Category Archives: recipes

Peach State says: What’s Cooking?

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The only thing on my mind this morning has been what to cook for dinner. I have already planned dinner yet my tummy just won’t stop the continuous rumble. “I guess it would have been a good thing if I had eaten a little more last night for dinner!”

What’s Cooking?

I’m glad you asked! The plentiful bounty of shrimp, pictured above, is one of my favorite! My cousin made this dish for me and…it is so easy!

Shrimp Bake:
1-2 pounds of medium/large uncooked shrimp
Italian dressing
2-3 lemons cut in half
Flat bottomed dish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place the shrimp in the bottom of the dish
Squeeze the lemons over every shrimp and place the lemon half pulp down into the dish
Pour your favorite Italian dressing over the shrimp. ( I have used light versions of Italian and Caesar and they are just as good!)
Bake until the shell of the shrimp turns that rich reddish/pink color.

Peel and enjoy!
I serve these scrumptious shrimp with a nice salad and favorite bread!

Need something easier…maybe for a football gathering?

Taco Loco:

20140121-110809.jpgI cannot wait to try this! We typically enjoy a good taco night every week! I do recommend using the larger tortilla shells and offering a variety of fillers. Beef/chicken, cheeses, vegies, refried beans, salsas, sour cream. OR:cubed fruit, custard, chocolate drizzle…well I know you are hungry now!

How about Individual Pizzas?:

20140121-111355.jpgQuick and easy…and LIGHT! Pizza sauce or BBQ sauce…cheeses…vegies…whatever you choose!

Well it is time for me to start my dinner! I am trying a new product…

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I will let you know how it is…and whether my hubby liked it or not!

Enjoy these recipes and remember…SHARE!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Yummy Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake!

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So my tastebuds took over my day…
Wash, core, peel, slice and chop….all of my Granny Smith apples. Once that was completed I preceded to cook the apples, adding my spices and sugar and 3/4 cup of butter. After the apple mixture resembled apple pie filling I unrolled my favorite cinnamon rolls and added the apples. I rolled the cinnamon rolls up and place the entire roll into my baking dish.

Bake…Yummy Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake!

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Then I took some caramel ice cream topping and mixed with the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls….and drizzled it over the baked concoction. “I should have bought some vanilla ice cream!”

By the way…this is the brand of cinnamon roll I used…

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Gotta go and finish preparing dinner…

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Seasonal Menu Changes

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Bacon and Coffee French Toast…I want some now! All I have had today is a Fiber One 90 Calorie bar.. I am soooo hungry!

Can you feel the change in the weather? Is your stomach beginning to crave some of those seasonal favorites? I have been watching my different mailboxes for new and improved menu ideas and here is a taste of two of my favorite Seasonal Menu Changes!

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This chicken looks good enough to eat! ( excuse the pun!)

Here is the recipe:

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The next one may be served this weekend…and it seems easy enough. The only problem is the fact that football season starts tomorrow and we know what that means…Chili!
Anyway, here is the next recipe:

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[Thanks goes out to a friend on Facebook and the above listed blog she frequents.]

Okay…did I peak your interest with my mention of Chili?
Here is my Chili recipe:

Brown your ground beef and toss in 1 medium onion.
“I use two pounds because we like our chili meaty plus a secret ingredient!”
Here’s where it gets difficult…hehe!
Two large cans of tomato sauce
3-4 cans of chili or pinto beans
And chili seasoning to taste.

I serve it with sour cream, cheddar cheese and finely diced onion.
Oh…are you curious about the secret ingredient? Let me know…I just don’t give out that information! A great cook has to have some secrets!

I hope something tickles your tastebuds!

“May your cup runneth over with my, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: No-Bake Recipe

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This inspired recipe came from a Publix advertisement. I was checking the sales for the week and saw this delicious cake…and boy-oh-boy (Danny) it be great with a cup of my “Heavenly Brew”.
“OOO…that looks good and the price is right! I think I will pick one up for the holidays!”

I mentioned this story, in passing, during the Fourth Of July holiday. When I went to purchase this “tower of yummy-ness” the bakery personnel informed me it was made by order. I was slightly miffed when to my wonderful good-fortune the other baker preceded to explain the ingredients in the cake.

Yellow Cake
Publix Apple Butter
Powdered Sugar

“That’s it!” I graciously turned down the offer to order one of my own…and turned around a grabbed a Pound Cake. So are you sitting down? Here is the “No-Bake Recipe”:

Knowing I had Apple Butter already at the house I grabbed the freshly made Pound Cake (which was on sale for $2.99) along with other items needed for our cookout.
Once home:

I sliced the cake into four layers
I spread the Apple Butter between each layer
Once complete I used a Cinnamon-Sugar Blend ( in a grinder) on the top.
I placed it in the refrigerator.

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This is the result…

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This is the cake I sliced and took with me to the holiday gathering with the Peas in a Pod…it was a HIT!

The next time I make this cake I will use more Apple Butter! I was thrilled, however, to hear many yummy cheers about this cake. It is a very refreshing recipe and like you may have noticed…EASY! I may try the powdered sugar on the next one…just for effect!

I also made a “Boston Creme Cake” for my son’s birthday that same week…
I kinda cheated my way through this recipe. I did make a Butter Cake for this one but then used
pre-made vanilla pudding and spread it between the two layers. (I only used two of the little pudding cups so that the cake would not slide!) I then covered and placed the cake in the fridge. Just before serving I heated some store-bought-chocolate-icing and poured it over the top…“Ta-Da!”

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The family liked it as well…

Sometimes we need little short-cuts to give us time for the more important people and things in our life. Don’t you agree? Let me know what you think about these recipes…I hope you like them!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Party Time Recipes

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Anyone thinking about a rich-yummy-tidbit-of-chocolate with a cup of coffee? Have I got something to share with you! I have a few recipes, that I recently found, you will love…and that are relatively easy. With the 4th of July coming up you may need a few tasty ideas for those parties and Bar-B-Ques! Here we go…

“Party Time Recipes”

Let’s start with the “Chunky Chocolate Coffee Cups:

(Before going any further…I made a batch without coffee and they were just as tasty!)

Preheat oven to 375F
Coat(spray) 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray…after placing them in a mini muffin tin…

In a large bowl 1 tsp instant espresso/coffee in 1 Tbs of water. (I used 1Tbs of a shot of espresso)
Add 1 package of Betty Crocker double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1egg
3 Tbs of oil
Stir until a soft dough forms

Place 1″ balls into coated mini muffin cups and bake 8-9 minutes or until set.
Make an invention on the top of each and let cool.

Now you can serve these delectable treats as they come out of the oven or continue with the next steps…

Combine 1 can of vanilla frosting
2 Tbs caramel liqueur of cold coffee
Once blended add 1/2 cup of marshmallow creme into the icing mixture.

Spoon frosting onto each little cup of deliciousness and store in the fridge. Before serving drizzle caramel syrup over the cups with a fork. Makes 36 servings

The next one was to die-for! It is great with vegies or crackers!

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My Favorite Onion Dip:
This one may sound complicated but it is far from it…just a few steps to follow.

2 Tbs EVOO ( translation..Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 cups of chopped green onion
1 medium minced red onion
1 tsp Thyme
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese ( I used a fat-free version)
1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt ( less is more and I chose a fat-free version)

Heat the EVOO in a skillet and add the green onions and Thyme
Lower heat and stir until the onions begin to brown
Place the green onions and Thyme on a paper towel and dab the excess oil

…you can mince the red onion while cooking the green onion and Thyme…

Meanwhile…combine the creme cheese and yogurt and red onion
Once combined add the cooled green onion and Thyme and stir.

It can be made up to 2 days ahead of time!

Both of these recipes were recently used and inhaled enjoyed by all. You should really try them…I know I will be preparing these for our celebration coming up!

I hope you enjoy these…

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Not Just For Zapping Coffee Anymore or Learning to Work A Convection Microwave

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Oh Joy…Oh Thrill…my NEW Microwave!. Let the fun begin!

Take heed brownie and muffin mixes! No use hiding refrigerator biscuits! I have a convection oven…well I have the convection oven feature on my NEW microwave.

“It’s Not Just For Zapping Coffee Anymore or Learning to Work A Convection Microwave”!!!

It’s Not Just For Zapping Coffee…can you believe it? (insert chuckle here…) You and I both know I used my microwave for many functions, all the same, I cannot wait to become a Mad Scientist again. And without all the sweltering-radiating-heat-from-the-almost-out-of-date oven I can roast and bake to my little heart’s content. “Yea Me!” (Doing the dance of joy….okay I stopped!).

Now all I need to do is locate the book…you know the one…:

Fantastic Recipes For Your Convection Oven

If it is not available I will just look for a copy of:

“Convection Cooking for Dummies”

Now is not the time to be a chicken and not experiment. “OOO…Chicken would be good for dinner!….Roasted Chicken!” Wait a minute… I have thought of one major drawback! How will I be able to know when my brownies are done…”you know!”…oooey-gooey-rich-and….WONDERUL!. This could be a BIG problem!

I am pleading with all Convection Oven Cooks…send advice, recipes, tricks of the trade and shortcuts. All will be appreciated!

Well…Precious Princess is having a spa day…(translation: the groomer is here!) and not a moment to soon. Precious Princess will be racing up the stairs in a moment while the groomer cleans up after the bath portion of the session. I will then let her run freely, in her curl free cut, before herding her out the door.

I look forward to sharing my new, highly anticipated, recipes.

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Death By Chocolate…Recipe

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Well today is the day! I finally bought the ingredients and set aside time to bake this yummy sounding-chocolate explosion.

“Death By Chocolate…Recipe!”
1-5oz box of Cook and Serve Chocolate Pudding
1-Chocolate Cake Mix
2 cups of chocolate chips
2 1/3 cup of milk

Cook the pudding using all of the milk
Dump the cake mix into the pudding
Spread the pudding-cake mixture into the 9×13 pan
Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the top
Bake in a Pre-heated 350 degree over for 40-45 minutes.

First of all: I may have made a minor oops…I picked up instant pudding instead of you-cook-it pudding. I adjusted the preparation and followed the directions on the pudding box…using a little less than 3 cups of milk. As for the recipe I altered the ingredients and used a sugar free pudding…a sugar free cake mix, non-fat milk…and the whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Here is the original recipe I used!

After preparing the 9×13 pan I mixed up the pudding:

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I then mixed in the dry cake mix:

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It is very thick! I placed it evenly into my prepared 9×13 pan and topped it with the chocolate chips

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Well…this is before baking…

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It has 20 more minutes to cook and already the chocolaty scent is wafting into the living room. I will show you what it looks like and let you know how it tastes. After all…taste definitely matters. If it is half as good as it smells it will be delicious. This is a good thing because I planned on taking this dessert to a friend who just got out the hospital.

“Our mutual-cat-loving-friend and I are providing the meal tonight.”

Back in a few!
It is done! It looks yummy…

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AND…
It tastes…wow…the pudding and the cake mix are merged and provide a scrumptious gooey-cake texture. I must confess. This will be added to my family’s favorites list! “I know it is on mine!”

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Try this one it is great! Now off to start the Easter Cake! Here is a hint:

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Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Cooking On The Light Side!

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Last Saturday I was asked to share my recipe for the Dump Cake I served.
I warned them it was not the usual recipe and that they may not like the list of ingredients.
With each new bite their need-to-know-mentality insisted. Well here it is…Cooking On The Lighter Side !

Dump Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

(I recommend using a 9×9 square glass baking dish or a pan close in size)

Lightly grease the pan
Dump a can of crushed pineapple (not drained) and spread evenly
Dump a can of lightly drained cherries (the ones packed in water) and space them around evenly
Dump a Sugar-Free Yellow cake mix and spread evenly
Pour a half a cup of melted Unsalted butter
evenly over the top of the cake mix.

I bake it until the cake mix is not gooey! I know that sounds slightly childish but I was at a loss for words to fit the description. I cooked mine for about 45-50 minutes but I was cooking two…one for my family and one to share.

The wonderful thing about this recipe is the fact that my hubby could not tell the difference. He loved it…but he did have his with a scoop of ice cream. I love this recipe because of the versatility it allows. It is a great breakfast dish for special occasions as well as a warm dessert dish. I know some of you might remember my posting this recipe before…but being the friend I am…I am sharing it again. But there is something new I found the other day…a Chocolate Dump Cake!. Do you want the recipe? I took a screen shot so I would not forget about it. It looks wonderful and easy! Needless to say I will try this recipe after I tweak it a bit…then I will share what I did as I do love Cooking On The Lighter Side!

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Have a wonderful time trying the recipe. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Yummy Homemade Soup

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Inspired by recent recipes and the fact of two left over ham bones I had in the fridge I had to act. It is time to share a recipe for a Yummy Homemade Soup!

It started with a Hambone and diced onion:

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I brought hambone and onions to a boil in a large pot of water.

I sorted and rinsed the split peas</em.

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HINT) Once boiling…reduce the heat and simmer for abut 30 minutes.
Also skim the foam off the top of the peas.

I drained the split peas once they tender. I removed the hambone leaving the soup base/broth in the larger pot. I poured the drained peas into the soup base/broth and stirred.

The soup has taken on a wonderful smooth, creamy texture and the aroma is to die for. I dipped a spoon in and tasted the delightful soup. It is wonderful!

I will enjoy this tonight with a lovely grilled cheese sandwich. I hope you enjoy this recipe…my family will!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Not So Sloppy Joes

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Due to time constraints and the fact that I really did not want to cook last night…I tried a new recipe I had seen recently.

Not So Sloppy Joes:

I browned my ground beef and added the can of Sloppy Joe mix.
As it heated the Sloppy Joe mixture I pre-heated my oven and began to roll out the Grand’s Biscuits
I spooned the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the flattened biscuit…and sprinkled on the shredded cheddar cheese.

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I folded the biscuit over the filling and pinched the ends together

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I baked the pockets in a 360 degree oven until brown like a biscuit.

They were a hit…and seconds were expected. Man were they easy! The clean up was even easier.

Try it…they will like it!

Have a great day!

Peach State