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Sep 1, 2016

My Top Ten Favorite Recipes

orange_sesame_chickenI made one of my top ten favorite recipes today: Orange Sesame Chicken. It’s fast, healthy, and so much better than restaurant orange chicken, which is usually batter fried. My lean chicken is stir fried in 2 teaspoons of oil and made with freshly squeezed orange juice and toasted sesame oil. If you haven’t tasted (and smelled!) toasted sesame oil, it’s unbelievably fragrant. And bonus: this recipe takes 20 minutes. But that’s not even why I like it so much. It is deeeelicous!

If you’re wondering, here is the entire top ten list of my own personal favorite recipes, the ones I make the most:

  1. Granola Bars
  2. Tortillas
  3. Chicken Pot Pie
  4. Multigrain No Knead Bread
  5. Giant Breakfast Cookies
  6. Orange Sesame Chicken
  7. Spaghetti & Meatballs
  8. Cabbage Rolls
  9. Pork Loin Dinner
  10. Deviled Eggs

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone and if you want to try my orange sesame chicken, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Sep 1, 2016

More Photos (September)

I’m always excited when I see a photo come in. It feels good to see that my recipes are working for everyone, everywhere. And it’s always nice to see where everyone is from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

LISA MADE MY 20-MINUTE PIZZA DOUGH
“Hi Jenny, Just thought you might like to see my pork and cranberry pasties which I made with the Pizza Dough. I also make calzone with them. It is a cracker of a recipe.  Thank you for all the gorgeous recipes, Sue in Wales, UK.”

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LISA MADE MY WOUND HEALING SOUP
I made this soup tonight. Thank you for the recipe, Jenny. SO GOOD! (btw, I made it with homemade chicken broth. yum)

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SABINE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Dear Mrs Jones. Today I made the “no knead bread” in the Dutch Oven. It smells so fine, it is so hard to wait till we can eat it. At the moment it is too warm. Thanks for an other yummy recipe. A lot of regards over the Atlantic, Sabine.”

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LEIGH MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hi Jenny !  Just found your site yesterday, and I love it !  I made your crusty rolls (subbed 1 cup of whole wheat and added 1 tsp of vital wheat gluten) – they turned out great ! Thank you ! Leigh”

*Leigh, look at my paczki, black forrest brownies, or creamy carrots photos. I have the same plate! – jenny

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MARY MADE MY GRANOLA BARS
“This is the second time that I made these delicious bars. I used unsweetened coconut and no chocolate. Wonderful. I added all the ingredients then divided by 16 cubes to arrive at a calorie count of 175 for each. Thank you Jenny!”

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JANE MADE MY NO KNEAD ROLLS
“Hi Jenny I made these two days ago. My wife has been trying to find Kaiser rolls from her childhood for so long we had given up.  They were from Kazinof’s Bakery in New England.  I think they sold the business and somehow the taste and texture of the bulky rolls changed.  I bet we have bought a hundred different kinds of rolls trying to find one she likes for nearly 40 years.   I found your recipe for no knead leave on the counter over night bread.  I wish you could have seen her face when I offered her one of these. Honestly she was in heaven.  I don’t think I have seen her smile so happily since Bush left the White House.  Thanks.  Life is good. 🙂 “

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SABINE MADE MY MEAT SAUCE & POPPY SEED ROLL
“Dear Mrs Jones. I bought the Dutch Oven. First cooking – meatsauce. I gave a rest of champignons and carrots and pepperoni into the sauce. It was delicious for our dinner today. Next time the ‘no knead bread’.” Kindly regards. Sabine from Germany.”

20160912_181255_resized“I also made the Poppy Seed Roll. It tastes fantastic. This will be our breakfast tomorrow. Lots of greetings. Sabine from Germany.”

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MURIEL MADE MY DUTCH BABY PANCAKE
” I made your dutch baby pancake for mothersday!! It was delicious, thank you! 🙂 “

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DENNIS MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“No knead crusty rolls, perfection with butter.”

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Aug 30, 2016

Your Recipes

Here’s place to share your own recipes. Include a photo if you like…. of the dish – or even you!

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Aug 27, 2016

Lemon Brownie Update

lemon_browniesI made lemon brownies today and decided to experiment with a larger pan, using a 9 x 9-inch square instead of the 8-inch square. Well, this recipe is indestructible. The brownies turned out great, even a little fudgier than the original. Even an amateur baker can’t mess this up. I’ve made these easy lemon brownies with all purpose flour, with whole wheat pastry flour, once when I was out of yogurt I used sour cream instead and no matter what, they always turn out. And it’s one bowl!

It’s one of my most popular recipes because they are so easy to make. There is no mixer, almost no cleanup, and they are so darn delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, or even if you have, you can now make it in an 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 pan. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Aug 23, 2016

Eat a Salad Every Day

dinner_saladEvery meal I have starts with a salad. And this is a typical salad that I make every day, full of health-building antioxidants. It’s probably part of the reason I simply never get sick. I have not had a cold or flu in over half a century. Anyone can make a salad, I thought, but I’m sharing a photo of my typical salad to motivate more people to include salads with every meal. It doesn’t have to be this one but eat those vegetables if you want a long and healthy life.

People always ask me why I never get sick. How do I get such glowing skin? Am I really seventy years old? It’s because I cook every day and the meal always includes a salad and at least one cooked vegetable. Certain vegetables, like spinach or carrots, have more health benefits when cooked so have both raw and cooked veggies every day.

Romaine lettuce is considered the healthiest choice for salads with more nutrients than iceberg, but I sometimes use red leaf or butter lettuce. I always add some cabbage for its many health benefits and colored peppers. A mix of colors will provide the biggest variety of antioxidants so if I use red tomatoes, I use yellow or orange peppers. If I use yellow tomatoes, then red peppers. Red onions add a nice kick but that’s not why I add them. Onions and garlic a loaded with immune-boosting elements. Garbanzo beans add fiber and calcium but I sometimes use red kidney beans.

If I haven’t convinced you yet,  just look at why I make this particular salad the most – and these are only some of the health benefits since there are too many to mention:

Romaine Lettuce contains lutein for protect against vision loss, fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folic acid.

Green Cabbage can protect against cancer & heart disease and boost your immune system.

Bell Peppers have more vitamin C than oranges and they support eye and lung health. Red peppers have more vitamins A and C than green.

Tomatoes can protect against heart disease as well as breast and prostate cancer.

Garbanzo beans are full of protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Red onions help strengthen collagen, support bone health, prevents cell damage, and supports a strong immune system.

Oh… one more thing: No bottled dressing! Just look at the ingredients. Olive oil is the best and only choice for a healthy salad. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Aug 20, 2016

How To Line a Square Pan with Parchment Paper

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When making granola bars, lining the pan with parchment paper is not easy because it won’t always stay in place, but I found an easier way to do it… with binder clips. You can get them at a stationery store and since they’re metal, they can go right in the oven. Cut two parchment paper pieces a little bit wider than your 9-inch pan and lay them in, criss-crossing each other, clipping the ends down as you go. It will keep the paper in place and you won’t have to wash the pan! – Jenny Jones

Aug 19, 2016

How To Share My Recipes

Here’s how to share any of my recipes. Just above each recipe on the right side look for these buttons:

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With the first two buttons, you can share a recipe on your facebook page or email it to anyone, even yourself. And when you click on the Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 3.43.00 PM you will see this:

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Now you can share on any of the apps that pop up. But wait, there’s more. When you click on the Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 3.46.36 PM look what else pops up:

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How exciting! I’d be even more excited if I knew what they all were. 🙂 But if yours isn’t here, it probably doesn’t exist. So now you can share any of my recipes you like. The more people cooking at home, the better! – Jenny Jones

Aug 14, 2016

Remember Tapioca Pudding?

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Light and fluffy tapioca pudding was my favorite dessert growing up. I still make it today and it’s so easy to make.  Classic old fashioned tapioca pudding is plain, flavored only with vanilla but I have also made a butterscotch version as well as chocolate and coconut. But plain old vanilla childhood tapioca is still the best. Thank goodness they still sell Minute Tapioca in the red box.

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It’s easy to forget but you should shake the box before measuring. I actually keep my tapioca in a jar so I just stir it before measuring. Tapioca is naturally fat free and sodium free. I make my pudding with low fat 1% milk and it’s a very light dessert. I hope this takes you back to your childhood too. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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Aug 12, 2016

Weekend Snacks

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There’s always something to snack on over the weekend in this house. Sometimes it’s my skinless chicken drumsticks but today it’s my Italian sub pinwheel sandwiches. Today I skipped the cheese and made them with sliced roasted turkey breast, nitrate-free ham, and light salami. The salami is what give them an Italian sub flavor. So here’s what’s inside my lavash bread…. mayo, mustard, Italian seasoning, diced peperoncinis, turkey, ham, salami, and lots of lettuce.

I rolled them up, wrapped them tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerated them for about 3-4 hours. Then I sliced them, covered the plate tightly with plastic wrap, and now they are in the fridge, ready for the weekend.  Some people add cream cheese or other different meats so you can make them your own. It’s the perfect TV snack if you’re watching the Olympics this weekend. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Aug 5, 2016

Blueberries are on Sale – Make a Cake

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Blueberries are on sale so it’s the perfect time to make my blueberry coffee cake. I have simplified my recipe so it’s pretty easy and if you like baking without butter, I’m your girl. This lovely and delicious cake has no butter, not even in the streusel topping. It’s an easy buttermilk cake and I use a heaping cup of blueberries. The streusel is crispy from the toasted pecans. You can use walnuts but I think pecans, especially when they are toasted first, are much more fragrant.

My streusel can be made with softened butter or a trans fat-free spread, but it’s perfect the way I make it, just using oil. I used to make this easy cake in a 9-inch pan but I like using the 8-inch round pan because the cake is taller. Inspect your blueberries and remove any bad ones and make sure they are not wet when adding to the batter. I toss the berries with a little flour before adding so they don’t sink to the bottom.

This blueberry coffee cake, like all coffee cakes, is best served warm. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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