Top 3 Reasons Why You Need Cookie Recipes

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When it is time to bake cookies, we usually think that it is complicated, that it takes a lot of time. In one word : that it is not worthwhile ! We will show you hereunder that it is simply not true. Baking cookies is easy, fast and, most important, fun. Come and join all our readers who decided to give it a try and now, just cannot stop trying to find new recipes, new ways of preparing delicious cookies for all occasions.

It is Christmas time and you decide to bake some cookies. You never did it and you think that it might be complicated. It certainly takes long to prepare and you will need a lot of ingredients. Which ones ? Where to find the exact quantities ? How will it come out ? Will the children like them? We also asked those exact questions….and some more ! We found answers and we bring them to you for a fast and easy review.

Contrary to what we usually think, it is not at all difficult to bake cookies. We find great recipes with the exact ingredients and quantities. We just have to follow them step by step. The result will be delicious cookies that will please the children…and their parents !

We can even find non-bake recipes. That is really easy and fast to prepare! You could organize the preparation of those cookies with the children. They love to give a hand and to taste those great cookies afterwards.

We can prepare cookies with almost any ingredient. Just name it : Chocolate comes first to mind but we can also prepare cookies with granola, with pumkin, etc. You will discover recipes that were used a lot by our grandmothers and you will retrieve the smells of your childhood.

Imagine taking out the hot cookies that you prepared from the oven. Your kitchen, and maybe your house, smells like it used to when you mother or your grandmother prepared cookies. Imagine how the whole family will enjoy eating those great cookies that you prepared.

It is much easier to prepare cookies, baking them or even non-baking them, than it is usually thought. I put a lot of recipes and information on one site for you to review. On this site, recipes are added daily ! Information about baking and even cooking is given several times a day.

How To Cook For A Vegetarian This Holiday Season?

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Are you worried about cooking for a vegetarian in your family this upcoming holiday season? Well, worry no more. This article will tell you exactly what you need to do and know before you start cooking this holiday season.

You can start off by finding out what type of vegetarian your guest is. For instance, if she is a strict vegan, then there’s a chance she will not eat food that contains honey or yeast; however, if on the other hand, she is a “semi” or “pseudo” vegetarian, there is a chance she will actually eat the meal as it is prepared, including the meat. And if she’s a lacto-ovo-vegetarian,she might eat anything with eggs and milk, but will probably avoid meat dishes.

If you talk to the vegetarian in your family before you prepare your holiday meal, you should consider asking the following five questions:

1. Do you eat certain types of meat or none at all?

If the vegetarian in your family will eat certain meats (generally fish, chicken, and turkey), then you should consider preparing that as a side dish or asking them if they would like to bring a small dish of it for their own meal.

2. Will you use serving utensils that have been placed in dishes containing meat?

Some vegetarians experience severe gastrointestinal stress when they consume meat and grease from meat, so it is a good idea to find out whether or not they can do so ahead of time. If they can’t, you can simply put out one utensil for all non-meat dishes and ask that guests do not cross-contaminate.

3. Do you eat foods that contain milk and eggs?

As I mentioned above, lacto-ovo vegetarians will eat milk and eggs, but other sub-categories of vegetarian will not. Some wont do it for health reasons; others wont for ethical reasons. Whatever the case, you can get around this problem by either creating more dishes that do not contain milk and eggs or by using egg replacer, which you can find at most supermarkets, and milk replacements, such as soya milk.

4. Do you eat honey and yeast?

Some vegetarians do not eat honey and yeast for ethical reasons. If you find out that the vegetarian in your family does not eat honey and yeast ahead of time, you can either prepare alternate dishes or ask if they are willing to bring an alternate dish.

5. Would you like to bring your own main dish (to replace the turkey, ham, etc.)?

Many vegetarians eat popular meat-replacement dishes, such as “tofurkey” and “veggie burgers.” Your guest will probably be more than willing to bring her own meat-replacement dish if you ask.

To reiterate, there are a number of things you should take into consideration when you cook for a vegetarian this holiday season; however, the single most important thing you can do is actually approach the vegetarian and ask how you can accommodate her and if she would like to cook with you or bring her own dish.

If you keep this in mind, your holiday meal will be a success with everyone – even the vegetarian in your family!

Untraditional Steak and Lobster Meal.

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Steak and lobster remain a favorite meal among many. Below is an untraditional recipe for a steak and lobster that is sure to please, to serve a spicy Cajun pasta.

Steak and lobster kabobs.
2 pounds sirloin
6 large cooked lobster tails
1/2 cup beer
1/2 cup salad oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons snipped chives (2 tsp. dried)
1-1/2 teaspoons snipped parsley (1/2 tsp. dried)
1 teaspoon snipped basil (1/4 tsp. dried)
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 lemon wedges
Cut sirloin in 1-1/2 inch cubes. Cut lobster tails are large in thirds, leaving the shell on.

Combine beer, oil, lemon juice, honey, chives, parsley, basil and pepper. Marinate beef and lobster in marinade for 1 to 2 hours.

Thread meat and lobster alternately on skewers. Grill the kebabs, turning and basting with marinade, over hot coals for 15 minutes or until lobster is tender when tested with a fork and beef is done as desired. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

Cajun Pasta
1 pound vermicelli pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
13 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10
minutes or until al dente; drain. While the pasta water is boiling, in a large skillet over medium heat, briefly sauté garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice and sprinkle with salt. When tomatoes are bubbly, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in parsley, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes more. Toss hot pasta with tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan. Serves 6

Serve with a salad or vegetable of your choice, and a refreshing, light desert such as jell-o and cool whip.

Mexican Family Night Menu

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe
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This is a Tex-Mex casserole dish that will be eaten up so fast. It is petty simple to make. It is assembled just like a Lasagna dish. Only differnece is that we use Corn Tortillas.

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Ingredients:

* 10 – 7 inch corn tortillas
* 1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded
* 1 lb. Cheddar cheese, shredded
* 1 pt. sour cream
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1 packet taco seasoning
* 1 cup mayo.
* 1/4 green onions, chopped (garnish)
* 1 can Rotel, drained (garnish)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cook chicken, shred, and cool.
3. Mix shredded chicken, sour cream, chicken broth, taco seasoning, mayo, 3/4 of cheddar cheese, and salt & pepper in a bowl.
4. Lightly grease a 9×9 casserole dish.
5. Place 2 corn tortillas on bottom of the casserole dish.
6. Cover with chicken mixture.
7. Repeat until all tortillas are gone. Note: The final layer should be 2 tortillas.
8. Place drained Rotel and remaining cheddar cheese on top.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 45 min.
10. Remove foil and place under broiler for 3-5 mins.
11. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Tips from Chef Bek:

* Boil your chicken to prevent from overcooking.
* If Rotel is not available, use a can of Mexican Stewed Tomatoes.

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Black Bean Corn Salsa Recipe
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Salsa does just not have to be served with the traditional tortilla chips anymore. This black bean corn salsa is a great addition to any meal, or dish. Best of all, it is a fat free and low calorie accompaniment.

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* 1 can black beans – drained and washed
* 1 can corn – drained
* 1/2 cup diced red onion
* 1/4 cup diced jalapenos
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
* 2 large tomatoes – diced
* 2 cloves garlic – chopped
* salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Wash all your veggies, drain all your canned goods, and cut as described. Combine all into a plastic or glass container.

Chill in the refrigerator at least 8 hours, or overnight, before serving.

Tip From Chef Bek:
Do not use a metal container to store the salsa. The acids in the lime juice and tomatoes will have a reaction with the metal.

Serving Suggestions:
* Serve with warm tortilla chips.
* Serve as a sauce for fresh fish.
* Wrap in a warm tortilla with chicken, sliced avocado, and lettuce.
* Place inside a breakfast omelet.
* Add to a bed of mixed greens with some crushed tortilla chips.

Happy Eating!