Raisin No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

 

 

 

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

 

I jumped on board to do this post when TheRecipeRedux and the people at CaliforniaRaisins.Org joined together co-sponsor a contest using California Raisins. The one clear thought in my mind was that the dish that I would create should have no added sugar. It kills me when I see recipes with California raisins as one of the principal ingredients and then they add over a cup of sugar to the recipe. Even in a recipe for cake that amount of sugar is overkill when using this delicious dried fruit.

When I was a kid my mother used to pack my lunches; usually a balogna sandwich a piece of fruit and a little box of raisins. The sandwich, as you may well imagine, made for dull and monotonous food; they piece of fruit was usually pretty good, but the California Raisins… they were my treat! Besides their succulent sweet taste, what I enjoyed about them, and still enjoy, is their plumpness and juiciness, and how they roll on my tongue.

 

California Raisins are not only tasty, they are a ideal food! Take look at the reasons below and you’ll see why:

 

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth All Natural Dried in the Sun No Added Sugar Zero Fat An Economical Dried Fruit . . . → Read More: Raisin No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

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Wickedly Good California Cream Cheese Appetizer

 

 

“I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

 

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is a wickedly good California cream cheese appetizer. Most people who have been to my house for dinner know the one I’m talking about; the one that shocks you (in a good way) when you find out what it is. Its take one or two minutes to prepare and it’s awfully good. At least that’s the response everyone seems to have.

Today is the last day to enter the contest sponsored by The Recipe Redux and the California Milk Advisory Board. I wasn’t even thinking of entering this recipe because I already posted a beautiful entry for Homemade Yogurt – 3 Favors, but last night we were celebrating my son Gabriel’s completion of a master’s in Anthropology, and his upcoming military enlistment. His friend Max was raving about the dip I made (to be posted later). “But, he said, “I always remember the cream cheese appetizer you made at another party a couple of years ago. It’s the best appetizer I ever had!” At that moment I knew I had to post it. And truthfully, I get a kick out of seeing the look of surprise on people’s faces when I tell them . . . → Read More: Wickedly Good California Cream Cheese Appetizer

Homemade Yogurt Cheese – 3 flavors

 

 

“I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Today I’m sharing my recipe for homemade yogurt cheese with you. TheRecipeRedux and the California Milk Advisory Board are sponsoring a contest to celebrate the theme “dairy good”, and have asked the members of TheRecipeRedux (this includes me) to come up with a lightened version of a favorite recipe using real California milk and cheese products.

Homemade yogurt cheese is simple to make and it’s a great way to add flavor to fruit, veggie sticks, breakfast toast, sandwiches, bruschetta, and whatever else you can think of. Occasionally, my kids love getting bagels from the corner bagel shop. Thirteen bagels come in a bucket along 2 containers of flavored cream cheese—your choice of flavors. The prepared cream cheese spreads taste good, but they have too much added sugar, and the cream cheese spreads are loaded with more saturated fat than I want for myself and for my family. Homemade yogurt cheese is less sweet and has only about ¼ the saturated fat than cream cheese ounce per ounce; and it has less than half the calories. So to eat healthy you can make your own yogurt cheese using one of your favorite yogurt brands (mine are Brown Cow Farms and Straus Family . . . → Read More: Homemade Yogurt Cheese – 3 flavors

Thick Creamy Hot Chocolate

 

Believe it or not, in my family thick creamy hot chocolate is a good luck drink. Every New Years Eve we gather at my brother’s house in Ukiah, California, in Mendocino County. After enjoying a beautiful dinner that my brother has put together, or that we all collaborated on, we play cards, talk, or watch a movie waiting for the time delayed countdown from New York. Besides taking part in the countdown, everyone also goes for a moonlight walk down a dirt road that runs through the mountain hilltop. Some nights are beautiful and clear, other nights are dark, muddy and rainy. Let me back up, we don’t have to go, but a person would feel guilty about being the one to break the tradition, so we all go. When we get back from the walk the thick creamy hot chocolate is waiting for us. On those cold rainy nights the chocolate goes down especially well. It’s our way of starting the new year on the right foot.

Thick creamy hot chocolate is actually a Spanish tradition that we have shared with my family from Spain, where my husband is from. In Spain, this is thick chocolate is what Spaniards dunk churros into. In case you don’t know what a churro is, it is a fried pastry about 7 inches long, which are especially good dunked into the thick creamy hot chocolate. Chocolate and churros are not something most Spaniards enjoy on a regular basis, they tend . . . → Read More: Thick Creamy Hot Chocolate

Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweetpotatoes

Mmmm, Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweetpotatoes are oh so yummy!

 

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Recently, I was invited to be part of The Recipe ReDux group of healthy bloggers, who once or twice a month are challenged to post a healthy and equally delicious recipe. This month they are also promoting a recipe contest endorsed by the California Sweetpotato Council (#spon). When I heard about the contest I knew I had to participate because this delectable recipe is a winner. Please keep you’re your fingers crossed for me!

The California Sweetpotato Council (CSC) is sponsoring this recipe contest to inform consumers about their high nutritional value, to clear up some common misconceptions about sweetpotatoes, and to make known that this tuber is not a “sweet potato.” The council indicates that it is different from white potatoes, and it is different from other sweet potatoes. To highlight the difference the CSC has established the term California Sweetpotato, to make it easier for consumers to find them in the supermarkets (and you probably thought I was just misspelling it all this time).

What makes the California Sweetpotato so special is that it is grown in soft sand they are managed with care, hand sorted to minimize scars and scratches. The California Sweetpotato is sweet and moist, while yams are dry and . . . → Read More: Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweetpotatoes