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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Pancakes

We love pancakes for breakfast. I like to make different kinds and am always on the lookout for new recipes to add to my favorites. Here's one. 
 I usually have all the ingredients on hand.
Eggs, cottage cheese, sour cream, flour and sugar. Quickly mixes together.
 Cook on a griddle.
These are very light & fluffy pancakes. Serve on heated plates with a little butter and warm syrup.
 Or...my favorite way....raspberry sauce and a dusting of powdered sugar. YUM!
Mix raspberry jam with a little lemon juice and water (about 1/4C jam to 1t lemon juice and 1t water).
Warm it in the microwave until the jam is heated and melts.

Tuesday Pancakes
4 eggs
1 C cottage cheese, small curd 
1 C sour cream
2 T sugar
1 C flour 
Whisk the eggs with the sugar, cottage cheese, and sour cream.
Mix in the flour. Preheat a lightly greased skillet or grill pan to 375. Use a small ladle or large spoon to drop the batter onto the pan. Cook until the underside it a light golden, and flip, about 1 minute. Do not overcook. Cook another minute on the second side. Serve on heated plates. 
*Serve with, raspberry sauce , powdered sugar and a slice of lemon.


(I cut this recipe in half for the two of us.)
Enjoy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

(Leftover) Turkey Crock Pot Chile

Give your leftover turkey a makeover.
 A big bowl of turkey chili and cornbread.
 Gather your cans and spices.
 Add the sauteed vegetables and 3C chopped turkey to the slow-cooker.
 Add the cans and spices.
 Stir completely.
 Set it and forget it!
 The corn is optional.
We like it served with rice and lots of toppings.
Fresh chopped cilantro, green onions, shredded cheese, sour cream,
cornbread or tortilla chips.

* if you don't have a slow-cooker, just let it simmer on the stove.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili
1C chopped onion
1C chopped green pepper
1C chopped red pepper
2T olive oil
3C chopped leftover turkey (seasoned)
2 -15oz cans  diced tomatoes (Mexican style)
2-15oz cans tomato sauce
2-15oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
(I add an extra can of cannellini beans)
(optional can of corn, drained)
1-4oz can diced green chilies
1T onion powder
1T garlic powder
1T ground cumin
2 t paprika
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 t cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over MH heat.
Add the onion and peppers and cook about
4 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
Add the vegetables to the slow-cooker.
Season the chopped turkey with
salt&pepper to taste (can also use grill seasoning).
Add the turkey to the pot.
Add all the cans and spices. Stir completely.
 Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Peas and Carmelized Pearl Onions

A nice side dish for Thanksgiving or anytime.
 Use frozen peas and pearl onions. Carmelize the pearl onions in butter and sugar.
 Then add the peas It's easy to put together in one pan and can be made ahead at this point.
Then just finish cooking the peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper, toss and serve.

Peas and Carmelized Pearl Onions
1  12oz pkg or 16oz bag of frozen peas
1 C of pearl onions, from a frozen 16oz bag
2 T butter
1 T sugar
salt & pepper
In a cast iron or heavy skillet melt 1T butter over medium heat. Add the onions and sprinkle them evenly with the sugar. Cook, stirring frequently until the sugar carmelizes and the onions are golden brown. Add the peas and the last T butter and cook, stirring occasionally until the peas are done, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Perfectly Chocolate Cake

I love chocolate cake! 
That being said, I have several favorite recipes.
 This is one of them.
 This is an easy recipe because you don't need to cream the
 butter and sugar first. Just combine the dry ingredients in one large bowl
 and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
 Then combine the two and beat for 2 minutes.
 Stir in the boiling water.
The batter will be very thin.
 I use a 9x13 pan because it's the easiest, and you can
 frost it right in the pan. Pour the batter into a sprayed 9x13
 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. 
You can also make it in 2 - 9" round pans and make it a layer cake. 
 Now make the frosting. 
The most important part of any good cake is homemade frosting. 
Wash out the large bowl and the beaters. Combine the ingredients.
 and... beat until fluffy!
 Frost the cooled cake.
 This is fabulous with a tall glass of cold milk! 
 perfectly chocolate!
Skim milk, because you want to watch your calories!


  Perfectly Chocolate Cake
2 C sugar
1-3/4 C flour
3/4 C Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 t baking powder
1-1/2 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 C milk
1/2 C oil (vegetable, corn, canola)
2 t vanilla
1 C boiling water


Combine dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
Beat for 2 minutes on medium.
Stir in the boiling water. Batter will be thin. Pour into a sprayed 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. For 9" cake pans about 30-35 minutes.
Cake is done when it springs back when lightly touched.
Let cool 10 minutes if you want to remove the cake from the pans.
Let cool completely to frost.


 Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
1 stick butter
3 C powdered sugar
2/3 C cocoa
1/3 C milk
1 t vanilla
Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in the cocoa and powdered sugar adding the milk as you go.
Beat on medium speed until creamy. Beat in the vanilla until fluffy. Makes about 2 C.


Chocolate is the answer!

Links: Between Naps On The Porch, My Romantic Home, Designs By Gollum

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

We planned on seeing a movie in the afternoon, so I set up the crock pot earlier in the day. That way dinner would be ready when we got home. Something easy.
I used my small crock pot for this. It's the original orange Rival Crock Pot that was first introduced in the late 70's.  It has a stone interior that is not removable. It still works great...after all these years. Now it's considered "vintage" and sells for about $35 on ebay. So, I've kept it, along with my newer, larger stainless steel slow cookers.  It's the right size for smaller meals.
 The fact that it looks nice with my fall decor is a bonus.
Put the beef cubes, soup, water, Worcestershire sauce, mushrooms and onions in the pot.
Give it a stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Add the cream cheese the last 10 minutes, cover and cook until it blends in. Stir.
Serve over rice or noodles.

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
1 to 1-1/2 lbs beef cubes (stew)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 C water
1 T Worcestershire sauce
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 medium onion, chopped
salt & pepper
1/2 brick cream cheese, (4 oz)
Add the beef, mushrooms, and onions to the pot. Sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper.
Combine the soup, water and Worcestershire sauce. Add to the pot and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 5 hours. 
Add the cream cheese the last 10 minutes, cover and cook until it melts in. Stir to combine.
Serve over rice or noodles.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Baked Tilapia with Tomato and Basil

My new favorite way to make tilapia. 
Easy to put together. Then just roast for
20 minutes in the oven.
 You really don't need to measure. 
Adjust amounts for one to eight servings.
tilapia, fresh basil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, 
onion powder, olive oil,  and tomato
Use a shallow ovenproof platter or baking dish. 
Spray or coat it with a little oil.  Arrange the fish
 in a single layer. Drizzle the tilapia with olive oil, 
sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, 
chopped basil, oregano and garlic.
 Chop a tomato, or use canned, and scatter on
 top. Add a drizzle of olive oil.
 Bake at 400 for 20-25minutes.
 I also roasted potatoes along with the tilapia
 in my cast iron pan.
 Remove from oven and sprinkle the top with lemon juice.
 Serve.
The tilapia stays very moist and flavorful.

Baked Tilapia with 
Tomato and Basil
1 lb tilapia (1-3 filets)
3 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t onion powder
1 T chopped fresh basil leaves
1 t minced fresh oregano
1 large clove garlic, about 1 t minced
1 large tomato, chopped, or
about 1 C diced canned tomatoes
a squeeze of lemon, 1-2 t lemon juice

 Arrange tilapia in a sprayed shallow baking dish.
Drizzle with about 2T olive oil. Sprinkle with salt,
pepper, onion powder, basil, oregano and garlic.
Scatter the tomato evenly over the fish, and
drizzle with the remaining 1T olive oil.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
Squeeze lemon juice over the fish.
 Serve immediately. Serves 2-3 

Enjoy!


Links: EKats Kitchen



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Theses are handy if you want a brownie tasting cookie and don't have butter.
These are very easy to mix up.
 A few basic ingredients you probably have in the pantry. I use just one bowl.
 Mix the sugar into the melted chocolate and oil.
 Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
 Dump the flour and BP into a sifter and mix that in.
 After it's mixed you need to chill it for at least 1 hour so that you can roll it into balls.
 Put some powdered sugar into a shallow bowl and roll the balls into the sugar to coat.
Put on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 400.
Top off this experience with a glass of cold milk.
Have a few now...
and save some for later.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
2 squares baking chocolate
1/4 C vegetable/canola oil
1 C sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 C flour
1 t baking powder
powdered sugar for rolling-about 1/3 C

Melt chocolate squares in a medium bowl in the microwave for 1-/1/2 minutes. Stir to melt completely.
Stir in then oil. Mix in the sugar, then the eggs, then the vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and BP through a sifter and mix in. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Moisten your hands with water and roll the dough into 1" balls and then roll into the powdered sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, or till the edges are set and the tops are cracked.  Don't overbake.  Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.
Enjoy!