Looking for an easy desire to put on the table which doesn’t require much stovetop or cooktop time? Well, here you go. In fact, if you heat the water in the microwave, you needn’t touch the stove or oven. This recipe is handy year-round, but especially so in the warm weather of summer.
2 hours, 20 minutes
1 carton (8
ounces) fat-free whipped topping
1 purchased or prepared graham cracker crust
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
(0.3 ounces) sugar-free lime gelatin
In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water to gelatin.
Stir gelatin about two minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Some traditions are passed on to
you, and then there are traditions you create. A tradition I have created is
organizing a Thanksgiving dinner each year for my closest friends and
relatives. I have done this for the last 18 years, and I have enjoyed every
Thanksgiving dinner more than the one before. It is because I have become
something of an expert over the years. I understand the importance of planning
and organizing things in advance.
The holiday season is around the
corner, and most of you will be welcoming guests into your house. No holidays
are complete without a good pie. This blog is dedicated to all those house
chefs who are worried about how they will manage to make a pie while
entertaining all the guests. Read on to know how you can make your life easier
by freezing and baking pies in advance.
How to Freeze a
If you are planning to make a
homemade pie in advance and freeze it, follow these simple steps.
Pick a Fruit-Based Pie Recipe
If you are going to make and freeze
pie weeks or months in advance, I recommend you to pick a fruit-based pie
recipe. While fruit-based pie recipes freeze well and retain the texture and
flavor of the ingredients used, custard pies become soggy and lose their flavor
if frozen and stored for long. Apart from fresh fruit pies, chocolate and mince
pies also freeze well. Another thing that you must remember is: always use
quality ingredients if you plan to freeze the cake you are making as excellent
quality ingredients do not lose their flavor over time.
Assemble and Wrap The
Once you have decided on the recipe
and have all the ingredients, it’s time to assemble the pie and make it ready
for freezing. Take a pie pan (aluminum or disposable are recommend) and cover
it with the pie crust dough. Once done, add the filling and the thickener to
the bottom crust of the pie. Next, place another layer of the dough and top it
with another layer of the filling. Fold the edges of the pie into whatever
shape you want to give it. Once your pie is assembled, you must wrap it
properly. This is the area where many people make mistakes. Before freezing,
the pie must be wrapped in at least two layers of plastic wrap, and any air
present between the pie and wrapping must be diffused out. Add another layer of
aluminum foil wrap on top. Creating a double-layered wrapping is vital to
protect your pie from any moisture present. Freeze the pie. Your frozen pie
will stay good for up to three months.
Tips on How to
Freeze Homemade Pie and Mistakes to Avoid
If you are planning to host a large
gathering, it is a good idea to make a pie in advance and freeze it. Here are a
few tips to make your pie taste good and the mistakes to avoid while freezing
It is possible to freeze both baked as well as unbaked pies. While unbaked pies stay good for up to three months, baked pies can be used for up to four months. However, pies that are first baked and frozen often lose their authentic taste. Thus, it is always a better idea to freeze an unbaked pie.
Remove the pie from the freezer, take off all the wrappings, and place the pie directly into the preheated oven. For best taste, line the baking dish with some egg wash and sprinkle raw sugar on the top of the pie. The egg wash will give your pie a beautiful brownish golden color, and the sugar will add to its rich flavor.
Depending on the kind of pie you are making, add 20 to 25 minutes to the baking time given in the recipe. Since the pie is frozen, you will have to provide it with some extra time to bake.
Sometimes people freeze their pie with the icing on top. If you are planning to add any icing or decorations, do not add them while freezing. The best time to add these is right before you bake your pie.
Freezing pie and storing it is any
day a good idea. Many chefs do it. If you are going to freeze your pie, be
careful about the ingredients you are using. Also, make sure you have wrapped
your pie well, and it is guarded well against any moisture in the surrounding
When you freeze cookies
and dough for your holiday baking, you can enjoy stress-free schedules. These
come in handy during holiday periods when you need a lot of time for activities
such as buy, travel, and celebrate. Our easy-to-follow steps on how to freeze
cookies and cookie dough and bake later help you freeze and bake when you are
in a time crunch.
1. What type of
cookies to freeze?
You can freeze almost
every type of cookies cutouts, slice-bake, biscotti, and drop cookies. Avoid
freezing cookies such as meringues that are decorated, filled, or have a
delicate structure. You should also avoid freezing cookies that are coated with
chocolate. A chocolate-coated cookie tends to form a boom, which is a white-colored
layer on the surface when you freeze it.
2. How to freeze
After you bake your
cookies, allow them to cool completely in the room temperature. Place these
cooled cookies in a single line on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax
paper. You can stack multiple layers of cookies provided they are separated by
parchment or wax paper. Store the lined up cookies in a freezer friendly zip
lock storage bag. Before you close the bag, squeeze out any extra air in the
bag and place it in the freezer. You can also label these bags with a name and
date when you have many different types of cookies to freeze.
Whenever you like to
taste the cookie, grab the cookies from the freezer and place it outside the
freezer for a while to get rid of the coldness in the cookies. Allow it to
attain the room temperature before you eat. You can also heat the frozen cookies
in a microwave in a 10-second interval. You need to avoid heating decorated
3. How to freeze a
It is preferable to
freeze a cookie dough instead of freezing the baked cookies. Frozen cookie
dough allows you to make fresh homemade soft cookies with a nice smell, any
time you need it. You can place the baked cookies or roll or cut the cookie
dough in paper sheets lined with wax and place them in the freezer. You need to
freeze them for an hour or so until it becomes firm hard. You can then transfer
the frozen unbaked cookies or cookie dough in an airtight container or storage
bag and freeze it. You can label this cookie dough or cookies when you have
many doughs that look similar. You can store cookies or cookie dough in the freezer
for up to 6 months, provided they are wrapped and stored properly.
However, if you need to
complete the entire task of baking cookies in one shot, you need to bake the
cookies and freeze them.
6 mistakes to avoid
when freezing cookie dough.
1. Freezing a wrong
You can freeze all types
of cookie dough except thin and delicate cookies such as lace, Florentines,
pizzelle. The doughs for these cookies have watery batters and do not freeze
well, whether they are baked or unbaked. It is preferable to make fresh batters
for these types of cookies.
2. Not freezing
cookie dough in the right method.
Depending upon the kind
of cookie dough, you need to follow a different method to freeze it.
Drop cookie doughs
should be rolled into balls on a baking sheet and frozen until it is firm and
transfer it to an airtight container or a freezer bag.
Slice and bake doughs
should be rolled into logs, tightly wrapped in waxed sheets, and placed in the
Cut out doughs can be
shaped into discs, layered one upon the other, and separated by wax sheets. You
can place these stacked discs in a plastic wrap and transfer to an airtight
3. Freezing cookies
rolled in granulated or powdered sugar.
Freezing cookies that
are rolled in sugar or granules make the sugar to clump. It forms an unpleasant
coating on the cookies and an eyesore. To prevent this, you can roll your
cookies on powdered sugar right before you pick them to eat.
4. Not baking for
Though you can bake
frozen balls of drop cookies, slice and bake and cutout cookie doughs need to
be placed outside the room temperature for a short while before you bake.
Colder doughs need more time to bake, and you need to allow it to bake for few
more minutes than the suggested baking time. Warming the dough helps you to get
better-baked cookies when you use cold doughs.
5. Not freezing
You need to freeze your
baked cookies or cookie dough until it is firm using a baking sheet wax before
you transfer them to a freezer bag or an airtight container. Otherwise, it
might end up in a block of stuck cookies or cookie dough when you grab them
6. Thawing baked
cookies in the same frozen containers.
When you thaw the baked
cookies in the same container, you froze them, the lingering condensation from
the frozen containers deposits on cookies, and make them soggy. You need to
take out frozen baked cookies containers to separate plates lined with paper towels
and place them at room temperature.
These simple tips enable
you to create great homemade cookies and give you a lot of time for other
holiday activities. You can grab out your cookies any time you need a variety
of cookies within minutes.
Though you can cook asparagus in different ways but roasting them is considered as the most admired way to cook them. If you do not know how to oven-roasted asparagus, then you should read this write-up till the end as it will also introduce you to the mistakes commonly committed by people while cooking this vegetable.
Some Basic Things
Before proceeding towards the recipe for roasting asparagus you should know about some basic things like the ends of asparagus spears are normally impossible to cook as they are too hard to cook. So you should trim them before starting to cook them. Before oven roasting asparagus, you should season them generously with pepper and salt. Asparagus should be cooked in an oven in a single layer as they will not char if they have crowded your pan.
Recipe of Oven
Ingredients required to oven-roasted asparagus may include:
Trimmed stalks of asparagus (2 pounds)
Extra virgin olive oil (3 tbsp)
Directions for Oven
Before starting to roast
asparagus in the oven, you should preheat the oven up to 400 degrees. Now put a
large baking sheet on a large baking sheet in the oven and place generously
seasoned asparagus with olive oil on that sheet. Roast the asparagus sticks up
to 25 minutes or until they tender.
Some of the Common
Mistakes to Be Avoided
While roasting asparagus,
people usually make some common mistakes, which can be avoided while roasting
them a bit carefully. Some of these mistakes may include:
Use Of Too Big Or Too Small Asparagus Stalks
While roasting asparagus
stalks, you should take them of the right size as too thin stalks can be
overcooked easily, whereas thick stalks will be more fibrous and woodier. So,
they should be medium in size when you are oven roasting them.
According to cooking
experts, peeling asparagus before cooking is not necessary. Moreover, it will
take much time to peel them. Instead of peeling the asparagus stalks, you
should cut off their bottom part as the rest of them is edible.
Cut off Too Much
Some people bend the
asparagus stalks to remove their woody portion, which is not the right method
to remove their inedible part. According to experts, it is a time-consuming
method. You should check them by pressing them with your fingers. The stalk will
break up automatically, or you can slice it from that point to remove its woody
Most cooking experts
blanch asparagus, regardless of the method they use for cooking them. It makes
easier to start their cooking process. When you are roasting asparagus without
blanching it them its outer surface will be charred, whereas from inside, it
will remain raw. You should blanch asparagus in boiling highly salted water for
1-3 minutes, according to the size of its pieces. But you should not blanch it
for a longer time as it will boil them, which may not be suitable for roasting
By avoiding these
mistakes, you can easily oven roast perfect asparagus.
Spaghetti squash is a very
healthy vegetable, packed with vitamins and fiber. It has a neutral taste so
that it can be combined with almost all other types of food. It is low in
calories, which makes it perfect for people who are on a food regime. Moreover,
it is really easy to prepare, even if you are a complete beginner. Here are the
biggest benefits of spaghetti squash:
Spaghetti squash is
a great source of vitamins
It is loaded with vitamins! One cup of spaghetti squash contains 9% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Do we even need to mention vitamin C? It is crucial for our immune system, it is a great antioxidant, and it is great for skin as it prevents premature aging. One cup of spaghetti squash has 8% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the proper functioning of our brain and nervous system. Moreover, it activates some of the hormones responsible for our happiness level, and it can improve our mood and reduce the risk of depression. Spaghetti squash also contains other important nutrients such as manganese, potassium, niacin, and magnesium.
Spaghetti squash is
low in calories
Spaghetti squash is
perfect for people who want to lose weight or to eat healthily. This watery
food is really low in calories but very rich in nutrients. It is difficult to
say how many calories one spaghetti squash contains because they come in
different sizes and shapes. But we can say how many calories there are in one
cup of cooked spaghetti squash: it contains only 42 calories! On the other
hand, one cup of traditional spaghetti (without any sauce) contains from 180 up
to 220 calories. Now it is clear why more and more people opt for spaghetti
squash, as a healthier alternative to spaghetti.
contains a lot of fiber
It is a great source of
fiber. One cup of spaghetti squash has as much as 9% of the daily dose of
fiber. It means that regular consumption of this vegetable can improve your
digestive system, eliminate potential problems and lower your blood sugar
level. Fiber also helps people who are trying to lose weight, and that’s one of
the biggest benefits of this vegetable.
Spaghetti squash is
easy to prepare
It is one of the easiest
dishes to prepare, and it does not require advanced cooking skills. All you
have to do is cut it in half and remove the seeds. Then you should add a little
olive oil, salt, and spices and roast it in the oven at 400 F for about 45
minutes. As you can see, it is not time-consuming because while it is roasting
you have time to do whatever you want. Once it is roasted, use a fork to make
strands that look like spaghetti.
can be prepared in many different ways
Above we have described the easiest way to prepare spaghetti squash. You can also use it in various meals that require spaghetti or noodles as one of the ingredients. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for both of them, and it does not change the flavor or consistency of the dish – it only lowers calorie intake. Spaghetti squash is the perfect solution for people who want to lower calorie intake without having to give up on their favorite meals. It is worth mentioning that it has a very mild flavor so that it can be combined or topped with various ingredients. That way, you can prepare it often, but it will not bore you. Some of the most popular toppings include cheese, veggies, and meatballs. But you can be creative and combine it with any other food that you like. You can not go wrong, and you may end up discovering a great new combination!
Now you should
understand with more clarity why many doctors recommend spaghetti squash as a
healthier substitute to spaghetti. It has a lot of benefits for your overall
health, as well as the digestive system, weight loss, and youthful looks. Once
when you try it and see how easy it is to prepare and combine with other food,
you would wish you have tried it earlier!
For beautifully browned, crisp roasted asparagus, arrange the
spears in a single layer with plenty of space on the baking sheet. When the baking
sheet is overcrowded, the vegetables will steam rather than roast.
When grilling Asparagus, skewer to prevent the Asparagus from
falling through the grill grates and flipping the Asparagus easier.
Steaming Asparagus In The Microwave:
Wrap the asparagus in several damp paper towels before cooking. The
paper towels will provide just enough moisture to make the Asparagus tender.
Have an ice bath ready to rapidly cool the Asparagus as soon as
it comes off the stove. Rapidly cooling the Asparagus stops the cooking process
immediately and ensures vegetables aren’t overcooked.
Eating Asparagus Raw:
If you love the bright, green taste of raw asparagus, ribbons are probably the most playful way to enjoy it. Start with medium-to-large-sized stalks and, using a vegetable peeler to make ribbons. It’s best to hold the asparagus from the bottom and cut down and away from you.
This Spaghetti Squash recipe is deceptively simple. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese may not seem
like much, but the salty tang of Parmesan brings out the flavor of the Spaghetti
squash. Add a little butter and some salt and pepper, and this simple spaghetti
squash recipe becomes a delicious addition to your meal.
What is great about this simple recipe?
The recipe requires it’s easy
The recipe requires minimal prep work, and
The recipe requires just four ingredients.
Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti Squash Ingredients
1 medium spaghetti squash
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or three cheese
1/2 stick unsalted butter (melted)
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti Squash Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)
Use a paring knife to poke small cut through over the entire skin.
Place the spaghetti squash in a lined baking dish.
Bake about one hour or until soft.
Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and cut the spaghetti squash in half.
Scoop out and discard the spaghetti squash seeds.
Using a fork, scrape flesh in strings into a serving bowl.
Toss with Parmesan and melted butter
Season to taste with salt and pepper and or Italian seasoning