Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

When was the last time you had old-fashioned peanut butter cookies? They’re a tried and true crowd-pleaser…just like Grandma used to make!

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 1 cookie
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • cup flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Cream shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and egg. Mix just until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and stir to combine.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press lightly twice on one cookie, flattening it slightly to create a crisscross pattern. Repeat for each cookie.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes until set and just beginning to brown on the edges. Do not overbake, as cookies will continue to cook on the hot cookie sheet after removing them from the oven.
  • Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies
  • Hack: Store cookies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Hack: Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer until completely frozen. Remove to a sealable freezer bag and place in a freezer-safe container. To thaw, remove the desired number of cookies from the bag and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to thaw completely before serving.
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Do you love peanut butter?  Try sesame peanut butter noodles!  They’re spicy, nutritious and super easy to prepare!

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This sweet and spicy barbecue sauce is one of my favorite condiments.  Making it homemade allows you to adjust spices to make it just the way you want it!

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Course Condiment
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 55 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 rsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (use more or less to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Yield:  2 ½ cups barbecue sauce.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Although barbecue is typically thought of an American tradition, the roots of barbecue sauce can actually be traced to Africa!

Suggestion:  Use this sauce to make barbecue spaghetti squash pizza!

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

This easy homemade caramel sauce is quick to make and has a silky texture you and your family are going to love! Try it on bread pudding or apple crisp!

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Course Dessert
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar*
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Heat granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • When it begins to simmer, turn the heat up to high and boil until it turns amber in color, 4-5 minutes. Stir continuously and watch closely to avoid burning.
  • Remove from heat and slowly add cream, using caution as it may bubble up. Don't be concerned if the caramel sauce lumps or "seizes" at this point. Just keep stirring it until it smooths out.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla.
  • Allow to cool slightly before using.
  • *Substitute brown sugar to make butterscotch sauce
  • Hack: Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly sealed container. The sauce will thicken when cold, so warm before using.
  • Hack: Sauce can be refrigerated for up to a month or frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword butterscotch, caramel, dessert, homemade sauce

Did you know?  Milton Hershey’s first successful business was not chocolate but caramels.  In fact, the Hershey Company was NOT started to make a certain iconic candy bar but to produce chocolate to coat their sister company’s popular caramels!  Get some other fun facts here!

Suggestion: Use this sauce over classic bread pudding or apple crisp!

Easy Homemade Croutons

These easy homemade croutons are way better than store-bought and they toast up quickly in a skillet! Serve them over salads or in soup!

Easy Homemade Croutons

Easy Homemade Croutons

Course Salad
Servings 5
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 bread slices, day-old or stale
  • tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Cut bread into ½“ cubes (about 1½ cups).
  • Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add bread cubes and toss to coat. Continue to cook, tossing frequently, until golden brown. Remove from heat.
  • Hack: Jazz up your croutons by adding ⅛ tsp of spice to melted butter. Use garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning or whatever spice you desire!
  • Hack: Croutons can be stored, tightly covered, for 10 days at room temperature or frozen for up to 6 months.
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While most consider croutons to be just a crunchy treat, they actually have some nutritional benefits!

Suggestion:  Use these croutons to dress up your Brussels sprout Caesar salad or garden-fresh tomato soup!

Day-old or stale Simple White Bread, or Oatmeal Honey Sandwich Rolls would make great croutons!

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

This is the best orange vinaigrette dressing you’ll ever eat! It takes a little longer to make than some other dressings but it’s worth the wait!

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Light syrup from one 11 oz can of mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place orange juice and light syrup in a small saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to ¼ cup., about 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine onion, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil. Add orange syrup and mix well.
  • Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.k
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Did you know?  Vinaigrette dressing refers to dressing with an oil and vinegar base.  It’s been proven to be much healthier than its creamy counterparts!

Suggestion:  Try this dressing with Orange and Beet Salad!

Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce / Dressing

This sweet and tart honey mustard dipping sauce is my favorite to have with chicken tenders! It also gives spark to a garden salad. What will you use it for?

Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce / Dressing

Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce / Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Servings 4
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together mayonnaise and mustard. Add maple syrup. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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Did you know?  We tend to think of mustard as “just” a condiment but it also has some awesome health benefits!

Suggestion:  This sauce is great when paired with pan-fried chicken tenders.

Simple Homemade Applesauce

Simple homemade applesauce is versatile and sooooooo easy to make! It makes a healthy snack, can be added to baked goods or served as a quick side dish!

Simple Homemade Applesauce

Simple Homemade Applesauce

Course Side Dish, Snack
Servings 6
Calories 30 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 apples, any variety*
  • 1 tsp lemon juice**
  • Sugar to taste
  • Cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel apples and cut chunks directly off the core and into a medium saucepan.
  • Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat until liquid begins to gather on the bottom of the pan (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn heat up to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and break up easily when stirring, approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the variety of apples.  Add lemon juice and stir to blend.
  • If smoother applesauce is desired, use a whisk or (after cooling slightly) blender to remove lumps.  Add sugar and spice to taste, if desired.
  • *Different apples will result in subtle flavor differences.  The sweeter the apple variety, the sweeter the applesauce. For this reason, I suggest you taste the finished applesauce before adding sugar or spices.
  • **Lemon juice is used to slow down oxidation and to keep the applesauce from browning.  It’s not necessary for the taste or texture of the finished product and can be left out if preferred.
  • Hack:  Freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months to use as a snack or in cooking/baking.
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Did you know?  Despite the fact that over 2,500 varieties of apples are currently grown in the United States, only one variety is native to the country.  Click here to find out more!

Suggestion:  Use applesauce to make this simple white bread!

Fresh Lemon Turmeric Dressing

Take your salad game to the next level with this lemon turmeric dressing! It’s just as good on cooked vegetables to help those picky eaters to eat healthier!

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)
Course Salad
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ clove garlic, minced (½ tsp)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric*
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, grated

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients using an immersion or countertop blender.  Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
  • *Turmeric stains anything it touches so use caution!
  • Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
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Did you know? Turmeric has many health benefits, which makes it an excellent addition to your diet!

Suggestion:  Try this with warm vegetable salad!

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Nothing beats basic homemade tomato sauce…it’s fresh, delicious, versatile and eco-friendly!  Make sure to stock up when local tomatoes are in season!

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Course cooking sauce, pasta
Servings 4 cups
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs fresh tomatoes (about 8 medium)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Remove stems or leaves, if necessary, from tomatoes. It is not necessary to remove the core or seeds.
  • Drop tomatoes in the blender and blend until smooth, in batches if needed. You should end up with about 8 cups of puree.
  • Put the puree in a large saucepan, straining through a mesh colander, if desired, to remove seeds. Add salt.
  • Simmer on low for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Hack: Store sauce, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze cooled sauce in one-cup servings in sealed freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: To make tomato paste, double line mesh colander with cheesecloth and place in a bowl. Put 1 cup of cooled tomato sauce in the colander. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Using cheesecloth, squeeze out any remaining liquid. Yield: 3 tbsp.
  • Hack:  If you have leftover tomatoes and no time to make a sauce, simply puree them in the blender and freeze the fresh puree in sealed freezer bags or containers to cook with at a later date.
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For more ways to deal with an overabundance of fresh tomatoes during the growing season, click here for advice for saving them for later use!

Suggestion:  Use this fresh tomato sauce to make spicy Spanish rice or homemade chili beans!

Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Fritters

These low-carb broccoli cheese fritters, made with eggs, Parmesan and garlic, make a great snack or side dish! Make a double batch and freeze some for later!

Broccoli Cheese Fritters

Broccoli Cheese Fritters

(Courtesy Amanda Buswell)
Course Snack
Servings 2
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ ib broccoli florets
  • 1 ` egg
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ clove garlic, minced (½ tsp)
  • tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Bring a medium-sized pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook them just until they are fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain the broccoli well, allow to cool and rice in a blender/food processor. Alternately, use a large, sharp knife and cutting board to cut them into very small pieces
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the riced/chopped broccoli, egg, Parmesan, flour, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined.
  • Place a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium heat until hot. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan (a non-stick pan needs less oil).
  • Scoop out 2- to 3-tablespoon mounds of the broccoli mixture into the pan, flattening the mounds slightly with a spatula and spacing them about one inch apart.
  • Cook the fritters for 2 to 3 minutes, flip and cook them for an additional 1 to 2 minutes until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
  • If you prefer, fritters can be baked at 425℉ for 10-12 minutes.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Hack: Riced broccoli can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store. Steam according to package instructions.
  • Broccoli Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for pre-cut broccoli florets to avoid having to buy an entire head. If you don't see them, ask a clerk if they're available.
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Did you know?  Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse!  Check it out here!!

Suggestion: Serve these fritters warm with ranch dressing.

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