Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans
AMAZING! Crunchy, sweet, and salty. You can't eat just one.
Cuisine: Appetizer
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon orange peel (zest)
  • 1 egg white or ¼ cup liquid egg white
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Whisk egg white, vanilla, and water together in a separate bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture. Take out the pecans with a slotted spoon and transfer to large zip lock bag. Add the sugar mixture to the bag with the pecans and shake the bag until evenly coated. Spread coated pecans onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes until pecans are evenly browned, about 1 hour.
  5. Let nuts cool completely on sheet.


Spiralized Cinnamon Apples with Greek Yogurt

Spiralized Cinnamon Apples with Greek Yogurt
Whether you decide to eat this as a snack or a dessert either way it is delicious. That it's low in calories is just another bonus. One serving has about 150 calories.
Recipe type: Snack
  • 1 large-sized apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoon pecans, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, plus 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 4 ounces non-fat greek yogurt
  1. Spiralize Apple (unpeeled) using the smallest blade.
  2. Discard core and seeds. Toss spiralized apple in lemon juice.
  3. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Toast pecans and oats in a pan until fragrant and slightly golden.
  4. Melt butter with oats and pecans – add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, raisins, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cook until slightly caramelized. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon brown sugar into Greek yogurt. Divide yogurt into two bowls and top with spiralized apple and oat mixture.
You will have granola mixture left over. Store in air tight container in the fridge.


Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Delicious and bursting with flavor and low carb what could be better. A copycat recipe of PF Chang’s Lettuce Chicken wraps that you can easily make right at home in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too.
Recipe type: main dish, appetizer, snack
Serves: 4
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 () can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style

Note if you leave out the water chestnuts calorie count down to 320 for 407 for a 4 oz serving
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 oz Calories: 407 Fat: 13 g Carbohydrates: 34.7 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 831 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 36.1 g Cholesterol: 101 mg


Spicy Party Pretzels

Spicy Party Pretzels
A simple recipe for toasted, seasoned pretzels. Particularly tasty and addictive
Cuisine: snack
Serves: 15
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 () package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 () package mini twist pretzels
  1. Preheat oven to ().
  2. In a medium bowl, mix vegetable oil, dry ranch dressing mix, garlic salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Place pretzels in a medium baking dish. Coat with the vegetable oil mixture.
  4. Bake coated pretzels uncovered in the preheated oven 2 hours, or until toasted and crispy. Stirring occasionally,


Honeyed Pecans

Honeyed Pecans
Honeyed Pecans add a touch of sweetness and crunch to your favorite green salad. Make extra because Honeyed Pecans are good for snacking, too.
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of ground red pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Microwave honey in a bowl at HIGH 20 seconds. Stir in pecan halves. Coat a parchment paper-lined jelly-roll pan with cooking spray; spread pecans in a single layer on pan. Combine sugar, salt, and a pinch of ground red pepper; sprinkle over pecans. Bake 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring after 8 minutes. Cool completely; break into pieces.
These are particularly good on Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing


Ham and Cheese Puffs

Ham and Cheese Puffs
These are simple and delightful! They can be baked and frozen then just brought out and thrown in a toaster oven when needed!
Serves: 64 puffs
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  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups Shredded Sharp (Old) Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup ( approx 7 oz or 200 grams) ham, (can be leftover baked ham or deli ham) or crisp bacon, finely chopped
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 can (4 oz. /114 ml) chopped Jalapenos, drained (optional)
  1. Combine water, butter, and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat Add the flour all at once Beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed , Return to medium heat stirring vigorously, until the batter leaves the sides of the pan and a ball of paste forms.
  3. Remove from heat Add eggs, one at a time, beating vigorously after each one until the dough is smooth. (Be patient and beat thoroughly)
  4. Stir in cheese, ham, Jalapenos (if using) and dry mustard.
  5. Place heaping teaspoonful on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes until firm and golden.
If you are going to freeze best to double the recipe IF FREEZING: Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. Reheat if frozen 350° oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

If using fresh Jalapeno peppers use 1 medium - large one

One bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese yields 3 cups just perfect if doubling recipe


Spicy Kielbasa Dip

Spicy Kielbasa Dip
Different, rich and delicious! A cream cheese and mayonnaise base hosts kielbasa sausage, jalapeno pepper, and cheese for a warm appetizer dip. Serve it at your next event and watch it disappear.
Serves: 8
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  • 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 7 ounces fully cooked kielbasa sausage, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup shredded Italian 6-cheese blend (such as Sargento® Chef Blends®)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Fold cream cheese, mayonnaise, sausage, green onions, Italian cheese blend, jalapeno pepper, and garlic powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed; transfer to a small baking dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until hot and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.
Put this in front of the guys during the next game and watch it disappear! It's easy to control the heat by removing the seeds and ribs (the whitish membrane inside the pepper) before dicing to result in a dip that is mild, medium, or hot and spicy, to suit your taste. For a mild dip, remove all seeds and ribs. For a very spicy dip, leave all the seeds and ribs intact. Serve with sliced sourdough baguettes.

For lower calories use low fat cream cheese, turkey kielbasa and low fat mayo.

If unable to find the 6 cheese combination use the 4 cheese combination.

Make Ahead Tip - After transferring to baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. You may need to add 5 minutes or more to the baking time if the mixture is cold when it goes in the oven.



Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders
These Ham and Cheese sliders are simple and crowd pleasing sandwiches. Ham and melted cheese topped with a poppy seed butter sauce
  • 24 white dinner rolls
  • 24 pieces honey ham
  • 24 small slices Swiss cheese
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup miracle whip
  • Poppy seed sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1½ Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops.
  3. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.
Sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.


Chardonnay Poached pears with Bousin Cheese on Baked Parmesan Tuile

Chardonnay Poached pears with Bousin Cheese on Baked Parmesan Tuile
Want to impress your next dinner guests then give this wow worthy appetizer a try
  • ½ bottle Californian Chardonnay
  • 2 Bosc pears peeled and left whole
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. Parmesan cheese grated fresh or pre shredded cheese
  • 4 oz. Boursin Cheese
  1. Poached Pears
  2. Peel pears and set aside. In a medium pot, whisk together wine and honey. Add pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook covered for 15 - 25 minutes.
  3. Once pears are cooked to the point that they could be easily pierced by a fork, remove using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Baked Parmesan Tuile
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Scoop 1 or 2 spoonfuls of grated parmesan cheese onto wax or parchment paper-lined baking sheet, press with back of spoon to flatten and shape into rounds
  7. Bake for about 5 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and let set for 1-2 minutes, then pry from paper with knife or pastry spatula. Shape as desired
  8. Assembly
  9. Put a small amount of boursin cheese on top of baked parmesan Tuile
  10. Put 2a piece of poached pear segment on top of the Boursin
  11. Sprinkle with a little freshly ground black pepper’& Garnish with mint leaf.
Parmesan cheese must be shredded not the ground
The Parmesan Tuile can be made early in the day or even the day before just store in air tight container after they have cooled.
A Tuile is a thin, crisp, sweet or savory wafer made of dough or cheese. Originally from France, 'Tuile' means tile in French. Tuiles can be shaped if desired (i.e. little bowls, little scoops etc.) Tuiles must be curved while they are hot, otherwise they will crack and break. Tuiles can also be left flat after baking.
Boursin Cheese [buʁsɛ̃] is a trademarked brand of Gournay cheese. It is a soft creamy cheese available in a variety of flavours, with a flavour and texture somewhat similar to cream cheese


Spiced Tropical Bruschetta

Spiced Tropical Bruschetta
A bruschetta with a little extra spice that is nicely balanced by the mango and papaya. Your friends and family will love it. . Also good as a topping for grilled chicken or fish
Serves: 8 (3 baguettes per person)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes chopped about 3 medium sized
  • 1 mango & Papaya to make 1 ½ cups chopped same size as tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • ⅓ cup red onion chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper chopped very very small
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Bread baguette sliced and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  1. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, cilantro and mint, in a medium sized bowl. Add mango, papaya, tomatoes, onion and mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Serve on toasted baguette slices. Top with the feta cheese.
You can use just mango if papaya isn’t available or inconvenient to use.
Increase or decrease the Jalapeno Pepper to your taste


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