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Peach State says: Today Is For Chocolate!

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Mmm…I am craving Chocolate! “Today Is For Chocolate!”

So I went to my favorite source to find the perfect recipe…Something different that would embrace every dessert craving taste bud. Rich, chewy, sweet, salty, smooth and…well you get the idea.

Here it is:

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I know you will love this recipe. Just fix and enjoy!
There is a Brownie S’more recipe…but I will try it first and share later…

Have a great day!

Peach State

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: Quick and Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

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The thought of combining tomatoes and peaches made my stomach churn and skin crawl. There was no way these two wonderfully scrumptious fruits would taste good together! “Boy…was I wrong!” I know you will agree when you taste this Quick and Easy Summer Salsa Recipe!

My recipe started with a Pork loin in the crock-pot yesterday morning. It cooked all day and was fall-off-the-fork-tender. I served Rice Pilaf and Peas with the Pork. Before leaving for TKD with the youngest I prepared this new tasty Summer Salsa using the peaches my hubby brought home. My youngest did not seem thrilled at this combination of ingredients. “Do you have to ruin the salsa by putting the peaches in the mix?” he said. I told him to give it a chance because he would really like it and if he did not that would be a good thing. “More for the rest of the family….hehe!”

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Sorry…this is a pic of half of the Pork-loin.

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Living dangerously with Rice Pilaf!

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And this is the wonderful Summer Salsa or Peach Salsa!

It was so Quick and Easy… let me just give you the recipe.

Summer Salsa:

2 Medium to Large Peaches…diced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 large tomato…chopped
1 medium onion…(I used a bunch of green onions…they needed eating!)
1 chopped banana pepper…( it could have used another one but I only had one!)

Here is how I mixed it…
I placed the chopped peaches into a bowl and added the cilantro, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and tossed the ingredients together.
Cutting the tomatoes and onion into smaller pieces I placed them in my handy-dandy chopper/food processor for just a blending…you want them chopped not minced. I then chopped the pepper by hand and added it to the peaches and stirred in the tomato and onion mixture.

I tasted…and added a dash more balsamic vinegar for kick. I served it over the pork-loin and rice. The flavor was invigorating as the sweet met the salty.

I was so proud of myself! As you know this is way outside the norm of my cooking. My 19 year old though I had lost my mind while my hubby was to busy eating to voice his opinion. “That was really great…what was that sweet stuff?”. I laughed and told my hubby and he, with eye-brow raised, said “Wow! Really? I never would have thought about a peach salsa!” My soon-to-be 12year old did ask for seconds…he said he would not have dessert.

Please realize that I am one of those people who do not like chunky Spaghetti Sauce…plain is fine. The expensive dishes served in restaurants do not appeal to me and my Plain-Jane palate. Of course…others may not find my taste in cuisine enjoyable…but I am just a Southern Girl with basic taste buds.

FYI: My 19 year old finished the leftovers. I guess it was good…he is my picky eater.

I hope you try this recipe…if you do please let me know what you think. Until then…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: Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation

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There is nothing wrong with a little experimentation in cooking…it leads to great recipes and opens the floods gates to creativity. A little bit of this and a dash of that, stir in a pinch or two of these spices and “BAM!” a new recipe is formed. The above pictured item is one of my new favorite items for my kitchen. It is a Manual Food Processor from Pampered Chef! No plugs and incredibly easy to use…even my boys use it. One evening I was planning dinner and wanted something different. My youngest was just sitting there watching a movie…so I, being the mom I am, said Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation!. He perked up when he hear experimentation. “Don’t all boys?”

We headed to the kitchen and I began pulling things out onto the counter…including my Manual Food Processor. I will now give you the recipe for a great side-dish.

Layered Broccoli and Potato Quiche’
2 Cups of broccoli florets
1/2 of large onion
3-4 eggs (I used 3) mixed with a touch of milk
1 cup of grated cheese
6 slices of cooked bacon ( I used a lower sodium bacon)
5 diced potatoes

I started the preparation by dicing 5 potatoes and cooking the bacon. I then began cutting the broccoli into smaller pieces to place in the Manual Food Processor with the onion. (the onion should be in about 4-5 pieces) and chop until desired blending is acquired.

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I let my youngest do this while I combined the eggs and dash of milk.

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I grated the cheese (sharp cheddar was the choice of the night) and placed it into a bowl with the broccoli and onion and eggs and mixed together.

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I placed the potatoes in the greased 9×9 baking dish and crumbled the cooled bacon on top.

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I added a touch more milk to the broccoli mixture and poured it over the bacon and potatoes.

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“My son was so excited about the next part…he took the picture while I made sure liquid was getting to the potatoes.”

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I placed it into the microwave and cooked it for about 12 minutes…or until the potatoes were done. I grated a little more cheese on top for color and served with Chicken. It was a hit! “I think I will use this recipe in our church’s cookbook.”

I have made my fresh Spaghetti Sauce and some Salsa with this marvelous kitchen wonder along with chopping some ice cream toppings. My boys love using it for the ice cream toppings! We had fun and my youngest has been asking to use it again…”I think we will experiment some today!”
I hope you like this recipe…and please share some of your favorites with me! It is summer and well…even parents get tired of the same old thing. Have a 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: 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