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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cookie Secrets

I once made 400 cookies for an open house for my husband's new office. My Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies garnered me a marriage proposal that evening. I was in the conference room and an older gentleman and his wife came in. The man asked if I was the one who'd made the cookies. I replied, "Yes." And he said, "This is the best cookie I've ever eaten. Will you marry me?" I laughed and said, "Thank you, but I'm already married to Dr. B." His wife slapped his shoulder and said, "You can't take her home too!" It was funny.

Other than having terrific recipes, I only have one cookie baking secret. It's my scoop. I use the Pampered Chef Medium Scoop. It's terrific. Every cookie is uniform and nice and thick. Every baker should have a medium-sized scoop for baking cookies.



Friday, August 29, 2008

Candy Corn Chex Mix

Printable Recipe

Mix:
4 cups Corn Chex
4 cups Honey Grahams
2 cups coconut
1 small package slivered almonds

In a saucepan, combine:

1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
3/4 cup butter

Boil for 2 minutes, pour over Chex mixture. Mix together and enjoy.




Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rosie's Baked Beans

Printable Recipe

1/2-1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onions
2 cans (31 oz) pork and beans
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, drained
1 cup catsup
1 can (16 oz) butter beans, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. liquid smoke
3 T. white vinegar
1 t. salt
dash of pepper

Brown ground beef, drain. Put in crock pot. Brown bacon and onions, drain. Add to crock pot along with remaining ingredients. Stir well. Cook on low for 5-9 hours.

Holly's Note:
This recipe came from a dear friend of mine and are named for her. They're delicious.



Monday, August 25, 2008

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Printable Recipe



Ingredients
  • 4-5 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 packages frozen broccoli/cauliflower blend (parboil for 1 minute and drain)
  • 3 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 t curry powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix vegetables with soup, mayonnaise, and curry.
  2. Add chicken pieces, mix well.
  3. Dump into a 9 x 13 pan.
  4. Mix together the butter, parmesan and bread crumbs.
  5. Spread over the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
Holly's Note:
This is seriously one of my kids' favorite meals.  My non-veggie eater will inhale it.  It's easy and a great way to use up leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tuscan Chicken

Printable Recipe

2 boneless chicken breasts

1 T. olive oil
2 tomatoes, diced
2 T. minced garlic
1/2 t. Mrs. Dash Tomato-Basil-Garlic seasoning
1/4 cup fresh basil, minced

Grill the chicken breasts. While the chicken is cooking, saute the tomatoes and garlic in olive oil over low heat, until the tomatoes are soft. About 10 minutes. Stir in the seasoning and about 1/2 the basil. Saute for another 2 minutes. Top each chicken breast with some of the tomato mixture, sprinkle with the remaining basil.

This is really good with salad and wheat bread rolls.

Holly's Note:
This recipe originally came from the cookbook Eating for Life, by Bill Phillips. It called for capers instead of garlic, but we prefer the garlic, so I changed the recipe and renamed it. ;) The Mrs. Dash seasoning really adds flavor. It's easy to double or triple.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Caramels

Printable Recipe



Mix:

4 cups sugar
2 pt. light karo syrup

Bring to a rolling boil and add:

1 lb. butter
1 pint whipping cream
1 large can evaporated milk

Have the butter cut into small chunks and ready. Add butter and cream a little at a time so mixture never is quite boiling. Cook to firm ball, test in cold water. Remove from heat and add 1 T. vanilla. Pour immediately into pans that have been greased and lined with nuts. Cut into squares and wrap pieces in waxed paper.

Holly’s Note:
This is one of my mom’s candy recipes. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without her treats. Just looking at the recipes brings back memories. These are melt in your mouth delicious. 



Monday, August 18, 2008

Noodle Casserole

Printable Recipe

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 cups of frozen veggies (whatever you like, broccoli, corn, peas, carrots, mix them all together), parboiled for one minute
1 cup of cooked noodles
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of mayonnaise
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 can mushrooms, drained
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 t. season salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 t. minced onion

Mix it all together and put in a 9 x 13 pan. Top with crumbled crackers (any kind will do, we like Ritz). Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Holly’s Note:
This is one recipe that a dear friend brought to us when I was on bed rest during one of my pregnancies. It’s good, easy and freezes well.



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies

Printable Recipe

1 c. shortening
1 c. peanut butter (chunky is best)
1 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
3 c. flour
1/8 t. salt
2 t. baking soda

Cream shortening and peanut butter, add sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Roll into small balls, place on cookie sheet and with a fork, press a criss-cross into each cookie. Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes.



Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pork Tenderloin and Veggies

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin

6-8 carrots
16-20 new potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
1 T. olive oil
2 t. rosemary
1 t. sage

Place pork and vegetables in a greased pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with herbs and some pepper.

Bake at 450 for 30-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165.




Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I won a giveaway...

I love giveaways, especially when they're books, and I love cookbooks.

From Adena at HomeSchool HomeEc, I recently won this fun book, "Cooking with Kids for Dummies." I need to be better at including my kids in the kitchen. They love it, but I lose patience. Sigh.

Adena's got a great site with lots of helps and hints and ideas. Check out her site.

Thanks Adena!

I'll review it here, after I've gone through it.

Scotcheroos

Printable Recipe

1 c. sugar
1 c. white karo syrup
1 c. peanut butter
6 c. rice krispies
1 6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1 6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together. Combine sugar and karo, stir until it boils. Add peanut butter and mix well. Add rice krispies. Pat ½ of mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the top. Cover with remainder of rice krispie mixture.

Holly’s Note:
I have such fun memories of our family camping trips and they ALWAYS included scotcheroos for snacks. I have no idea where the name came from.




Monday, August 11, 2008

Pasta Sauce

Printable Recipe


Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 (14 oz) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 small cans tomato paste
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown beef and sausage together.
  2. Drain.
  3. Add garlic and basil.
  4. Stir.
  5. Add tomatoes and tomato paste.
  6. Mix together and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Holly's Note:
This is the same sauce that is the base for my Best Ever Lasagna. I like to make the sauce alone, triple the recipe and then freeze it in 2-3 cup batches. It's easy to thaw for spaghetti or Penne Pasta Casserole.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Mixes

I love making your own mixes. My friend, Marne, posted some great info about making your own mixes. Thanks Marne!

Check out these links. I can't wait to try some of them:

Recipe Gold Mine
Cyber Kitchen