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Chicken Gravy Recipe

Have you ever made gravy from scratch before?  Roast a chicken in the oven and you will be left with drippings that are TOO YUMMY to waste.  I  wanted to share the recipe in case some of you have never made gravy from the drippings before.

This time I had about 2 cups of drippings in the bottom of the baking dish after roasting the chicken in the oven.  Pour the drippings into a large sauce pan.  If there is lots of fat skim some of it off.  Heat the drippings up, over medium- heat and bring it to a boil

In another bowl add 1 tablespoon corn starch to 1/2 cup of cold water.  Mix till all the lumps are out of the corn starch and it is well mixed… then you can slowly add it your chicken drippings.  Whisk the whole time, to prevent lumps.   Stir at a full boil for 1 minute, then turn heat off and let stand for 1 minute.  Salt and pepper to taste (chicken gravy tends to need a lot of salt).

 If you like your gravy a little thicker add a little more corn starch to your “corn starch water mixture”

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BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES

how to freeze strawberries

One tip to saving money is to buy your produce in season at its LOWEST price point and store it for the rest of the year.  I got an 8 lb flat of strawberries  week.  I did 4 batches of jam, but put the rest in the freezer.  That way I can use them for recipes and smoothies  the rest of the year.

how to freeze strawberries

If you toss them all into a bag they will freeze into a huge mass and you will not get them separated till they thaw.  I have found the BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES is rather simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.

First ~ Wash and clean the strawberries, and take the green stem off.  If they are large berries you might want to cut them into halves or quarters.

Second ~ Put them on a towel to dry, you do not want them to be wet or they will stick to everything they are touching as they freeze.

Third ~ Once they are dry spread them onto a cookie sheet that has plastic wrap on it. Spread them into an even layer, and try to keep the berries from touching.

how to freeze strawberries

Fourth ~ Put them into the freezer, you can take them out as soon as an hour but I normally leave them in there at least a few hours to get them good and frozen.   You can even leave them in over night. They will now be hard and separated and will NOT stick to the other strawberries.  Pull the plastic wrap up and they should fall right off with no sticking. ( I did try the silicone mat and they stuck  so I recommend plastic wrap.)

Fifth ~ Place them in a freezer bag seal it shut try and get as much air out as you can.  Put it back into the freezer… and take as many strawberries out as you need at a time.  Now go make yourself a yummy treat for your hard work 🙂

how to freeze strawberries

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Homemade Rosemary Pecorino Romano Crackers, Homemade Cracker Recipe, Kid Friendly Recipes, Money Saving Recipes

Homemade Rosemary Pecorino Romano Crackers

My kids love homemade crackers, what about yours?! They especially love this flavored cracker. You’d think the fancy ingredients in this recipe would turn a kid off, but on the contrary, the flavor of this cracker is the bomb diggity for both kids and adults. Quick! Gather your kiddos for this easy recipe that they can make in the kitchen, with supervision of course. 😉 Get creative and adapt the spices and cheese for your favorite flavor cracker. We also did an onion garlic cheddar cracker that rocked the house too! You can find that recipe below the main one. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons organic evaporated cane juice sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, plus extra if needed

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, pepper and rosemary. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until you get pea sized coarse crumbs. Next, stir in pecorino romano. Now, pour in the heavy cream and mix with a fork adding a bit more cream if needed.
  2. Gently press the dough together and shape into a disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap, let rest at room temp. for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray two heavy duty medium sized baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Unwrap the disk and divide dough in two equal pieces. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll each dough ball out as thin as possible,  lightly dusting surface and rolling pin with flour if needed. Carefully transfer the rolled out sheets to your prepared baking sheets. Cut dough into squares with a pizza cutter or leave whole and bake in  your preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.
  5. Transfer crackers to a cooling rack and let cool completely before storing. If you baked your crackers whole, once cooled, break into shards.

Recipe for Onion Garlic Cheddar Crackers

From recipe above omit the rosemary and pecorino romano. Add 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried chives, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and approx. 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. Bake as directed above.

 

Homemade Rosemary Pecorino Romano Crackers ~ Kid Friendly Recipe ~ Money Saving Recipe
 
Recipe type: Appetiser
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons organic evaporated cane juice sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons grated pecorino romano cheese
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, plus extra if needed
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, pepper and rosemary. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until you get pea sized coarse crumbs. Next, stir in pecorino romano. Now, pour in the heavy cream and mix with a fork adding a bit more cream if needed.
  2. Gently press the dough together and shape into a disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap, let rest at room temp. for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray two heavy duty medium sized baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Unwrap the disk and divide dough in two equal pieces. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll each dough ball out as thin as possible, lightly dusting surface and rolling pin with flour if needed. Carefully transfer the rolled out sheets to your prepared baking sheets. Cut dough into squares with a pizza cutter or leave whole and bake in your preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.
  5. Transfer crackers to a cooling rack and let cool completely before storing. If you baked your crackers whole, once cooled, break into shards.
  6. Recipe for Onion Garlic Cheddar Crackers
  7. From recipe above omit the rosemary and pecorino romano. Add 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried chives, ½ teaspoon garlic powder and approx. 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. Bake as directed above.

 

 

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Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, recipe perfect for summer #Fruit, #Healthy, #July4th4th of July Fruit Skewers

If your family is anything like mine, the 4th of July is a big deal. It’s also an outdoors and on the move kind of day, meaning that you need snacks that are easy, portable and fun. I decided to do a spin on the kebobs that are a summer staple by using fruit and marshmallows instead of meat and veggies.

What you’ll need –

  • Skewer Sticks – I like bamboo ones because they seem to splinter less. The size depends on how much you want to load onto them but try to avoid ones that are too thick or they will split the blueberries.
  • Strawberries – obviously you want ripe ones, but be careful about getting ones that are too big, they don’t stay on the skewer as well.
  • Marshmallows (mini and regular)
  • Blueberries
  • White Chocolate (or White Candy Melt)
  • Blue Candy Melt
  • Raspberries

Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, perfect for summerInstructions –

  1. Prep all of your fruits by washing them thoroughly and patting them dry. You can take the stems off the strawberries if you want; I left them on just because I thought it looked nicer.
  2. Run a mini marshmallow down the skewer far enough to act as a stopper for everything else you’re going to put on the skewer. If you don’t start with a marshmallow, the fruits won’t stay in place very well. I started with a mini mallow so that the red, white and blue theme would be more obvious.
  3. Load the rest of the skewer with the fruits and marshmallows in the following order – raspberry, regular marshmallow, two blueberries (through the center not the side) and then the strawberry. Don’t run the skewer all the way through the strawberry – if you do, the juice will make it hard to get the candy melt to stick and it will be more likely to fall off. Make sure your strawberries are very dry or you will have trouble making the candy melt stick!
  4. Melt the white candy melt in a bowl in the microwave for 35 seconds, then stir it up and heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. You should have a nice even texture with the melt. Dip or coat the strawberry about 2/3rds of the way up then wait for it to dry. I put the skewers in upright in a piece of Styrofoam so they would not have any flat spots. Repeat on all your skewers. Allow white candy melt to harden before proceeding.
  5. Melt the blue candy melt the same as the white and repeat the process, this time only covering the last 1/3rd of the strawberry. Repeat until all skewers are complete – the tasty snack is done, you can either refrigerate if needed or serve immediately.

Fun, refreshing and really pretty simple to make once you get the hang of the candy melt. They are an eye catching and unique way to celebrate Independence Day.

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

 

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