Friday, January 27, 2017

Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef
1 Cup Onion, diced
14 1/2 oz can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
2 cups Green and/or Red Bell Peppers
15 oz can Tomato Sauce
3 cups Beef Broth
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup cooked rice

Brown the beef with your onion in a skillet over medium heat.  Drain the beef and onions and place in your slow cooker.    Add the Rotel (juice and all) and the rest of the ingredients.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Spiced Pumpkin Scones

For Scones:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
8 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp molasses (optional)
3 Tbsp half and half
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla

Sugar Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 Tbsp half and half

Center a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Or spray with non stick spray.

Scones:  Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg together until blended.

Cut the butter into small cubes then scatter over the flour mixture.  Use two knives or a pastry cutter to "cut" the butter into the flour until the mixture resembled coarse cornmeal with a few pea sized bits of butter, about 5 minutes.

In separate bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, molasses, half and half, egg, and vanilla extract until blended.  Stir into the flour and butter mixture until a soft dough forms.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface.  Knead three or four times until it comes together.  Pat the dough into a 10 inch by 7 inch rectangle (use rolling pin) Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise then cut into 4 even pieces crosswise, making 8 rectangles.  Cut each rectangle into two triangles, making 16 scones.

Transfer scones to baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Glaze: Add the sugar to a medium bowl and then add 1 Tbsp of half and half.  Stir then judge the consistency.  If when you pick a spoon up and out of the glaze it slowly drizzles back into the glaze, it is fine.  If it is too thick add a little more half and half.  If it is too thin add more powdered sugar.

Dip each cooled scone directly into the glaze nad then place glazed side up back onto the cooling rack.

Chocolate Bark

16 oz dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups mini pretzels
8 oreos roughly chopped
1/3 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup M&M's
1/2 cup Marshmallows

Line baking tray with parchment paper; set aside.  Have all ingredients chopped, prepped, and ready to go before the chocolate is melted.  Coarsley chop the chocolate to encourage smooth melting.  Heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes, checking every 30 seconds to stir until melted smooth.  Pour melted chocolate onto parchment with a spatula and smooth into a large rectangle about 10x15 inches and about 1/8 inch thick.  Evenly sprinkle with oreos, pretzels, toffee bits, M&M's, and marshmallows.  After chocolate has set, break into pieces or chop with a knife.  Bark will keep airtight at room temp for many weeks and in the fridge or freezer for many months.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

1/2 cup (4oz) cream cheese
1/3 cup green salsa (optional)
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2  tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I like chicken cooked in the crock pot with salsa and taco seasoning)
1 cup grated cheese
about 20 flour 6 inch tortillas

Heat oven to 425 degrees.   Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
Heat cream cheese in microwave for 20 seconds.  Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions.  Add chicken and cheese and combine well.

Place 2-3 Tbsp of chicken mixture on tortilla.  Roll it up as tight as you can.  Place seam side down on baking sheet.  Lay all the filled tortillas on a baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other.  Spray tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle some salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Dishpan Cookies


2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups oil
4 eggs
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup quick oats
4 cups Special K cereal
1 bag chocolate chips


In a very large bowl cream sugars, vanilla, oil, and eggs.  Add flour, soda, and salt.  Fold in oat, Special K cereal, and chocolate chips.

Drop by 1/4 measuring cup onto ungreased cookie sheets.  This batter might be a little dry and you may have to moosh it together with your hands to get it into a ball when you put it onto the pan. 

Bake for ten to twelve minutes at 375, or until edges are lightly browned.  If you want them to be chewy bake a little less, crispy, a little more. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Egg Drop Soup

3 eggs lightly beaten
4 cups of chicken stock
1 Tbsp of cornstarch
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp white pepper
3/4 cup of mushrooms, chopped


Reserve 1/2 cup of chicken stock and mix with cornstarch until dissolved.

Place the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, mushrooms, and white pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.  Ad the cornstarch and stock mixture and stir.  Reduce heat to a simmer.

Slowly pour in the beaten eggs while stirring the soup.  The egg will spread out into ribbons.  Turn off the heat and garnish with a few more chopped green onions.  Serve immediately. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Creamy Cranberry Salad


12 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 6 oz raspberry jello mix
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple
3/4 cup orange juice
1 apple with peel, grated
1 cup whipping cream
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar


Process cranberries in blender or food processor.  Pour sugar over cranberries, stir to dissolve.
Bring 3/4 cup water to boil.  Stir in gelatin and cool.  Stir cooled gelatin into cranberries, add pineapple, Orange juice, grated apple.  Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Whip cream and beat in cream cheese and powdered sugar.

In glass serving dish layer half the cranberry mixture, then the whipped cream mixture, Then the remaining cranberry mixture.
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