Sunday, February 26, 2012

I've been on my low iodine diet for 2 weeks now and I'm really ready to be done.
Tonight I made pesto chicken flatbread. Yum!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I have started my low iodine diet again. This is a staple anytime I need to do this diet. I love these!

Orange Spiced Nuts
recipe found here
2 cups whole blanched almonds
1 ½ cups pecan halves
1 ½ cups filberts (hazelnut)
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Pinch salt
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
½ cup butter or margarine
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Spread nuts in jelly roll pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly toasted.
In small bowl stir together sugar and spices.
Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites at high speed, scraping bowl often, until soft peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. Continue beating, gradually adding sugar mixture, until stiff peaks form, another 1 to 2 minutes. By hand, fold in orange zest and nuts. In same jelly roll pan, melt butter in oven—about 4 to 6 minutes. Spread nut mixture over butter. Bake, stirring every 5-10 minutes for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until nuts are brown and no butter remains. Cool completely and transfer to an airtight container.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Creamsicle Cookies

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 T. orange zest
2 c. guitard choc-au-lait vanilla chips (or white chips)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and chips.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls I to u greased cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies. Bake 8-10 min or until golden Brian around edged. Do not overlook! Cookies will be plump. Cool for several minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to rack to cool completely.