Posted on November 29, 2007 by RT
I’ve grown fond of creating my own soups. The first one of the winter didn’t turn out so well, but today’s was delish. Here’s what I did…
1) Into the crockpot, pour approximately 2 cups of chicken broth and 1-2 cups of water. Add desired amounts of chopped carrots and onions. Add chunks of turkey leftover from Thanksgiving. Sprinkle a bit of parsley and garlic salt. Turn to high, and then back to low because you just don’t know which is better. Cook for a few hours.
2) Wander back into kitchen, sniff crockpot’s contents, then notice a few raggedy potatoes left in the sack. Peel and dice 4 potatoes, add to chowder. Toss in a can of corn. Wander out of kitchen.
3) Two hours before dinnertime, begin checking recipe books so that you don’t destroy another batch of soup. Then add more garlic salt, pepper, parsley and thyme to the crockpot. Cut 1/2 lb of Velveeta into chunks and stir into chowder. Turn crockpot to high for good measure. After playing around with the idea of combining a few TBs of flour and a cup of 1% milk, discover about 1 cup of perfectly decent sour cream and add it to the soup.
4) Give thanks and eat. And eat and eat and eat. (I’ve tucked away 3 bowls in as many hours.)
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Posted on November 28, 2007 by Jamie
It’s as simple as the title implies — I’m always looking for easy breakfast ideas that don’t leave me feeling like I need to go take a nap. This has become one of my faves, and I’ve found ways to use the yogurt on EVERYTHING because I like it so much.
Waffles (whole-wheat Eggos, Kashi, or homemade — I’ll get to in another post)
Dannon All-Natural vanilla yogurt (THE BEST!)
Fruit (bananas, blueberries, strawberries — whatever your little heart desires!)
1. Prepare the waffles (toasting, etc).
2. Slather on some yogurt.
3. Top with some fruit (and just for instruction’s sake, you can slice the banana.. it might look strange and be hard to eat if you don’t).
How simple (and yummy) is that?!
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Posted on November 26, 2007 by Jamie
I know they sound weird, but I promise you, they are yum-o! So far for us, they’ve been a crowd-pleaser. And I’d never had dates before eating them like this.. and I don’t think I’ll eat them any other way..
1 Box of dates
1 package of bacon (may not use it all)
1. Open dates, take bacon, and wrap one whole piece around a date. Secure the bacon by shoving a toothpick through the date+bacon.
2. Place dates on cookie sheet or in shallow pan. Bake at 350 for however long (not an exact science, maybe 10mins? I don’t know.. keep checking them and don’t blame me if they burn), making sure to turn them over once (the toothpicks work nicely for this).
3. Let cool for five minutes, and serve away!
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Posted on November 20, 2007 by Renae
This recipe is an old favorite. Until Brook made up a batch recently, I had nearly forgotten about it because I’m on my own eating it in this household (ask Jason what he thinks about chickpeas).
- 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon (more or less) butter
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons cumin (maybe a pinch more)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Microwave the butternut squash for 2 minutes (makes it easier to peel)
- Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and gook (think pumpkin carving), and peel the outer skin off.
- Cut the squash into 1/2-inch cubes (should look like this).
- Meanwhile, sautee the onion in melted butter (while you fuss with the squash).
- When the onions are soft, add the remaining ingredients plus the squash.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
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Posted on November 19, 2007 by Renae
Posted on November 18, 2007 by RT
Though my favorite apple pie recipe is a delicious Sour Cream Apple Pie from Allrecipes.com, I found this recipe in the Oct/Nov Taste of Home magazine—and it turned out to be quite yummy. Happy early Thanksgiving!
Pie & Filling
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
7 C sliced peeled tart apples
1 t lemon juice
1 t vanilla
3/4 C chopped pecans
1/3 C packed brown sugar
3 T sugar
4-1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 T cornstarch
1/4 C caramel ice cream topping, room temp
3 T butter, melted
In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. Combine the pecans, sugars, cinnamon and cornstarch; add to apple mixture and toss to coat. Pour caramel topping over bottom of pastry shell; top with apple mixture (shell will be full). Drizzle with butter.
3/4 C all-purpose flour
2/3 C chopped pecans
1/4 C sugar
6 T cold butter
1/4 C caramel ice cream topping, room temp
In a small bowl, combine the flour, pecans and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over filling.
Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is browned. Immediately drizzle with caramel topping. Cool on wire rack.
Yield: 8 servings.
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Posted on November 16, 2007 by RT
The James Beard Book Awards Committee has named the following 20 cookbooks as essential for building a culinary library:
American Cookery (BBS Publishing Corporation, 1996), James Beard
Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2007), Rick Bayless
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (Better Homes and Gardens, 2004)
Classic Indian Cooking (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1980), Julie Sahni
Complete Techniques (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2001), Jacques Pépin and Léon Pererr
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Macmillan, 1995), Marcella Hazan
How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food (Wiley, 2006), Mark Bittman
The Joy of Cooking (Scribner, 2006), Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook (Countryman Press, 2003)
Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1999), Maida Heatter
Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook (Clarkson Potter, 1999), Martha Stewart
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume One (Knopf, 2001), Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking: Techniques and Recipes (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1996) Barbara Tropp
The New Food Lover’s Companion (Barron’s Educational Series, 2007), Sharon Tyler Herbst
The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford University Press, 2007), Jancis Robinson
Rick Stein’s Complete Seafood (Ten Speed Press, 2004), Rick Stein
The Silver Palate Cookbook (Workman Publishing Company, 2007), Sheila Lukins and Julie Rosso
The Thrill of the Grill: Techniques, Recipes, and Down-Home Barbecue (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2002), Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (Broadway, 2007), Deborah Madison
The Way to Cook (Knopf, 1993), Julia Child
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Posted on November 13, 2007 by Jason
A lot of people seem to love the chicken I make, whether it’s grilled or fried or whatever. Here’s the secret, though it’s not one for any of the hypochondriacs out there: I simply undercook it. Not by a lot mind you, but if you cook chicken too long, it — surprise! — gets tough and dry. And so I always make sure there’s still a hint of pink in the meat when I’m done.
Sure, there are a lot of health concerns about undercooked meat, especially with chicken. But sometimes there’s such a thing as too cautious, I think. I’ve been doing it this way for years, with nary a side effect… except for the super delicious chicken in my belly.
A few other chicken-related tips…
- When seasoning your chicken, you don’t need to go overboard. I find that a blend of good ol’ Lawry’s “Seasoned Salt” and garlic powder/salt work just fine.
- If you’re frying or cooking chicken over the stove, use lots of butter in your pan. Also, spread a little butter over the chicken when you’re done as well. Keeps it nice and moist, and besides, there’s never such a thing as too much butter.
- Cook the chicken fast, on a high temperature. This sears and blackens the outside, while keeping the inside nice and moist. Keep flipping and moving the chicken around, so it doesn’t get too blackened.
On a somewhat related note, I was surprised to find that there was no “Meat” category on this blog. Obviously, no men were involved in the set-up of “Needs More Butter.” This glaring oversight has since been rectified.
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Posted on November 13, 2007 by Jason
This recipe is courtesy of my co-worker Mary, and it makes the best beer bread you’ve ever tasted.
3 cups self-rising flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 cups of beer (or 1 can plus an extra 1/2 cup)
Mix flour and sugar together.
Add the beer.
Stir everything together and pour into a greased bread pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
As an added bonus, Mary also recommends serving the beer bread with honey butter. Just mix together equal portions of honey, margarine (or butter), and powdered sugar and start spreadin’.
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Posted on November 11, 2007 by RT
Kristen, of This Classical Life, recently posted this recipe. Not only do the ingredients sound yummy (and appealing to my preschooler) but, as an added bonus, it’s a large recipe and makes quite a bit of food. Perfect for freezing or sending as a mercy meal. I omitted the mushrooms, used a little less shredded cheese, and added more ricotta/sour cream. Thanks for a great dinner idea, Kristen!
This recipe makes a ton, great for keeping some for your family while assembling a pan for a family who needs a meal. Just make sure you’ve got several pans out (13×9 and 8×8).
ziti or penne (1.25-1.5 lbs dry)
1 lb mild italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled
6 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
1 pound of italian cheese (a combo of sliced provolone and grated mozz. or “italian blend” grated)
3/4 c. sour cream
3/4 c. ricotta
Preheat the oven to 350 and start boiling the pasta.
Saute onions until translucent, add sausage and mushrooms and cook until everything is done. Drain sausage grease off. Throw in the garlic and cook another minute. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes or so. Mix sour cream and ricotta. Mix the cooked pasta and the sausage-sauce mixture.
Assemble as follows: layer of pasta/sauce, 1/2 cheese (either a layer of sliced provolone or just 1/2 the grated), 1/2 sour cream-ricotta, repeat, then end with a last layer pasta and parm on top. If you have extra pasta, freeze it as “penne with meat sauce” as a quick lunch or dinner sometime when you need it. The baked ziti needs to bake until everything is melted and warmed through (~30 minutes, more if its straight from the freezer). I bake it mostly covered and then uncovered at the end.
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