Roasted Carrots

Carrots are a favorite vegetable side dish, but often they get a reputation for being bland. When peeled, sliced and boiled, bland will be the outcome. Roasting the carrots instead of boiling them enhances the natural sweetness. The instructions in this recipe are for large carrots, cut and sliced. You can cut your carrots into whatever shape you like, however remember that smaller pieces will roast faster so you’ll shorten your time. Larger pieces will take longer in the oven. I strongly suggest that you attempt to make all of your pieces similar sizes so that you odn’t end up with some under done bits and some charcoal burnt bits. Roasted Carrots Recipe Ingredients: 1 lb. Carrots 3 TB Olive Oil 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Pepper 1 tsp Dill 1 tsp Basil Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut carrots in halves or thirds then slice in half lengthwise. Place carrot sticks in a bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with spices. Toss until all carrot sticks are coated. Place carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in oven and roast at 350 degrees for one hour.   Approximate Nutritional Information:  Servings Per Recipe: … Continue reading →

Valentine Brownies

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand. I’m not sure whoever came up with the idea that love is expressed with chocolate, but I’m not arguing with that tradition! This is a nice treat to make for the school Valentine’s party or to just share with your family. Of course, if you’re taking these tothe school party, you’ll probably want to double the recipe. I’ve never met any group who can eat like elementary school students! (aren’t you just ready to reach into that picture and grab a brownie?!) If you really want to impress your Valentine, cut the brownies with a heart cookie cutter before icing. Then serve the brownie on top of their favorite ice cream! Valentine Brownies Recipe Ingredients: 1 15 oz Brownie Mix 2 Eggs 3 TB Water ¼ c Oil 2 TB Butter ¼ c Milk 1 c Powdered Sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the brownie mix with the eggs, water and oil or as described on the package. Place a layer of wax paper in the bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Spread brownie mix over waxed paper and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow brownies to cool … Continue reading →

Bacon Ranch Cheese Spread Recipe

I love cheese balls! I just don’t do a very good job at making them.  True confession. I’ve never had a cheese ball turn out to look like a pretty, round, coated, ball. I found a way to enjoy cheese balls, without feeling the defeat of formation. Serve the cheese ball in a bowl and call it “spread”! Don’t laugh, it tastes the same and looks almost as pretty. Well, it looks yummy anyway. What better flavors to use in a cheese ball, I mean, spread, than Bacon and Ranch? Those are two family favorites at my house. I’m sure you know plenty of people who rank those flavors high on the charts also. Bacon Ranch Cheese Spread Recipe Ingredients: 2 (8 oz) packages Cream Cheese 1 (2.5 oz) package Ranch Dressing powder 1 (3.5 oz) package Bacon Bits 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese Directions: Place cream cheese on counter and allow to soften for an hour. Cut into small pieces and place into medium mixing bowl. Add Ranch dressing powder, bacon and cheese. Mix with electric mixer until well blended. Chill overnight or for several hours to allow flavors to blend. Approximate Nutritional Value per serving: Servings per Recipe: … Continue reading →

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