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  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 8:10 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Homemade Shake N Bake 

    Homemade Shake n Bake

    4 cups Dry Bread Crumbs* http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/BreadCrumbs.htm
    1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
    3 Teaspoons Smokey Paprika
    1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
    1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
    1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Black or White Pepper
    1 Teaspoon Salt
    1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
    1/2 Teaspoon Dried Parsley

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a wire whip. Use 1 cup placed in a zip lock bag or brown lunch bag. Moisten one pork chop or chicken piece with water then place in the bag. Seal bag(zip lock) or gather(brown bag) tightly and shake well to cover. Remove with tongs to a greased cookie sheet. Bake Pork Chops or chicken at 400*F for 40-45 minutes or until internal temperature reads 160*F.

    Homemade Shake n Bake Ranch

    4 cups Dry Bread Crumbs
    1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
    1 pkg. Ranch dip mix or Ranch Dressing Mix
    Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a wire whip. Use 1 Cup per 8 piece of pork or chicken. Bake as above.

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 1:13 pm on July 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Fried Rice in the rice cooker 


    I had a buffet meal to make for my husbands work, which I do the last Saturday of each month. This month we did a healthy meal with Asian Chicken Salad, Fried Rice and Fresh Fruit for the meal. Everyone loved it and I thought I would tell you how I made it for 20 people.

    I used the rice cooker and it kept the rice warm for hours!! This not only made it easy for me but it keeps the rice at a safe temperature so no one becomes ill from improper heating.

    You can purchase these seasoning packages very cheaply at Walmart !! I got my Sunbird Seasoning Packages for $.84 each.

    Rice Cooker Fried Rice

    1 Cups White Rice or converted rice (Like Uncle Ben’s)

    2 Cups Water

    1 pkg Sunbird or Kikkoman’s Fried Rice Seasoning

    2 Eggs

    1/2 ham steak, cubed small

    In your rice cooker add the rice and water and seasoning packet and cubed ham. Start rice cooker. Scramble the eggs and set aside till rice is done. Stir in the scrambled egg in the last few minutes of cooking time to heat the eggs. Stir and close the lid till time to serve. This was easy and everyone loved it. If you like a firmer rice use converted rice or use less water.

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  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 12:17 am on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Extending Butter 


    I found that creamy fresh butter tastes so good but it’s not cheap. I set out to find recipes to extend my butter and make it more healthy. Low and behold I found all the instructions on a blog I love. Go see her directions at TipNut. http://tipnut.com/how-to-turn-one-stick-of-butter-into-two/

    I made the half butter half oil recipe and was astounded to find it really is soft in the fridge and though not fat free its healthier than eating margarine. I can’t wait to make the diet version with Lecithin Powder. You’ll find my butter recipe below:

    One version of this butter can be made by simply blending equal parts of oil and butter together, pouring into covered containers, and storing in the refrigerator. By including the other ingredients though you will have a spread that stays solid longer at room temperature (still refrigerate when not in use).

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