Saturday, July 19, 2014

Simple Chocolate Chip Scones

I'm up and running out the door early today.

I've got an exciting day planned for myself and MGG.  We are meeting up with some friends and going to the California Science Center to see the Pompeii exhibit.  So since I'm always starving when I wake up I don't usually skip breakfast.  This calls for a quick and easy recipe.

I've got just the thing.  Simple Chocolate Chip Scones. PLUS, these scones are a great grab and go meal. Perfect for today!  MGG loves things that are grab and go so he can snack on them on the road.  

(perfectly light and fluffy scones!)

So with a little help from an all purpose baking mix (I used King Arthur's Flour All Purpose Baking Mix) and some mini chocolate chips (my favorite!) you can have these whipped up in no time.  Plus they taste fantastic!  

Have you tried mini chocolate chips yet?  It is the perfect way of getting that wonderful chocolate flavor you crave but still keeping down the calories, fat and sugars in your food.  I love that!  

So, I'm off.  The scones are baked and packed and ready to go for our day trip to the museum.  They smell wonderful, and (because I couldn't help my self and tasted tested one...LOL!) they are perfectly moist, light and fluffy, and sweet.  A great quick and easy scone to make anytime.


Simple Chocolate Chip Scones

Makes: 1 Dozen

3 cups baking mix (I used King Arthur's Flour All Purpose Baking Mix)
1/4 c sugar or 2 T Splenda Blend
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T Butter, chilled cold, and cut into small pieces
2/3 c fat-free half and half
1 large egg
2 T mini chocolate chips
1 T fat-free half and half (for tops)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a large bowl combine baking mix, sugar, cinnamon.  Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or two forks, until small crumbs form.  Add half and half and egg and mix until just combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop mix in about 1/4 cupfuls on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Brush the tops of each scone with half and half.   Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool a few minutes and serve.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fresh Apple Slaw

One of the things I struggle with is changing up my side dishes.

Do you tend to gravitate toward the same ones as well? Well this summer I changing that.

I've made a pact to incorporate new side dishes using fresh summer ingredients. There are so many things to explore but I know just where to begin!

One thing I do on the weekend's is to make a batch of some type of salad for us to eat on during the week. That may be a pasta salad, quinoa, orzo, corn salad, bean salad...etc.

I'm thinking coleslaw this week.  We had a nice basic one for the 4th of July which was great, but I want to change it up a bit.  Make a slaw with a vinaigrette dressing instead of the heavy mayo one.  And...I'll add some apples for some zip.  I just bought some wonderful new apples called "Envy". Outstanding.  Crisp and juicy, with a bright flavor, but not tart.  You must try them if you see them at your grocery store, they are that good.  

So out of this came my Fresh Apple Slaw.  

Perfect for alfresco dining and picnics.

Perfect for summer.


Fresh Apple Slaw

Serves 6-8

1 pkg of coleslaw mix with red cabbage
2 cups of julienne carrots
1 Envy apple, sliced thinly
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine coleslaw mix, carrots, and apples in a large bowl. Whisk together vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt & pepper in a medium bowl.  Toss vinaigrette with slaw apple mixture; cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Man Food! Grilling At It's Best!

Cooking for a man is serious business! 

They want hearty, hot, and delicious food.  To me, some food just screams "man food".  Especially if it's grilled.
Most men love to do the grilling, but what's sexier than his woman grilling for him?

Here's a gathering of my favorite "man food" dishes.  There's something for everyone, with most types of meat covered and even a pizza.  These recipes are the way to win any man's heart!


(starting in the upper left and going clockwise)

Pineapple Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Turkey with a Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Cowboy Salad

Grilled Pita Pizza

Grilled Flank Steak in an Adobo Tomato Sauce


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