Monday, January 25, 2016

Dutch Oven and Salamander dreams



All the holiday cooking made me realize that I have one item in my kitchen I could not live without, that is my Dutch Oven by Le Creuset . It is quite large and easy to braise meats, create wonderful soups and roasted chicken to die for. I use this so much I bought another one for smaller creations. As I look around my kitchen I have a lot of gadgets and spatulas. Though funny, to my surprise I always found myself using my Wusthof Chef knife, Wusthof Santoku knife and my wooden spoon. Everything else is displayed beautifully but not really touched.

As you all know we cook a lot on the grill and smoker, one of the things I would love to have is a Salamander broiler by BlueStar. Being an avid griller this is a dream item, can you imagine the crispy chicken, beautiful grouper or even crab cakes! Wow I am making myself hungry. So this is going on my wish list. I hope my husband see's it.


Dutch Oven and Salamander dreams by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Raviolis

My husband and our two daughters's, Leslie and Savanah, love their home made pasta. When Leslie comes up and visit's they all get out the pasta machine and make some delicious home made pasta. What is really great is they make so much that I am able to freeze it for later use. It is just as good too.

Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Raviolis
Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Raviolis by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning



Ravioli filling
2c - Ricotta Cheese
1c - Parmesan Cheese
1/2c - Romano Cheese
1 - egg
2Tbls -Fresh Parsley, chopped
3Tbls - Red Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. - Fresh Oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp. - Fresh Thyme, chopped
If you want just a cheese filling stop here and put all ingredients in food processor and blend together.
1 c - Sausage, finely diced
1/4c - Yellow Pepper, finely diced
Cook sausage and pepper until soft and sausage cooked through. Put in strainer and let cool. Then add to cheese mixture.



Authored by +Shawna Williams

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quick & Easy Sausage Breakfast Casserole



This breakfast casserole is a really nice hearty, cheesy egg, potato and sausage dish that is quick and easy to make. It comes out perfect every time. 

I love to make this on the weekends because it isn't messy to make or time consuming. Plus the family loves it.

I call this my no mess, no fuss breakfast dish.



Monday, October 12, 2015

Mummy Meatballs

Mummy Meatballs by Easy Life Meal and Party PlanningA cute Halloween recipe that was really easy to do, well almost. We were having a heck of a time threading the spaghetti through the meatballs.  If you are planning a party you could do these ahead of time and freeze them too.













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Mummy Meat balls
1 bag - Frozen Meatballs
1 can of Pillsbury Pizza dough
Spaghetti
Spaghetti sauce
Thaw out meatballs. Take a spaghetti noodle and thread three meatball onto noodle, break off any excess noodle.
Cut pizza dough in thin strips and wrap around skewered meatballs.

Authored by +Shawna Williams

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Roasted Duck Pastry with Adobo Honey Sauce- Perfect Wine Pairing



Roasted Duck Pastry with Adobo Honey Sauce-Perfect Wine Pairing by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning


Roasted Duck Pastry with Adobo Honey Sauce - Perfect Wine Pairing
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
1 – Puff Pastry, thawed
1 – Pear, peeled and diced in ¼”
¾ cup – Pecans, chopped
1 ½ cups – Roasted Duck, thinly sliced with no skin
1 cup – Portabella mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 ½ - 2 cups – Gouda Cheese, shredded
2 Tbs. – Olive Oil
¾ cup – Honey
1 Tbs. – Adobo Sauce
Mix honey and adobo sauce together and set aside. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface to about a 16x12 rectangle. Transfer pastry to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes until lightly brown. Take out of oven and let rest for about a minute. It will slightly flatten. Drizzle olive oil over pastry, then top with mushrooms, duck and then cheese. Put Back in oven and bake for 12 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Drizzle with honey adobo sauce. Serve with pears and pecans on top of slices.

Fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pairing.







Authored By +Shawna Williams







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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Perfect Blueberry Crumb Cake

The Perfect Blueberry Crumb Cake - Easy Life Meal & Party PlanningThis blueberry crumb cake is light, moist, has a hint of cinnamon throughout with a cinnamon crumb topping and a thin powdered sugar glaze. My husband, who is a blueberry fanatic, tells me it is the absolute perfect blueberry crumb cake he has ever eaten. Not only is it delicious it is also a very pretty cake.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pulled Pork Soft Tacos

Shredded Pork Tacos - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
 You can't beat this tasty pulled pork soft taco recipe made easy by cooking crock pot style. The brown sugar and ginger rub is amazing and goes so well with the rest of the ingredients. Topped with a spiced up sour cream topping. You can't miss trying these pork tacos. It was a huge hit with my family and to add to the list of pluses it was easy!

A great all around recipe from the Midwest Dairy Association. In a nutshell Easy, Tasty, Filling & Healthy all in one recipe - you can't beat that. 



Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
This shortcake recipe has been a family tradition and well worth putting it on your baking bucket list. It really is the ultimate shortcake for strawberries.

This is a dense cake which tastes wonderful combined with the fruity taste of sweetened strawberries and light whipped cream.

A perfect refreshing summer dessert.It is so quick and easy to make. Hence it's name Busy Day Cake -  a very old recipe from my 1976 Better Homes & Garden cookbook.

You cannot take "shortcuts" when it comes to strawberry shortcake! No prepackaged shortcakes found in the strawberry isle. It just isn't the same experience.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Moist & Easy Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Topping


There is nothing better than a warm moist blueberry muffins for breakfast or for that matter any time. This is my favorite blueberry muffin recipe which you will find extremely easy and quick to make and incredibly delightful.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thumbprint Cookies with a Sweet Nutty Kick


I was so excited to be involved in the April Showers Bring May Flours project with www.nuts.com.  We were challenged to convert our Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust from an all purpose flour crust to a blanched almond flour crust. 

My mind immediately went to how wonderful thumbprint cookies would be with almond flour incorporated. It was like a song that gets stuck in your head and it just won't quit. I just kept thinking about trying almond flour with my thumbprint cookies. So I caved and made thumbprint cookies. I didn't want to make a full conversion of flour. I thought a light sweet nutty almond flavor to the cookies would be such a delightful taste. 


I took my original recipe and made it exactly as I always do but combined some almond flour with the all purpose flour. I was thrilled at how well the dough rolled and how nice the print was. No cracking of the cookie around the edge of the print. These cookies turned out exactly as I had envisioned. The blanched almond flour added a light sweet nutty taste and the bonus of a little extra moisture to the cookies. I topped the cookies with a butter cream frosting with pure almond extra. Perfect and pretty.



During the process of frosting the cookies I kept thinking this would also be amazing if you filled the fingerprint with apricot jam and sprinkled chopped almonds on top. So now you know what I will be up to net week! 

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Ingredients:


1/2 cup soft butter

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.
Blend flours and salt together in a separate bowl.
Mix butter and brown sugar together until creamy. 
Add egg yolk and mix until well incorporated. 
Add vanilla and mix. 
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not over bake!

Butter Cream Frosting

1 stick of softened butter

1 1lb box of powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2-1 teaspoon pure almond extract

Mix butter until whipped. Slowly add powdered sugar and milk until creamy and stiff enough to spread or pipe. Finally add almond extract to taste. 


Note: Finding almond flour in my small town was impossible and I had no intention of making my own. Ordering Almond Flour from Nuts.Com is easy, their prices are good and they have been in business since 1929 (so they have quite a bit of history). 

Don't miss our infographic on the Benefits of Almond Flour

No monetary payment or product was received for this blog post. We are not an affiliate of the company and will not receive future monetary payments for clicks onto their website. The intent of the project was to promote the benefits of almond flour and the ease of incorporating almond flour into your every day cooking and baking.  We will never write a review on a brand's product nor will we promote a product, if we believe the product will not be beneficial to you. The opinions in this post are our own.

Authored by +Terri Henkels 


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Almond Flour Pizza Crust - A Conversion from the Original Recipe

I am so excited to be involved in the April Showers Bring May Flours project with www.nuts.com. 

We were challenged to convert our Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust from an all purpose flour crust to a blanched almond flour crust. I couldn't wait to try this conversion because I was sure if successful it would be amazingly delicious. 


Oh, and not to forget, being motivated to focus on cooking healthier is much needed in my kitchen. Almonds are so wonderfully delicious that you forget they are extremely healthy for you! 



This past January, I posted the Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust. This recipe is not only simple to make but also simply delicious.

I was so surprised to find that I was able to convert the original recipe with very little effort. Initially I was concerned that the lack of gluten could make the crust runny. I mixed the ingredients together per the recipe but substituted the almond flour for the all purpose flour. It was just a little runnier than the original. I incorporated an additional 1/4 cup of almond flour and it was exactly as the original recipe.










Then I was concerned whether it would suspend the tomato sauce and toppings.and I questioned whether the crust would be crisp. All of my concerns were unfounded. In fact, it was unnecessary worrying as always. It was perfect all the way around! 

The sweet nutty taste of the almond flour crust combined with the earthy flavor of Baby Bella mushrooms for the topping is beyond heavenly! 


Note: Finding almond flour in my small town was impossible and I had no intention of making my own. Ordering Almond Flour from Nuts.Com is easy, their prices are good and they have been in business since 1929 (so they have quite a bit of history). 


Just follow the recipe and details of making the Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust Recipe posted in January 2051. The original recipe has been updated for easy conversion to an almond flour crust. If you rather, immediately Print the recipe now.


No monetary payment or product was received for this blog post. We are not an affiliate of the company and will not receive future monetary payments for clicks onto their website. The intent of the project was to promote the benefits of almond flour and the ease of incorporating almond flour into your every day cooking and baking.  We will never write a review on a brand's product nor will we promote a product, if we believe the product will not be beneficial to you. The opinions in this post are our own.


Authored by +Terri Henkels 


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