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Saturday, October 29, 2011

FEATURED RECIPE: Panera's Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast 

Your family will love waking up to this warm, feel-good breakfast. 


If you don’t have whole milk, use 1 cup 2 percent milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream.


1 loaf Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese spread, at room temperature
4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt


1.Cut bread into 1 1/4-inch-thick slices (you should have about 8 slices). Cut a slit through the top crust of each slice to form a deep pocket.

2.In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and orange zest. Stir in blueberries and spoon filling equally into bread pockets. Lay stuffed slices of bread in a shallow 4-quart baking dish, such as a 15-inch-by-10-inch dish.

3.In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and remaining the 1 tablespoon of sugar. Pour mixture evenly over bread, tilting the dish to completely coat the bread. Let sit until the liquid is absorbed, at least 30 minutes at room temperature or covered in the refrigerator overnight.

4.Coat a large skillet or griddle with cooking spray, oil, or butter, and heat over medium-high heat. Add the Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread and cook until nicely browned and crisp outside, about 5 minutes per side.

Makes 6 servings.
Prep: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes or overnight soaking)
Cook: 10 minutes

Nutrition (per serving): 489 calories, 19 g protein, 61 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat, 259 mg cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feature Recipe

Taste of Home: Lone Star Chicken Enchiladas

Avanell Hewitt of North Richland Hills, Texas won 3rd place for this recipe in the Taste of Home cooking contest for October. If you're looking for something quick and easy that has the taste of cooking for hours, this is for you. If you would like to see more recipes like this along with cooking and health tips, fun things to do with your kids in the kitchen and more information on how to enter your recipe, go to


  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, drained
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a shallow bowl, combine cream and salt.
  • Dip both sides of each tortilla in cream mixture; top with 1/4 cup chicken mixture. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour remaining cream mixture over top; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 2 enchiladas equals 897 calories, 65 g fat (37 g saturated fat), 270 mg cholesterol, 1,437 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 45 g protein.
   Avanell says to start with deli-roasted chicken and this family-friendly casserole will be ready in no time and for a milder version, use Monterey Jack cheese in place of pepper Jack.  Be sure to take your kids/grandkids into the kitchen with you. Children love to be creative and it's a great way to spend some quality family time.   Check back again soon for another great Family/Feature recipe -  VA

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Scrapbooking Software Giveaway

My Memories Suite Software Giveaway

Would you like to win free digital scrapbooking software? MyMemories scrapbooking and photobooks program is very easy to use from beginners to avid scrapbookers. Anyone can create great looking, interactive albums in minutes. Going beyond traditional photo albums, My Memories Suites program has more tools and sharing options than any other software available. Send your albums to DVD and share with family and friends. Turn your album into a JPG and email it. Make albums using simple already created templates or experience your creative side by using the tools and options available. 

If you would like a chance to win your very own free My Memories Suite software, Email me at with one of your favorite photos along with the ID number from one of the templates at

A winner will be picked and posted right here on my Blog along with the winners submitted photo.

 I've posted a few pages from an album I put together to show what you can do with little effort. I used one of the templates available, which was very simple and took minimal time. You can use your creative side and design your own pages to make your scrapbook or photo book.

 *You must email me your photo along with the ID number from one of the templates at to be eligible to win. Deadline for your entry is Friday, Oct. 28.