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FRENCH ONION SOUP

French-Onion-SoupThis French Onion Soup topped with French bread,  Swiss and Parmesan cheese will quickly become a favorite.  Yes, I know it is not a Southern recipe but it is a great recipe and onions are healthy and good for you.  Soup is a favorite dish in my household and we are very diversified in our choices.  We love soup for lunch almost every day.  Did you know that onions are high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber?  Onions are sodium, fat and cholesterol free as well.  Studies have shown that onions may be beneficial in preventing gastric ulcers.  Onions contain calcium and iron.  My sister is eighty years old, takes no medicine of any kind and swears by the health benefits of onions.  She eats them every day and says they are great if you have a cold or are not feeling well to “perk” you right up!

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

3 or 4 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced (You could use another type of onion but the yellow ones are best due to their tangy sweet flavor)

2 teaspoons while granulated sugar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 (14.5 ounce) cans beef bouillon

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon thyme

French bread

Swiss cheese, shredded (about a cup)

Parmesan Cheese, shredded (about a cup)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot.  Add the sliced onions and cook for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften.  Add the sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and cook 15 to 20 minutes longer until brown.  Stir to keep from burning.  Add the bouillon cubes and beef bouillon along with the Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook about 20 more minutes.  Makes about six servings.

To Serve:

Combine the two cheeses. Top the onion soup with a thick slick of toasted French bread.  Sprinkle cheese generously over bread and on top of soup.  Broil 1 to 2 minutes until cheese melts.  Note:  Make sure your bowls are oven proof before you put them under the broiler.  If you don’t have oven proof bowls you could try melting the cheese in the microwave.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.

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SPICED APPLESAUCE BREAD

Spiced Applesauce Bread - TSLCThis Spicy Applesauce Bread is so good and makes a great gift for the holidays. I make this bread using my recipe for my Homemade Crock pot Applesauce. It is wonderful with coffee or as a snack anytime.

1 1/2 cups applesauce (I use chunky applesauce in this recipe)

1 stick or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk (could use regular milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup craisins (could use raisins and can add more if wanted)

1/2 to 1 cup nuts (I use walnuts)

Cream butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and applesauce. Mix with mixer.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt in a bowl. Mix well with wire whisk and add to liquid ingredients mixing together with mixer. Fold in craisins and nuts with a spoon.  Pour batter into a 9 x 5 bread pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  (I sprinkle a little brown sugar and a few nuts on top just to give it a little crunch). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes checking for doneness as ovens vary. Let cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Makes 1 loaf. Enjoy!

Note:  I always make a small loaf for my sister because she loves it, so my loaf is a little smaller.  You can make all small loaves for gifts or you can double the recipe. If you make the smaller loaves cook time will be about 10 minutes less than the larger one.

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If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Applesauce, Banana and Raisin Cake.

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PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD

Pumpkin Banana Bread

This Pumpkin Banana Bread is so good for breakfast with coffee or as a snack anytime.  I love anything with pumpkin in the recipe.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine or 12 tablespoon, softened

1 cup 100% pumpkin

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 bananas, peeled and mashed

1 cup nuts of your choice, Optional

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg.  Set aside. Cream brown sugar, white sugar and butter with mixer. Add pumpkin eggs, vanilla extract and bananas mixing well. Combine with flour mixture. Fold in nuts. Spray two 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and add batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes testing for doneness as ovens vary. Note:  This bread does not rise up real tall but makes two nice sized loaves and is so good with the powdered sugar topping below poured over the bread. Enjoy

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Powdered Sugar Topping

3/4 cup powdered sugar or confectioners sugar

4 or 5 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together with wire whisk and pour over bread. (If topping is too thick add more milk, if too thin add more sugar until you get the consistency you like)

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APPLE BUTTERSCOTCH CRESCENT ROLLS

Apple Butterscotch Crescent RollsThese apple butterscotch crescent rolls are so easy to make and so good with coffee for breakfast in the morning.  I love experimenting with crescent rolls. There are so many good treats you can make with them.

1 (8 ounce) Original Crescent dinner rolls

1 large apple, peeled and shredded or grated

butterscotch chips

raisins

nuts of your choice

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Remove rolls from package and pat out on biscuit board or counter top.  Add about 1 tablespoon grated apple, a couple butterscotch chips, 2 or 3 raisins, and some chopped nuts of your choice.  Roll up as you would for crescent rolls and kind of smash ends together.  Dip in melted butter.  Have your sugar and cinnamon mixed in a shallow plate. After dipping in melted butter, roll in cinnamon mixture.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes until brown.  You can serve with or without the powdered sugar topping below.  Makes 8 buttery apple butterscotch rolls. (I could eat all 8 by myself with coffee but limit myself to two) lol.

 

Powdered Sugar Topping

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 or 4 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix well with wire whisk.  Drizzle over crescent rolls.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins.

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