Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Warm Peach Fondue



2 c. peeled, sliced, fresh peaches
2 T. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 c. unsweetened orange juice
1/4 water
2 T. peach schnapps
1/2 (8 oz.) package Neufchâtel cheese, softened

Place sliced peaches in a medium saucepan.
Mash until smooth.

Combine sugar and cornstarch; sprinkle over peaches.
Stir in orange juice, water, and schnapps.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
Add cheese, stirring until cheese melts.

Transfer mixture to a fondue pot.
Serve with fresh fruit.

YIELD: 2 3/4 cups


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lemon-Dill Bread





1 package dry yeast
1 and 1/3 c. warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 T. sugar, divided
2 c. all-purpose flour, divided
1 c. whole wheat flour, divided
2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. plus 1 and 1/2 t. grated lemon rind
1/4 t. salt
3/4 t. dried whole dillweed
Vegetable cooking spray

Dissolve yeast and 1 T. sugar in water in a large bowl. Stir well. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine yeast mixture, 1 c. all-purpose flour, 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, oil, lemon rind, salt, and dillweed in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. scraping sides of bowl frequently.
Combine remaining 1 c. all-purpose flour, 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, and 1 T. sugar. Add to batter, stirring well.
Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees) free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
Stir dough down; beat 25 strokes by hand.
Spread batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 inch loaf pan that has been coated with cooking spray.
Smooth top with floured hands and pat into loaf shape.
Cover and let rise 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from pan, and let cool on a wire rack

YIELD: 16 servings

Cholesterol.........0
Sodium..............38
Protein.............3.0
Fat.................2.1



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Friday, September 18, 2009

Iced Coffee


I've mentioned a few times that I am not a coffee drinker. Recently though, I've found myself leaning more in that direction. And although I have been caffeine free for more than 30 years, I seem to need a little pick-me-up to get through the day. I was introduced to POMx Iced Coffee which seemed like the best solution for me. It's coffee with a kick, or as they say, with a "Healthy Buzz." POMx is made with Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans, hormone free milk, organic cane sugar; it's fat-free or low fat, and preservative free. It also includes the juice of pomegranates for all of those wonderful antioxidants that we've been hearing so much about.
I was lucky enough to be able to sample Chocolate POMx Iced Coffee and Café au Lait POMx Iced Coffee. I can honestly say, I wasn't aware of any health-drink flavor.
Of course, my favorite is the chocolate, but the café au lait was just as good. I don't recall get super charged and shaky like I usually do when I drink real coffee, but I did seem to have more energy and the overwhelming feeling of needing an afternoon nap wasn't there.
I think I'm on to something here. I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think. It's always nice to have some feedback from my readers.

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Black Bean Salsa



1/3 c. fresh lime juice
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. ground red chilies
1/3 c. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
12/ c.1/2 c. red onion, finely diced
1 to 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can corn, drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 tomatoes, diced

Mix all ingredients. For best flavor, let stand for 3-4 hours in a covered bowl in the refrigerator, but can be eaten immediately. Use at room temperature or cold, according to taste. Yield: 5 cups


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