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Food (part 1)

Several readers have asked me for some easy recipe tips.  While I’m still “in training” myself…I’m happy to pass along what has worked well for me thus far.

While Bisquick is a dirty word in some kitchens, I try and always have a box of Low Fat Heart Healthy Bisquick around.  I learned this one from my mama – she’d whip up some drop biscuits to go with dinner occasionally and it made dinner feel a little more special – wow, homemade biscuits!

I never had any idea how easy they were until now.  I NEVER take the time or make the mess involved with rolling them out/cutting, I just drop them with a spoon onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.  They are almost impossible to mess up.  Also…you can go nuts with all the uses.  Here are a few ideas to run with:

    • Add leftover mixed herbs or chives from your garden to dinner biscuits
    • Make pancakes or waffles (they taste great, I promise!)
    • Use this recipe and some blueberries and lemon zest to make blueberry breakfast scones
    • Tonight, we used Bisquick to make some Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (ever had the ones at Red Lobster?)

The bisquick box is my secret weapon for adding something fun (and in 15 min or less) to a boring breakfast or a plate of leftovers.
Also, be sure to check the coupon database at Southernsavers.com because often there is a .50 off coupon.
Got any secret weapons in your pantry?
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Recipes For Ya

Last week, I was supposed to be packing and cleaning the house so we could get to the beach but I procrastinated. I usually bake when I’m putting something off. So I made these cookies.
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They were GOOD.  They were probably the most successful thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made.  While I usually don’t follow recipes, I stuck pretty close to Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. Here’s the recipe.  Only things I did differently: 1. I used regular chocolate chips and some mini chocolate chips because that was all I had. 2. Did not use walnuts. 3. My eggs were not room temp as I decided to make cookies on a whim and didn’t have time to wait on the eggs 4.  Same goes for the butter.  10 seconds in the microwave…cheater!! 5. I took them out of the oven a few minutes sooner. If your first batch ends up too brown like mine did, you might want to do the same.

So…on to the second recipe.  Our beach staple: Broccoli Ramen Slaw.  What?  Broccoli?  Oh just try it.  I usually make a big batch on the first day and then we eat off of it for a few days…it gets better after sitting in the fridge.  Here’s my version of the recipe:

Broccoli Ramen Slaw

1 bag (16 oz) Broccoli Slaw (usually near the bag lettuce/bag veggies)

2 packages chicken flavor Ramen (pull out the seasoning packet and then crumble/crunch up the noodles in the package)

3-4 green onions chopped up

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1/3 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons white sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, be sure to add the 2 ramen seasoning packets.  Cover and keep in the fridge.

The original recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar!  Wowzers.  I have also made it with just 1 packet of Ramen and it is good that way too.  My brother made it with peanuts and sunflower seeds which was a nice twist.  I’m sure there are tons of variations.

Sorry, no photos of the slaw…instead, here’s one of Rand enjoying his first food: sweet potatoes.  He insists on helping with the spoon and then would rub his face with his little orange hand.  Good thing it is warm at the beach and we can eat shirtless!
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