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  • Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time

    04/15/2014 7:33:52 AM PDT · 49 of 50
    Stand Watch Listen to SkyPilot

  • Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time

    04/15/2014 7:25:56 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    Stand Watch Listen to KC_Lion
    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
    Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
    Give a man someone else’s fish and he will vote for you.

  • Seven Weird but Good Food Combinations

    04/12/2014 4:10:31 PM PDT · 156 of 181
    Stand Watch Listen to Grammy

  • Prayer request for onyx's husband [Update 204, 289, 379, 422, 504, 671, 729]

    04/05/2014 10:11:23 PM PDT · 86 of 836
    Stand Watch Listen to Oynx; Jim Robinson
    For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
    Matthew 18:20

    “Be still, and know that I am God;
    Psalm 46:10

    “And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”
    James 5:15-16

    Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
    Luke 8:5

    Heavenly Father, We all come before you with a solemn heart and in need of Your intercession. We pray that the illness that has come into this dear man’s life soon fades into a quick healing.
    Comfort him upon his sickbed, and ease his suffering. We beg for deliverance, and submit that no healing is too hard for the Lord. We therefore pray that You bless his dear wife with Your loving care, renew her strength, and bless her with peace, comfort and understanding in Your loving name.

    We believe in Your loving capacity for miracles, and ask for this on this wife husband's behalf. As we grow older, I know we become closer to the day you accept us back into your kingdom. We ask that you delay that holy union if it be your will. In your name we pray,
    Lord, Your scripture set forth that You heal all diseases and whoever believes in You will not perish but have an everlasting life. Strengthen this husband and wife, Lord, in this time of his illness. Sustain them as he lays sick in his bed. When You were on Earth, you did all things good and healed all kinds of sickness.

    Lord of all…this man is suffering, his wife is suffering, we ask to do what is right, good and best for them. As it fits your plan, heal him and mend his body and lovingly grant him days of better health and strength. As his wife waits your grace and blessing please grant her an extra measure of patience, endurance and perseverance. Lord we know You are able to heal. Grant this couple the wisdom to understand Your timing.
    Let it be done in Your glory, Lord.
    We praise and glorify Your name,
    Amen.

  • Favorite Hill and Mountains Songs.Tell us your Favorite.Freeper Canteen 4~4~14

  • Sheila Jackson lee: us has been operating under Constitution for 400 years

    03/12/2014 5:15:58 PM PDT · 58 of 73
    Stand Watch Listen to mandaladon
    or showed her historical ignorance in a speech

    ....not Again!?!?? ;)

  • just got laid off yesterday, would appreciate prayers

    03/05/2014 7:13:15 PM PST · 74 of 76
    Stand Watch Listen to RaceBannon
    For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
    Matthew 18:20

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
    Psalm 121:1

    “Be still, and know that I am God;
    Psalm 46:10

    God, our Father, Lord, his desire to work is itself your gift. We all pray and turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as he looks for suitable employment. Send Your Spirit to guide our FRiend to work that will provide security and joy, and most of all the ability to serve You in love. We pray that your wisdom will guide his footsteps along the right path, and to lead him to find the proper things to say and do in this quest for employment.

    Bless his spirit with the determination to press on. And so we all call upon you Lord in his need. Give his heart patience, strength, and fortitude for the coming days. Lord you know his heart, motives and mindset and abilities of what can be achieved by utilizing the gifts and talents you have given him.

    Lord we pray he surrender his life and employment before you and pray for the right opportunities would come about. Do not abandon him, dear Father, in his search for employment, but rather grant our FRiend this favor he seeks so that he may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Lord we beseech you to allow this successful employment quest be an opportunity to re-affirm all of our faith in you. Also to set forth your goodness to others, of how at the very time our FRiend needed an answer to prayer you intervened when and where he needed it, because you above all know what is good for us and want to bless us so we can be a blessing to others.
    Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  • Oil Financier Admits Cash Got Access To White House (Clinton's treated WH like cash register)

    02/20/2014 11:49:07 PM PST · 3 of 11
    Stand Watch Listen to Titus-Maximus
  • Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia

    02/05/2014 11:47:37 AM PST · 82 of 83
    Stand Watch Listen to inkling

    “….Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in the neighborhood was beside the point. “………

    Hours after Trader Joe’s pulled out, PAALF leaders arrived at a previously scheduled press conference trying to process what just happened. The group re-issued demands that the now-cancelled development include affordable housing, mandated jobs based on race, and a small-business slush fund. Instead, the only demand being met is two fallow acres and a lot of anger from the people who actually live nearby……..

    Like many residents, Tran pins the blame on PAALF. “They don’t come to the neighborhood cleanups,” he said. “They don’t live here anymore.”……..

    The store was to be built by a local African American-owned construction company …….

    But have no fear, Portland. You might not have a new Trader Joe’s, but PAALF promised to hold a “community visioning process” later this month. No word yet if that brainstorming session will offer jobs, affordable housing or Two-Buck Chuck.

    It was just a simple shake down by 'outside' agitators err... community organizers. Anyone want to venture an educated guess as to who would be in control of the aforementioned "small business slush fund"?

    PAALF, by its protests/demands, summarily denied a "local African American-owned construction company " jobs/growth/profit/ possibly even affecting survival.

    Seems some animals are more equal than others.

  • Budget office chief: ObamaCare creates ‘disincentive’ to work

    02/05/2014 10:50:38 AM PST · 16 of 29
    Stand Watch Listen to Iron Munro
    Hmmmmmm…
  • Blast from the Past: What's your favorite "One-Hit Wonder" song/artist?

    01/19/2014 6:16:14 PM PST · 212 of 238
    Stand Watch Listen to ken5050

    “More Today Than Yesterday” ...Spiral Starecase

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    01/13/2014 1:44:35 PM PST · 66 of 74
    Stand Watch Listen to Exit148
    What is it about standing in the dark, when it is snowing quietly? You can actually hear the snow fall, and it is such a peaceful sound, and the whole feeling is one of peace.

    For me... it's my version of a 'fortress of solitude'. I'm alone within the elements. Alone with/in my thoughts. The snowy landscape provides a temporary damper from the world's clutter. No longer assaulted from the electronics we have allowed to possess so much of our time, our senses. The snow also provides a brief respite from the dirtiness of todays society...provides an altered world to relish that peace.
    For me...

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    01/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · 47 of 74
    Stand Watch Listen to boop
    Your referenced poem seems to me full of regret. Regret in that with the passage of time (dream of the soft look Your eyes had once), she never quite acknowledged his love for her (Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled ), and that he had to watch her age without his true love even acknowledged. Seems the woman is passing her youth, reminisces the days he was in her life and very much in love, yet presently she has choosen to ignore his past and present love

    IMHO....

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    01/12/2014 9:11:19 PM PST · 43 of 74
    Stand Watch Listen to SuziQ
    Standing in the woods, with a heavy snow falling, is just such a peaceful place

    Many times I experience that exact comforting stillness. When in a northern climate, I put off shoveling snow until midnight. The surrounding enveloping stillness, the fresh glistening snow, inhaling full breaths of that cold exhilarating frigid air...all just energizes, yet calms my soul.

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    01/12/2014 7:36:41 PM PST · 20 of 74
    Stand Watch Listen to not2be4gotten.com
    First remembered poem

    NOVEMBER

    No sun - no moon!
    No morn - no noon!
    No dawn- no dusk - no proper time of day -
    No sky- no earthly view -
    No distance looking blue -

    No road - no street! -
    No "t'other side the way" -
    No end to any Row -
    No indications where the Crescents go -

    No top to any steeple -
    No recognitions of familiar people -
    No courtesies for showing 'em -
    No knowing 'em!

    No mail - no post -
    No news from any foreign coast -
    No park - no ring - no afternoon gentility -
    No company- no nobility -

    No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
    No comfortable feel in any member -
    No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
    No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
    November!

  • Bitcoin Takes on Gold

    01/04/2014 6:10:11 AM PST · 14 of 49
    Stand Watch Listen to Squantos
    Here's a BITCOIN FAQ tutorial:
    http://bitcoin.org/en/faq
  • Weekly Preppers Thread

    01/03/2014 5:05:47 PM PST · 17 of 73
    Stand Watch Listen to Pollster1
    More bleach (shelf life)

    Unfortunately, the average shelf life of liquid bleach (being stored between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) is around 6 months. After that, bleach will lose 20% of its strength at around the year mark and then 20% each year after that

    Liquid chlorine bleach is a solution made from mostly water and 3-6% Sodium Hypochlorite. The homemade variety is made from Calcium Hypochlorite which you can easily find as “pool shock” at your pool-supplier store or Walmart.

    The major benefit of using Calcium Hypochlorite over Sodium Hypochlorite is shelf life. Calcium Hypochlorite (pool shock) is sold in a solid granular form and has a 10 year shelf life when stored in a cool, dark place. This will easily meet your long-term storage needs. The other benefit is the amount of available chlorine. The concentration of chlorine is much higher with Calcium Hypochlorite. For example, a small 1-pound bag of calcium hypochlorite can disinfect up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water. That’s around 5 gallons/day for one person for 5 1/2 years! Not bad for only 1 lb of granules. One needs to use calcium hypochlorite that has around 70% available chlorine.

    If you’re buying pool shock, on the back of the bag it will tell you what percentage of chlorine is available. The one I use is called “Zappit 73 Pool Shock, it is pure calcium hyphochlorite that contains up to 73% available chlorine and sells for around $5 for a 1lb bag. To make the homemade chlorine bleach concentrated solution, you’ll need to do the following:
    • Mix 2 level Tablespoons of Calcium Hypochlorite to 3 cups of water.

    8 drops of the concentrated solution per gallon of water. Just like normal household bleach!

    So the 3 step process is as follows:
    1. Place 8 drops of homemade chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water
    2. Let stand for 30 min
    3. If water is still cloudy, repeat steps until clear; otherwise it is ready to drink

    It should be noted that once the homemade chlorine bleach is made it will follow the same shelf-life limitations as standard household liquid bleach. So be sure to only make amounts you will be using within that time frame (to save shelf space).

  • As predicted, some who think they're insured under Obamacare apparently are not

    01/03/2014 8:37:03 AM PST · 8 of 31
    Stand Watch Listen to Grampa Dave
    Instead, in her words, “They just took the no see’s with minimal if any emotion.”

    Our populace has taken much grief, much hardship since the Democrats took over Congress since 2007. What is sad is that through the sinister secrecy of the MSM, the general populace does not really know the downward descent our nation is headed.

    Your example may just illustrate the dumbing down, the desensitizing of the people. Desensitized people just do not have the resolve to fight against wrongs, to resist government oppressions.

  • Favorite Christmas Movies! What's Yours?

    12/23/2013 8:19:45 PM PST · 79 of 85
    Stand Watch Listen to jjr153
    The official name is not “White Christmas” it’s “Holiday Inn” wing Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

    Common confusion...'Holiday Inn' (1942), with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire introduced the song 'White Christmas'. 'White Christmas'(1954) with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney.

  • Favorite Christmas Movies! What's Yours?

    12/23/2013 7:53:38 PM PST · 78 of 85
    Stand Watch Listen to NYer
    The moment, in any of the Christmas Carol movies, when Scrooge wakes up and the passing boy announces "Why it's Christmas Sir".

    "Miracle on 34th Street".

    And now, since 2010, a Hallmark movie "November Christmas" vies for our vote.

  • Merry CHRISTmas to all on Free Republic!!

    12/22/2013 9:16:11 PM PST · 140 of 204
    Stand Watch Listen to Jim Robinson
    1

    Jim, wishing you and yours a very blessed, safe, comforting Christmas. May God's blessing be ever present in your lives.
    Love
    Peace

    and much

    Happiness
  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/22/2013 9:00:33 AM PST · 75 of 219
    Stand Watch Listen to Rome2000
    Came to their senses

    Au contraire...IMHO...Cracker Barrel became aware of the massive sales of DD items at Walmart this past week. They want their share of the fiscal pie. After all A&E, though their licensing rights, gathers in still more profits.

  • Top 5 OFA Pajama Boy Photoshops (great pics at link)

    12/19/2013 12:48:32 AM PST · 12 of 18
    Stand Watch Listen to ransomnote

  • Chris Matthews on Leno

    12/18/2013 11:34:54 PM PST · 14 of 18
    Stand Watch Listen to entropy12

  • First lady: Signing up for Obamacare should be New Year's resolution (ROTFLMAO -- Again)

    12/18/2013 6:49:36 PM PST · 8 of 47
    Stand Watch Listen to markomalley

  • Ewww… Obama Tells Kids to Put on Jammies, Drink Hot Cocoa & Talk Obamacare

    12/17/2013 11:42:50 PM PST · 76 of 112
    Stand Watch Listen to FredZarguna
  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Dec 7, 2013

    12/16/2013 11:28:23 PM PST · 56 of 105
    Stand Watch Listen to libertarian27
    My 12 Days of Christmas….
    cookies…
    cookies…
    cookies…

    RAINBOW COOKIES (ITALIAN)


    Prep Time: 45 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 10 Hours 30 Minutes
    Servings: 63
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 8 ounces almond paste/ rec filling (12 oz)
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 4 eggs,
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • Almond extract ½ - ¾ TBs
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 6 drops red food coloring / gel
    • 6 drops green food coloring / gel
    • 1/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
    1/4 cup apricot jam
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, Melted
    2 TBS butter
    1/2 tsp corn syrup OR butter shortening???
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line three 9x13 inch baking pans with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, break apart almond paste/filling with a fork, and cream together with butter, sugar, and eggs. When mixture is fluffy and smooth, mix in almond extract, stir in flour to form a dough. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Mix one portion with red food coloring, and one with green food coloring. Spread each portion into one of the prepared baking pans.
    3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Carefully remove from pan and parchment paper, and cool completely on wire racks.
    4. Place green layer onto a piece of plastic wrap large enough to wrap all three layers. Spread green layer with raspberry jam, and top with uncolored layer. Spread with apricot jam, and top with pink layer. Transfer layers to a baking sheet, and enclose with plastic wrap. Place a heavy pan or cutting board on top of wrapped layers to compress. Chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.
    5. Remove plastic wrap. Top with melted chocolate chips/butter/corn syrup OR shortening, and refrigerate 1 hour, or until chocolate is firm (better, if overnight). Slice into small squares to serve.
    NOTE: CAN FREESE JUST BARS..THEN WHEN NEEDED CUT INTO RECTANGLES
    ----OPTIONS / TIPS: Adding some almond extract to it really enhanced the almond flavor. Another thing that helps is to melt the chocolate (without cracking) with 2 tablespoons butter and a 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
    • suggest using ALMOND FILLING instead of paste. This will make them moist and is easier to mix. Use almond extract, it makes the difference. Use gel food coloring instead of liquid. Use enough to get true rich colors. omit the apricot jam
    • I take the parchment paper and make it large enough to put under the pan on each side which makes it MUCH easier to spread.
    • make it easier by just spraying the pans with non-stick cooking spray instead of parchment paper and the cookies easily come out.. spray the pans with a little spray oil or use some butter then put the parchment paper in the pan (this keeps the paper from moving around when you are spreading the dough
    • those having trouble with the spreading: use 3 aluminum pans (usually 3 for 99 cents at the 99 cent store)and spray with ALOT of pam.
    MAKING ALMOND PASTE..
    Ingredients
    1 pound blanched almonds 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar 3 egg whites 1 teaspoon almond extract
    Directions
    1. Grind almonds in a blender. Thoroughly mix in confectioners sugar. Beat egg whites slightly, then stir into the almond mixture. Add almond extract, using your hands to blend the heavy mixture.


    PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES


    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
    Servings: 40
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
    2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan
    …..Options/hints:
    a. **Freeze PB Cups, unwrap, then pop back into freezer--until cookies are out of oven.**Allow middles to "sink" a bit before adding the pb cup(should happen when removed from the oven after 8 minutes) the "sink" will prevent the sides of the cookie from cracking.**ABSOLUTELY refrigerate the pan before removing cookies for cooling rack... BUT**Decorate with sprinkles BEFORE refrigerating pan--place decor quickly, as the chocolate will start to melt. Shifting placement of the decorations will be tricky!
    b. they dont look like they're done cooking after 8 minutes, but they are. Dont make the mistake of overbaking them


    CHRISTMAS WREATHS


    Prep Time: 5 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 30 Minutes
    Servings: 18
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 4 cups mini marshmallows
    • 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp of almond extract OR peppermint extract
    • 3 cups cornflakes OR frosted flakes cereal
    • AND can fill in with 1 cup Rice Krispies
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candies
    Options: --also used springles and coconut to decorate
    --melted white chocolate and drizzled it on top for a "snow" effect
    --white decorating crystals
    --added a red licorice bow
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the food coloring, vanilla, and cornflakes.
    2. Quickly drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper, and form into a wreath shape with lightly greased fingers (spoon a glob onto the waxed paper and use your fingers form a wreath by pulling from the middle out). Immediately decorate with red hot candies. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, and storing in an airtight container
    …..Hints:
    a. shortcut for molding the wreaths is to drop a ball of the mixture onto wax paper and take the end of a plastic spoon, stick it in the middle to make a hole, then spin it around to make the wreath.
    b. put a plastic sandwich bag over your hand and it won't stick to you (or the bag)
    c. you can also keep the mixture warm in a slow cooker while you're shaping the wreaths.


    BANANA CRUMB MUFFINS


    Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 35 Minutes Servings: 10 ….MANY MORE IF MADE AS MINI--MUFFINS
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 bananas, mashed
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 tsp of vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted OR 1/3 cup canola oil
    • Streusel Topping
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 TBSP chopped walnuts
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and melted butter OR oil. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
    ……OPTIONS/TIPS: • be sure to not overmix.
    • the advice of other bakers and added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the banana bread mix and then used 1/3 cup oil instead of butter.
    • added 2 TBSP chopped walnuts to the crumb topping


    CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY COOKIES


    Recipe Yield 36 cookies
    INGREDIENTS (DOUBLED):
    • 1 cups white sugar ; I cup brown sugar
    • 2 egg (maybe dry) OR 3 for more chewy/soft cookie
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract OR cherry extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 (10 ounce) jars maraschino cherries
    • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    DIRECTIONS:
    This recipe's Ingredients were scaled (doubled) to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 18 cookies.
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
    2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb.
    3. Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in indentation of each cookie ball.
    4. ** In a saucepan, heat condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. (More cherry juice may be added to keep frosting of spreading consistency.) Or pipe frosting (zig-zag) over cherry/cookie
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    OPTIONS/TIPS:
    • 1) doubled the batter but not the chocolate sauce, 2) used a half cup of white sugar and a half cup of brown sugar, 3) placed the cherry in the center of the cookie immediately after I took them out of the oven, 4) drizzled the chocolate on after the cookie cooled. I also cut the cherries in half before inserting them into the center just to stretch the jar of cherries.
    • I use cherry extract instead of vanilla, so you will have more of the cherry taste. It really does make a difference. In the icing I use the whole can of condensed milk, add more cherry extract and extra cherry juice from the can. I mean about 1/4 cup or more. The more you use the more cherry and chocolate taste you will get.. I think they taste better the second day!
    • I did use 2 T (6 tsp) cherry juice in the frosting, and ** it still needed more. Next time I will also add some cherry juice to the cookie. I think those changes will make it amazing
    • ** halved the icing recipe and still had a bit leftover.
    • The glaze is excellent and should be drizzled on before being baked. Do not add on any additional baking time or they will dry out. The moisture of the cherries makes them perfectly soft by the next day.


    FROSTED NUTMEG LOGS


    Prep Time: 20 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 35 Minutes
    Yields: 27 servings
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    FROSTING:
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    • 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
    • Sprinkle nutmeg
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts; mix well. Combine the flour, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2-in.-wide logs. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-14 minutes or until center is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
    3. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough cream to achieve a spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Rake the frosting with fork tines..for bark ‘look’
    (hint) Sprinkle some nutmeg on the frosting while it's still wet for a really festive look


    SPICY OATMEAL CRAISIN COOKIE


    Prep Time: 15 Minutes
    Cook Time: 12 Minutes
    Ready In: 50 Minutes
    Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ** ½ tsp baking powder (OPT)
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • cup raisins (OR Craisins (soaked in warm water))
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (white)
    • 1/2 cup walnuts
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
    OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • Used all butter
    • soaked the raisins/CRAISINS in just-boiled water for 5 minutes (this plumps them and prevents them from getting hard/dried out in the oven).
    • only used about ¼ tsp of the cloves but also added some powdered ginger, freshly grated nutmeg & allspice
    • noticed one pust the nuts in them they don't spread out as much. So press them down gently and they will made a perfect cookie
    • to use cool cookie sheets and to keep the batter cold. The cookies will be fluffier instead of flattening out during baking
    • added nutmeg, dried orange peel, ginger, allspice and extra cinnamon. Baking time was best around 8-10 minutes for especially moist cookies.
    • **added 1/4 tsp. baking powder to avoid any flattening or spreading
    • will admit, just used pumpkin pie spice in place of the other spices, them much better.


    SUGARED BLACK RASPBERRY TEA COOKIE


    Petite, crunchy, black raspberry filled thumbprints, dipped in granulated sugar, and studded with miniature chocolate chips. These cookies freeze well
    Prep Time: 30 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 45 Minutes
    Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • (10 ounce) jar black raspberry jam
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar. Blend in the vanilla and milk. Mix in the flour and corn starch. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
    3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls, and roll in the remaining white sugar. Place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Use your finger or thumb to press straight down into the center of each ball, making a well for the jam. Neatly fill each cookie with a small amount of jam.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden around the edges. Let cookies cool before eating.
    ……OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • used raspberry and apricot jams and drizzled the finished cookies with some melted chocolate chips and oil, which made for a very attractive presentation
    • Thirteen minutes was almost too long. Watch these carefully. Overbaking dries eggless cookies quickly


    MOLASSES SUGAR COOKIE


    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 3 Hours 40 Minutes
    Yields: 36 servings
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 2 cups white sugar OR green & red
    o 1/2 cup molasses
    o 2 eggs
    o 4 cups all-purpose flour
    o 4 teaspoons baking soda
    o 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    o teaspoon ground cloves
    o teaspoon ground ginger
    o teaspoon salt
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
    2. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
    3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
    4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
    5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
    6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!
    …..(VARIOUS hint 1) 1) Instead of 2c. granulated sugar as written in the recipe, I used 1c. granulated sugar and 1c. brown sugar; 2) I used butter-flavored shortening; 3) I baked the cookies right away without refrigerating the dough; 4) I only used 1/2t. salt; 5) I used a baking stone, baked the cookies for 10 minutes, took them out of the oven, let them sit for one minute on the baking stone, then removed the cookies and placed them on a cooling rack.
    (hint 2 Definitely watch cooking time...if you like a chewy cookie, stick to the approx. 10min bake time-they may look too undercooked but that is fine. If you like a crispy cookie, let them go 2 mins longer. They definitely go from being chewy to being crispy QUICK so watch the time!!
    (hint 3))…drizzle with a buttercream frosting


    SPRING LIME TEA COOKIE


    are light, buttery tea cookies bursting with citrus flavor
    Prep Time: 20 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 50 Minutes
    Servings: 24
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 1/3 cup milk
    o 1/2 cup butter, softened
    o 3/4 cup white sugar
    o 1 egg
    o 2 teaspoons lime zest
    o 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    o teaspoon baking powder
    o 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    o 1,2- drops green food coloring
    o 2 tablespoons lime juice (bit of zest)
    o 1/4 cup white sugar (OR powdered sugar)
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine the 2 teaspoons of lime juice with the milk, let stand for 5 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the lime zest and milk mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda, food coloring, blend into the creamed mixture. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (or longer) in the preheated oven, until the edges are light brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
    4. To make the glaze, stir together the remaining lime juice (bit of zest) and sugar (OR powered sugar) TOUCH OF GREEN food coloring.... . Brush onto cooled cookies.
    …..OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • Not quite "limey"enough. add more lime zest and juice!
    • substitutes (orange zest, and powdered sugar in the glaze
    • add more lime juice/zest, and will use powdered sugar for the glaze.
    • made a thicker glaze with 1/2 a cup of sugar powder and about 3 tbsp of lime juice.


    STAINED GLASS COOKIE

    Melted candies surrounded by dough to resemble stained glass windows

    serving: 60
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    o 3/4 cup HONEY
    o 1/3 cup water
    o 3 cups all-purpose flour
    o teaspoon baking soda
    o 1/2 teaspoon salt
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    o 5 3/4 ounces ‘Jolly Rancher” or similar hard candies
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter or margarine, brown sugar and honey until smooth. Blend in water. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture; blend well.
    2. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
    3. Cut out paper stars, bells, or other christmas motifs. Trace onto a sheet of aluminum foil.
    4. Roll pieces of dough into ropes about 1/4-inch wide. Outline the designs with ropes of dough. Press ends lightly together.
    5. Separate candies by color. In a blender or food processor, coarsely crush candies. Fill in dough outlines with the candies.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 4 to 5 minutes or until cookie is set and candy melts. Cool on baking sheet
    ……Options/hints:
    line pan…used tin foil covered with nonstick spray


    CRANBERRY PISTACHIO BISCOTTI


    used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe
    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 45 Minutes
    Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 3/4 cup white sugar
    o 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    o 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    o 2 eggs
    o 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    o 1/4 teaspoon salt
    o teaspoon baking powder
    o 1 tsp orange zest OR UP TO 1 TBP (depending on your taste)
    o 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    o 1/2 cups pistachio nuts
    o DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F
    2. In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts, then beat in the eggs. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; orange zest, gradually stir into egg mixture. Mix in cranberries and nuts by hand.
    3. Divide dough in half. Form two logs (12x2 inches) on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Dough may be sticky; wet hands with cool water to handle dough more easily
    4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until logs are light brown. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
    5. Cut logs on diagonal into 3/4 inch thick slices. Lay on sides on parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until dry; cool…
    .drizzle some frosting over add the combination of almond extract and orange juice into the frosting drizzle
    ….Options/hints:
    WET YOUR HANDS while working with the very sticky dough
    1 tsp. of orange zest and added it right into the batter
    slivered almonds instead of the pistachio nuts
    melted white chocolate in the microwave and dipped on end in, then sprinkled with red and green colored sugars
    substituted dried cherries and whole almonds, pulsed together in a food processor, for the cranberries and pistachios



  • It’s a Man’s World, And It Always Will Be

    12/16/2013 11:10:21 PM PST · 17 of 49
    Stand Watch Listen to American Constitutionalist
    So typical of modern day femninist.
    They want the power, but don't want the responsibility to go with it, they want the glory but no accountability to go with it, they want to be in control but don't want to do the dirty work, or pit falls and failures that go with it.
    They want to have fun, but when it comes to bad days ? blame it all on menBush!!.

    Hmmmmm...sounds vaguely familiar!!!

    power without responsibility;
    glory without accountability;
    control without failure;
    fun without bad days:


    Isn’t that special…
    Obama!!!
  • It’s a Man’s World, And It Always Will Be

    12/16/2013 10:54:04 PM PST · 14 of 49
    Stand Watch Listen to Beave Meister
    ;)
  • Christmas Really Isn't about Christ - Why I'm not Celebrating Christmas Even Though I'm a Christian

    12/16/2013 8:54:54 PM PST · 337 of 346
    Stand Watch Listen to InHisService
    Once again...nothing is more pitiful than a declared 'atheist' obsessed with God.
  • Biased Reporter Uses His Media Job to Force City To Take Down Nativity Scene

    12/15/2013 2:31:25 AM PST · 12 of 18
    Stand Watch Listen to Gene Eric
    Nothing is more pitiful than a declared ‘theist’ obsessed with God
  • Snowstorm Expands: To Impact More Than 110 Million

    12/14/2013 1:15:26 PM PST · 82 of 153
    Stand Watch Listen to M Kehoe
    I guess the orders of the day will be bread, milk, and TP

    One has to also include eggs. Cannot prepare a winter snow storm French toast without eggs. ;)

  • Boris Johnson: some people are too stupid to get on in life

    11/27/2013 7:56:07 PM PST · 15 of 18
    Stand Watch Listen to Octar
    The old Soviet system said "If you don't work, you don't eat."

    And in the 1980's a Soviet was quoted:

    They pretend to pay me...I pretend to work.
  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Nov 23, 2013

    11/23/2013 11:10:56 PM PST · 40 of 78
    Stand Watch Listen to Stand Watch Listen
    Repeat of 'pengiun' recipe...parts cut off...
    CREAM CHEESE PENGUINS


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
    -- 18 small black olives
    -- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    -- 1 long carrot
    -- 1 small diameter salami OR pepperoni roll (approx size diameter of carrot)
    -- Roasted red pepper
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Cut a wedge from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Cut a notch out of pepperoni slice to match carrot (guys like meat with appetizers). Save the cut out carrot piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. Cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak. Can insert ‘beak’ vertical or horizontal
    2. Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a pepperoni/carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the pepperoni/carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.
    3. Cut roasted per pepper into narrow slices for wrap around scarfs
    Hint: place ‘penguins’ randomly around cheese/veggie trays…will be talk of gathering

  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Nov 23, 2013

    11/23/2013 10:50:10 PM PST · 39 of 78
    Stand Watch Listen to libertarian27
    Some more appetizers...
    SPINACH PUFF PINWHEELS


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
    -- 1 (7 ounce) package garlic herb cheese spread (or any other flavor you prefer!)
    -- 1(10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    2. Split crescent dough in half along center perforation. Flatten one rectangle, sealing perforations, Spread with ¼ of the cheese spread and sprinkle with spinach.
    3. Starting with long side, roll dough up, rolling back and forth several times to seal edges. Cut into ¾ inch slices (about 15 slices per roll). Arrange the slices one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Continue making the crescent roll ups until all of the ingredients are used.
    4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Serve immediately or keep warm on a warming tray.

    PICKLE ROLL-UPS


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- Eight corned beef slices
    -- 4 oz cream cheese
    -- 4 medium-sized dill pickles
    DIRECTIONS:
    1.Lay four stacks of two corned beef slices on a cutting board or cutting mat. Top each with a 1 oz layer of cream cheese and a medium-sized dill pickle.
    2. Roll the corned beef slices around the pickles. The cream cheese will act as the delicious glue that holds everything together
    3. Cut each pickle roll into four equal slices and serve on a plate

    OREO CREAM CHEESE COOKIES


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    -- 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    -- 2 cups granulated sugar
    -- 2 tsp vanilla
    -- 2 cups all purpose flour
    -- 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
    -- 2 cups Oreo crumbles
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. pre heat oven to 375’, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (because a greased sheet causes cookies to spread too much)
    2. In a bowl, use mixer on medium speed…cream together butter and cream cheeseuntil thoroughly combined
    3. add sugar and vanilla, mix well
    4. add flour one cup at a time and mix on low just until combined,… Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula
    5. Pour Oreo crumbles into a bowl, Scoop dough out and roll into 1.5 in balls, then roll in cookie crumbes thoroughly. Be sure to cover the dough balls well in crumbs as this holds cookie together while baking.
    6. Space cookies about 2 in apart on sheet. Bake on center rack, about 13-14 minutes and allow to cool on sheet a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely

    CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZELS


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 1 (16 oz) bag pretzel twists
    -- ⅔ cup vegetable oil
    -- ½ cup sugar
    -- 2 tsp cinnamon
    DIRECTIONS:
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pour pretzels into a roasting pan. In a medium sized bolw,mix together vegetable oil, cinnamon and sugar. Pour over pretzels and stir to coat. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes,removing twice to stir.

    GRAPE POPPERZ


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 48 fresh large grapes (OR..with cherries, strawberries…any type of fruit you make into a ball)
    -- Vanilla Greek yogurt(or other desired yogurt flavor)
    -- 1 cup chopped pecans (may substitute with any nuts)
    -- toothpicks
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Wash grapes and pat completely dry. spear each grape with a toothpick.
    2. Holding the end of toothpick, dip each grape in the vanilla Greek yogurt, allowing excess coating to drip off.
    3. Immediately dip the end of the coated grape into the chopped pecans…place on wax paper to dry

    CREAM CHEESE PENGUINS


    INGREDIENTS:
    -- 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
    -- 18 small black olives
    -- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    -- 1 long carrot
    -- 1 small diameter salami OR pepperoni roll (approx size diameter of carrot) DIRECTIONS:
    1. Cut a wedge from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Cut a notch out of pepperoni slice to match carrot. Save the cut out carrot piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. Cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak. Can insert ‘beak’ vertical or horizontal
    2. Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a pepperoni/carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the pepperoni/carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.
    3. Cut roasted per pepper into narrow slices for wrap around scarfs
    Hint: place ‘penguins’ randomly around cheese/veggie trays…will be talk of gathering

  • An Objective Critique of "American Blackout"

    11/22/2013 11:11:03 PM PST · 27 of 39
    Stand Watch Listen to greeneyes
    If anyone has a rocket stove they particularly like that is not overly expensive, I would really like to hear about them.

    The first two rocket stoves seem to be the most highly rated (with numerous reviews and Youtube demo videos). All are priced similarly. The Deadwood, made of cast iron, will throw off much heat. The Stovetec is insulated with either vermiculite or perlite...to give off radiant heat for an extended time.
    http://www.deadwoodstove.com/......in Valera, Texas and Weesatche, Texas

    http://stovetecstore.net/...in Eugene OR

    Here is a unique stove. Pictured here is the portable backpacker stove. There is also a larger 'home' stove. What is unique that while cooking you can recharge your cellphone, run a led light or recharge rechargeable batteries through the USB port

    http://www.biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/...in CA

    I have the Deadwood stove.

  • Fired D.C. insurance commissioner tried to apologize for criticizing Obamacare fix

    11/18/2013 8:38:38 PM PST · 21 of 33
    Stand Watch Listen to Repeal 16-17
    Heresy against the Liberal Messiah is not free speech! [/sarc]

    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
    Voltaire

  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Nov 16, 2013

    11/18/2013 7:23:18 AM PST · 19 of 30
    Stand Watch Listen to cornelis
    instant mashed potatoes
    Huh?

    ;) I know...I know...but try this brand before judgment
    Idahoan REAL Premium Mashed Potatoes

  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Nov 16, 2013

    11/18/2013 6:54:27 AM PST · 17 of 30
    Stand Watch Listen to libertarian27
    APPETIZERS...
    Mini Brie and Apple Quiches


    INGREDIENTS:

    • 30 (two 1 9/10-ounce packages) mini phyllo shells Note: Mini phyllo shells, or fillo, are available in the freezer section near other frozen appetizers. They do not need to be defrosted before filling and baking.
    • 1/2 medium apple, peeled and finely diced
    • 5 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    • 1 pinch(s) freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pinch(s) ground nutmeg
    • 4 ounce(s) (1/2 small wheel) Brie, cut into 30 squares
    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Arrange phyllo shells on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide apple among the shells.
    3. Whisk eggs, mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large measuring cup. Pour the egg mixture over the apple (do not overfill the shells). Place a Brie square in each shell.
    4. Bake until the egg is set, the Brie is melted, and the phyllo is starting to brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

    PUFFS PRIMAVERA


    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice
    • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
    • 1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips
    • 1 small red pepper, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and black pepper in a medium bowl.
    2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Cut off a 2-inch strip crosswise to make a 10-inch square, reserving the strip. Cut the pastry square into 25 (2-inch) squares. Cut the reserved pastry strip crosswise into 25 strips.
    3. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese mixture in the center of each pastry square. Arrange the vegetables diagonally on the pastry squares on top of the cheese mixture. Fold 2 opposite corners to the center over the filling and press to seal. Place the pastry strips crosswise across the center of the filled pastries. Wrap the ends of the strips around the pastries to meet in the back and press to seal. Place the pastries, vegetable-side up, onto 2 baking sheets.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown

    ONION POTATO TARTLETS


    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 cup prepared instant mashed potatoes
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
    • 1 cup crushed French fried onions
    • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • All-purpose flour
    • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the potatoes, sour cream, cheese, onions, chives and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
    2. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-inch) squares. Press the pastry squares into 36 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.
    3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon potato mixture into each tartlet shell. Sprinkle with additional crushed French fried onions, if desired.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
    5. Flavor Variation: For Loaded Baked Potato Puffs, omit the onions and garlic powder. Do not stir the chives into the potato mixture. Stir 3 strips bacon, cooked, drained and chopped into the potato mixture. Spoon the potato mixture into the pastry cups and bake as directed above. Let cool and sprinkle with the chives

  • Free Republic Weekly Recipe Thread for Nov 9, 2013

    11/17/2013 1:14:57 AM PST · 29 of 29
    Stand Watch Listen to ken5050
    APPETIZERS...
    Mini Brie and Apple Quiches


    INGREDIENTS:

    • 30 (two 1 9/10-ounce packages) mini phyllo shells Note: Mini phyllo shells, or fillo, are available in the freezer section near other frozen appetizers. They do not need to be defrosted before filling and baking.
    • 1/2 medium apple, peeled and finely diced
    • 5 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    • 1 pinch(s) freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pinch(s) ground nutmeg
    • 4 ounce(s) (1/2 small wheel) Brie, cut into 30 squares
    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Arrange phyllo shells on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide apple among the shells.
    3. Whisk eggs, mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large measuring cup. Pour the egg mixture over the apple (do not overfill the shells). Place a Brie square in each shell.
    4. Bake until the egg is set, the Brie is melted, and the phyllo is starting to brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

    PUFFS PRIMAVERA


    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice
    • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
    • 1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips
    • 1 small red pepper, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and black pepper in a medium bowl.
    2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Cut off a 2-inch strip crosswise to make a 10-inch square, reserving the strip. Cut the pastry square into 25 (2-inch) squares. Cut the reserved pastry strip crosswise into 25 strips.
    3. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese mixture in the center of each pastry square. Arrange the vegetables diagonally on the pastry squares on top of the cheese mixture. Fold 2 opposite corners to the center over the filling and press to seal. Place the pastry strips crosswise across the center of the filled pastries. Wrap the ends of the strips around the pastries to meet in the back and press to seal. Place the pastries, vegetable-side up, onto 2 baking sheets.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown

    ONION POTATO TARTLETS


    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 cup prepared instant mashed potatoes
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
    • 1 cup crushed French fried onions
    • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • All-purpose flour
    • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the potatoes, sour cream, cheese, onions, chives and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
    2. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-inch) squares. Press the pastry squares into 36 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.
    3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon potato mixture into each tartlet shell. Sprinkle with additional crushed French fried onions, if desired.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
    5. Flavor Variation: For Loaded Baked Potato Puffs, omit the onions and garlic powder. Do not stir the chives into the potato mixture. Stir 3 strips bacon, cooked, drained and chopped into the potato mixture. Spoon the potato mixture into the pastry cups and bake as directed above. Let cool and sprinkle with the chives

  • Infographic: Ten Most Common Emergency Food Fails

  • Insurance Industry: 'Higher Premiums'

    11/14/2013 1:34:02 PM PST · 12 of 16
    Stand Watch Listen to Mr. K
    They should have added that they don’t understand if it is even legal for the president to do that, and they are stuck in a position where they have to diced which law to follow- the one the Democrat controlled House and the Democrat controlled Senate Congress passed and the Democrat president signed, or the new unilateral, arbitrary, capricious presidential declaration, which did not follow any legislative procedure, nor equal treatment under the law concepts.
  • Barack Obama, Low Information President

    11/14/2013 12:43:38 PM PST · 25 of 25
    Stand Watch Listen to Steely Tom

    Wonder when my latest tagline will get any ‘legs’, any thought of valid utilization?? Valid political ‘strategery’?? ;)

  • Barack Obama, Low Information President

    11/14/2013 12:25:28 PM PST · 23 of 25
    Stand Watch Listen to Steely Tom
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:57:35 PM by Stand Watch Listen ( L.I.P. (low information President))

    As Grandpa Walton would state.."I thank you kindly..."

    Though I do subscribe to the Ronald Reagan concept

    "One can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit"
  • Obama was ‘cocaine-using gay hustler’, claims ex-classmate (& foreign student?)

    11/12/2013 11:29:18 PM PST · 76 of 93
    Stand Watch Listen to drewh

  • Obama was ‘cocaine-using gay hustler’, claims ex-classmate (& foreign student?)

    11/12/2013 11:27:02 PM PST · 74 of 93
    Stand Watch Listen to LyinLibs
  • Watch SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Experiment

    11/11/2013 5:31:14 PM PST · 12 of 23
    Stand Watch Listen to grundle
  • Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

    11/11/2013 5:22:09 AM PST · 91 of 94
    Stand Watch Listen to Conservative4Ever
    “Ol’ man rivah...”
    No..no...no...summertime, and the living is easy... :-)


    Camptown Ladies

  • Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

    11/11/2013 5:05:55 AM PST · 90 of 94
    Stand Watch Listen to ReaganĂśberAlles
    A more simplified version: ;)

  • Obama threatens GOP with executive orders on ‘drawer full’ of ideas [looks to legacy, grandkids]

    11/09/2013 3:57:29 PM PST · 36 of 73
    Stand Watch Listen to Cincinatus' Wife
    “And when I’m hopefully playing with some grandkids, but not too soon, because [Mr. Obama’s daughters] Malia and Sasha are only 15 and 12, I want to know that what I did made the world a better place for them,”

    Hmmmmmmm... OBAMA: Mar 31, 2008
    “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,” Obama said