for someone on a low cholesterol diet!

1 1/2 cups egg whites, at room temperature, (about 16 eggs)

1 Tbsp. water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

2 cups sugar

1 cup sifted cake flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Read more »

Antipasto Squares

These Antipasto Squares make a delicious addition to your game day table, give this recipe a try!

2 8 oz. tubes crescent dough

1/2 lb. deli ham

1/4 lb. pepperoni

1/2 lb. sliced provolone cheese

1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese

16 oz. jar sliced pepperoncini

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Read more »

Waffle Fry Sliders

Serve these Waffle Fry Sliders on your game day table for a delicious little appetizer, they will disappear quickly!

1 bag frozen waffle fries

1 lb. lean ground beef

2 tsp. yellow prepared mustard

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered into small squares

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced Read more »

Frango Mint Cheesecake

A Chicago based department store, Marshall Field’s has made Frango chocolate mints since 1918. This is what inspired the Frango Mint Cheesecake recipe. The original graham cracker crust has been changed to chocolate wafer crust, because it will freeze without getting soggy. This is just delicious!

Crust:

8 oz. thin chocolate wafer cookies

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Filling:

1 cup chopped Frango mints

3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract Read more »

What is the best kind of cutting board for your kitchen?

I’m sure you have heard conflicting advice on which cutting board is the most sanitary and least damaging to your knives.
Let’s check some facts and decide for yourself if you prefer a plastic, wood or bamboo cutting board in your kitchen.

1. Plastic cutting board are popular because they are safe to run through the dishwasher. However, studies have found that more bacteria is recovered from a used plastic surface than from a wooden surface. Also, a knife scarred plastic surface is impossible to clean and disinfect manually. The cuts in the plastic board indicate that plastic may be getting in your food. You might want to reconsider using a plastic cutting board.

2. Bamboo cutting boards are the choice of many wanting to “go green”. Many believe bamboo are just as sanitary as wooden boards because bamboo boards absorb less liquid than wooden board. Bamboo is 19% harder than traditional maple boards, which makes it harder on your knives.Also the small grooves may catch your knife, interrupting a smooth cutting action. Bamboo boards shouldn’t go in the dishwasher. Save the bamboo boards for small chopping jobs.

3. Wood is a renewable resource, not nearly as bamboo though. A heavy soft wood will be kind to your knives and will help them stay sharper longer. A good maple or beech cutting board is some what self-healing and it will not scar as easily as a plastic board. Do not put a wood cutting board in the dishwasher. Regularly oil your board with a food grade oil to protect it from staining or warping and it will last you for years.

The best method to remember for food safety, on what ever board you choose, is to use separate cutting boards for raw meat and poultry and a different one for vegetables, fruit and prepared food. This limits cross contamination, which is the biggest danger in any kitchen.

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Maple Bacon Wings

Maple Bacon Wings will wow your guests on game day! Add these delicious appetizers to your table for a special treat.

2 lbs. chicken wings

15 slices bacon, halved

1/4 cup barbecue sauce-homemade recipe

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. chili flakes Read more »

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach Cobbler tastes like home, it will bring back those memories from childhood. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a special treat!

3 cups fresh sliced peaches

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cold water

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Crust: Read more »

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