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Caramel Corn, an all season snack

 Caramel Corn, an all season snack

This is a family favorite from my mother-in-law’s recipe, always good anytime.   A good treat to spoil co-workers, if you take it to work, just take lots.

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn, an all season snack

Caramel Corn
 
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An all-time family treat at any time. A big bowl to gather around and share the sweet crispy carameled corn with friends, family and co-workers.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-5 quarts
Ingredients
  • 5-6 quarts of unsalted popped corn, put into a lightly greased large pan.
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except baking soda into a heavy 4 quart sauce pan.
  3. Stir lightly to blend.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir.
  6. Remove pan from the heat.
  7. Add ½ teaspoon baking soda.
  8. It will bubble up and turn a lighter color, stir to blend.
  9. Pour over the popped corn, stir to coat the popcorn.
  10. Put into the oven, remove every 15 minutes to stir the mixture to coat with the syrup.
  11. Remove from the oven, let cook, store in air tight container
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Almonds, pecans or mixed nuts can be added to stir in with the syrup. After the caramel corn has cooled, pretzels, cereal or dried cranberries are novel additions.  That is, if you have any Caramel Corn left over.

I recommend  Julia Ann’s Caramel Corn to eat and give, enjoy with hot cocoa in front of the fireplace.  C-o-z-y!

 

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Eggplant Appetizers

Eggplant Appetizers

Eggplant (Aubergine)

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Eggplant,  a vegetable from Asia and now identified most often with Mediterranean recipes, such as Eggplant Parmigiana, Ratatouille, Moussaka or eating fried eggplant dipped in a batter or egg and flour and fried in a skillet.   

The eggplants are readily available in the farmer’s markets at this time, late August and September.  The deep purple globes are hard to resist, and are in all sizes.  The larger the eggplant the more seeds and tendency to more bitterness.  Small eggplants have smaller and fewer seeds.

Cooking Eggplant

Eggplant Appetizers

Eggplant Appetizers

Buy firm deep purple eggplants, store in the refrigerator until ready to use within a day to two. Cut it with stainless steel knife to help prevent the slices turning black.  It does not have to be peeled.  Eggplant has a lot of moisture therefore sprinkle with salt to draw out the moisture.  Also sprinkling with lemon juice will prevent the flesh from blackening.  Put  pieces into a colander, let set for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the juice be drawn out.  Rinse the eggplant pieces and dry on paper toweling before proceeding with the recipes.

Eggplant Appetizers
 
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A simple blend of eggplant, cheese and ham for an warm or hot appetizer to a grand meal of roast chicken or meat.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 20 slices
Ingredients
  • 3 small eggplants, 2 inches x 3-4 inches
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • water to rinse
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of a seasoning blend or Italian Seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil flakes
  • pepper to taste
  • ¼ pound Provolone Cheese, sliced thin
  • ¼ pound ham, sliced thin
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice eggplants in ½ inch slices.
  2. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  3. Salt each slice; put into a colander for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse, pat dry on paper towels.
  5. Mix the oil and seasonings into a large bowl.
  6. Dip each of the slices in the seasonings and place on jelly roll pan.
  7. Top each eggplant slice with a slice of Provolone, ham, and a teaspoon of marinara sauce.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
  9. Broil until slices are browned and cheese has melted.
  10. Serve warm or hot.
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 Eggplant Benefits

Lower weight,  increased energy, healthy hair and skin are benefits from eating eggplant and a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Eggplant studies has indicated a decrease in diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  Vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and fiber are important for cardiovascular disease.  Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds protect the body from cancer.  Because eggplant is low in calories, it provides another source of a low-calorie diet.

Serve with Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel

Enjoy a dessert of Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

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Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche, France’s answer to Italy’s Pizza

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

They are both called pies, and are served in or on  a crust.  The quiche is a flaky pastry shell filled with an egg custard of  cheese, meats and/or vegetables..  The pizza is a yeast dough crust for savory toppings, hot and spicy also of cheese, meats and/or vegetables.  Introducing the Cheese-Bacon Quiche also referred to as a Quiche Lorraine.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche Lorriaine was first a custard base of few pieces of meat and poured into a hollowed out bread shell  Now the delicious Cheese-Bacon Quiche is poured into a pastry shell.  Some quiches have the meats, cheeses or vegetables on the bottom of the pastry shell with the egg custard poured on top. Quiches make a very good breakfast, brunch and small tart-like quiches make tasty appetizers or hors d/oeuvres.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Savory pastry shells can be made by adding  egg yolks or Parmesan cheese.  The pastry for this particular quiche was made with coconut oil.  Coconut oil does not have a flavor of coconut and the pastry is very flaky making it somewhat hard to handle getting into the pie plate.  The flakiness of the pie dough adds texture to the custard filling.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche
 
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An egg custard filling with cheese, bacon and onion baked in a crust, a classic French recipe for Quiche Lorraine.
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Recipe type: Breakfast - Brunch
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup onion, sliced
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Chill pie shell before filling. Remember to warm a glass pie plate before putting into hot oven.
  3. Fry the bacon in skillet until crisp.
  4. Remove from skillet, drain on toweling and crumble.
  5. Drain excess bacon grease from pan, save 1 teaspoon or enough to cook the onions until transparent.
  6. In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, ¼ cup cheese, salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg and hot sauce.
  7. Stir in the bacon and onion.
  8. Pour into the prepared pie shell.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  10. Sprinkle with the paprika.
  11. Bake 350 F for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiches served at a brunch could be made in to small pie like tarts, accompanied with bowls of fresh melon and mango and the Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake.   Lunchtime Cheese-Bacon Quiches would be enjoyed with a nice spring lettuce salad with oranges and pecans or tomatoes and green onions and walnuts.  Think quiche for that extra appetizer for your next dinner.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Other sources of quiche recipes.

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