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February 8, 2019

Between the strange weather and the Great American Football Game,  I have some Super Good recipes for this week…beginning with a good recipe for breakfast……..

 APPLESAUCE  PANCAKES
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Carol Cope
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1 cup sifted flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 tsp. grated orange rind
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg yokes, beaten
1 Tbsp. melted butter
2 egg whites

Sift together dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Blend in applesauce, orange rind, vanilla extract, egg yokes and melted butter.  Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, then fold into batter.
Ladle batter onto hot griddle (lightly oiled, if necessary) to size of pancakes desired.  Cook until small bubbles form throughout, then turn to nicely brown the other side.
**Note:  Don’t  give in to the temptation to add liquid to the batter!!!
These are quite substantial in character but they are very delicate in texture..
Now for the best topping!!!!

APPLE  CIDER  SYRUP

2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook until liquid is reduced to about half, forming a syrup.  Remove spices and serve warm……
I guarantee you will not any left and maybe you will have to make more !!!!!!!  These are just YUUUMMY!!!!!!!

GARDEN  SPAGHETTI  SAUCE
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1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. oil  (I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium zucchini, sliced to bit-size
1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cooked spaghetti
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a 12-inch skillet, saute› onion and garlic in butter and oil for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add green pepper and saute› another 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and zucchini and cook only until mushrooms start to soften..
Add remaining ingredients (except spaghetti and cheese), breaking up tomatoes.  Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Serve over hot spaghetti and top with Parmesan cheese….
This is super good even without meat and is so healthy….Serve with some good garlic bread and if you want a toss salad….If you feel adventurous,  try putting cubes of purple egg plant, baby green beans, slivers of yellow pepper or even broccoli florets….This would be something if you would like the taste and you could even add meat……..It is so very good……..

Now with Valentine’s Day coming,  I have a recipe for this home made dessert that will win the hearts of many….This comes from The American Dairy Association and is just yummy delicious……

TIRAMISU

6 egg yokes
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup Mascarpone cheese
1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 12 ounce packages Savoradi  Lady Fingers
1/2 cup cold espresso or strong coffee
1/4 cup coffee flavored liqueur (optional)
1 Tbsp. cocoa for dusting

Combine egg yokes and sugar in top of a double boiler, over boiling water.  Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.  This is your sabayon.  Remove from heat and whip egg yokes until thick and lemon colored.  Add Mascarpone to the whipped yokes and beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks.  Gently fold the whipped cream in the Mascarpone-sabayon mixture and set aside.
Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor,  and dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet;  do not soak them!!!  Arrange lady fingers in the bottom of a 8 inch square baking dish (or a 6 x 9 ).  Spoon half of the Mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers.
Repeat the process with another layer and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.  Dust with the cocoa before serving….
**Note;  this seems like a long process but it is worth every scrumptious mouth full.

Until next week,  Happy Valentine’s Day to all…..
God Bless,
Carol Jean



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