Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Closing out the end of Vegan MoFo with a bang folks: Have you had that evening yearning for just a touch of sweet but would never dream of dragging out everything you would need to make a couple dozen cookies up hot and fresh? Kathy Hester has a solution that will rock your dessert world…as well as your meal plans. Seriously.  Is this cookie big enough or what? The recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies in  ‘Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or – Just For You’ has directions for one big beautiful (shareable) cookie.   I mixed up a quadruple batch of batter then separated  half into a long tube, wrapped it and stuck it in the freezer for another night’s cravings.  All I have to do is heat up the slow cooker and slice off a couple of  inches of batter from the freezer some night and I’m set in about an hour.  Okay, maybe I over did it a too much  little with the ‘extras’  for these cookies but they are chocked full of goodness.  Big dark chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries…… I also sprinkled each one with some coarse sea salt that cuts through the dark rich chocolate chips perfectly.…

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Himalayan “Red Pepper” Salt

So simple, quick and inexpensive.  Homemade Vegetable Sea Salts can add ‘zip’ and nutrition to your meals. With about 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of drying in the oven, almost any vegetable can be dehydrated and ground up to add to your favorite salt to enhance the nutrition, add a burst of flavor and plus:  they just look pretty sprinkled on foods. My latest variety is a dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, ground and mixed at a 50 X 50 ratio with some Himalayan Sea Salt. If you’re worried about your salt intake, this is a great way to stretch your salt use while adding in the flavors and nutrients found in which ever veggies you dry out and grind up with your salts.  Store them just like any other seasoning in a dry sealed container for months and months of uses. Other ideas I have on my list to try are Lemon Pepper, Orange Peel Pepper, Basil Sea Salt, Broccoli Salt….you get the idea. These homemade goodies can make a great, inexpensive gift for friends, family or someone you may not know what to give. Find a cool container     (this small jar was just a…

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Jalapeno Season Salt

A simple seasoning to spice up fries, soups, whatever you want to add a little kick to… I had a few Jalapeno Peppers that needed to be used up but using jalapeno fresh isn’t always convenient. So I cut them up in large chunks and put them on the dehydrator for a couple days until they were rock hard. After the peppers were completely dried, I ground them fine in a coffee grinder. I took the pepper dust and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of Sea Salt and 1 Tbs. of Garlic Powder. Mixed it up well and voila:  Jalapeno Season Salt that will last for months and months. Dust this spicy salt on your fries, on scrambled eggs, most anything that needs a spicy seasoning. Store your salt in a sealed jar to prevent clumping.  Use flaked salt for an even fancier version. Makes a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and is less than $1 a jar! With the savings on the seasoning, you can find a special container to give your seasoning in. Do you like spicy foods?  Have you tried to make any flavored salts before? Here’s a link to a few…

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Flavored Sea Salts

So easy and can really jazz up a simple chicken or fish meal with some extra flavor, great for popcorn even! Proportions are 1/2 Cup of Sea Salt to 2 Tbs. of flavor, ground and mixed well. Here I made a Citrus Red Pepper Fennel. I had already dehydrated some Blood Oranges so I just ground up a couple slices of those first then added in the red pepper and fennel to blend everything. And this one isRosemary Paprika  Sea Salt.  Same proportions but you could adjust to your own tastes of course.  Be sure to store the Salt in an sterilized, air tight container.  What flavors can you think of to try? Thanks for all the Great Deal Gadget Giveaway entries, just 2 days left to comment.

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