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Mango Banana Smoothie

Mango Banana Smoothie

Mango Banana Smoothie If you’re looking for a refreshing nutrition packed start to your morning or even later in the day this Mango Banana Smoothie is a favorite of mine.  I often buy frozen mango chunks but I will use in this either fresh or frozen bananas.  By using fruit no ice is needed when blending so there is no dilution of flavors.         Mango Banana Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup cubed frozen mango cubes 3/4 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 medium) 2/3 cup milk or almond milk 1 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Preparation: Place frozen mango and the remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! To freeze your own mangos: If using fresh mangos, peel and cube then arrange the mango cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze until firm (about 1 hour).

Experimental Food Ideas – Irish Eggs in a Well

Experimental Food Ideas – Irish Eggs in a Well

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment with Food! Irish Eggs in a Well All recipes were creative projects at some point in time! Last week I was looking in the refrigerator not sure what I wanted to eat for breakfast.  So, I decided to be a little creative!   Creative Breakfast Food Ideas So, what food is in the fridge that might help with the creativity today?  Eggs, and leftover steel cut oatmeal. My favorite oatmeal is McCann’s steel cut Irish oatmeal. It takes a little longer prep time but definitely worth the extra time, about 25-30 minutes and I give it rest time also.  I make it as per the tin’s instruction, which makes 4 servings, and will have 3 servings left for other days unless I have people here to help eat it. This oatmeal is fine leftover too, so no big problem with that!  I actually had less than one portion left so what to do, what to do? Get creative! In a small frying pan, I melted a bit of butter (only use real products), added the cold oatmeal to heat it through.Once heated through I made a hole or well in the center and let the

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The Not Always Appreciated Flavor Booster….Flavored and Herb Butters

The Not Always Appreciated Flavor Booster….Flavored and Herb Butters

Herb butter is one of the first recipes I learned in cooking school  Herbed Butter, Fruited butter or Honey butter are some of the best things in life so useful and simple to make. Flavored butters are flavor enhancers for meats and fish, or to spread on muffins or bread. There are endless places to use this simple delicacy. Herbed or fruited butters are lovely spread on a nice baguette too or on some freshly cooked pasta. about to using some flavored butter on popcorn? Included in the category of flavored butters: Fruit butters Honey Butter Herb butters Spiced butters Savory butters Sweet butters I have had strawberry butter served with luscious corn muffins here in NYC.  Great at breakfast or brunch time. Honey butter on toast, waffles or pancakes would be delicious. And, what about garlic butter on bread?   There is no perfect recipe for these butters. Let you own taste be the guide making them. Here’s a few basic recipes, but please play and experiment in your kitchen. Have fun and be creative with these.   The Basic Method Use room temperature butter for easier blending. Add flavoring ingredients mix with hand or stand mixer. You can use

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