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Power Nutrient Drink

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We have started juicing to help get some nutrients in our bodies we felt we have been lacking and WOW!  We have increased our energy, fiber and vegetable intake along with enjoying some great variations of interesting vegetable juices and fruit smoothies.  We found the fruit smoothies contained a lot of sugar (even though it’s natural.)  We also found that some of the vegetable variation just didn’t taste like something we could enjoy as a permanent part of our diet, which was our goal.  This recipe was the hands down winner after many and many attempts at finding the perfect combination.  It’s sort of a smoothie, in that it has a frozen link of milk shake consistency and certainly tastes like a blueberry milkshake!  But more importantly, it also contains a lot of powerful vegetables that we have found has been making is feel better, perform better and look better!  That’s pretty good for a little extra work and throwing away all those vitamins we thought we needed before starting these drinks.  We have one for breakfast and enhance our dinner with another.  In total, it’s about a two 12 ounce glasses.  Even one smaller glass a day, and I am sure you will also notice a difference!  Try It!   We buy our...

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Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies

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My new neighbor dropped off a bunch of vegetables from her garden the other day.  WOW!  They looked so beautiful and we felt grateful to have such a thoughtful and kind neighbor.  As a “Thank you” we decided to bake her a bunch of  Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies.  One kind act deserves another!   Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies These cookies take peanut butter to another level.  They are the best tasting and most “peanutty ” you will ever try.  The reason is the roasted peanuts that are ground and added into the cookies to replace some of the flour.  It doesn’t get much better then that! 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking powder and salt 1 cup butter at room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 2 large eggs 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts Preheat oven to 350F. Using a food processor, grind the peanuts until they resemble bread crumbs.  Do not over mix!  You don’t want more peanut butter….you just want ground peanuts! Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in separate bowl. In your mixer, beat butter until creamy.  Add sugars and beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes)  Scrape down...

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Best BlueBerry Muffins

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“Extra big blueberry muffins are topped with a sugar and nutmeg mixture in this souped-up blueberry muffin recipe.” INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups of blueberries 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon of sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or...

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The Biggest, Baddest Lasagna you will every try!

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This is our own spin off of Emeril Lagasse”s “Manly Man Lasagna”  Be warned…it is huge…will feed a lot of people and takes a LOT of groceries.  It is SOOOO worth it. 1/4 cup olive oil 1 pound of hot Italian sausage, casings removed 4 (25 ounce) jars of tomato sauce 3 1/2 pounds of spinach 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pound of sliced mushrooms 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper...

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Pork Dumpling “Wu-Tangs”

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  We have made these for years.  They have become a favorite of one of our Son’s (who is now grown up but stills loves them!)  He affectionately used to call them “Wu-Tangs” and we have adopted the name ever since.  They are shaped differently then Pork Dumplings for a good reason…they are easier to store, eat and cook. Wu-Tangs 2 cups ground pork (I grind my own for the leanness) 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger 1 teaspoon...

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Perfect Chewy Granola Bars

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These bars were almost famous at our Cafe.  They are chewy, natural and have the perfect flavor balance.  We sold out almost every time we cut them into their perfect rectangles and displayed them.  I have had many a request for this recipe over the years…I  even had a customer try to trick a staff member into giving it to her!  Alas…our Cafe years are behind us now and it’s time to share, share, share!! Perfect Chewy Granola Bars...

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Baking Bread: Simple, Easy and Natural

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Baking bread is so easy, I don’t know why more people don’t try it.  This recipe is the basic Foccacia Recipe from a previous posting, it’s just formed into loaves instead of on a cookie sheet. 3/4 cup warm water 2 tablespoons yeast 2 cups milk 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon salt 7-8 cups of all purpose flour. Preheat oven to 400F. Start by adding filling your food mixer (equipped with a bread hook) with...

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