Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Something Different: Sweet Potatoe and Apple Casserole

 Slice Sweet Potato

  Sweet Potatoes and Apple Casserole


6 sweet potatoes

1/2 cup of brown sugar

 2 cups sliced apples 

4 Tablespoons of unsalted melted butter

1/4 teaspoon of salt 

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 

oil or spray for baking dish

Boil sweet potatoes until tender.  Cool and slice potatoes. In a bowl mix sugar, salt ,nutmeg and cinnamon. Oil baking dish and put a layer of sweet potatoes in bottom, then a layer of  sliced apples. Sprinkle with sugar mixture.Repeat until all ingredients are used. Pour melted butter over the top. Bake in 350F oven for  40-50 minutes.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Try Something Different: 5 Unique Salad Dressing Recipes

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5 Quick, Yet Delicious Salad Dressing Recipes
By: Adrian T. Cheng

Having a bowl of healthy salad daily is great for the health. However, it can easily become boring to your taste buds especially if you use the same ingredients all the time. Add a variety of flavor and texture to your salad greens by trying new ingredients for your dressing. You can have it sweet, spicy, sour or however you prefer - having a good dressing for your salad makes all the difference.

Here are 5 quick and easy salad dressing recipes you can make:

It's Gingerrific

What you need:

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 tablespoons ground ginger

Mix together carrot, mayonnaise, soy sauce, sugar and ginger in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing

What you need:

2 bunches cilantro, stems removed

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 Anaheim chile peppers, roasted

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

3/4 cup canola oil

1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine garlic, chile peppers, mayonnaise, oil, pumpkin seeds, cheese, water, salt and black pepper in a blender or food processor for 1 minute or until smooth. Add cilantro in batches, pulsing for about 40 seconds per batch. Pour mixture in a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Easy Sweet and Spicy Salad Dressing

What you need:

1 cup minced onion

1 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup white sugar

1/3 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Stir together onion, sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl until sugar has dissolved. Carefully stir in vegetable oil until fully incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before serving.

Cranberry and Mustard Combo

What you need:

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup cranberry sauce

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup walnut oil

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine garlic, cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt and black pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Carefully add vegetable oil and walnut oil in a steady stream. Pulse again until mixture is thick and creamy. Serve immediately.

Milk and Vinegar Fusion

What you need:

3/4 cup half-and-half cream

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon granular no-calorie sucralose sweetener

Place half-and-half cream, vinegar, salt and sweetener in a small bowl. Whisk together until sweetener has dissolved.

Now enjoy a variety of flavor with your green salad with these easy yet delicious salad dressing recipes!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger who promotes healthy eating. He has written numerous posts and articles about natural herbs and spices, shared countless of delicious and healthy recipes and reviewed   []kitchen accessories that are affordable yet of quality. You can view Adrian's posts about going green and other   []kitchen tools he recommends on his page.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sassy Frozen Raspberry Smoothie - Red Razz

Fruit Tea Recipe #1

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Fruit Tea - Recipe For a Lesser-Sweetened Version
By:Yvonne Perry

I was raised in the south where very sweet tea is the norm. In fact, if you are in a restaurant and don't want your tea sweetened, you must specify that you want UN-sweetened tea. Most waiters/waitresses south of the Mason-Dixon Line will automatically bring you sweet tea if you ask for tea or iced tea. I've actually had to wait while the restaurant staff made some tea without sugar.

My grandmother uses 2 ½ cups of sugar in one gallon of tea! It's a perfectly acceptable allotment of granulated cane product in a pitcher of Georgia tea. A lot of southerners, including most of my family members, love it, but I never learned to like the syrupy taste of it. Besides, the extra sugar only converts to fat and ends up on my hips and thighs, so I opt for a lesser-sweetened recipe.

I spent a couple of years in the north where sweet tea was not readily available. I was in heaven. I never had to worry when I drove away from the take-out window if I was going to gag on the first straw full of my drink.

Same goes for fruit teas. Most are simply too sweet for my taste. If I want fruit tea in a restaurant here in Tennessee, I ask for half a glass of fruit tea and half a glass of unsweetened tea. I get some crazy looks and normally get charged for two drinks. Okay, here's my solution.

1. Don't drink tea in a southern restaurant unless you can get to the spout and control the sugar level in person.
2. Make fruit tea at home using this delicious recipe. It tastes great in any season!

*4 Family-sized tea bags

1 ½ quarts of boiling water

½ Quart of cold water

**1 Quart of orange juice

**1 Pint of apple or pineapple juice

**1 Pint of lemonade

*Green tea contains more health benefits (such as anti-oxidant properties) than regular tea but its taste gets lost when you add the rest of the ingredients. If you want a stronger tasting fruit tea, I suggest using black or orange pekoe tea bags. Sweet tea Southerners would never use green tea. Come to think of it, they wouldn't use this recipe for fruit tea either!

** You may use comparable amounts of a juice blend.

Place tea bags in a one-gallon pitcher in which you plan to serve or store your brew.

Pour boiling water over tea bags and allow it to steep for about an hour.

Discard tea bags, add cold water and juice. Stir and refrigerate overnight. Stir before pouring, serve cold and enjoy.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (WITS). She and her team of ghostwriters are ready to assist you with writing and editing for books, eBooks, Web text, business documents, resumes, bios, articles, and media releases. For more information about writing, networking, publishing, and book promotion, or to sign up for free email delivery of WITS newsletter, please visit New subscribers receive a free eBook Tips for Freelance Writing.