Monday, August 7, 2017

Basic Cheesecake

Original recipe from Food Network.

Pictured: favorite cheesecake topped with broken blueberries.

  • 1 recipe graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 squares cream cheese, or 16 oz
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 t lemon juice
  • 1/4 t vanilla

  1. Press cracker crust into spring form pan. For a firmer crust, bake for an optional 10 minutes at 350.
  2. Preheat oven to 275. 
  3. Beat cream cheese in electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beat until smooth. Add sugar slowly. Beat until smooth. Add sour cream, juice, and vanilla, until well-mixed. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 80 min or until thermometer inserted reads 160. Let cool in oven to prevent cracking. 
  5. Top with whatever you love: hot fruit topping, caramel pecan topping, broken berries, apple butter, freezer jam, any ice cream syrup, etc.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Original recipe from All Recipes

Pictured: what remains of three pounds of baby back ribs, smothered in our favorite BBQ sauce.

This is Mark's birthday dinner every year. It makes him very happy. 😋

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs, trimmed 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 2 c barbecue sauce
  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour water into slow cooker. Layer the ribs into the slow cooker. Top the ribs with onion and garlic.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 8 hours).
  4. Transfer to grill and coat with barbecue sauce. Sear/smoke to desired crispness. Serve with extra sauce!
  5. Alternatively, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbecue sauce.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until the sauce caramelizes and sticks to the meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Broken Berries

Original recipe from Food Network.

Pictured: mostly eaten broken blueberries.

Perfect light topping for breakfasts like pancakes or oatmeal, and for desserts like ice cream and cheesecake. Enjoy!

  • 1 pint berries of choice, roughly chopped if desired
  • 1/2 t lemon juice
  • 1 T sugar
  1. In a small saucepan over med-low heat, combine ingredients. Heat, stirring occasionally, 5 min or until berries just start to break down. 
  2. Serve over pancakes, oatmeal, ice cream, cheesecake or mini cheesecakes, etc. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lemonade Crinkle Cookies

Original recipe from Jen's Favorite Cookies.

  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 1¾ c sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 t strawberry extract, optional
  • 5 drops red food color, optional
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4-1/2 c powder sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Beat together butter and sugar.  Blend in egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and optional strawberry and red food color (for pink lemonade flavor).
  2. Add dry ingredients, beat until smooth. Scoop some powder sugar into a small bowl.
  3. Roll dough into balls ½ " to 1" wide, then roll in powder sugar.
  4. Place onto cookie sheet 12-16 at a time, and bake 10 min.
  5. Let cool 1 min on cookie sheet, transfer to wire rack.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Braided Dinner Bread

Original recipe from Mel's Kitchen.

Pictured: braided dinner bread filled with broccoli, ham, and cheese.

  1. Make dough following bread instructions. Prepare fillings by sauteing vegetables and/or meat of choice.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet. After the dough rises, instead of shaping it into a loaf, roll it out to cover the cookie sheet. Working down only the middle third of dough, spread sauce of choice. Sprinkle with filling and cheese. Fold dough up on either end to prevent filling spilling out.
  3. Use a butter knife to cut across each side of remaining dough, from the filling to the edge, in 1-inch strips. Starting on one side, stretch dough strip across filling, alternating with a strip from the other side to give a braided look. Moosh the ends together to hold the innards. :)
  4. Preheat oven to 400. Spread braided dough generously with butter, or brush with olive oil. Let rise until oven is ready, then bake 20-25 min. Let cool 5 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
Filling suggestions:
  • ham and cheese: chop and saute 1 onion, 1 c broccoli, 1 c ham--use cheddar cheese and mayo
  • BBQ chicken: chop and saute 1 c chicken, 1/2 c onion, 1/2 c peppers, 1/2 c mushrooms--use mozzarella and BBQ sauce
  • veggie lover: chop and saute 3 c favorite veggies--use favorite cheese and pesto
  • pizza: chop and saute mushrooms, onions, peppers, and pepperoni--use mozzarella and tomato pesto

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pizza Rolls

Original recipe from What Lisa Cooks.

Pictured: rolled pizza rolls in the works, with one tray just ready rise before baking.

Fantastic for packed lunches. :)

  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough
  • 1 c pizza sauce of choice
  • shredded cheese of choice, to taste
  • parmesan cheese to taste
  • other toppings to taste, such as diced pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, olives, etc
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Roll dough on floured surface to create a cookie sheet-sized rectangle. Spread with sauce, cheeses, and toppings. Roll as for cinnamon rolls.
  3. Cut into ~20 rolls. Lay on prepared cookie sheet. Let rise 10-15 min.
  4. Bake 15 min or until cheese is bubbly and roll is golden. Let cool on wire rack and freeze if desired.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beef Stew

Original recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 c diced steak, cooked or raw
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c celery, chopped (~4 ribs)
  • 1 c carrots, chopped (~4 large)
  • 4 c potatoes, chopped (~3 lb)
  • 4-6 c broth (1-2 T beef bouillon)
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm oil. Saute vegetables and steak. If raw, saute until steak is browned. Mix in flour, then add 2-4 c water and mix until well combined. Simmer 1 hour.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, simmer 1 hour or until vegetables are soft. Remove bay leaf.
  3. Serve hot with crusty bread

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ooy Gooy Brownies

Original recipe from All Recipes.

Ooy gooy brownie topped with wipped cream and sprinkles.
  • 1/2 c oil
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, blend wet ingredients. Sift dry ingredients and add to wet.
  2. Pour into a 9x9 baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until preferred gooyness. ;) Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, frosting, or plain. Or make into a baked alaska