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Jun 21, 2017

Summer Vacation

Summer officially starts today and so does my summer vacation!  Please continue to enjoy my recipes while I’m away. I will be checking in but can’t always answer questions so please look to the FAQs for answers. Meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Stay hydrated, eat well, and use sunscreen! See you soon. – Jenny Jones

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Jun 1, 2017

Your Photos/My Recipes (June)

I really appreciate when someone takes time to send a photo of one of my recipes… even better when you say where you are from. Send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

DALILA MADE MY ONE BOWL YELLOW CAKE
“Hi Jenny! 🌼 I made your EASY ONE BOWL YELLOW CAKE recipe with your CREAM CHEESE FROSTING recipe. I did double both of the recipes so that I could make a 2 layer cake. OMGoodness, what a tasty and moist cake, scrumptious I tell you! I added some light cherry preserves as a filling for the cake. Everyone liked it so much that they had seconds! YAY! 😊 Thank you for another recipe that will be made again and again! Happy Baking! 😃”

~ It’s lovely! Also, good for people to know they can double the recipe.  ~ jenny

DIANE MADE MY FALL-OFF-THE-BONE RIBS
“All I can say is YUM!  Your recipe is the best.  I’m a fan of yours forever.”

~ Your ribs look amazing. Thanks for the photo & compliment.  ~ jenny

TYA MADE MY DARK CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES
“Dear Jenny, I’m Tya from Bali Indonesia. I made your dark chocolate fudge brownies recipe. I sprinkled a layer of sliced almonds on top. It’s delicious. My favorite so far and my family just loved it too. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thanks for sharing them with us xxx.”

~ My brownies are in Bali! Thank you for taking time to share your photo.  ~ jenny

CAROL MADE MY PUMPKIN PIE
“Dear Jenny, I thought you would get a kick out of my pumpkin pie adventure.  I followed your video exactly until it came time to find the right sized pan.  I could only find a too big pan, as you can see.  Did fine putting the filling together, then while putting the dough together mistakenly used water instead of the oil!!!  Hey, I’m old (76) but I do try.  So, never to throw away something like this, just added some olive oil, thinking Jenny said “lite” and I only have regular.  That made it lite, right!!! *O)   Rolling it out was quite the adventure as it truly stuck to the wax paper.  Just added a little flour here and there and got it off and into the pan/bowl.  The dough was way up on the edge of the pie bowl so I just rolled the pie dough down the inside of the pie bowl like an old pair of stockings, thinking this will NEVER WORK.  It did stay up, I guess from the weight of the filling.  Have not tasted it yet but the pumpkin pie aroma is heavenly!  It’s still hot and I wanted to tell you this story before dementia sets all the way in!  Worse comes to worse I have pumpkin pie pudding and I’ll go out tomorrow or on the internet and find a proper, larger pie pan!  THANKS JENNY and keep up the good work.”

~ Well you are no quitter, and in spite of everything it still looks pretty good.  ~ jenny

JACKIE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Jenny I am so delighted to have come upon your website! You have provided me with lots of fun and laughter in my kitchen! I can imagine what it was like growing up in your house… The smells must have been intoxicating! Blessings, Jackie.”

~  I’m glad to hear it and thanks for the photo – your bread looks great!  ~ jenny

BRENDA MADE MY DUTCH BABY PANCAKE
“Hi Jenny, I made your Dutch Baby recipe and it was delicious. I will definitely make it again.”

~  Now that’s the way to serve a Dutch baby! Great photo, thank you.  ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY LEMON CHICKEN CUTLETS
“Hi Jenny! 🌷 I made your LEMON CHICKEN CUTLETS for dinner, what a flavored  packed dish!  Your step-by-step instructions were so nice and easy. Everything fell right into place, including the super easy clean-up, just like you said. 😃 The lemon chicken cutlets came out so moist and tender that no knives were needed. I prepared baked fingerling potatoes seasoned with tarragon, rosemary, black pepper and a bit of olive oil. They paired well together, very tasty. Thank you for another wonderful recipe! Happy Cooking! 😊”

~  Your whole plate looks so appetizing. Thanks for sharing.  ~ jenny

BRENDA MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD
“Hi Jenny,This is the Simple White Bread (with egg) recipe.  The recipe was easy to follow and the bread is delicious .  Much, much better than any white bread from the store.  My whole family loves it.  I plan to make it often. I hope you can post my photo.”

~  I’m so glad your family liked it. Thanks for the photo!  ~ jenny

PAT MADE MY SIMPLE BREAD
“Hi Jenny.. This is the result of my try of your Simple Bread Loaf.. It was amazing and easy to make.. I shall be making and enjoying more home made recipes.. I love your recipes and have watched every video of yours I can find.. I so enjoy your cooking video instructions.. They are so easy to follow.. Thank you and wishing you and awesome day.. God Bless.. ~ Pat aka vablueangel.”

~  Thank you for your photo, and I’m glad you enjoy my videos.  ~ jenny

PAUL MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD
“Hi again Jenny. The thing I love about your recipes is that they almost always turn out just like yours. So here is your quick loaf. I made this with all white flour this time – for chicken and cranberry sandwiches at a picnic tomorrow. The first time I made it I forgot to warm the milk (remembered just after I added it) – so I zapped the dough in a microwave for a few minutes and incredibly it turned out fine! Just off to make your crispy apple tart for the family picnic too. Best wishes from the UK.”

~  You are right – it looks just like mine. Thank you for sharing this lovely photo.  ~ jenny

ERIC (in the Netherlands) MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Hi Jenny, I recently discovered your site and video’s. You do a great job. Thank you for sharing the cinnamon roll recipe. They were enjoyed by the whole family. Easy to make and super delicious. I attach the pre-oven pic, the end result and my son enjoying them.”

~  Eric, you just made my day! Great looking rolls and what a handsome boy! ~ jenny

May 29, 2017

How To Freeze Yeast

How Do You Freeze YeastYeast has a short shelf life and once any package of yeast has been opened, it should be kept in the freezer. I always use the small packets and I find that using a butterfly clip, the kind you can get at an office supply store, is a good way to seal up the packet for freezing. A paper clip would also work. I snip off the corner of the packet, measure what I need, fold the open corner over twice and seal it with the clip. Then I pop it in the freezer. – Jenny Jones

May 25, 2017

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Muffins

Banana Breakfast MuffinsIf you’re like me and your favorite part of the muffin is the top, you will love these easy breakfast muffins. The crunchy tops are made with nuts, brown sugar, and a little vegetable oil, but you can use melted butter instead. I always try baking without butter so I use oil in the topping. A lot of muffins like this use walnuts but I think pecans have a lot more flavor so that’s what I use, and I toast them first. Toasted nuts just taste way better than raw.

The reason I only make six is because the tops won’t be crunchy the next day and also, they are so filling, you only need to eat one. Make them with all purpose flour or a mix of all purpose and whole wheat pastry flour for some extra fiber. And keep in mind that the riper the banana, the sweeter it will be. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 13, 2017

Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Whole Grain Oatmeal Chocolate Chip BarsI love this! It’s a healthy dessert full of fiber and dark chocolate. It’s made with no white flour, no butter, and it’s a super easy one-bowl recipe. And if you line your pan with foil, there’s almost no cleanup. You can use walnuts but I find that pecans, especially when they are toasted first, have so much more flavor so they are my nuts of choice for most baking. In fact, I toast one bag at a time and keep them refrigerated for all my baking.

Now about the chocolate: Using a 70% dark chocolate bar is the healthiest choice and I like to use the 72% bar from World Market but you do have to chop it up so chocolate chips are definitely easier. I recently discovered Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate chips and they are great but bigger than most so I did not like the result when I added them whole. So I chopped them into smaller pieces and an added benefit was there was more chocolate in every bite.

These are the chocolate chips I used, but I chopped them up first:

And here is what the World Market bar looks like:

My favorite thing, besides the delicious, chewy taste of this healthy dessert bar, is how incredibly easy it is. One bowl, no mixer, just mix it all up and bake. As of today, these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip bars are my favorite dessert.  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 6, 2017

Got 3 Hours? Make These Easy Pickles.

Best Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

I found some beautiful fresh Persian cucumbers yesterday and made a full jar of my 3-hour bread & butter pickles. Today, there’s only half a jar left. You can make pickles using the traditional small Kirby cuces but Persians work just fine too, and they are available all year round. Mediterranean markets usually have the best ones. So today’s lunch will be a salmon sandwich on my multi-grain no knead bread with a bowl of these refrigerator pickles on the side, and a whole wheat double chocolate chip cookie for dessert. I should have just enough homemade pickles left for tomorrow. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

May 1, 2017

Look Who’s Cooking My Stuff (May)

Thank you all for sharing photos of my recipes that you’ve made. I’m international! Feel free to say where you are from and send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

FARHA MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Homemade sesame no knead buns inspired by your recipe of no knead crusty rolls.😊😊😊Lots of love from India..thnx for ur amazing recipes.”

~  Thank you for your photo. I love that someone is enjoying my recipe in India! ~ jenny

SCOTT MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“We live at 4500 feet in Northern Utah and sometimes baking (especially cakes and sweet breads) can present a challenge. However, your whole wheat bread came out FANTASTIC!  I’ve already made 2 loaves, but I now need to work on my dough shaping & sandwich-width slicing skills.  Thanks for the tasty – and easy – recipe!”

~  That’s a good looking loaf! And I like that cardinal pot holder. ~ jenny

FREDDY MADE MY SALMON PATTIES WITH TUNA
“Really super. I used the drained oil from the Salmon for frying and taste OK. Thank you for your recipes.”

~  Thanks for the photos. It’s good to know that it works with tuna. ~ jenny…and Freddy says, “I will try Your recipe of Meat Balls in Tomato sauce too, I already made the Balls.”

DALILA MADE MY LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH STRAWBERRIES
“Hi Jenny! 🌼 I used your recipe for LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS and made mini strawberry muffins. All I did was substitute the one cup of blueberries for one cup of diced strawberries. I kept track of the time for baking them, these mini’s only baked for about 10-12 minutes in my oven. I was able to make 36 mini strawberry muffins.  Your recipe, again, was wonderful!! THANK YOU JENNY!!!  Making life deeee-licious! Happy Baking! 😊”

~  You’re lucky to find such beautiful strawberries. Thanks for another great photo. ~ jenny

LAN PHAM MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, This was my first time making bread and look at it, it turned out so beautifully. I am so amazed! Thank you and thanks to my sister for your recipe of Faster No Knead Bread! So easy you betcha I’ll make it again.”

~  Congratulations on your first bread – great photo! ~ jenny

SABINE MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Dear Mrs Jones, last weekend we had your delicious cinnamon roles. Very tasty, fluffy and yummie. Always a plessure to work with your recipes. Greetings from Germany.”

~  They look beautiful. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

JOSEPHINE MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Again Dearest Jenny, Just made your rolls – So easy and fast! Perfect for breakfast or with pasta!! I had made your No Knead Crusty Loaf before.. Just returned from an European Oceania cruise – Think your bread are better! Really appreciate your sharing… Enjoying your bread in Hawaii🌸”

~  Home baking always beats food in restaurants, even ones that float. ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY ANGEL HAIR CASSEROLE
“Hi Jenny! 🌷 I made your ANGEL HAIR CASSEROLE recipe and you are right, easy and very tasty!! I was able to split the recipe into two separate 5X7 casserole dishes. One for eating now and froze the other one for another day. When I’m having a busy day I just reach in my freezer and I’m all set for dinner. The small change I made was that I added part-skim mozzarella. I didn’t have any reduced- fat cheddar cheese on hand.  Happy Cooking! 🌺”

~  That’s a good idea to freeze it for another day. ~ jenny

CHRISTINE MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hi Jenny, From London, Ontario. This was my second batch, and they were even better than the first one. We eat them when they are still a bit warm with a dab of unsalted butter. Yum!”

~  Oh, I love these rolls so much. Greetings back to my hometown! ~ jenny

RYAN MADE MY ORANGE SESAME CHICKEN
“It’s such an easy and delicious dish. I make it often! – Ryan (Redondo Beach, California)”

~  I’m glad you like it. It’s one of my most treasured recipes and I make if often too. ~ jenny

DALILA USED MY PIE DOUGH RECIPE FOR CHERRY HAND PIES
“Hi Jenny! I did make more hand pies using your PIE DOUGH RECIPE. Talk about some delicious hand pies, flaky and so tasty is what they were. I sprinkled them with white crystal sugar to give them a nice crispy top. Your pie dough is wonderful to work with, thank you for sharing your recipe! These cherry hand pies did not last at all….LOL….all gone within a couple of hours!! Happy Baking! 😃”

~  They look good. Thanks for another great photo. ~ jenny

Apr 26, 2017

Blasted Chicken is So Easy

Simple Easy Roast Chicken RecipeIf you think roasting a whole chicken is a lot of work, I am about to change your mind. Roasting it at a higher temperature for a shorter time produces beautifully tender meat with absolutely no work at all. This method has been around for years, usually called Blasted Chicken, and it is incredibly easy. There is no basting, no trussing, no rubbing with butter or oil, and with me, no spices except salt and pepper, although you can tuck in a piece of lemon, garlic, or your favorite herb if you like.

I don’t even wash the chicken, just bring it to room temperature and pat it dry. I like to make this on Friday so we have leftover chicken to snack on, or for chicken paninis. You can roast this chicken on a baking pan but I prefer a broiler-style pan to draw away the fat and I always use a disposable one. I did not invent this method but I want to make sure everyone has this easy recipe for blasted chicken.

I serve it by removing the skin and then cut or tear the chicken into big pieces. There is no easier way to roast a chicken and my way means no cleanup. Gotta love that! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Apr 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Apr 11, 2017

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Easy Healthy Mac & Cheese RecipeIf you ever need fast comfort food, this is it. Today I made my quick and easy mac & cheese and it was ready in 20 minutes. With only four ingredients, it’s pretty hard to mess up, and I use low fat milk and cheese so I don’t feel guilty about enjoying this American classic. Plus I always serve it with a green vegetable on the side. Sometimes this simple mac & cheese becomes a side dish to some chicken and salad. Even though it’s a quick stovetop recipe, you can also bake it in the oven for a crispy top. Here’s how I do it:

While I prepare the recipe on the stove I preheat the oven to 375.  Once the stovetop version is done I stir in some chopped & drained fresh tomato (this is optional) and I transfer it all to a greased 3-quart casserole dish. I top it with a cup of fresh breadcrumbs and bake for 20-25 minutes for a golden, crispy top. You make fresh breadcrumbs by processing a couple of slices of white or soft whole wheat bread in a food processor.

Whether you need a quick 20 minute recipe or you prefer a creamy mac & cheese with a crispy top, either way you’ll get a much healthier version of almost everyone’s favorite comfort food… macaroni and cheese. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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