Thursday, March 24, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe- Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring
Here’s a unique spin on an old tradition!


Ingredients:
  • 1 bag (10 oz.) frozen microwavable mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         2 cans (8 oz. each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Directions:
1.       Place oven rack in center position. Heat oven to 375°F.
2.       Cook frozen vegetables in microwave as directed on bag. Cool 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into medium bowl. Add chicken, soup, milk, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Set aside.
3.       Separate 1 can of dough into 4 rectangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange rectangles perpendicular to each other to form a cross. Corners of one side should touch while leaving a square space in the center.
4.       Separate dough from second can into 4 more rectangles. Arrange rectangles into an "X" that overlaps the cross, leaving an open circle in the center.
5.       Spoon chicken mixture around center of dough; shape into a ring leaving about 1/2 inch of dough in the center.
6.       Pull overhanging dough from outer edge towards center and over filling. Tuck and pinch dough under middle.

7.       Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly heated.   Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury™

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wire Talk-Go Wireless with Invisalign

Wire Talk is not always about wires!  Today it is about Invisalign, the non-bracket approach to a new smile.  Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem, and they are very comfortable.  Curious how it works?  You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.  As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position we have prescribed. You'll visit us about once every six-eight weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Braces Friendly Recipe- Luck o' the Irish Brownie

Luck o' the Irish Brownie
Any day is a good day for a brownie, so why not make some lucky brownies for St. Patrick’s Day!


Ingredients:
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Directions:
1.       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2.       Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a cup or small bowl in the microwave. Stir at 15 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
3.       Bake in the preheated oven until the surface appears dry and the sides are beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan, 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies may look more like cake and may jiggle slightly in the center- this is normal. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan set over a wire rack.
4.       To make the middle layer, beat 1/2 cup of butter with confectioners' sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Spread this over the cooled pan of brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
5.       In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips with the butter until melted. Stir every 20 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Stir in vanilla and then pour over the chilled brownies and quickly spread to cover the surface. Cool again until firm, about 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.