Cucumber Quick Bread

Cucumber Quick Bread
Serves: makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated seeded peeled cucumbers
1 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

In a bowl, beat eggs.

Beat in sugar, cucumbers, oil and vanilla extract until well blended.

Combine the remaining ingredients.

Now add to the cucumber mixture and beat just until combined.

Pour into 2 greased 9in x 5in loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy!

1 slice of bread=184 calories

 

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CORNSTARCH ABSORBS AND SHINES

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To clean windows and mirrors, mix 2 quarts of warm water with 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Apply with a sponge and buff dry for a sparkling shine.

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Baking Soda Cuts Grease

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PRE-TREAT WITH POTATOES

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Spuds are great for removing mud. Rub a cut potato over the stain prior to laundering. The starch will help break down the dirt.

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Natural Cleaner for Brass and Copper

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Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle it with salt (any kind — even sea salt) and rub surface until it is clean. Rinse well with water. Do not use lemons on brass-plated items.

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Clean Aluminum with Apple Peels

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The acid in the apple peels will remove stains and discoloration from aluminum cookware. Fill the pan with water and apple peels, bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes. Another solution is to add a tablespoon of cream of tartar to the water, it will also bleach the stain out of the aluminum.

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USE FLOUR TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL

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Flour is wonderful to buff and polish a stainless steel sinks. Sprinkle a little bit into a dry, clean sink. Buff well with a soft cloth or paper towel. Then, just push the flour down the drain. flush drain well with cold water.  Then put a little cooking oil on a towel and rub the sink with the oil.

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LYDIA’S DATE NUT KRISPIES BARS

LYDIA’S DATE NUT KRISPIES BARS

3 Tablespoons Butter (do not substitute)
10 oz. Marshmallows
8 oz. *Dates, pitted and chopped (can use the pre-chopped version for ease in preparation)
Optional: ½ cup Almonds sliced or pecans chopped small
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 cups Rice cereal (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is the brand I use)
¼ cup Wheat germ (honey toasted is best, but can use either kind)

Spray baking pan with cooking spray. 9”x13”x2”

In a large kettle, melt together the butter, marshmallows and dates, stirring often. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add cereal, wheat germ and nuts, mix until all are coated. Remove from heat and spread in prepared pan. Tip: if you spray your hands and/or plastic spatula, generously with cooking spray, the mixture does not stick to your hands or spatula.

Cool in the refrigerator until set. Cut and enjoy. These bars can be stored at room temperature once set. They are easier to cut at room temperature.

I created this to make a healthier and more flavorful version of the standard Rice Krispie’s Bar, with the added dates, nuts and wheat germ.

* You could also use chopped pitted prunes or raisins. Other dried fruits can be used, as desired. I prefer raisins over the dates – have made it both ways.

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Parmigiano Reggiano Peppadew Pepper Stuffing/Cracker Spread/Chip Dip

INGREDIENTS

1/2 to 3/4 pound Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

16 oz. Ricotta Con Latte cheese

1 Tablespoon Chopped fresh rosemary

3/4 to 1 teaspoon McCormick California Garlic Parsley powder

1 pound Peppadew peppers (located in the salad bar of your deli/food store) or fresh mushrooms

Optional: If cream, etc. (see below) is added you can use it as a chip dip.

DIRECTIONS AND NOTES:

Blend all but the peppers.  (This keeps well and the flavor will improve if you allow it to sit in your refrigerator, etc. so the flavors blend, before serving.)

Use a small spreader or cut a corner off of a sturdy (freezer) plastic bag and place spread in the bag. Squeeze the bag so the spread comes out of the corner, like a piping bag.

If the spread is too stiff, add some cream, or half & half, or evaporated milk to desired consistency and this then can be used as a dip too.

Ingredient amounts may be adjusted to individual taste.

I developed this recipe for a demo presentation in a grocery store.

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Thanks.

Lydia Critchley

 

One Minute Breakfast Eggs for One

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Milk

Optional: 2 Tablespoons Shredded cheddar cheese

Optional: 1 Tablespoon chopped ham or cooked breakfast sausage crumbled

Optional: Chopped chives as desired

To taste Salt

To taste Black pepper

Coat a 12-oz microwave-safe coffee mug or ramekin or custard cup with cooking spray.

Add eggs and milk, beat with fork or whisk until blended. Add meat and/or chives if used.

Microwave on HIGH 45 seconds, stir.

Microwave until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer (they will continue to cook after they are taken out of the oven).

Top with cheese, season with salt and pepper as desired.

Cooking time may vary due to differences in microwaves.

 

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