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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Foo-Foo-La Apron Entertaining Set

Kick the stylish flavor up a notch in your kitchen with the Joy Mangano Elegant Apron Entertaining Set with Jeweled Touch. Designed by Joy Mangano to solve her own problem of what to wear while entertaining in the kitchen - this stylish apron, oven mitts and rubber gloves are adorned with rhinestones to create a look of elegance while serving guests. Now you can be a chic chef and hostess in your very own kitchen! Gold, Black, Red or Pink.

Joy Mangano Elegant Apron Entertaining Set with Jeweled Touch Includes:

Elegant apron with rhinestones - measures approx. 27"L x 28"W
2 oven mitts with rhinestones - measure approx. 7-1/2"L x 8-1/2"W
2 rubber gloves with rhinestones - measure approx. 14”L x 4-1/2”W
Product Features:

Apron is 100% polyester
Mitts are 50% cotton and 50% polyester
Gloves are 80% latex and 20% polyester
Made in China

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quick Baked Beans (Stovetop, NO PORK) PIC HEAVY

Beans are good for your heart. I'll leave it at that.
You can serve this as a main dish, or a side dish.

You can omit the bacon if you want it to be stricly vegetarian.
If you still want the smoky taste without the meat, you can add a tsp of liquid smoke.

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1 lb Beef Bacon (for pan drippings only)
3 Cans Vegetarian Baked Beans
1 Can Tomato Sauce
1 Onion Chopped(Doesn't matter what color)
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic (chopped)
1 Tsp Each: Onion Powder, Paprika, Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar


1. Add Bacon to HOT pan to render fat.
(If you don't want to use this, you don't have to. You can just saute your onion/garlic in olive oil)

2. Remove Bacon from pan.
3. Add chopped onion/garlic.
4. Saute until Translucent.
5. Add beans to soft onions/garlic.
6. Reduce Temp to Medium High.
7. Add Tomato Sauce
8. Add Spices
9. Add Brown Sugar
10. Add Apple Cider Vinegar
11. STIR
12. Simmer on Low Heat for 10 minutes (until sauce thickens to desired consistancy)

Measure Seasonings & Set Aside

Chop Onions & Garlic & Set Aside

Add Bacon to Hot Pan

Remove Bacon from Pan, Reserving Fat & Pan Drippings

Add Chopped Onions/Garlic to Bacon Drippings

Saute Onions/Garlic Until Translucent

Add Beans to Softened Onions/Garlic

Add Tomato Sauce

Add Seasonings

Add 1 tbsp Brown Sugar

Add 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar


Simmer on Low Heat for 10 minutes

Serve over rice, or

Serve with an East Coast Dressed Hot Dog

Or Two

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rice with Black Beans (Arroz Con Frijoles Negros)

This is a QUICK easy dish to prepare.
This can be prepared as a side dish or used as a main dish. Great with tacos.

You Will Need

1/2 c Chicken Stock (OPTIONAL)

Chopped Onions & Garlic

Saute Until Translucent

Add Drained, Rinsed Black Beans

Add Diced Tomatoes with Juice

Add Drained Diced Tomatoes with Chilies

Add Both Pkgs Sazon

Add Dried Seasonings/Herbs

Add Sofrito & Recaito

Add Chicken Stock If Desired (Optional)


Medium Heat


3 Cups of Rice
3 Cups of Water

2 cans Black Beans
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 can Diced Tomatoes with Chiles
1 Yellow Onion
1 or 2 Cloves Garlic
1 rounded tsp Sofrito
1 rounded tsp Recaito
1 pkg Sazon with Garlic
1 pkg Sazon with Coriander
1 tsp Cumin

Cook 3 cups of rice & 3 cups of water in rice cooker. There is no need to add salt, as the beans are seasoned very well.

Chop an yellow onion & 1 or 2 cloves of garlic. Set Aside
Drain cans of beans & Tomatoes.
Add Olive Oil to heavy stock pan
Saute chopped onions & garlic.
Add to beans & tomatoes with chilies to pan.
Add a Crushed clove of Garlic.
Add 1 rounded teaspoon each of Sofrito & Recaito.
Add 2 pkgs of Sazon.
Add 1 teaspoon each of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Cumin.
Turn heat to Medium-High,until heated through.

Serve over rice.
Optional Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Avocado, Shredded Chicken.
Sliced Green Onion.

Serves 5.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Criss Cross Apple Crowns

This was a recipe which I prepared often during my days as a Pampered Chef Kitchen Consultant.

Scoop the mixture & Place in Center of Dough Circle

Gather the edges & form a "beggar's purse"

Criss Cross Apple Crowns

4 small Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
3 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon, divided
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 package (17.3 ounce) grand-size flaky or buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits)
1 package (10.2 ounce) grand-size flaky or buttermilk biscuits (5 biscuits)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
Vanilla ice cream or thawed, frozen whipped topping (optional)
Caramel ice cream topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Peel, core and slice apples. Place apples, walnuts, raisins, flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl and mix well. Microwave apple mixture on high 3 minutes or until hot. Mix well. Separate 12 biscuits and place on cutting board.

Roll each biscuit into a 5" disk, flouring dough as needed. Arrange biscuits in a single layer on clean, flat surface.

Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of mixture over biscuits. Divide apple mixture evenly onto center of each biscuit; gather up edges over filling, pinching to seal. Microwave butter about 15 seconds or until melted.

Holding each biscuit at sealed end, dip each biscuit into butter, then into remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place biscuits, seam side down, into muffin pan. Do not press down into cup! Using a serrated bread knife, cut through top of each biscuit, making a crisscross pattern.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan.

If desired, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Yield: 12 servings.

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