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Oyster way to a good snack

Oyster way to a good snack

There are some really interesting, surprising and even stunning facts about these little creatures beside fact they present a great cooking foundation for various perfect meals. Just a fact they transform a sand to a beautiful pearl is already enough to make them on top of the list inside the wildlife world. Other facts like they can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day or that they provide habitat for other marine life including protecting the coastline from erosion present some really magnificent stuff. But let’s get back to cooking topic.

To achieve beautiful visual and practical effect beside the tasty one oysters are farmed for the restaurants in order to get the rounder shape of shells because in the natural habitat they can be oddly shaped depending on the environment.

Some stylish Ranch oyster crackers recipe

This recipe is little different than classic one but also very simple and addictive recipe. These are actually the tiniest crackers you will ever see. You will need two packages of store-bought oyster crackers and 1 envelope of ranch salad dressing mix (if you accidentally do not have some homemade secret formula).

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Take a bowl and first mix the dressing with ¾ cup canola oil, 1 tsp of dill weed, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of onion powder and ½ tsp of lemon-pepper seasoning. In the end, spread it over the crackers and let it stay for a couple of hours in an airtight container. And just imagine the fact there is no need of turning the oven on to make them.

Oyster nutrition

Beside the fact of being really different in the world of wildlife and ecologically friendly oysters present really nutritionally well-balanced food. Low in cholesterol, calories, and fat while containing some high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin C, iron, protein and zinc they really make a healthy part of anybody’s diet.

Problem with calories comes with various additions such as cheese and various full-fat dressings but there is a way to include this snack from time to time into your life diet with a healthier approach.

Healthier recipe of Ranch oyster crackers

First of all make a substitution for plain old vegetable oil with a more healthy variation such as many natural blended ones of sunflower, olive or safflower. They will supply you and your family with more vitamin E having low saturated fat levels and giving much lighter taste to your snack.

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Get two packages of oyster crackers, pour them into a bowl you can seal appropriately while in other bowl make a mixture of ¾ cup of healthy vegetable oil (such as Life Oil), ½ tsp of garlic powder, 1 pack of dry ranch mix and 1 tsp of dill. Pour the properly blended mixture over the crackers and give it some more shaking so it spreads all over crackers properly. Seal it and let it stay for at least one hour before serving.

Remember longer they stay better it will taste. Enjoy your healthy and more balanced snack.

Typical Pumpkin Recipe

Typical Pumpkin Recipe

As holidays are a usual time of the year where we have time to make some ordinary and extraordinary meals including desserts, we all know something about Halloween and the fact most meals are based on one main ingredient pumpkin. Pumpkin presents traditional Halloween flavor in the USA with increasing popularity in the UK and many other countries all over the world.

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Recipes are outnumbering but there is one specific and very popular how among the children also among world of adults. It is pumpkin spice moon pie also known as whoopie pie and it ridiculously reminds with its shape to whoopee cushion no matter what variation of the recipe is about. This time we will stick closely to the original recipe which everybody may transform according to their favorite tastes, spices or surrounding ingredients.

Closest Original Recipe of pumpkin spice moon pie

This is also a great alternative to a pumpkin pie coming in form of about 8 to 10 little whoopie pies. Special sponge and delicious taste comes from the great pumpkin puree part. While first making a sponge part of this delicious little pies you will need to mix around 120ml of sunflower oil, 200g of soft brown sugar and 1/2tsp of vanilla essence. After that, you may add 1 large egg and 100ml of pumpkin puree until you get one nicely integrated liquid mix. Other mix of ingredients you have to make is the powdering one which is consisted of 250g of plain flour, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, ½ tsp of salt, ½ tsp of bicarbonate of soda, 1tsp of ground ginger and 1tsp of ground cinnamon.

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After mixing this all together you will add it to the liquid mixture until you get a nice even form, use the medium speed to achieve the best quality of this beautiful sponge batter. Preparation for baking is based on little round forms of 3-5cm in diameter keeping them around 3cm apart because they will spread during cooking.

Bake them for 10 to 13 minutes until you notice nice gold color and bounce back when you lightly touch them. The filling part consists of 85g of softened butter, 150g of icing sugar, 80g of full-fat cream cheese and 100g of vanilla marshmallow fluff. The speed of mixer should be high while mixing first three ingredients but when adding marshmallow fluff be gentle until you get nice and even fluffy filling. This should stay in the fridge for 30 to 40 minutes.

Ending part is about connecting sponge parts and filling where about one full tablespoon of filling should be spread on the flat side of the down sponge part while sticking another sponge part on the top also with a flat side to filling. If you prefer you may dust them with some icing sugar while serving.

Endless variations

Once you master this recipe you will see there is no end to their transformation, from chocolate ones, caramel flavor, oreo chocolate flavor, meyer lemon, raspberry to good old peanut butter flavor. And guess what, you don’t even need a fork to eat them!

Always Ready For The Party

Always Ready For The Party

Party bites, finger food or a last minute appetizers come in outnumbering shapes and recipe forms as they are never ending as human imagination and taste. They present a real savior and great ticket when you got an unplanned party coming up where you need to serve a lot of people as soon as possible. Ingredients are also never ending and there is really no taste that can’t be satisfied with at least one kind of these practical but delicious snacks. This food is meant to be eaten without knife, fork or spoon, only using your hands.

And no worries, there are plenty recipes that will also not only save your party but also your budget.

Feta Bruschetta

Starting with some curb and bread snack as the usual base of typical canapé world these will satisfy almost every finest taste. For start, take one small bowl and mix ¼ cup of the melted butter and ¼ cup of olive oil. Make 10 slices of French bread and brush both sides with this mixture.

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Put all the slices on the baking sheet and let it reach light brown color for about 8-10 minutes on 180 degrees temperature in the oven. Meanwhile combine other ingredients which include 1 package of crumbled feta cheese, 2 garlic minced cloves, 1tbsp of dried basil and 1tbsp of minced fresh basil. Spread this over each toast, gently put parts of 1 large chopped tomato at the top of each toast and put it for 8-10 minutes more in the oven until it gets a nice crispy look. It is recommended to serve it immediately warm.

Mushroom bacon bites

As they may be served as a last minute snack they may also present a great addition to any bigger family lunch gathering. Ingredients are very simple, easy to find and almost every household has it regularly in their food supplies. You will need about 24 medium fresh mushrooms, 12 bacon strips and 1 cup of the barbecue sauce.

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Each mushroom needs to be wrapped with a piece of bacon and it is easiest to secure it with a toothpick. Brush all of them with barbecue sauce and grill for about 10 to 15 minutes on indirect medium heat until you notice crispy bacon and softened mushrooms. This is an appropriate bite for almost any type of occasion.

Honey and yogurt fruit cups

This presents a nice healthy party bite but it also can be a very tasty form of regular dessert. Ingredients are found in almost every household all the time, not expensive and simple to combine. You will need around 4 to 5 cups of mixed fresh fruit such as pears, apples, grapes and bananas, ¾ cup of vanilla, orange and lemon yogurt, 1tbsp of honey, ½ tbsp. of almond extract and grated orange flavoring.

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This will be enough for around 6 individual serving bowls. Make a mixture of yogurt, honey, extract, orange flavoring and spread it over the divided fruit in the bowls. This is something that will for sure disappear fast from your serving table.

Great Brunch Solution

Great Brunch Solution

Today you may find some incredible but also a bit little freaky terms for daily meals such as brunch, blunch, drunch, drunkfast or brinner. It all depends are you having breakfast with lunch closer to lunch, dinner with lunch, brunch for dinner or even drunk meals like drunk lunch. Some may find it crazy and some find it very amusing, this time we will dedicate more time to the brunch which presents a meal combined of breakfast and lunch recipes eaten between breakfast and lunch time.

The typical recipe for a great brunch is one of the favorite sandwiches among people called Monte Cristo Sandwich.

Best Monte Cristo Sandwich from New York

This is one of the best sandwich recipes ever you may find in New York, more exactly in the heart of the West Village. This time we will talk about amount of ingredients for two sandwiches. It is important to get quality roasted turkey and smoked ham in form of nice, thick slices and you will need around 10 slices each. Also essential is top notch bread, more exactly 6 slices and this great mornay sauce that is used for dipping or a bowl of your beloved jam.

On each slice of bread is needed some mayo spreading and you will need three slices for each sandwich.

The first slice comes with shredded gruyere or Gouda cheese and ham on top which you cover with a middle slice of bread. Between middle and third slice comes also cheese but with roasted turkey. One cup of this shredded cheese will be enough for both sandwiches.

Eggs

Besides this, in a separate bowl, you need to make a mixture of 4 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon and ¼ tsp vanilla extract. Then comes soaking the sandwich into this mixture for a couple of minutes on each side with a little bit of pressure from your hands to compact. After comes cooking of each side of the sandwich on medium heated, melted butter for about two minutes per side. Nice, brown color will be your sign to remove sandwich from the heat and serve it with delicious mornay sauce or some of your favorite jam.

One special secret ingredient will give that final touch and make all the ingredients create this unique magic and it is a simple dusting of powdered sugar. This recipe will make you feel closest to sitting in the center of West Village in New York and enjoying your perfect brunch time.

Different variations of the sandwich

Variations of the Monte Cristo sandwich are outnumbering and have a great tendency to vary from each to each restaurant. It also had great transformations through the history depending on what country comes from and what ingredients may be found.

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Names were also various as its recipes, such as French Sandwich, French Toasted Cheese Sandwich or Toasted ham Sandwich. So if you love French Toast you should try this one for sure. But you should also remember that this meal is definitely not included in diet or healthy food because of its fat and calories included.