Category Archives: Baking

Peach State says: Getting Ready For Thanksgiving!

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Tis the week…rearranging the refrigerator to hold the many supplies I will need to make Thanksgiving Dinner. Okay…so maybe not that many but what items I do have will make a couple of casseroles and I need room. Decorations are being set out ( specific for Thanksgiving) and by Thursday night…will be gone. But that is for another discussion!

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School is out and step by step things will be accomplished…cutting, measuring, baking…you get the idea!

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It is the little things I love to do…When Getting Ready For Thanksgiving!
So off I go on another quest and chore. I know you are busy too…Have a great day!

Peach State

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Peach State says: My Grandmother’s Recipe!

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Yesterday was “Friend Day” at church and my Sunday School Class wanted to serve breakfast to those who were visiting our class. So…being the good Baptists we are…we brought breakfast casseroles and cakes…donuts and fruit bowls…juice and the ever needed paper supplies. I chose to bring one of my favorite dishes called a “Dump Cake”. I bought the ingredients and once I was home Saturday…(Let’s not talk about the extremely long and exhaustive events of Saturday…okay!), I began the search for My Grandmother’s Recipe!

It is really easy but different from the traditional in that she liked to use lots of butter! Here is her recipe:

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Dump Cake

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

One can of crushed pineapple
One can of cherry pie filling
One box of yellow cake mix
Two sticks of butter…melted

Sprinkle pecans over the top (optional)

(I did spray Pam on the dishes I used)

Dump in the crushed pineapple
Dump in the cherry pie filling
Spread the dry yellow cake mix over the top and…
Pour the melted butter over the top

Bake 1hour and serve warm!

Now here is the trick…I made two dishes. One large to take to church and one small to stay home.
I also altered the recipe…here it is:

2 cans crushed pineapple (slightly drained)
2 cans of cherries in heavy syrup (drained)
One yellow cake mix
2 cups of butter (unsalted and melted)

Prepared the same way as listed in My Grandmother’s Recipe except for the division of the ingredients. I used enough of the fruit to cover the bottom of the small dish and poured the rest into the larger casserole dish going to church. Then I made sure to cover the large casserole dish with the cake mix before topping the smaller dish using the same technique with the butter. I did not use nuts on the dish going to church but I did crumble some almonds on the one staying home.

The results were wonderful…and the compliments were many. I really enjoyed hearing how tasty it was from a cake “guru“. “Her cakes are wonderful and loved by many and well…she spoils us rotten!”

“The clean up was easier to without the oooey-gooey sticky cherry pie filling.”
This is a wonderful and relatively quick recipe. I hope you like it!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Summer Kitchen Part 2

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I just took it out of the oven!!! The aroma spilled out into the kitchen as I moved the Summer crop filled pie out of my oven. I can’t wait to share this amazing recipe with you! So as promised…Here it is…A taste from my Summer Kitchen Part 2.

Let’s call it a Cheesy Tomato Pie:
ingredients:
3 large tomatoes…peeled, seeded, and sliced
1tsp salt (I used Light Salt)
1 refrigerator pie shell
4 slices of bacon
3 thinly sliced onions
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (lower fat cheese can be used)
1 cup of mayonnaise (light mayo can be used)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (cheese of choice)
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs (Ritz Crackers)

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees…

Place seeded tomato slices on paper towels and pat moisture off the slices…use half the salt and sprinkle on top of the slices to draw out moisture for about 30 minutes.

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Cook your four slices of bacon…(I used Lower Sodium Precooked Bacon that I zapped in the microwave)

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Place the pie crust in the deep dish pie pan and bake until lightly brown.
While it is baking slice the onions and sauté in bacon drippings or favorite oil. (I used a Light Virgin Olive Oil)

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Place the sautéed onions in the pie crust

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Place the tomato slices on top of the onion

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Mix the 1 cup of cheese and 1cup of mayonnaise together with the remaining salt and the pepper then spread over the tomato.

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I used a light mayonnaise with a 2% milk cheese.

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Combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over the top of the pie.
( I used 5 Reduced Fat Ritz Crackers and Mozzarella mixed with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and tossed in the crumbled bacon.

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Bake till brown.

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I cut a slice to show you the results…and well I only took one bite!

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I sent pictures to my friend who shared the recipe with me yesterday…she mentioned she would have to come by and taste mine…and how she was going to use my altered recipe. You will want to try this recipe…It is wonderful!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!

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I was fixing dinner about two weeks ago when my dad called…the first thing he said was “Do you like cobbler?” I chuckled and said yes… “Do you make cobbler?” I told him it was never convenient to make and never turned out the way I wanted it to… He told me to grab a pencil and paper and you may want to do the same for an Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!

“You Ready?”

1 stick of butter
1 cup of self-rising flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of vanilla
About 4 cups of sweetened fruit

Prepare your fruit…slices or bite size, peaches or berries and sweeten
Take the butter and slice it in the bottom of a baking dish and place it in the oven on 350 degrees till sizzling. While the butter is in the oven mix the self-rising flour and sugar together then add the milk and stir well. (check the butter) When the butter begins to sizzle take it out of the oven. Add the vanilla to the sugar and flour mixture and pour over the butter…pour the fruit on top. Bake for 40 minutes.

This is absolutely the best and easiest Cobbler Recipe I have ever tried. I have used it four times now, with all the fresh fruit in season…peaches, blackberries, and raspberries. I combined the peaches and blackberries last night and my family loved it. “I wonder if this recipe could be placed in the freezer!” This cobbler is wonderful alone or with ice cream.

Well there you have it “Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!” I hope you have the chance to try this recipe. I will be submitting this recipe to our new cookbook at church! Let me know what you think. Have a “Peachy” great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Taste…Step by Step

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This is the dessert I spoke about Saturday. It was easy…really! I started by baking the angel food cake and sliced and cubed it…

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I then sliced the strawberries and placed the next layer on top of the cake…

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Keeping with the Red…White…and Blue theme the whipped topping was placed on top of the strawberries.

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Then the blueberries …

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Repeat the layers…

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The finished product was a light and refreshing summer dessert! My family loved it! How do I know…because there was no leftovers. Enjoy!

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Have a great evening!

Peach State

Peach State says: Memorial Day Recipes

20120526-080314.jpg Memorial Day is Monday and most people will have a long weekend to remember and celebrate with family and friends. Our little family has always celebrated quietly together on Sunday…”My husband does not usually have the entire weekend off and will be working Monday!” We will venture out, together, and see a movie (Men In Black 3) and then return home for our cookout. The menu has been planned and the food has been bought. Here are a few of my new Memorial Day Recipes!

Hamburgers with the standard lettuce, tomato, and pickle toppers are the main course with Grilled Corn on the Cob and a Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad.

Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad
Small Shells cooked and cooled
Peas
1 small diced onion
10 cooked slices of bacon…crumbled
Ranch Dressing…pour over the above ingredients and mix. I don’t use a lot just enough to flavor!
Chill!

Dessert this year will be a layered Angel Food Cake with berries!

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I will be making my angel food cake today but a store bought cake can be used.

Layered Patriotic Dessert
Angel Food Cake…cut into bite sized pieces
Strawberries…sliced
Blueberries
Whipped topping

Starting with the cake begin to layer…
Cake, Blueberries, Strawberries, whipped topping and repeat…
Place the whipped topping on top and sprinkle with decorative toppings or a few berries!

Something new to our menu is a icy drink…I saw this in a store ad and have included the recipe.
(other brands may be used)

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I will share a wonderful tip with you…most meat and seafood departments use a wonderful type of ice in their displays. You can take a cooler to them and they will fill it…FREE! I will be doing this today…it is much easier to use in blended ice drinks. “Can you say Mocha Frapps?”

I know this may seem like a average cookout dinner…but there will only be four of us this year. I hope you try one or all of these recipes…if you do…please let me know what you think of these Memorial Day Recipes! For those of you celebrating Memorial Day…Please take a moment to remember those who have fallen while serving and those who are presently serving. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Pampered…Not Forgotten!

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I did not forget about writing this morning…I was just a little preoccupied with cleaning for a Pampered Chef Party. The funny thing is…the house was clean Friday and ready. Sometime between Friday and last night there was an explosion of dirty dishes, dust, clothes and unexplained collections of debris. That was only the beginning.

Yesterday I dropped off a prescription and my son said he could pick it up for me. I told him the pharmacy closed at 6pm…sooo…he left the house about 6pm to pick it up! I had to pick it up is morning and then take a pill to my youngest at school. “Wasn’t that a fun way to spend 25 minutes?” I was driving into the school parking lot when a scary thought penetrated my overloaded brain. “Food…what was I going to serve? Oh No! I forgot to get the ingredients for the Pampered Chef Consultant to demo!” So the rush was on…and I still needed to complete the spit shine cleaning. I pulled up the recipe on my phone and darted through the store…completing my mission I raced home. I pre-heated the oven…and vacuumed the remaining floors, then I turned to lighting the candles for atmosphere. The doorbell rang…and all that I had left was the dusting of one table. I was thrilled and ahead of schedule. The food was laid out and my special little plates were laid out for my guests.

Later:
I am able to rest…there is nothing left for me to do…dishes are all clean, floors are clean…I am tired!
WAIT! I need to fix dinner!

Have a great evening!

Peach State

Peach State says: Just Desserts!

Sorry for the delay…I decided to enjoy my Mother’s Day with my family.
I had written earlier about the Pampered Chef desserts and wanted to give them to you. I hope you want to try these Just Desserts!

First up we have a Mock Lemon Meringue Cake:

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This recipe look like a light refreshing seasonal favorite!

Next was the Mini Chocolate Tiramisu Cakes:

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Don’t they look scrumptious?

I was also asked about my recipe for my Dump Cake?..Ask and ye shall receive! I made two Saturday night and they turned out wonderful. We ate one yesterday…”My hubby wants another one soon!”

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The hardest part of this recipe is the opening of the cans!
For these two pans I used …
2 cans of crushed pineapple…drained
2 cans of cherry pie filling
1 yellow cake mix…divided between the two pans
1 cup of butter…1 stick for each pan

Dump one can of crushed pineapple in greased dish or pan
Dump one can of Cherry Filling on top of pineapple
Spread cake mix on top of fruit
Slice the butter on top of dry cake mix
Bake at 350 until done…the trick to the cake being done is the outside edges will brown…it will be a cobbler like texture. “Make sure you spread the cake mix out evenly to prevent a gooey clump!”
Serve warm…and you can put a whipped topping or ice cream with it!

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I used light cherry pie filling and a sugar free cake mix…”You know…dieting! Let me know what you think of these recipes!

My family loves desserts and variety is the spice of life…well that’s what they say. I hope you like these recipes after all they are Just Desserts!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State say: Pampered Recipes

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I have two wonderful recipes to share. Let’s start with:

BBQ Chicken Pizza
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 small skinless, boneless chicken breast half
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
1 (11-inch) pizza crust (14 oz. package)
1/2 cup grated smoked Gouda
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
3 tablespoons sliced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Preparation

Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes per side, until just cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss chicken with 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce in a bowl.
Position a rack in bottom of oven and preheat to 450°F. Place pizza crust on a large baking sheet and spread with remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with half of both cheeses, arrange chicken on top, and then add remaining cheese and onion.
Bake until cheese is melted and golden brown, 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, cut into slices and serve hot.

How about Chicken Piccata Pasta:

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I will share two desserts tomorrow! Just in case you are going to spend time with family tomorrow…Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who are Mothers! I have to finish the Dump Cake for my family so I will close now. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Visiting with Friends

20120512-073537.jpgI must admit my excitement about today’s activity. It has been a very long time since I participated in a home cooking party. I was invited a few weeks ago and quickly RSVP’ed. I love the gadgets and recipes but most of all I will spend my morning Visiting With Friends!

If you have ever been to a home party like this you know there is food, drawings, demonstrations and lots of giggling. The recipes are creative and offer a different presentation of family favorites.

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This is a Taco Ring and is one of the standard recipes for most Cooking Type Parties.
Preparation and presentation…chop, chop, chop and slice, slice, slice. They show you the gadgets they used and how to use them…”If you want your dish to look like this you will buy this gadget!” I am also aware that some will have to buy them and others, like me, have ways of chopping and slicing already available at home.

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The only thing I do not have from the above picture is the cute little square dishes. “Which I do not need because I have cute little square dishes already…”

As for the recipes…well there will be several I am sure I will want to try at home. I will make sure I pass those along to you later today!

As for the few minutes I have before getting ready to leave…Coffee! I will finish my coffee and enjoy the sound of the rain while I play a game of cards. I will then straighten up the kitchen and move the laundry before heading upstairs. “A friend is coming over to ride with me, to a mutual friend’s house, for the party and I do not want her walking in and seeing a dirty kitchen…Do I?”

Do you like going to parties like this? Do you enjoy the tasting and demonstrations or do you just like Visiting With Friends? I will have a special time this morning and will tell you all about the party and recipes later…until then…Have a great day!

Peach State