Friday, June 20, 2008

Glaze Turkey Burgers

1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 Tbsp apricot preserves

1 beaten egg
1/4 cup quick rolled oats
3 Tbsp snipped dried apricots

1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 pound ground turkey

4 Sara Lee whole wheat hamburger buns
mayo, lettuce and tomato

1. For glaze, stir together mustand and preserves and set aside. In medium bowl combine egg, rolled oats, dried apricots, sald and pepper. Add ground turkey and mix well. Shape turkey mixture into 1/4 inch thick patties.
2. Grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill for 14 to 18 minutes. Turning once halfway through grilling and brushing with glaze during the last minute of grilling.
3. Serve burgers on buns.

Chicken and kiwi tacos

1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp kosher salt
8 oz. skinless, boneless chicken
1 tsp cooking oil

12 tortillas
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup Cheese

Salsa:
3 kiwi fruits peeled and chopped
1 small tomato chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice

1. In a small bowl combine cumin, and salt. Brush chicken breasts with oil. Rub chicken breasts with cumin mixture. Place each breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap and gently pound with meat mallet to 1/2 inch thickness.
2. For a charcoal grill, grill chicken on the lightly oiled rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn half way through cooking. No longer pink. Cool and slice chicken into strips.
3.In small bowl toss kiwi, tomato, and lime juice.
4. Assemble your tacos with chicken, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and kiwi salsa.

Easy Breadsticks

1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1Tbsp yeast (don't use little packets of yeast, doesn't work) Best with Saf Yeast
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Mix Dry ingredients first in a kitchen aid mixer, and than add wet ingredients. Knead for 15 minutes until it forms a ball. You may need to add more flour. Let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out and cut into 1 inch strips and twist two together. Put breadsticks on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Melt 4 Tbsp butter and add some garlic salt. Use pastry brush to put on breadsticks. Serve hot!

Gooey Toffee Butter Cake
By Paula Deen

Cake:
1 box lemon or yellow cake mix (lemon is better and not so rich)
1 large egg
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup almond toffee bits or chocolate toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9x13 pan.
For the cake: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. Pat into the bottom of the pan and set aside.

For the filling: Still using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Dump powdered sugar and beat well. Reduce the speed and slowly pour in butter. Mix well. Fold in toffee bits.

Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. I would recommend 40 minutes. Don't be afraid to make a judgment on the cooking time. You want the center to be gooey. Cool completely. Cut into squares. You can also put more toffee bits on top if you have any left overs.

Carmel Popcorn

2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup karo syrup
1 stick of butter
melt these ingredients in a pan on the stove until it comes to a boil. You want it to a firm ball stage.
Then add 1/2 can sweetened condenesed milk, a dash of salt, and 1 tsp vanilla.
pour over popcorn and mix well.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Things You Must Try!!!

So I have tried a couple recipies from the Picky Palate blog... and let me tell you they were delish!!! Everyone must try!!!
  • Cheesy Baked Mexi Rigatoni
  • Open Faced Lasanga Ciabatta's
  • Tempting Shredded Chicken Taquito's
  • Sugar Cookies

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kimberly's Strawberry Shortcake

1 white cake mix (yellow recipe is my favorite to use)
Make as directed

Mix together and then spread on cooled cake:
1(8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 pint whipping cream, whipped or unthawed cool whip container.
1 cup powdered sugar

Topping: 1 pkg. Junket Strawberry Mix (Make as directed for pie filling).
Then put sliced strawberries in it.
Drizzle on cream cheese layer till no white is showing and chill.

A Summer Favorite, ENJOY!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cafe Rio Pork, Dressing and Rice

This recipe is one of my all times favorites!! Honestly it's so good that if I was dying, this would be one of my last meals on earth : )

Cafe Rio Pork:

Café Rio Pork 6 lbs pork- (I got a great big pork shoulder roast, it was about 6 lbs)
1 16 oz bottle of salsa (as pureed as you can find it, no cheapy stuff)
2 cans of coke (you will need this throughout the cooking process)
2-½ cups brown sugar (approximate, depending on the how sweet you want it, this is just what I did)

Put pork in a fairly deep pan, I just used a metal cake pan that I had. I think the deeper the pan, the better. Then pour some coke on it, probably three fourths of a can. Pour the salsa over it, and then sprinkle the brown sugar all over. I sprinkled in on the sides, on the top too. As it cooks the ingredients will mix together without you doing anything. I also sprinkled a little garlic powder over the top. Cover with tin foil; try to make a little cave. Cook at 350 degrees for like 3 to 4 hours. Check it and periodically pour some more coke over it. After it’s been in the over for about 3 1/2 or 4 hours take it out and shred it a little bit. It won’t be completely done, so just shred it a little so that the juices can start cooking making it yummy. Recover, and lower the temperature to 300 degrees, put it back in the oven until completely tender and brown. Probably about 2 more hours. It should fall apart when it’s finished cooking. The cooking times may be different for you, than they were for me. Just check it every once and a while. Enjoy!!

Cafe Rio Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

1 packet hidden valley ranch dressing
2 tomatillos, (I would use 3 if they are small)
2 tsp limejuice
2 jalapeno peppers (cut off tops, rinse out all seeds, duh.)
¾ bunch cilantro
1 good-sized clove of garlic
Dash of salt and pepper

Make one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing according to directions. Put in fridge and let it set. While it’s setting up start pureeing your vegetables. The smaller the better. I just used my little processor, the same one you have. Put your vegetables in the blender as you finish each one. When all the vegetables are pureed, take your dressing out and pour it in the blender on top of all the veggies. Liquefy!! I just kept mixing it up on different settings until it was completely blended. You may have to stick a spatula in there a few times, I did. But eventually, it will blend. Put back in the refrigerator for a little while, maybe about 20 minutes. Yummers!!

Café Rio Lime- Cilantro Rice:

1 lb long grain rice
1 bunch cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
4 cloves of garlic

Chop garlic and cilantro. Heat 2-tblsp oil on skillet. Add rice and all chopped ingredients. Sauté 3-5 minutes. Stirring frequently. Put 4 cups water, limejuice, and rice mixture into a 3 quart sized pot. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed. To go along with this I make my own pico de gallo. Before we ate them we sprinkled mozzarella cheese and enchilada sauce over the top of the folded burrito, then we put them in the oven and let them broil for a minute. Mmhhhh, they were delicious. Then put your Pico and lettuce on the side and presto, you’ve got yummy Cafe Rio night!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Timmy's Breakfast Scramble

2-3 eggs
1/3 pound ground sausage
1/2 package frozen hashbrowns
Shredded cheese (optional)

1. Spray a small amount of cooking spray onto a large skillet and put on medium heat.
2. Cook hash browns until light brown, set aside.
3. Cook sausage until brown, drain, set aside.
4. In a separate bowl mix eggs with 2-3 tablespoons of milk, beat well.
5. Return both the hash browns and sausage to the skillet, increase to medium high heat, pour eggs evenly over the top. Continue stirring the mixture 15-20 seconds after the eggs are no longer runny.
6. Remove from heat and place in stomach.

Maria's Chili


1/2 to 1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion (or 4 tablespoons minced onion or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder*
1/4 teaspoon black pepper*
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1. In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender; drain fat.
2. Stir in kidney beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Makes about 4 servings.

Crockery Cooker Directions**
Follow step 1 above. Combine all ingredients in a 3 to 4 quart crockery cooker. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

*For spicier chili, use extra hot Mexican chili powder and/or add more to pepper taste.
**You may want to double the recipe for a crockery cooker. Makes about 8 servings.

(It's really good to eat this by dipping Saltine's in it rather than just using a spoon.)

Orange Julius

1/2 can frozen Minute Maid orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
ice cubes
sugar to taste

1. Pour frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, and water into blender. Blend well.
2. Gradually blend in ice cubes to obtain desired consistency.
3. Gradually blend in sugar until it's the sweetness that you like.

Makes enough for 2 full glasses

Smoothies

Directions for all smoothies:
Pour all liquid ingredients into blender. Add all frozen ingredients. Blend at low setting for 30 seconds, then blend at high setting until smooth. While machine is running, move a wooden spoon around counter-clockwise to aid mixing. (Be careful not to disturb blade at the bottom.) Serve immediately. Makes 3 to 5 servings.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup strawberry nectar or apple juice
1 cup milk
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup strawberry yogurt
1/3 packet vanilla pudding mix (optional)

Strawberry Lemon Smoothie
2 cups lemonade
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup strawberry yogurt

Lemon Louie Smoothie
2 cups lemonade
1 cup lemon yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup pineapple sherbert

Orange Banana Cream Smoothie
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 frozen banana (in chunks)
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

Piña Colada Smoothie
5 tablespoons coconut milk
2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 frozen banana (in chunks)
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks

Andes Mint Cookies

1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 (10 ounce) bag Andes Baking Chips*

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir in Andes Baking Chips. Cover and chill for approx. 1 hour.
2. Measure out approx. 1 tablespoon of dough, form ball, place on non-stick cookie sheet and slightly flatten.
3. Raise oven rack one level above middle and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.



*If you don’t have Andes Baking Chips available, substitute 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed Andes Mints. You can also do half mint chips and half chocolate chips to add more of a chocolate flavor.

B.T.S. Cake


1 chocolate cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 to 3/4 (16 ounce) jar hot fudge topping (to taste)
1/2 to 3/4 (16 ounce) jar caramel topping (to taste)
Cool Whip
2 or 3 Skor or Heath candy bars, crushed

1. Make and back chocolate cake according to directions on box. Let cool.
2. Thoroughly poke holes in the cake with a fork. Pour sweetened condensed milk, hot fudge topping, and caramel topping over entire cake. Let sit for several hours to allow ingredients to soak in.
3. Spread Cool Whip over cake, sprinkle with crushed candy bars, and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers.


P.S. If you don't know what the B.T.S. stands for, then just don't ask . . . because I'm not telling! I got this recipe from one of my old roommates.

Leavitt & Tyree Brownines

4 (1 ounce) squares Baker’s chocolate, melted
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, softened (not melted)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease (or spray with no-stick cooking spray) 13x19 inch pan.
2. In large mixing bowl, mix together margarine, sugar, and eggs. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Mix in flour and vanilla.
3. Spread in pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick comes out mostly clean (do not dry out brownies by over baking). Make chocolate frosting while brownies are baking.
4. Spoon frosting onto brownies immediately after removing from the oven. DO NOT SPREAD FROSTING until it is completely melted (it will turn a dark color of brown once melted. Allow brownies to cool until frosting has solidified before cutting.

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened (not melted)
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (a.k.a. powdered sugar - about 4 cups)
3 to 4 tablespoons cocoa
Milk

1. Put butter, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add about 2 tablespoons milk. Mix at low speed. Gradually add more milk (about 1 tablespoon at a time) and mix at medium speed until you reach a consistency you like. Frosting should be smooth, but not runny.

Alpine Villiage Soup

Soup:
2 quarts water
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons Accent
1 pound ground chicken (cooked)
1 medium onion, ground
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 to 3 carrots, ground
Yellow food coloring (optional)

Roux:
1/2 cup oil
1 cup flour

1. Boil all soup ingredients together for about 30 minutes.
2. To prepare the roux, heat oil until smoking, add flour and stir with a wire wisk. It should be the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add to soup and use the wire whisk to blend. Adjust color with yellow food coloring.


(Note: To avoid over salting, you may want to leave out the salt and celery salt until the end and then add them in to taste.)

Chicken and Rice Casserole

2 cups frozen veggies
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup water
3/4 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Mexican taste: In place of onion powder, use 1 teaspoon chili powder. In place of Cheddar cheese, use Mexican cheese.
Italian taste: In place of onion powder, use 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. In place of Cheddar cheese, use Parmesan.

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together cream of chicken soup, water, rice, veggies, and onion powder in a casserole dish. Add chicken pieces side by side.
2. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
3. Remove foil carefully and cut into chicken to be sure it is not pink. If chicken is done, top with cheese and return to oven (without foil) for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
4. Allow to cool before serving.

Creamy Chicken and Rice

1 cup frozen veggies
1 teaspoon minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1 bay leaf
1 can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
[or 1 (12.5 ounce) can of chicken for stovetop]

White rice (approx. 1/2 cup per serving)
Water (approx. 1 cup per serving)

Crockery Cooker Directions
1. In a 3 or 4 quart crockery cooker, stir together soup and water. Add minced onion, parsley, thyme, pepper, celery salt, and bay leaf. Stir together. Add frozen veggies and stir together. Add chicken breasts side by side.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
3. Approx. 30 minutes before soup mixture is done cooking, add rice and water to a pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Cover and let rice cook until it is tender (15 to 25 minutes).
4. Meanwhile, remove bay leaf and chicken from crockery cooker. Discard bay leaf. Cut or shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Return chicken to crockery cooker and stir.
5. To serve, pour soup mixture over rice.

Stovetop Directions
1. In a medium to large pot, stir together soup and water. Add minced onion, parsley, thyme, pepper, celery salt, and bay leaf. Stir together. Add frozen veggies and stir together. Shred up canned chicken and stir it into the mixture.
2. Cover and cook on medium-heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, add rice and water to a separate pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Cover and let rice cook until it is tender (15 to 25 minutes).
4. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving. To serve, pour soup mixture over rice.



(Note: I usually like to double this recipe, especially if cooking for more than two or three people.)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Can't stop eating it" Bean Dip!


one regular size can refried beans
one 8oz package cream cheese
one jar of your favorite salsa
two cups of your favorite shredded cheese

Layer ingredients in the following order into a 9X13 pan:
refried beans
cream cheese (spreads better if softened)
Salsa
shredded cheese

Cover with aluminum foil that's been sprayed with Pam
Bake at 350 degrees until warm and bubbly.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Buttermilk Syrup- You'll Never Want Maple Syrup Again!

Combine in a saucepan:
1 C. Butter
1 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Buttermilk

Stir until boils. Remove from heat.

Add:
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 t. Baking Soda

I got this recipe from my college cooking class. The recipe is from a lady named Michelle Ferre. I don't know who she is but holy smokes she makes good syrup!