15 Minute Chocolate Fudge Recipe

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old fashoned chocolate fudge recipe

This is the quickest and most simple Old-Fashioned Chocolate fudge recipe I have ever made, and the texture in almost perfect. The recipe is basically a combination of semi sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk. This recipe makes 2 ½ pounds, so there is plenty to eat fresh, with left overs for the freezer.

15 Minute Chocolate Fudge Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2½ pounds
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14-ounces)
  • 1tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with aluminum foil; lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the chocolates, salt, and baking soda until well combined, and then stir in the condensed milk.
  3. Place 2 cups of water in a 4 quart sauce pan and heat until simmering. Place the bowl in the pan to create a double boiler. Stir chocolate constantly until most of the chocolate is melted, but a few small pieces remain, remove from heat and continue stirring until all the chocolate is melted; and then fold in the nuts.
  4. Using a rubber spatula layer the chocolate mixture over the bottom of the baking dish; refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting, and serving.
  5. Wrap left over fudge with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out and store it in the refrigerator, or freezer (can freeze for up to 3 months).

Adapted from Cooks Country

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe

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chanterelle mushrooms recipe

Foraging for mushrooms is one of my favorite hobbies this time of year. With the right amount of moisture they are very plentiful. I was out doing a training session with a new English setter puppy we purchased for bird hunting when I came across a large batch of Chanterelle mushrooms. That ended my training session in a hurry; I took the dog back to the house, grabbed a knife, and went for the mushrooms. Chanterelle mushrooms are one of my favorites.

This is a simple and quick sauteed mushroom recipe that is delicious over grilled steak. If you have fresh Chanterelle mushrooms available, wild or domestic, give this one a try they are really good!

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe
 
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh Chanterelle mushrooms (halved or quartered if large)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until starting to brown (about 6 minuted). Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking for another 2 minutes; salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Epicurious

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

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deli chicken mac and cheese recipe

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If you’re looking for a little bit of a different take on a Mac and Cheese give this recipe a try – the dominant flavor is definitely the Gorgonzola cheese, so you it with caution. This is a simple recipe that cooks on the stove top and utilizes deli chicken so it is fairly quick to prepare. To make preperation a little easier measure all ingredients into small containers so you have them ready to add as you prepare the cheese sauce.

This is a quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 whole rotisserie deli chicken
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Instructions
  1. Bone chicken into bite size pieces. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large dutch oven over medium heat - melt the butter. Slowly whisk in the flour until a paste forms. Continue stirring and cooking until golden brown. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook stirring constantly until mixture is thickened about 5 minutes, and then add the pepper. Cook about 1 more minute, or until mixture is smooth. Reduce heat to low and stir in the Monterey Jack, and cheddar cheese; cook until melted.
  3. Mix in the hot sauce and then fold in the chicken, macaroni, and Gorgonzola cheese.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Barbecued Buttermilk Chicken Breasts

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Moist and Tender – these chicken breasts are delicious.

I was looking for a grill recipe that would cook quickly, because I was short on time. These chicken breasts marinate for 30 minutes, and then cook quickly on the grill. Just be sure to flatten them down to about ½ inch so they are about equal size that way they will all be done about the same time.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy grilling recipe give this one a try; you’ll love them!

Barbecued Buttermilk Chicken Breasts
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cups butter milk
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce (homemade or your favorite brand)
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the buttermilk, cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Place chicken breasts between plastic wrap and using a mallet pound chicken down to about ½ inch. Place chicken in a large food grad zip lock bag, pour in the buttermilk mixture, and using you hands on the out side of the bag work the buttermilk around the chicken; marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare grill on medium high heat.
  3. Remove chicken from the marinade; letting any excess marinade drip off the chicken. Pat chicken dry using paper toweling. Coat chicken breasts on both sides with olive oil and lightly salt both sides. Grill chicken for 2 to 4 minutes or until grill marks form, flip chicken and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, coat with barbecue sauce, flip chicken to coat the other side. Continue grilling until an instant read thermometer reads 160F. (if you have sauce left over flip chicken again to thicken the coating)
  4. Place chicken on a serving platter, tent lightly with aluminum foil and let rest 5 to 10 minutes, and serve.

Adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe

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strawbberry rhubarb custard ice cream recipe

Strawberry season is here in Upper Michigan so I thought it would be a great time to post this Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe. The sweet strawberries with the sour flavor of the rhubarb makes for a delicious combination of flavors – and the opportunity to use fresh fruit makes it even better.

This is a simple recipe, but it is a little time consuming, but worth the effort.

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces of heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Ingredients of Rhubarb Swirl
  • 1 cup strawberries (diced)
  • 3 rhubarb stalks (sliced)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make the swirl combine all the ingredients into a medium size saucepan and cook over medium heat until rhubarb is tender and syrup forms; set aside to cool in the refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, and the cornstarch; set aside.
  3. custard egg mix
  4. In a large pot or saucepan (be sure to use a large enough pan for this the mixture will boil up pretty high)mix together the milk, cream, ¾ cup sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, reduce to simmer. Mix 1 cup of the milk mixture slowly into the egg mixture to temper the eggs, and then mix the egg mixture back into the milk and cream mixture to form the custard. Continue cooking on simmer stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until custard thickens; remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. (custard is ready when you slide your finger across the spoon and the streak it makes stays in place).
  5. cooking custard
  6. Pour the custard into a food grade zip lock bag and place it in a large bowl seam side up. Surround the bag with ice cubes and water – mostly ice cubes and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
  7. cooling custard
  8. Process custard in ice cream maker according to ice cream maker directions.
  9. Layer the ice cream in a dish starting with the strawberry rhubarb sauce. (A 9x5 glass bread pan is just the right size for this)
  10. ice cream mix
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3 – 4 more hours.

Note: I prepared this recipe as written and thought it was really good – but if I make this again I will use 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in place of the amounts it calls for; I do believe that is a typo in the recipe.

Adapted from  A Cookie Named Desire

 

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe

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Sticky, gooey, and delicious! These Barbecued Chicken Kebabs have a delicious combination of flavors, they do take a little time to prepare, because of the time the chicken marinates in the bacon spice mixture, other then that this is a simple recipe. I prepared the recipe as written with the exception of the amount of chicken used which was a little less than the 2 pounds it calls for; so I wound up with 3 Kebabs, instead of 4.

I used wooden skewers, but metal if you have them would be a better choice because even after being soaked they still have a tendency to burn over high heat.

The next time you want to fire up the grill give these Barbecued Chicken Kebabs a try; there great!

 

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons onion (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • Ingredients for chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 slices bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces)
Instructions
  1. Directions for chicken
  2. Process bacon in a food processor until a paste forms. In a large bowl whisk together the paprika's, sugar, and kosher salt, and then work the bacon paste into the mixture. I found using my hands worked best for this. Add the chunks of chicken to the bowl and using your hands thoroughly coat the chicken with the bacon spice mixture. Cover with plastic rap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Directions for sauce
  4. While chicken is marinating mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small sauce pan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove ½ cup to a dipping bowl, and set aside.
  5. Preheat and prepare grill.
  6. Thread chicken on 4 skewers. Place skewers on grill grates over medium high heat and grill with cover closed until nicely browned on one side, flip kebabs, and using a brush coat browned side with barbecue sauce. After 2nd side is browned flip kebabs again and coat with sauce. Continue flipping and brushing every few minutes until chicken is done and slightly charred. (165F)
  7. Remove chicken to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 – 10 minutes; serve with dipping sauce.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Meat Cookbook

Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts

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If your looking for a really good grilling recipe for the 4th of July Holiday give this Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts recipe a try; it’s really good. This is a simple and quick recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time and cooks quickly.

I used a gas grill for this recipe, but if you use charcoal the flavors would probably be even better. (a matter of opinion I guess)

Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in split chicken breasts
  • ½ cup salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 quarts cold water plus ⅓ cup cup water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 green onions (minced)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl dissolve salt in 2 quarts of water – place chicken in bowl, refrigerate, and let brine for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pat chicken dry with paper toweling and season with pepper.
  2. While chicken is in brine, in a small sauce pan mix together ⅓ cup water, soy sauce, mirin, ginger, garlic, sugar, and cornstarch. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat, reduce to simmer, and cook until sauce thickens, stir in green onions; set aside.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill on high heat.
  4. Place chicken skin side down on grill, and grill until browned, flip chicken and continue grilling until bone side is browned. Reduce heat to medium, and grill covered until chicken is 150F.
  5. Brush the soy-ginger sauce over the chicken, flipping frequently to glaze both sides. (you can use all the glaze, which I did, or you can save some for a dipping sauce)
  6. Grill until an instant read thermometer reads 160F. Place chicken on a serving platter, tent lightly with aluminum foil, and let rest 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Meat Book

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite supper dishes, but with only 2 of us at home it is nice to be able to cut the recipe down a little bit. This Chicken Parmesan recipe is designed for 2 people, but if the chicken breasts are small you can stretch 3 out of it. (the local markets smallest package was three, but they were small – so I had some left overs, which was fine). Be sure to pound the chicken breasts down to the same thickness so they cook equally.

If your cooking for 2, and like Chicken Parmesan, give this recipe a try; it’s really good!

Chicken Parmesan for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28-ounces)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Chicken and Pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6-ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces Vermicelli
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or medium size sauce pan over medium heat - heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, ¾ teaspoons of salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes; cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and sugar, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, loosely cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining olive oil; set aside and keep warm.
  2. parm chicken sauce
  3. Pound chicken down to about ½ inch and let set for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  4. pounding parm chicken
  5. While sauce is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, drain, and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. (to cook pasta 2 quarts water and ½ teaspoon salt) When the sauce is done mix ¾ cup of the sauce into the pasta; set aside and keep warm.
  6. cooking pasta
  7. parm chicken sauce and pasta
  8. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour and egg until smooth. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish like a pie plate.
  9. parm chicken breading mix
  10. Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches below element
  11. Dip chicken in the egg mixture letting any excess drip off, and then roll chicken in the bread crumbs. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken using the cooking oil until nicely browned (I cooked them to 160F on this step).
  12. breading parm chicken
  13. pan frying parm chicken
  14. Place chicken on a broiler pan and top chicken with mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  15. cheese on parm chicken
  16. broiling parm chicken
  17. Spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over the chicken, and mix any leftover sauce into the pasta. If needed mix in some of the reserved pasta sauce to adjust the consistency of the pasta. Enjoy

Adapted from Cooks Country

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Rhubarb Bars Recipe

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raw rubarb recipe

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It’s rhubarb season here in Upper Michigan and I figured I should post at least one recipe with rhubarb as the main ingredient.

This recipe almost didn’t get posted because I had some issues putting the crust together – I double checked it to make sure it was right, but had trouble getting the crumbly texture I wanted. The crust mixture was more on a dough side than crumbly. I thought, what is, is, and continued to finish the recipe.

The deciding factor for posting this recipe was that these bars are delicious – it turned out to be one of those that you just can’t eat one recipe. I had to have my wife take them away!!

If you decide to try this Rhubarb Bars Recipe don’t be shook if the crust is a little on the doughy side; just crumble it the best you can when you apply the topping, other than that the doughy texture works out well for forming the bottom crust for the bars. (I used the flat part of a glass to press the topping into place; Enjoy

Rhubarb Bars Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice rhubarb into 1 inch pieces
  3. In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and ½ cup granulated sugar; set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan mix together the rhubarb, one cup granulated sugar, and water. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir the sugar flour mixture into the rhubarb and continue cooking until thickened; stir in vanilla and set aside.
  5. rubarb sauce
  6. In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or fork cut the shortening into the flour mixture to form a crumbly dough; reserve 1 cup of the dough for the topping.
  7. bar crust
  8. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray, and press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the rhubarb over the crust and then sprinkle the remaining dough over the top.
  9. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown – cool before serving.

Adapted from Midwest Living

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe

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slow cooker thai pork with peppers recipe

It has been raining so much I haven’t had time to get much outdoor work done. There is a little bit of a break in the rain so I decided on this Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe so I could get some work done while supper is cooking.

This recipe was prepared as written – I thought it was pretty good but the next time I would add the peppers to the pork mixture later in the cooking process so they don’t get over cooked. The original recipe called for red bell peppers, I used yellow, because that is what I had on hand. The red obviously would give the dish a little bit of color.

I you’re looking for a Slow Cooker Asian recipe give this one a try.

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter (if you want to add a more nutty texture to the dish use chunky)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 red bell peppers (sliced into lengths) or what colors you have available.
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker mix together the chicken broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined; add the peppers (I warmed the slow cooker to help combine the honey and peanut butter)
  2. Work the pork chops into the slow cooker mixture.
  3. Cook for 5 -6 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from the slow cooker and when cool enough to handle shred with a fork. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and continue cooking until heated through.
  4. Serve over cooked rice

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Adapted from allrecipes.com