New Ways with Chicken: 20 Minutes to Easy Chicken with Olive Tapenade

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One of my Birmingham friends, Adelaide, made my day on Sunday when she told me that she cooks her way through my blog every week. I appreciate that more than I can say, and I know since she is a mother of 4 girls, it’s not always easy to get dinner on the table. This simple recipe for Chicken with Olive Tapenade is so good and only 20 minutes start to finish. If you don’t feel like going outside to grill, use a grill pan or large skillet over the stove. My youngest son, Zachary loves olives, so this is one of his favorites. Use the leftover tapenade to top crostini, a salad or on shrimp, pork or a burger.

Low Calorie, Low-Fat Layered Cookie Bars: Hello Dolly Bars

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My college friend, Kelli, was the first young person I met who really knew how to cook. Her mom was the best cook that I remember. I loved to go to her house in Nashville during breaks and holidays because she was a such a great hostess, and this is the type of thing, as a teenager, I never forgot. She always sent us home with “Hello Dolly” cookies, which I never heard of until then. Now, these cookies are a staple at my house, and my kids love them too. These are great to make during the summertime while the kids are out of school. They’re so easy, even the kids can join in. Using smaller amounts of chocolate and butterscotch, fat-free sweetened condensed milk and water with the butter cuts down on the calories and fat. ¬†These are 123 calories per serving and 4.4 grams of fat so enjoy.

Homemade Food Gifts-Chocolate Butterscotch Bar Cookie Mix

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Homemade treats and gifts are so comforting during the holidays, and who wouldn’t love a gift that looks like this? I made a few of these, and everyone went nuts over them. I couldn’t make them fast enough. Not only is this the easiest gift in the world to make, but the finished product is beyond awesome (and when I say that, it’s good). You can find one-quart jars almost anywhere, but if you’re having trouble, check Walmart or your local grocery store. These recipes can be made ahead, and don’t forget to make a few extra batches to keep on hand for family munching, drop-in guests, or any time of the year.

 

Chocolate Butterscotch Bars

Prep: 5 minutes

YIeld: 3 dozen

Ingredients

11/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels

2 cups (12 ounces) butterscotch morsles

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preparation

1. Layer all ingredients in a 1-quart jar in order given; tightly seal. Makes 1 gift jar.

Chocolate Butterscotch Bar Cookies: Combine Chocolate Butterscotch Bar Mix and 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk. Press into a greased aluminum foil-lined 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.