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.
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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

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cold & Smokey Chili Salad

Original recipe from Eighty Twenty. This is cool summer supper is full of fresh garden tomatoes.

Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c roughly chopped tomatoes, or 1 drained can
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t bouillon
  • 1 t liquid smoke
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 c dry white beans, cooked (2 cans)
  • 1 c dry pinto beans, cooked (1 can)
  • 1 1/2 c chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • opt: 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  1. Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a blender and buzz until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well. Add vinaigrette. Refrigerate before serving (3-4 hours).
  3. Serve with optional chips, cheese, sour cream, and/or chopped cilantro.

Friday, July 15, 2016

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Original recipe from: The Novice Chef.

  • 1 c butter (2 cubes)
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2/3 c white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t maple extract
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 t soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 c white chocolate chips (generous)
  • 1 c coarsely chopped macadamia nuts (generous)
  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Beat together butter and sugar.  Blend in egg, vanilla, and maple extract.
  2. Add dry ingredients, mix until smooth. Stir in nuts and chips.
  3. Place spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet.  Bake 12 min.
  4. Let cool 2 min on cookie sheet, transfer to wire rack.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Food Storage!

I had a fantastic time at an emergency expo last Saturday sharing insight on food storage preparation and management. This is what I handed out!

Does it shed some light for you? What would you like to see in more detail?

The links don't work on the picture, so here they are again:
preparation tips
eat in season
water storage
fresh sprouts
dried tomatoes
homemade tortillas
price comparison