3 Things You Can Make in The Microwave Besides Popcorn

For some, the microwave is the kitchen. There’s nothing more satisfying than a quick “zap” to turn cold pizza into its original glory from the night before, or the smell of popcorn warming up the kitchen during opening credits. But sometimes we need to mix things up a little. Here are some creative (and quick) recipe ideas for your microwave, from our Microwave Meals Pinterest board.

Quesadillas. These Mexican appetizers are quick, crazy versatile and cost very little to make. They can be eaten alone, served as simple party appetizers or stuffed with gourmet ingredients and paired with your favorite homemade salsas and other sides.
Quick step: Fill with cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheeses with a dash of your favorite hot sauce and/or salsa. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
Step up: Replace the above recipe with Colorado goat cheese, spinach and sliced portobello mushrooms. To make it a hearty meal, add some grilled chicken breast. Microwave on a dish covered with plastic wrap for 45 seconds to a minute.

Edamame. These fresh soybeans are a popular snack in Asian-Pacific cultures. They’re not only a filling appetizer, but they’re also packed with carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber and important vitamins. 
Quick step: Steam frozen edamame in the microwave in a zippered plastic bag with a tablespoon of water for two minutes or until not frozen. Serve with sea salt and soy sauce.
Step up: Steam edamame and serve with a dip.

Chocolate chip cookies (well, just one). Sometimes all you need is one chocolate chip cookie. And not the kind that come in a package that try to feign that luscious, moist texture you can only get from a fresh batch. Hey, guess what? You can get that fresh taste in a solo version!
Quick step: Melt one tablespoon of butter in a microwave safe mug. Add one tablespoon of white sugar, one tablespoon of brown sugar, a few drops of vanilla, a pinch of kosher salt and finally, as many chocolate chips as you want. Microwave for 45 seconds to a minute and enjoy.
Step up: Is there such thing as a step up to a fresh chocolate chip cookie? Let us know by commenting below.

Black-Eyed Peas Recipe for New Years’

I was raised in the South where we ate food like grits and collard greens. In Colorado I’ve found it’s something most people turn their heads at—but I’ve decided to share a Southern tradition with ya’ll (see what I did there?).. It’s almost the New Year and it’s time to get out that can of black-eyed peas that’s been sitting in your pantry for 4 months.

The history of eating black-eyed peas for New Years day dates back to the Civil War, as fields and crops of black-eyed peas were ignored when the North invaded and destroyed or stole other crops. Since black-eyed peas were all that were left, it was all the surviving Southerners could eat to nourish themselves.

Black-eyed peas are supposed to be the first thing you eat on the new year, so it’s best to serve right after midnight or eat them for breakfast the next day. It’s believed that doing so brings prosperity and good luck by Southern folklore. Some folks even say you have to eat at least 365 black-eyed peas so you can have prosperity for each day of the year.

 I always hated the tradition growing up because black-eyed peas on their own are just not that good. For this New Year, I found a delicious down-home recipe to spice these suckers up, that way I can bring in the year in old-fashioned, but delicious, Southern style.

This is our last recipe post for the year, so hopefully it’s one you’ll enjoy!

 

Hoppin' John: Black Eyed Peas for the New Year. Click to enlarge, then print.

 

Recipe adapted from About.com. Recipe Card design by L.

I Love Pie! Easy Pie Recipes

I love pie so much. It’s a classic. Pumpkin pie, mince meat pie, anything can go in a pie. That’s what makes this amazing dish so versatile.. and delicious. 

To celebrate our second-to-last recipe post for the holiday season, I whipped up a batch of great pie recipe cards just for you. (See what I did there?) I know I love them. 

Hopefully you love these pie recipes as much as I do! They all involve as little work as possible so you can serve and eat that delicious pie sooner than later. 

Did I mention that I love pie? 

Click to enlarge, then print.

 

Click to enlarge, then print.

 

Click to enlarge, then print.

 

Recipes adapted from Cooks.com. Recipe card design by L

Giving Cookies and Scrumdiddlyumptious Desserts as Gifts

Stumped on a gift idea for that friend of yours?

Try baking them up a batch of these easy recipes (one recipe doesn’t even require cooking ;) ) and wrap them up in holiday coloured cellophane! It’s the thought that counts, and these make me think: “Delicious.”

Click to enlarge & print them out for your recipe card box!

GingerBread Waffles with Hot Chocolate Sauce-- yum, breakfast!

Cranberry Hootycreeks-- I don't know what a Hootycreek is, but I know that this gift idea is definitely scrumdiddlyumptious.

Sour Cream Cutouts– these adorable looking cuties stay soft and creamy, great for after dinner desserts!

Recipes adapted from allrecipes.com. Recipe card design by L. 

Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes

For any of you who are gluten-intolerant or have Celiac’s disease, you understand that the holidays can be a real nightmare. Luckily, gluten-free foods have been rising in popularity lately, and eating gluten-free for the holidays has been getting easier and easier! In celebration of gluten-free holidays, I have whipped up some delicious gluten-free dessert recipes for those of you who can’t partake in the normal holiday fare.

Click the recipe cards to make them larger & print!


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe

The Potato

Enjoy these interesting facts about potatoes as you try some different ways of cooking your potato this holiday season.

  • A potato is about 80% water and 20% solid
  • Potatoes are grown in all 50 states and in 125 countries
  • An 8 oz. baked potato has 110 calories
  • The average American eats 124 pounds of potatoes per year — Germans eat more than 200 pounds per year
  • The Irish Potato Famine was caused by a fungus that destroyed the country’s ENTIRE potato crop
  • The largest potato grown was 18 pounds and 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records — and was grown in England in 1795
  • Potatoes are more nutritious when eaten with the skin on
  • Potatoes were the first vegetable grown in space in 1995
  • Potatoes are second only to milk products as the most consumed food in America
  • You can treat facial blemishes by washing your face daily with cool potato juice
  • You can treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato to the affected area
  • Reduce aches and pains by rubbing boiled potato water (cooled) to the affected area

Brought to you by the U.S. Potato Board

Stuffing vs Dressing

It’s the season for turkey. I love holiday turkey and stuffing. . . or is it dressing?
 
I thought the name was because of where you put the breading- in or on the bird. Inside the turkey would be stuffing and around the turkey would be dressing, but did you know that what you call the breading is determined by where you live?
 
Thanksgiving cookbook author Rick Rodgers says that in the South and in some parts of the Mid-West it’s called dressing, and in the North it’s called stuffing. Why you ask. Eve Felder, associate dean at the Culinary Institute of America has a theory on that. She says that southerners call it dressing because the word sounds gentler than stuffing. Just like calling grits hominy.
 
Regardless of what you call it. The turkey wouldn’t be the same without it.
 
This holiday season consider making a stuffing/dressing that originated where you live (click to enlarge):

Happy Holidays!

Cooking the Perfect Turkey

I think it’s hilarious that I’m writing you wonderful folks recipe cards for “the perfect turkey” when I’ve been eating meat for like.. less than a year. Yeah, I was a vegetarian (and a strict one) for quite a while.

 But, I do have excellent research skills, and with some Google-fu I have conjured up a great Turkey recipe for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

 I know that I will be up at 5am that day helping my mother, or at least, supervising while she yells at me to get out of the way of her Thanksgiving cooking routine. With a little luck, my recipe card here will give my mom some relief that the perfect turkey is easy to attain—and maybe it’ll help you, too! Enjoy!

Click to enlarge and print out to save in your recipe card box!

Summer Time Recipes

Summertime is here! Get ready for those summer BBQs and Family Picnics with these great printable recipes!

Main Course:

-Picnic Oven Fried Chicken

Delicious Sides:

-Potato Salad

A Little on the Sweet Side:

-Snickerdoodles

-Peach and Strawberry Crumble

How to Make a “Christmas Spirit” Gift Basket

To spark your creative juices, here’s how to create a quick and easy gift basket for any holiday party. Everyone loves a good sangria, no matter what time of year, so why not make a Sangria-themed gift basket?

Painted Wine Glasses

Painted Wine Glasses

But since this is the holiday season, this Sangria Gift Basket comes with custom painted wine glasses! First, you’ll need…

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Thanksgiving Recipes

picture courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

picture courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

The Holiday Season’s upon us and in celebration we thought that we would share some of our favorite recipes. From turkey dishes to desserts and drinks, we’ve collected various receipes your family will love. These personalized Appliance Factory Outlet cards are designed to add some festive color to your recipe book! 

Beverages:

Main Dishs:

Side Dishs:

Desserts: