Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

EASY CHOCOLATE WHITE CHIP COOKIES

1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Food Lion Savings and Giveaways!

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‘Tis the season to gather with those near and dear and savor good food that celebrates the Yuletide. And when it comes to holiday entertaining, saving a few dollars is especially welcome at this time of year.

In the spirit of the season, Food Lion is offering money-saving coupons from their newly updated Coupon Hub to help cost-conscious families stretch their holiday budgets. Simply create an MVP account at Food Lion and download the coupons straight to your card or you can print them at home.

And that’s not all. The good folks at Food Lion will also provide gift cards in the amount of $50.00 each to two loyal shoppers who have downloaded coupons.

Here’s how to save money and enter to win the gift cards:

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For example:

I just downloaded the $1.00 Ghirardelli coupon to my @foodlion MVP Card @harriedhswife! #CouponHub

Winners will be randomly selected on Monday December 8, 2014 and will be contacted by direct message. Good luck!

 

Thanks to Food Lion for sponsoring this post, and for providing $100.00 in gift card giveaways

 

Brandy Eggnog

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, November 28, 2014

Brandy Eggnog

Brandy Eggnog

Get into the holiday spirit by indulging in a glass of eggnog spiked with the velvety goodness of brandy. Ideal when friends come to call, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for preparing at the last minute.

For the ultimate in flavor, be sure to whip the cream just until soft peaks form. And use fresh nutmeg, if possible, to grate over the top of the lightly whipped cream.

Whether it’s an impromptu visit from family and friends or a planned celebration, toasting the Yuletide with this time-honored indulgence will help make the season bright. Here’s to a happy holiday season. Cheers!

BRANDY EGGNOG

1 quart regular or light eggnog
1/2 cup brandy
Fresh, lightly whipped cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium pitcher, combine eggnog and brandy; stir well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Stir well before serving; top each serving with lightly whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Makes 6 servings.

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 12, 2014

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Hearty loaves of fresh-baked bread are welcome additions to holiday celebrations. And when they include merry-red cranberries, tasty applesauce, and aromatic spices, they’re even better.

Ideal for passing at the table, enjoying on Christmas morning, or to give as a hostess gift, this flavor-packed bread is a seasonal delight. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar just before serving to add the look of new-fallen snow.

Whatever the occasion, sharing home-baked bread with those near and dear is a delicious way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE BREAD

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Divide batter amongst prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 33 to 38 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, November 21, 2014

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is good enough on its own, but the addition of cloves and cinnamon makes it even better. By simmering ruby-red cranberries in brown sugar syrup with a couple sticks of cinnamon and an orange slice that’s dotted with cloves, a dish of cranberry sauce is elevated to a new level.

A welcome addition to the Thanksgiving Day table, this side dish is an excellent choice for holiday entertaining. Perfect for making ahead, it can be prepared up to five days in advance and stored, covered, in the fridge. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest just before serving for a refreshing finish.

Here are more Thanksgiving holiday recipes from The Harried Housewife’s RECIPE BOX.

From my family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 medium orange
6 whole cloves
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 (3 to 3 1/2-inches) cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon sugar
Finely grated orange zest (optional)
Using a wooden skewer, poke 6 evenly spaced holes around the center of the orange; insert cloves into holes. Cut a slice out of the orange to include all of the cloves. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and orange slice. Squeeze juice from ends of orange into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, until most of the cranberries have popped, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Remove orange slice and cinnamon sticks. Stir in sugar; mash with a potato masher. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest before serving, if desired. (May be prepared up to five days in advance; store covered and refrigerated.) Makes 8 servings.

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

Colorful Bow Tie Pork

The back to school season is in full swing with hectic schedules for both parents and children. At this time of year, quick to prepare dishes are especially welcome. Ideal for time-crunched cooks, this recipe for Colorful Bow Tie Pork is a great choice for busy weeknights.

Packed with nutritious veggies, flavorful pork, and hearty pasta, this vibrant dish is tossed with a tasty cheese sauce just before serving. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, check out this family-pleasing recipe for Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. Made with minimal ingredients, it’s a terrific timesaver.

For more kid-friendly recipes that will make it easy to stick to full schedules at this time of year, visit Food Lion. Enjoy!

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Mini Pecan Pies

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, November 14, 2014

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Pies are a highly anticipated finale of the Thanksgiving Day feast. And while pumpkin pie is certain to be on the menu, it’s always fun to sample other pies too.

By using two mini pie plates like these Anchor Hocking Mini Pie Plates instead of one conventional nine-inch pie plate, it’s easy to offer guests a sampling or two of their favorite pies. And if you’re going to someone’s house for dinner, you can leave a mini pie or two at home and bring the rest to share.

The pastry dough is easy to make and the pecan filling can be whipped up in a hurry. A dollop of whipped cream adds the final flourish.

Here are a couple more Thanksgiving pie recipes that make good use of mini pie plates. And here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes. Enjoy!

MINI PECAN PIES

Pastry for two 6-inch single-crust pies (see below)
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or pecan halves
Freshly whipped cream (optional)
Prepare pastry for 2 6-inch pie crusts as directed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 6-inch pie plates with pastry crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla. Stir in pecans; divide into 2 crusts. Bake until filling is puffed, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool pies completely on a wire rack. Top each pie with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Makes 8 miniature servings.

PASTRY FOR TWO 6-INCH SINGLE-CRUST PIES

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened flour mixture to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of the remaining water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moist. Gather pastry into a ball. Divide into 2 portions; shape each portion into a disk. Cover each disk with plastic wrap; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.

Flour rolling surface and rolling pin lightly. Roll each pastry disk into circles about 8-inches in diameter. Trim to about 7 1/2 -inches. Carefully remove trimmed dough. Fold dough into quarters. Unfold and press into 2 6-inch pie plates. Transfer desired fillings into pie crusts, flute or crimp edges as desired. Bake as directed. Makes 2 miniature pies.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and bakeware