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How many new recipes will you try in 2022? Expand your cooking skills! Experience new flavors! Cook healthy at home!

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My first new recipe of the year. Was very easy to put together. Chicken came out very moist and tender. Lemon gravy was a failure, just too bitter from the cooked lemon peels. I did not blend the lemon rind, but enough of it leaked into the meat juices to make it taste bad. I would use the method again, but save the lemon for the end.
 
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I have a problem of not following recipes exactly, but this one I did for the cake. I had the ingredients for the topping but DH likes it with whipped topping. I have some in fridge to use up so that is what we did. We both really like it.
 

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I don't know how many recipes I will try in 2022...but I am currently trying to use up almond flour, coconut flour and vital wheat gluten from a brief experiment with Keto diet...I can do the low carb but NOT the high fat. So I can eat this stuff up anyway.
Last night I tried a bannock/skillet type bread with 2T of each of those and 2 big eggs, and a bit of baking soda and vinegar for extra leavening, a bit of strawberry powder (from my sister...gotta use it up!). It was bread like but dry as DUST by this morning. Coconut flour is a blackhole for moisture! Still, dipped in a thick lentil stew it was good enough. I will keep trying. I think if I make it runnier it could work as pancakes.
 

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'Tis the season (for diets and cold weather!)

Lower Sugar Hot Cocoa Mix
1⅓ c. Splenda
1 c. powdered milk
1 c. powdered coffee creamer
¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
Stir to blend. Store in tightly covered jar. Add ¼ cup mix to 1 cup hot water, or to taste. Makes about 4 cups mix.

For Spiced Cocoa Mix, add 2 tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp ground cloves, and ½ tsp ground nutmeg to entire mix. Increase Splenda to 1½ cups.

Based on the recipe from Make Your Own Groceries cookbook. Replace Splenda with sugar for original, or make a hybrid version using half sugar and half Splenda.
 

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I tried two new recipes this week. First was chicken Parmesan lasagna. Layer your sauce on the bottom of the pan then place uncooked lasagna noodles on top. Next up is another layer of sauce then frozen chicken nuggets or strips and cheese. From there keep building in that order until you get to the top of pan. Bake at 350 for roughly an hour - it’s cold when you can put a knife through the noodle. Sprinkle a bit more cheese on top then back in oven till that melts and it’s done.

You can obviously use your own sauce recipe, make your own chicken nuggets etc if you want to avoid the heavily processed foods. I try to keep our consumption of those down as it’s better for our blood pressure.
 

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The second recipe was Sweet Hawaiian crockpot chicken. 2 lbs of chicken, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup soy sauce and one cup of pineapple juice. Cook on low. Recip said eight hours but I had boneless skinless chicken breasts and they were done after an hour and a half.

Dh said the sauce was good and I dribbled it over rice for a side. The chicken didn’t seem to pick up the taste of the sauce very much. The sauce is watery so I think for the leftovers I will thicken up the sauce a bit so it clings more to the chicken.
 

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Tried crock pot round steak tonight. 2lbs if round steak, two cans (or homemade) cream of whatever you pick soup, one soup can of water, one packet brown gravy, one packet ranch seasoning and one stick of butter. Cook on low. It smelled wonderful! The steak was so tender and the flavoring was really good.
 

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I finally tried out a recipe clone for Spike seasoning I've been meaning to try for years. Before I did, I took a peek at the ingredient list of the store version. There were some tasty sounding ingredients not included in the clone, so I pre-tweaked the clone and added some. I ended up using 26 different seasonings, 13 less than the original. It turned out good! We both liked it in soup tonight and it will be tasty for lots of other things, too.
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I've been trying new mix recipes lately. Yesterday I tried an alleged clone (I'm always skeptical) of Zaitaran's jambalaya mix. It turned out good, so I'll be giving the next batch only minor tweaks.

I also mixed up a very simple popcorn seasoning, just three ingredients, no added salt.

Jalapeño Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning

1/4 c. Cheese powder
1/4 tsp. Jalapeño powder
1/4 tsp. Dry mustard
Mix and store in shaker bottle with tight lid.

I will double the jalapeño powder and mustard powder next time.

A packet of cheese powder from a mac and cheese box may be subbed for cheese powder.

If you don't have jalapeňo powder, you can use white pepper and/or cayenne instead.

Black or white pepper may be added to taste, as well as popcorn salt.

I don't use oil when making popcorn, so I spray popped corn with a fake butter spray to help popcorn seasoning stick.
 

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I have been making pumpkin tapioca for a while but today I subbed brown sugar for the maple syrup and used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp rum flavoring. Easier to make than pumpkin pie....
 
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