Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Spinach Waldorf Salad with Cinnamon-Apple Dressing

I so love spinach, my mom never had to trick me into eating it, and  Popeye was my favorite cartoon character, I guess, I was a weird kid.

½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate,
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large red eating apples, cubed (about 4
½ cup seedless red grapes, halved
½ cup chopped celery (1 medium stalk)
½ cup chopped walnuts
4 cups torn fresh spinach leaves .
In large bowl, mix mayonnaise, juice concentrate and cinnamon until well blended. Stir in apples, grapes, celery and walnuts to coat. Before serving, place spinach in large salad bowl. Spoon apple mixture over spinach; toss to mix and coat.



chocolate chip cookie ( a holiday staple)

my little sweetie (my daughter Kimberly) made some chocolate chip cookies for my hubby and her bro. Both were so happy, I didn't hear a peep out of them for a while, because they were indulging in their cookie feast.

  • 3/4 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

  • OR 3/4 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 (6 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional

  • HEAT oven to 375ºF..COMBINE shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. DROP by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. BAKE 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely. TIP * If nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips..