Strawberry Jell-O Pie

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Strawberry Jell-O Pie

This is the most refreshing, creamy and easy pie to make!  Summer is coming and will be the perfect dessert.  You can use any flavor Jell-O you like.  This makes 8 servings, but I cut mine in 12.  Just the right amount for a treat.

  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3-oz.) pkg. strawberry Jell-O
  • 1/2 cup cold water and enough ice to make 1 cup
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1 cup.  Add to gelatin; stir until slightly thickened.  Remove any unmelted ice.  Whisk in Cool Whip until blended.

Refrigerate in bowl for 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to mound.

Spoon gelatin mixture into crust.  Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

Makes 8 servings.

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Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip

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Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip

This is the most scrumptious fruit dip I have ever eaten!  It is totally addictive.  And so easy to make.  I used strawberries, pineapple and grapes but you can use any fruit you like.

  • 1 can (8-oz.) crushed unsweetened pineapple, undrained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 package (3.4-oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Fruit of your choice

In a blender, combine all ingredients except fruit; cover and process for 1 minute or until smooth.

Serve dip with fresh fruit.  Store in the refrigerator.

Yield:  2 cups

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Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

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Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

This soup is scrumptious!  My husband didn’t think he was going to like it, but after trying it, he asked for seconds.  I think it may even be better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to blend together.

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (28-oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 carton (32-oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes.  Add garlic; cook for 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender.  Stir in the tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain.  Add orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not  boil).  Sprinkle servings with cheese.

Makes 16 servings.  (4 1/2 quarts)

This makes a large batch, but I always love to freeze soup so I have it at a moments notice.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

I made this for me and my grandson today.  We both love chicken pot pie and we both loved this soup.  Really easy to make too.  Yummy!

  • 1 disk, refrigerated pie dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus a pinch of poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, chopped
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen mixed peas and carrots

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Unroll pie dough onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of poultry seasoning; cut into quarters.  Bake until puffed and golden, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, undisturbed, 2 minutes, then cook, stirring, 1 more minute.  Transfer to a bowl.  Add celery, onion, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning to the pot and cook, stirring, 1 minute.  Stir in 2 cups water, the broth, half-and-half and potatoes; cover and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.  Add the peas and carrots and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.  Return the chicken to the pot and simmer until cooked through, about 1 minute.

Divide among 4 bowls and top with the crust.

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Real Cheez-its

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Real Cheez-its

If you like Cheez-its, you will love these.  Low carb and healthier.  Bet you can’t just eat one.

  • Sargento Ultra Thin cheese slices

I used Sharp Cheddar slices, but I think Pepper-Jack, Swiss or anything would be good.

Cut each slice into 4 squares and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 250 degrees for 35 minutes.

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

To make these donuts you will need a donut pan.  They are so moist and delicious!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat a donut pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and vegetable oil on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.  Beat in pumpkin and vanilla until just combined.  Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated.

Using a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip or a large Ziplock bag with the corner cut off, pipe the batter evenly into the donut pan.  Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched.

In a medium bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon.

When the donuts are done, cool for 10 minutes and brush the tops with butter, gently tossing in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 donuts.

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Chewy Brownie Cookies

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Chewy Brownie Cookies

You will definitely get your chocolate fix with these cookies.  They are a scrumptious chocolate, chocolate chip cookie.

  • 2/3 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (7 1/2-ounces)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (12-oz. bag)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine Crisco, brown sugar, water and vanilla in large bowl.  Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.  Beat eggs into creamed mixture.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Mix into creamed mixture at low speed just until blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake one baking sheet at a time at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until cookies are set.  DO NOT OVERBAKE.  Cookies will appear soft and moist.  Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to wire rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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