Recipe of the Week – Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Soup

Chicken & Rice Soup - Homemade Easy RecipeThis soup is made with store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken, which shortens the preparation time considerably. (If you usually make your soup from scratch, you may be surprised at how appealing this shortcut can be when you’re rushed.)

1 (2-lb) rotisserie chicken
3 celery ribs
1 medium onion, quartered and left unpeeled
6 fresh parsley sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (80 fl oz)
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup long-grain rice, rinsed


Remove meat from chicken, reserving skin and bones. Coarsely chop 1 celery rib and put in a 6- to 8-quart pot along with chicken bones and skin, onion, parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and chicken broth. Simmer, partially covered, 1 hour.

While broth is simmering, shred about half of chicken meat into 1-inch-long pieces (about 1/4 inch thick) to yield 1 1/2 cups meat, reserving remaining meat for another use. Cut remaining 2 celery ribs into 1/4-inch dice.

Pour chicken broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing hard on solids with back of a ladle and then discarding them. Skim fat from surface of broth.

Return strained broth to pot, then add carrots, diced celery, and rice and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and rice is very soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken and chopped parsley. Enjoy.

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Recipe of the Week – Apple Cinnamon Waffles with Cider Syrup

Heart Shaped Apple Cinnamon Waffles This is a wonderful winter breakfast that our guests love – me, too

Cider Syrup
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
2 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 ¼ cups Bisquick® mix
1 ¼ cups milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup finely chopped peeled apple

In a 2-quart saucepan, mix 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in cider and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter.
I’ve used  this cider syrup with lots of other things, too — Apple Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Pancakes etc., etc., etc. It is so good.

Heat waffle iron. (Waffle irons without a nonstick coating may need to be brushed with vegetable oil or sprayed with cooking spray before batter for each waffle is added.)
In large bowl, stir all waffle ingredients except apple until blended. Stir in apple. Pour batter onto center of hot waffle iron. (Check manufacturer’s directions for recommended amount of batter.) Close lid of waffle iron.
Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops.
Makes 6 medium sized waffles. If you have big eaters – double the recipe for the waffles

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Recipe of the Week -Tres Leches Cake

tres leches cake recipeHere is another wonderful recipe from our South American adventure. It’s a delightful finish to a spicy Latin meal.
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat Oven to 350. Spray 9 x13 with Pam or other cooking spray.
Stir flour and baking powder together and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and the ½ tsp of vanilla and beat well
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time. Mix until well blended. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 for 30minutes.When cake is out of the oven pierce all over with fork
Combine whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk together. Pour over top of cooled cake.
Whip whipping cream, the remaining cup of sugar and remaining vanilla together until thick. Spread on top of cake and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Be sure to keep refrigerated.— Enjoy and don’t tell your cardiologist what you are having for dessert.

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Recipeof the Week – Ecuadorian Potato Soup

ecuadorian potato soupThis wonderfully flavorful soup is also easy on the budget. We had a truly unforgettable trip to South America in October and one of the culinary highlights was fabulous ecuadorian potato soup. We found this recipe after we got home but it duplicates those great meals in Ecuador and brings back such good memories. We served it to friends on New Years Eve to rave reviews… but don’t wait for a special occasion. Add salad and crusty bread and you have the perfect winter meal. You might want to try  Tres Leche Cake for dessert but that’s next week’s recipe.
10 medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp achiote powder (I found it with the Mexican foods in our local supermarket)
7 cups of water ( I used chicken stock)
1 cup of milk or more
1 cup grated or crumbled cheese – quesillo, queso fresco, mozzarella or monterey jack ( I used grated Mexican Cheese mix)
1 bunch of cilantro, leaves only, minced
Salt to taste
To serve:
1 cup of queso fresco, feta cheese, or grated mozzarella
Maiz tostado –just like Corn Nuts – In Ecuador they also frequently served popped corn with soup
Chopped scallions
Avocados, sliced or diced
Aji or hot sauce
1. Prepare a refrito or base for the soup by heating the canola oil over medium heat in a large soup pot; add the diced onions, minced garlic cloves, cumin, and achiote powder. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the potatoes to the pot and mix until they are coated with the refrito. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring a every couple of minutes.
3. Add the water/ stock and bring to boil, cook until the potatoes are very tender. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes in the pot, don’t mash all of them, the consistency of the soup should be creamy with small tender chunks of potatoes.
4. Turn the heat down to low, stir in the milk and let cook for about 5 more minutes. You can add more milk if the soup is too thick.
5. Add salt to taste
6. Add the grated cheese and cilantro, mix well, and remove from the heat.
7. Serve warm with the avocados, scallions, feta cheese and aji or hot sauce.

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Recipe of the Week – Apple Pie Cake

Apple Pie Cake

We always like to have some type of cake as well as cookies waiting for guests when they arrive. This cake is

perfect late in the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea – dense, flavorful and not overwhelming sweet.



1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, cut into small pieces

Apple Mixture
6 apples, peeled, thinly sliced. I used Granny Smith.
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
2. In medium bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the salt. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
3. In another medium bowl, gently stir together Apple Mixture ingredients; set aside.
4. In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
5. Spread apple mixture evenly over cake batter. Sprinkle Topping evenly over top.
6. The original recipe said to ake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. In my oven it took close to 45 minutes. I took it out when it golden brown at the edges but there were a few crumbs on the tooth pick/
7. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
8. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar if you wish but it is not necessary.

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Recipe of the Week – Peppermint Bark Recipe

peppermint bark recipe

This is my December indulgence: Peppermint Bark Recipe! It’s ridiculously easy, and I am absolutely addicted to it. I have to give it away as soon as I make it or I would end up weighing more than Santa. It’s a great Christmas gift and fun to make with children. They love smashing the candy canes.


1 pound dark chocolate chips
1 pound white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cup crushed peppermint candies, such as Starlight mints


Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with foil.  Set aside.

In top of a double-boiler or in microwave (I used the microwave), melt dark chocolate chips.  Spread into prepared pan.  Refrigerate until JUST ABOUT set, about 15-20 minutes. The just about part is important as this will help meld your chocolate together.

In top of a double boiler or in  microwave, melt white chocolate chips.  Stir in peppermint extract.  Spread on top of dark chocolate.  Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.

Refrigerate until set, about an hour. Remove from pan and break into pieces.  Store at room temperature.

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Recipe of the Week :: Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Here’s a perfect recipe for a cold winter evening: Vegetarian Chili Recipe! It’s healthy and easy and very, very good… and if you prefer meat in your chili, we use browned crumbled Italian sausage.


1 3/4 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeño pepper (2 peppers)
2 teaspoons chili powderrecipe of the week: vegetarian chili
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15.25 oz.) gold and white corn (drained) — optional –

Add during the last 1/2 hour of cooking:
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers or very sharp cheddar (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Combine first 12 ingredients in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
2. Ladle soup into bowls; top with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.

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Recipe of The Week – Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


We delight in coming up with recipes for folks on special diets. This wonderful peanut butter cookie recipe is now a favorite at our Hershey bed and breakfast. We started making these peanut butter cookies for vegans, but they are so good that everyone loves them. They are crispier than the standard peanut butter cookies — Oh so wonderful with a glass of milk!!




1/2 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda


Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine margarine and sugars until blended. Add vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients, and then mix them into wet ingredients.
Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Make criss-cross marks on top of the cookies with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes.

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Recipe of the Week–Pumpkin Spiced Pancake Recipe with Apple Cider Syrup

pumpkin spiced pancake recipe


Our pumpkin spiced pancake recipe with homemade apple cider syrup is one of our favorite fall breakfast recipes. Guests and family always ask for them. What a perfect start to a crisp autumn day!



2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 1/4 cups milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tbl. brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs


Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat or to 350°F. Grease griddle with vegetable oil if necessary. In medium bowl, stir all pancake ingredients until well blended. For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook other sides until golden brown. For a special treat, we use heart shaped pan cake molds and sprinkle the pancakes with confectioners sugar just before serving. Frank is convinced they taste better cooked in the molds.

Apple Cider Syrup:

½ cup white sugar
1 Tbl. corn starch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup apple cider
1 Tbl lemon Juice
2 Tbl. butter

To make the syrup, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Stir in the apple cider and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil; boil until the syrup thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter until melted. Serve warm.

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Recipe of the Week – Jane’s Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe: From our Westwynd Farm Cookbook


Here’s a fall treat from our cookbook: Jane’s Gingersnap Cookie Recipe. These are the perfect cookie for a brisk autumn day. We just got some spiced cider for the Keurig… so my afternoon plan is a mug of cider, cookies, and a book by the fire while wait for you to arrive… such hard work!



¾ cup shortening
1cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp soda
1tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp salt
coarse sugar


Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses, blend in. Add egg, blend. Combine dry ingredients. Add to mixture & blend. Form into balls and roll in coarse sugar. Bake in upper 1/3 of oven at 350 about 8 -10 minutes, depending upon size, your preferred crispness and your oven. Enjoy!

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