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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Greens & Beans

I have been told by trusted doctors that dark leafy greens are very beneficial in one's diet. I am pleased to share what I have now deemed one of my new favorite vegetable side dishes which is so delicious it could be the main dish.  I served it on Christmas and will be serving it regularly in the new year! Delicious and nutritious, what a winning combination!

Greens & Beans
1 fresh bunch of Collard Greens, washed and stems removed
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 (15oz. cans) Great Northern Beans
1 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Chop washed Collard Greens into desired size. Nothing fancy, they will be blanched and wilted. Place greens into a pot of salted boiling water for about 2 minutes. Once blanched, drain leaves in a collander and squeeze excess water out with the back of a large spoon. I use my dutch oven for blanching.
2. Heat olive oil in a large pan (I use a 10" frying pan). Add garlic and onion. On low heat, cook for 4 minutes.
3. Add greens, beans and chicken stock. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My All Time Favorite Cookie


Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite cookie. I have found that Pamela's Chocolate Chip Cookies made with her Baking and Pancake Mix are simply the best.

Recipe tips: My secret is using white and semi sweet chocolate chips.  I also use about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie, I like them large. It makes less per batch, but I always double the YUM by doubling the recipe! Walnuts are optional. I have never put them in, so if you do, let me know what you think .
The following recipe is from the back of the baking mix bag. SWEET!
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips  (I use 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chips and 1 1/2 cups white chips)
1/2 cup chopped walnut (optional)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

Yields approx. 20 cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla, then beat together. Add Pamela's Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly. Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for fifteen minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.

Finally prepare to amazed by what I think is the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet.