Monday, October 25, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies


1 large roll Pillsbury premixed chocolate chip cookie mix (refrigerator section)
2 (8 oz.) packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with mixer until softened.

Cut cookie mix in half and put 1/2 back in freezer.

Slice dough in 1/4 inch slices and place on bottom of a 9 x 11 inch baking dish.

Blend to cover bottom.

Place cream cheese mix on top of cookie mix.

Take remaining dough and slice in 1/4 inch slices. Place on top of cream cheese mix, leaving spaces between the dough.

Bake 40 minutes.

Cut into 48 brownies when completely cooled.


Source:  Foodista

Friday, October 8, 2010

Apple-Raspberry Turnovers

Yield: 6 turnovers
Cost per serving: $.50


1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 1 17.5-oz. package), thawed
1 large egg, lightly beaten


Position a rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Combine apples, jam and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry into an 8-by-12-inch rectangle. Cut pastry into 6 4-inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Spoon some apple mixture into center of each square, leaving a 1-inch border. Brush borders with beaten egg. Fold each square into a triangle and press edges with tines of a fork to seal (be sure to seal tightly). Using a sharp paring knife, cut 2 small steam vents in top of each turnover. Sprinkle each turnover with cinnamon sugar. Place turnovers on lined baking sheet.

Bake until golden and puffed, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

My variation

This already fast and easy recipe can be even easier by using pie filling and other goodies . . . how about cherry pie filling with cream cheese?  

The variations are endless and inexpensive . . .

Source: All You, OCTOBER 2008

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Canning tomatoes

If you grow your own tomatoes, canning
 is the perfect way to preserve your surplus.

 Here is an excellent instructional video:

In addition to this video, 

here are some links on 

canning tomatoes:

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; 
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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