Sep 26, 2020 Aug 24, 2020
How many healthy vegetables can you add to a pot of chili? Six! Celery, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and fresh spinach. If you count the onions and garlic, you have eight! That’s a lot of vitamins right there. Vegetables are a lifeline to good health so this meatless chili is a good way to get a variety of veggies in one delicious meal. Then there are two kinds of beans for plenty of protein and fiber. Whip out a couple of my no knead crusty rolls and dig in!! ????
We don’t like spicy food and I cannot find a mild chili powder so I make my own mixture and it’s not spicy at all. My chili powder recipe uses paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic & onion powder, allspice, and cloves.
I don’t use cayenne at all but you can add a little if you like. Click here for my chili powder recipe.
A couple of notes on this chili: This is a fast recipe so the veggies must be cut small so they cook through nice and soft. Cut them all in 1/4-inch pieces. To save time, prep only the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to start. Prep the rest while the chili cooks. You may have to adjust the amount of chili powder to your taste. Chili is a good meal to make in advance because it’s even better the next day. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Aug 2, 2020
A few people shared this concept of lining a square pan with parchment paper by crumpling up the paper into a ball and then pressing it into the pan. I was a little skeptical but decided to try it and and it really works. I always struggled with lining my square pan for granola bars, which I make almost weekly, because you pressed one side down and the other one pulled away. This way is much easier. I don’t know why… it just works. – Jenny Jones
Aug 1, 2020
There are always fresh homemade cookies in this house and it’s usually what we have for dessert. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite because oats provide good fiber and even dark chocolate has health benefits, so this is a win-win recipe. There’s no butter in this easy recipe – I use avocado oil instead – but you can use another vegetable oil if you like.
I’m always torn about how long to bake them. The less you bake them the softer they will be but I also like browned edges so I left the baking time open to between 12 and 14 minutes. I also realize that all ovens and baking sheets are different so you can judge the baking time that works for you. Either way it’s a simple recipe for old fashioned oatmeal cookies but with new fashioned dark chocolate chunks. My husband says, “Everything is better with chocolate!” He’s after me for a chocolate meat loaf! I don’t see it happening. Click here for the recipe. (not the chocolate meatloaf, the cookies! ?) – jenny jones
Jul 30, 2020
Here is the whole wheat version of my chewy oatmeal dark chocolate chunk cookies (above). When I can find whole wheat pastry flour I always make them this way. Whole grain cookies make a healthier dessert and these easy cookies are 100% whole grain. The ingredients are basically the same as the white flour version (except for the flour swap) but the technique is as little different – but still very simple. You freeze the dough before baking.
To make these whole wheat chewy oatmeal dark chocolate chunk cookies click here for the recipe. – jenny jones
Jul 19, 2020
What are the odds that two people baked their own birthday cakes in July? I chose both their photos to feature this month and get this: One baker is only 10 years old and the other is 74! Lucci from the Philipines, who turned 10 on July 16th, made her own chocolate cake. She said, “It was soo easy. I did one layer, my sister did another layer, my mom frosted the cake, and I piped the borders!!” What a beautiful job she did piping the border, just like a pro.”
The vanilla cake on the right was made by Janice from Michigan, celebrating her 74th birthday on July 8th. “The cake was delicious and I have enjoyed it everyday since making it,” she said. “Every morsel I ate was DELICIOUS.” Janice, I just celebrated my own 74th birthday in June and yes, I baked my own cake too! ? Birthday blessing to you both. ❤️
Jul 5, 2020
Here’s another no knead bread that I love. It’s crunchy on the outside and on the inside too! I make it with two kinds of flour (whole wheat and white) and then I add a half cup of cracked wheat to the dough. The result is a fabulous high-fiber bread with a golden crust and a delicious nutty interior with lots of crunch.
Cracked wheat is made by milling raw wheat berries into smaller pieces, preserving the nutrient and fiber rich bran and germ layers. So this delicious loaf has extra fiber and protein, and cracked wheat is also a good source of iron.
If you like hearty, farm-style bread with extra crunch, you will love this recipe. I have never been able to find cracked wheat at the store so I order it online, solely to make this recipe. Cracked wheat is a series of uncooked, hard, dry pieces and looks like this:
I have also made the same recipe with steel-cut oats but it does not have the flavor or texture that this one does. I use the overnight version to allow the uncooked cracked wheat time to soften. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Jun 27, 2020
By popular demand, here is the vanilla version of my hugely popular quick & easy chocolate cake. As simple as the recipe is, it was not easy to get it right. I finally came up with a version that always turns out for me. I know it has a lot of sugar but every time I tried to use less, it did not turn out. With this “wacky” style cake, the sugar is needed for structure.
I also tried different pans, a square 8 x 8 pan and a round 8-inch pan, and was disappointed in both results. A 9-inch pan was the perfect size for a consistent cake. I suggest sticking with the recipe as written and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a light and delicious homemade cake that anyone can make, even amateur cooks. During the coronavirus quarantine, it’s good to have a dessert that does not use eggs, or even butter except for the frosting.
I’ve also just posted my new 2-minute vanilla frosting, made with just 2 tablespoons of butter, although this cake is really good with chocolate frosting too. I usually cool the cake in the pan and only frost the top.
If you plan to remove the cake to a platter, I suggest greasing the pan and lining the bottom with parchment paper. You can buy packages of parchment paper rounds or cut our own. I hope everybody likes this simple yet delicious cake and I’ll be waiting for the first photo! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Jun 13, 2020
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Most of us are not grocery shopping as often as we used to and that includes me. I go once a week during the “geezer hour” when they open early for us seniors. So I had to figure out the best way to store my cut fruit and veggies so they would last all week. I always have some crudité on hand as well as cut papaya or melon. I store them in those Glad plastic containers and I noticed that moisture always accumulated inside but on the underside of the lid and moisture is not a friend to cut fruit or vegetables.
I tried lining the container with a paper towel but the moisture still did its damage. Then I tried putting a piece of paper towel or a napkin on top of the fruit to keep the moisture from dripping down on the fruit. Guess what? It works! The paper on top of the cut fruit keeps the excess moisture away and now my cut papaya keeps all week and my crudité of carrot & cucumber slices and cabbage wedges stays fresh twice as long as before. I just wanted to share this tip for everyone else who is eating lots of fruits and veggies. You ARE eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, right? What was that? “I try…???” Don’t get me started! ?
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the lifeline to good health. ???? So here’s a new rule: You can’t make any of my breads until you’ve had some fruit and veggies. Don’t make me come over there! ?
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Jun 8, 2020
There’s something about summer and hot dogs. ☀️ Summer officially starts a week from today but the sun’s shining so it’s hot dog time in my house. You haven’t lived until you have a hot dog in a fresh, homemade bun. You’ll spoil yourself forever and never have to suffer through those homemade ones where the ingredient list is longer that your quarantined bangs.
I make these soft buns using my white bread recipe, the one with the egg – it’s an easy one-rise recipe that you can make in an hour. The sheen comes from brushing the buns with a beaten egg wash just before baking. Freshness makes all the difference so if you don’t eat these yummy buns right away, I suggest slicing and freezing them for the next time. They freeze really well.
We don’t eat hot dogs very often but when we do, they are always on a homemade bun. My husband likes to add only spicy brown mustard but I like yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, and sauteed onions. 🌭 What ever way you like your hot dog, it will be so much better on a homemade bun. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
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CATHERINE (from Canada) MADE MY CHICKEN POT PIE VARIATION
“Thank you for your wonderful cooking videos!! Any chance you are considering releasing a new cookbook? I really hope so!! There is nothing like a great cookbook to page through with a cup of tea ? I made a variation of your chicken pot pie last night for dinner and absolutely love your pastry recipe! I didn’t have chicken, so I substituted a 418g can of Salmon, and instead of carrots I added one leek (wish I had had fresh dill).
I put the pastry on the bottom, added the filling and topped the pie with potatoes (plain) that I mashed with some ground pepper and cooked for 40 mins at 400 degrees. I covered the mashed potato (left the crust exposed) with a piece of foil I folded into a round shape for a portion of the cooking time than removed it. Got the idea from your suggestion for protecting the pie crust in your pumpkin pie video. In the last 5 minutes, I topped the potato crumble with a mixture that had a drop of olive oil, 2 tbsp of panko bread crumbs and 1/4-1/3 of a cup of grated parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. It was delicious, your chicken pot pie sauce and pastry recipes are fantastic!! And so versatile!!
My family can’t wait for me to make your chicken pot pie. I plan to make it soon. While we were eating, we came up with another variation of your pot pie dish. When we have left overs from our next turkey dinner I will make your chicken pot pie sauce, (substitute the turkey for the chicken) put your pastry at the bottom and top the pie with the left over stuffing.
I made your Lemon Brownies on Easter weekend and they were delicious. My daughter is a lemon lover, and this is a wonderful new dessert for our family to have. Thank you!! Next recipe – I plan to make your cabbage rolls. I have two heads of cabbage in the fridge ready to be used. I have never made cabbage rolls before, but after watching your video, I am no longer intimidated. Love your clear, easy to follow instructions. Fantastic recipes! ~ Catherine, Toronto, On.”
– I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes. Thanks for all the details and good luck with the cabbage rolls! – jenny
MELINDA MADE MY LEMON BROWNIES
– Thank you for the luscious photos and the personal hand-held touch. – jenny
WILLIAM MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“My first ever loaf. Thank you.”
– Congratulations and enjoy. Thank you for the photo. – jenny
LYNN (from Texas) MADE MY PAN PIZZA & ENGLISH MUFFINS
“LibraryLynn – Houston, TX – 2nd try using parchment paper with sticky old cast iron pan. Worked well, was still crisp and delicious even though temps were reduced a little bit. Double Yum! Thanks Jenny.”
– I’m glad you worked it out and clearly, it was worth the effort, and your English muffins look perfect. Thank you! – jenny
I made these a few weeks ago…so easy and delicious. A friend of mine who is a chef said they looked just perfect! I pass your website on to the cooks I know. LibraryLynn – Houston, TX