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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Two of my favorite foods come together beautifully in this recipe. Hubby and I are big seafood eaters and we love mushrooms since we live right outside Lancaster County PA. which is known for growing some of the best mushrooms in the world.

Today's recipe and photo is courtesy of: Paulding & Company, a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding.This is the perfect, delicious quick and easy dish that’s packed with tons of flavor! Yields 32 pieces.

Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

32 medium sized brown mushrooms (crimini)
2 medium shallots
2 Tbs. butter
1 cup fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (or dry bread crumbs, if you don’t have fresh, but use ½ as much)
½ Lb. raw peeled chopped and deveined shrimp
¼ cup chopped parsley
pinch cayenne pepper or shake of Tabasco
salt to taste and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Grana padano or Parmesan
1/3 cup mayonnaise (Best foods-not a sweetened one!)
2 Tbs. parsley
Paprika for sprinkling on after they bake

Carefully clean and stem mushrooms, reserving stems. Line up mushrooms on a parchment lined half-sheet pan.

Finely chop shallots and mushroom stems. Combine, saute in butter over medium heat until all their water is reabsorbed. Combine with remaining ingredients except paprika, taste for seasoning and adjust. Stuff caps with filling. May be made up to one day in advance and refrigerated, covered.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake 15 min or more until browned. Serve warm but not too hot to pick up, with a shake of paprika on top. The trick is to be generous with the stuffing — and not generous with the bread crumbs, so that what you taste is the seafood.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Halloween Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe

Halloween is a little over a month away and already we are Halloween items and food every where! It seems we see this stuff earlier and earlier every year. I don't mind it in September but back in July/August every store already had their Fall Harvest items out front for shoppers to buy.

This year I will be really busy baking up some Halloween treats for an upcoming party that we will be hosting. This recipe was sent over to me today and looks delicious + easy to make! Enjoy!

Today's recipe is courtesy of: Nielsen-Massy. The recipe will yield approximately 3 dozen cooks.

As fall decorations and jack-o’-lanterns begin to grace the doorsteps of homes across America, frequent visits to costume and party stores are in order as Halloween approaches.

“Halloween was once known by the Celts as a day to bridge to the world of the dead, but is now associated with merriment and fun,” says Craig Nielsen, CEO of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. “We at Nielsen-Massey see the holiday as a time for adults and children alike to take on new personas at costume parties and indulge in sweet treats for the evening, including the “spooktacular” cookie recipe.”

Embrace the holiday spirit and let Nielsen-Massey Vanillas assist you in planning every aspect of your Halloween celebrations by baking versatile Spooktacular Almond Sugar Cookies.

Spooktacular Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar (purchase or process granulated sugar for about 20 seconds in a food processor)
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
3¼ teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
2 eggs
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar (for dusting work surface)
¼ cup all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)

Position oven rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350⁰F. Line two large, heavy light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt until blended; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, cream, vanilla and almond extracts; beat with a handheld mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to medium-low; add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients one half at a time.

Divide dough into two even pieces, press each piece into a disk shape, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Dough should be cool and firm but easy to work with.

In a small bowl, whisk confectioners’ sugar and flour until blended; set aside. Working with one piece of dough at a time, place on a clean, dusted surface. Roll dough to about ⅛-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes and transfer with a thin offset metal spatula to prepared cookie sheets. For even baking, do not overcrowd cookies. Gather remaining dough, cover with plastic and chill. Continue with second chilled dough.

For best results, bake one sheet pan at a time until done, about 10 minutes; remove and place cookies on wire racks to cool. Decorate and store in an airtight container.

Almond Glaze and Almond Piping Icing Recipe

1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract (may substitute with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
variety gel food colors

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and meringue powder. Add water and almond extract, stir until smooth. Glaze cookies in desired colors and set aside to dry before piping. For the piping icing, remake the glaze recipe and add additional confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Divide icing into small bowls; add desired gel colors. Select pastry tips, prepare pastry bags and creatively pipe icing onto glazed cookies.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also offers a full line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are All-Natural, Allergen-Free, and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Holiday Gifts from World Vision - Gifts with Meaning + Giveaway

It is hard to believe but the holiday shopping season is almost upon us. For many of us, we have already started our shopping and kicking it into high gear. For me personally, I am hoping to be completely done with my shopping before December even arrives.

When I shop for holiday gifts, I really put a lot of thought and effort into the gifts that I choose. I like to look for unique gifts that have some time of meaning for me or the gift recipient. Purchasing a gift that also benefits others is an added bonus!

World Vision just released their 2014 holiday gift catalog. More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  You can buy handcrafted gifts that are perfect for this upcoming holiday gift-giving season.

Prosperity Cinnamon: Know a friend or family member who loves to bake? Each beautifully-carved cinnamon bark box contains 3 oz. of cinnamon and bears a common Asian character for prosperity. Vietnam's renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree, sold to benefit generations of hard-working families. $85

Fair-Trade Coffee Set: For the coffee lover, this 12 oz. coffee set is blended by OneCup.org, using delicious flavors from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica, and is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. $65

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons: A perfect gift for holiday entertaining, each beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. $65

For my review I received a complimentary set of the Hand-Carved Serving Spoons to check out for all of you. Each set comes packaged in a beautiful African drawstring bag for storage & gift-giving presentation.

The hand-carved serving spoons are made out of beautiful olivewood that is super smooth and beautiful to look at. These spoons are not dishwasher safe, so you will need to hand wash them and towel dry them to keep them looking beautiful.

They are very generously sized and I love the slender handles on each serving spoon. They fit comfortably into your hands, well-balanced and light-weight. You can use them for serving salad, pastas, mashed potatoes, veggies and all kinds of different things. You can use them every day or for special occasions, that is entirely up to you. These serving spoons are beautiful, extremely well-made and would make a great holiday gift!

Head on over to World Vision and take a look at all of their products that they offer. While buying your holiday gifts, you will be helping out others who are in need.

Giveaway: One lucky winner is going to win a Hand-Carved Serving Spoons set from World Vision. Value $65.00.

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