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Sales To Look For In December

by MFPS Team on Dec 5,2014 - Comments Off

December

December is here! And before you know, Christmas and new year will be here as well! I know, you have a lot of shopping and preparations to do. And that’s why I am here to help you. Below is a list of all the items that will be on sale in the coming month! Make sure, you do check them out! Happy Holidays!

 

 Groceries:

Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows. Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham
Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream
Canned Foods: Soup, Broth, Condensed Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce
Champagne: Well, who wouldn’t like an excuse to buy bubbly? This is one of the few times that prices drop because demand is so high.

 

 Retail:

HDTVs –  Even if you missed out on Black Friday electronics madness? It’s not too late to get some deals when it comes to HDTVs.

Blu-Ray DVDs - These would be on low prices in December too, nothing says holiday gifts than some best loved movies.

Desktop Computers - Best time to buy, depending on what type you need.

Tools and Hardware –  You cannot do any backyard repairing now, but this is the best time to pick up some  tools and hardware you would need for it.

Toys - would be cheaper in the middle two weeks of December.

Cookware and Kitchen Deals –  Might find cutlery sets, cookware and bakeware, small appliances on sale.

Electronics – January is the official launch of 2015 models, so you should a lot of discounts on 2014 models this month.

Xbox One  - Should be seeing some discounts on this one, it is trending hot!!!

Golf  Clubs – makes this the right season to buy them.

Gift Card Freebies: Might find some free from restaurants, retailers on the other hand might offer gift cards  free with purchase thresholds.

 

Seasonal Produce:

 

  • Tangerines
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Celementines
  • Chocolates
  • Chestnuts
  • Pomegranates
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cauliflower
  • White Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Yams
  • Kiwi
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales To Look For In November

by MFPS Team on Nov 3,2014 - Comments Off

 

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It’s November already! I know, you all must have already planned to start with your Holiday shopping and must be looking for some hot deals! Here’s a little help from us. Below is a list of all the items that will be on sale in the coming month! Make sure, you do check them out! Happy Shopping.

Grocery:

Baking items, turkeys, and seasonal foods like cranberry sauce and canned pumpkin will be on sale this month. 

 

Retail:

  • Cookware: cookware and cutlery sets, bakeware, turkey fryers
  • Flatware
  • Home furnishings
  • Blu-Ray Movies –This is the best time to stock up on movies for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, and for birthday gifts for next year.
  • HDTV — Even before Black Friday, you’ll find great prices on these sets.
  • Laptops
  • Tools – There should be significant discounts on drills and hand tools
  • Sneakers and sandals – The winter shoes are coming out, and the summer stock is being cleared fast. It won’t be long before the warmer weather is back here again.
  • Wedding Dresses – The bridal stores get large stocks of wedding dresses in at this time of year, ready for the rush after the Christmas and New Year engagements. So, do take advantage of that, even if your wedding is in July or August

 

Produce In Season

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Root
  • Chicory
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Dates
  • Fennel Grapes
  • Greens
  • Head or Iceberg Lettuce
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Okra

 

Squash Custard Pie Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 17,2014 - Comments Off

Use this recipe to make a custard-like pie filling for a sweet treat destined to become an annual favorite at family holiday gatherings.

Squash Custard Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 8 servings

Calories per serving: 361

Fat per serving: 20g

Squash Custard Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed cooked winter squash
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
  2. Pour into the pastry shell; bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake for 45 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Chill. Garnish with whipped cream. Yield
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Veggie Lasagna Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 17,2014 - Comments Off

No one will even miss the meat when you serve this vegetable-rich lasagna. It has a fresh, full-bodied flavor. To save time, prepare the carrot and spinach layers in advance.

Veggie Lasagna Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 12

Calories per serving: 496

Fat per serving: 27g

Veggie Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen sliced carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • SPINACH LAYER:
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • EGGPLANT LAYER:
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook carrots according to package directions; drain and cool. In a small skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. In a food processor, puree the carrots, onion, ricotta, salt and pepper. In same skillet, saute shallots in oil until tender. In a food processor, puree the shallots, spinach, ricotta, egg, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, cook eggplant and garlic in oil over medium heat in batches for 7-10 minutes or until tender; drain. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles, carrot mixture, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan. Top with four noodles, eggplant, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan.
  4. Layer with remaining noodles, spinach mixture, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan. Top with remaining sauce, basil, mozzarella and Parmesan (dish will be full).
  5. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Decadent Fudge Cake Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 16,2014 - Comments Off

This cake is made with Buttermilk, Chocolate, Semisweet Chocolate, and Chocolate syrup. A choc-a-holic’s delight for sure.

Decadent Fudge Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16-20

Serving Size: 16-20

Calories per serving: 315

Fat per serving: 17 g

Decadent Fudge Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon shortening, divided

Instructions

  1. Cream butter in a large bowl. Gradually mix in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine buttermilk and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with flour, beginning and ending with flour. Add melted chocolate, chocolate syrup and vanilla. Stir in 1 cup miniature chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately invert cake onto a serving plate; cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt white chocolate and 2 tablespoons shortening; stir until smooth. Cool slightly; drizzle over cake. Melt remaining chips and shortening in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Drizzle over white chocolate.
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Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 16,2014 - Comments Off

This is a rich and surprisingly tasty rendition of all the Tex-Mex dishes molded into one packed, beautiful casserole. Best of all, it’s ready in no time!

Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 6

Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa verde, divided
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken, sour cream and 3/4 cup salsa in a small bowl. Spread 1/4 cup salsa on the bottom of a greased 8-in.-square baking dish.
  2. Layer with half of the tortillas and chicken mixture; sprinkle with the tomatoes, minced cilantro and half of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining tortillas, chicken mixture and cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with remaining salsa and, if desired, optional toppings.
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Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 14,2014 - Comments Off

The Lady Baltimore Cake is a Southern specialty that in the present day has many recipe variations as a favorite wedding cake. This cake has complex flavors with the raisin-fig filling and is very unique.

Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16

Serving Size: 12

Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups raisins, chopped
  • 8 dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • CAKE:
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine raisins and figs. Add brandy; toss to combine. Let stand, covered, at room temperature about 2 hours or until brandy is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round cake pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, orange peel, baking powder, baking soda and salt until blended. Add buttermilk, butter and vanilla; beat on low speed 30 seconds or just until dry ingredients are moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add egg whites; beat 2 minutes longer.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla and enough cream to reach desired consistency. For filling, remove 1 cup frosting to a small bowl; stir in pecans and raisin mixture.
  6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Add another cake layer; top with remaining filling. Add remaining cake layer; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

Notes

To toast nuts, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

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Favorite Italian Sausage Stew Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 14,2014 - Comments Off

Here’s your answer to what’s for dinner on those cold winter nights. Quick and easy spaghetti recipe with Italian sausage.

Favorite Italian Sausage Stew Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 4

Calories per serving: 187

Fat per serving: 8 g

Favorite Italian Sausage Stew Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Combine the cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add zucchini.
  2. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
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Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

by MFPS Team on Sep 13,2014 - Comments Off

Simple but delicious blueberry pancakes. Fresh or frozen blueberries are equally good.

Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 12 pancakes

Calories per serving: 146

Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

by MFPS Team on Sep 13,2014 - Comments Off

Tasty strips of sirloin are seasoned with garlic powder, then slow cookedwith onion, green pepper, and stewed tomatoes for this easy and comforting dinner.

Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 6

Calories per serving: 301

Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large green bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
  3. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
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Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

by MFPS Team on Sep 11,2014 - Comments Off

Treat your family to donuts like the ones from your favorite shop, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Yield: 18 doughnuts

Calories per serving: ?330

Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons hot water or as needed

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.
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Jeweled Coconut Crisps Recipe

by MFPS Team on Sep 10,2014 - Comments Off

Jeweled Coconut Crisps could be just the vegetarian recipe you’ve been looking for.

Jeweled Coconut Crisps Recipe

Yield: about 5 dozen

Serving Size: 30

Calories per serving: 152

Fat per serving: 8 g

Jeweled Coconut Crisps Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red and green candied cherries
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans.
  2. Shape into two 8-in. logs. Sprinkle the coconut over waxed paper; place each log on waxed paper and roll in coconut. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  3. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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