Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Olive Cheddar Pinwheels

What do you do when you have that single can of crescent rolls in the fridge and a half a jar of olives?  You create a recipe that is out of this world delicious!  The olives and the cream cheese are a winning combination in this delightful recipe and you'll call this a keeper my friends!  

Olive Cheddar Pinwheels

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (4 oz) package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Star Fine FoodsButter Flavored Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, olives, in a mixing bowl.

Open and unroll the can of crescent rolls onto a large piece of non-stick parchment paper or on a non-stick baking sheet. Press seams together to form a rectangle. With a rubber spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the dough leaving about 1/2 inch edge all around.

Start rolling into a log, using your fingers to keep it tightly rolled. Brush log with butter flavored olive oil. Cut log into slices and lay cut side down on an un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until pinwheels are a light golden brown. Serve warm from the oven.

STAR olives are available at select Safeway, Vons, King Soopers, Ralphs, Smiths, Savemart,

Raley’s, Lucky, Food 4 Less, Smart & Final, Bashas, Walmart, Thom Thumb and Randall’s stores 

and online at http://shop.starfinefoods.com/STAR-Olives/c/Star@Olives.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015


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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

♥ Quick and Easy Chicken And Dumplings

You say, "how did you make homemade chicken and dumplings so quickly?" It's easy. It took me all of 15 minutes. My secret was a store bought rotisserie chicken and Bisquick. Now don't knock Bisquick. It has all the same exact ingredients you use to make dumplings from scratch...things right out of your pantry. Here's the recipe. I even show you how to make your own Bisquick for those of you who can't get it in your country.

Quick and Easy Chicken And Dumplings

(Bisquick drop dumplings)

1 Rotisserie Chicken, skins and bones removed.
1 container of chicken stock
1 cup of water
Pepper to taste
2 cups of Bisquick
2/3 cup half and half (or more as needed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh parsley for garnish

Pour chicken stock and water into large pot and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Cut off pieces of chicken and drop into boiling liquid. I use mostly the dark meat as it gives off more flavor. You can add as much chicken as you want. Cook for 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium high and remove chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Mix Bisquick and half and half until you form a soft dough. Drop by large rounded spoonfuls into slow boiling liquid. Turn down heat to low and cover pot. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until dumplings no longer doughy in the middle. Carefully add chicken pieces making sure you do not disturb dumplings so they do not break apart. Turn off the heat and serve. 


5 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup shortening or very cold butter

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In large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives. I use my hands to blend into a fine sand-like mix. If you use cold butter, store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. If you used Crisco or any other shortening, store in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 6 months.


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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

♥ Lemon Cream Cake

Why do I love this cake?  Let me count the reasons!   First it's light and airy and so moist.  Next, it has a wonderful creamy filling with just a subtle hint of fresh lemon that makes it almost summery. And because it is simple and quick and perfect for those times when you really want to impress your guests.  This is a keeper my friends!

 Lemon Cream Cake
1 box white cake mix, plus the oil, eggs, and water as directed
1 box  lemon cake mix
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium lemon, juiced
lemon zest of half the same lemon
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8 oz.) package Mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 10-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. 
Prepare the white cake according to the directions on the box. Add in the sour cream and vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into a 10 inch round baking pan.  I use a 10 inch spring form pan but you don't have to. 

While the cake is baking, make the filling.  Mix together the mascarpone, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and whipping cream. Add  the lemon zest of half the same lemon and then mix until creamy and smooth.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow to completely cool.  Then with a serrated knife, carefully cut the cake in half.  On the bottom half of the cooled cake, drop dollops of the cream filling and smooth with rubber spatula.  Save some for the top of the cake.  Put on the other half of the cake and spread a thin layer of the remaining filling on top of the cake.

Next, make your crumb topping.  In a medium bowl, combine 1 and 3/4 cups of the lemon cake mix with about a tablespoon of  the melted butter. I like to start off with just a butter and continue to add more until I get the perfect crumb topping.  Usually about 2-3 tablespoons.  

Sprinkle topping all over top of cake. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

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