Chicken Apple Sausage Patties – Doesn’t Feel Like Chicken

Imagine a sausage patty made from chicken that’s just as tender, juicy, and flavorful as one made from pork. What? A not-dry, not-rubbery feeling chicken-based sausage? Sounds impossible, and it is, unless you sneak in a little bit of pancetta, and follow a few simple techniques. Instead of buying ground chicken at the market, which is always too finely ground, …

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Beet & Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette

This was a nice, simple salad. Sweet onions are on their last legs, but hopefully there are still a few around. Apply the Aleppo pepper and lemon juice with a fairly heavy hand, as the beets and carrots will cheerfully absorb it.  6 to 8 servings1 hour to cook beets; 20 minutes assembly time Make the Salad:3 cups peeled diced …

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MINI PEAR-NUT CAKES (OR MUFFINS, IF YOU PREFER)

This is my original recipe. These are so good I get requests for them all the time. Many of those requests are from people who are not diabetic.  4 cups diced pears3/4 cup Splenda granulatedCombine together and let stand for about 10 to 20 minutes. 1 cup Splenda granulated1/2 cup canola oil1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce2 large eggs3 cups white whole-wheat …

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SWEET POTATO AND TURKEY SAUSAGE HASH

1 link (4-oz) turkey Italian sausage1 small red onion, finely chopped1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, finely chopped1 small sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2″ cubes1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp black pepper1/8 tsp cumin1/8 tsp chipotle chile flakes Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Remove the turkey from the casing and shape into grape-sized balls.  Add to the …

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EASY CHICKEN PARM

1 jar (26-oz) low-sugar or sugar-free spaghetti sauce6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish.  Slowly stir in 4 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese; add the chicken and turn each …

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Lo-Bak Pancakes

I love dim sum! It’s such a pity the nearest purveyor is mighty close to 2 hours away by car. Whenever we go, we order 2 dishes of lo-bak go; that is to say radish patties. One of them is just for me, and the other is for the rest of the table. Yes! It’s my favourite! It’s also kind …

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Face Pie – The Halloween Pastry You Can’t Un-See

A few months ago I saw a pie image on Twitter so creepy, and disturbing, that I actually questioned whether it was too terrifying to post as a video. Usually, Halloween-themed recipes have the opposite problem, as they are almost never actually scary, but that’s not an issue here. By the way, can someone get sued for giving people nightmares? …

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ITALIAN DRESSED GREEN BEAN SALAD

3 cups (about 1 lb) hot cooked green beans2 plum tomatoes, cut into thin wedges1/4 cup light Italian salad dressing (watch sugar content)2 tbsp chopped fresh basil Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and you are ready to serve.  Can be chilled before serving if desired.

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The Ultimate Dinner Party

Saturday evening Kevin and I along with our friends Tony and Margaret hosted a dinner at my house.  It wasn’t an ordinary dinner party where I’m usually slaving in the kitchen, making a huge mess and stressing to get everything done before the guest arrive.  No, this was so different and wonderful!  Chef Mark and Brian of Vignette (dining club) came to …

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SAUSAGE & CHEDDAR OMELET TASTY FOR ANYONE

2 uncooked turkey sausage links (approx. 1-oz each)1 small onion, diced1 1/2 cups cholesterol-free egg substitute (or 6 eggs)1/8 tsp salt1/4 tsp pepper1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese, dividedthinly sliced green onions for garnish, if desired Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Remove the sausages from casings and add to the skillet along with the onion.  Cook approximately …

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