Saturday, March 17, 2007


Here's a fabulous recipe for "SWEET CHILI-GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS" . Just made this for dinner today and I highly recommend it.
g-girl posted a link to this recipe recently and it sounded so good I had to try it. I'm not a big chicken wing person, but thought I would try this one as I'm always looking for something new. The recipe can be found here.

I incorporated a few modifications - I didn't use the cilantro, but substituted chopped green onions. Although the recipe called for 2 pounds of chicken wings, I used 3 1/2 pounds instead, adjusting the ingredients more or less to the increase in wings, but I didn't increase the amount of glaze and there was more than enough for the dish. We finished every last wing...they were incredibly delicious. It was noted in the comments in the recipe link that these were restaurant quality wings and I have to agree...finger licking good as they are messy to eat, but boy are they good!! I also want to note that it does take more like an hour to thicken the glaze instead of the 20 minutes, so judge accordingly and allow time for that.This recipe is definitely a keeper in my house!

Enjoy :)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Chocolate Tea Bread

Chocolate Tea Bread is one of my families favorite snacks. You can enjoy this bread as is, drizzle with glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar. This easy recipe makes 2 breads.

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 cups all-purpose + 1 cup whole wheat white)
2/3 cup cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz. = 1 package)
2/3 cup chopped walnuts ( optional)

Glaze (optional)
1/2 cup confectioner's (powdered) suar
1 - 2 tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat oven 350°. In a large mixing bowl combine applesauce, oil, eggs water, and sugar. Beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add to applesauce mixture. Beat well. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into 2 greased 9X5X3" loaf pans. Bake 350° for 60-70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing and then finish cooling on a wire rack. Leave as is or drizzle with glaze or just sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Banana Nut Cake

Do you have ripe bananas that no one wants to eat? Here's a way to use them up and not waste them (bananas can be frozen) The following is a yummy and easy recipe for a delicious banana cake.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour*
(*or 1 1/2 cup all purpose + 1 cup whole wheat white)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 large ripe bananas - mashed
2/3 cup of buttermilk*
(*or 2/3 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar = instead of buttermilk)
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. Cream together the oil, sugar and eggs. Add bananas. Then add flour mixture + buttermilk alternating them, starting with flour mixture, then the buttermilk and finally end with flour. Mix thoroughly. Fold in 2/3 cup chopped walnuts. Pour batter into greased 13 x9 x 2" pan. Bake 350° for 35 minutes. Cool.

Frost with your favorite white frosting. I used Wilton's Buttercream. I used about 1/2 the recipe.

Enjoy :)