DealDash Recipe: Unicorn Fudge!

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Easter is coming. Whip up a batch of unicorn fudge to please everyone with a sweet tooth.

Have you ever tried unicorn fudge? It’s delicious, adorable, and fun to eat. It’s easier to make than traditional fudge, and it comes out so much prettier. You can adjust the recipe to make different colors and add different toppings. Grab your kids or grandkids and start a batch of unicorn fudge. Here is the recipe from DealDash.

Ingredients:

  • white sugar 3 Cups
  • 34 cup  unsalted butter
  • 34 cup half-and-half
  • 12 ounces (1 bag) white chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces marshmallow crème
  • Multi-pack of food coloring
  • Fun sprinkle sof your choice

Directions:

  • Grease and spread foil over an 8×8 glass dish.
  • Heat up the sugar, butter, and half-and-half in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and bring the delicious mixture to a boil. Stir very well with a wooden spoon for about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the marshmallow crème and chocolate chips. Remove the mixture from the heat. Fold in the marshmallow crème and chocolate chips, stirring well with the wooden spoon until fully melted and has a smooth texture.
  • Separate the fudge mixture into however many bowls as you would like different color layers. If you just want 1 color then 1 bowl is fine. However, if you want 4 different colors separate into 4 different bowls, and so on.
  • Add a few drops of each food coloring to each bowl. Stir well until the colors are well mixed.
  • Layer each color into the 8×8 glass dish. Smooth out each layer with a rubber spatula.
  • Use a chopstick to swirl the colors around gently if you choose. You may skip this step if you would like the colors more defined.
  • Sprinkle the fun sprinkles over the fudge.
  • Place the fudge in the refrigerator to harden up. Allow it to chill for at least 6-12 hours until the fudge has completely hardened.
  • Slice the unicorn fudge into pieces. You may add more sprinkles if you so desire.

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These little fudge pieces come out so cute! They are just adorable and perfect for Spring birthday parties or Easter brunch dessert. Give them a try and see if you like them better than the traditional chocolate fudge pieces.

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DealDash Experiments in the Kitchen

 

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Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. The worst that can happen is one ruined dinner. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Do you think that you aren’t a good cook? Do people occasionally make little jokes about your cooking skills? The main problem that people have who tell themselves that they cannot cook well is a lack of patience. They turn the burners up too high to get it done faster, or they don’t pay enough attention to the instructions in the recipe. They might not even have enough patience or confidence in themselves to master the recipe and put their own personal spin on it. In my experience, the skills that you need to possess in order to be a good cook is a will to follow the recipe’s instructions in addition to mixing in a little of your own creative spirit.

First, Pay Attention to the Recipe

Cooking is akin to going to a paint night in the kitchen. Imagine that the painting instructor is there to tell you what brush to use and what colors that you should use in each area. Now transfer this analogy over to the kitchen. The recipe serves as your instructor, it tells you what temperature to set the oven at, what ingredients to use, and most importantly, it tells you how much of those ingredients that are needed. Too much of an ingredient and it can overpower your dish, too little of an ingredient can make your food bland and boring. Have patience, follow the recipe to a “T”, and you will end up with delicious, predictable food.

Next, Throw in Some Experimentation

To be an excellent cook you must also be willing to experiment once you have mastered a recipe. Perhaps you have used parsley in a dish in order to jazz it up? Maybe the parsley made it more interesting and delicious. This could transfer over to another recipe that is similar in nature. That parsley could have been used in a chicken alfredo dish, but it would also fit into a simple spaghetti bolognese dish as well. Adding more variety to your ingredients translates into more intrigue in regard to the dish’s flavor.

Don’t be scared of the kitchen, be brave, have confidence that your dish will be delicious. Remember these key tips and you will be whipping up dishes to impress your loved ones in no time. 

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DealDash Cooks With Olive Oil

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Olive oil is heart healthy and delicious. However, some people prefer to cook with butter or even canola oil. Let DealDash persuade you to use olive oil.

Do you prefer to cook a dish with canola oil, butter or olive oil? That is a question that many home cooks ask themselves when they are preparing to make a dish. I have often asked myself in the past which would be the best oil got the job, and a conundrum that I have seen on competition cooking shows such as Chopped. This is also a topic of discussion that I have seen on talk shows and in magazines as well. Let DealDash show you the best oil for the job. Hint – it’s olive oil!

The Best Oil for the Job

When you are cooking with high heat, most oils will dissipate. This makes butter seem like the better alternative if you are just looking for a quick answer. That might be the case at times, but olive oil will not dissipate like other oils such as canola or vegetable oil. It is also a much healthier alternative to the unhealthy and fatty stick of butter that you were thinking about for your dish.

Most people in this day in age want to cook as healthily as possible for their families. Gone are the days when butter or even Crisco was a staple in every meal that was cooked at home. Olive oil is a much better alternative; it has a wonderfully light and delicious taste as well as being significantly healthier.

How Can Olive Oil Be Healthy?

Olive oil might have some fats, but luckily for us olive oil connoisseurs, they have been proven to be the healthy varieties of fat. These fats in small doses will not negatively affect your health as long as you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Though the fats in olive oil are the healthy variety, moderation should be exercised with everything in life, and that applies to the olive oil vs. butter dilemma as well. Too much of anything is usually unhealthy, so use your common sense in the kitchen when you are preparing your recipes.

Olive Oil Contains Antioxidants

Another excellent win for olive oil when it comes to health is is the fact that olive oil contains antioxidants. If you are unfamiliar with antioxidants, antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. Your body does not produce antioxidant vitamins naturally, so it is important to include antioxidants in your diet, be it through foods or supplements. Other foods that contain antioxidants are blueberries, cranberries, and pecans.

Ditch the Butter Stick

There are many reasons why olive oil is a better choice than butter in a dish. Butter is full of fat, and there are no positive health aspects to the addition of butter in your home cooked dishes. It provides flavor, but at an unfortunate cost to your health.

When using olive oil instead of butter, the positives outweigh the negatives. I find that in my experience in the kitchen, using olive oil can make some dishes much more tasty and exciting.

Olive Oil Garlic Bread, Anyone?

Try making some delicious homemade garlic bread with olive oil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, sprinkle some olive oil and garlic salt on the bread, and put it in the oven. You can enjoy the results in about 8 minutes. It’s delicious and heart healthy as well. Enjoy!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on olive oil helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog daily is the best way to keep informed on all things DealDash.

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DealDash Makes Yummy Cheesecake Pops

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Cheesecake pops are as yummy as the original but small and portable. They are delicious and fun to make. Enjoy this DealDash recipe.

If you’ve never had cheesecake pops, you’re in for a treat! These are extra yummy, and you will consume far less calories (if you can eat just one or two!) than if you had a regular-sized slice of cheesecake.

These sweet and creamy cheesecake pops make wonderful light desserts for a party or event, to take as a hostess gift, as a teacher present, or great for a kid’s birthday party.

They are as versatile as they are delicious, you can dip them in an array of toppings such as melted chocolate, caramel, rainbow sprinkles, or just about anything else you can think of! Please enjoy this recipe from DealDash.

Cheesecake Pops

  • 3 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 10 ounces white chocolate

Directions

  1. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and softened cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Add the sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Mix until well-combined.
  6. Add the eggs and mix again.
  7. Pour and scrape the cream cheese batter into the greased cake pan.
  8. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown on the top.
  9. Cool for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  10. Chill the cake in the fridge for 3-plus hours.
  11. Scoop out the cheesecake into 1-1.5 inch round balls using a small ice cream scoop or melon baller.
  12. Place the cheesecake balls on a tray covered with waxed paper.
  13. Place a lollipop stick into the middle of each cheesecake ball.
  14. Freeze the cheesecake balls in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.
  15. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir every 15 seconds with a spoon. Microwave until the white chocolate melts and is smooth.
  16. Dip the cheesecake balls into the melted chocolate. Twirl the cheesecake pop around to remove any dripping chocolate.
  17. Chill the cheesecake pops into the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

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DealDash Recipe – Mushroom Risotto

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Mushroom risotto is not only delicious but very versatile as well. Here is a yummy recipe from DealDash.

Risotto is a delicious Italian rice dish that is easily customized to your taste once you get the optimal technique down. This isn’t your garden variety white rice which cooks without any babysitting needed in a rice cooker. Risotto needs to be stirred and watched the entire time it is on the stove. The result is worth it, though. Mushroom risotto is a rich, creamy, and textured rice that can be served as an appetizer, main course, or side dish. Here is a recipe from DealDash for you to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arborio rice.
  • 1 lb sliced portobello and/or crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6-8 cups of chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
  • 1/2-1 cup dry white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in your largest skillet on medium heat.
  2. Dice 1 small onion and 2 cloves of garlic and add to the oil.
  3. Remove stems, and thinly slice your mushrooms while the onions & garlic cook.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the skillet after 3-4 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper and stir to coat the mushrooms in oil.
  6. Using a sauce pot, heat up 6 cups of broth while the mushrooms are cooking. Do not heat all the way to boiling.
  7. Cook the mushrooms for 3-5 minutes
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter
  9. Add the 2 cups of arborio rice and constantly stir. Once the butter has melted, add the rice and stir so that it is coated with the oil and butter. Cook for 1 minute before adding any liquid.
  10. Add 1/2 cup of white wine. Add the white wine and stir into the rice. Cook together until almost all of the wine is evaporated or absorbed into the rice.
  11. Add one ladle of hot broth. Once the wine is absorbed, use a ladle to add the first cup of broth to the rice mixture
  12. Constantly stir the broth and rice. You cannot stir risotto enough.
  13. Add another cup of broth once the first has been absorbed. Once most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, add another cup.
  14. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but never mushy.
  15. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but not mushy.

Delicious and Versatile

You can add any extra ingredients that you would like to the mushroom risotto such as cheese, truffle oil, spices, or even meat to bulk it up into a main course. See how versatile it is?

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DealDash Likes Healthy Kale

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Have you jumped on the kale bandwagon yet? If not, you should! Kale is healthy and delicious. Let DelDash tell you about kale.

Have you learned about the excellent health and nutritional benefits of kale for you and your family? If you haven’t been introduced yet to the “Wonderful World of Kale,” you will be interested to know that kale is nutritious and delicious for any meal of the day, even breakfast. Yes, breakfast, really! Here are some fun kale facts from DealDash to chew on.

 Kale is Good for Athletes

First, if you like to play basketball, you will be thrilled to hear that researchers have found that if you eat kale at least 3 times per week, you’ll be able to increase your aerial gains by an average of about 7.3 inches. As a result, you will be jumping like a pro in no time. Isn’t that amazing? If your children agree to try kale for breakfast, try blending them up a delicious green smoothie.

Kale is Good for Your Brain

Next, when you’re trying to convince your kids that eating kale is awesome, you might be able to convince them to eat a yummy kale and egg breakfast by telling them that they can improve their memory and concentration by simply incorporating kale into breakfast every morning. This means better grades and happier parents.
Also, it’s interesting to note that Kale has a lot of protein for a leafy green. In addition to the protein, kale is packed with iron, folate, and vitamin B6. These are all vital nutrients that are needed to make brain molecules like serotonin and dopamine.

Delicious

Finally, since we have established that kale is a healthy superfood, it will be nice to hear that kale is also delicious and can be incorporated into many delightful meals. Many people’s favorite way to eat kale is in a smoothie. Here is a quick and yummy smoothie recipe that includes kale.

Kale & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups kale
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Light unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place the banana, kale, soy milk, flax seeds, and maple syrup into a blender.
  2. Next, cover, and puree until smooth. Serve over ice.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kale helpful. When you make the smoothie, having a blender is essential. DealDash has lots of blenders! If you are shopping for a kitchen item, toy, tool, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Baked Cheesy Macaroni

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy this baked cheesy macaroni dish. It’s simple to make and delicious!

This baked cheesy macaroni is super-simple to make, and people love homemade macaroni and cheese. It is light years ahead of the boxed versions, and almost as inexpensive to make.

This baked cheesy macaroni has a powerful advantage for you: it is made with dry pasta, so there’s no need for precooking. Here’s a tip: the pasta cooks in the oven, absorbing the liquid from the dairy products. That’s a time-saver right there! Read on, and prepare for a delicious baked cheesy macaroni side dish for dinner tonight, compliments of DealDash.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (not low fat, sorry healthy food lovers)
  • 2.5 cups milk (not skim, again, apologies)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg 
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (Preferably use white cheddar, but orange will do.)
  • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked (see, this is the time-saver right here, folks)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.
  3. In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and pepper together.
  4. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes, until browned.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

This is such a delicious side dish, and it pairs well with just about any meat that you can imagine. I am planning on making this tonight with crispy baked chicken and garlic green beans on the side. Yummy, as well as kid-friendly, the perfect combination.

I hope that you found this recipe useful. For more DealDash reading, check out our sister blog DealDashTips.com daily for more information. If you’d like to get a blender, food processor, or any other kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes Delicious Breakfast

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many people don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Not everyone has time to make a full breakfast every morning – or any morning for that matter! That doesn’t mean that you should skip breakfast, though! If you can manage to make a small breakfast you will have a much more productive day than if you skipped it. Here are some quick breakfast tips from DealDash for you to try.

Easy Smoothie

Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well) with Greek yogurt and your choice of milk or juice, and freeze overnight. You can then thaw throughout the day to enjoy in the afternoon or blend it up again in the morning.

Instant Oatmeal and Fruit

Change up your boring instant oatmeal in the morning with sliced fruit. You can use fresh fruit or frozen. If you are in too much of a hurry to slice the fruit you can always toss it in the blender on the “chop” setting and it will do all of the hard work for you.

Savory Oatmeal

Take oatmeal in a different direction by making it savory. Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of any cinnamon or sugar. Then top with an over-easy or poached egg and sprinkle on a little cheese if you’d like to take it up an extra notch.

Super Quick Eggs

If you like eggs but you’re in a hurry try a microwave coffee cup scramble. Coat a microwave-safe coffee cup with cooking spray. Add 2 eggs and 2 TBS milk, then beat with a fork until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave until eggs are almost set, about 45 seconds longer. Add toppings if you’d like – cheese, salt and pepper, onions, ketchup, etc. Take it to go!

Full Breakfast in a Hurry

Having a full breakfast would be optimal, though, and you can achieve that in a hurry with the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker. It’s easy to use the breakfast sandwich maker, simply choose your bread and layer on the fixings that you like such as egg, cheese, precooked meat or your choice of ingredients. Cook two breakfast sandwiches to perfection and to your preferences, and know when it’s ready with the built-in digital timer. In five minutes or less, two hot and delicious breakfast sandwiches are ready to serve. Does that sound delicious? You bet it does! Luckily DealDash carries the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker!

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

If you’d like to get the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker or any other kitchen items be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many small appliances for cooking breakfast in a hurry. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes Snow Ice Cream

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I can think of 3 good things about snow – snow days, snowmen, and snow ice cream.

Have you ever had snow ice cream? As someone who grew up in North Carolina, I had never even heard of it until I went on a trip to Ohio. I saw more snow during my 4 days in Ohio than I had seen in my whole 17 years of life. This was when I was introduced to the “snow slushy,” which was really just snow with 7-UP poured on top. Living in Massachusetts, my tastes have become a little more refined, hence the snow ice cream.

What is It?

Truthfully, it’s really not that much more difficult to make than the snow slushy, and requires only 5 basic ingredients. However, as with most ice creams, you can get as creative as you like with different ingredients. Here is the recipe for the basic snow ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Keep this in the fridge for about an hour before use)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 cups clean snow

I cannot stress enough that this needs to be clean snow. My suggestion to you is to capture some fresh snow as it’s falling with a large mixing bowl. You can put this bowl somewhere on your porch, deck, or front steps, and keep an eye on it as it’s filling up with snow.

Directions:

  1. Using a large bowl, pour the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together and whisk. Make sure the bowl is large enough and made of light plastic to minimize any heat transfer.
  2. Measure out 8 cups of clean snow and mix it immediately with the vanilla milk mixture. Do this very quickly, and preferably outside since you don’t want the snow to melt.
  3. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream. If you don’t want to eat it immediately, put it in the freezer to chill.

Really, it’s that easy. There are many other ingredients that you can mix in with the basic recipe to make even more exotic and delicious. Here are a few ideas:

  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate cocoa mixture
  • Strawberry syrup or real strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallow fluff

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DealDash Bakes Delicious Bread

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Who doesn’t love fresh, hot from the oven baked bread? Baking bread doesn’t have to be difficult.

Now that the holidays are over and you have more time on your hands it’s time to expand your cooking horizons. Cook more from scratch than buying premade at the supermarket is a great way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Here’s a tip – it’s also a great way to save money, as cooking from scratch can be cheaper once you have purchased the basic ingredients, and can get many batches out of them. Now let’s bake some bread with DealDash!

White Bread Ingredients:

Makes 2 loaves

  • 2 teaspoons active-dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk – 2%, or skim is best for counting your calories
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

You also need a stand mixer, a large mixing bowl

Directions:

  • Pour the water into the bowl of a standing mixer or large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let this stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave, slowly stir in the milk, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour 1 cup of flour and the milk mixture over the yeast.
  • Stir with the stand mixer until this comes together in a texture similar to brownie batter
  • Add another 4 1/2 cups of flour, reserving the remaining cup if the dough is sticky during kneading.
  • Stir until a floury dough is formed.
  • Swap out the mixing attachment for the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, then knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. If you don’t have a dough hook attachment for your stand mixer you can knead this dough by hand.
  • The dough is done when it feels smooth, slightly tacky, and can form a ball without sagging. If the dough is too sticky when mixing, you can add flour a tablespoon or so at a time until it’s tacky, not sticky.
  • Using another bowl, lightly coat the bowl with a little oil. Form the dough into a ball and rotate it in the bowl to coat the dough ball with oil.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk. This will take approximately one hour.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on your counter workspace and place the dough on it, dividing the dough in two and shape each into a loose ball. Let these rest on the counter for a few minutes.
  • Shape each ball of dough into a loaf, place them on pre-greased loaf pans. It’s important that the surface of the loaves be stretched taut; this helps them rise. Let the loaves rise a second time until they start to dome over the edge of the pan, this will take approximately minutes.
  • While your dough is rising, heat the oven to 425° F
  • Cut a line down the center of the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife and put them in the oven. Immediately turn down the heat to 375°F and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool completely before slicing.

I hope that you enjoy your home-baked bread! This bread is delicious and easy to make once you have done it a few times. If you need any items for your kitchen such as a stand mixer check DealDash. DealDash has everything for your kitchen including KitchenAid mixers. Visit DealDash Now.

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DealDash Makes: Get-Together Snacks

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This is the season for get-togethers with friends and family. Let’s make some snacks!

This is definitely the season where it’s normal to have extra people at your house, whether it’s your cousins from out-of-state, or your neighbors from down the street. If they’re there, you’re going to need to feed them. What can you whip up that will feed multiple people? Read on, and I will give you some ideas for some snacks that are easy to make and will satisfy your guests.

Nachos are super easy to make, delicious, and will take away hunger in a hurry.

Ingredients:

  • chips
  • cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • green onions
  • jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • refried beans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler.
  2. Spread tortilla chips on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil
  3. Top with Cheddar cheese and dot with refried beans (optional)
  4. Broil in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, check frequently to prevent burning, approximately 5 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and cover with the toppings
  6. Enjoy!

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If you and your friends are on the healthier side, and nachos aren’t really your thing, you can prepare a delicious fruit salad instead. Even though the nachos were easy, the fruit salad is even easier. One of the best things about fruit salad is that there are no rules. You can combine just about any type of fruit that you would like, cut into small pieces, toss it together, and call it a fruit salad. Here are some ideas of what fruits to include in your fruit salad:

  • watermelon
  • honeydew melon
  • grapes
  • pineapple
  • apple
  • pomegranate seeds
  • orange segments
  • kiwi
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries

After you have made your fruit salad, you can keep it looking fresh for longer if you give a quick squeeze of lemon juice all over the top. Delicious! You can also make a sauce for this fruit salad by combining orange juice, a teaspoon of vanilla, a squeeze of lemon, just a dash of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Put all of the sauce ingredients in a saucepan, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let it cool, and then pour it over the fruit salad. I personally don’t think that it needs a sauce, but if you would like to jazz it up, try the sauce!

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DealDash Makes: Nut Butters

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Most people in the world have eaten peanut butter, but are completely unaware that there are many other types of nut butters.

If you’re sensitive to peanuts, you might want to try a different type of nut butter, under a doctor’s recommendation of course. You can try almond, cashew, macadamia, hazelnut, pecan, pistachio, or walnut. All of these nut butters have a few things in common such as a high fat and protein content.

The doctor might advise you not to try any of these nut butters if you are extremely sensitive to peanuts. But don’t despair! There are also “nut butters” that are made out of seeds instead, such as pumpkin seed butter, sesame seed butter, soynut butter, or sunflower seed butter. These nut butters are just as creamy and delicious as the original.

Making a nut butter is so simple that you don’t even need a recipe! Just take a food processor, toss your nut of choice in, and blend, blend, blend. You might have to blend for several minutes, and add a small amount of oil such as peanut, avocado, or grapeseed to speed the process along.

When you first begin blending the nuts in the food processor they will first be crumbly, then start to resemble a very rough-textured peanut butter, and if you keep blending it will eventually turn smooth and creamy. Please note, though, it will most likely not be quite as smooth as the commercial nut butters that you might buy at the supermarket or the health food store. After you have made your nut butter and put it in a container, try storing it upside down. All natural butters end up separating after a while. They are completely safe to eat after they have separated, it’s just easier to scoop and spread the nut butters if they are stored upside down.

If you’re wondering what to do with your nut butter once you have it, the answer is – many things! Other than making a NB&J sandwich, you can also use your nut butter as a dip for bananas or apples, you can put nut butter in your pancake batter, make sauces and dressings with them, and so much more. Anything that you do with peanut butter can be done with other nut butters.

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DealDash Does Dessert

Image result for when thanksgiving 2016 dessertThanksgiving is coming in a few days! Here are a few of DealDash’s favorite dessert recipes to try.

Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy a meal with your family and closest friends. After the turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce has been cleared from the table…It’s time for dessert!

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 1 can of pumpkin filling
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix filling ingredients
  4. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.
  5. Spoon ingredient mixture into crust-lined pie plate.
  6. Bake 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean.
  8. Cool before serving.

Nutella Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 shortbread crust
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. Nutella, plus more for garnish
  • 2 – 8 oz. containers of Cool Whip

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Nutella until light and fluffy. Fold in one container of Cool Whip until fully combined.
  2. Fill the pie crust with mixture and smooth out the top. Freeze for 1 hour to set.
  3. Top with other Cool Whip container, then drizzle with Nutella.

I hope that you enjoyed these two dessert recipes for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. If you’d like to get any kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. DealDash has it all! Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: The Tomato

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Very few people dislike tomatoes, and they are a staple in many recipes. Let’s take a look at this delicious fruit.

Fruit!?! Yes, it’s true, the tomato is a fruit. The tomato is considered a fruit because it has seeds. So, technically speaking, cucumbers and pumpkins are also fruits! The tomato is typically considered a vegetable when cooking, though, because most of the dishes that use tomatoes are savory foods. However, if you are ever on a game show, or playing trivia at the bar with your friends and the question comes up – a tomato is definitely a fruit!

There are more than 7500 tomato varieties grown around the world, and tomatoes are grown pretty much everywhere, including colder climates where they are grown in greenhouses. You might be surprised to hear that China is the largest producer of tomatoes, accounting for approximately 25% of the world’s production. The United States is the second largest producer, and India takes third place in tomato production.

Tomatoes are not only delicious, but also very good for you. Tomatoes are packed full of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. Surprisingly, cooked tomatoes are actually better for you than raw ones, as more beneficial chemicals are released when the tomato is heated. Tomatoes are also chock full of healthy nutrients such as vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium.

If you love pizza (with tomato sauce of course!) then you might like to try some homemade sun-dried tomatoes on top of your next pizza. They are super easy to make, and so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pounds of tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F
  2. Wash and cut tomatoes in half. Gently squeeze out the seeds. Place the tomatoes on a non-stick cookie sheet, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  3. Bake until tomatoes take on a leathery texture. This takes hours. I would say approximately 6-7 hours for larger pieces, if you use smaller pieces such as from Roma tomatoes, it will take less time.

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DealDash Cooks: Thanksgiving Sides

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The turkey is usually the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but these side dishes make for great runners-up.

Most people have a big turkey, sometimes a ham, and various and sundry side dishes on Thanksgiving. Generally I prefer the side dishes to the turkey, so I always make sure to bring a few when we attend Thanksgiving dinner at my in-law’s house. Here are a couple of my favorites that you might like to try for your own Thanksgiving dinner.

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Mashed potatoes – Yum, yum! Mashed potatoes are definitely a family favorite, I have seen people take seconds and even thirds of my mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Using a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with 1 inch of cold water, then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 20-25 minutes, they should crumble with a fork.
  2. Drain the potatoes, and wipe the saucepan dry. Add the potatoes back to the saucepan and mash to a uniform consistency.
  3. Fold in the butter and half-and-half, and then fold in sour cream, chives, and garlic powder.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Corn casserole – This delicious corn casserole is SO easy to make you might think about incorporating it into your regular dinner rotation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn (I prefer yellow and white mixed, but you choose)
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese (separated)
  • 1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute two cloves of chopped garlic in a saucepan until they start giving off that beautiful garlic smell.
  2. Add corn, cream cheese, butter, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Take mixture off of the stove, and put into a baking dish.
  5. Top with the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and the breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are just starting to brown.

I hope you enjoyed these two side-dish recipes for Thanksgiving. They will be delicious along-side your turkey. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen. If you need pots & pans, mixers, or cutlery visit DealDash. Just click this link right here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Cooks: Easy Apple Pie

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If your kitchen is anything like mine, it’s overrun with apples lately! Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe that is delicious and won’t take too much time to prepare.

Do you like apple pie? Who doesn’t? The best apple pie is homemade, of course, but who has hours to make dough, slice apples, and all of the other little chores that it takes to make a delicious homemade apple pie? Here is a quick and easy recipe that tastes just as good as a classic apple pie.

Ingredients:

1 Box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (This is the big shortcut – the crust!)

  • 8 Medium apples – peeled and thinly sliced (Another time-saving tip is to use the mandoline to slice your apples. That way it’s fast as well as completely uniform in thickness.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix filling ingredients
  4. Spoon ingredient mixture into crust-lined pie plate.
  5. Top with second crust, wrapping the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal
  6. Firmly squeeze edges all around, then make small slices in the top crust to vent
  7. Bake 45 minutes, covering the outside edge of the crust with 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.
  8. Cool before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Apple pie is perfect for anytime, but I especially love apple pie in the fall with apples picked fresh from the orchard. For a little added “zip” in your apple pies, try using Granny Smith apples for 1/2 of the 8 apples. This apple pie is so yummy that I always get requests for it when it’s bake sale time!

I hope that you found this article useful. If you’d like to get a mandoline or any other kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Fosters Good Eating Habits

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Being a parent means that you sometimes have to make difficult choices for your kids, even if they don’t agree with you.

If you’re a busy parent like myself, sometimes it’s easy to let healthy eating habits fall by the wayside when things get busy at home. Grabbing pizza or a burger on the way home is quicker and easier than making a home-cooked meal after a long day of school, work, sports, and other after-school activities – not to mention homework! While grabbing a quick meal out occasionally won’t hurt anyone, it’s a good idea not to get in the habit.

If your kids are old enough to have homework, sports, and after-school activities they are old enough to help you prep and cook simple (and even complex!) meals at home. As the old idiom says, “many hands make light work”. As long as you have adequate counter space there’s not a reason in the world why your kids ages 5+ can’t help you prepare dinner.

The way to lead kids down a road of healthy eating habits is modelling – by you and the other trusted adults that they know. The more adults that they love and trust that they see eating healthy fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains eating, the more they will want to emulate them. In turn, emulation will become habit, and you will have given your kids the gift of healthy eating habits. That’s a gift that can last a lifetime.

In addition to your kids helping prepare dinner, they can also help you make the week’s meal plan. For younger kids, give a few healthy choices and let them pick. For older kids you can see what they come up with on their own, and be there to guide them if they go astray into the land of junk food.

If you’re going to be doing all of this extra cooking with your children, you’re going to need more kitchen supplies. DealDash has any kitchen supplies that you might need including pots & pans, fun plates, trivets, and more. Check out DealDash for all of your kitchen needs. Just click this link right here and you can visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for good eating habits

DealDash Roasts Pumpkin Seeds

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Since you are probably carving your pumpkins around this time, I figured it was time for a roasted pumpkin seed recipe.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, a healthy snack, and fun to make. What’s not to love? You can roast your pumpkin seeds with a basic recipe like the one below, or you can always get creative and add ingredients such as cinnamon and sugar, cayenne pepper, oil and vinegar, cocoa…The varieties are  practically endless! Basically, any kind of seasoning that you might add to chips would taste great on roasted pumpkin seeds. Now on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups raw pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
  3. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

See, isn’t that simple?? These seeds make such a great base to add extra seasonings and flavors. You can also do a lot with these seeds after they have been roasted, such as:

  • Add the seeds as a topping for a salad instead of croutons
  • Add the seeds in a home-made trail mix with granola and dried fruit
  • Put them in tiny bags for your kid’s snack at school
  • Bring them with you when you’re out to avoid buying costly and fattening snacks
  • Bake them into cookies or brownies

I am in love with these roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to carving the pumpkins with the kids every year so I can make these yummy roasted pumpkin seeds.

If you enjoyed making these roasted pumpkin seeds, you should check out the other recipes here on DealDashReviewed.com – And as always, if you are in need of anything for your kitchen, from knives to pots and pans, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen and more. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Autumnal Beef Stew

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As the weather is cooling slightly, it’s a wonderful time to start thinking about fall recipes. Beef stew is one of my favorites.

There is just something to me that says “Winter is coming” with a big hearty bowl of beef stew. It’s delicious, has healthy ingredients, and you can even make a huge batch of it, and freeze it for later use for a night that you don’t feel like cooking this upcoming winter. Pairing beef stew with a delicious home-baked (yes, buying frozen dough and baking it counts as home-baked!) bread makes the perfect meal for a long, chilly night with your family.

Autumnal Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 LBS stew beef cut into cubes or small chunks
  • 10 small red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 LB baby carrots
  • 1 large red onion, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 a stick of butter
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1 Cup beef broth or water
  • 1 tsp each of: salt, dried parsley flakes, & garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each of: pepper, celery seed, & dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes, carrots and onions in a 5+ quart crock pot/slow cooker
  2. brown your beef cubes in a pan with the butter
  3. After browning beef, add to slow cooker
  4. Stir flour into the beefy pan drippings until mixed, then cook and stir until browned
  5. Add the water, then bring to a boil and cook while stirring for approximately 2 minutes or until thickened
  6. Add in all of your dry ingredients to the pan drippings, mix, then pour over beef in the slow cooker
  7. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
  8. Serve with crispy buttered bread
  9. Enjoy!

Beef stew is the quintessential dinner for a chilly winter’s day. It can fill you up with its hearty goodness, and make you feel warm and comfortable even in the midst of a winter snowstorm. It’s easy to make, and delicious to eat. Even picky children usually like this beef stew, even if they end up picking out the onions!

If you want to make this recipe you must have a slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, DealDash has auctions for slow cookers quite frequently. DealDash can offer you a great deal on a slow cooker, and you can have fun bidding, as well. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Home Made Energy Drinks

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If you’re the kind of person who loves energy drinks, I’m sure that you realize that they are quite bad for your health.

Here are a few alternatives for you to get the energy you crave from a drink, without all of the chemicals that are terrible for you. They might not have fancy cans with fun designs, but they are better for your health, and taste great, too!

Lemon-Honey Energy

Ingredients:

  • hot water
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tsp honey (to taste)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric

Directions:

  • Using a garlic press, squeeze the juices from the ginger into your cup. You might find it easier to slice the ginger into a few pieces and squeeze each of them into the cup.
  • Squeeze the lemon into your cup as well
  • Add in your spices.
  • Fill your cup with hot water
  • Add in honey until you are satisfied with the taste
  • You can either drink this hot, or chill it in the fridge.

The reason that this drink can give you energy is because each of the ingredients has a job to do – The lemon is important because it has an alkaline forming effect on your body that can help your body maintain a healthy pH level, which is critical for staying on top of your game. Ginger speeds up metabolism, tastes great, and even helps with nausea. Tumeric speeds up metabolism as well as energy levels. Cardamom is known to increase circulation and improve energy. And finally, honey is a delicious sugar that is good for your body, and can also provide you with energy.

Berry-Citrus Frozen Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5 mint leaves

Directions:

  • Crush the mint leaves with a mortar and pestle
  • Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender
  • Enjoy your drink

Berries are full of natural sugars which don’t cause a “crash and burn” because they slowly release the energy throughout the whole day. Combine them with lime juice and mint for a fresh twist, which is a delicious pick-me-up in the afternoon when you are lagging.

DealDash has many kitchen supplies that you can use to update your kitchen such as blenders and food processors. If these drinks don’t give you enough energy DealDash often has lovely, soothing bedroom items as well. Go check out all that DealDash has to offer at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Hot & Sweet Pork

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Some sweet and spicy pork sounds delicious for dinner tonight. This recipe is delicious and also low in fat and calories.

Before I became more interested in cooking, whenever I heard “pork” I immediately thought “fattening.” Surprisingly, though, 3 ounces of pork is only around 200 calories. I am a big eater, though, so I probably eat twice that as a serving size. However, ounce for ounce it’s very similar to chicken, which I have always thought of as low in calories. This recipe has around 400 calories per serving, and around 13 grams of fat. Even more important than that, though, it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork tenderloins with a combined weight of around 1.5 pounds
  • 1 can of Mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks
  • 3 Tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a bowl, coat the mandarin oranges, pineapples, and onions with 2 Tbs olive oil (saving 1Tbs for later)
  3. Take half of the bowl contents and roast them for 10 minutes on a baking sheet
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, garlic powder, and chili powder
  5. Heat the remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil in a pan, and brown the pork loins (about 7 minutes) salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add the pork to the baking sheet with the roasted oranges, pineapple, and onion, then pour the ketchup mixture on the top and roast for about 16 minutes.
  7. Toss the remaining unroasted  oranges, pineapple, and onion with the lime juice and cilantro, serve with the pork.

I personally would serve this on top of a bed of white rice, but you could also just serve it as-is, it’s your choice. This is a quick, easy, and healthy dinner that everyone can enjoy. I hope you like it!

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DealDash Recipes: Baked Potato Chips

Who doesn’t love potato chips? Salty, crispy, potato-y goodness abounds! Unfortunately, traditional potato chips are full of fat, oils, and calories. Here’s a recipe for baked potato chips that is much lighter than the original.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven – 400 degrees is just right
  • Scrub the potatoes completely, rinse, and pat dry. Using an extremely sharp knife, Slice the potatoes very thin (about 1/8″ or thinner.)
  • Place potato slices in a large bowl and toss well until coated with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Arrange the seasoned potato slices in a single layer on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet to allow even cooking on both sides of the potato slices. If you don’t have a cooling rack, then line your baking pan with parchment paper, and flip them after 10 minutes. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes until the potato slices are browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. They are best served soon after.
  • You may season them again with salt and pepper while they are cooling.

If you would like to try different flavors, here are a few ideas:

Salt and Vinegar – After thinly slicing the potatoes, place them in a large bowl filled with vinegar, and set aside for a least 2 hours. Please note, the longer they soak, the more vinegary the flavor. Drain potato slices and toss with oil and salt.

BBQ – BBQ chips are easy! Just substitute 2 Tbs of BBQ seasoning in place of the pepper when you are seasoning the chips.

These chips are delicious to eat, and fun to make! If you were feeling very industrious, it would be easy to double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to make a large amount of chips for a party.

This recipe calls for a very sharp knife. If your knives are less than sharp lately, why not get a new knife on DealDash? DealDash has all of the latest knives and cooking accessories. Just check out the Kitchen and Dining category at this link right here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding!

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DealDash Helps: Tiny Calorie Swaps

Most of us Americans could stand to lose a few pounds. Here are some handy tips on how to reduce your calories by making tiny lifestyle changes.

Are you a little overweight? Could you stand to lose just a few pounds? I know I could! Here are a few of the sneaky little ways that I have discovered to cut a few calories here and there throughout the day. If you save 10 calories here, and 20 calories there it doesn’t take long to add up to a fairly significant savings by the end of the day.

Swap your plate. If you’re eating dinner on a large 12″ size plate swap it out for a 10″ sized one. Most people just automatically fill their plate with food, so filling in 10″ versus 12″ is a savings in calories.

Ditch the soda habit. A 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you down two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories. If the main reason that you like drinking soda is the carbonation, try drinking seltzer water instead. If plain seltzer water isn’t you thing, you can add some orange or cranberry juice to make a delicious drink. It’s more calories than the plan seltzer, but less than a can of regular soda.

Eat what you like…With a friend. Do you love ice cream? How about cheesecake? Fudge? Me too! The easiest way to save half of the calories on delicious desserts is to share them with a friend. When I go out to dinner with my husband we almost always order 1 dessert and share it. He doesn’t really care for sweets, and I don’t care to eat 1,000 calories in one sitting on a piece of cheesecake.

Switch to skim. Skim milk, that is. If you enjoy milk in your cereal, milk in your coffee, or even just a glass of cold milk then stop buying whole milk and start buying skim milk. If the change is to abrupt for you, then step it down by choosing 2%, 1%, then skim.

Eat popcorn instead of chips. If you swap out your greasy, salty chips for some fat-free popcorn you have saved lots of calories. If you switch to air popped you will save even more. Popcorn is delicious, addicting, and almost guilt free.

Make it with mustard instead of mayo. If you love to make sandwiches or chicken salad or tuna, skip the mayo and try using some delicious stone ground mustard instead. If that is too extreme for you try using a 2:1 ratio of mustard to mayo. You will still save calories and it will be even more delicious.

I hope that this article has got you thinking about some small ways to cut calories without disrupting your lifestyle too much. If you’re looking for a scale to track your progress check out DealDash. DealDash has a few different types of scales up for bid. Just click here to be taken to the scales on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Cooks: Asian Chicken Stir Fry

I have often talked about my Mother-In-Law, a lovely lady who has been in the USA for over 30 years but still has many wonderful Asian recipes to share.

Today we are going to talk about how to make a stir fry with an Asian flair. This recipe is made with chicken, but you could easily substitute either pork or even tofu for you vegetarians out there.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Combine both soy sauces, brown sugar, and corn starch in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Mix ginger and garlic into sauce; coat chicken with marinade and refrigerate for 20 minutes or more.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and onion until just tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm.
  • Remove chicken from marinade, saving the liquid. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken until slightly pink on the inside, about 4 minutes ; return vegetables and saved marinade to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Serve over prepared rice.

Yummy! This is a very healthy and nutritious dinner that can be made even healthier by using brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice. However, I like the classics so I always serve the stir fry over fresh white rice made with a rice cooker.

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DealDash Cooks: Favorite Cold Drinks

As much as I love hot tea and coffee in the winter the summer has an amazing drink selection as well. Here are a few recipes for delicious drinks your family will love.

Vietnamese Sparkling Limeade – This is definitely my top pick for drink of the summer season. It’s delicious, refreshing, and not very high in calories.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (I like the “Sugar in the Raw” type)
  • 1/2 cup very hot water
  • 1 handful of fresh mint taken off the stems
  • 8 limes, halved for easy juicing
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water (cold)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and the hot water until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Place a few mint leaves at the bottom of a pitcher and crush with a wooden spoon.
  3. Juice the limes into the pitcher, add the sugar water.
  4. Fill 4 glasses with ice. Pour in the limeade and top with sparkling water.

Alternately, if you’re running short on time, you can add crushed mint, the juice of 1 lime, ice, and fill the rest of the glass with Sprite. It’s not quite as tasty, but it’s quick and easy.

Watermelon Lime Slush –  I love slush drinks. This next drink is one of my favorites for the hottest days.  You can follow the recipe for kid-friendly slush, or add some vodka, rum, or tequila to appeal to the older but young at heart.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon, sugar, lime juice and 1 cup ice in blender until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Peach Iced Tea – I have shared my recipe for Southern Sweet Tea before, but here is a delicious and super easy peach iced tea that will be a hit at your summer BBQ!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 peaches, halved and pitted
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  • Water

Directions

  1. Bring 3 cups water and the sugar to a boil in a pot.
  2. Add the peaches and vanilla bean (including the seeds). Simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
  3. Discard the vanilla bean. Pour the peaches and syrup into a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Strain the peach puree through a sieve/fine colander into a pitcher.
  5. Bring 4 cups  water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add the tea and steep for 10 minutes.
  6. Add tea to the pitcher with the peach puree. Stir to combine.
  7. Refrigerate until cold.
  8. The pulp from the fruit may have separated from the tea during chilling, so be sure to stir it before serving.
  9. Pour over ice cubes

If you’re in need of a new blender or food processor to make your summer drinks this year be sure to visit DealDash. They have blenders, food processors, and even margarita machines! You can check out the Kitchen and Dining category at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

 

DealDash Cooks: Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake is my husband’s favorite dessert. Lucky for me strawberries are in season and are on sale everywhere.

Strawberry shortcake is not only delicious but also one of the lighter and marginally healthier desserts that you can have. There are a few different ways that you can make strawberry shortcake. The easiest way, of course, is to get the premade cake cups, fill with fresh strawberries, and put whipped cream on top. However, I feel this is the least delicious way to go, that making your own cake ensures that your strawberry shortcake comes out as delicious as possible.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe for strawberry shortcake that will guarantee your family wants seconds on dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Whipped Cream (recipe down below)

Directions:

  • Mix your strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium-sized bowl
  • Add the heavy cream and mix until just combined
  • Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes
  • Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally
  • Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then place the shortcake on top
  • Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve

    See, wasn’t that easy? If you want to relax now go ahead and use whipped cream from a can However, if you want to go the extra mile here is the recipe for home-made whipped cream:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Directions:

  • Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

    That’s it! Simple, right? Now that you have made your dessert and have some spare time you can go check out DealDash. They have everything that you need for your kitchen and more! I can tell you from personal experience, making home-made whipped cream is 100% easier with a KitchenAid stand mixer instead of my old-fashioned hand mixer. If you would like to check out the Kitchenaid mixers or anything else for the kitchen just click this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: With Kids

When looking for recipes you probably don’t take into account how easy they would be for kids to make. However, kids love to cook. Here are a couple easy recipes to start.

My two older kids are 4 and 8, and they both love to help in the kitchen. I think that making Christmas cookies was one of the highlights of their Christmas season. Sometimes cooking with kids can be a lot more work than cooking by yourself, but when you have some extra time why not let the little ones have some fun?

Peanut Noodles with Chicken – This is an Asian-inspired recipe that reminds me of a simple version of Vietnamese Fresh Summer Rolls, but without the wrapper. I can attest that kids love the combination of peanut butter, noodles, and chicken! If your kids are too little to be able to use the vegetable peeler by themselves put them to work shredding the chicken with a fork.

Ingredients:

  • 18-ounce package thin rice noodles or sticks
  • 2 to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken
  • carrot
  • seedless (English) cucumber
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

  • Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let soak until soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain with a colander or large strainer.
  • While the noodles are soaking, shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of carrot and cucumber.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and 6 tablespoons water until smooth. If you are having trouble with the consistency of the peanut butter you can put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get it a little softer.
  • Divide the noodles, chicken, carrot, and cucumber among 4 bowls. Drizzle with the dressing.

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Sour Cream – I am personally not a fan of broccoli, but every kid (and most adults) that I know love it. In this recipe, my kid’s favorite part is poking the potatoes with the fork. Just make sure that they are extra careful not to poke themselves!

Ingredients:

  • medium russet potatoes
  • 16-ounce package frozen broccoli
  • tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Prick the potatoes several times with a fork. Microwave on high until tender and a fork easily slides into the center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and cover with a piece of aluminum foil to keep them warm.
  • In a medium microwave-proof bowl, combine the broccoli, butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir once, then microwave until hot, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Split the potatoes (be careful of the steam). Top with the broccoli mixture and sour cream and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon pepper.

I hope this article has inspired you to do a little cooking with your kids or grandkids. If you need any items for around the kitchen be sure to check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining section located right here. DealDash has many wonderful useful and decorative items available for bid 24/7. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Making It a “Steak” Out on DealDash

Most people love a nice, juicy steak. However, when you go to the meat department it can be a little confusing which cut to buy.

Grilling a delicious steak can be a lot of fun, and it always makes a wonderful dinner. However, just picking up whatever cut of meat is on sale and throwing it on the grill probably isn’t the best way to go if you are looking for optimum taste. A lot of cuts of steak look similar, but they are meant to be cooked in different ways. I’ll give you a quick primer below on what you should be thinking about before you make your meat purchase.

  •   Flat-Iron Steak – The flat-iron is flavorful, tender, and easy to cook. The flat-iron is recommended for people who are inexperienced or a little scared of messing up the steak on the grill. To cook, sear on the grill for about 4 minutes on each side.
  •   Top Sirloin – The top sirloin is a very popular cut of meat. If you’re looking for the tastiest part of the top sirloin, go for the top sirloin cap. To cook, sear on the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  •   Flank Steak – The flank steak is a large cut of lean meat. Make sure you cut off the silver skin before cooking. To cook, make sure your grill is extremely hot and sear it quickly on both sides.
  •   Round Steak – The round is made up of the top round, bottom round, eye round, and the sirloin tip. All of these cuts of meat are made differently for various recipes. Many of them make good roast beef—specifically, the sirloin tip and bottom round. London broil is typically made with top round. To cook the London broil simply sear it for about 5 minutes on each side.
  •   Filet Mignon – The filet is extremely tender and usually the most sought after steak out of all of the cuts that I have mentioned. To cook give it a quick sear on both sides, then let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

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To cook these delicious cuts of meat all you need is a grill from DealDash! They have many to choose from, including both the gas and charcoal types. DealDash also has a great selection of grilling accessories. If you need a new grill or accessories, be sure to click this link here and it will take you to see the grilling items. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Cooks: Two Soy Sauce Pork

Do you love to cook? I am not a great cook myself, but my Mother-in-Law sure is! Here is one of the dishes that she makes for us.

 My Mother-in-Law is a wonderful lady who immigrated to this country when she was in her early 20s – and she is a fantastic cook. She has been here quite a long time, but her most delicious dishes always have Chinese roots. Here is “Two Soy Sauce Pork.”

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Pork – Approximately 1 pork chop per family member or equivalent in “country-style” pork. This recipe is for 4 pork chops cut off of their bones.
  • Light soy sauce (1/2 cup)
  • Dark Soy sauce (1/2 cup)
  • Ginger root, sliced in chunks (to taste)
  • Sugar (1/2 Tablespoon)
  • Garlic powder (1 Tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/4 Tablespoon)
  • Pepper (1/4 Tablespoon)
  • Corn starch (enough to coat pork)
  • Canola oil  (enough to coat pan)
Instructions:
  • Cut the pork off of the bone, cut off the large pieces of fat
  • Cut pork into smaller chunks, approximately 1″x2″s
  • Put the pork into a bowl and mix in both soy sauces, ginger, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well until all of the pork is coated
  • Put in the corn starch, and mix well until all of the pork is coated

 

Heat up the oil in your pan and cook the pork on medium heat until both sides are a darker brown, approximately 4 minutes per side. Discard ginger, and enjoy!

 

If you have made too much of the ingredient mixture you can store the marinated pork in the fridge for 2-3 days before cooking. DealDash often has food storage containers that would be perfect for saving the marinated pork in your fridge. Be sure to wash your containers as soon as you are done using them, though. Soy sauce tends to stain containers when left sitting too long.

 

If you need new pots, pans, or any other kitchen implement head on over to DealDash. They have absolutely everything that you need for your kitchen in the “Kitchen and Dining” section. Check it out at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
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