Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
The skin - the skin was all crackly and crunchy. I can handle cooked skin to some degree, I mean the Colonel at KFC can put some crunch on his chicken, but this was fabulous. I couldn't stop pulling the skin off and snacking on it - until I noticed the little hairs sticking up around the opening to the cavity - gag. That was the end of the chicken for me. I had peanut butter and jelly for dinner.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Cornflake Roller - Super cute and essential
Form dough into small ball and roll in crushed corn flakes. Put one of the halved cherries in center of ball. Put on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about six dozen.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is one of my favorites - the biscuit cookie. They are convenient and super easy to make. I usually have canned biscuits in the fridge around Christmastime so that I can make these as needed.
The only fancy equipment you need is a pair of kitchen shears. I keep a pair in my kitchen drawer for food stuff. I have to hide them from Farmer Brown who only ever needs scissors for things such as cutting burrs out of the dog's fur.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, until they are golden brown.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Remember that great book Like Water for Chocolate where her emotions end up in her finished recipes? My cookies came out tasting like frustration.
The dough was unappetizing. You tell me what it looks like:
Here are the beauties on the tray, ready for the oven:
My mom always ices her with a simple powdered sugar icing and then tops them with a cinnamon candy. My icing was too runny. In the end, I put them in a container and sprinkled powdered sugar on them.
No one in the house liked them. I am only sharing the recipe in hopes you have your own, easy version to share with me.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
By the way, I am proud to say that Fiestaware is manufactured in West Virginia. It is high-quality china in vibrant colors that can be used daily. And look at this....
This beautiful, rich chocolate brown. This is not the color scheme of my kitchen, but I think I could change things up for this. Wouldn't this look pretty mixed with the white? Or the turquoise? The possibilities!
**I am currently backed up with containing the holiday spirit in middle schoolers, but I am planning on some cookie baking this weekend! Stay tuned for my parade of Grandma's Odd Christmas Cookies. Ritz crackers! Canned biscuits! Oysters! Cornflakes! I know you can't wait!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The recipe called for pears, but I substituted apples. This was only my second time working with puff pastry. This makes two loaves. The first one was sad looking. It didn't get very "puffy" as one would expect puff pastry to be. The second one got maybe a centimeter puffier. The cook at school recommended not filling it as full. This does make a lot of filling. Next time, I would try making three to spread the filling thinner or cut the filling in half.
Pumpkin Apple Strudel
2 small apples or pears, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
1 c. pumpkin
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed (2 sheets)
1 egg lightly beaten
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
Mix apples, pumpkin, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in medium bowl. Spooh half of the apple filling down the center 1/3 of 1 pastry sheet. Make downward slanting cuts in outer edges of pastry about 3/4 inches apart, cutting from outside edges to within about 1 inch of apple mixture. Starting at top, fold side pastry strips alternately over filling, forming chevron design.
(I am desperately wishing for Christmas for my camera. This looks exactly like my pastry.) Seal top and bottom ends of strudel. Place on baking sheet. (You know, I just assembled mine on the baking sheet. I could picture me trying to get floppy dough from the counter to the baking sheet.) Repeat with remaining apple mixture and remaining pastry sheet. Brush both strudels with egg; stir together the 1/4 c. sugar and 3/4 tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Cool slightly on baking sheets.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
As a side note, as I ate this and felt all smug and good about eating something semi-healthy, I had a new recipe in the oven - Pumpkin Apple Strudel. I will have to try a small piece tonight for blog's sake. Post the recipe tomorrow!
Bacon and Mushroom Pasta
4 center-cut bacon slices (I use turkey bacon)
1 med. onion, halved and sliced thinly
1 (8 oz.) package fresh baby portabello mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, minced (I only use 1)
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 Tb. balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tb. chopped fresh oregano (I use much less)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small box of fettucini (I used whole wheat linguine)
1/4 c. grated fresh Parmesan
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 Tb. drippings in the pan. (Because the turkey bacon doesn't leave as much grease, I will add a little water or olive oil to the pan.) Add onion to drippings. Saute 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; saute 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to sauce. Sprinkle servings with crumbled bacon and fresh Parmesean cheese.
Serving size is 1 cup. WW points per serving: 4 points!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Grandma was a simple woman, so don't expect something extravagant. I can't drink this and not think of her.
1 quart of pineapple juice
1 (2 liter) bottle of ginger ale or lemon-lime pop
2 pkgs. cherry Kool-Aid
1 c. sugar
2 quarts cold water
Combine and chill.
**Please forgive me - You might be a Redneck if your fancy party punch recipe includes two packages of Kool-Aid.
Monday, December 1, 2008
So picture this - I just hosted the saddest little giveaway in blogdom history. Sad for me that only three people entered. Good for those three people that entered! Thank you so much for stopping by. I actually have a few other books to give away in the next coming weeks. So stay tuned!
So picture this - a picture of the winning name, drawn out of a toboggan by Frick -