How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

These chocolate caramel candy apples are easy, delicious, and make beautiful gifts. Dip your apples in caramel, chocolate, or even melted candy and top them with cinnamon, candies, or chopped nuts. Use your imagination and the options are endless. Choosing Your Apples for Candy Apples The key to these best candy apple is contrast. Chocolate and caramel are sweet on their own. While adding a crisp apple to crunch into will be nice for the texture, choosing a sweet apple could be a headache. For the best contrast against the sweet caramel and chocolate coating, you’ll want a nice, tart …

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Lemon Chicken

Forget those Chinese take-out menus in the drawer; you can make authentic Chinese lemon chicken in no time. It has just the right amount of crisp and zest to leave you licking your fingers and going back for more. It’s so easy, you can make it in just five steps. Crispy Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe For the Chicken 3-4 chicken breasts 2 eggs 2 tablespoons water 2 cups panko vegetable oil for frying Lemon Sauce 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 garlic …

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Got Fruit? Fabulous Dessert Recipes for Your Summer Fruits

How to Make Clafoutis and Other Fabulous Desserts with Your Summer Fruits I love fresh fruit. I love to eat it. I love to bake with it. One of my favorite things to do growing up was go fruit picking. We’d go to the best orchard we could find, pick enough peaches, cherries, blueberries, and strawberries to feed an army, and go home with bellies full because they never charged you on how much you ate. There are so many summer fruits to choose from, and they’re so fun to bake with. Here are some fabulous summertime dessert ideas to …

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Easy Mini Corn Dogs

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Using tempura batter mix makes these mini corn dogs easy to make—with only four ingredients.  They are as good as any at the county fair. The Mini Corn Dog Recipe One package of eight good quality hot dogs cut crosswise 2 cups tempura batter mix 1 cup milk 1 large egg 16 wooden skewers about 4-inches long (cut longer skewers into shorter sticks) …

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Storing and Freezing Piroshki

You can make piroshki ahead of time and store them before baking in either the refrigerator or freezer.  You can also refrigerate or freeze leftovers piroshki and reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them again.  Here’s how: How to Do Make-Ahead Piroshki To do make-ahead piroshki, follow the recipe filling the piroshki and sealing the seam.  Instead of baking the piroshki, store them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three weeks. Use this as a base recipe for your make-ahead piroshki. When you get ready to bake your …

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Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Slice and Bake Cookies

This slice and bake cookie recipe makes very good but unusual almond cookies. You can make light and dark cookies from the same batch—vanilla almond and chocolate almond slice and bake cookies. These scrumptious little cookies are unusually light and crisp. If you are looking for a recipe that makes crisp almond cookies, try this one. Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Cookie Recipe Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 2 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 large eggs 1 cup slivered almonds 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted but still …

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How to Make Any Quiche You Can Imagine

(With sample recipes to get you started) Here you will find instructions for making any quiche you can imagine along with a standard quiche recipe to get you started with variations on any choice of meats or vegetables. You will also find spices and seasonings you can add to your quiche, the right internal temperature for your quiche, and the right egg to dairy ratio for your quiche. The Basic Rules for Quiche The recipe that follows conforms to the basic rules for quiche: Use 1/2 cup dairy for each large egg. Use 1/4 cup grated cheese for each egg. …

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Peach Berry Crisp with Cinnamon Spiced Whipped Cream

This crisp is to die for! Summertime treats couldn’t get any better than mixing fresh peaches and berries together and topping them with a caramelized oat streusel and spiced whipped cream topping. The flavors combine perfectly.  So easy! This isn’t your typical pie; you don’t need to make and form a perfect pie crust and worry about the edges flopping or burning. All you have to do is place the filling in the pan and throw on the streusel topping.  Completely foolproof! No need to bring out the perfectionist with this berry peach crisp because it turns out perfect and delicious …

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Almond Nut Slice and Bake Wafers

These almond nut wafers are great cookies to make for company. They’re elegant and unusual– buttery, yet crisp and studded with almond bits. But they really won’t take much time out of your busy day. These are slice and bake cookies that mix up quickly. Let the dough chill for a couple hours and stick slices in the oven. Almond Nut Slice and Bake Wafer Cookie Recipe Yeild: About 2-3 Dozen Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup cold butter 1 cup slivered almonds 1/2 cup whipping cream 3/4 teaspoon almond extract …

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Camping with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Summertime means it’s time for camping, hiking, and backpacking trips. Some of the best camping memories involve munching on a crisp apple around the campfire as the rest of the food cooks. Unless you’re camping in an RV, cooler space is limited. If you’re backpacking, you have no cooler. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables will keep for three to five days without any refrigeration, so you can save the ice and cooler space for those foods that demand refrigeration. Fruits and Vegetables for Camping that Don’t Require Refrigeration Here’s a …

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Roasted Garlic for Johnny Carino’s (Copycat) Olive Oil Bread Dip

Everyone knows the best part of going to an Italian restaurant is the appetizer bread and butter, but you can’t get any better than Johnny Carino’s roasted garlic olive oil bread dip. The herb-infused olive oil is great on its own, but the roasted garlic gives it an extra pop of flavor and crisp texture that make it amazing. Now you can make it too! Ways to Use Johnny Carino’s (Copycat) Roasted Garlic Bread Dip Use the dip just like it sounds, as a dip for your bread sticks, or you can use it as a topping for garlic bread …

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Rhubarb Nut Crisp

Surprise the family with one of these great rhubarb recipes. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination, and the flavors pair so well together. Here’s a few recipes to get you into the season. Rhubarb Nut Crisp Recipe I like rhubarb. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that has grown into a monster perennial. It takes no care and provides enough stalks for few rhubarb pies and crisps each spring. This makes a great springtime dessert.A crisp can be served hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This is another crisp that goes well with lemon …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) FREE! The “Best Banana Bread” Ever! Guaranteed! Get this Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix! Free with code “ZBAN” at checkout. Limit 1. Be sure to add it to your cart. It is truly awesome!This is a dessert bread that really surprised me! I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon chips in banana bread, but WOW? Definitely worth trying!” Melody Knopf (customer review) Quick breads make for a fast and tasty treat, and they can be really easy to make. But it’s common to run into some issues along the way. The most common causes for these …

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How to Make Fifteen Minute Pizzas

(Updated From May 12, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Roller! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA” at checkout! Thin crust pizzas have become a recent favorite here at Prepared Pantry. They aren’t as rich and heavy as their thicker deep-dish counterparts, but they still taste just as great without all the guilt. We’ve also found that thin-crust pizzas are much faster to make. Debbie is the thin crust pizza queen. She’s gotten it down to a science in making three crusts out of just one pizza dough mix and pulling her famous thin crust pizzas out of the …

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How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

Get a FREE Pie Crust Sheild! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIE” at checkout. The pie crust shouldn’t be the most intimidating part of the pie, and it doesn’t need to be when you use these three easy steps and our pie crust mix. The perfect pie has a pretty, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth kind of crust. You can make your pie crusts look and taste just like a pie from a professional bakery, and we’ll tell you how to do it in just three easy steps. The “Key Ingredient” to a Perfect Pie Crust Pie crusts made from scratch …

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Vanilla Spritz Cookies

These vanilla spritz cookies are the classic pressed cookies.  They’re sweet, buttery, and hold their shapes well. Make them in dozens of pretty shapes.  Sprinkle them with decorations.  Have a ball with your kids and grandkids. What Are Spritz Cookies? Two of the most common ways to make formed cookies are with a cookie cutter or a cookie press. Holiday cookies are more commonly rolled-out sugar cookie dough, cut into shapes, and decorated. The sadly less common option is using a cookie press to make these delicious spritz cookies. Most spritz cookie recipes are a bit different than your typical …

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Debbie’s Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe

The most popular treat at the fair or carnival is funnel cake–the crisp and sweet fried treat covered in powdered sugar and syrup that we crave. With this homemade funnel cake recipe, you can make funnel cakes like those at the state fair. It’s easier to make than you might think, but we’ll give you some tricks to make it even easier. What Actually is Funnel Cake? As mentioned before, funnel cake is easier to make than you might think. It’s really just a thin batter drizzled into hot oil and fried. It’s nothing difficult. You could even make it from …

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Bacon Mashed Potato Salad

This is a scrumptious mashed potato salad—nothing too exotic but a great combination of flavors with the savory bacon, tangy pickles, and cider vinegar. The dressing is made with half sour cream and half mayonnaise. This recipe is a keeper. Ingredients 8 to 10 new red potatoes or russets 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 2 small sweet pickles, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 strips bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled Directions Cut the …

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