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2 Snacks You Can Make At Home With Pickles

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Snacks You Can Make At Home With Pickles

If you want to make something a little different for a snack, purchase a jar of pickles. You can use them in many ways, and the snacks will taste great. Below are two things you should consider trying out with you and your family. Fried Dill Pickles If you have ever had fried dill pickles in a restaurant and loved them, make them yourself at home. Even if you have never had them, you should try them out. It is very easy to do, and you can let the kids get in on the fun. Purchase your favorite type of pickles. Kosher pickles work well, because you want something that is sour. Heat up your deep fryer on the same setting you would use to cook French fries. Put some flour in a bowl, and mix in your favorite spices. You could use chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper powder, and more. For each spice, use approximately a quarter of a teaspoon. The measurements do not have to be exact. Slice up some pickles in the thickness that you want them, dip them in the flour mixture so they are completely covered, and place them in your deep fryer. They should cook in only a few minutes, so keep an eye on them. When finished, place them on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the oil, and serve with your favorite dressing, such as blue cheese or ranch. Dill Pickle Wraps Dill pickles wraps are easy to make, and they are delicious. Get 10 kosher dill pickles (or however many you want to make), and approximately one cup of pub cheese. You can find this type of cheese in most grocery stores in the refrigerator section. It usually comes in a tub like butter. You will also need 10 small taco sized tortillas, and a pan with some oil in it for pan frying. Hollow out the pickles with an apple core. Push down and twist the apple core until you reach the end of your pickle. Be careful, as you do not want to poke through the end of the pickle so your filling will not leak out. Spoon the cheese inside each pickle until filled up. Lay out your tortillas, and place one pickle into the center of each one. Fold over one side of the tortilla over the pickle, fold down the top of the tortilla, fold up the bottom, and then wrap the other side of the tortilla over the pickle. You need to get the tortilla wrapped on as tight as you can. If the tortilla seems too big, cut it with a knife so the circle is smaller. You can also use egg roll wrappers, if you prefer. When you are finished, the pickles will look much like egg rolls. Put about an inch or so of oil into a skillet and heat it up. Once the oil becomes hot, place the wrapped up pickles in. Fry them on each side until they are a golden brown. Remove them and place them on a plate with a paper towel on it. Serve them with your favorite dip. You can also come up with your own ideas, and may be surprised at the pickle creations you can make. Check out different kosher pickle brands until you find something...

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Looking For Something Different For Dessert? How About Baked Pears With Goat Cheese?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking For Something Different For Dessert? How About Baked Pears With Goat Cheese?

If you’ve been looking for a way to shake things up around your mealtimes, goat cheese may be just the ingredient your kitchen has been lacking. This moist, creamy cheese adds a mild salty flavor to any dish it’s added to. Although most people reserve their thoughts of goat cheese for things like salad, pizza and other savory dishes, you may be surprised to find out it’s a great ingredient for dessert as well. When you’re looking for a unique and flavor-packed way to highlight this new addition to your refrigerator, consider a dish like baked pears with fresh goat cheese. Here’s how to make it. Gather Your Ingredients 1 fresh lemon, sliced in half 4 ripe pears 1 cup water or pear juice 1/2 teaspoon whole clove 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon allspice 1/3 cup brown sugar 4 ounces fresh goat cheese 1/4 cup honey Make the Dish Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, squeeze the juice of half of the lemon into the bottom of a medium-sized baking dish. Whisk together the water, spices and brown sugar, mixing them well. Slice the fresh pears in half lengthwise, then scoop out the core in the middle of each half. Peel the skin off each pear half, then place them with the cut-side facing down in the baking pan. Squeeze the rest of the lemon juice over the pears. Bake them for about a half-hour, or until they start to soften without losing their shape. Gently turn the pears over so the cut side faces up. Fill each pear with a small amount of goat cheese. To do this, break off about a teaspoon-full and round it out so it forms an oval shape, then place the cheese into the hole created by coring the pear. Bake the pears for an additional 10 minutes, then serve them warm. Drizzle them with a small amount of the spice liquid left in the pan, then a bit of fresh honey before serving. Serve them warm, straight from the oven for a comforting, flavorful dessert. The next time you’re hosting dinner for your friends or you just want to offer your family something unique and different for dessert, consider trying some fresh goat cheese in a dessert like this. You may find that you enjoy the creamy, cool addition of the cheese to your baked...

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