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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

I'm enjoying sharing some of my Favorite Recipes with you! 
Here is another - Quick, Simple and yet Delicious!

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes


2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes (preferably plum)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (from 2 garlic cloves), plus more if desired
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HomeMade Cream Puffs


Puff Pastry:
*1/2 cup butter
*1 cup water
*1/4 tsp. salt
*1 cup flour
*4 eggs

Cream Filling:
*16oz cream cheese, softened
*2 cups cool whip, thawed (or 2 cups whipping cream, stiffly whipped)
*3 cups powdered sugar, more as needed to reach desired consistency
*1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Frosting:
*1/2 cup butter
*1/3 cup cocoa
*1/4 cup milk
*3 cups powdered sugar
*1/2 tsp vanilla
*1/8 tsp salt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425° degrees F.

Puff Pastry:  In a large pot, bring butter and water to a boil. Remove post from heat and stir in flour and salt, consistently stirring until the mixture firms up and forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. With hand or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake for 17 minutes at 425 degrees F. After 17 minutes, reduce temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking for an additional 5 to 10 min. Centers should be dry. When finished cooking, let cool completely.  

When the shells are cool, make Filling: Beat cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth. When shells are cooled completely, use a pastry bag to pipe filling onto half the shells. Place remaining shell halves on top. 

FROSTING: Melt butter and milk in microwave safe bowl. Add powder sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla. Wisk together and pour into a lage zip lock bag. Cut a small corner off and drizzle chocolate over cream puffs.

*recipe from Nikki at chef-in-training.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Egg Salad


This Recipe sounded so delicious, I just had to share it with you!




4 oz. cream cheese (use the real, full fat kind)
1/2 cup mayonaise (use the real, full fat kind)
1 TBS good dijon mustard
1 dozen hard boiled eggs, peeled and rough chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 TBS snipped fresh chives
1-2 TBS fresh snipped parsley

 Put 4 oz. cream cheese, mayonaise and mustard in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Add rough chopped eggs, salt and pepper to processor and pulse until just mixed.

Remove egg salad to a medium bowl and add chives and parsley. Mix.
Serve immediately or put in container and refrigerate.

Yvonne said:

"Here's my favorite way to eat egg salad...
Toast bread, Lightly butter. Slice a large tomato and put on bread.
Top with 3 slices of crisp bacon and a scoop of egg salad.
Eat with a fork and knife."

This is decedent and company worthy!

Baked Breakfast Peppers



Baked Breakfast Peppers 
(2 servings)
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 4 strips turkey bacon, cut into matchsticks about 1/4-inch thick 
  • 2 tbs minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 2 tbs diced tomato
  • 1/2 c chopped spinach
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash the pepper and cut it in half lengthwise.  Remove the membrane and seeds, but leave the stem on (this will help your filling stay in the pepper).  Spray a baking sheet with non-stick and set the peppers flesh down/skin up on the sheet.  Place in the oven and roast for 9-10 minutes, until soft.  When you remove the peppers from the oven, flip so they are open-side up.  

While the peppers are baking, place a medium pan over medium heat.  Cook the bacon matchsticks until crispy, then remove to a paper towel to drain.  Reduce the heat under the pan to medium low.  Add the onion and cook for two minutes, then add the garlic, tomato and spinach.  Continue to cook until the spinach is wilted and bright, then remove to a small mixing bowl.  Let cool for a minute or two.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites and milk.  Add 3/4 of the cooked bacon, the cooked vegetables and 1/4 cup of the cheese and mix together.  Pour the egg mixture into the peppers (if the eggs run over a bit, no big deal).  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until eggs are set and starting to puff in the center.  Garnish with the remaining cheese and bacon and serve.  Cilantro, salsa and avocado are awesome on top, too!


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Will Be Like Him!



The Hope of Easter Is That We Will Be Like Him


by Randy Alcorn 

Contemplating The Cross This Easter
"As Jesus was raised to come back to live on Earth,
so we will be raised to come back to live on Earth."
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
Oh, what we miss out on when we rush past the cross of Christ.  Oh the richness and reward when we stop to linger before it, when we take the time to “consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself” (Heb. 12:3). In a culture where crosses have become commonplace as architecture and jewelry, how we need to truly gaze upon the cross of Christ in all of its ugliness and beauty, in its death and in its healing, in the painful price paid  there, and in its free gift of grace. Jesus, keep us near the cross.  
— Nancy Guthrie, from Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
We Shall Be Like Him  
We have an example in Scripture of what a resurrection body is like. We’re told a great deal about Christ’s resurrected body, and we’re told that our bodies will be like his. The empty tomb is the ultimate proof that Christ’s resurrection body was the same body that died on the cross. If resurrection meant the creation of a new body, Christ’s original body would have remained in the tomb.
When Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, “It is I myself,” he was emphasizing to them that he was the same person—in spirit and body—who had gone to the cross (Luke 24:39). His disciples saw the marks of his crucifixion, unmistakable evidence that this was the same body.
Jesus walked the earth in his resurrection body for 40 days, showing us how we would live as resurrected human beings. In effect, he also demonstrated where we would live as resurrected human beings—on Earth. Christ’s resurrection body was suited for life on Earth, not primarily life in the intermediate Heaven. As Jesus was raised to come back to live on Earth, so we will be raised to come back to live on Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:14; Revelation 21:1-3).
Eternal Promises
The two told what had happened ... and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them. ... He said to them, “Why are you troubled ... ? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself!” Luke 24:35-36, 38-39
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:26-27 —Excerpted from Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn
Rejoice, O Christian - He Is Risen
"Come, see the place where the Lord lay," with joy and gladness. He does not lie there now. Weep, when ye see the tomb of Christ, but rejoice because it is empty. Thy sin slew him, but his divinity raised him up. Thy guilt hath murdered him, but his righteousness hath restored him. Oh! He hath burst the bonds of death, he hath ...come out more than conqueror, crushing death beneath his feet. Rejoice, O Christian, for he is not there—he is risen. — Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. — Martin Luther


Randy Alcorn
Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspective Ministries
He is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn for 13 years co-pastored Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. Randy is a best-selling author of over 30 books including HeavenThe Treasure Principle, and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home.