Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 30th, 2013

Lemon Chicken Orzo, from Parents.com makes my list for a fast, healthy tasty dinner.

Lemon Chicken Orzo, from Parents.com makes my list for a fast, healthy tasty dinner.

I made lemon squares the other day to fill a craving I’d never had before.
In the past, when I baked, it almost always involved chocolate. Lemon squares didn’t make it onto my radar.
For some reason, though, that’s all I wanted last weekend to go with a special rib-eye steak dinner.

I got the lemon squares recipe from “Good Housekeeping’s Great Baking 600 Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Breads, Pies & Pastries,” and it’s going to make it into a column, story or blog entry sometime in May.
I made the squares because I thought the rich, hearty broiled red meat required a fruity, springy contrast. It worked beautifully.

This is all a round-about way of saying that I’m now on a lemon kick. The squares only whet my appetite for the springy sweet-tart citrus staple.
Lemony Chicken & Orzo from Parents.com promises to fit right into a weeknight evening, beating all to heck my normal boring rotation of baked chicken and pasta with Prego, frozen pizza and turkey sausage.

It’s a one-pot recipe that goes together in 30 minutes with eight ingredients.
And it gets better: It comes in under the wire at 400 calories per serving.
Of course, that assumes I can stop with one serving …

One caveat: I see no reason to sully such a promising dish with with green beans. I’m going to use asparagus or pea pods instead.

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Posted: December 19th, 2012

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Holiday Slow Cooker,” by Jonnie Downing. The winner is Julie Miniger. I’ll pop it in the mail today.

If you are not Jonnie Downing, you are welcome to enter the drawing for "Cook Yourself Sexy: Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest, Most Confident You".
Believe it or not, we’re only 12 days away from restarting that annual resolution to eat a healthier diet. Kumai’s recipes look fresh and inviting — and surprisingly healthy.
To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to jennie.geisler@timesnews.com. Include your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS and NAME OF THE BOOK you want. I don’t save or share this information.

Here’s a crowd-pleaser you can put on the holiday buffet even before the ball falls.

Sweet Spice Mix
1/4 cup Sugar in the Raw
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon sea salt

3 cups raw almonds
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Sugar in the Raw
1 tablespoon water

1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the Sweet Spice Mix.
2. Line a full baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
3. Place the almonds in a medium nonstick saute pan and roast over low heat for approximately 5 minutes. Turn the heat off.
4. In a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the honey, sugar and water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, see Note.
Use caution: The bowl or cup will be extremely hot when you remove it.
5. Carefully pour the honey mixture over the almonds in the pan over low heat and toss with a rubber spatula to coat.
6. Sprinkle in the Sweet Spice Mix and toss to coat evenly.
7. Spread the almonds in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Allow the nuts to cool and set for approximately 10 minutes.
– “Cook Yourself Sexy
Per serving: 240 calories, 18 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 10 grams sugars, 117 milligrams sodium, 15 grams carbohydrate
Note: Microwave times may vary. Test your recipe between 1 minutes and 45 seconds and 2 minutes.

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