Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
A delicious, simple-to-make frosting made with butter and cream cheese is enhanced by the flavor and texture of sweetened, shredded coconut. To make a cake even more opulent, add toasted coconut as a garnish.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter and beat until fluffy.

Add the confectioners’ sugar gradually, one cup at a time, and alternate with the heavy cream.

Vanilla extract and salt are added after beating.

Beat mixture continuously until it becomes smooth and spreadable.

If the frosting needs to be thickened or thinned, add more confectioners’ sugar or cream as needed.

Add the coconut and stir.

If preferred, evenly distribute the toasted coconut on top of the cake.

Pasta e Fagioli a la Chez Ivano

Pasta e Fagioli a la Chez Ivano

Pasta e Fagioli a la Chez Ivano
This classic soup is flavorful with thyme, basil, oregano, and parsley and contains kidney beans, ditalini pasta, beef broth, tons of garlic, tomatoes, and ground beef.

In a large pot over medium heat cook beef until no longer pink.

Drain and set aside.

In the same pot heat the olive oil.

Cook onion celery garlic and black pepper until vegetables are tender 10 minutes.

Stir in beef broth crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.

Season with thyme basil oregano and parsley.

Cover reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.

(At this point you may put the pot on a back burner to keep warm and continue with the next steps about 1 hour prior to serving if you wish.)

Gluten-Free Cheese and Herb Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Cheese and Herb Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Cheese and Herb Pizza Crust
Here is a gluten-free pizza crust variation; I’ve discovered that baking it for 10 minutes before adding toppings enhances the texture.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Grease a 15-inch pizza pan with cooking spray.

Stir all-purpose baking flour garbanzo bean flour cornstarch tapioca starch Parmesan cheese baking powder xanthan gum Italian seasoning oregano and salt together in a bowl; set aside.

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of white sugar in lukewarm water in a small bowl.

Sprinkle yeast over top and set aside until foamy 3 to 5 minutes.

Beat egg in a separate bowl with olive oil vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar and garlic until smooth.

Whisk yeast mixture into egg mixture and stir in flour mixture until no dry lumps remain.

Press dough into prepared pan leaving outer edge slightly thicker than the center.

Granny’s Sweet Potato Bread

Granny's Sweet Potato Bread

Granny’s Sweet Potato Bread
This sweet, spiced bread gains additional moisture and color from baked sweet potatoes. For a nutty flavor, pecans are added to the batter and sprinkled on top.

Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees C).

Wrap the sweet potato in foil.

For about an hour, bake sweet potatoes in a preheated oven until they can be easily pierced with a fork.

Set apart for cooling.

Canola oil and white sugar are combined in a bowl.

Add eggs and thoroughly combine.

Sift the cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour into the sugar mixture.

Add water a little at a time, whisking until combined.

Mash the peeled sweet potato into the batter.

Add in half a cup of chopped pecans.

Oven temperature is decreased to 320 degrees F.

(160 degrees C).

A 9×5-inch loaf pan should be sprayed with cooking oil.

Fill the prepared loaf pan with the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread emerges clean.

Garlic Baked Ham

Garlic Baked Ham

Garlic Baked Ham
Whole garlic cloves are baked into this brown sugar-glazed ham.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Rinse ham and pat dry with paper towels; arrange ham cut-side down in a shallow roasting pan.

Make 20 incisions with the point of a knife all over the ham; stuff one garlic clove into each incision.

Press whole cloves into the ham.

Cover ham with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

While ham is baking mix pineapple juice brown sugar dry mustard and ginger in a bowl.

Remove foil from ham.

Pour pineapple juice glaze over ham.

Return ham to oven uncovered and continue baking until glaze thickens about 45 minutes more.

Baste ham every 15 minutes.

Baked Doughnuts

Baked Doughnuts

Baked Doughnuts
These aren’t like deep-fried doughnuts, but they are a yummy breakfast treat! Shape them however you like – by any other shape, they’ll taste as sweet!

Set oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees C).

Grease a baking sheet or donut pan sparingly.

Mix the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.

In a different medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, honey, and eggs.

Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.

Pour the mixture in doughnut shapes onto the prepared pan.

Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees in a preheated oven.

Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes

Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes

Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes
Orzo with Artichokes, Balsamic vinegar and Chicken — as easy as A-B-C! Pancetta, spinach, and toasted pine nuts also play tasty parts in this pasta dish! This is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken (or turkey) meat!

In a big skillet, warm up 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Add the pancetta and stir until it is browned.

to paper towels, remove.

In a skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Red pepper flakes, onion, and garlic are stirred in.

Cook the onion until it is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.

Turn up the heat to medium-high, add the white wine, and cook for about three minutes.

Turn the heat down to low and stir in the spinach and chicken artichoke hearts.

Once heated through, cover the pan.

Set a pot of salted water to boil in the interim.

Add the orzo pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente.

Add to the chicken mixture after draining.

Pasta is mixed with pine nuts and balsamic vinegar.

Creamy Snow Cream

Creamy Snow Cream

Creamy Snow Cream
Homemade creamy ice cream, or ‘snow cream’ is a quick and fun treat to make in the winter using fresh snow, milk, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk.

Whisk milk sugar sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract together in a large bowl.

Add snow to milk mixture about 1 cup at a time until ice cream is thickened.

Freeze for 2 hours.

Fall Sangria

Fall Sangria

Fall Sangria
For a tasty fall sangria cocktail, combine fruits, apple cider, cinnamon, triple sec, white wine, and soda water.

Stir together all of the ingredients in a large pitcher, excluding the soda water.

Allow to chill for three to twenty-four hours.

Pour sangria and fruit into ice-filled glasses.

Add soda water on top.

Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes

Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes

Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes
The crust of these low-carb mini cheesecake cupcakes is made of almond meal.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Mix almond meal and butter together in a bowl; spoon into the bottoms of the paper liners and press into a flat crust.

Beat cream cheese eggs sweetener and vanilla extract together in a bowl with an electric mixer set to medium until smooth; spoon over the crust layer in the paper liners.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cream cheese mixture is nearly set in the middle 15 to 17 minutes.