Friday, November 28, 2008

French Cherry Cream Pie

This is one of my favorites.  My mom would make it for me every year at Christmas when I was little.  You can use a regular pie crust of graham cracker crust if you prefer.  This year I tried it with a sugar cookie crust and it was awesome.

1 recipe cookie pie crust (below)
1 PKG. Cream cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tea. vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream (whipped)
1 can cherry pie filling

 Add sugar and vanilla to Creamed cheese and beat until smooth and fluffy. Fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream carefully. spread over bottom of baked and cooled pie shell. cover with canned cherry pie filling and chill thoroughly.

Cookie Pie Crust:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/42 cup sugar
2 egg yolk
2 flour

Combine sugar with butter and egg yolk.  Using a pastry blender, gradually mix in flour until crumbs form. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9 inch pie plate.   Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until edge is browned.  Cool and fill.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pumpkin Junk

I got this from a friend a long time ago and it has become a family favorite  Thanksgiving dessert. It is very simple and oh so yummy served warm with whipped cream.

1 15 oz. can canned pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 package yellow cake mix
chopped pecans (optional)
3/4 - 1 Cup butter melted

In large bowl combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.   Transfer to greased 13x9x2 inch pan.  Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter.  Top with pecans.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Top with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream

I'm Back

Sorry for the absence.  We have had a crazy couple of months but I'm back and hope to post recipes like crazy. It is the best time of year for cooking and baking, trying new yummy things and loving those old holiday favorites.  Enjoy

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is by far the best Chocolate Chip cookie recipe I have found as of yet and I have looked far and wide. If you like big,moist, yummy cookies you will LOVE this recipe!

2 Cups All Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup unsalted butter, melted
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or use nonstick cookie sheets.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt: set aside. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in vanilla, egg and yolk until light and creamy. Mix in sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand with wooden spoon. Drop dough 1/4 cup at a time on sheets 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in oven or until edges are lightly toasted. Cool on sheets a few minutes then transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

I wish I could take credit for the recipe but I think I found it on Taste of Home and actually followed the recipe for once, only because my cousin made it the first time. Regardless it is a keeper.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Oldest Princess's Birthday Dinner

Homemade Macoroni and Cheese
BBQ Pork Ribs
Blueberry Muffins
Lemon Cheese Chess Pie ( I will post that later )

Macaroni and Triple Cheese

Who doesn't love homemade Mac and Cheese?

1 box (14 ounces ) Elbow macaroni
2 eggs
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper
8 ounces Velveeta cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided.( A good white cheddar is really yummy if you can find it.)

Cook macaroni. Meanwhile whisk the eggs, milk, butter, seasoned salt and pepper until combined. In large skillet over low heat, melt Velveeta with a little of milk mixture. Once melted, add remaining milk mixture and one cup each of mild and sharp cheddar cheese. Stir until all cheese is melted. Add macaroni to cheese mixture. Pour into greased 3 quart baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly. Serves 6.

I adapted this recipe from a recipe I found in a Taste of Home magazine, it reminds me of the Mac and Cheese my Grandmother used to fix and has become a family favorite. You will often find my husband and girls picking the top off :) after dinner before the food is put away. A friend adds green chili's to the top, which is yummy too.

We eat our macaroni and cheese with Blueberry Muffins. Strange I guess, but it's another family tradition. Up until I met my husband I thought everyone did it, like peas and carrots, they just went together. Not the case I found out.

BBQ Country Ribs

4 pounds bone - in pork ribs
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped in chopper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup cholula sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared mustard

Place ribs in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 or 1 1/2 hours or until no longer pink.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in oil unitl tender. Sitr in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Drain ribs. Grill, covered, over indirect low heat for 45 minutes, turning once. Baste with BBQ sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until meat is tender, turning and basting frequently. Serves 6.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lights Out Dinner

What do you eat when the power is out? Well we had to figure it out this week so we ate Grilled Cheese sandwiches and Campbells Tomato Soup by candlelight. Healthy Request of course to avoid that MSG.

I make our grilled cheese with whole wheat bread spread with mayonnaise instead of butter. Why mayo? First, it is a family thing. Second, it makes the outside of the bread crispier. Your sandwich can be dressed up depending on what you have in the fridge with add ons such as: sliced tomato, peppers, white cheese, yellow cheese, avocado, garlic. Whatever your taste buds enjoy. When it comes to the Tomato soup it is better mixed with milk if you ask me. The kids thought it was fun and who doesn't love a good grilled cheese and an excuse to eat one.

We use a cast iron griddle which could be used on either a gas stove or on the BBQ. The cleanup is pretty easy as well which I learned is important in the dark with limited water resources! For another idea stay tuned for my spinach salad which would also be a good addition for a lights out dinner, if you had the ingredients on hand.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday Short Ribs in the Slow Cooker

We had this last night with ranch beans and peas (of course) mixed with some corn and garlic sauteed in a little butter (that recipe will come later) - yummy!

2/3 cup flour
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
4- 41/2 lbs. boneless short ribs
vegetable oil
1 large chopped onion
1 1/2 cups water
2 beef cubes ( I use Herb Ox bouillon cubes with no MSG)
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar plus a little more for good measure
1/2 cup Cholula sauce (can substitute with chili sauce)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in plastic bag. Add ribs and shake.
2. Brown in oil and transfer to cooker.
3. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil, loosening drippings from ribs. Pour over ribs.
4. Cover. Cook on low 9-10 hours - it only takes my cooker 6-8 hours.
5. Enjoy with mashed potatoes, spinach salad and a vegetable of choice.

serves: 10 (we obviously cut this in half when it is just us)

Pancake Mix

The best mix I have come across and a staple in our house:

8 Cups unbleached flour
6 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Transfer to a large container with lid. May be stored in the pantry for up to 6 months.

*Sometimes I use half unbleached flour and half whole wheat flour.

To make pancakes:

Place 2 1/3 cups pancake mix in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1 3/4 cups milk* (warmed a little) , and 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted). Cook on skillet or griddle with butter

Other Ideas:

*Use buttermilk if on hand for extra tasty pancakes
*For a nutritional boost add in a Tablespoon of Flaxseed meal
*mash a banana and add to batter - yummy!
* add a little unsweetened applesauce.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Beary Good Oatmeal

We got this idea from Sprout's Diner. The girls just love it and it has become a family favorite.

1 Cup Old Fashioned oats
1 Cup water
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Decorations: You can use craisins, raisins, blueberries (dried or fresh), raspberries, honey, cinnamon and sugar (C&S) decoration (whatever you have on hand). I use craisins, dried blueberries, C&S, and almonds. Ours looks like a Koala!
1. Bring oats, water and milk to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for approxiamately 5-8 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the oatmeal thickens.

2. Add the vanilla extract, stir well.

3. Spoon the oatmeal onto the serving plate and shape into a bear face, round face and two round ears. Use honey to make the face shiny or C&S for color. Then make eyes and mouth using whatever decorations you want. My girls like to do this part.

Variation: Stir in some chopped apples and a sprinkle of flaxseed meal into step#2 for a nutritional boost.

Very Fun!