Perfect Winter #Recipe – Apple Banana Bread

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Apple Banana BreadHey, baby, it’s COLD outside! I live on the east coast of the US and we’re experiencing bitter cold temperatures this week. I decided the best way to warm up my house would be to turn on the oven and bake something delicious. This is the perfect winter recipe! Apple Banana Bread contains no eggs or dairy, yet it turned out delicious: light, moist, and full of flavor. This makes a wonderful afternoon “tea time” or “coffee break” snack.

Apple Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4  teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup sugar

2 large, ripe bananas

1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)

2 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tart apple, grated

1/2 cup walnut pieces

  1. Preheat over to 350°F. Prepare a loaf pan using non-stick spray.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, sugar. Stir until combined.
  3. Add the banana to a food processor. Pulse to mash. Add the milk, molasses, oil, and vanilla to the processor bowl and process until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Add the apple and walnuts, stir just until evenly distributed. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for a bit before removing from pan.

The older I get, the less I like cold weather. How do you feel about winter?

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Turn Ordinary Brownies Into Extraordinary! #Recipe #Foodies #mgtab

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Double Chocolate English Toffee BitsHave plain ol’ brownies ever made you yawn? Here’s a pick-me-up that is sure to make you smile. When the box of brownie mix sitting in my pantry made me say, “Meh,” I knew I needed a solution. Quick. So I concocted this fast and easy fix that will turn ordinary brownies into extraordinary! I’ll never look at brownies the same way again.

I call these Double Chocolate English Toffee Brownies and my husband LOVES them.

Bake a batch of brownies as directed on the box. As soon as you pull the pan out of the oven, sprinkle the brownies with 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate pieces (use more, if you like). I use Nestles Mini Morsels because they melt faster than the regular sized chocolate chips. Wait about five minutes and then use a butter knife to spread the chocolate evenly over the top of the brownies. While the chocolate is still lusciously melty, sprinkle about a cup of Heath English Toffee Bits over the top. Wait until the brownies cool and then cut into squares. Delicious!

Do you have a quick and easy fix that changes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary? Please share in the comment section below.

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Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Spinach Artichoke DipHave you been invited to a holiday party? Here’s an all-time favorite dish that is sure to please everyone. Spinach Artichoke Dip is delicious and easy to prepare. This dip can be served hot out of the oven or at room temperature.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 4-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, patted dry
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cream together the mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Chop the artichokes and stir into the cheese mixture.
  4. Add spinach, onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Transfer dip to a shallow baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Serve the spinach artichoke dip with crusty bread, pita chips, or crackers.

Once you try this Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, you’ll see for yourself that it’s a real crowd-pleaser. Please stop back and let us know if your friends and family liked it!

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Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Easy Cheesy Baked Rigatoni by Denise Devine

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easy-cheesy-baked-rigatoni1 box (16 oz) rigatoni
1 jar spaghetti sauce (any of the cheese-added variety)
½ ring of sausage (such as Hillshire, etc.)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 soup can of milk
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese (parmesan or mozzarella)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cook rigatoni in a large saucepan, drain and pour immediately into a lasagna pan.

Pour spaghetti sauce, soup, milk and sour cream into large saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, thinly slice sausage and add to mixture. When sauce is smooth and bubbly, pour over rigatoni noodles, top with shredded cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and pan is bubbling.

Let sit for 10 minutes then serve.

As always, any recipe can be modified to your tastes. Feel free to experiment!

Note:  This recipe makes a lot of sauce, but trust me, it’s not too much. Rigatoni absorbs a lot of moisture when baked and this casserole (or hot dish, as we call it in Minnesota) will come out of the oven very creamy, but that is what makes it so good. As it begins to cool, it will thicken.

Denise Devine

Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance. She is currently writing two series, Forever Yours (Inspirational) and Counting Your Blessings (Christmas romantic comedy). You can visit her at www.deniseannettedevine.com.

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Ravioli Lasagna – An easy recipe from Denise’s “I Hate to Cook” book

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Image (6)I love to eat, but I hate to cook. It’s not that I don’t like the process of cooking; it’s just that I don’t have time. My two favorite ways to cook are 1) grilling and 2) throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan and shoving it into the oven to cook itself. Over the years, I’ve put together a three-ring binder of easy dishes to make. Here is one of my newest favorites (because my husband really likes this one and it’s super easy to prepare). I guarantee you’re going to love it, too!

1 lb extra lean ground beef
½ onion, chopped or minced
½ cup green pepper, chopped or minced (optional)
1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 lb (approx) frozen cheese ravioli
1 ½ cup shredded cheese, any kind

Heat oven to 350 degrees – use a 13 x 9 baking dish – bake for 1 hour

Brown meat, onion and green pepper in skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Simmer until bubbling.

Layers:
1. Spread half the meat/sauce mixture on the bottom of the baking dish
2. Sprinkle with ½ cup of the shredded cheese
3. Spread out all of the ravioli to make one layer
4. Sprinkle with ½ cup of shredded cheese
5. Cover the top with the last half of meat/sauce mixture
6. Sprinkle with the last ½ cup of shredded cheese
7. Cover dish with tin foil

Bake 50 minutes or until heated through, uncovering for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese on top. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before spooning to serve.

Denise Devine

Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance. She is currently writing two series, Forever Yours (Inspirational) and Counting Your Blessings (Christmas romantic comedy). You can visit her at www.deniseannettedevine.com.

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