Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mini Chicken Salad Croissants

"I made these yummy mini sandwiches for my Mom's Bunco group recently.  They are very tasty and are a perfect appetizer for any gathering."

Chicken Salad
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt, pepper and poultry seasoning

Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on how large the chicken breasts are, or until thoroughly cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut into chunks and set aside.

4 green onions, minced
2 celery ribs, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine ingredients and add to cut up chicken.

Mini Chicken Salad Croissants
Mini croissants or you can use large croissants that are cut in half
butter, at room temperature
Red leaf lettuce or your choice of lettuce
Chicken Salad

Split croissants open using a serrated bread knife.  Spread a small amount of butter on the top half of the croissant and spoon chicken salad on the bottom half.  Top chicken salad with lettuce and put sandwich together.   

Layer sandwiches onto a large serving tray and cover with foil.  Refrigerate sandwiches until ready to serve.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, It's Turkey Time!

"Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday!  The yummy food is of course one of the reasons, but the main reason I love Thanksgiving is because it's that special time of year when families gather together and celebrate what they're most thankful for, each other.  I have gathered some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes together and I'm sharing them with you so you can make them for your family this year.  Happy Eating and remember to be thankful for Food, Friends and especially, Family!"  
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cucumbers & Tomatoes

"I love this side dish.  My family has made it for years and it's a mainstay at many of our family dinners.  It would be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu this year."
2 to 3 cucumbers
2 or 3 tomatoes
1 small onion
white vinegar, to taste
canola oil, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste
sprinkle of sugar
Slice cucumbers.  Dice tomatoes and onion.  Place cucumbers, tomatoes and onion in a serving bowl.  Add desired amount of oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Stir together.  Sprinkle a little sugar on top.  Refrigerate for a couple hours to combine flavors.  Stir before serving.   

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

"These Pumpkin Cookies are perfect for Fall.  Whether you make them for Halloween treats or Thanksgiving goodies, they are a perfect addition to your holiday baking.  The moist pumpkin cookies are delicious on their own, but the Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting makes them absolutely IRRESISTIBLE!"

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained very well
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, pumpkin and pineapple; Combine well.  In a separate bowl, blend together the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; Add to the creamed mixture and blend completely.  Add white chocolate chips and walnuts.  Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto non-stick cooking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.  Frost with Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (Recipe follows).

Maple-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
1 pound (16 ounce) box of powdered sugar (or 1/2 of a 2 pound bag)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
3 Tablespoons milk
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Cream together butter and powdered sugar.  Add vanilla, maple flavoring and milk.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  Spread on cooled cookies and sprinkle with desired amount of pumpkin pie spice.

To decorate cookies:
I topped the cookies with candy corn.  You could also decorate them with candy pumpkins or any Fall sprinkles or decorations.