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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chocolate-Cherry Heart-Smart Cookies

From Cooking Light. I would recommend chopping the cherries into smaller pieces.
  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Oriental Chicken

Thanks to Becca for this recipe! Everyone in our 2005 travel group is making this now.
I used minced ginger, and I did brown the chicken. I made double the sauce.

3 1/2 to 4 pounds chicken pieces (I use thighs most of the time)
2 T oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 T brown sugar
2 t water
1 glove garlic, minced
1 t ground ginger
1/4 slivered almonds

In a large skillet over medium heat brown the chicken in oil on both sides. (I skip this step) Transfer to slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients except almonds. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, reduce heat to low and cook 4-5 hours. Sprinkle with almonds when serving.

I sometimes make extra sauce and use it as a sauce for rice during the week.