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Special Occasion Cake

Special Occasion Cake
By Nancy

There are many occasions that are great for making this beautiful and delicious cake, but with its red and white colors and the day soon upon us, this recipe is just perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you’ll take a moment to think about it, you should discover there are a lot of special people in your life. So show your appreciation… make a cake!

This recipe is not just time saving and easy but looks elegant when using a spring form pan in the Rice Cooker. It makes a moist cake that holds up well to many different types of fillings. For this occasion, I’m using a thick raspberry jam filling. Keep in mind the consistency of whatever you choose for your filling. The thinner the consistency the more it will soak into the cake; that’s not a bad thing, just be aware.

Lastly, you will find that when you make any recipe for someone else you also derive great joy for having done it; that’s the real bonus!

SPECIAL OCCASION CAKE
1 box white cake mix
¾ cups coconut milk
4 egg whites
¼ cups water
½ cups Greek style yogurt
¼ cups flour
raspberry jam
whipped topping
6 inch spring form pan
aluminum foil

In a bowl, beat the coconut milk, egg whites and water until thoroughly mixed. Add the yogurt and continue to mix. Gradually add the cake mix and flour and mix just until combined.

Place 3 cups of water into the inner pot of your Rice Cooker. Using a piece of foil, roll it into a snake like circular form and place it on the bottom of the inner pot. This will help elevate the pan above the water line. Use an additional piece of foil to cover the outside bottom of the spring form pan to prevent water from seeping into batter.

Pour batter into the lightly greased spring form pan. With an additional piece of foil, fold it to form a 2” collar around the top to allow for additional support when the cake rises. Place pan on top of the coiled foil, being sure the pan is above the water line. Close lid.

Set to Slow Cook for 2 hours or until set. Open lid and let cake cool. Trim top if needed, slice into layers and decorate.

February 4, 2015 at 9:23 am 1 comment

Steamed Mussels in Black Bean Sauce

Mussels With Black Bean Sauce
By Nancy

I was raised not far from the Pacific Ocean where fish and seafood is not only abundant, but available year round. Yet it wasn’t until I was in college with a limited food budget that I discovered mussels. These little morsels are often less expensive than any other shellfish. Taste wise, they are delicious. Nutritionally, they provide the same amount of protein- ounce for ounce- as red meat. And steaming them in the Aroma rice cooker takes just minutes.

Mussels are sold loose or in mesh bags and can be found in most markets. Commercially raised mussels are already cleaned and debearded and just need to be washed in cold water before using. Allow about 1-2 pounds per person if serving as the main course, or ¼ pound as an appetizer.

Have all ingredients prepped and ready before steaming mussels.

STEAMED MUSSELS
1 pound mussels, cleaned
2 cups water

BLACK BEAN SAUCE
2 tblsp water
1 tsp brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tblsp ginger, minced
2 green onions, chopped fine
2 tblsp each red and green bell pepper, diced
½ tsp fish sauce*
1 tblsp black bean sauce*
¼ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
*found in Asian or International food section of major grocery stores.

Mussels With Black Bean Sauce-ingredients

Place the 2 cups of water in the inner pot of the Aroma Rice Cooker and set to Steam. As soon as it begins to steam, place the steam tray with the mussels into the rice cooker and close the lid. In about 6-8 minutes check to see if the mussels have opened. If none have opened, close the lid and check again at one minute intervals. Once they are open, they are done! (Discard any mussels that didn’t open.)

Remove the Steam Tray and place mussels on a serving platter or in a bowl and cover to keep warm. Discard the steaming water and clean inner pot before preparing black bean sauce.

To make the black bean sauce, set the Rice Cooker to Sauté-Then-Simmer. Add the 2 tablespoons of water with the remaining ingredients and cook while stirring, about 1- 2 minutes. Add the mussels to the pot and gently stir.

Place on a serving dish and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.

January 14, 2015 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Vegetable Clam Chowder

Vegetable Clam ChowderBy Nancy

One of the things I enjoy most is creating meals. Over the years I’ve discovered some tricks that have served me well. This recipe was the result of a day that got away from me, and my evening plans changed drastically. I found there was hardly time to think, let alone prepare a meal. A quick look in the refrigerator told me there wasn’t much going on there – a couple of carrots and squash, some broccoli and part of an eggplant.

As it turned out, what I fixed up took less time than if we had gone to a fast food place, plus it was a far healthier meal. Best of all, what started out as an un-planned, hardly tried and true recipe, has now become a requested favorite! It is definitely a “go-to” meal when there is a time crunch around mealtime.

This recipe is great for a simple, healthy and satisfying meal. And the cook won’t mind what little time it takes to make!

Veggies on hand

VEGETABLE CLAM CHOWDER
6 cups (1 ½ c for each person) of assorted vegetables, chopped
2 cans clam chowder, ready to serve, not concentrated
1 tsp curry powder (optional)

Set your Rice Cooker to Saute-Then-Simmer.

Lightly spray with olive oil and saute all the vegetables beginning with those that take longer to cook, then adding the others accordingly.

When the vegetables are ready, pour in the clam chowder and add curry if desired. It is tasty either way. Close the lid and cook until heated through, about 8-10 minutes. Complete the meal with a quick tossed salad and toasted bread. Dinner!

January 7, 2015 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum SoupBy Tia

With holidays around and all the decadent treats staring at me from every nook and cranny in my house, I sometimes feel I need a little break from all that sugar and baked goods with some exotic spice to satisfy my palate.

My family and I always make a point to get together between Thanksgiving and Christmas and enjoy dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant in town. We all seem to welcome the different flavors of Thai food and everyone always has their favorite dish they have been craving since the gluttonous Thanksgiving offerings. By a landslide, mine is the sweet, sour and spicy Thai soup that comes in a metal dish with its own fire underneath. Yep it’s on fire!

This soup has all the components I think a perfect cold weather soup needs, it is pure perfection on a plate. Below is my rendition of this simple but delicious treat. Although some ingredients sound foreign, you will most likely find them in your fresh produce section at your local grocers. You can choose to add or minus the amount of chili peppers you use, but it does need some heat to balance the flavors.

While you are at it, why not make some extra and freeze it to use later. This soup is known to have healing properties for when you are feeling under the weather.

TOM YUM SOUP
6 cups vegetable broth
3 cups button mushrooms, sliced
6 lemongrass stalks, about inch long each
6 stalks galangal, about 1 inch long each
10 lime leaves
6 tsp fish sauce
10 Thai chile peppers, crushed
3 tomatoes, diced
1 onion, sliced and cut in half
juice of 1 lime
2 cups cubed firm tofu, chicken or whole shrimp
chopped cilantro and green onions

Add vegetable broth into the inner pot and set your rice cooker on steam. Once the broth boils add the lime leaves, galangal and lemongrass and let steep with lid closed for 10 minutes.

Add mushrooms, fish sauce, Thai Chile’s, lime juice, tomatoes, onions and tofu, chicken or shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

December 31, 2014 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark
By Tia

Homemade treats are on top of my list as gifts, both on the giving and receiving end. I enjoy giving friends and family mouth watering goodies almost as much as I love eating the ones that appear on my kitchen counters in creative displays of love.

As far as these treats go, peppermint bark is by far my favorite thing, probably because I love peppermint anything. I especially like my homemade version compared to store bought ones mainly because I try to keep mine a bit less sweet by using bittersweet chocolate as a base.

PEPPERMINT BARK
32 oz of bittersweet chocolate chips
32 oz of white chocolate chips
2 cups crushed peppermint candy canes

Place 1 cup of water in your Rice Cooker and set on steam for 10 min.

Place white chocolate chips in a bowl that fits snugly on top of the inner pot to form a double boiler. Stir chocolate until melted. Pour onto a cookie sheet and let cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Repeat melting process with bittersweet chocolate chips and spread melted mixture on top of the cooled white layer. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top and pat down slightly to assure they stick.

Let cool in refrigerator for another 30 minutes or so and break into bite size pieces. Wrap in gift boxes or bags and spread the sweetness.

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2014 at 8:03 am 1 comment

Holiday Ciders

Spiced Caramel Apple Cider
By Nancy

Years ago a friend of mine was selling little potpourri pots that filled the house with the scent of apples and cinnamon. She assured me the family would love it and be thrilled that I’d bought one. I told her if my family came home to such wonderful scents only to discover there wasn’t any apple cider to be found, both I and the little pot would be in big trouble.

Before you read any further, let me assure you this recipe does not start with fresh apples. You will buy your own cider or apple juice. Both have great health advantages; cider goes one better in that it contains the pulp. Either way, there is no need for strainers, juice filters or cheesecloths. You only have to decide which of these recipes you want to enjoy first.

A nice pot of hot cider really fits the bill. With your Rice Cooker you can fix it and forget it…until you need to make another batch that is. With family and friends around, a second pot is very likely, especially if they know you have two recipes. Yes, I’m including another favorite one that is almost like dessert for me, as well as a calming effect!

So relax and remember the adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Here’s to your health!

SPICED CARAMEL APPLE CIDER
32 oz apple cider
½ cup caramel flavored syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
whipped cream

Combine and heat all the ingredients in the Rice Cooker. Cook for two hours or until heated through. Discard cinnamon sticks before serving. Pour into cups or mugs and garnish with whipped cream.

Spiced Mango Cider

SPICED MANGO CIDER
22 oz mango nectar
2 cups water
4 tblsp lemon juice
4 tblsp brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves

Combine all the ingredients in the Rice Cooker and cook until heated through. Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

If desired, place fresh cinnamon sticks in cups or mugs.

December 16, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Dad’s Peanut Clusters

Peanut Clusters
By Nancy

There are peanut clusters, and then there are peanut clusters. But this is one recipe you will want to use for many occasions. Years ago when our Dad put this one together, he wasn’t sharing the secret ingredient but we soon pried it from him….butterscotch chips! All we knew for sure was we couldn’t eat just one.

With just three ingredients, they can be made up in no time at all. Packaging is up to you depending on your occasion. Be sure to keep your pantry shelf well stocked with these ingredients. Then when a spur of the moment solution for a gift giving opportunity or a special treat for your family arises, you are prepared.

So enjoy, but don’t torture yourself with just one!

DAD’S PEANUT CLUSTERS

12 oz package chocolate chips
12 oz package butterscotch chips
16 oz jar dry roasted salted peanuts (I find Planters gives the best result)

Place the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the inner pot of the Rice Cooker. Set to Steam and stir every few minutes until they begin to melt, about 5 minutes. Carefully remove pot and continue to stir another 5 minutes until smooth and satiny. Add peanuts and stir until well combined.

Place chocolate mixture into small baking cups or drop by tablespoonsful onto parchment paper. Allow a few hours for them to firm up. Store covered in a cool place or keep in refrigerator.

December 10, 2014 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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