Fried Stuffing Wontons

Do you have hungry people that wander around the house on Thanksgiving, mumbling about their grumbling bellies? That hover in your kitchen asking for tastes and times? Serve up a plate of fried stuffing goodness and give yourself a break. Or, if your guests prefer to starve all day in wait of the main event, make these on Friday with some of your leftovers. They really couldn’t be easier. All you need are packaged wonton wrappers, an egg, prepared stuffing, and oil for frying.

Lay your wrappers out on a flat surface. Place 1 teaspoon of stuffing in the center of each one. Brush egg white around the edges, fold, and press to seal. You can either stop there, or fold your two corners together, sealing them with egg white as well.

If you happen to have pie filling sitting around, and if you have leftover wonton wrappers, consider making dessert. I filled some wrappers with blueberry, some with cherry. I made pumpkin pie wontons, too. My personal favorite, though, was a dollop of apple butter.

Test to see if your oil is hot enough by dropping in a bit of wonton dough. It should sizzle and float to the

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Dairy Free Rice Pudding

No, it’s not exactly the same. It’s just not. But if you’re unable or unwilling to eat dairy, I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised. And if it’s been years since you’ve had rice pudding, you may not even be able to tell the difference.

I had leftover white rice from Chinese food, so I used a quart of rice. A packed quart is 5 cups, so this made a huge batch. Do a half batch if you’d like a more reasonable amount.

5 cups cooked white rice
6 cups “milk”
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Earth Balance
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt

I used 4 cups of Silk Pure Coconut and 2 cups of Silk Pure Almond. I would have used all coconut, but I ran out. I would suggest something other than almond milk, because the almond milk has a funny color. If color is no big deal to you, go ahead and use it.

If you want to make this vegan, you could definitely use an egg replacer like Ener-G rather than eggs.

Beat your eggs into your milk. Place all ingredients except vanilla into a large pot

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BBQ and Cannolis

Last night my wonderful best friend, who has stuck with me through the past 20 years, took me out for BBQ. We gambled on a place we had never been, and we won. Sweet Lucy’s is just a 20 minute drive from home, and on Mondays they have a buffet. Have you ever heard of such a wonderful thing? A BBQ buffet? For $20 you really can’t beat it. The sheer variety of foods we got to try was amazing. The ribs were great, the pulled pork and chicken were awesome, and the brisket was fantastic. The baked beans were excellent. The mac and cheese? To die for. I tried collards for the first time ever, and really enjoyed them, too. I didn’t bring my camera, so I don’t have a single picture. I can tell you with certainty, though, that there is no other BBQ place I want to go to anymore. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area on a Monday, go to Sweet Lucy’s buffet. You will not be disappointed.

To make the evening even more special, Carrie’s boyfriend Brian brought me a gift. A sweet and delicious gift. A cannoli kit! Did you

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