Archive | October 2014

Oranament Cupcakes

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1 box white cake mix plus the ingredients called for on cake box
6 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
24 small candy canes
Red and green jelly beans
Red cinnamon candies
Red string licorice

Instructions
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups or spray with cooking spray.

Make and bake cake as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and egg whites. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In large bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes generously.

Create ornament designs using assorted candies. Use top of candy cane to create a hook on each cupcake.

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Roasted Chickpeas and Spinach

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss chickpeas with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Spread in single layer on large shallow baking pan. Roast 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat small skillet on medium heat. Add coriander and cumin seeds; cook and stir about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot skillet to avoid over-toasting. Finely crush using a mortar and pestle, small food processor, clean coffee grinder or a rolling pin.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add mustard seed, curry powder, salt and crushed seed mixture; cook and stir 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes. Simmer 3 minutes or until liquid is almost completely absorbed. Add spinach; cook and stir 30 seconds or just until wilted. Stir in chickpeas until heated through.

Pasta Fagioli

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2 lbs. of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomato’s, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 (10 ounce) cans of beef stock
3 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. pepper
5 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces of pasta, any type

Brown the beef and drain the fat……then put into crock pot with all other ingredients except the pasta. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on High for 4-5 hours. Add the pasta 30 minutes before eating.