Homemade Grapefruit Peel Powder

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I have been keeping grapefruit skins over the months in my freezer.

Now I have enough grapefruit skins to make grapefruit peel powder 🙂

1. Place the grapefruit peels in a large saucepan and cover with water.  Set on the stove on high heat and bring to a boil.  Drain the water from the peels.

2. Place back the peels and add 4 tablespoons sugar and 2 cups water to the saucepan.  Cook until the peels are translucent.

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3. Drain any remaining syrup from the peels.

4. Remove the white pith as much as you can.

5. Preheat the oven to 200 F.

6. Spread the peels in a single layer on parchment paper. Dry the peels in the oven until they are crisp and begins to curly. Let cool completely.

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7. Place the cooled, dried peels in a food processor. Graind until fine powder  is formed.

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Sugar cookies

Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients:

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla.

2. Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.

3. With motor running, add egg mixture to food processor.  Process until a dough forms.

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4. Wrap the dough in plastic; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 320F.  Roll to a thickness of 3/4 inch.

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(When I roll a cookie dough, I put the dough between the plastic wraps, so I don’t need sprinkle the extra flour to prevent sticking.)

6. Cut dough with a ginger bread man shape cookie cutter; transfer to baking sheet.

7. Put an almond or a dried cranberry on the cookie man’s chest; fold his arms over the almond or the dried cranberry; make eyes with a small writing tube.

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8. Bake until edges are firm, 12-15 minutes.  Cool 1-2 minutes on baking sheets.

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Almond, Cranberry, and Raisin Biscotti

These delicious Biscotti (Italian cookie) are perfect for dipping in coffee or having with a cup of tea.BiscuttiIngredients:

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

½ cup Sugar

½ teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Salt

2 large Eggs + warter =4 oz

3 tablespoon Olive Oil

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Almonds

¼ cup Dry Cranberries

¼ cup Raisins

Directions:

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Toast whole almonds and cut them in halves.

biscutti02Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder) and mix well with a spoon.

In a small bowl, combine and beat eggs, olive oil, and vanilla extract.

biscutti03Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add almonds, dry cranberries, and raisins to dough and mix well.

biscutti04Sprinkle a little bit flour on a piece of plastic wrap.  Dump ½ dough onto the plastic wrap. Form the dough into a rectangle shape (1 inch thick, 2 inches wide).

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Place them on the cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Bake for 30 minutes.

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biscutti07Reduce oven temperature to 320F. Place cut sides down and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Let cool completely on wire rack.

Enjoy!!

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Mont Saint Michel Style Omelette with Himalayan Truffle Salt

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Last week I got a small cylindrical-shaped tin with the label “Himalayan Salt with Truffles” from Trader Joe’s.

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Truffles go well with eggs, so I decided to make Mont Saint Michel Style Omelette with this salt.

Ingredients: (1 serving)

1 egg

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Himalayan salt with Truffles & Pepper

Directions:

1.  Crack the eggs into a glass mixing bowl.  Add salt and pepper.  Beat it until turn a pale yellow color and stiff peaks form.

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2.  Heat a pan over low heat.  Add the butter to the pan, swirling to coat.

3.  Pour the egg mixture into the pan.  Use a rubber spatula to smooth the egg mixture evenly.   Let that cook until bubbles appear on the surface (like when you make a pancake but don’t flip it over)

4.  When carefully slid the omelette out of the pan on to the plate, hold it in half.

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Lemon Chicken

Quick and Easy.  Sautéed chicken breasts in a flavored lemon sauce.

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Ingredients:

1 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves

1/2 (10 3/4 oz.) can Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

2 Tablespoons Water

1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley Flakes

1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1/4 teaspoon Paprika

1/8 cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper

1/8 cup Chopped Red Bell Pepper

1 lemon slice

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Directions:

1.  Stir the soup, water, parsley, lemon juice, and paprika in a small bowl.

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2.  Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil or cooking oil.

3.  Add the chicken and cook until well browned on both side.  Remove the chicken from the skillet.

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4.  In the same skillet, heat soap and return the chicken to the skillet.

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5.  Put lemon slice on the chicken and add chopped bell peppers.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through.

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Enjoy Lemon Chicken!!

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