Friday, December 28, 2007

Turkey soup

I made this to use up the leftover turkey meat. I'd never made a turkey carcass soup before but it was easy and since I had yet another cold it was the perfect time for it!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tyson Pork Roast Kit

We have a new oven coming tomorrow and gave our old one away on freecycle already so I needed something I didn't need to bake. This fit the bill. I paid just under $10 and it was actually quite good! You throw everything in the crockpot with a cup of water and cook for 6 hours on high(or 11 on low). The veggies are all precut, the meat is trimmed and it comes with a seasoning packet.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Heavenly Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I made these cookies for neighbor gifts this year. They are good with a definite coffee taste! I doubled this and it worked well in one bowl but trying to fold in all the walnuts and chocolate chips evenly was a job!
Justin LOVED them. I was trying to get a picture of the inside detail and he climbed onto the table to get a piece.

Heavenly Chocolate Chunk Cookies

3/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons self rising flour
(I used all purpose flour and added 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt)
1 pkg semisweet choc.mega morsels(I used milk chocolate chips)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk

Combine butter & coffee in small saucepan. Cook over low heat until butter and coffee melt. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp. Combine butter mixture, sugar, egg, yolk, in a large bowl. Beat at med. speed until blended. Gradually add flour, beating at lowspeed. Stir in choc chips and walnuts. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 14min at 325

Ham and Cheddar in a Loaf

I thought this would go over well so I made two. Good thing I did=) These taste just like a hearty hot ham and cheese sandwich. I got this recipe from the Kraft magazine and then used refrigerated pizza dough instead of the frozen loaf.
Ham and Cheddar in a Loaf
1 roll refridgerated pizza dough
9 oz shaved deli ham
1 Cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 Cup Miracle Whip
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350.
Unroll pizza dough on floured foil. Lay ham evenly on dough leaving 1/2" around the sides not covered. Mix cheese and Miracle Whip then spread evenly over ham. With water moisten the 1/2" dough edges.
Roll on long side of dough 1/3 of the way over the top then other long side and pinch seams together. Place loaf, seam side down, on foiled cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle on parmesan then bake for 35-40 minutes.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Mexi Mini Meatloaf Muffins

These were fantastic! We didn't go all out with toppings but they'd be great with tomatoes and lettuce etc! Yum!

The recipe is here.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Sweet and sour meatballs with corn latkes

I was looking for a theme for my recipe week and picked Jewish since this week was the beginning of Hanukkah.
The meatballs were absolutely fabulous and this recipe is going in the family book. I couldn't find the matzo meal at Walmart so I subbed oatmeal and it worked great.
The latkes were good but I don't think I'd make them again. They just tasted like corn=)

Jewish sweet and sour meatballs
1 lb ground beef
garlic powder
onion powder
1 egg
1/4 cup matzo meal
12 ounces chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Mix together beef, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, and matzo meal.
Form into small balls and set aside.
Pour chili sauce into medium saucepan.
Refill bottle with water, shake well, and add to pot.
Add the brown sugar and lemon juice, and mix.
Bring sauce to a boil.
Taste and adjust amounts of lemon juice and brown sugar to taste.
Drop in meatballs.
Return to boil, cover, and simmer for at least 20 minutes (but you can leave it on for much longer if you forget).
VARIATION #1:For chili sauce, you can substitute either tomato sauce or tomato juice or diced canned tomatoes, and adjust the sweeteners and water accordingly. You just want it to be a saucy consistency, not too thick or thin. If you use plain tomato juice or sauce, you can add in some garlic powder or other seasoning. The sky is the limit. But, do NOT use spaghetti sauce!
VARIATION #2:For matzo meal you can substitute bread crumbs, oatmeal, a little flour, or any other binding agent.
VARIATION #3:For brown sugar you can substitute real maple syrup, sugar, honey, grape jelly, or any other real sweetener. (Do not use nutrisweet or any other artificial sweetener!).

Corn latkes
3 cups frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon sugar or Splenda sugar substitute
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons canola oil
Place two non-stick baking sheets in the oven and preheat to 450°F.
Cook the corn in a medium saucepan with a cup of boiling water ‘until tender, about 2 mintes. Drain the corn in a colander and let cool. Press the corn lightly to squeeze out excess water. No wringing.
Puree 1 cup of the corn kernels in a food processor. Add salt to taste, sugar and egg whites and process until just mixed. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the flour, then the remaining corn kernels.
Brush 2 teaspoons of oil on the now hot baking sheets. Spoon small mounds of the latke mixture on the sheets forming 2 to 2 ½ inch pancakes. The sheet should sizzle a bit when the batter hits it. Leave one inch between each latke.
Bake the latkes in the oven until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes per side,turning once with a spatula. (When you turn the latkes, try to flip them onto spots on the baking sheet that still have oil.).
Serving suggestions: If you are in a sweet mood serve latkes with sour cream and strawberiy or raspberry preserves. Savroy more your style, then try sour cream alone or with some chopped scallions

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Pepperoni Pizza Quiche

This recipe is off the nestle website.
Corrine kept asking if it had eggs in it and only ate her small piece so she could have dessert. I thought it was okay but Justin and Hunter really loved it. Hunter said it is his new favorite over hot pot pie even!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

'Tis the Season Macaroons

I made these for the cub scout Christmas party. They were SO simple to make.
I can't really review the taste because I don't like coconut but they went over really well at the party and looked super festive!
This recipe is from nestle.