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...

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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...

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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 line with muffin liners.  I like to skip every other one so that the edges don’t touch each other when they rise.  You don’t want to be “cutting” your muffins apart. 2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time. 3. Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt. 4. Fold in half the...

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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 Parmesan Bechamel sauce (recipe follows) 30 ounces Ricotta cheese 2 cups grated Fontina cheese 3 cups of grated Mozzerella cheese 3 pounds of dried lasagna noodles 5 cups grated Parmesan cheese Bolognese sauce, recipe follows Directions Cook the sausage in the olive oil until well browned on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomato sauce to the...

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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 fresh minced garlic 1 tablespoon soy sauce 4 scallions (or green onions) finely chopped 1/2 tsp. salt Won Ton Wrappers  (I used round, but I have used square with the same results) small portion of water for sealing 2 cups of chicken stock (for steaming) Combine together.   If grinding your own pork tenderloin, just add the rest of the...

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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  (Make sure you check the bottom of the page for substitutions!!) 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup margarine 2/3 cup peanut butter (you can substitute almond butter) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup sunflower seeds 3 cups large flake oatmeal 1 cup coconut 1 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup flax seeds (or wheat germ) 1 cup...

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