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This recipe for old fashioned, homemade, easy chicken and dumplings from scratch is so simple and delicious, it will instantly become a family favorite! It's the very definition of comfort food.

2-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion ( chopped )
1-1/2 stalks celery ( chopped )
3 medium carrots ( peeled and chopped )
1-1/2 c peas
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
4 c chicken broth
1/3 c heavy cream
6 Tbsp salted butter ( melted )
1 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 c parsley ( roughly chopped )
1/2 c all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Dumplings:
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c heavy cream
1 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
Pinch of salt
4
Nutritions

Calories
1568

Sodium
1999mg
83% DV

Fat
92g
142% DV

Protein
73g
146% DV

Carbs
96g
32% DV

Fiber
14g
59% DV
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It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.

Muffins:
1-1/2 c apple cider
1 large egg
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar ( packed )
4 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 apple ( peeled, cored, and shredded )
Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
Cinnamon Sugar Streusel:
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c chopped nuts ( optional )
16 muffins
Nutritions

Calories
4416

Sodium
4148mg
172% DV

Fat
123g
189% DV

Protein
100g
201% DV

Carbs
720g
245% DV

Fiber
32g
130% DV
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I admit it...I'm a chocoholic! These triple chocolate cupcakes feature a chocolate cake, plus chocolate ganache filling and a light, whipped buttercream frosting.

Cupcake Batter:
1-1/2 c flour ( sifted )
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 oz chocolate bar ( melted )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c canola oil
2 large eggs
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c brewed coffee
Ganache Filling:
4 oz chocolate bar
1/4 c heavy cream
Frosting:
1 c unsalted butter ( softened )
1/2 c cocoa powder
5 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c heavy cream
18
Nutritions

Calories
744

Sodium
140mg
5% DV

Fat
42g
65% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
91g
31% DV

Fiber
6g
25% DV
119

Mom's Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

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Oh, the fond memories I have of my mom's Jewish apple cake recipe. This dense yet moist cake is layered with scrumptious fall apples, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection.

5 apples ( peeled, cored, and cut into 12 thick slices )
2/3 c cinnamon sugar ( 2/3 c sugar mixed with 1-1/4 tsp cinnamon )
3 c flour
2 c granulated sugar
3 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 c neutral oil
1/4 c orange juice
2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable shortening and extra flour for greasing pan
12
Nutritions

Calories
634

Sodium
18mg
0% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
74g
25% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
735

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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You've absolutely got to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is no flavor of zucchini...zip, zilch, nada. All you'll taste is fluffy chocolatey goodness.

1 large egg ( at room temperature )
1/4 c butter ( melted, but not hot )
1/4 c applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c light brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 c zucchini ( peeled and finely shredded )
1 c chocolate chips ( divided )
Flaky sea salt
Vegetable shortening ( for greasing pan )
8
Nutritions

Calories
675

Sodium
265mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
12g
24% DV

Carbs
120g
40% DV

Fiber
9g
39% DV
23

Peach Upside Down Cake

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It's August. The days are long and the sun is shining bright. And peaches are in season. That means it's time to make a Peach Upside Down Cake!

Cake:
6 Tbsp butter ( at room temperature )
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 c cake flour ( sifted )
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1/2 c whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Peaches and Simple Syrup:
2 ripe freestone or cling-free peaches ( sliced into thin wedges )
1/2 c dark brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c water
Topping:
Homemade whipped cream
8
Nutritions

Calories
318

Sodium
433mg
18% DV

Fat
11g
17% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
52g
17% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
926

Berry Chantilly Cake

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My Berry Chantilly Cake recipe will reward you with one of the most luscious cakes you've ever tasted. The light, fluffy vanilla cake is piled high with layers of fresh berries and an indulgent yet delicate and fluffy chantilly cream with mascarpone. You couldn't ask for anything more in a dessert.

Vanilla Cake:
1 c unsalted butter ( at room temperature )
2 c granulated sugar
4 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 c cake flour
1 c whole milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Berry Syrup:
1/4 c jam
2 Tbsp water
Chantilly Cream:
1-1/2 c heavy cream
8 oz full-fat cream cheese ( at room temperature )
8 oz mascarpone cheese
2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
12
Nutritions

Calories
969

Sodium
1318mg
54% DV

Fat
59g
91% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
90g
30% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
Desserts
206

Solar Oven Banana Scones

Cooking in a solar oven is so easy and fun. My daughter came over and we whipped up some banana scones for lunch. They baked up beautifully. Such a wonderful snack to share together, warm, moist, yummy banana scones with a cardamom kick. These were almost the texture of a short bread, I think you will like them.

1½ cups all-purpose flour ( plus extra for dusting )
? cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
? teaspoon ground cardamom
½ cup (1 stick) cold butter ( cut into ½-inch cubes )
2 bananas ( peeled and chopped into small pieces )
¼ cup whole milk
1 large egg ( beaten with a pinch of fine sea salt, for egg wash )
2 tablespoons granulated sugar for sprinkling
8
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cardamom in a large mixing bowl until completely incorporated. Add the butter, and toss to coat each piece in flour. Using a pastry cutter, cut in...
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Nutritions

Calories
438

Sodium
12mg
0% DV

Fat
32g
50% DV

Protein
3g
6% DV

Carbs
29g
9% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV

Snickerdoodles are such a classic cookie. Easy to make, yummy to eat – what’s not to love? My boys, Reece in particular, are BIG Snickerdoodle fans. I actually have to hide the cookies from Reece to stop him from eating the whole batch! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these cookies are just delightful! Of course, any cookie dough rolled in sugar and cinnamon has to be good! Oh, and speaking of the dough, holy moly people! Don’t try it! You will not be able to stop yourself fro

1/2 cup butter ( softened )
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs ( room temperature )
1 Tbls vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbls sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
24
Cream the butter, shortening and sugar by hand. Add the eggs and vanilla and cream together. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
181

Sodium
116mg
4% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
26g
8% DV

Fiber
0.7g
2% DV

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