Cream Cheese Blueberry Muffins

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It is a great year for blueberries in upper Michigan this summer. I decided to put some of the berries to good use and put together these blueberry muffins. These blueberry muffins are moist and delicious.

I think I went overboard with the blueberries a little bit, but no matter they are so good; but 1 cup would be just right. I also used Splenda instead of sugar.

Cream Cheese Blueberry Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6-12
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar (I used Splenda)
  • ⅔ cup whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly spray muffin tin with cooking spray – 12 regular or 6 jumbos; can also use paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients – I included the sugar in this mixture.
  4. In another bowl mix together the eggs, cream cheese, half and half, and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until batter is smooth and then gently fold in the berries.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the muffin cups and bake until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. (10 – 15 minutes for regular – 20 -30 minutes for jumbo)

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe

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These Ricotta Meatballs are moist and delicious. This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is very simple to put together. The Ricotta cheese make the meatballs nice and moist so you can get away with using very lean ground beef; I used ground round for this recipe.

Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper or to taste
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (24 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet using 2 tablespoons of the oil cook onion until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant; place onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix in the ground beef, Ricotta cheese, parsley, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper until just combined. Add the bread crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. (Hands work great for this.)
  2. Measure out about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each meatball; form and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet using the remaining olive oil brown meatballs over medium heat on all sides; and then drain any excess fat if needed. Add the sauce and water to the meatballs, bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a high simmer. Cook until meatballs are no longer pink inside – stirring occasionally while cooking. (about 30 minutes)
  4. Serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken

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This Honey Barbecued Chicken is simple to put together and delicious. It only takes about 4 hours in the slow cooker with just a little prep time. There is a good chance you will have everything on hand to put this recipe together.

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 – 6 bone in chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. • In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, using the oil, cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; arrange chicken on bottom of slow cooker. Arrange the sliced onion around the chicken thighs.
  2. • In a medium size bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. • Pour the barbecue mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook for 4 – 5 hours on low or until chicken is almost fall off bone tender.
  4. • Layer a boiler pan with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on the foil and spoon some additional barbecue over the top. Place chicken about 8 inches below the element and broil on high until chicken starts to brown.
  5. (Note: this recipe is very good even if you skip the broiler step)

 

Balsamic Glazed Zucchini Recipe

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If you’re looking to use up some of your fresh garden zucchini here is a recipe that makes an excellent side dish. It doesn’t require many ingredients and cooks quickly.

Balsamic Glazed Zucchini Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium zucchini (cut into ½ inch slices)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook zucchini until tender; add the garlic and salt and cook for an additional 1 minute. Remove zucchini from the skill and set aside on a plate.
  2. Pour the vinegar into the now empty skillet, bring to a boil, and cook until mixture is reduced to about half. Add the zucchini back to the skillet and toss to coat.

Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce

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Quick and delicious; This Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce recipe requires very little prep time and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker. If you need to put a quick supper together give this one a try.

(I used an Instant Pot for this recipe but I’m sure any other brand of electric pressure cooker would work well)

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can baby portabella mushrooms (4 ounces)
  • 4 -6 bone-in chicken thighs (depending on number you are serving – skin removed) I served 4 and it was just right for 2 adults.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoons pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  2. Preheat Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button and setting for normal heat. Roll chicken in the flour mixture until well coated; shaking off any excess flour. Add the butter to Instant Pot and cook chicken until nicely browned on both sides. (if cooking six do 3 at a time) Remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Add the wine and broth stirring to scrape any dripping off the bottom. Let mixture boil for about 3 minutes. (raise the temperature if needed) Press cancel – place the chicken back in the pot and add the mushrooms and green onions. Lock the lid and close the vent, pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes and then carefully quick release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Serve chicken with sauce – I served this over hash brown patties – it was delicious.

 

Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe

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Homemade carrot cake-How good can it get. This cake is, heavy, rich and moist with a delicious combination of spices. There is very little prep time involved, but it does take about an hour in the oven so allow yourself enough time.

Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In another bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and then mix in the grated carrots.
  5. Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for a bout 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine 

Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken

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This Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken recipe looked really good so I thought I would give it a try. It is cooked in an Instant Pot so I knew it wouldn’t take all that long to put together.

Because of the type of sauce in this recipe I thought it would be real good served over pasta, but the original recipe served this dish over polenta. Well I have never made polenta before so I thought I would give it a try. I have include a link to the recipe for the polenta I used because it is some of the best I ever eaten; give it a try.

The only thing I would do different with this recipe is to allow a little more time to cook the sauce down, to thicken it a little bit, after the chicken is removed from the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ medium onion sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or quarters
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (28 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Select the sauté function on the instant Pot. When the inner pot is hot add the oil, onion, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until mushrooms have given up some of their moisture; about 5 minutes. Add the wine and stir off any dripping stuck to the bottom of the inner pot.
  2. In a bowl mix together the tomatoes, water, and seasonings until well combined.
  3. Place the chicken over the mushroom mixture and pour the tomatoes over the top.
  4. Secure the lid and set Instant Pot to pressure cook for 20 minutes.
  5. When pressure cooking is done carefully turn the valve to vent to release the pressure and then carefully remove the lid.
  6. Remove the chicken to a serving platter. Serve the sauce and chicken over polenta – or pasta your choice.

 

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe

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I have only eaten polenta a couple of times and I will have to say I was not very impressed. I was planning on preparing an Instant Pot recipe and it recommended serving the dish with polenta, so I decided to give it a try. My wife and I both were pretty impressed with this Polenta; it was outstanding. It does take a little time, but it is well worth the effort; we will be sure to make it again.

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Place the water and salt into a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal while constantly stirring with a whisk to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until polenta starts to thicken. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 to 6 minutes with a wooden spoon.
  3. Polenta is done when it is creamy and all individual grains are tender. (should not be gritty at all)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter – when butter is half melted mix in the cheese stirring until butter and cheese are completely melted; cover and let rest of 5 minutes.
  5. Top polenta with remaining butter and garnish with more cheese if desired,

Adapted from Allrecipes

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs

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This recipe is super simple with amazing taste. 10 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes on the grill, and your hot dogs are ready to serve.

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 small sweet onion (sliced)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
Instructions
  1. Prepare and preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Place peppers and onion on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and drizzle the dressing over the top. Fold the foil over the vegetables to form a packet.
  3. Grill vegetables for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. After 6 minutes start grilling the hot dogs, grilling them until heated through. (Turn packet and hot dogs occasionally while grilling) this is also a good time to toast the buns if you wish to do so.
  5. Remove the foil packet from the grill and cut a few slits in the top to release the steam, and then open carefully. Serve the hot dogs topped with the vegetable mixture

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Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs

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I love doing barbecued pork ribs on the grill. I can safely say next to beef steak they are my favorite.

This Country-Style Pork Ribs recipe is very simple to prepare, and they are delicious.

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Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 pounds country style bone-in ribs
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (plus extra for serving)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Rub the spice mixture into the ribs on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 – 24 hours.
  3. Prepare grill and preheat grill for 15 minutes or until grill is hot. Leave main burner on and shut off all other burners; trying to maintain a temperature of 350F. Grill ribs on hot side of grill until nicely browned, move ribs to cooler side of the grill, and coat with ¼ cup of the barbeque sauce. Cook for 6 minutes and flip ribs; coat with the remaining sauce.
  4. Grill to an internal temperature of 350F, remove to serving platter and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Note: if using a small grill you may need to leave both burners on low to maintain the temperature.

Adapted from Cooks Country