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pretzel These are an easy treat especially for the holidays –
They are so versatile. You can use a mixture of milk chocolate and/or white chocolate. You can use pretzel sticks, squares or twist and whole pecans or pecan pieces. I had a batch done from beginning to end in about 45-1 hour.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites

Ingredients
24 pecan halves
24 mini pretzel twists
24 individually wrapped soft caramel squares, unwrapped
8 ounces milk chocolate, melted
Sea Salt

 

Lay out wax or parchment paper, using a spoon, drizzle a little chocolate on the paper and smooth it out a little with the back of the spoon like you are painting a circle. Drop three pretzels, slightly overlapping onto the chocolate and spoon a little melted caramel over all three. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and then drizzle a little more chocolate. Let set and store in Tupperware.

1. Put the pecan halves on a baking sheet, single layer and bake, shaking the sheet once halfway through, until lightly toasted, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.
2. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking matpretzel2
3. Arrange the pretzels on the baking sheet
4. Top each pretzel with an unwrapped caramel
5. Bake until the caramels soften (but NOT melting), 4 to 5 minutes
6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and press a pecan half onto each caramel, using just enough pressure for the caramel to fill the pretzel
7. Set aside to cool completely.

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Remove the cooled pretzel/caramels from the baking sheet
1. Drizzle or spoon small dollops of the melted chocolate all over the pretzel & caramel. Sparsely shake sea salt over the top of drizzled chocolate.
2. Allow them to cool completely before serving (you can cool in the fridge).

 

….And who doesn’t love a Crunchy Cheesecake! One of our favorite restaurants that moved into Lexington, Ky around 1998 was –Up The Creek- This was the first time my husband and I eaten a dessert of Fried Cheesecake. We immediately fell in love with it! They also had a sandwich that was Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. Oh my, every night this was what I ate for weeks!

 

 

Fried Cheesecake

• 3 -8 oz. Cream Cheese
• 2/3 c. sugar
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 3 1/2 c. vegetable oil
• 1 stick butter, melted
• 15-20 small flour tortillas
• 1/2 c. sugar
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• SAUCE
• 1 lb. strawberries, diced
• 1/4 c. sugar
• 1/8 c. water
• 1/8 c. strawberry preserves

cheesecakechimichanguasDirections:
1. For the sauce: In a medium sauce pan, add the strawberries, sugar, water, and place on low to medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Using a potato smasher, smash the strawberries while in the sauce pan. Add the strawberry preserves and allow to simmer for approximately 5-7 minutes OR until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese; add the sugar, and vanilla. Take a flour tortilla and add about a spoonful and a half of the cream cheese mixture and spread in the middle of the tortilla. Begin to roll the tortilla away from you; half way through tuck in the sides; and roll to the end of the other side of the tortilla making a roll. Complete the process until all of the cream cheese mixture is gone.
3. In a large sauce pan on medium heat (make sure it isn’t too high) heat the vegetable oil. Add a couple of the tortillas to the pan seam side up. Allow to fry for 1 minute on each side. Using a slotted spoon remove from oil once it is golden brown on both sides. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked.
4. Using a pastry brush swipe each tortilla with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, and allow to cool before serving. Use the strawberry sauce for dipping.
Please note: Allow to cool before serving. The tortilla will remain crunchy even after cooled.  I prefer the cinnamon be left out of the recipe but that is a personal choice.  Enjoy!

 

If  you are like me, then that  scrupulous cake like batter that is poured through a funnel into hot fat or oil, deep-fried until crisp, and served with sprinkled with sugar, IS the carnival!  It originated from the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish.  As with most of the Amish recipes they are always a winner!  We usually try to improve on them but always come back to the original because it is the Best!  This is the recipe that was passed down to me.

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* 2 cups flour
* 1 tblsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. salt
* 2 cups milk
* 2 eggs, separated
* 2 tblsp. melted butter

Sift together in a bowl the flour, salt and baking powder. Beat the egg yolks and add the milk. Pour milk mixture slowly into the dry ingredients and beat to a smooth batter. Add the melted butter then fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake on hot griddle. Makes about 12 cakes.  (This can also be substituted by dripping into hot oil)

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chickenHow simple does it get?  If you follow any of my Gluten Free recipes you will find that I do not get into the complicated ones but the ones I can throw together.  I also work with a group that receives some government support with food.  It is so important that we do what we can to help each other.  

This was kind of thrown together and was a really big hit. Chicken breast strips grilled in butter with Mrs Dash, Asian seasoning & a little fresh cilantro. Then right before I served it I grated up what little sharp cheese I had and stirred. It coated the chicken. It was GREAT (they said). Fresh tomatoes & black olives.

meatloaf-finishedI was rushing out the door and remembered I had some ground chuck in the refrigerator that needed to be used…as in..NOW!  Hey, groceries are way too expensive to let anything go to waste!

If you have been following my Gluten Free recipes then you know I am all about easy and fast.  If it takes too much time or much money some will not eat GF. So what good is it? This meatloaf can be fixed in the oven or the crock pot. Prep time is quick!!

 

I did not have a specific recipe so I will give it to you Ky style.

  • I took what burger I had which was about 2lbs.
  • I used store bought frozen green peppers and onion. 1/2 bag of each.
  • I had mushrooms in the freezer that I had bought previously because they had reduced them, I cleaned them all, vacuum sealed them, and from them.
  • Corn Chex Cereal. I would normally use Corn flakes but I did not have any. That is called being resourceful!  If you are a Mom you know exactly what I mean. Right?
  • Hunts Bar-B-Que Sauce. Or you can use your favorite GF sauce.
  • If you can have eggs then you can use 2 eggs.  We can not have eggs.
  • Throw it together  in a Bowl

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  • I use my clean hands and just mix and squish it all together. Make sure it is mixed well.  Do not get too much Bar-B-Que sauce in it or it will not stick together.
  • I pour Bar-B-Que Sauce on the top before putting it in the oven.
  • Form it in an oven ready pan and bake at 350 degrees for at least an hour.  The timing will be according to how thick your loaf is.

I have also cooked this in the crock pot and it was great! I cooked it on high for 8 hours.

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For St Patrick’s Day enjoy this Gluten Free Dish.  Now we prefer our Corned Beef and Cabbage with mashed potatoes, a little garlic cloves and hot sauce.  Of course you add bacon to it and that makes it Southern Style!  You can if you prefer, cook your corned beef in the crock pot but the recipe gives instructions for dutch oven.

Gluten Free can be EASY and GOOD!
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Quick & Easy Gluten Free: Mixed together in a skillet and fry it up!

Ham, Potatoes, Mushrooms & Onions. They love it & supper is done. Whew! That was a super simper, easy and gluten free!

You can add green peppers, jalapeno,  corn, change the meat to kielbasa.  Make it special to you.  It is so wonderfully quick and simple.

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Found this awesome post on this sight! And I couldn’t wait to share with my friends!

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Zucchini+tomatoes+basil+cheese=Good!

And that is pretty simple! (more…)

ribs.doneThese were adapted from a recipe I found on the internet.  A little more time than I usually take but they were well worth it.  It would not fall into my quick and easy dinner recipes but it was still a “Simple and Easy” recipe.  If you follow my blog you know by now, I am a -get it done quick-  with mixes or already made items on the shelf.  If you have to eat gluten free and you are not because of difficulty in preparation -That is NOT good!  Better to use already prepared mixes than suffer the consequences! Recipe is at the bottom. Enjoy! (more…)