Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
1 package whole cranberries
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Cook cranberries according to package directions (boil water and sugar until cranberries pop). Drain. Boil water for jello. Stir water and jello in large bowl and mix until dissolved. Stir in cooked cranberries, pineaple (with juice) and 1/2 cup sugar. Pour into large 9x13 dish.
In a small bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in sour cream. Spread over cranberry salad and top with pecans. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. YUM!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
My favorite white roll recipe is here and it is to die for. Potato flakes are optional on the white roll recipe but mandatory on the whole wheat- it really does make a difference.
Whole Wheat Rolls
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil (or melted butter)
2/3 cup potato water (water used to boil potatoes) *optional
2 tablespoons dough enhancer (optional but it does make them lighter)
5 1/2 to 6 cups freshly ground white whole wheat
Combine yeast, water and honey, cover until foamy. Mix potato flakes with water and stir until dissolved (it should be watery). Add olive oil (or butter), salt and one cup of flour, mix. Add flour one cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and soft dough forms. Knead 10 minutes. Cover and let rise 1 hour until double in size. Form into balls, cover and let rise until double. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Brush with melted butter.
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
2 lemons, juiced & zested (about 3/4 cup)
2 tablespoons butter
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 9" pie crust baked
Preheat oven to 400. In medium bowl beat eggs, sugar, butter and flour until well mixed. Stir in milk, vanilla and nuts. Pour into unbaked 9" pie shell and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another 40-50 minutes or just until top starts to crack. Cool and serve!
Friday, November 19, 2010
2 cans black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 8oz can tomato sauce (I used spaghetti sauce)
1 small pumpkin or butternut squash, seeded, cooked, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 onion chopped
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup dried cranberries
1 can green chilies (I didn't have any and it still tasted great)
1 tablespoon chili powder (or to taste)
1 teaspoon cumin (or to taste)
2 cloves garlic
4oz monterey jack cheese, shredded
Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds and place cut side down on microwave safe dish. Cook 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in large stockpot add all remaining ingredients except cheese, and cook until heated through, 15-20 minutes. Peel skin off pumpkin and chop into cubes. Stir into chili mixture. Top each serving with cheese.
*original recipe stirred in 2 cups shredded fresh spinach, I have not tried this but bet it would be yummy
*original recipe includes chicken breast, I went meatless, but think shredded chicken or turkey would be a great addition
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Peanut Butter Pie
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crusts
Semi-sweet chocolate for topping
Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into two 9 inch graham cracker pie crusts.
Melt chocolate chips in microwavable bowl just until melted, stirring occasionally. With a spatula or spoon drizzle chocolate over the top of pie.
Cover and refrigerate (you can also freeze if you don't want to wait as long) until firm.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Heat the oil over medium heat, add barley and cook until browned. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmering 30 to 40 minutes or until barley/rice is tender. Microwave lime for 30 seconds, slice in half and squeeze juice over barley/rice. Stir in black beans and cilantro. Makes a great filler for burritos.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
2 cans black beans
1 can corn, drained or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 avocado, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
1/2 cup zesty italian dressing
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Chop the tomatoes, onion, avocado and cilantro and toss with beans and spices. Here is a great recipe for zesty italian dressing (I simply mixed a little olive oil, garlic powder, honey and italian seasoning together and liked it much more than the storebought stuff I used to buy). Refrigerating it for a few hours helps the flavors to soak in and give the beans a good flavor.
For an even healthier boost- try adding some cooked quinoa to the salad.
Monday, October 4, 2010
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a small baking pan (I use an 8x8" square). Cream butter, sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving (they're so fudgy they'll fall apart if they don't have a chance to cool). And if you prefer them to be more fudgy let them under cook a bit, if you cook completely they'll be a bit more cake-like.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons oats (optional)
Mix wet ingredients, then stir in dry ingrients until well mixed. Stir in nuts. Mix crumb topping. Pour batter into greased muffin pan and top with crumb topping. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
*You can also use this for banana bread- makes a smaller loaf- just bake for 50-60 minutes.
*I'm lazy and sometimes don't make the topping, they still taste great- I just usually add a bit more brown sugar to compensate...
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
s&p to taste
Boil lentils in water with chicken broth, reduce heat to medium and cook until tender, 45 minutes to an hour. In a skillet over medium heat saute onions, pepper and garlic in a tablespoon of oil. Stir in mustard, ketchup and brown sugar and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in lentils and serve on hamburger buns.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I like to use them for BLT's with ranch dressing instead of mayo, or as a breakfast sandwich with eggs and sausage.
1 cup cornmeal (white or yellow)
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
Mix all dry ingredients then mix in milk, egg, oil and honey. Stir in cooked bacon. Should resemble pancake batter, but the bacon will slip to the bottom so mix well between each batch. Heat a griddle over medium heat and spread with butter or spray with oil. Pour evenly sized pancakes and cook until brown on the bottom, flip and finish cooking just like regular pancakes. Best if served warm.
*These freeze really well- freeze individually then store in freezer bags, to reheat put in toaster for a few minutes.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
4+ cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
Mix warm water and yeast until bubbly. Stir in salt and flour one cup at a time until soft dough forms (should be soft but not be sticky). Set aside and let rise until double in size. Divide dough into small balls and on a well floured/oiled surface, roll each into a small circle about the size of a plate.
I use this dough for pizza & breadsticks and if you want to add yummy flavor to your crust- just mix in 1/3 cup or so of pesto when you add the flour.
Lighthouse Ranch Dressing (or other fresh ranch), Spinach, Tomatoes, Cheese, bacon bits
Friday, August 13, 2010
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 2/3 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
In blender or food processor blend chocolate chips until fine, reserve for later use.
In bowl mix sugar and cocoa, stir in eggs and whipping cream until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pour in ice cream maker and let churn until thickened. If you don't have an ice cream maker, mix in blender and freeze until firm. YUM.
Monday, August 9, 2010
2 cups strawberries (I used frozen berries, thawed)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Almond Crusted Halibut Symphony
3 filets halibut
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 cube butter cut into tablespoon-sized pieces
2 tablespoons minced shallots (I used chopped fresh chives)1teaspoon lemon juice
Transfer halibut to a cookie sheet and turn oven to broil. Brush egg on top of filets and top with bread crumb topping. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden brown- watch carefully because it will cook quickly.