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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baked Apple Oatmeal


 Now that the weather is getting chilly 
it's time for this hearty breakfast.
Hot cereal is far more nourishing and satisfying
than cold and it keeps you full longer. 
You can mix this up in the evening before in a
covered bowl, then refrigerate and
bake fresh and warm in the morning.
It will make your kitchen smell wonderful.
Serve in bowls with additional milk or cream.
(my photos are of half the recipe.)
I can reheat any leftovers for a quick breakfast.
This is a great breakfast to serve before a 
fall or winter activity.

Baked Apple Oatmeal
2 C oatmeal
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t cinnamon
2 T butter, melted
4 C milk
2 apples. peeled and chopped
1/2 C chopped pecans
1/2 C raisins or craisins (if desired)
Combine all ingredients and put into a buttered
2 qt casserole. Bake @350 for about 40 minutes
until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Spoon into bowls and serve 
with additional milk or cream.
6-8 servings

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Asian Slaw

This is a slaw you just can't stop munching on.
I like that I can make it ahead of time.
 Gather ingredients: broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds,
sliced almonds, green onions and a packet of ramen noodles.
Whisk or shake in a jar the dressings ingredients:
oil, sugar, vinegar and the reserved flavor packet.
 Crush the noodles and put into the bowl.
 Toast the almonds in the toaster oven for about
5-10 minutes at 350, until fragrant.
 Add the broccoli slaw to the bowl.
Chop the green onions and add to the bowl along
with the sunflower seeds and almonds.
Combine the dressing well and pour over. 
Give it a good toss. Taste and try not to eat 
too much. Put in a sealed container in the
refrigerator until ready to serve or overnight. 


Asian Slaw
2 (3-oz) packages beef-flavored 
ramen noodle soup mix
2 (8.5-oz) packages broccoli slaw mix
(or 16-oz bag cole slaw mix) 
1 C sliced almonds, toasted
1 C sunflower kernels
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
1/3 C white or apple cider vinegar
flavor packets from soup mix
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Remove the flavor packets from the soup mix
and set aside. Crush the noodles and place 
them in the bottom of a large bowl. 
Top with the slaw mix; sprinkle with almonds, 
sunflower kernels and green onions.
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Whisk together the contents of the
 flavor packets, sugar, oil and vinegar. 
Poor over the slaw. Cover and chill 24 hours.
 Toss before serving.

tip: can add cut-up shrimp or chicken for
a complete meal. (about 2-4 C)
tip: I cut the recipe in half in the above photos.
for the oil ~ half of 3/4 C = 6T
for the vinegar ~ half of 1/3 C = 2T+2t
Enjoy!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Glazed Meatloaf

I like comfort food like meatloaf
and don't make it often enough.
I have several recipes and this is the easiest one
because there is little prep work;
no chopping, just mix, shape and bake.
Serving my Easy Scalloped Potatoes for the side. 
It can bake along with the meatloaf.
I use my handy scale to measure out the 
ground beef. Gather all the ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients except the meat and
 let it sit to absorb. Then mix in the meat.
Shape into a loaf and put in a shallow casserole.
*You can prepare it ahead to this point and just
cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate 
to glaze and bake later. 
Combine the glaze ingredients.
Spread the glaze all over the loaf.
Bake about 1 hour. 
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You'll want to save some leftover slices
 for sandwiches the next day. 
Warmed or cold slices of meatloaf on toast 
with your choice of mustard or more ketchup.

Enjoy!

Meatloaf
2 lbs ground beef
3 slices dry bread or 1/2 C breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1/2 C ketchup
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
Combine the crumbled bread or breadcrumbs in a
 large bowl with the milk. Let sit for 5 minutes
to soften the bread. Add the milk, eggs, ketchup
and soup mix. Stir to combine.
Add the ground beef and mix until combined. 
Shape into a loaf in a shallow casserole.
Top with glaze mixture spreading to coat.
 Bake @ 350 for 1 hour. 
Glaze Mixture
1/2 C ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 T mustard


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homemade Pie Crust

Homemade pie crust is what takes a pie
 from good to great.
It's the foundation for any pie or quiche.
 This is the basic Crisco recipe.
 It takes less than 2 minutes to mix up
in a food processor, but you can also make it
 by hand using a pastry blender.
 Add the flour and salt to the work bowl. 
Pulse to blend, then add the Crisco.
 Pulse a few times until it's coarsely blended in.
 You should be able to pinch it together with your fingers.
 It should be crumbly.
 Now add in the cold water while the machine is running
 Just until it begins to hold together. 
 Remove and divide into two balls.
 Flatten into disks and refrigerate at least 30 
minutes before rolling.
 I store one in a ZipLock bag for the freezer.
It's great to have one ready to go.
 Place the dough on a floured board.
Sprinkle a little flour on top. Roll it out into a
circle from the center using a floured rolling pin.
 Rotate the pie crust from time to time
to make sure it's not sticking to the board.
Add more flour if needed.
 Roll until it's slightly larger than your pie pan.
 You can either use a metal spatula to flip the
pie crust in half
place it into the pie dish or
 Roll it over your rolling pin. 
 Then roll it onto your pie pan. Press into place gently.
Pinch any tears together.
 Fold the excess dough under the edge trying to
 keep the thickness even.
Cajole into shape with your fingers forming a
 nice even rim.
 Then begin fluting the edge all around
using three fingers. I usually go around a few times
to smooth out any cracks.
Fill and bake as recipe suggests.
Here I'm making one pumpkin pie and
one pecan pie.
Chocolate Pie
Pecan Pie
Chocolate Meringue Pie
To bake an unfilled shell
Prick the bottom and sides all over with a fork. 
Bake @425 for 10-12 until golden brown.

Pie Crust
2-1/2 C flour
1/2 t salt
3/4 C shortening
4-5 T ice cold water
Combine the flour and salt in a food processor
Pulse to combine. Add the Crisco and pulse on/off
about 15-30 times, until blended.
With machine running, drizzle in
enough ice water just until it begins to
 hold together. Divide dough in half, and
shape into flatted disks. Wrap in plastic,
chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 days or
frozen for up to 1 month.
 Roll out on a floured surface
Enough for a double crust pie or 
two shells. 

Enjoy!