December 31, 2009

Poppy Seed Pancakes

adapted from Lick The Bowl Good

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1 TBS almond extract (or zest of 4 lemons if you want lemon poppy seed pancakes)
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBS butter, melted
butter, to serve (and for pan)

1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

2. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, butter, almond extract ( or lemon zest) and poppy seeds.

3. Add the wet to the dry. Stir all the ingredients until they are just combined. Don't worry if the batter is a bit lumpy, you don't want to over mix.

4. Heat your skillet, pan, or griddle to medium-hot (about 350 ℉) and brush it with a bit of butter. Test for the right temperature. If a drop of water dropped onto the pan starts to dance, you are in the ballpark. Pour about 1/3 of a cup of batter into the skillet. Wait until the pancake bottom is deep golden in color, then flip with a spatula and cook the other side until golden and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Yield 12-16 pancakes. Serve warm with macerated berries. We had them with Dutch Honey Syrup.

December 24, 2009

Sesame Chicken

adapted from Betty Crocker's New Chinese Cookbook

2 whole chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) (I use boneless skinless instead)
1 egg
2 TBS flour
2 TBS Cornstarch
2 TBS water
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. white pepper
oil for deep frying

1. Remove bones and skin from chicken breasts; cut chicken into 2 x 1/2 -inch strips.

2. Mix egg, flour, cornstarch, water, salt, oil, baking soda, and white pepper together in a large bowl.

3. Stir in chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

4. Heat oil to 375℉. Fry chicken until golden brown. Serve covered with sauce. (Recipe follows)

Sesame Sauce:
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp chili paste (less if you don't want it as spicy)
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. sesame seeds

1. Mix water and cornstarch together, and set aside.

2. In large saucepan heat sugar, broth, vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste, vegetable oil, and garlic. Bring to a boil.

3. Stir in cornstarch mixture; Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat; add sesame seeds. Keep warm until ready to serve over chicken.

Ham Fried Rice

8 to 9 cups cooked rice, cooled
2 eggs, scrambled
3 pieces bacon cooked and crumbled (I left the bacon out in the picture)
1/2 to 1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup soy sauce or more to taste
2 green onions, chopped

1. In large skillet or microwave safe bowl mix rice, eggs, bacon, ham, soy sauce and onions.

2. Heat until warm. (In microwave it takes a couple of minutes; on stove top it takes a couple more, stir a few times so it doesn't burn on bottom)

3. Serves about 15-20 people

Egg Rolls

1 lb. ground pork sausage
4 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
3 green onions sliced thin
1 cup celery sliced thin.
1 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sesame oil or vegetable oil
30-40 Egg roll wraps
1 egg, well beaten

1. Brown pork and crumble in small pieces.

2. In food processor or salad shooter shred all vegetables until they are tiny. Add to browned pork and stir fry together until everything is warm.

3. Put in a large bowl and add sugar, salt, pepper, and oil. Stir together. Let cool.

4. Wrap in egg roll skins. Seal edge with egg. Deep fry until lightly browned. This works best if egg roll wrappers are at room temperature.

December 22, 2009

Oreo Truffles

1 package Oreos (1 lb 2oz.)
12 oz. cream cheese, softened (1-1/2 packages)
2 bags (12 oz each) white chocolate chips or almond bark

1. In food processor finely chop Oreos. Place crumbs in mixing bowl.

2. Add cream cheese to crumbs and mix together using the paddle beater, until well combined.

3. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet with waxed paper to cool. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Melt white chocolate in microwave; stirring after every 30 seconds. (I did mine in 2 batches and each took about 90 seconds.) Dip Oreo ball into chocolate with 2 forks. Let excess chocolate drip off. Place on wax paper to let set up. I put them back in the fridge.

5. If desired you can drizzle with semi-sweet chocolate.

December 21, 2009

Ginger Snaps (Soft and Chewy)

from Sisters' Cafe

2 c. sugar
1- 1/2 cups shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. (12 oz.) white chocolate chips (optional)

1. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, and molasses well, then add the remaining ingredients.

2. Roll into balls and roll in sugar. Crystal or raw sugar is the prettiest.

3. Bake at 350℉ for 11 to 13 minutes.

Yield about 4-1/2 dozen

December 20, 2009

Peanut Buttery Chocolates

adapted from Paula Deen

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 bag (12 oz) milk chocolate chips

1. In a medium bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, cracker crumbs, and sugar, stirring well.

2. Make into balls and then flatten a little if desired. Put them on wax paper and refrigerate until firm. (about 2 to 3 hours)

3. In microwave safe bowl melt chocolate until you stir and it is smooth. (about 90 seconds in my microwave; stirring after every 30 seconds).

4. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate with 2 forks or a spoon letting excess drip off. Place on waxed paper to let the chocolate harden. I put them back in the fridge.

Yield: About 20

Chocolate Coconut Candies -Almond Joy

from Simple and Delicious Nov/Dec '07

1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1-3/4 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 oz.) milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
2 TBS. canola oil (or shortening)

1. In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, coconut, almonds, and milk. It will be stiff.

2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chcolate chips and oil; stir until smooth. It take about 1-1/2 minutes. (I stir after every 30 seconds).

4. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Yield about 30

December 19, 2009

Rocky Road Popcorn

8 quarts popped popcorn

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
dash salt
pinch cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup cashews (I don't measure I just add until I think there are enough)
1 cup mini marshmallows (or more to taste)
2 bags (12 oz. each) white chocolate chips
1 bag (12 oz.) milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or half milk and half semi-sweet)
1-1/2 TBS canola oil, divided

1. Put popped popcorn in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. In heavy saucepan mix brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter together. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Stirring constantly.

3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla. Stir until foamy.

4. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir gently until well coated. Pour on waxed paper and let cool.

5. When popcorn has cooled completely put it back in large bowl. Add cashews and mini marshmallows and stir.

6. Melt white chocolate chips and 1 TBS oil together in microwave (or double boiler) until it is smooth when stirred. Don't overcook. Pour over popcorn caramel popcorn and stir to coat. Pour back on waxed paper to cool again.

7. When white chocolate popcorn has cooled and set up; melt chocolate chips and 1/2 TBS oil together until smooth. Drizzle over white popcorn mixture on waxed paper. Let set up.

December 18, 2009

2 Minute Fudge

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 (6.8 oz) Symphony candy bars (plain or with toffee and almonds)

1. In glass bowl pour sweetened condensed milk.

2. Break candy bars in pieces and put in milk.

3. Microwave for 1 minute; remove and stir. Return to microwave and cook 1 more minute. Stir until smooth. (Microwaves vary; don't overcook)

4. Pour into a greased 8x8 inch pan (or 7x11 inch etc.). Let cool. Cut into pieces.

December 17, 2009

Caramel Pops

1 bag (8 oz.) corn pops (or sometimes called corn puffs)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda

1. Put corn puffs in a large bowl and set aside.

2. In a heavy saucepan mix butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until just starts to boil. When it just barely starts to boil cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Add baking soda and stir until it foams. Pour caramel over corn pops and stir gently to coat completely.

4. Pour out on waxed paper to cool. When cool break up big chunks and enjoy.

This recipe can be doubled.

December 16, 2009

Chocolate Covered Cashews

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cups milk chocolate chips
2-1/2 to 3 cups cashews (or mixed nuts or dry roasted peanuts)
1/2 to 1 cup toffee bits, optional

1. Mix chocolate chips altogether in a glass bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds and stir. Microwave again and stir. (You could use your microwave at 60% power to do this) Do this until chocolate is smooth. Don't overcook

2. Pour in nuts and toffee bits (if using) a little at a time and stir. Use as many nuts as you like until you get the desired look.

3. Drop spoonfuls to make clusters on waxed paper, parchment paper, or on a Silpat. Let cool and set up. Store in between waxed paper in a cool dry place in a container.

December 15, 2009

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 cup shortening
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream (can use fat-free)

1. Cream together shortening and sugar.

2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well

3. In another bowl mix flour, soda, powder, and salt together

4. Alternately add some sour cream and some flour mixture to dough and stir well after each addition until everything is incorporated.

5. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silpat. Bake at 375℉ for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. They will expand when cooking so leave room in between them.

6. When cooled decorate with favorite frosting.

December 11, 2009

Pudding Cookies

from Sunday Baker

4- 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), softened
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding (I used sugar free)
4 eggs, room temp
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups of add-ins you want to use like chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter/white chocolate chips, candy bars, m&m's, nuts, andes mints etc.

1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

2. Stir together flour and baking soda in seperate bowl and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream butter, brown and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix until well blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

4. When smooth, slowly add in the flour mixture. Make sure it's well incorporated into mix.

5. Add your favorite mix-ins. This time I divided the dough in 4 and used chocolate chips in 1/4, Reeses peanut butter cups, cut up in 1/4, Snickers, cut up in 1/4, and raisins in 1/4.

6. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and drop 1 inch balls of dough. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden. (If using snickers make sure dough covers the snickers so they don't all melt out.)

7. Makes about 8 dozen cookies

December 10, 2009

Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake

2 pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of each ground cloves and nutmeg
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust ( 6oz. or 9 in.)

Mix: cream cheese, sugar, vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended

Stir: Pumpkin and spices into 1 cup of batter; pour remaining plain batter into crust. Top with the pumpkin batter.

Bake: @ 350℉ for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours overnight. Makes 8 servings

French Bread Pizza and sauce

1 loaf french bread
any pizza toppings desired

Pizza Sauce:

Pour 1 can tomato sauce approximately 10 3/4 oz. into mixing bowl

Add: 1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. accent (optional)

Blend Well!

December 9, 2009

Perfect One Bowl Brownies

from Sisters' Cafe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1- 3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips (white chocolate chips are good also)
1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

2. In a medium bowl melt butter in microwave, then stir in oil, sugar and cocoa. With a wooden spoon stir in the remainder of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips.

3. Spread into a 9x13 pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If your toothpick comes out clean you have cooked them too long! DO NOT OVERCOOK!

November 30, 2009

Chocolate Mousse Pie

1 large (7 oz) milk chocolate candy bar with or without almonds
16 large marshmallows or 1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 (8 oz) container cool whip
1 graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust (9 inch)

1. In a heavy saucepan place the candy bar, marshmallows and milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Remove from heat and let cool.

3. Fold in cool whip until well blended.

4. Pour into crust.

5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until set up.

November 25, 2009

Sweet and Soy Chicken

from Tara J.

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 TBS soy sauce
1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1. Place chicken breasts in bottom of a casserole dish.

2. Combine rest of ingredients and pour over chicken

3. Bake uncovered at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes basting often.

November 24, 2009

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

from 365daysofcrockpot

5 potatoes, cut in cubes, skins on (I used red potatoes)
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk (I used half and half)
salt and pepper

1. Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Add potatoes, garlic salt, and cream cheese. Stir to coat all potatoes.

2. Cook on low for about 7 hours or until potatoes are tender.

3. Using a hand mixer or potato masher, mash potatoes. Blend in milk and sour cream. Stir all together until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve with or without gravy.

November 23, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup

from Sister's Cafe

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups flour (I used part wheat)

3 TBS brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground all spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp salt

1-3/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs

2 TBS canola oil

2 TBS vinegar

1. In one bowl mix together the buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, oil and vinegar.

2. Combine dry ingredients separately and them stir into pumpkin mixture just until combined.

3. Heat your pan or griddle (lightly butter or oil if it is not seasoned), using about 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot with apple cider syrup if desired.

Apple Cider Syrup

3/4 Cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 TBS cornstarch

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

2 cups fresh apple cider (or juice would work)

1 TBS fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter

1. Mix sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg well.

2. Add apple cider and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, use within a week or two.

November 21, 2009

Cream Cheese Waffles

From Coleen's Recipes

1-¾ cup flour
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
(1) 3 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)
2 eggs (separated)
1-½ cups milk
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Mix the cream cheese and 2 egg yolks together until smooth; stir in milk, vanilla extract and vegetable oil.

2. Add dry ingredients and stir just until combined, it will be a little lumpy.

3. Beat 2 egg whites until stiff peaks form and then fold them gently into the batter, leaving lots of fluffs of egg white (don't over mix). Cook in waffle iron.

Good with this syrup

November 20, 2009

Carmel Rice Crispies

2 cups brown sugar
2 Sticks butter or margarine (1 cup)
1-3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 box crisp rice cereal (rice Krispies) (19 oz)

1. In large saucepan, over medium heat mix brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Stir together and bring to a boil and boil together for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir to incorporate. Put back on the heat and bring to a boil. Stir it constantly. Let boil together an additional 3 minutes.

3. Pour carmel mixture over rice krispies that have been poured in a large bowl. Stir well until all cereal is coated.

4. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet (15 x 10) and press down. Let cool. Cut into bars or use cookie cutters to cut shapes.

November 19, 2009

Cheese Soup

2 cups boiling water
2 cups diced peeled potatoes
1/2 cup cubed carrots
1/2 cup celery chopped
1/4 cup onion cut small
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
You can add broccoli and cauliflower also if desired

Combine the 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes together or until vegetables are tender. Keep warm.

In another pan:
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp chedder cheese
1 cup ham cubes or bacon cooked and crumbled

Make white sauce by melting butter in saucepan then adding flour. Whisk together. Let simmer for a minute or two. Add milk and stir until slightly thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted. Then add ham and undrained vegetables. Heat together but do not let boil.

November 18, 2009

Home Ec Invention Frosting

From Makena & Jesse :)

1/2 package of chocolate chips
1/4 can evaporated milk
10 pretty good sized pinches of flour

Put the evaporated milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly pour in the chocolate chips. Make sure that you stir continuously. It will burn very quickly. Add the flour and stir some more.

The only thing that i have ever had this recipe with is German Chocolate Cake Cupcakes.

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

from Studio 5

1 box (18.5 oz) white cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup half and half

6 TBS key lime juice

1 cup or 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (I used the whole can)

1 recipe whipped cream (recipe below) or use cool whip

4 TBS grated lime peel ( 3 limes), optional

1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, half and half, and 3 tablespoons key lime juice.

2. Pour 1 heaping tablespoons batter into 24 paper lined muffin cups.

3. In a separate bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the lime juice. (I added a little lime zest here, but it wasn't called for in original recipe) Evenly divide lime milk into batter-filled cups.

4. Top with remaining batter and fill ¾ full.

5. Bake at 350 ℉ for 15 -18 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Whipped Cream:

2 c. heavy whipping cream

¼ - ½ cup powdered sugar

1. Pour cream into large mixing bowl and start mixing at low speed. Gradually increase speed until cream thickens and soft peaks form.

2. Turn off mixer and add sugar. Start slowly again. Beat until stiff peaks form.

The stiffer the cream, the easier it is to frost the cupcakes. Keep refrigerated.

Frost with whipped cream and garnish with grated lime peel (My family didn't like the lime zest on top so next time I will leave off).

November 14, 2009

Frozen Crescent Rolls

4 TBS yeast
1 TBS and 1 cup sugar
1 cup warm water
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil (or other)
4 cups buttermilk
12-14 cups flour
2 TBS salt
2 TBS baking powder
1/2 cup melted or softened butter

1. Sprinkle yeast and 1 TBS sugar in warm water. Mix together. Add eggs, oil, and 1 cup sugar. Add buttermilk and beat.

2. Add 6 cups flour, salt, and baking powder. Beat well.

3. Add 6-8 cups additional flour until dough is not too firm, just workable. Knead till smooth.

4. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. On a floured surface roll each piece (with a rolling pin) into a large circle and butter. Cut each circle into 16 slices (like a pizza; use a pizza cutter.) Roll each slice from large to small end. Put on 2 greased cookie sheets close together. Repeat with 3 other pieces. Freeze rolls immediately. When they are firmly frozen put the rolls in Ziploc bags or cover airtight until needed.

5. To bake rolls. Let sit covered to rise on greased cookie sheet (about 5 hours or 2 hours in a barely warm oven.) Bake at 350℉ for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Great to make ahead then get out as many as you need.

Yield 64 rolls. I have never had any luck letting the rolls rise without freezing. They need to be frozen before using.

November 9, 2009

Corn Dogs

From Glenda

1-1/3 cup sifted flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 TBS sugar
3/4 cup milk (or more for desired consistency; I use 1 cup usually)
10-12 Hot Dogs
Sticks (I used skewers and cut them shorter)

1. Boil hot dogs. Let dry for 5 minutes or dry off with a paper towel.

2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and milk.

3. Insert sticks into hot dogs. Dip in batter. Deep fat fry until golden brown.

This batter is also good for onion rings.

November 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

from Sisters' Cafe

Peanut Butter Bars

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup peanut butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1- 1/2 cups flour (may need a little more)

1- 1/2 cups oatmeal

1. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth.

2. Add dry ingredients and mix the oats until firm dough is made.

3 Press batter into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 325℉ for 12 -15 minutes. Do not over bake! The bars should be BARELY golden. Do not overcook. Allow to cool while you make your frosting.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

1 cup sugar

5 TBS butter

1/3 cup milk

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup mini marshmallows

1. Place the sugar, butter and milk in the small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil stirring constantly for 1 minute.

2. Remove the pan from heat, add the chocolate chips and stir until melted, then add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Spread onto mostly cool bars.