Monday, January 26, 2015

Blueberry Crisp

This recipe came from my daddy; I was so tickled to see it when I dug through an old pile of recipes.

My mother used to work for a certain travel agency, and they gave her 5 bajillion pads of paper with their logo, "from the desk of So and So", and then their slogan.
After she left that company, 30 years ago, she got to keep the paper. I think we still have unused pads of it!

So, imagine my surprise to come across a handwritten recipe from my Dad, on that particular paper.
It sounds silly, but it was such a nostalgia moment!
One of those things you never throw away, it is just too special.

Ingredients:
1 Pint blueberries
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Cup flour
¾ Cup sugar
10 Tbsp chilled butter (diced)


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Mix blueberries with cornstarch and 1 Tbsp sugar (taken from the ¾ cup)
3. Pour blueberry mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie pan
4. Blend flour, butter, and remaining sugar until crumbly
5. Pour flour mixture over blueberries
6. Bake for 30 minutes

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Taking a little "Bloggy Vacation"

Happy Holidays to one and all!
With the Christmas Chaos in full swing, I will be taking a little break.
Hope everyone enjoys their time with family and friends, I will be back soon!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Frosted Applesauce Cookies

When the girl child was a young'un, she ate applesauce every single day.
She wanted plain, cinnamon, fruit flavored...every form of applesauce, she wanted it.

Then she went and grew up.
Yeah, she doesn't eat it anymore. Maybe she O.D.ed on it as a little, but oh well, it is what it is.

I needed applesauce to make another recipe one day, when I went to the store they had no little containers. None! I ended up buying a decent sizes one, not huge...but big enough. That lone jar has been in my fridge taunting me.

While scanning other recipe blogs on a day off, I stumbled across this on jbeanrecipes. A quick scan of the ingredients and I was off the couch in a flash!

This recipe was "meant to be", it used up every last drop of that lonely jar of applesauce.
(and my sugar, and my flour...and the frosting used up all my confectioners' sugar)

Ingredients:
1 Cup shortening
2 Eggs
1 ½ Cups sugar
2 Cups applesauce
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp cloves
1 Tsp cinnamon
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp Nutmeg
4 Cups flour


Directions:
1. Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs
2. Mix in remaining ingredients
3. Drop by tablespoonfulls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
4. Cook at 400 for 10 minutes
5. Cool and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Chocolate Frosting

I have a love/hate relationship with dishes.
I love, love, love when they are clean.
I hate, hate, hate to clean them.

Seriously hate to do dishes. I would rather scrub toilets.

In an effort to minimize my dishes after making this, I had the grand idea of just mixing my sugar and cocoa and not sifting it.

Don't be like me.

I got it all in a bowl and started stirring. There were little balls-o-ingredient in the mixture. Not the fine mixture I should be using.
So, I cave, I grab the sifter.

In trying to get everything from the bowl to the sifter I made a mess like you only read about. My counter, my nearby appliances, my shirt....covered.

I repeat, don't be like me.
Just do it right to begin with. I tried to outsmart the system and made a bigger mess for myself.

Ingredients:
3 Cups confectioners’ sugar
¾ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 stick butter (softened)
3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tsp vanilla


Directions:
1. Sift sugar and cocoa together into a large bowl
2. In another bowl, combine 1 cup sugar mix, butter, and 1 tbsp cream
3. Beat until smooth
4. Add another cup of sugar and tbsp cream
5. Beat until smooth
6. Repeat until all ingredients are used

7. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy






Recipe adapted from Food Network

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Hibachi Vegetables

I am not a fan of zucchini or squash.
The only real time you will see me eat them is at the Japanese hibachi restaurants. Something about the way it is cooked, and the simple flavors make them look enticing to me.

I had a "duh" moment when I realized I could make them at home!

So simple...yet, so tasty!
If I am feeling a little "wild and crazy" I might add some thinly sliced carrots.

Nothing more than that though, then it walks the fine line between being a neat copy-cat type side dish to being more of an every day stir fry.
We can't have that, it would be an identity crisis like we have never seen before!

Ingredients:
1 Zucchini
1 Yellow squash
Onion
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tsp ginger

Directions:
1. Heat a skillet over med/high heat
2. Slice veggies in long, thick strips
3. Saute veggies for about 5 minutes until cooked, yet firm with brown colors
4. Add soy sauce and sesame seeds.
5. Serve immediately

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Forgive my little bag-o-onion, I was using up leftovers




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Cucumber Dill Salad

This is made all the freaking time in my house.
It's so simple, and so insanely delicious.
It's probably not even a "real" recipe, but that's OK by me.

I call it cucumber dill for obvious reason, but sometimes I mix in some tomato and lettuce and call it a dill salad.

One year, on Thanksgiving, I was just craving it....so I made it to bring to my aunt and uncles.
My second oldest cousin happened to be sitting at the same table as me that year. He is out of the loop enough not to know who brought what (meaning: he is a guy, he just shows up to eat) .
He took a big bite, sat there for a second.,.then went in for another bite. Then, out of nowhere, I got one of the biggest compliments he could have given.

"This tastes like something Gram would have made"
Oh did my heart just flutter!!

Our great grandmother was the queen of comfort food! Nothing fancy, everything simple and perfect.

Thanks cousin. You made my year!

Ingredients:
1 Cucumber (diced)
¼ Cup sour cream
Salt
Dill
Optional: Lettuce, tomato


Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients
2. Season with salt and dill to taste

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Monday, November 3, 2014

BBQ Baked Onion Rings

I am headed out shopping with the girl child.
Know what is really great about her? I simply like her! Of course I love her, I am her mom...but she is a really good person inside.
She is fun to be with, always has interesting things to say. The girl has the ability to make me laugh like nobody else.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have my daughter be my BFF.

Not that we always get along, we are so similar, we butt heads....frequently.
Love conquers all though, and soon we are back to our happy ways!

I should totally buy her this for Christmas:


Ingredients:
1 Cup barbecue sauce
2 Large eggs (lightly beaten)
4 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Cups panko bread crumbs
2 Large sweet onions (sliced into ½ inch rings)
Cooking spray


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place two baking sheets in the oven and allow them to preheat
3. Place bread crumbs in a bowl
4. In medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs, and flour
5. Dip onion slice in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake off excess
6. Dip coated onion into bread crumbs, covering totally
7. Lay on a cool baking sheet.
8. Repeat until all onions are coated
9. Remove hot baking sheets from oven and spray lightly with cooking spray
10. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets
11. Spray coated onions lightly with cooking spray
12. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden
13. Turn each onion ring over.
14. Spray the other side with cooking spray
15. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes

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Recipe adapted from here

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