Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30: Sesame Noodles

I love Sesame Noodles!

4 TB soy sauce
3 TB brown sugar
2 TB sesame oil
1/2 TB peanut butter
1 tsp hot chili oil
1 TB olive oil
1 TB white sugar
1 small can mushrooms, chopped
3-4 green  onions, chopped
1/2 TB sesame seeds
1 16 oz pkg Capellini Noodles (or angel hair or thin spaghetti)

Cook pasta according to pkg directions. While your noodles are cooking, combine all ingredients but the mushrooms, green onions and sesame seeds into a large mixing bowl. Stir until well incorporated. When noodles are done cooking, strain off all hot water. Immediately add the noodles to the sauce. Add the mushrooms and sesame seeds and toss. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28: Mexican Cornbread Salad

A co worker brought this salad to a work party a while ago. It is delicious!

1 6-8 oz pkg cornbread mix, 
     made according to pkg instructions and cooled
2 cups mayo
3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
2-3 TB freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 head torn iceberg lettuce or 2 heads Romaine lettuce chopped
1 14 oz can shoepeg or yellow corn, drained
1 14 oz can black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2-3/4 c finely chopped red onion or green onion
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 

Crumble cornbread into fine crumbs; set aside. Stir together the mayo, chili powder, salt, and chopped cilantro. In a 4 qt glass bowl or trifle dish, place half of the lettuce, then sprinkle with half the cornbread crumbs. Spread half of the mayo mixture on the cornbread layer. Layer half each of the corn, beans, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27: Macho Nachos

1 can refried bean
1 lg bag white corn tortilla chips
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can chili
(use vegetarian, beef, or turkey chili)
1 c shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 c shredded Cheddar cheese
1 c sour cream
1/2 c green onion, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1 jalapeno sliced

Preheat oven to 350. Have all ingredients prepared and ready to assemble nachos. In a small saucepan on low, heat refried beans. On a large oven proof platter, spread out tortilla chips and quickly put a teaspoon of hot refried beans on each chip. Working quickly, sprinkle with onions, jack cheese, and jalapeno slices. Spoon on chili and top that with Cheddar cheese. Repeat this layering process until ingredients are used up. Place chips in the oven at 350 until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and place on a heatproof surface. Top nachos with sour cream, green onions, diced tomato and jalapenos and serve hot.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 26: Leftover Chili Casserole

Now, do not hear the word "leftover" and run from this recipe. It is mighty fine.

In a blender, blend 10 oz pkg Fritos  (minus 1 1/2 cups) until it resembles corn meal.

Mix together:
1 sm can enchilada sauce
1 sm can tomato sauce
Ground Fritos
Place mixture in 9x13 pan.

On top of chili mixture, layer:
Sour cream
Cheddar cheese
Sprinkle 1 1/2 cup of reserved Fritos, lightly crunched up

Bake until warmed thoroughly and is bubbly.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25: Meatloaf (The Best)

I recently learned this secret to a great tasting meatloaf.

1 1/2 - 2 lbs lean ground beef
Mix ground beef with a variety of other ingredients like:
(I add whatever I have on hand.)
ground oats
fresh or dried bread crumbs
beaten egg
diced onion, celery, green pepper, garlic
grated carrot
sliced green onion
salt and pepper
Press into loaf pan.

The secret:
Put a layer brown sugar on top of meatloaf
Then a layer of ketchup.

Bake at 350 for about 1 hour or until done depending on size of meatloaf.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 24: Tasty Turkey Tacos

From "Live with Regis and Kathy Lee" comes this great recipe.

1 lb ground turkey
2 tsp cumin
3 TB chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c water
1 small onion
1 dozen corn tortillas

Brown turkey in oil. Add spices, salt and pepper. Add onion and water. Let simmer. Fry tortillas in oil. Fill with meat mixture. Add cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and salsa. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23: Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap

This is like the McDonald's chicken wraps. 
Grilled chicken or baked crispy chicken fillets, 
              diagonally sliced
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla shells
Honey Mustard Dressing

Heat the tortilla shells in microwave until soft. Add chicken, lettuce, cheese and drizzle with dressing. Roll up.

Honey Mustard Dressing:
1 1/2 c mayonnaise
1/4 c honey
1/4 sugar
1/4 c Dijon mustard
1/8 c chopped onion
1/2 c oil
Mix all ingredients in blender. Add oil last, added it very slowly as it blends.

April 22: Energy Balls

1 c honey
1 c powdered milk
1 c peanut butter
Mix together and shape into balls about the the size of a walnuts. Roll in coconut, chopped nuts or sesame seeds.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21: Cheese Potatoes

Here is another great potato side dish similar to funeral potatoes. This one uses  fresh potatoes and cream.

6 lg potatoes, peeled and sliced like julienne strips
2 c half and half cream or cream
2 tsp salt 
2 c grated Mozzarella  or Cheddar cheese
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese

Place potatoes in a greased 9x13 pan. Pour half and half cream or cream over potatoes to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Sprinkle with cheese. Foil pan. Bake at 400 for about 1 hour. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19: Gorp

I love Gorp on a hike. Enough said.

2 c dry roasted peanuts
2 c M&M's
1 c craisins or raisins

Optional things to add:
Almonds instead of peanuts
Chocolate covered raisins

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18: Fruit Dip

I have been craving this dip lately.  So yummy with all kinds of fresh fruit.

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, room temp
1 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix all the ingredients until combined.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17: BBQ Sauce

Got this recipe from Pinterest. Everyone loves it!

2 c ketchup
1 c water
1/2 c apple cider vinegar
5 TB light brown sugar
5 TB sugar
1/2 TB black pepper
1/2 TB onion powder
1/2 TB ground mustard
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently for 1 hour 15 minutes. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16: French Bread

From my favorite cooking blog "Jamie Cooks It Up"

1 TB shortening
1 TB salt
2 TB sugar
1 C boiling water
1 C cold water
1/3 c lukewarm water
1 TB yeast
5-6 C white all purpose flour
1 egg

Place the 1 C hot water in the microwave for 3 minutes to boil. Dissolve the yeast into the warm water. Stir it around until it is well mixed. Combine the salt, shortening, and sugar in the bottom of your Bosch mixer with a fork. The dough hook doesn't work very well for this. You need to smash up the mixture until it resembles corn meal. Pour the boiling water over the shortening mixture. Pour the cold water over the mixture. Pour the warm water and yeast into the mixer. Begin to add the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the side of your mixer. Let the dough mix for 8 minutes. 

Separate the dough into three parts and place on a a large jelly roll pan sprayed with cooking spray. Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes. Letting it sit will make it much easier to shape. Spread the dough out on the jell roll pan.  Roll the dough up. Then bring the ends over the top of each other and turn the dough over, seam side down. Do this to all 3 balls of dough. Spray a sharp knife with cooking spray. Make 3 diagonal slits on top of the loaf.  Make an egg wash by whipping the egg in a bowl til frothy. Cover loaves with egg wash.  

Place loaves in a 170 oven for 15 minutes. Turn the heat up to 400. Bake for 15 more minutes. Turn the heat down to 350. Turn the pans around in the oven and bake 10 more minutes. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15: Chocolate Layer Dessert

This dessert, known by many names, is truly divine.

1 recipe butter pecan crust
1 8 oz tub non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese, at room temp
2 c powdered sugar
2 6 oz pkg chocolate pudding
4 c milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 c whipping cream, whipped, flavored with sugar and vanilla
1 chocolate bar, grated

Prepare butter pecan crust and set aside. To prepare the first layer, blend together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in non-dairy whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate 2 or more hours. Combine pudding, milk and vanilla with an electric mixer at low speed until mixture begins to thicken. Spread on top of cream cheese layer and refrigerate overnight or several hours. Before serving whip the whipping cream. Spread on top of pudding layer. Garnish with grated chocolate. 

Butter pecan crust:
1 c chopped pecans
1 c flour
1/2 c butter, softened
Mix pecans, flour, and butter and press into 9x13 pan. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Cool. 

April 13: Peanut Butter Squares

This is a very yummy recipe from my sister Robyn.

1 c peanut butter
1/2 c melted butter
1 3/4 c powdered sugar
1/2 cello pkg graham crackers, finely crumbled
1 pk milk chocolate chips
Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar and graham crackers together. Knead. Put in 9x13 pan. Press flat. Melt chocolate chips and spread on top. Chill. Cut in squares. Store in fridge. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12: Texas Brownies

This recipe is a favorite from Grandma Scott.

2 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortening
1 c water
1/4 c cocoa
1/2 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the flour and sugar. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, water, and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling. Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar mixture. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Mix well, using a wooden spoon or high speed on electric mixer. Pour into a well buttered jelly roll pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until brownies test done in the center. While brownies bake, prepare the frosting.

1/2 c butter
2 TB cocoa
1/4 c milk
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth. Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as they are out of the oven. Cool. Cut into bars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 11: Asian Chicken Pasta

This recipe comes from a Kraft cookbook.

1 8 oz pkg spaghetti noodles
1 10 oz frozen cut broccoli
1 c salted peanuts
3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 16 oz bottle Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame dressing

Cut chicken breasts into bite size chunks. Saute in a bit of oil until chicken is done. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and frozen broccoli. Cook for about 8 minutes or until pasta is done. Drain. To the pasta and broccoli, add cooked chicken chunks, peanuts and dressing. Mix.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 10: Buttermilk Whole Wheat Pancakes

From my friend Kris who makes delicious whole grain recipes.
Whisk together in a bowl:
2 eggs 
1 c milk
2 c buttermilk
Sift into milk mixture:
2 c whole wheat flour 
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
Whisk together and bake on griddle.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 9: Frog Eye Salad

1 c sugar
2 TB flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 c pineapple juice
3 beaten egg yolks
1 box Acini de Pepe
2 11oz cans mandarin oranges
1 13 oz can crushed pineapple
1 13 oz can pineapple tidbits
2 8 oz Cool Whip
1 pkg colored mini marshmallows
Fruit: apples, bananas, maraschino cherries, fresh peaches and nuts, opt

Boil Acini de Pepe in water 10 minutes or until tender. Cool and blanch. Drain all fruit to make 1 3/4 c juice (add water if necessary). Combine 1 3/4 c juice, sugar, salt, flour and egg yolks. Boil over medium heat until thick. Add the Acini and refrigerate overnight. Next day add the rest of the ingredients, including canned fruit which was drained. 

April 7: Jello Cool Whip Salad

Fast, simple and yummy are some of the words that describe this salad.

1 6 oz pkg orange Jello
1 lb container cottage cheese
1 lg container Cool Whip
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained

Mix dry Jello with cottage cheese. Fold in Cool Whip. Fold in fruit.

Friday, April 6, 2012

April 6: Cake Batter Krispy Treats

A variation of an old favorite!

3 TB butter
1 10 oz bag of mini-marshmallows
1/3 c yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 container sprinkles
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in dry cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marchmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a  buttered baking dish and top with remaining sprinkles. Let set for about 30 minutes before cutting. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5: Springtime Oreos

My family loves "homemade" Oreos. And this is a version of that cookie but for springtime!

2 pkg white cake mix
1 c butter, softened
4 eggs
pastel food coloring
Butter cream or cream cheese frosting, homemade or canned

Mix together cake mixes, butter and eggs until well blended. Divide dough into as many colors as you want. Color dough. Form round balls of dough. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until  lightly brown on edges about 8-12 minutes depending on size of cookie. Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing. Spread frosting between two cookies. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4: Sunflower Easter Cake

I love this cake! I am going to make it for Easter this weekend. 

1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 cans chocolate frosting
19 yellow chick Peeps candies
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and waxed paper-lined 9 in round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; carefully remove waxed paper. Level tops of cakes. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake. Without separating Peeps and curving slightly to fit, arrange chicks around edge of cake for sunflower petals. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3: BBQ Chicken Pizza

From "Jamie Cooks It Up" comes this wonderful pizza recipe. 
Pizza crust
Toppings for 1 12 inch pizza
1 c grilled chicken strips, chopped
3/4 c Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
1 c Mozzarella cheese, greated
1 c Parmesan cheese, greated
1/4 c red onion, sliced
2 TB cilantro, chopped
Spread some olive oil on a stone or baking sheet. Place pizza dough on the stone or sheet. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, then spread it out to the corners of the pan. Pour the Sweet Baby Ray's over the top of the crust. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Layer with chicken, onions and the rest of the cheese. Dot the top with a little more Sweet Baby Ray's. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until  it is bubbly and the underside of the crust is golden. Sprinkle the cilantro over the top. Enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2: Apricot Freeze

This is an amazing recipe. My friend, Brenda, shared this with me while we lived in Boise. We were both into bottling fruit at the time and it is a great way to use bottled apricots.

Juice of three lemons (about 1/2 cup)
2 1/2 c apricot puree
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/2 c orange juice
2/3 c sugar

Combine all ingredients. Freeze in freezer bags or other container. Makes almost a quart. Blend in for smoothies or mix 1/2 and 1/2 with Sprite. Makes great popsicles.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 1: Crepes

A definite family favorite! There are many recipes for crepes. I simply love this one!

4 eggs, beaten
1 c flour
1 1/3 c milk
2 TB sugar
2 TB butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, flour, sugar and salt until smooth. Heat a medium-sized non stick skillet over medium heat. Grease pan with a small amount of oil applied with a brush or paper towel. Using a 1/4 c measuring cup, fill it scantly with batter and pour into hot pan, tilting the pan so that bottom surface is evenly coated. Cook over medium heat, 30 seconds or until golden brown, flip over and cook for another 15 seconds. Serve immediately.

Suggested fillings:
Sliced strawberries and whipped cream
Butter and powdered sugar
Nutella, bananas and whipped cream
Chocolate chips and chipped cream
Lemon pie filling/or lemon curd and cream cheese

March 31: Apple Crisp

Who doesn't enjoy of bowl of apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream? This is a great recipe. I made it recently for Young Women's Evening in Excellence and it was a hit.

Mix the following ingredients together and put in 9x13 pan.
5 1/2 cups peeled and sliced apples
1 TB lemon juice, soak the apple sliced in lemon water as you are mixing the other ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 TB flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix the following together and crumble on top of apple mixture.
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter

Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes.