Monday, January 13, 2020

Neufchatel Spread

I love this idea.  It is a recipe you can use ingredients the way you like.  With an 8 oz. chunk of
Neufchatel (similar to cream cheese only softer) combine any - or all - of the following finely chopped ingredients::

red bell pepper
red onion
fresh dill weed

Combine thoroughly, chill, and use to spread on crackers or bagels.  Another great way to get vegetables into your diet!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Always a favorite - Peanut Butter- Hershey's Kisses Cookies

Who doesn't just love these cookies?

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup Crisco
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
granulated sugar
3 dozen Hershey's Kisses

Preheat oven to 375.

In mixer, combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, Crisco, and egg.  Gradually add flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Mold dough into one inch balls and roll in sugar.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake until edges are light brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediate top each cookie with a Hershey's kiss.

It's important to have the chocolate pieces unwrapped and ready to top each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Cranberry Bundt Cake

This is one of my favorites and makes a nice holiday dinner dessert.  I like my Lodge Cast Iron bundt pan because of its nonstick properties.  I always use a can of baking spray (Pam is one brand) that makes the cake just slide out totally unblemished!  Choose the one that contains flour.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon flour
2 sticks unsalted butter softened to room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine 2 1/2 cups flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  Mix well to combine.  Set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon flour to the cranberries and mix well.  Set aside.

In mixing bowl, combine 2 sticks butter and 2 cups sugar.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Next add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.

Mix in 1/2 the flour mixture until combined and add 1/2 cup sour cream.  Mix well.

Add in remaining flour until just combined, scraping sides of bowl.  Gently add cranberries.

Bake in center of oven for 50 to 55 minutes, using the toothpick test for doneness.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  Turn out onto cooling rack and let it cool completely before adding glaze.

Combine the glaze ingredients and whisk well.  You may add more sugar for thickness or more orange juice to thin.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Super Greens

I saw this dish demonstrated in Wegmans today and I'm anxious to try it.  It is one of those recipes that has no exact amounts of ingredients.  A taste test proved it's one I like.

Start with olive oil and finely chopped onion in a saute pan.

Next add mushrooms and cook till soft.

Add chopped garlic and stir for a minute or two.

Now add one or a combination of dark leafy green chopped fresh vegetables:  spinach, kale, beet greens for example. When these are almost wilted, add a few drops of soy sauce and heat through.

Serve over rice or pasta.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

This is an old, old recipe.  Don't remember where I first found it, but it is one that is a tasty delight.

Pork Chops - enough to serve everyone

Coat meat with flour, ginger, salt and pepper

Brown the chops in oil, then remove from the pan.

Saute chopped onion and garlic in the pan you browned the meat in.


1/2 cup beef broth
1/3 cup chili sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

Bring this to a full boil.  Then simmer pork chops in the liquid till done.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Chocolate and Beet Bundt Cake

Admittedly the name doesn't sound appealing, but this is one you must try!  I especially like making bundt cakes.  You have one pan and drizzling a glaze over the top of the finished cake is quicker than adding frosting.  I use my Lodge cast iron bundt cake pan.  I'm a fan of cast iron in the kitchen and cakes just fall right out of this one.

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
2 cups pureed beets
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
confectioners sugar

Steam beets until soft.  Puree in food processor.

In microwave, melt chocolate and 1/4 cup butter.  Stir until smooth.  Cool.

In large bowl, cream remaining butter and brown sugar.

In small bowl, combine chocolate mix, beets, eggs and vanilla.

Beat into creamed mixture.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add to creamed mixture.

Pour into prepared bundt pan.  Bake at 375 for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle top of cooled cake with confectioners sugar.  Or, as I did, make a glaze with 1 tablespoon water, 1 cup confectioners sugar and about 1/4 cup of the pureed beets.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Strawberry Pineapple Bread

This is probably my favorite quick bread.  I tend to get in a rut making banana nut bread just to use up bananas that are over ripe.  It goes together quickly and makes two loaves.

1 1/4 cup chopped or pureed strawberries
1/2 of 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine strawberries, pineapple, eggs, oil and sugar.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix flour mixture into the fruit until evenly moist.  Fold in nuts.  Divide batter between two pans.  Bake about one hour or until toothpick inserted into loaf comes out clean.  Cool on rack.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Pot Roast Recipe

I just put a pot roast in the oven that I am excited about.  It was demonstrated on TV yesterday and I just had to try it!  I ran to my freezer in the basement and pulled out a roast to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

First, brown the roast on all sides in olive oil and garlic.  Place in a dutch oven.

Chop up:  pearl onions, carrots, mushrooms, baby red potatoes, and celery.

Empty out your spice rack!  I tossed together:  salt and pepper, basil, oregano, garlic salt, and paprika

Combine the vegetables and the spices.

Mix together chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine.  (Not sure why chicken broth with a roast!)  Roughly a few splashes of Worcestershire, a cup of chicken broth and a cup or two of the wine.

Place the vegetable mixture around the roast in the dutch oven.  Pour the liquid mixture over and around the roast and vegetables.

Bake at 425 for half hour or 45 minutes.  Turn oven down to 325 and bake 3 to 4 hours.

This could also be cooked in a crockpot.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Texas-size Muffins

These are great tasting with lots of nutritious ingredients.  You'll need a "Texas -size" muffin tin.

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots
2 apples, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup raisins
3 eggs
2/3 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices and salt
Add in carrots, apple, coconut, nuts, raisins.  Thoroughly combine.
Mix together the eggs, oil,orange juice, and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients.
Fill muffin liners to the top.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

New Ways With Green Beans

I've never been excited about green beans.  Other than using them in three bean salad, I consider them a blah vegetable!  Then I found this recipe.  Try it!  It really puts pizzaz into them!

Saute beans in olive oil.  Then add soy sauce and brown sugar and cook a few minutes more.