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Tips For Quick Meals and Desserts

With cooking, creativity can be just as important as the ingredients. With our busy lives, we can all get in a rut sometimes when it comes to cooking. We want simple and quick meals that we’ve cooked hundreds of times – no surprises! We want our children to try new, healthier foods but aren’t willing to be creative and try out some new recipes.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

14 Nutter Butter peanut butter
-sandwich cookies, crushed
3 tb Butter, melted

1/3 c Chocolate chips; semi-sweet
4 tb Corn syrup, light; divided
4 tb ;Water, divided
1/3 c Peanut butter, creamy
1/3 c Sugar; + 2 Tbsp
1/4 c Peanuts; chopped
2 Egg whites
1 ts Vanilla
1 c Heavy cream; whipped

Prepare the crust by combining cookies and butter. Press into bottom and up
sides of a 9″ pie plate. CHILL UNTIL SET.

Combine the chocolate chips, 1 Tbsp corn syrup and 1 Tbsp water in the top
of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water until the chocolate melts and
the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and COOL WELL.

Meanwhile combine the peanut butter, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp corn syrup, and
3 Tbsp water in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well blended.
Pour into a bowl and stir in the peanuts; COOL.

Beat the egg whites until foamy, using an electric mixer at high speed.
Gradually add 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time, beating well after each
addition. Beat in the vanilla and continue beating until stiff, glossy
peaks form when the beaters are slowly lifted. Fold the egg white mixture
into the whipped cream. Then fold in the peanut butter mixture. Pour half
of the peanut butter mixture into the crust. Drizzle half of the chocolate
mixture over the filling. Top with the remaining filling.

Drizzle the remaining chocolate in parallel lines over the filling. Pull a
knife across the lines at 1 inch intervals. FREEZE UNTIL FIRM. Wrap
securely in aluminum foil. Return to the freezer and CONTINUE FREEZING 8
HOURS OR OVERNIGHT. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Chocolate, Wonderful Chocolate

Residents of Central America were enjoying chocolate drinks more than 3,000 years ago, a half millennium earlier than previously thought, new research shows.
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People were drinking chocolate in Central America more than 3,000 years ago, scientists say.

Archaeologists led by John Henderson of Cornell University studied the remains of pottery used in the lower Ulua Valley in northern Honduras about 1100 B.C.

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My Halloween Candy Top Ten

Halloween Candy

In honor of Halloween, I’ve decided to post my Top Ten List of the best candy. Since I am a self-proclaimed sugarholic, I know candy :)

10. Candy Corn – A Halloween staple of which I was never a big fan; it’s just too sweet. It was one of my younger sister’s favorites.

9. Butterscotch – This hard candy goes a long way………….

8. Bazooka Joe – The gum doesn’t last very long, but is tasty & I really like the comic strips.

7. Jawbreakers/Gobstoppers – Large and small, these are fun, but could break some teeth.

6. Whoppers – Chocolate and malt always work well together.

5. Caramels – Melt them down & put them on apples or eat them straight out of the bag, caramels are wonderful, milky goodness.

4. Sweetarts – Hard, gummy or chewy, Sweetarts rule. At Easter there are jelly beans and they are out of this world!

3. Nerds – This one is just fun. Tiny little pieces of tart and sweet goodness. I prefer the grape/strawberry combo myself.

2. Tootsie Rolls – For that quick chocolate fix, this candy is perfect.

1. Smarties – These are the best! They’re made with more natural sugars than other candies, so even those who have problems with refined sugar, like myself, can have them sometimes.

So, those are my top ten favorite Halloween candies. To be honest, I love lots more, but these are ones that just remind me good times Trick or Treating with family and friends.

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You Scream, I Scream for Ice Cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

I don’t eat much dairy, in fact I think that I could give it up entirely if it wasn’t for one thing – Ice Cream!

I love ice cream in all form and flavors. Personally, I don’t like a bunch of stuff in my ice cream, but I’ll eat it with some nuts or fruit in it, just don’t stick any cookies or marshmallows in mine please. But if you want to mix and match and make your own flavor ( virtually ) pay a visit to Ben and Jerry.

A little ice cream history from Wikipedia:

Before the development of modern refrigeration, ice cream was a luxury item reserved for special occasions. Making ice cream was quite laborious. Ice was cut from lakes and ponds during the winter and stored in large heaps, in holes in the ground, or in wood-frame ice houses, insulated by straw. Many farmers and plantation owners, including U.S. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, cut and stored ice in the winter for use in the summer. Frederic Tudor of Boston turned ice harvesting and shipping into big business, cutting ice in New England and shipping it around the world.

Ice cream was made by hand in a large bowl placed inside a tub filled with ice and salt. This was called the pot-freezer method. French confectioners refined the pot-freezer method, making ice cream in a sorbtierre (a covered pail with a handle attached to the lid). In the pot-freezer method, the temperature of the ingredients is reduced by the mixture of crushed ice and salt.

The salt water is cooled by the ice, and the action of the salt on the ice causes it to (partially) melt, absorbing latent heat and bringing the mixture below the freezing point of pure water. The immersed container can also make better thermal contact with the salty water and ice mixture than it could with ice alone.

Ice cream is not all fun and games – it’s a huge business. Not to mention that ice cream seems to figure in more crime then one might imagine. And criminals are even getting into the act of making ice cream.

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