Best Chocolate Cake Recipes

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BHG offers an incredible selection of chocolate cake recipes, something for everyone in your house or at your next party! Now, which one should I make first?

Gluten Free Recipes: Pizza Dough

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The response to the gluten-free Chicago style pizza I posted earlier today was great. I wanted to share this recipe for gluten-free pizza crust. It comes from the King Arthur Flour site. I love their products & knew they would have ideas for those needing gluten-free alternatives.

For the recipe, click HERE.

Is there a favorite dish or recipe you must avoid because of your gluten-free diet? Share it with me & I will look for a gluten-free alternative for you! good food! It’s just a Simple Joy!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I featured these cookies in my Create Your Own Candy Bar video & I PROMISED to share the recipe! Here it is. And so simple, you will make them all the time!

2014-12-21 14.08.22Ingredients

  • 1 box Duncan Hines™ butter cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate chips

CC cookie batterPreheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, mix oil, eggs & vanilla. Add cake mix, mixing thoroughly. The mix may have lumps. Just work it with a spatula until all the dry lumps are mixed in. Add chocolate chips. I have used semi-sweet, a mix of milk chocolate & semi-sweet (half a bag of each) & mini chips. Just add enough chips to it is perfect for you.

Use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This allows you to prepare all your batches with only 2 cookie sheets. Spoon out batter on paper, 12 if small, 9 if large. Bake 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in air tight container. Enjoy with cold milk or hot chocolate!

 CC cookies

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I featured these cookies in my Create Your Own Candy Bar video & I PROMISED to share the recipe! Here it is. And so simple, you will make them all the time!

2014-12-21 14.08.22Ingredients

  • 1 box Duncan Hines™ butter cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate chips

CC cookie batterPreheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, mix oil, eggs & vanilla. Add cake mix, mixing thoroughly. The mix may have lumps. Just work it with a spatula until all the dry lumps are mixed in. Add chocolate chips. I have used semi-sweet, a mix of milk chocolate & semi-sweet (half a bag of each) & mini chips. Just add enough chips to it is perfect for you.

Use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This allows you to prepare all your batches with only 2 cookie sheets. Spoon out batter on paper, 12 if small, 9 if large. Bake 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in air tight container. Enjoy with cold milk or hot chocolate!

 CC cookies

7 So-Simple Gluten-Free Recipes

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Kim McCosker & Redbook have 7 fabulous and oh-so-easy gluten-free recipes for you and your family including this delicious steak with mushroom ragout.

Gluten-free Recipes: Cherry Vanilla Chip Muffins

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Gluten-free comfort food that’s perfect with a cup of hot vanilla tea! From Allrecipes.com

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

I keep 5-6 packages of ground beef in my freezer at all times. There are so many things I can make with ground beef & Mr. D loves each dish. I must admit, though, I sometimes get bored with the same old thing. So I was ecstatic when I saw this  article in Southern Living. A different ground beef dish every night of the month!!!!! WOW! Which should I try first?

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

Gluten-free Living: Deep Dish Chicago-style Gluten-free Pizza

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Kick off the weekend with pizza! Just because you are gluten-free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fabulous dishes like this deep dish pizza. From the good folks at Gluten Freely™

Basic Muffins

Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Muffins
Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Muffins

I love a basic muffin recipe. Even a basic muffin mix. This allows me to make any kind of muffin. I am now making fresh muffins on Saturday for our continental breakfast at church (FPCO) on Sunday. Today, I used a basic mix someone found for me. I haven’t been able fond a basic mix in a few years. Fortunately, I have a recipe from my grandmother, the Infamous Lena B. I can use to make a variety of muffins. Having to mix the muffins from scratch in messy & time consuming. Really like the mix better. If you know where I can find basic (plain) muffin mix, PLEASE let me know!

When making from scratch, I prefer to make enough for at least 2 weeks. Thus, I only have the mess for one week. Messy but worth it. I LOVE the people at my church so my baking is a labor of love!

Basic batter with fresh blueberries
Basic batter with fresh blueberries

Here is my recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine liquids. Add liquids to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just wet but not smooth. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin pan (or pan lined with muffin liners) 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. You can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time & store in plastic bags. Only put one batch per bag. Saves on the confusion!

This is a basic recipe. To it, I add a variety of fruit, flavors & nuts. Today, I added fresh strawberries & fresh blueberries. I also use dried fruit. I like cherry/almond muffins, blueberry/pecan muffins, apricot/pecan muffins. I plan to make orange/pineapple & oatmeal/cranberry muffins.

I also make an incredibly easy pumpkin muffin but…. I plan to share that another day!

Fresh Strawberry Muffins hot from the oven
Fresh Strawberry Muffins hot from the oven

Mix up a batch for a week-end morning. Serve with juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee for an wonderfully relaxing morning! I like them on my front porch!

Ah, I LOVE  my Simple Joy Life!

Meatless Chili

Yummy family (or potluck) dish!
Yummy family (or potluck) dish!

It is a cool & cloudy day here in SoCal. Glancing over the posts of friends on FB, it appears to be a cold & snowy day in other parts of the country. Today is the perfect day for my vegetarian chili recipe!

I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.

  • 1 large can chili beans
  • 1 large can pinto beans
  • 1 large can kidney beans
  • 1 large can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 box vegetable broth
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot.

Mix.Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.”Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.