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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tennessee Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 slices cooked bacon chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the bacon and chocolate chips. 
Drop cookie dough by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, let stand and cool completely.

This is a unique way to make some tasty yet unusual cookies. Make these for your next office or church event and enjoy the reactions when you tell everyone the reason they are so good is because you used bacon! This recipe makes around 40 cookies.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cajun Chicken Stew

We recently made this stew for a Mardi Gras themed dinner party we attended. The flavors all come together in a wonderful explosion in your mouth that will leave you wanting more. This stew is also very healthy and could easily be served over rice to mix things up.

Easy Cajun Chicken Stew

Serves 4

32 ounces low fat chicken broth
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 can diced tomatoes
6 ounces tomato paste
3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
2 cups chicken breast, leftover chicken cooked and cubed or raw chicken. If you use raw chicken increase the cooking time.
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons lime zest
¼ cup lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until vegetables are tender. Serve with cheese and sour cream if desired.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup oil or applesauce
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. cocoa
2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan and set aside. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. Cream sugars, butter and oil till light and fluffy. Beat eggs in one at a time, then add vanilla and sour cream. Stir in dry ingredients. Pour into prepare Bundt pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake in center of the oven for 45 minutes or till tests done. Cool in pan for about 15 minutes, remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Slice and enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Pizza

This was such a tasty Sunday brunch. It was very simple and fairly quick to make. We didn't use any mushrooms this time because we didn't have any on hand (and I don't particularly care for them). You could always add anything extra as a toppings as well. It was also very good the next day by warming it up in the oven.


What you'll need:

2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 envelope country gravy mix
6 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt(or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper jack cheese

Here's what you do:

Separate the crescent dough into 16 triangles and place on a greased 14-inch round pizza pan with points toward the center. Press on the the bottom and up the sides (or make a crust if no sides on your pan); seal the seams. Bake the crust at 375 degrees for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and green pepper over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Prepare gravy according to the package directions. stir into the sausage mixture and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter (or oil) over medium heat. Add egg mixture; cook and stir till almost set. Spread gravy mixture over crust. Top with eggs, mushrooms and cheeses. Bake for 5-10 minutes longer or until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Cut into wedges. Makes 8 servings.