Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mini Apple Pies

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Mini Apple Pies
What you’ll need for the pie crust:
·      ½ cup all-purpose flour
·      ½ cup whole wheat flour
·      ½ cup corn starch
·      1tbsp sugar
·      3.5 ounces of butter, cold
·      1 egg
·      ¼ tsp salt
·      ¼ tsp baking powder
·      parchment paper
What you’ll need for the apple filling:
·      1 tbsp. sugar
·      ½ tbsp. all-purpose flour
·      ¼ tsp. powdered cinnamon
How to make it:
1.     Combine all dry ingredients for the pie crust in a bowl.
2.     Add the butter and mix together with fingers until you have a crumbled texture. Add the egg and mix well until it all comes together as a ball.
3.     Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until ¼” thick. Place sheet of dough on a cutting board in fridge while working on apples.
4.     Wash apples and cut off the tops of each one. With a sharp knife and small spoon, carve out the apples to create bowls (add a few drops of lemon juice if desired to keep from browning). Put apple pulp into a bowl. 
5.     Mix in all the ingredients for the apple filling with bowl of apple pulp. Evenly distribute the apple filling back into the apple bowls. 
6.     Remove dough from the fridge, cut out shapes with a mini cookie cutter, and place shapes on top of apple bowls. Do not try to mold the dough—the heat will take care of that!
7.     Bake at 370° F in a baking pan lined with parchment paper until they are tender and the dough is lightly golden, which will be about 40 minutes. 
8.     Serve warm or cool.

Mexican Chicken Soup

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15-Minute Mexican Chicken Soup with Avocado

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 8


  • 4 cups (32 oz) chicken stock or broth (I prefer stock)
  • 1 jar (16 oz) picante type salsa
  • 1 can (14 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 3 cups cubed, cooked, leftover rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernals
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) fire-roasted tomatoes, 
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • optional garnishes: green onion, sour cream and cilantro


  • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add chicken stock, salsa and enchilada sauce and bring to a boil over med-low heat. Stir in butter, sugar, salt and pepper. Add chicken, black beans, frozen corn, tomatoes and lime and warm through (it's pretty much done immediately)
  • Ladle soup into individual bowls, sprinkle with cheese and add copious amounts of California avocado.
15 Minute Mexican Chicken Soup with Avocado dinner in a pinch

Cleaning cabinets

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Grease stains have a tendency to go unnoticed, allowing them to build up to seemingly impossible proportions. This grime can damage the wood of your cabinets if allowed to remain for a long period of time.

However, as unpleasant as these stains may seem, they are easily remedied. Try the most gentle method first and if necessary, move to more aggressive solutions until you find the best formula for your situation.

Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of warm water and scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth, following the grain of the wood. Rinse the area clean with a sponge, and dry it with a clean towel.

Dish soap is mild and effective.
Debbie Williams

Sprinkle baking soda onto a clean damp cloth and scrub the cabinet. Rinse with a clean sponge, and dry the area with a clean dry towel.

Baking soda will not scratch the cabinets.
Debbie Williams

Add 1 cup white vinegar to the Dawn dish soap and water mixture. The solution is now 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar.

White vinegar is a household wonder cleaner.
Debbie Williams

If you need to be still more aggressive, add half a cup of borax to the dish soap, vinegar and water mix. Repeat the scrubbing action with a soft cloth and wipe with a dry cloth.

You might need to add more warm water to dissolve the borax.
Debbie Williams

Finish by wiping the cabinets down with a small amount of orange oil, lemon oil or even mineral oil.