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Savory Baked Apples (WW Quick SuccessCkbk , 1988, p.65)

11/2020 I found it impossible to locally locate Rome Beauty apples, so looked up a list of possible substitutes and decided on Honeycrisp, partially due to trying to find the size apple suggested in recipe.
The filling was a little too much for the apples, and I assume I need to work on coring skills and measured depth and width.

This has a wonderful sweet/sour taste! One apple is very filling.
The filling burned slightly -- next time i will try covering with foil halfway through.
Need a knife and fork to eat1

Homemade Ranch Dip (fluffychix.com Susie T. Gibbs 5/2014?)

This is taken from a recipe by same authors that was combined with a "Low Carb Oven Fried Zucchini/Yellow Squash" recipe (see My Spark recipes) Oven Fried Zucchini/Yellow Squash" recipe (see My Spark recipe that I wanted to write separately.
Hard to know if full fat or nf Gk yogurt was originally used in recipe - both work for us, but we prefer the full fat.

Bread, Easter - Portuguese, with Eggs (Isabel de Dargas - Festive Breads of Easter, 1980, pp.34-35)

4/2020 I have changed title somewhat for filing purposes - originally : Isabel de Dargas' Folar da Pascoa - Portuguese Easter Bread With Eggs". I have seen other PEB's on Internet that look intriguing.
The sugar is not killer sweet and I think we could later play with substituting some of the sugar for Stevia or egg substitute for eggs.
This is a very simple yet rich bread - very nice! It got bigger than I imagined. Cooked in springform pan in our smaller oven. Next time, I think I will cook it in larger oven and possibly cover the crust halfway thru if it looks as brown as we like (it didn't burn, but maybe a little overdone). Also,I need to grease pan with margarine or butter. The bread stuck on the bottom in one place and a small hole tore out - possibly parchment? I would like to read other internet recipes for this - possibly find a video. My attaching of the egg with dough needs more help - I think it was inconsistently wide enough and one piece sprang out above the bottom of the bread during the 2nd rise. Yet, the egg held in place!
So far,all the recipes from this book are good!
One more thing - wine or coffee is suggested to have with this. We got regular grape juice (since we don't drink) chilled - and it was wonderful) Imagine coffee will be just as good.
Can also be called pashkwa. Traditionally baked on Holy Saturday. "There is an old tradition [in the Azores Islands - Portuguese] that an angel appeared to Our Lady, telling her that Christ would arise on Easter. To show her happiness and joy, she baked bread to share with her friends. And to make it more special, she put an egg, a symbol of the resurrection on the top. Everybody keeps this tradition."
"Decorated with eggs and crosses, this golden sweet bread from the Azores is served with coffee or sweet wine for dessert on Easter Sunday."

MAKEOVER: TSuzanne's Herb Stuffing (by TIFFANY_SUZANNE)

12/01/2019 This was good - I used 3 types of bread I had on hand. Revised directions to reflect need to precook/saute the veggies till tender before putting in stuffing - they were still a little too chewy/raw by end of baking w/o doing this. The servings are extremely "diet" small.
"I put this stuffing together when I was making my very first Thanksgiving dinner. It was proclaimed by all who ate it as the best stuffing. Ever."

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, Slow Cooker (Yummly/Life Made Sweeter,Kelly 10/2017 - Melissa)

11/2019 Melissa overdid a lot - using a large (or bigger than large??) and a medium with butternut squash amounts, which is reflected here in stats, Original amounts shown in Notes area.
Amounts / serving need to be refigured next time as well. I did not like this but it was ok- it might be just a matter of trying proper proportions and canned coconut milk. In ways, I wanted it a little sweeter. But rolls, or bread to go with it help a lot. The recipe as Mel made it was very thick. Some of the proportions of the original recipe site were changed by Yummly and I might try using the original, which is reflected in Notes. i should also add on a positive note that I was inspired watching Mel peel and cube butternut - something I have been afraid to try.


"This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup is a delicious & comforting dish for a cold day. An easy soup recipe thatís creamy and rich with the addition of sweet potato and coconut milk.
I am a big butternut squash fan and love making various versions of this soup. Itís an easy set and forget slow cooker recipe Ė no babysitting and no worrying about the pot boiling over.

Along with the butternut squash, I added some sweet potatoes to make the soup extra creamy and filling. Thereís also ginger, garlic, turmeric, nutmeg and some cayenne pepper. Pumpkin is another great substitute (or addition) if you donít have any butternut squash.

And if you like an extra kick of heat, try adding some red Thai curry paste. It gives this an extra layer of flavor Ė totally optional but SO SO good.

Once the vegetables for this slow cooker butternut squash are all cooked up, use an immersion hand blender to make it all smooth and creamy right in the crock pot.

You can also toss everything into your regular blender or a food processor if you donít have one. You may have to work in batches if you choose this method.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup is the perfect soup for fall
This slow cooker butternut squash soup is vegan, gluten free and super healthy for you. The best part about this is how easy everything comes together.

Serve it swirled with some extra coconut milk and some pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top. Easy, delicious and comforting. "

Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie (Yummly/A Bountiful Kitchen, Si 11/12/2009 - Melissa)

11/2019 Uses sugar and hydrogenated shortening. Melissa felt the crust recipe had too much water in recipe and ended up adding a lot of flour to try to correct the problem --She also seemed to insist on using all the crust - too thick and not flaky at all. I don't know how to suggest it, but M could use some mentoring on the double crust making - esp on how to trim excess and crimp -- The choice of apples needed to be tarter. I would like to try substituting the sugar with something like Stevia.
"Of all the pies I make at holiday time, Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie is our family favorite. Itís fresh, tart and sweet. Love the hint of almond flavor. What would Thanksgiving be without PIE? I donít even want to go there.
You know how I love this holiday weekend. Family, friends, time to reflect on all of our blessings. Throw in football -the UTAH 8-1 (yay!) vs byu 7-2 game, food, the family turkey bowl, shopping. Love it. Making special food for the people I love is my favorite part. Baking PIE is my absolute favorite."

Nothing compares to this Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie! It has been on our Thanksgiving menu for over 20 years and continues to be on the top most requested dishes I make at holiday time. We also have this pie every Christmas as well.

Hawaiian Bread Rolls (Handletheheat.com by Tessa Arias 6/2014)

11/2019 I may later try subbing in Stevia or ?
This is a copycat recipe.
6/2019 My best critic, Jayden, liked these! Dave said they are like "real" bread - a little chewier and not so Wonder bread soft. I think they are different from the original in that respect. I had trouble tasting the sweetness, but Davis did and obviously Jayden did -- think it is my own issue.

"Rolls is perfectly sweet, soft, fluffy, and golden brown. ... easy these are to make! Watch the video to learn how.
Taste: Sweet, slightly tropical, and buttery.
Texture: Soft, fluffy, and tender with a golden brown chewy exterior.
Ease: If bread baking overwhelms you this is a wonderful place to start!! Watch the video and read the above recipe notes and youíll be good to go, promise!
Appearance: Who could resist one of these big beautiful sweet golden rolls? They look just like the store-bought ones!
Pros: Easy, relatively quick, delicious, perfect for a special dinner.
Cons: None except maybe that these are made with white flour.
Would I make this again? Oh absolutely!"

Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, sodium & sugar reduced (food.com -eknecht )

11/2016 I want to try making up my own Ital turkey sausage, primarily b/c it is so expensive in the store. Also, I am getting into making sausage in general - in order to reduce sodium.

This came out well. Tasted a little hot when made, but when put in a recipe - like Spicy Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing, Low Carb or Egg Muffins (Kayln) -- See Spark recipes for both -- it was good.
"My family's version. Great for any recipe that calls for Italian sausage."
I don't really know for sure about individual servings b/c I am only using in recipes that require a certain amount of pounds.

Hot Cross Buns, LOW CARB (Low carb Friends website - shykins, 2/2013 - adapted from genaw.com web)

3/15 Proportions worked out well. A favorite. Really fills a regular muffin pan. Doubled recipe works well and I want to rewrite recipe to reflect that.
"i made a sort of hot cross bun by adapting linda sues flax bun recipe , this is the original FLAX SANDWICH BUNS - Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes..."

3/15 Fruit is a guess - experiment
I'd like a muffin top pan.

Garlicky Turkey Sausage, ground turkey breast with reduced sodium (Robert Kowalski - The 8 Week Choleserol Cure)

Lower fat, no artificial preservatives lower sodium
1/2017 I am rewriting this to try with ground turkey 83/15 and no salt - see similar title in My Spark pages
8/15 See SNAKEY makeover recipe.


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