Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches And Taking Them to the Next Level with Banana Bread I remember Elvis Presley, barely. I think of him as a big, brawling-type of guy, singing the blues as the girls go crazy. It’s easy to picture him eating peanut butter, bacon, banana sandwiches, too, and having it named after him. You think it’s crazy, but the flavors work together marvelously. I tried a sandwich the other day, …

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How to Remove Your Muffins from the Tins

FREE! Make these Strawberry Cream Muffins for your family or friends! Add it to your cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Claim Your Muffins Back from the Tin! Melissa Tracey was a rockstar in our test kitchen. She graduated from two culinary programs, one in New York and one in Idaho. She knew how to bake. Alas, she’s teaching in Arizona now. “She said the most valuable tool we had in our test kitchen was this long, thin blue (it comes in red also) silicone spatula. It’s long enough, thin enough, and soft enough that you can run it …

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How to Turn Your Whipped Cream into Frosting

Make the Best Cakes with Whipped Cream Frosting! It’s better than buttercream frosting! Make whipped cream frosting now with a free stabilizer! Add it to cart and use the code “ZPOW at checkout, Whipped cream is so good you could eat it out of the tub or can, but what if I told you that you could make your own whipped cream and never have to run into an empty can or tub and out to the store again. Better yet, you can make that luxurious whipped cream into frosting. Whipped cream frosting is absolutely scrumptious —better than butter or …

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Thirteen Ways to Make Your Sugar Cookies Anything but Ordinary

(Updated From May 13, 2014) Get a FREE Snickerdoodle Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z145” at checkout. Or Try our Sugarsnap Cookie mix for FREE instead! Add it to cart and use code “ZSNAPS” at checkout. *Only one coupon allowed per order. The sugar cookie is a classic and such a crowd-pleaser. They’re a go-to in my house when we need a sweet treat to share, but when you’ve made hundreds of sugar cookies, there needs to be some sort of variation to keep it interesting. Sugar cookies can be a work of art. I’m not an …

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Brownie Sundaes in Ice Cream Cones

An example of brownies baked in ice cream cones and then topped with ice cream. These have added chocolate fudge sauce.

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! Brownies and Ice Cream — The Perfect Marriage You can buy ice cream with brownie chunks. Or you can pile ice cream on top of a brownie–a brownie sundae. But you probably haven’t thought of baking the brownies inside ice cream cones. One of our readers wrote and asked if the peanut butter brownie cupcake recipe could be baked …

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Very Simple, Very Good Brownie Pops

We were making blondies, batch after batch, testing mixes and making blondies faster than customers in the store could eat them.  These were fancy blondies: Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Sour Cream, and Caramel Nut Blondies. At the end of the day, we had batches left over.  Rather than throw them out, we looked for something to make with them.  I remembered seeing a picture on a calendar of square brownie pops on a stick.  They had cut brownies into rectangles and then dipped them in frosting.  That seemed like a good idea.  We cut the blondies into squares, stuck popsicle …

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Biscuit Recipes and Articles

Principles for Great Biscuits Ten Tips to Make Perfect Biscuits Five Common Mistakes When Making Biscuits Make-Ahead Biscuits and Scones Biscuits on the Run A Guide to Making Sweet Biscuits Cinnamon Burst Biscuits Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits Cranberry Orange Biscuits Cranberry Nut Biscuits Apricot Orange Biscuits Cherry Nut White Chocolate Biscuits Cottage Cheese Biscuits Chunky Peanut Butter Biscuits Southern Pecan Biscuits Classic Buttermilk Biscuits Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits Potato and Ranch Biscuits Sour Cream and Chive Potato Biscuits Sweet Potato Biscuits Cheddar Potato Biscuits Fully Loaded Biscuits Cheese and Chive Biscuits How to Make Potato Biscuits Biscuits and Gravy

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Understanding Baking: Banana Nut Bread

There are two major methods for mixing quick breads, muffins, and other batters: The muffin method and the creaming method. With the muffin method, the liquid ingredients are mixed together, the dry ingredients are mixed separately, and then the dry and liquid ingredients are combined with a minimum of stirring. The other major make-up method for quick breads is the creaming method.  In the creaming method, the butter or shortening is creamed with the sugar to entrain air in the batter and make the bread light and tender.  The sugar crystals cut into the butter or shortening creating tiny air …

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Chunky Peanut Butter Biscuits

This is a really good biscuit and was very popular in our store.  It’s not really made with peanut butter.  Instead they are made with peanut butter chips and chopped peanuts.  The background flavor is brown sugar which is perfect.  The turbinado sugar adds crunch. 3 cups just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix 3/4 cup cool water 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped 2/3 cup peanut butter chips 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons brown sugar flavor melted butter for brushing on the biscuits turbinado sugar for sprinkling Add the peanuts, chips, and the sugar to the mix and stir.  Add the flavor to …

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A Guide to Making Sweet Biscuits

A sweet biscuit is a cousin to a scone but it’s not as sweet and rich as a scone.  It is often a little sweeter than other biscuits and can be loaded with fruit, nuts, or baking chips.  They are perfect for breakfast or anytime you would like something satisfying without being indulgent. Biscuits are often made with a lot of buttermilk, enough that the tang of buttermilk comes through.  Beyond taste, buttermilk has a functional purpose—to provide leavening.  Buttermilk, an acid, reacts with baking soda, a base to create carbon dioxide bubbles in the dough.  To the extent that …

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A Handful of Kitchen Tips

Too much salt in the soup:  Soup too salty?  Throw a cut-up potato in.  The potato will act like a sponge and soak up the salt.  Throw the potato away before serving.  Soup still too salty?  Sometimes a little lemon juice or vinegar will counter the salt. Substitute for rum:  Recipe call for rum?  Need a substitute?  Pineapple juice makes a great substitute for rum. Slow cooking turkey:  Can you safely slow cook a turkey in the oven overnight?  Probably not.  It’s not safe to cook meats below 325 degrees F. Under-ripe fruit:  Place hard fruit in a brown paper …

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How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches with Lingonberry Jam

Dennis Weaver I love Monte Cristo sandwiches.  They are my favorite grilled sandwiches.   But it’s not just the type; I love the combination of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.  (Traditionally, mustard is added but I usually leave that out.)    But I like lingonberry jam even better.  Usually, I’m pairing lingonberry with turkey but it’s also superb with ham. You can use whatever filling you want.  We’ve even made them with peanut butter and jelly.  But today, we’re using lingonberry jam. Lingonberries are beautiful bright red berries, a cousin to a cranberry, with a unique, intense flavor.  In Scandinavia, they are …

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Summer Pita Pockets Sandwiches

This is a concept more than a recipe; you can add anything that you like to your pita pockets. We built these using fresh strawberries since they are in season. Ingredients 2 pita pocket bread halves 1/4 cup peanut butter 3 spoons coarsely chopped peanuts 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries optional raisins Directions Open pita halves and spread peanut butter inside the pockets. Put half the chopped peanuts in and move the pita so that the peanuts will stick to the peanut butter. Stuff strawberries and optional raisins into the pockets. Sprinkle with more peanuts. Cream Cheese Pita Pockets Ingredients …

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Brownie Pudding Cake Sundae

This scrumptious dessert makes a party of any occasion. Think “hot fudge sundae” plus a little peanut butter in the cake. Serve this pudding cake topped with vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts, and a cherry and you have a gala dessert that kids of all ages will love. Consider this for your child’s next party. Ingredients Sauce 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cake 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup milk …

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Spreads for Toast

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread Mix equal parts of peanut butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.   For a sweeter spread, add a little honey to the mixture. The spread will last a week or more in the refrigerator.   Apricot Butter Boil two cups of dried apricots with two tablespoons of sugar and 2/3 cup water until soft. Put in a blender and puree with four tablespoons of butter. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.   Whipped Honey Butter Use an electric mixer or blender to whip 1/2 cup butter with 2/3 cup honey. …

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Brownie Pudding Cake Sundae

This scrumptious dessert makes a party of any occasion. Think “hot fudge sundae” plus a little peanut butter in the cake. Serve this pudding cake topped with vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts, and a cherry and you have a gala dessert that kids of all ages will love. Consider this for your child’s next party. Ingredients Sauce 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cake 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup milk …

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Summer Pita Pockets Sandwiches

This is a concept more than a recipe; you can add anything that you like to your pita pockets. We built these using fresh strawberries since they are in season. Ingredients 2 pita pocket bread halves 1/4 cup peanut butter 3 spoons coarsely chopped peanuts 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries optional raisins Directions Open pita halves and spread peanut butter inside the pockets. Put half the chopped peanuts in and move the pita so that the peanuts will stick to the peanut butter. Stuff strawberries and optional raisins into the pockets. Sprinkle with more peanuts. Cream Cheese Pita Pockets Ingredients …

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How to Make Homemade Granola with Recipe

Homemade granola is much better. It’s great for camping. Mix it with some M&M’s and make great trail mix for that energetic Boy Scout. We like it as cereal with either hot or cold milk. And homemade granola is so much fresher—and we think better—than what you buy in the stores. Let your imagination run wild when you make granola. The basic ingredients are cereal, oil, and a sweetener. Then add anything that you like to give it the character, taste, and nutrition that you want. Remember that kids’ tastes are different than yours so make two batches—granola is easy to make. How to Make Homemade …

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Tin Roof Sundae Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is another fancy flourless chocolate cake fit for a special occasion.  It is made with a combination of Bavarian cream, peanut butter, and chopped peanuts all atop a flourless chocolate cake. One flourless chocolate cake, cooled 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup Bavarian pastry filling (see notes) peanut butter chocolate sauce (recipe follows) whipped cream Warm the peanut butter in the microwave until it is soft and easy to stir.  Mix the Bavarian cream and peanut butter together in small bowl.  Top the chocolate cake with the peanut butter filling. To serve, cut the cake into slices and …

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Spreads for Toast

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread Mix equal parts of peanut butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.   For a sweeter spread, add a little honey to the mixture. The spread will last a week or more in the refrigerator.   Apricot Butter Boil two cups of dried apricots with two tablespoons of sugar and 2/3 cup water until soft. Put in a blender and puree with four tablespoons of butter. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.   Whipped Honey Butter Use an electric mixer or blender to whip 1/2 cup butter with 2/3 cup honey. …

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