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Simple Cooking

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 4:57 PM

Apple Dumplings

2 whole Granny Smith apples
2 cans (8 ounces) crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon, to taste
1 can (12 ounce) Mountain Dew soda

Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9-by-13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

20 whole fresh jalapenos, 2-3 inches in size
2 cubes cream cheese, softened
1 pound thin bacon, sliced into thirds

Slip on some latex gloves for the pepper preparation. Cut jalapenos in half, lengthwise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane (the source of the heat; leave a little if you like things hot). Smear softened cream cheese into each jalapeno half. Wrap jalapeno with bacon pieces (1/3 slice). Secure by sticking toothpick through the middle. Bake on a pan with a rack in a 375-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. You don't want the bacon to shrink so much it starts to squeeze the jalapeno. If, after 20 minutes, the bacon doesn't look brown enough, just turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish it off. These are best when the jalapeno still has a bit of bite to it. Serve immediately, or they're also great at room temperature.

Homemade Salad Dressing

3/4 cups olive oil or canola oil
Juice of 2 lemons
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoons sugar
Dash of paprika
1 clove garlic, peeled and left whole

Place all ingredients into a jar. Shake it up and store in the fridge at least 24 hours before serving. Serve on your favorite green salads. Also works well on pasta salad.

I am getting some recipes together to post for Easter Cooking.

I wish some of you would please share of your Easter Recipes with me so I could pass them along. Easter is one of my favorite Holidays to cook for.

Until next time Happy Cooking..

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I began cooking at the age of 9 with my father and have always loved trying new recipes. Beware: I am fond of onions and peppers! I am diabetic so I do try to cook more healthy dishes these days. My door is always open to trying and sharing new recipes. Let's see what we can cook up with this blog!
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