Author Archives: Julie P

Spiced grated apples

Tried something new this year while canning apples to add to our muffins and oatmeal through the winter.

Makes appx 4 pints
6 lbs apples
3/4 c sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 t ground ginger
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
2 t citric acid

Line a colander with clean cotton towel and place over big bowl. Wash, core and shred apples using food processor. Put apples into towel, sprinkle 1/4 sugar and spices, and then gently mix, then and strain well. You’ll prob have 2-3 cups liquid. Pour the juice into stockpot, add remaining sugar and bring to a boil. Then add in apples and stir to coat. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 t citric acid to each pint jar, pack well with apple mixture. Leave 1/2″ headspace. Process 25 minutes.


Applesauce Muffins

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cups Applesauce
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt

Bake at 350 for about 15-18 minutes. When done, dip top in melted butter and then cinnamon sugar.

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

IMG_0872We needed a last minute dessert and these were amazing.

  • 1 – 1¼ c powdered sugar
  • ¾ c creamy peanut butter
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 cupcake tins with a double layer of paper liners.
For filling
  1. combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well combined and mixtue is dry yet holds together. Roll into 1-inch balls, place baking sheet and chill in freezer while you make batter (10 minutes).
For Batter
  1. combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl with whisk. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together sour cream, milk and vanilla. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low speed, alternately add dry ingredients and sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix just until incorporated.
  2. Into liners, spoon a tablespoon or two of batter. Place one chilled ball of peanut butter filling into each cupcake well and top with remaining batter. Bake for 13-22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

3-ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and peanut butter in an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar, milk and vanilla, and beat, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, until smooth.

Trisha Yearwood’s Crockpot Mac and Cheese

8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) of butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Two 10-ounce bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)

In a large 4-quart slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray, mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan with butter, add the mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Tacos with Honey and Lime

One of those recipes that every single person enjoyed. YAY!



  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5) oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen yellow corn, thawed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Romain lettuce or purple cabbage, cotija or feta cheese (monterrey or manchengo would also be good), diced avocados, fresh salsa or pico de gallo
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place sweet potatoes on foil. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle evenly with cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste then toss to evenly coat. Bake in preheated oven 15 – 20 minutes until tender, removing from oven and tossing once halfway through baking.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add onion and saute until caramelized (golden brown on edges and tender), about 5 – 6 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in drained black beans, corn, honey and lime juice. Heat until warmed through. Toss in roasted sweet potatoes and cilantro. Serve over warm tortillas with desired toppings.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Spring Vegetable Soup


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
1 large leek, trimmed and diced (about 2 cups)
1 celery stalk, diced (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 pound very small red potatoes, quartered
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup (1 1/2-inch) slices asparagus
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 cup torn fresh basil
1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved

1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add carrots, leek, and celery; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add stock; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add potatoes; reduce heat to medium, and simmer 8 minutes or until potatoes start to soften.

2. Add peas, asparagus, and beans; simmer 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add spinach, thyme, and basil; cook 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls; top evenly with cheese.