Southern Style Icebox Strawberry Pie

With the hot weather of summer and early fall and icebox pie is always a nice way to put dessert.  When strawberries are in bountiful, this strawberry icebox pie is an easy way to put some fruit on the table, which will be appreciated by all.

Cook’s Note

  • You need to finish with two cups of filling.
  • Making your own whipped cream and pie crust at home is an excellent way to add variety to this pie.
  • However, in a pinch for time or simply for convenience, store-bought whipped cream and pie crust work just fine.
  • This recipe uses a 0.60-ounce package sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin, which makes it a little firmer.  However, a 0.30-ounce package can be used, and regular sweetened gelatin works equally well.

Icebox Strawberry Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 (0.6-ounce) package sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, blind-baked and cooled
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Icebox Strawberry Pie Filling Directions

  • Blind-bake pie crust and cool.
  • Wash, hull and dice strawberries and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix gelatin in 1/2 cups cold water and allow to bloom
  •  In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup water and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly on medium; continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove mixture from the heat; stir in bloomed gelatin and sugar (if desired) until dissolved.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in diced strawberries.
  • Pour strawberry pie filling into blind-baked crust and level filling.
  • Put the filled pie in refrigerate and chill for 2 hours or until gelatin has set.
  • Slice pie and garnish each serving with whipped topping and, perhaps, a fresh strawberry half.

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Recipe – Mashed Potatoes for Two

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, evaporated/condensed or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-ounces cream cheese, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or sour cream (optional)
  • Ground white pepper (optional)

Mashed Potatoes Equipment Needed

  • 3-quart or larger saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork

Mashed Potatoes Directions

Warm Dairy to room temperature.

  • Set the dairy for the recipe out to warm to room temperature, about an hour ahead of time.

Bring water to a boil.

  • Fill a medium saucepan ¾ full of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.

Cut the potatoes.

  • While the water is heating, peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then in quarters.
  • Then cut the potato quarters smaller sections.  The smaller the potato chunks are going into the water, the fast they will cook, and they will be to mash later.
  • Add the cut potatoes to the boiling water, add additional water if necessary, to cover potatoes, and simmer until they are falling-apart tender about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and mash the potatoes.

  •  When the potatoes are soft, drain the potatoes completely.
  • Return the potatoes to the pan.
  • Add the butter and mash the potatoes.
  • Turn pan to medium heat, stirring the potatoes rapidly continuously until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined.

Add the dairy and season.

  • Once the butter is melted and thoroughly combined, When any remaining water has evaporated, add the dairy components.
  • Turn the pot to medium-low and keep stirring.
  • Cooking until the potatoes are thoroughly combined and hot.
  • Remove the potatoes from the burner and turn off the heat.
  • Add pepper and salt, if desired.
  • Serve the potatoes in a ramekin or small dish and garnish, if desired.

Serves

  • Makes two individual servings

Cooks Notes

  • If you want to dress the potatoes up a little, you can add a little cheese on top and microwave (assuming you are using a microwave dish) for a few seconds to melt the cheese. 

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a nice and decorative way to add color and flavor to any table.  Not only are they tasty and relatively easy to prepare, but I find them a handy way to use up the mini jam and jelly jars, which tend to arrive in the holiday food gift packages.  Using the mini jars of jams and jellies as filling in these cookies will create a variety of colors in each batch and put the mini jars of jams and jellies to immediate use. 

Of course, if you just want to make a batch of the cookies, there is nothing wrong with just using your favorite jam, which is likely setting in your refrigerator.

Thumbprint CookieIngredients      

Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unshifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Cookie Filling

  • 1/2 cup fruit jam, divided

Thumbprint CookieDirections

  • Preheat the oven to 325o F (165 o C).
  • Combine butter and powdered sugar together with a spatula until creamy.
  • Add and combine with a spatula, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and egg yolk.
  • Add flour and combine with a spatula until just combined.
  • Using a small scoop, portion dough into 1/2-ounce (I-tablespoon size) balls.
  • Roll balls in a plate of white sugar to coat; roll again between your palms.
  • Place cookie dough balls several inches apart on a silicone-lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten balls slightly with a small plate or smooth spatula.

To Make Jam Promament Cookies

  • For more jam-faced cookies, press your thumb into each cookie to make a wider, shallow, indentation in each cookie.
  • Fill the indentation with jam.
  • Gently Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle the let jam.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven (about 15 minutes ) until the cookie tops are barely blonde and bottoms are slightly golden.
  • Let the cookies rest on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Bread Pudding For Two

Bread pudding has been around a very long time.  I have cooks books going back to 1901 with some variation of the recipe.  And no wonder, this is a really simple and tasty dessert for the cooler months of the year and makes a nice holiday side dish or dessert, as well.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups day-old or toasted white bread cubes (2 slices)
  • 2 eggs (Large or Jumbo)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter (cut in small cubes)

Directions

  • Divide bread, raisins, and butter between two greased 8 or 10 oz. Ramekins and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whip together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour in equal amounts over filling in both ramekins.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350o F for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow bread puddings to cool and serve warm or room temperature.

Recipe – Spaghetti Sԛuash Rеd Sаuсе

whether working with the spaghetti squash from your garden or recently purchased from the store this recipe makes a nice weeknight recipe. Because this spaghetti squash recipe uses only the stovetop and the microwave it doesn’t add a lot of heat to the house, so, it can be a year-round family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diсеd
  • 1 tsp. оlivе oil
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diсеd
  • 1 сuр tomato sauce
  • ¾ tѕр.. orеgano
  • ½ tѕр. salt
  • ¼ tѕр. рерреr
  • 1 lаrgе spaghetti squash, about 5 pounds
  • ¼ сuр Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a nonstick ѕkillеt, sauté onion in оil until tranѕluсеnt, about 10 minutes. Add tomato, tomato ѕаuсе, oregano, salt, and рерреr and ѕimmеr over low hеat for 30 minutеѕ.
  • Mеanwhilе, hаlvе spaghetti squash lеngthwisе, and rеmоvе seeds. Cover еасh hаlf with microwave-safe cellophane wrap for cooking, leaving 1 сornеr еxроѕеd. Miсrоwаvе, cut side up, on a plate on high power for 8 minutеѕ. Sԛuash should ѕераratе easily into ѕtrandѕ when donе.
  • Sсrаре out flesh and рlасе in an lаrgе mixing bowl. Mix in tomato ѕаuсе and season to tastе. Dividе into ѕix 2/3-сuр portions and top еасh with 1 tаblеѕроon Pаrmеѕan. Or, if you like you can lay the spaghetti squash out and apply on a platter and cover it with a tomato sauce making the Parmesan available for each to serve their own when they take their helping.

Servings

  • Makes about six servings

Making Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin pie spice is always a useful thing to have around the house, especially in the fall when pumpkin and winter squash are cheat and abundant.  Or if you are like me and simply like to eat a pumpkin pie or pumpkin custard most any time of the year.  However, I find making your Pumpkin spice is best because you can adjust your spice volume to meet your taste and dietary needs.  Ginger something gives people trouble with heartburn and I find that orange zest gives the spice blend and nice citrus edge which appeals to many.  Here is a basic Pumpkin spice recipe, but feel free to experiment with it to best accommodate your family’s tastes.  

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger or ground dehydrated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl whisk together thoroughly.
  • Pour the pumpkin pie spice into an airtight container
  • store the sealed pumpkin pie spice container in a cool dry place.
  • The pumpkin pie spice should be used within 6 months for best results.

Cook’s Note

  • I use my coffee bean grinder to make the ground orange zest, which works fine if you start with either purchased or home make dried orange zest. however, you do want to make sure that all the orange zest is finely ground without large bits, so, it will distru=bute evenly in your recipe.

Sugarless Cream Cheese Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Enjoying cream cheese frosting recipe that is low carb and sugar-free is a good idea. Apart from being tasty, it also is a healthy food choice. It can be perfect for cakes that are made from carrots apart from being the ideal solution for layer cakes, cupcakes, and red velvet cakes. It is silkily, easy and according to health experts, it also can be considered a good ketogenic option. Hence, it would be interesting to understand the ingredients needed for making this recipe. We also will have a look at the instructions that could help in making the same. We are sure it will be a very good sugarless cream cheese vanilla frosting recipe.

Are You New To Low Carb?

If you are not very used to low carb preparations, it is quite possible that you could have some doubts. You might wonder how is it possible to make cream cheese, frosted and that too without using sugar. However, the process is very easy and it is all about replacing sugar with something that has low carb content. There are quite a few alternatives available. You could use either erythritol or stevia blend instead of sugar. There are many who use Sukrin Icing Sugar. Swerve Confectioners is also a popular brand of Sukrin icing sugar.

The preparation time is around 10 minutes and the total time taken should also not be more than 10 minutes. It can accommodate 12 servings and has a total calorie count of 169.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1.1/2 packages or 12 ounces of Cream Cheese (Ensure that the cream cheese is soft and cool).
  • Softened unsalted butter 4 ounces, equivalent to 8 tablespoons or 1 stick.
  • Sukrin icing sugar or Swerve Confectioners – 1/2 cup.
  • Vanilla 2 teaspoons.
  • Stevia drops or stevia glycerite (just for taste)

How To Make It – Instructions

  • To begin with, the cool cream cheese has to be beaten until it becomes smooth. You could use a mixer that is convenient for you. But we feel a hand mixer could be the best option.
  • Next, the sweetener should be added. Beat the sweetener until the texture becomes light. The vanilla should also be thoroughly beaten until it becomes incorporated completely. Ensure that there are no lumps in it.
  • Once this has been done, butter should be added. Beat the butter again and ensure that the entire mixture is whipped together, and it has a light and nice look, touch, and feel. The sweetness can be adjusted by adding powdered sweetener or stevia. You could add as much as you want depending on your specific taste bud.

This completes the process of making a tasty, healthy and nutritious frosting recipe that is sugarless and made from cream cheese, vanilla amongst other ingredients. As mentioned above, apart from being completely free from carbohydrates and artificial sugar, it could be used for making different types of cakes.

It also is not very calorie-rich and could make a good breakfast or evening munching option. The best thing is that the whole thing can be done quite easily and should not take more than ten minutes. If it is kept refrigerated, the frosting should be good enough for a day or two. It is a different matter that children will find it too irresistible and might get over with it within a few minutes.

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