Homemade Condiments Cookbook Giveaway, Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells, and Caramel Mock Apple Bites

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Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month I made 2 secret recipes: Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells and Caramel Mock Apple Bites.

And here is a third secret: I have a fabulous giveaway for you all today. I receive a complimentary copy of the Homemade Condiments cookbook and I was given an extra copy for a giveaway. That is right, one lucky reader will receive their very own copy of this essential book for your cookbook collection. Info at the bottom of the post.

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This month I was assigned Blueberries and Blessings which is authored by Pam. So what have I taken away from Pam’s blog after visiting an uncountable amount of pages? Don’t take life to seriously and enjoy every minute. Learn what matters and forget the rest, like the dishes lol. Pam’s life is crazy busy with a happy happy home which includes her hubby, her son and a menagerie of animals. Oh and she LOVES NASCAR.

I have also taken away from her blog a long list of to-do recipes. And I think it is a first that I prepared 2 recipes, not just one, from an SRC assignement. I made the Caramel Mock Apple Bites and the Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells. Besides the fact that these recipes are delicious yet simple to make, they both contained in the list of ingredients two condiments I made from scratch from the Homemade Condiments book : gorgeous Caramel Sauce and a creamy Mayonnaise.

I really liked the idea of the Caramel Mock Apple Bites. I do like the occasional caramel apple but it is often too much for me to finish in one setting. This smaller version with grapes was to adorable and a lot less guilt free. All I did was cook a bit of my caramel a tad longer so it would have candy consistency.

Caramel Mock Apple Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grapes, washed and patted dry, and at room temperature
  • homemade caramel
  • 1/3 c chopped walnuts
  • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Place a toothpick at the top of each grape.
  2. Place caramel in a pan and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
  3. Dip each grape into the caramel once, let cool a bit. Dip again into the caramel then roll in the chopped nuts. Place upright on wax paper or parchment paper and refrigerate till caramel has hardened.
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I am not sure if I have ever prepared a dish with pasta shelles myself. They are a childhood memory treat. But I could not pas supt the chance of trying the Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells which are oven backed in a delicious sauce with Cajun seasonings…from the can I just bough on my recent trip to Louisiana. And of course the chicken is mixed with a luscious homemade mayonnaise.

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Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

  • 1 box large pasta shells
  • 2-3 cups leftover cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1/2 of a small onion, minced
  • 4 tbsp homemade mayonnaise
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Ina bowl combine chicken, onions and homemade mayonnaise together and set aside.
  2. Cook shells in boiling water, according to package directions, and drain well.
  3. Stuff each shell with chicken and place in one layer in a oven dish.
  4. In a saucepan mix broth, corn starch and seasoning. Bring to a boil until thickened.
  5. Pour sauce over shells and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350F or until cheese is browned.
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Now let me introduce you to the Homemade Condiments: Artisan Recipes Using Fresh, Natural Ingredients cookbook by Jessica Harlan. Discover the benefits of making your own fresh, healthy, all-natural condiments, sauces and dressings, free of the preservatives and artificial colors and flavorings found in the store-bought versions. For the tastiest, home-cooked meals, you need amazing condiments.

Homemade Condiments shows offers classic and gourmet twists on your favorites, including: Smoked Tomato Ketchup, Whiskey-Spiked Barbecue Sauce, Grainy Porter Mustard, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Sweet Pickle Relish, Rooster-Style Sauce, Roasted Garlic Olive Oil, Blue Cheese Dressing, Sweet Chili Sauce, and Hot Fudge Sauce. *** Recipes reprinted with permission from publisher.

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Don’t be afraid of making real, honest-to-goodness Caramel Sauce. The process of caramelizing sugar can be daunting, but the result is well worth the effort! An uncoated stainless steel saucepan is preferable, as the dark finish of a nonstick pan makes it difficult to watch the color of the sugar as it caramelizes. Best of all is a saucier pan — the sloped sides allow for even cooking and stirring. Caramel can go quickly from perfect to burnt, so keep a close eye on the pan.

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Caramel Sauce

Serving Size: Makes about 14 ounces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium-low heat. Heat the mixture until the sugar melts. Reduce the heat to low so that it’s just barely simmering and watch closely, but don’t stir. The mixture will take about 15 to 20 minutes to turn amber brown.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in the microwave. When the sugar mixture is amber brown, remove it from the heat and add the cream and butter, stirring constantly until the mixture is syrupy and smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract and season to taste with the salt. The caramel sauce will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Mayonnaise is easy to make from scratch, and it has a creamier, more complex flavor than the store-bought version. The disadvantage is that it does not keep as long as commercially prepared mayonnaise. A batch of homemade mayo should be used within a few days. If you don’t think you can use up the entire amount within a few days, the recipe is easy to cut in half.

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Basic Mayonnaise: Food Processor Method

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 ounces

Ingredients

  • 2 pasteurized egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or more as needed

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the egg yolks, vinegar, water, and mustard. Turn the food processor on and pulse to combine.
  2. With the motor running, slowly drizzle the oil, a few drops at a time, through the feed tube. Eventually the mixture will begin to thicken. Continue to slowly drizzle in the oil until you’ve achieved a thick, creamy consistency (you may not need all of the oil).
  3. Add the salt and lemon juice and pulse to combine. Stir in more salt and lemon juice to taste, if desired.
http://www.cheapethniceatz.com/homemade-condiments-cookbook-giveaway-creamy-chicken-stuffed-shells-and-caramel-mock-apple-bites/

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

Get your very own copy of the Homemade Condiments cookbook! Here is what you have to do to enter the contest:

– Leave a comment in the post!

Extra entries…

– Follow Cheap Ethnic Eatz on Facebook and leave separate comment.
– Follow Cheap Ethnic Eatz on Twitter and leave separate comment.
– Tweet I just entered the Homemade Condiments Cookbook GIVEAWAY with @cethniceatz at http://www.cheapethniceatz.com/?p=11580 Ends April 13, 2014 and leave separate comment.
– US and Canada shipping addresses only!

You have till April 13, 2014, 23h59 EDT to enter. GOOD LUCK!

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1 year 2 months ago

Totally awesome recipes. The caramel sauce sounds ridiculously good :)

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Just liked you on Facebook. I can’t believe I didn’t already do so. Whoops!

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1 year 2 months ago

Wow – thanks so much for posting these! They look amazing, I am adding the Caramel Mock Apple Bites to my ‘to make’ list right now!

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Richard
1 year 2 months ago

I just did a like on Facebook

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Richard
1 year 2 months ago

Hummmmmmmmmmm!!!

Everything looks so good, specially the Blueberries :-)

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Jean
1 year 2 months ago

Miam miam I will try it for sure !! I love pasta.

Jean

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1 year 2 months ago

This looks delicious!!

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1 year 2 months ago

Everything looks so good Evelyne…especially the caramel mock apple bites…great for entertaining…
The book sound great…hope you are enjoying your week 😀

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1 year 2 months ago

And … I also follow you on Twitter! 😉

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1 year 2 months ago

I am a Facebook follower!

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1 year 2 months ago

I love both of these recipes – great choices for SRC!!

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1 year 2 months ago

Those are two great recipes! I love those little grape things. Adorable!

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1 year 2 months ago

What a delicious treat,Evelyne! The book sounds amazing!

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1 year 2 months ago

I am loving the caramel mock apple bites – they look scrumptious.

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1 year 2 months ago

You’ve won me over with those little caramel grapes. Can’t wait to make them!

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1 year 2 months ago

You got a great blog for the SRC…I have got to make those drool-worthy stuffed shells for my family! And what a neat cookbook! I love, love homemade caramel :)

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1 year 2 months ago

How cute as those bites! And grapes are in season now so I can make these 😀

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1 year 2 months ago

Looks like a great cookbook. I like the sound of Smoked Tomato Ketchup!

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Lily Sheng
1 year 2 months ago

I would love to be able to make salad dressings at home!

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1 year 2 months ago

OMG, I don’t know which one to choose! I think these little apple bites have sneaked into my heart the most!

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Alice F
1 year 2 months ago

I am a twitter follower.

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Alice F
1 year 2 months ago

I am a Facebook follower.

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Alice F
1 year 2 months ago

The photos in this book are beautiful! Homemade is always best in my mind. I make homemade herdedI oil, homemade salsa and I homemade ranch dressing. It would be wonderful to win a this giveaway; keeping my fingers crossed.

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Stephanie
1 year 2 months ago

followed on facebook :)

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Stephanie
1 year 2 months ago

this looks like a great book!

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1 year 2 months ago

I love the idea of the mini caramel apple bites, like you one whole caramel apple is too much. But I think the grapes would be perfect! What a great giveaway, good look to the participants!