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Mar 22, 2018

Does Chicken Soup Really Help a Cold?

The short answer is yes. Warm liquids, such as soup or tea do help relieve cold symptoms but chicken soup is a better choice. Here’s why:

  1. A compound found in chicken soup (carnosine) helps the body’s immune system to fight the early stages of a cold or flu.
  2. Soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce a cold’s miserable side effects.
  3. The soup’s salt, steam and heat can also help thin mucus, making it easier to expel. The steam also soothes irritated passageways in your nose and throat.
  4. Soups are also hydrating, which is particularly important when fighting off an infection. Staying hydrated is key to recovery and salty, chicken soup is packed with electrolytes that may help retain even more fluids than water or commercial electrolyte drinks.
  5. Warm soup or other liquids can help open up sinuses, relieving congestion and shortening the time the virus is in contact with the lining of your nose. The faster you can move the mucus through you nose, the better.

Homemade Chicken Soup

Make chicken-noodle or chicken-rice soup or just sip it as a healing broth. If you would like my recipe for healthy, homemade chicken soup click here. – Jenny Jones

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Jan 27, 2018

Ten Grain No Knead Bread

Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread

UPDATE – January 2020: Good news! I experimented and found that it’s not necessary to soften the grains with boiling water. You can just combine them with the flours and other dry ingredients and add cool water. Using this overnight method, the grains soften naturally on their own.

(Jan. 2019) Always looking to add fiber to my breads, here is my easy no knead bread made with ten grain cereal. I use dry cereal and soften it for 15 minutes with boiling water and then put the dough together with even more fiber, adding whole wheat flour, bread flour, and rolled oats.

I use Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Cereal and instead of cooking it, I just soften it with boiling water for a few minutes.

This cereal contains a fabulous mix of wheat, rye, corn, triticale, oats, soybeans, millet, barley, brown rice, oat bran, and flaxseed meal. Wow! It provides lots of fiber and protein and a nice chewy texture to this wholesome bread. If you can’t find it, you can try another multi-grain cereal. This loaf needs time to develop so it’s made using the overnight method but it’s still very little work, just waiting time (but you’re sleeping anyway!). Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Jan 1, 2018

Look What You Made! (January)

It’s so much fun to see my recipes made by other people and it helps my readers to see them too.  I hope you’ll share where you are from and please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

MONITA MADE MY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny. My first sprouted wheat bread from your recipe. Thank you so much for your recipe!”

~ I just bought some sprouted wheat flour to try. Yours looks good. ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY BEEF STEW & EASY WHITE BREAD (no egg)

“Hi Jenny! ? This weekend was a bit of a chilly one here, the winds were a bit crazy. So I decided to make your BEEF STEW recipe, a warm and stick to your bones kind of dinner. I have to tell you that it was a….’melt-in-your-mouth’….. meal!! ? I had no celery left, bummer, so I added celery flakes, next time celery stalks for sure. I also paired it with your EASY WHITE BREAD (NO EGG), talk about a scrumptious dinner! Your bread recipes are easy and they never fail me, thank you! I can see myself making this recipe over and over, it’s a keeper for sure. Next time I’m adding peas for a little change up. Thank you for another tasty recipe Jenny! Happy Cooking!! ?”

~ The stew and the bread look fantastic. I love to dunk bread into my stew. ~ jenny

BUNNY MADE MY PEPPRONI PIZZA

“Hi Jenny, I’m sitting here munching on a piece of warm and wonderful pizza, compliments of your Pepperoni Pizza recipe. I made dough following the recipe to a T and let the dough rest for an hour — then decided to mouse around the refrigerator for other toppings:  Italian Sausage, orange bell pepper, mushrooms, black olives, red onion, mozz,  a sprinkle of oregano, and of course, pepperoni.  Despite the extra toppings, pizza slices did not sag one bit.  It wasn’t because the pizza dough was thick (it is actually a cross between thin and medium crust), but because of the wonderful browning on the bottom.  Great recipe.

The only thing I would do different next time is not sprinkle some cheese on the top before I bake it.  My oven is very hot, so the cheese browned a bit. Next time, I will wait until a few mins. before the pizza is done before adding a little flourish of cheese on top.  By the way I baked my pizza for 12 mins, but I could have taken it out a minute or two earlier.   Thank you so much for teaching me and others how to make great pizzeria style pizza at home. – Bunny (in Chicago)”

~ Your pizza looks so good, and thanks for showing the salad. We need our salads every day! ~ jenny

EVELYN MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny. I followed the Faster No knead bread recipe except I used cold water and mixed the dough the night before. As you can see, the bread looks amazing! The  pan pizza  was also out of this world!! Thank you for sharing your recipes!  ??”

~ It looks picture perfect. Thank you for taking time to send this great photo. ~ jenny

EFRAT MADE MY ONE BOWL LEMON BROWNIES

“Hi ?We love this cake, it’s so delicate and tasty. Thank you for all your great recipes! ~ Efrat from Israel. ?”

~ Israel! It’s wonderful to know I’m appreciated so far away. Thank you so much for the photos. ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS AND POTATO SALAD

“Hi Jenny! I was in the mood for some “summer-time” food. This cold is starting to get to me. Spring time can’t get here fast enough for me.  So I decided to make your NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS and POTATO SALAD. Your rolls came out soooo wonderful!! I topped mine with some poppy seeds, caraway seeds and sesame seeds. My kitchen had such a wonderful aroma, nothing beats making homemade breads. I made mini bison burgers for our dinner with the rolls, yummy indeed! Your POTATO SALAD made a tasty side, it was easy and quick. The changes I made to the potato salad was yellow mustard instead of Dijon, I ran out of that. And I  added some diced sweet pickles to it. Thank you Jenny for your wonderful recipes! Have a wonderful day!”

~ Your rolls look fabulous – I love the seeds, and bison makes wonderful and healthy burgers. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

ASHLEY MADE MY PEPPERONI PIZZA

“Instead of pepperonis, I added chicken thighs and green bell peppers and they turned out absolutely amazing! I do wish the crust was more golden browned and crispier but my family still loved it ? My mom loved it and it only took 1 hour to make this entire this!! ? Thank you so much Jenny! You’re the best! ?”

~ I think the moisture from that much thighs & peppers kept the crust from browning. Next time try lean chicken breast and squeeze some moisture out of the peppers first in paper towels. But I must say it does look good. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

BUNNY MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS & CHOCOLATE PUDDING

“Hi Jenny, I’m calling this my Jenny Jones lunch, since it uses your recipes.  I formed No Knead Crusty Rolls into Italian hoagie rolls (I love sandwiches on freshly baked bread), and baked them for 27 mins.  Next, stuffed them to make  Italian style sandwiches.  For dessert, I made your Chocolate Pudding   Delicious.  I put in a square of the 70% chocolate bar at your suggestion.  Such a nice, rich, chocolate flavor.  For a bit of flair, I added non-fat whipped cream and a few raspberries.  Thank you so much for all the recipes and inspiration. ~ Bunny (in Chicago).”

~ It’s great to see some of my recipes “in action.” Thank you. ~ jenny

OLIVIA MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny. Our daughter Olivia in the kitchen again – inspired by your video. I think the ratio of fruit to crust is just about right. Peel left on for extra flavour (and fibre). It was seriously delicious with a spoonful of yogurt! All the best, Paul.”

~ What a beautiful job, Olivia! Thank you for the photo. ~ jenny

ANA MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny. Simple and delicious! Regards from Lisbon / Portugal.”

~ Thank you for the photos and especially for showing the cut loaf. Looks wonderful! ~ jenny

BUNNY MADE MY CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE & NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS

“Hi Jenny, I just wanted to let you know how much I loved your Chocolate Loaf Cake.  While the cake baked, I went outside to shovel snow and fill bird feeders in single digit weather.  When I walked in from outside, I was unprepared for the aroma of chocolate to smack me in the face the moment I opened the door.  Wow, whole house to smelled like Chocolate!

I love the intensity of the chocolate flavor in this unpretentious cake.  This is not a “little kids” chocolate cake, as the bittersweet chocolate flavor really shines through, and the cake is not too sweet or “bready.”.  No frosting required for this rich cake.   I added toasted walnuts and Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips to my loaf.  Moist and delicious.  Perfect with a cup of coffee or hot tea.  I offer one tip for those who have not baked very many chocolate cakes — be careful about over-baking this loaf.  If using a toothpick to test for doneness, you may hit a chocolate chip and it will look like the cake is not fully baked, when it is actually fully cooked. Thanks again, Jenny, for another marvelous recipe.  This is definitely a keeper. ~ Bunny  (in Chicago)”

~ Thank you for the great photos and for the extra tips too. ~ jennyOMG (Outstanding, Marvelous, Glorious) Crusty No Knead Rolls!  These are the best crusty rolls I have ever made, including KAF’s “Crusty European Hard Rolls” (Sorry, King Arthur Flour, yours came out dense even with extra time to rise).

 I did the overnight method using cool water.  Let the dough rise for 12 hours before shaping.  Just before popping them into the oven, I floured the tops of 2 rolls, then spritzed the other 6 rolls with water (instead of using an egg wash) to act as glue for various toppings (coarse salt, coarse salt with caraway seed, poppy seed, and black sesame seed.  I have not tried them all, but the coarse salt with caraway was really delicious. Moist and a little chewy inside, crusty on the outside. The 12 hour rise gave extra flavor to the bread, so next time I may try the 24 hour rise.

Just as a word of caution to others, the baking pan straight from the oven is SCREAMING HOT.  I could feel the heat even through my thick, padded, oven mitts and was so glad I had 2 racks near by.  One for sitting the hot pan down, and the other for transferring the rolls to cool.

For those who are crunch-a-holics or love hard rolls, when the rolls are done baking, turn off the oven and leave the rolls in the oven (with the door opened a few inches), for 5 mins. before removing for extra crunch.  I did not do this with my rolls, but just thought I would mention it as an option. Thank you, Jenny, for this amazing recipe.  Who knew you could make fabulous, gourmet rolls without fancy ingredients, special tools, or a lot of hard work!!!

BEATA MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS

“Oh, Jenny! (Ok, I mean Ms. Jones because we never met, and even though I’ve been away from the manners of life in Warsaw for thirty years, it just doesn’t feel right to call a stranger by their first name (to their face ;)).

But..Oh, Jenny! I’ve been trying to find “kaizerki” for most of my Canadian life, and even though we have some lovely Polish stores and bakeries in the area, I can’t find the ones I remember: little, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside and chewy all over. But I happened upon your No Knead buns recipe last night, and immediately went to the kitchen to mix the flour (just unbleached all-purpose), yeast, salt and water. This morning my Darling Geoff and I tasted heaven!!!! They turned out beautifully, even though I only gave the dough eight hours to rise and was a little worried.

So, THANK YOU! In one day you ended my search for my childhood bułeczki , and showed me that I CAN bake! No more looking! I’ll be baking my own from now on, and experimenting with different flours. Dziękuję ,dziękuję, dziękuję Pani bardzo! ~ Beata Latanska with Geoff Wozniak,  Toronto (GTA), Canada.”

~ I’m so happy to hear this. By the way, they freeze beautifully – I always have a few in my freezer. ~ jenny (a fellow Polish Canadian)

PARAMES MADE MY DARK CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES

“Hi Jenny, Hope this email finds you well. Love all your recipes. This is my first try of it. The first time I did this I baked for 25 minutes cause i thought it was not baked. It became too hard. I laugh to myself remembering how you say “20 minute – Don’t make me come to your house” So the 2nd attempt I did it excatly 20 minutes and it was awesome. Here is a picture. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Your videos are simple to follow and you are very funny. Kind regards and take care. ~ Parames.”

~ I’m glad they finally turned out. Thank you for the cute photo. ~ jenny

ZARINA MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS

“Hello Jenny ! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe online. Success on my first attempt. It’s a keeper for sure ! Cheers, Zarina – NYC.”

~ Congratulations on you first time. They look perfect to me… just like mine. ? ~ jenny

PIA MARIA MADE MY FLATBREAD

“Hi Jenny, Yesterday, making lunch for my family of four, I realised I´d forgot to buy bulghur for the tabbouleh I planned to accompany my carrot/halloumi patties. Panicking I went online to search for quick and easy flatbreads to make instead and luckily I found your recipe! It was my first time making flatbread and I was so surprised it was THAT easy!! Thank you for saving our lunch, my kids LOOOOVED the bread (in fact, they loved it so much they hardly tasted my patties….) ? I will NEVER buy tortilla, naan, or pita anymore, thanks to you! Best regards, Pia Maria, Malmo, Sweden.”

~ How exciting! My flatbreads made it all the way to Sweden! Thank you. ~ jenny

DR. VANI ARUN MADE MY CRUNCHY OATMEAL BANANA MUFFINS

“Hi Jenny, Those muffins are just yum… Exactly like you described..I don’t like banana..So this way I utilized the overripe bananas.. And surprisingly I loved them this way..Thank you for the recipe.. Regards, Vani Arun.”

~ Those muffin tops look beautiful. Thank you for taking time to share your photo. ~ jenny

PAUL’S DAUGHTER OLIVIA MADE ROLLS USING MY WHOLE WHEAT LOAF RECIPE

“Hi Jenny. I love the whole wheat loaf recipe. My daughter Olivia has been back in the kitchen and these whole wheat rolls came out really well for a first go! Happy new year from my family to yours. Best, Paul x.”

~ This is good to see so others can try making these rolls. Thank you for the first photo of the New Year. ~ jenny

Dec 25, 2017

Braided Christmas Raisin Bread

Best Christmas Raisin BreadMerry Christmas, Everyone!

This is my Christmas Wreath Bread made into a braided loaf. I used the same recipe, braided it, and just tucked in the ends and baked it as a loaf. I love it so much! It’s beautifully sweet, has no butter, and it’s ready in about 2 hours. I make this braided raisin egg bread throughout the year, sometimes with just a little glaze…

Easy Recipe Raisin BreadSometimes, I leave it plain for toasting…

Easy Recipe Raisin Bread

I also made a whole wheat version, substituting one cup of whole wheat flour for one cup of white flour.

Whole Wheat Bread With RaisinsIt’s not quite as soft but still delicious and healthier.

Easy Whole Wheat Raisin BreadSo it’s not just for the holidays. My Christmas Wreath Bread recipe is so versatile, you can make it all year, in different shapes, and even whole wheat. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 22, 2017

Merry Christmas to Me

How To Make Caramel Corn

Everybody loves getting my homemade caramel corn for Christmas but this batch is for me. Why shouldn’t I give myself a Christmas present? It’s not like I would eat it all in one day! I could. But I won’t. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ?

I hope all of your baking turned out and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. – Jenny Jones

Dec 16, 2017

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Whole Wheat Christmas CookiesGuess what? I decided to try making my sugar cookies with whole wheat pastry flour and they turned out perfect! In fact, you will not be able to tell the difference. I wish I had tried this sooner but I only make these Christmas cookies once a year.

I used whole wheat pastry flour combined with all purpose flour and now these healthier sugar cookies, which already have half the butter and less sugar than most recipes, are even better. Since I give a lot of these as gifts, I prefer to use a cookie press – it’s so much faster and it makes smaller cookies so you can give more.

I’m not the best at adding sprinkles but I do recommend a very fine ground sugar if using a cookie press. A more coarse sugar will roll off the cookies but one that’s finely ground will stick. If you want to make my healthier Christmas sugar cookies even healthier, I hope you’ll try the whole wheat version. I even simplified the process so these homemadce sugar cookies are a breeze to make. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 9, 2017

Easy Christmas Snowball Cookies

Easy Pecan Balls RecipeMy Christmas snowball cookies look fancy but they are so easy, even an amateur cook can make them. There’s no mixer required because this recipe is so simple. You just put all the ingredients into a bowl and combine with your hands. After a brief stint in the fridge, you just shape them into balls and bake. They are actually pecan balls so you must be sure to toast the pecans first. It really adds so much more flavor to these powdered sugar cookies.

They make a beautiful presentation so I often give them as a homemade Christmas gift. But they don’t just look good. These pecan balls simply melt in your mouth and every time I serve them or gift them, people ask for the recipe. And here’s some even better news. You can make them ahead and freeze! Gotta love that: Easy make-ahead Christmas cookies!  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 29, 2017

Homemade Food Gifts for Christmas

Best Food Gifts for ChristmasI’ve been giving homemade treats as Christmas gifts for years. It’s easy to buy gift cards but taking time to make something for a friend or family member is more meaningful and always brings a big smile. Making someone homemade caramel corn or cookies or granola bars gives them something they can not buy anywhere because nothing store bought will ever taste as good as homemade.

The best homemade gifts are ones that travel well and keep well. That’s why I choose caramel corn, sugar cookies, granola bars, and biscotti. Everyone’s favorite is my caramel corn and if you’ve ever tasted this homemade caramel corn, you’ll see why – it’s absolutely fantastic!

Granola bars are the next most requested gift, again because you can’t buy a granola bar anywhere that even comes close to how good these are. Biscotti is a more exotic and unexpected gift because it takes more work to make these Italian cookies but my recipe for double chocolate almond biscotti will make a coffee lover very, very happy. They are so delicious!

Sugar cookies are not an unusual gift but my recipe uses less butter and less sugar than most and these festive holiday cookies simply melt in your mouth. Nothing store bought will ever taste as good. I can’t wait to start making all of these holiday gifts. Some will be mailed and others delivered in person. If you want to give and receive joy this Christmas, I hope you’ll consider giving some homemade treats as gifts. But be prepared: They will ask for them again next year! Click below for the recipes. – Jenny Jones

Homemade Caramel Corn

Healthier Christmas Sugar Cookies

Granola Bars

Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti

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Nov 26, 2017

Have Some Crudite

Colorful Healthy Crudite Did you eat too much turkey? Is that second piece of pumpkin pie still haunting you? Have some crudite.

Most of us probably didn’t eat enough vegetables over Thanksgiving weekend. Green bean casserole is mostly casserole and not a lot of beans. And aren’t candied yams really a dessert? Thanksgiving dinner is a great tradition and I enjoyed mine just like everyone else, as well as the leftovers but there’s a big container of fresh vegetables in my fridge right now. I always keep crudite on hand but I made extra today.

Vegetables are our lifeline to good health and when you have colorful veggies ready as a snack, you’re doing a lot of good for your long term health. I mix the colors because each color has its own health benefit: yellow & orange for eyes and lungs, red for memory and immunity, green for bones and teeth, purple & blue for aging and blood pressure and that’s just naming a few. Eating a variety of colored vegetables will provide a variety of different antioxidants that can help keep us well.

Eating vegetables every day, both fresh and cooked, is like an insurance policy for your health. And fresh crudite is not only appealing to look at, it’s delicious.  Keep and container of fresh veggies in your fridge and see how fast they disappear! – Jenny Jones

Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my American friends and visitors a Happy Thanksgiving. And for all those committed to cooking all day for friends and family, like I am… good luck! It’s a challenge but very satisfying once you’re all done and putting away leftovers for tomorrow.

I already made my simple stuffing, gravy, cranberries, and pumpkin pie yesterday. Today it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans and of course real whipped cream for the pie. My best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I have much to be thankful for and never take my good fortune for granted. – Jenny Jones

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