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A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake

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A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Best Gluten Free Flavorful Chocolate Moist Cake

This really is THE Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake.

Can a  Gluten Free chocolate cake be moist, flavorful and really good?

YES!

For health reasons, or as a lifestyle choice, do you eat Gluten Free, but then feel cheated in taste?

You won’t with this BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake.  A piece of this will take you to the moon and back on a CHOCOLATE carpet ride!

I asked my friend Dorthy for a great recipe, who must eat gluten free, and that girl loves chocolate.

She didn’t disappoint.

I’m telling you, talk about decadent! I would describe this Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake somewhere between a molten lava cake, a brownie and a really good piece of chocolate all rolled into one.

You can serve this BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake with confidence for those who needed gluten free foods so they won’t feel separated as guests in your home, and even to those who don’t eat gluten free because EVERYONE will enjoy this delicious dessert.

Thank you Dorthy for this luscious recipe!!!

For another yummy gluten free treat check out my BEST and EASY White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs 

 

 

Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake

Ingredients:

22 oz. gluten free chocolate cake mix (King Arthur is preferred)

1/2 cup chocolate milk

1/3 cup melted butter

12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips, Guittard gold & red bag are gluten free, Non GMO and Peanut Free (and very reasonably priced)

16 oz. sour cream

small package (4 serving box) of KRAFT chocolate fudge instant pudding

3 eggs

 

GF Chocolate Cake

Directions:

Generously grease a 12 cup bundt pan with cooking spray.

Mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips until well blended. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

The batter will be very thick.

Mix in the chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Pour into the bundt pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick (mine cooked about 15 minutes longer), and the top springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Turn the cake onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

 

To make the glaze.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, Guittard gold & red bag are gluten free, Non GMO and Peanut Free (and very reasonably priced)

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons corn syrup

1 teaspoon water

Combine all the ingredients together in a pan over low heat.GF Chocolate Cake

Stir frequently until mixture is smooth and the chocolate chips are melted.GF Chocolate Cake

Directions:

Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Serve.A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Adapted by Carrie, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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A tortilla with crisp romaine lettuce, bbq seasoned shrimp, mango salsa wrapped up

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

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A tortilla with crisp romaine lettuce, bbq seasoned shrimp, mango salsa wrapped up

A Caribbean Jerk seasoned shrimp with a sweet and savory mango salsa

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

 

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa is one of my favorite summer-time meals! 

I love the Caribbean Jerk seasoning on the barbecued shrimp; what flavor.

Wrap it up in a tortilla with crunchy romaine lettuce, some really good brand sweet and savory mango salsa and it takes this to gourmet 5-Star level.  

You’d never guess it’s a healthy dish because it tastes that good.

If you want to try another shrimp recipe, another favorite is this Sassy Orange Grilled Shrimp.

Enjoy!




Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

Ingredients for Shrimp Marinade:

1 pound medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and remove tail

3 Tbl. oil, your choice of vegetable or olive

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 Tbl. + 1/2 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

Wood or metal skewers

 

Directions for the Shrimp Marinade:

If using wood skewers, place them in a baking dish full of water to soak for 30 -60 minutes, to help prevent them burning while grilling.Shrimp Wrap 1Combine the oil, brown sugar and McCormick Caribbean Jerk Seasoning in a bowl and stir well.Shrimp Wrap 2Add in the shrimp and gently fold in until completely covered.Shrimp Wrap 3Cover with plastic wrap or a lid if the bowl has one.Shrimp Wrap 4Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.

When the shrimp is ready, thread onto the skewers.

Place onto a prepared medium-hot grill.

Cook on one side for 3-5 minutes; or until pink.Shrimp Wrap 5Turn and cook until cooked through and pink.Shrimp Wrap 6Allow to cool slightly and push off skewer; you are now ready for recipe below.




Ingredients for Shrimp Wrap & Mango Salsa:

Grilled shrimp Mango salsa, purchased or homemade (I used purchased from Costco for ease and I really like that brand)

Large tortilla wraps

Romaine lettuce, chopped into large bite sized pieces, washed well, dried (I used my salad spinner)

 

Directions for Shrimp Wrap & Mango Salsa:

Place a large tortilla down on a plate or cutting board.

Lay a good amount of lettuce down off the center slightly.Shrimp Wrap 7Spoon desired amount of pre-made Mango Salsa on top of the lettuce.

Lay grilled Shrimp on top of the salsa.Shrimp Wrap 8Wrap up and tuck like a burrito.Shrimp Wrap 9Cut and serve.Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango SalsaCarrie’s original recipe.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Vegetarian Fajitas

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A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Because you eat a Vegetarian or Gluten Free food style, do you ever feel cheated on taste?

Not with this Easy Vegetarian Fajita recipe!

It sacrifices nothing in flavor due to the homemade seasonings, which combine the perfect spices to enhance the fresh ingredients.

The vegetables are oven roasted to the right crisp, while maintaining a little crunch. Add in the amazing seasonings and  you have yourself a great fajita.

Now EVERYONE is happy and eating GOOD food!

If you’re looking for a terrific Vegetarian or Gluten-Free meal to take to a friend or neighbor in need, this would be the one.  You can read more here in What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Easy Vegetarian Fajitas

Ingredients:

Fajitas – 

2 small onions, or 1 large

2 medium green bell peppers, or 1 green and 1 yellow or orange if desired

1 medium red bell pepper

2 Tbl. vegetable or olive oil, your preference

8-16 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 lime

 

 

Seasoning – 

1 Tbl. chili powder

1/2 Tbl. paprika

1 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 Tbl. Corn Starch

 

Condiments – 

Tortillas

Chopped tomato

Cilantro, washed and stemmed

Salsa, optional and if marked gluten free

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix the seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and set aside: chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt and cornstarch.

 

Cut up the onions and peppers into long strips approximately 1/4″ – 1/2″ wide.

Slice the mushrooms if needed. 

 

Place all of the vegetables into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss to coat everything evenly.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Pour the seasoning mix over the top of the vegetables in the pan; A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Again mix to equally cover.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitasetarian Fatas

Bake for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are al dente.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Squeeze the lime juice over the vegetables and stir.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

To eat, place a spoonful of pepper/mushroom mixture down the center of a tortilla.

Spoon on chopped tomato and cilantro.

Serve with salsa as an option.

A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Thank you Rachel Dennison for sharing this recipe with me

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick's Green Pop Corn

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Green St Patty's popcorn treat

Granny Green St. Patricks PopCorn


St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn is a fast, YUMMY green treat for friends or family that will make this holiday extra special. 
 Celebrate with this quick favorite St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn also known as Granny Corn or Mother Goose Popcorn  
This scrumptious candy will bring back cherished memories of this old fashioned treat, or make new ones.  Every St. Patty’s Leprechaun will consider it a treasure, but one to share:) 




St. Patrick’s Green Granny, Sugar or Mother Goose Pop Corn

Ingredients:

5 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. salt
12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
4 drops green food coloring

32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any kernels that did not popPop corn




Directions:

In a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, vanilla, salt, vanilla, evaporated milk and food coloring. 
Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan. 
This is important and be sure it is working properly – buy a new one if you have a question. 
Be sure the end of the candy thermometer; meaning the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, but that the bulb is completely down inside the mixture.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 1
 
STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. 
When the candy comes to a boil, turn it down to medium; and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss lightly until it is completely coated.
Now, stir gently, bringing the candy mixture from the bottom up to the top of the popcorn on the top, completely coat all the popcorn.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 2In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny like this.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 3Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes – POOF and MAGIC happens!
The candy coating sugars to look like this and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we can still  enjoy today.

St. Patrick's Green Granny Pop Corn

Green Mother Goose Pop Corn or Granny Corn


Adapted by Carrie Groneman from Melinda Forbushs recipe.
Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick’s Green Mother Goose, Sugar or Granny Pop Corn


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Healthy Lentil Soup

BEST Ever Lentil Soup

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Healthy Lentil Soup

Simple Healthy Lentil Soup

This soup is wonderful!   It is very economical, healthy, gluten free and easily made vegetarian.  

Serve with my Whole Wheat Muffins for a tummy pleasing meal.




BEST Ever Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

8 cups water, more if needed

2/3 cup lentils

1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked

1 tsp garlic powder 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped

3 vegetable bouillon cubes (Knorr, or equivalent)

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1 Tbl. soy sauce

1/2 tsp. Emerill’s or seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, optional

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 lb. carrots, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 medium onion, diced

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Splash with Texas champagne (hot sauce)

1 Tbl. dried parsley


Directions:

Do not peel carrots it retains more vitamins.

Slice them about 1/2 inch thick.  

Slice the celery about 3/4 inch thick.

Chop the onions.

In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lentlil Soup 1Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes or more until the lentils, vegetables and rice are tender.

Add more liquid if needed. Lentlil Soup 2Serve. 

 Carrie Groneman’s recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014

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Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

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SlowCooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Do you love Cuban Street Tacos?

These authentic Cuban Style Pulled Pork Tacos have the great taste like those you get at the taco stands and the food trucks.  

Really! 

This Cuban Street Taco recipe has all the amazing flavors you’ve come to expect, and the best part – you make it in the slow cooker, or crock pot as is also called, which makes it SO easy!

This cooking process infuses the orange and lime citrus right through the meat, creating a mild and delicate flavor.

The perfect balance of Cuban inspired spices make it off-the-charts-delicious. 

You’ll impress your family and guests with these Cuban Street Tacos; it’s seriously a dish you’ll make often – due to requests!

If you’d prefer something a little on the sweet side with a savory dressing, you will thoroughly enjoy this Sweet Pork and Tomatillo Sauce

And if you want BBQ Pulled Pork then you’ll definitely want to check out out my Pulled Pork with tips on serving a crowd, and making it ahead.

Before I go, I would love to tell you about my Pork Roast Cookbook.  I show you in my usual step-by-step picture tutorial how to cook the perfect roast and 17 recipes to make from that roast!  Included as bonus recipe are this one and the Sweet Pork all in one EBook for instant download.  Enjoy the many tastes of pork!




Cuban Style Pulled Pork Tacos

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Total Time:  9-10 hours, including cooking time in the crock pot/slow cooker

Serves:  6-8

 

 

Ingredients:

Shredded pork:

4 lb. Pork –   Use either: boneless Pork Picnic Roast (shreds nice, stays moist, less expensive) or Boston Butt (shreds great, stays moist, added flavor of the bone)

1 Tbl. salt

3-4 Tbl. olive or vegetable oil

2 cups water

1 Knorr bouillon cube (or 2 teaspoons boullion, I preferr Knorr)

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. dried oregano leaves (not ground)

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 Tbl. brown sugar

4 bay leaves

2 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced (seeds removed unless more heat is desired, use caution here for those who may not desire added heat)

2 small onions, quartered

2 limes

2 medium oranges

 

Tortillas & Garnishes:

8 -10 small corn or flour tortillas

1 small red onion, finely chopped or thinly sliced

1/2 – 2/3 cup cilantro, washed and leaves pulled off of the stems

Sour cream

Avocados

1 – 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 

2-4 limes, cut into wedges




Directions:

Sprinkle the salt   Cuban Street Tacos

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos 

Cuban Street Tacos

Pork roast with salt to begin to cure in fridge

Rub the pieces of pork all over with salt.Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic CubanStreet Tacos

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a bowl with plastic wrap in the fridge

Refrigerate for 1-2  hours.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

When time is up, heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, until the oil is shimmering and hot.

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a fry pan starting to brown

Add in the pork and sear on all sides.  You might want to put a lid on to contain the grease spatters. Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

 

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a fry pan browned on all sides

Turn and brown the pork really well all over.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Place the pork in the slow cooker.




In the same pan used to sear the pork, pour in the water.

Cuban Street Taco

Juices from the cooked pork roast in a fry pan

Then scraping the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged spatula or wooden spoon, get up all the delicious brown bits from the bottom. 

low Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Roll the oranges on the counter with the palm of your hand; more juice is obtained from the fruit this way.  

Cuban Street Taco

Pushing on an orange with the palm of the hand to release more juice before cutting

Do this also for the limes.  



Slice the jalapeno in half, scrape out the seeds (this is where the heat is) and dice small.  

I keep disposable gloves on hand for this.

Cuban Street Tacos

Demonstrating how to chop a jalapeno by wearing a disposable glove and taking out the seeds

Caution not to touch your eyes or skin with any of the oils from the jalapeno on your fingers.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Cutting board with quartered onions, oranges zested and halved, limes zested and halved, chopped jalapeno and minced garlic

 Zest ONE of the oranges, zest ONE of the limes, chop the jalapeno as shown above, quarter the 2 onions and minced the garlic.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Into the same pan with the water and scrapped up bits of meat, add in the chicken bouillon, Montreal Steak Seasoning, cumin, chili powder, oregano leaves, bay leaves, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, juice of BOTH oranges, juice of BOTH limes, minced garlic and chopped jalapeno.

Cuban Street Tacos

Simmering the ingredients to put on the roast

Bring to a boil, turn it down to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

After simmering the ingredients, they are placed on the pork roast in the crock pot

Pour this mixture over the pork, which is in the slow cooker/crock pot

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cook on low for 6-8 hours,  or until the pork is very tender.




When the pork is tender and shreds easily, remove the pork, place in a bowl and set it aside. 

Strain the onion, bay leaf mixture from the liquid and pour the liquid into the pan on the stove.

Bring this mixture to a boil.

Cuban Street Tacos

Strained cooking liquid from roast reducing

Turn down to medium and cook for 15 minutes.w

Cuban Street Tacos

Pulled pork using Bear Paws

Meanwhile, shred the pork.  I LOVE these BEAR PAWS for this because they do not tear the meat, it shreds it instead keeping the tenderness and allowing the moist juices to remain. The meat is beautiful and doesn’t tear at the meat making it tough by destroying the fibers or ripping it to pieces.  You can get to the link HERE if you are interested in finding out more about one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

liquid from the roast being poured into the shredded pork

Pour the simmered sauce over the pork.

Cuban Street Tacos

the shredded pork and reduced liquid mixed together for tacos

Stir well and spoon back into the crock pot to heat through again. 

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Taco

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

When ready, serve with condiments for Cuban Street Tacos such as piling the delicious Cuban flavored meat in tortillas, garnishing with the red onion, cilantro, sour cream, avocados, cheese and juice from lime wedge. 

ENJOY

Cuban Street Tacos

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

SlowCooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs

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A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

This is the BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs recipe hands down!

Want an easy and yummy sweet and salty fix? 

Well, here it is.  

My Aunt Peg called to tell me about a candy she had, and after her description, this is my version for BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs.

See, depending on where these are made, they are called Corn Puffs, or Corn Pops or Puff Corn.  No matter the name, they are considered chips and are not the cereal type. Make sure you look for the right kind, sometimes it’s seasonal.

Anyway, I took a bowl to my mother-in-law Meredith’s house for her to try and she loved it.

When when makes these BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs, she uses 2 packages of white chocolate chips where I use one.

It’s up to you how much coating you want.

Now these are fabulous right after making them.  However, if you can resist and let them sit overnight they get even better.  

Why?  Because the flavor improves and they are store wonderfully for a few days. 

Since these BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs are so easy to make, light and easy to pack, they are the perfect gift to ship to family and friends for the holidays or any occasion.




BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs

Ingredients:

1 bag of 16-20 oz. “Corn Pops, Corn Puffs or Puff Corn” ( this is not the cereal, but considered a chip or snack food) like THIS

1 – 2  package(s) white chocolate chips (preferred and use a good brand) OR use buttons / melts 

  • Non-Dairy, vegan, try THIS
  • Good White Chocolate buttons, try THIS

Directions:

In a microwavable bowl add in the white chocolate chips (preferred), buttons or melts

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Slowly melt chocolate chips, stirring and heating 20 seconds, stir to prevent burning.

Continue to heat for 15 – 20 second intervals, stirring after each time.

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate




Continue this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and the temperature is about that of a baby bath.

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn r Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Pour melted chocolate over corn pops. Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops in a large bowl with the melted white chocolate chips poured on top

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

 

Stir gently to evenly coat all the corn pops with the chocolate.

The Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops with the white chocolate chips stirred in completely

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Spread on parchment and allow to set up.The Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops with the white chocolate chips stirred in completely and spread on a large piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to set up

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

When ‘set’ store in covered container. 

It’s delicious now, but AMAZING tomorrow.

 A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Satisfying Minestrone Soup

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Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Satisfying Minestrone Soup

Fall is making its mark with shorter days and cooler nights. This is a great recipe which can  easily be made gluten free or vegetarian, with a few simple changes.   Bursting with flavor and  economical it all adds up to a dinnertime hit.




HOMEMADE MINESTRONE SOUP

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil

1 chopped onions

5-6 stalks celery, chopped

2 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

6 cups water

2 Knorr chicken or vegetable bouillon or 3-4 tsp. bouillon

3 cups vegetable cocktail (V-8 juice)

1 lb. chopped carrots

1/2 of 1 small cabbage, chopped

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 ½ cups frozen corn OR 1 can corn, drained

1 tbsp. dried parsley

2 bay leaf

2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp. sugar

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning

1 cup small pasta, uncooked


Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Cook and stir for 8 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften a bit.Satisfying Minestrone Soup1

Add all remaining ingredients except the pasta and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Add in the pasta and simmer, covered for approximately 30 minutes, or until the vegetables and pasta a tender but not mushy or too soft.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator. When warming up, more broth, water or vegetable juice may be needed.

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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