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« on: July 17, 2008 01:03:53 PM »

Favorite Recipes Gallery of Goodies

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taloola <--> MandyLikesPie
myklia <--> bezoona
koalascout <--> KimberlyPye
RondaS <--> hotfudge
perlabella <--> aml
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macreede <--> mamarose22

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« Last Edit: September 13, 2008 09:32:40 AM by serendipity_sarah » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008 02:35:00 PM »

Here are the awesome items that love2teach sent me!  She did such a thoughtful thing with the cookbook!  I'm so glad I'll have all of our recipes at my fingertips forever!

You can see the cookbook; a little leather album with an apron and some mixing bowls decorating the front.  She also sent a rolling pin recipe holder - it's really cute!  Isn't the notecard she sent with the package adorable?  The back of it has a recipe for chocolate mousse on it!

Here is a pic of the inside of the cookbook.  She typed out all of our recipes!  How faboo is that?!

Thank you, love2teach!  Your package for me is awesome and I'll use it all repeatedly!!

San Antonio Style Tortilla Soup
Serves 9-10
Ideal slow cooker size: 5-quart

1 TBSP. Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 14.5-oz. cans fat free/low sodium chicken broth
2 15-oz. cans stewed tomatoes
1 TBSP. jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds to reduce heat)*
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 cups (about 1.5 lbs.) boneless, skinless chicken breast, uncooked and cubed
2 cups water
2 TBSP. cilantro (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-6 hours.

Serve hot with shredded cheddar cheese, fried corn tortilla chips and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

*I use 2 whole jalapenos unseeded, but this makes a SPICY soup.

Per serving (without add-ons): 320 calories (50 calories from fat), 6g total fat (2g saturated, 0g trans), 30 mg cholesterol, 390mg sodium, 44g total carbohydrate (5g fiber, 7g sugar), 22g protein, 10%DV vitamin A, 10%DV vitamin C, 30%DV calcium, 15%DV iron.

DH and I just had this Tuesday night.  The leftovers are as good or better than when it is first served.  I love that it has the authentic Mexican flavor my DH is looking for, but doesn't have the grease and calories that old-school tortilla soup has.  I got the recipe from the book, Fix-It and Forget It Lightly.

"Italian" Chicken

6 - 8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken breasts
1 cup black olives, sliced
4 Bay leaves
8-16 cherry tomatoes,  halved
8 oz. Italian dressing
2 envelopes onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup vermouth or white wine (water can be substituted)

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Place chicken in a foil-lined 9" x 13" casserole dish.  Spread other ingredients evenly on top.  Bake for 1 hour or until chicken is fully cooked.  Remove bay leaves and serve.

This recipe is from my grandmother.  I wasn't a decent cook until I met DH, so cooking this simple dish seemed out-of-reach for me until recently.  DH loves it, so it is now a regular meal on our rotation.  I've also adapted it to make it slow-cooker compatible.  The pic below is from last Friday.  This is the slow-cooker version with bone-in chicken and summer squash from our garden added.

Cappuccino Muffins

Espresso Spread:

4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a food processor or blender, combine the spread ingredients; cover and process until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.  In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, stir milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved.  Add butter, egg and vanilla; mix well.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.  Bake at 375*F for 17-20 minutes or until muffins test done.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  Serve with espresso spread.  Yield: about 14 muffins (1 cup spread).

These muffins are special to me.  My DH's boss and wife, with whom we're great friends, got married on April 12, 2007.  They were both 40.  It was his first marriage and her second.  Their romance was a whirlwind and we couldn't have been happier for them.  (When I first met him I thought, "perpetual bachelor".)  Well, they started trying to conceive right away and agreed they'd stop trying on their one year anniversary.  They had one month left to conceive when she found out she was pregnant.  I made these for the first time to celebrate her pregnancy.  These are divine.  I got the recipe from Taste of Home magazine.

Black Bean Bow Tie Salad

8 oz. uncooked bow tie pasta
2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
cup fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
teaspoon salt
1 medium zucchini
1 medium sweet red pepper
1 medium green pepper
1/3 cup red onion

Chop all vegetables into uniform cubes.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse with cold water and drain; set aside.  In a small saucepan, bring broth and garlic to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for five minutes or until garlic is tender.  Cool slightly.  Transfer to a food processor and add cup black beans, cilantro, lime juice, oil, tomato paste, oregano and salt; cover and process until smooth.  Transfer to a large serving bowl.  Add the pasta, zucchini, peppers, onion and remaining beans; toss to coat.  Refrigerate until serving.  Yield: 10 servings.

This is a wonderful pasta salad for summer.  It has a very delicate flavor and is nice for a cool snack on a warm day.  I got it from Taste of Home online.  The pic below is of a batch made up for our yearly church salad supper.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2008 02:15:47 PM »

Here is the lovely hand-dyed/handwoven basket that krazy4katz sent me! I love love love it - it's going in my living room this weekend. Smiley She said that the red color is made from china teas and onion skins and the tan color is from hazelnut coffee. Isn't it purty!

Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Pizza
- 1 premade whole-wheat pizza crust (I got mine at Whole Foods)
**Pizza crust stretches easier at room temperature. I usually buy mine same-day and leave it out while I'm prepping everything else and it does the trick.
For pan/dough prep: 1/8 cup flour, 1 tbsp. EVOO
SAUCE (makes enough for 2 pizzas, so you'll be able to store some):
- 2 tbsp. EVOO
- 1/2 Sweet Onion, chopped*
- 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
- 19 oz. Roasted Red Peppers (I used a 12 oz. and a 7 oz. jar), drained and chopped*
- 1-1.5 tbsp. crushed red pepper
- 1 tbsp. basil
*The chopping can be larger chunks; I usually just do strips.
TOPPINGS (for one pizza):
- 1 cubanelle pepper, "cored" and sliced in rounds
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (not the ones soaking in water, the freeze-dried ones)
- 1 cup feta cheese (or more, to your taste)
- 1/4 cup romano cheese, shredded lightly (I use a microplane)

- Preheat oven to 450 degrees (I have a conventional oven in New England, adjust other ovens as necessary)
- Heat 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat.
- Saute the onions, and as they start to heat press the garlic cloves into the pan.
- When the onions have started to become translucent (approx. 5 min.), add the roasted red peppers, crushed red peppers, and the basil. Heat for 2-3 min., remove from heat.
- Cut the top off of the cubanelle pepper, remove the inner seeds and slice in circles until you run out of pepper. Set aside.
- By now the onion/pepper saute should be cooled slightly. Put all contents of the pan into a food processor and process until it looks like a sauce (approx. 1 min. or so).
- On a cookie sheet, pour approx. 1. tbsp. EVOO and spread with a brush (or spoon) to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Remove the pizza dough from its packaging and sprinkle both sides with flour. Stretch the dough on the cookie sheet; don't worry if it doesn't touch all the edges,  you don't want it to have holes. I usually get it to touch the 2 shorter edges and about 2-3 inches away from the longer edges of a standard cookie sheet. If it's not at room temperature or close,  be prepared to fight to get it where you want to be before you add the toppings.
- Scoop half the sauce onto the pizza
- Distribute the cubanelle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and romano cheese evenly across the top of the dough.
- Cook in your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

(Makes 4 servings of 2 slices each)

Yummy & Easy Crock Pot Chili
- 3 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion
- 1 green pepper
- 3 ribs celery hearts
- 2 cans beans (1 each chickpeas, kidney)
- 4 tsp chili powder
- tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 4-5 turns fresh ground pepper
- 3 small cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 small can tomato paste
- 1 cup water

- Brown/drain beef
- Chop the onion, pepper, and celery
- Drain & rinse all beans
- Put all ingredients together in a crock pot and combine. (Don't drain the tomatoes!)
- Cook on high for 5 hours. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese.

Yummy Marinade for Meats
This tastes best with beef or chicken. I haven't tried it with pork.
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup EVOO
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dry minced onion
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. lemon peel (you can buy it dried some places, else 1/2 tsp. lemon zest)
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

- Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix
- Place 1 lb. meat in large ziploc bag.
- Pour marinade over meat.
- Close bag securely and shake the bag over the sink (just incase!) until the meat is well covered
- Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour. Cook meat on grill or broiler as usual.

Nana's Super Easy Mac & Cheese
This is the easiest thing in the world to make, and it is soooo good and addicting.
- 1 - 1 lb. box of ziti (without lines)
- 1 big can (28 oz?) of whole tomatoes
- 16 slices of orange american cheese (NOT sliced thin! I usually use the individually wrapped because it's a good thickness)

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cook ziti according to package directions and drain
- Open the can of tomatoes (DO NOT DRAIN!!) and with a steak knife cut the tomatoes in the can roughly into quarters or eighths (usually I just put the knife in and drag it across the can, pushing the tomatoes on the side so that they cut).
- Combine the ziti and tomatoes (in their juice) in a large bowl
- In a large casserole pan or 9 x 13 deep baking dish, layer: half ziti/tomatoes, 8 slices cheese, other half ziti/tomatoes, 8 slices cheese
- Cook in 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, until top layer of cheese is melty and bubbling.
- EAT!!!

Ingredients: (Makes 2 sandwiches, so invite a friend over or half the ingredients and put the remaining apples/cukes in the fridge for tomorrow)
- 4 slices of your favorite bread (I used oatnut because it's my new bread obsession)
- 1 cucumber, sliced into 1/4 inch slices (peeled if you want, I like 'em with the skins)
- 1 apple, sliced into 1/4 inch slices/wedges (again, peeled if you want, I like 'em with the skins) **Make sure to toss them in a bit of lemon juice or they'll go brown!**
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, divided (or vegan soy-cheese equivalent - cheese or cheese-like product is optional)

- Distribute the sliced cucumbers on two slices of bread (you may have some left over, just eat 'em on the side... all depends on the size cuke you have)
- Distrubute apple slices on top of the sliced cucumber layer (again, you may have leftovers)
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp parmesan cheese on each sandwich (if you want!)
- Cover the sandwiches with the other slices of bread. Serve with your favorite sandwich side.
I would imagine that this would be tasty with a dash of plain black pepper and/or cinnamon as well. If you try this - let me know!
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2008 06:18:14 PM »

Here's the lovely oilcloth mat made for me by thefranz (and modeled by my bed, because the kitchen's still a mess from my move Embarrassed) for easy cleanup when working with messy food! And she included oilcloth print recipe cards, too. I love everything, big thanks to thefranz for a fun swap!

Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies (makes about 40)

2 sticks ( pound) butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
cup sugar, plus more for coating cookies
cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, or 12 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350*

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat butter, vanilla, sugars, and egg until light and fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in small bowl and whisk together. Stir dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture in two batches. Stir in chocolate pieces. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into 1 inch (3cm) balls and coat in sugar. Place well-spaced on baking sheets. Bake about 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets.

This is quite possibly the perfect chocolate chip cookie. It stays soft and gooey on the inside, and the sugar coating keeps it crunchy and chewy on the outside. The recipe I adapted this from also called for candied chilies, which is definitely worth trying at least once:

Candied Chilies
cup water
cup sugar
3 fresh red Thai chilies, finely chopped

Stir water and sugar in small pot over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add chilies, boil 2 minutes; cool. Strain, discard syrup. Add to cookies with chocolate chips.


Chocolate Bread Pudding (serves 12-15)

1 loaf day-old brioche, challah, or other good quality white bread (about 1 pound)
4 cups Half & Half
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
8 large egg yolks
cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325*

Cut bread into 1 inch cubes. Fill a 9x13 glass baking dish with the bread. Bring the Half & Half to a boil and remove from the heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Combine sugar and yolks in a large bowl, whisking to combine. Very slowly pour chocolate mixture into egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly, until fully combined. Add vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

Pour chocolate mixture over bread. Cover with plastic wrap and press down to make sure all bread pieces are thoroughly soaked. Let sit for 30 minutes. Bake until set, about 35 minutes.

I work at a bread bakery and get to take home as much leftover bread as I want at the end of every day, so believe me when I say I've tried an awful lot of bread pudding recipes. This is one of my favorites because it's so easy to make and tastes like a decadent chocolate dessert. I've been known to add a little extra chocolate, mixed in with the bread pieces sooo good!


Blueberry Crumb Cake (serves 9)

4 Tbsp ( stick) unsalted butter, room temp, plus more for pan
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
tsp ground allspice
cup sugar
1 large egg
cup buttermilk
1 cups blueberries, picked over, rinsed, and patted dry

Preheat oven to 350*

Line 9-inch square pan with foil. Butter foil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and allspice. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk in alternating batches, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until just combined. Fold blueberries into the batter. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with streusel topping recipe follows. Do not press streusel into batter. Bake 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Streusel Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
cup packed light brown sugar
tsp salt
cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, work in the butter until large, moist crumbs form. Larger crumbs will ensure they form a crisp topping rather than melting into the batter. Refrigerate until ready to use.

This is a delicious breakfast bread, especially loved by the adults in my family, because it's not too sweet, as most breakfast pastries are these days.


Lamb Biryani (serves 4)

cup plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp cayenne
tsp ground cumin
tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 pound boneless lamb, cut into -inch cubes
3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
tsp ground cardamom or coriander
tsp turmeric
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 cups long-grain white rice, preferably basmati
2 cups water
1/3 cup raisins or dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped cashews, almonds, or pistachios

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, and tsp salt. Stir in the lamb. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, rice, and remaining 1 tsp salt. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the lamb mixture to the pan. Stir in water and raisins. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until the rice and lamb are almost done, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in the cashews.

This recipe is just delicious, I have all of the ingredients in my house about 90% of the time, and it takes substitutions really well. For example, if I don't want/have lamb, I substitute -inch diced carrots (follow same directions as for lamb) or chicken breasts (boil rice mixture for 10 minutes, then add chicken, cook for 10 more, continue as directed). A fast and easy one-dish meal.


Spinach with Orzo and Feta (serves 4 as a side)

pound orzo
1 pound spinach, trimmed and chopped
cup chopped fresh mint
cup crumbled feta cheese
1 to 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
Coarse salt and fresh-ground pepper

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the orzo according to package directions. Stir in the spinach until wilted. Drain. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Such a quick and easy side dish, there's almost no prep involved, and it has a really bright, fresh flavor. It's yummy at any temperature, which makes it really good for potlucks and barbecues.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2008 08:28:40 AM »

CraftADDchick sent me a fabulous, thoughtful crafty package! I think she read my mind - or at least magically guessed at the state of my cookbook bookcase....

It's a cookbook/recipe review kit! I have the worst time remembering where my favorite recipes are, so this will be a HUGE help Smiley

The inside pages let me sort by category, book, author, recipe, page #, rating, and even let me include any comments (extra helpful, because I have a tendency to adapt recipes). Oh, and the rating system? 0-5 cooking pots. Awesome.

Did I mention it's organized into types of dishes? I'm in love with this!

Thanks, Craft - this rocks! Smiley

Summer Sausage/Veggie Pasta

1 zucchini, sliced thinly
1 yellow squash, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, sliced
medium onion, sliced thinly
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced in half
3-4 links precooked chicken sausage, sliced in rounds
pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
cup marinated black olives, sliced in half (optional)
Olive oil (1 turn of pan)
pound penne or rigatoni pasta (cooked)
teaspoon Kosher salt
  teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
Shredded Parmesan (optional)

Heat olive oil in large pan. Saute onion and garlic for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and sausage. Cook until sausage is heated through. Serve on top of pasta. Top with Parmesan if desired.

(This is also known as Whats in the Fridge? pasta around my place. Substitute nearly any of the ingredients you choose if you dont like them, and its also good without the sausage. I do like the olives, because they give a nice seasoning to the other ingredients, but marinated artichokes would also be really good. The cumin was a happy accident - I just really like it, and it added a nice depth to the other ingredients.)

Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini
(serves 4)

1 pound new potatoes
2 carrots
2 small zucchini
Olive oil
Whole-grain mustard
1 bunch fresh rosemary (or 2 pinches dried rosemary)
Kosher salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Heat oven to 400 degrees. As it heats, quarter the potatoes. Peel the carrots. Cut the carrots and zucchini into roughly 2-inch sticks. Mix them in a bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons whole mustard, the rosemary, teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and teaspoon pepper.

Layer the vegetables on the bottom of a baking dish. Top with the seasoned chicken. Roast for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken and toss the vegetables. Continue roasting for 10-15 minutes.

(The recipe can also be frozen in individual-serving-size bags for nights when you dont want to deal with chopping and cooking. If the ingredients are frozen, increase the initial roasting time to 25 minutes and the post-turning time to 20-25 minutes.)

Artichoke Hearts and Mushroom Bake
(serves Cool

2 cans whole artichoke hearts
2 lbs fresh mushrooms
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
cup olive oil
1 cup flavored breadcrumbs
cup parmesan cheese

Drain artichoke liquid and slice hearts in quarters. Clean and slice mushrooms. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil at the bottom of a covered casserole dish. Arrange artichoke hearts on the bottom. Top with a layer of sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with of the breadcrumbs. Repeat the layers at least once. Finish the top layer of breadcrumbs with the remaining oil and top with the parmesan. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and brown the top till golden in color. Serve. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2008 03:27:23 PM »

Here's the goodies I received today from Songs4Drowning. I love this little chicken!! I can't wait to try a few new recipes she sent too.  Grin

Here they are together. I cute little chicken dressed timer and an earth toned recipe book. I love the colors.

Here's the chicken timer. Don't you think it's so cute? Her feet and beak sparkle, but you can't see it in the pictures.

Here's her back side and one of my fur babies Miss Roxy Brown Dog. She's the one that always has to sniff out all my swap packages!! Silly girl.

Coffee Cool Blast

1 C. Milk
1 T. Chocolate Syrup
1 t. Instant Coffee-I used hazelnut
6 ice cubes, you may need a few more depending on size
Mix in a blender until smooth. Pour into cups and top with cool whip.
Serves 2.

Watergate Salad
My Grandma makes this each holiday. Yummy

1 20 oz can crushed pineapple with juice-do not drain
1 3 1/2 oz box pistachio pudding
1 8 oz cool whip
1 C. mini-marshmallows

Mix well & chill.

Baked Beef Stew

1 to 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
5 to 7 potatoes, peeled & cubed
3-4 carrots, sliced-I use a small bag of baby carrots as is.
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 T. parsely-sometimes I add Italian seasoning instead.
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 14oz can beef broth

1. Combine the meat, veggies in a medium sized roasting pan.
2. In a med. size bowl combine tomato sauce, beef broth & seasoning. Mix well, pour over meat and veggies. Cover pan with the lid to bake.
3. Cook at 350* for 3 hours.
Serves 4 to 6.

Add salad and bread for a complete meal.

Taco Salad

1 lb ground beef
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package taco seasoning-I use Lawry's
1 15oz can kidney beans, undrained-I've also used pinto beans
1 small can sliced black olives
1-2 tomatoes, diced
a few green onions, sliced
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese
shredded lettuce
crushed tortilla chips-we've also used flavored Doritos
hot sauce
sour cream

Brown ground beef and garlic in skillet, drain. Mix in beans & taco seasoning and cook as directed.

When ready to serve, layer salad on your plate. Lettuce,  crushed chips, meat mixture, cheese, tomatoes, olives, green onions, hot sauce, sour cream & guacamole.

Peanut Butter Fudge

1 16oz jar marshmallow cream
1 C. peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
Put into a warm bowl and mix thoroughly.

2 C. sugar
2/3 C. milk
In a med. size sauce pan mix sugar & milk, cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage. Pour over peanut butter mixture and mix quickly and pour into a buttered 9x9 dish.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

In a gallon size zip lock bag mix
1/4 C. olive oil
3 T. soy sauce
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. minced garlic
1/2 t. thyme

Add 2-3 Portobello Mushrooms. Marinate for 2 hours.

Grill stem side down for 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and grill top side for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.

This is what I made  for Songs4Drowning

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I recieved a super cute muffin shaped dish cloth!  The colors match my kitchen perfectly.  Thank you so much!!!!!!

Puppy Chow

1 Package (16 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts (optional)
6 cups corn cereal (Crispix, or Corn Chex)
1 cup powdered sugar

1. In large microwave save bowl, melt chocolate at high 1 minute.  Stir and heat 30 seconds longer at high or until melted when stirred
2. Stir in peanut butter and peanuts
3. Gently stir in cereal until evenly coated
4. Place powdered sugar in a large plastic zippered bag, add coated cereal, close  bag and toss until evenly coated

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator


1 package large Marshmallows
1 14oz package of Caramels
1/2 Cup Condensed Milk
1/2 cup Butter or Margarine
1 box Crispy Rice Cereal

1. Freeze bag of marshmallows
2. In a double boiler combine caramels, condensed milk, and butter stirring until melted
3. Dip frozen marshmallows in melted caramel until completely coated
4. Roll in rice cereal
5. Place on waxed paper until set

Only take a few marshmallows out of the freezer at a time to dip and set
Use two forks to dip marshmallows in caramel and roll in cereal

Birds Nest Cookies

1 1/3 cups Flaked Coconut
2 Sticks Butter or Magarine softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups (approximately) candy coated chocolates

1. Preheat oven to 300*F
2. Spread coconut on non-greased cookie sheet and toast in oven stirring occasionally until lightly golden, about 25 minutes
3. Increase oven tempeture to 350*F
4. Whip butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in egg and vanilla
5. Add flour and salt, blend into creamed mixture
6. Form dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and roll in coconut
7. Place on cookie sheet and make indentation in the center of each cookie with thumb
8. Bake 12 to 14 minutes
9. Cool cookies completely and add candy coated chocolate candies to indentations as the birds eggs

Parmesan Potatoes

2-3 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup oil
Garlic Salt
Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper

1. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil
2. Add potatoes and boil for 10-15 minutes or until they slide off a fork easily
3. Cool, cut into cubes, and spread out on cookie sheet
4. Brush oil onto potatoes
5. Sprinkle with all seasonings (as little or as much as you want)
6. Broil until brown and crisp


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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2008 10:54:49 PM »

Chicken Cordon Bleu
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices cooked ham
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Cooking Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 7x11 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.
3.Sprinkle each piece of chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on top of each breast. Roll up each breast, and secure with a toothpick. Place in baking dish, and sprinkle chicken evenly with bread crumbs.
4.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven, and place 1/2 cheese slice on top of each breast. Return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove toothpicks, and serve immediately.

Homemade Chicken noodle soup from my great grandma Korr

One whole boiled chicken
1 egg
1/2 egg shell of milk (mix together)
1 cup flour
3 cans campbells cream of chicken soup
3 cans swansons chicken broth

cooking directions:
Boil chicken (I do it before and let it cool down so I can shred it easier) Shred into bite sizes add to the soup pot
  In a bowl add 1 egg and 1/2 egg shell of milk, mix together, slowly add 1 cup flour. add more flour if too sticky.On a floured serface, Roll out super thin and cut noodles VERY thin (once cooked they triple in size)

Add broth and let cook on medium untill noodles are fully cooked

Spanish Flan
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. make sure to cook in a water bath
Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes. Let cool completely.
To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

Here are the "finger-tip mitts" Serendipity_Sarah Sent me!!! I love love love them so much!!! The fabric is PERFECT!! its all famous places in California! I have never seen this fabric and I love it!! These are perfect for pulling out some COOKIES!!! Thank you so much Sarah! Thanks for the letter as well!

Don't mind the messy hair and ZERO make-up !!! Attack of the pot holder!!!

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If you live in So. California (LA,OC,SD) message me... I want to put a little craft group together!!!
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2008 05:47:30 AM »

Here's the lovely gift that Kimberly_Star sent me...

It's a clipboard to place recipes on while I am cooking.

Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Prep Time:  30 minutes  Total Time:  8 hours or overnight   Servings:  24

1 3/4 cups cold milk
1 package (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
24 graham crackers
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter

Pour milk into large bowl.  Add pudding mix and whisk until well blended.
Add peanut butter and mix well.  Fold in Cool Whip.
Layer 8 graham crackers on the bottom of a 9" X 13" baking dish.  Top with 1/3 of the filling mix.
Repeat layers making sure the top layer is graham crackers.

Microwave chocolate and butter on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. 
Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended.
Spread immediately over graham crackers.

Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.  Store in refrigerator.

Low Fat Zesty Shrimp and Pasta

Prep Time:  10 minutes   Total Time:  25 minutes  Serves:  6

8 ounces linguine, uncooked
3/4 cup reduced fat Italian dressing, divided
2 cups fresh mushrooms
2 small onions, thinly sliced
14 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 pound large shrimp, uncooked, shelled and devained
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Cook past as directed on package.
Heat 1/2 cup of dressing in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add mushrooms, artichoke heats and onions.  Cook for 3 minutes or until onions are crisp-tender.  Stir occasionally.
Add shrimp and parsley.  Cook for two minutes or until shrimp are pink and vegetables are tender.
Drain pasta and return to pot. 
Add shrimp mixture and remaining 1/4 cup dressing.  Toss lightly.
Sprinkle with cheese.

Terrific Tuna Melt

Prep Time:  5 minutes   Total Time:  8 minutes   Serves:  1

1 can (3 oz.) white tuna in water, drained, flaked (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1 pita bread (6 inch)
3 tablespoons  mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh vegetables ( cucumbers, carrots and/or radishes), finely chopped

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400F. Mix tuna and cream cheese spread; spread onto bread.
Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with vegetables.

Summer Tomato and Crab Salad

 Servings:  6

2 1/2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 pound cooked crab meat
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and white pepper to taste
3/4 cup low fat or regular sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped dill
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Put tomatoes, crab, chives, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper into a large bowl and toss gently to combine; set aside. Stir together sour cream, dill, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Spoon tomato and crab salad onto plates and serve with dollops of the dill sour cream on the side.

Nutrition Info
Per serving (about 11oz/311g-wt.): 110 calories (15 from fat), 1.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 9g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 18g protein

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cinnamon teal
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2008 09:12:14 PM »

BetNoir sent me an awesome package!

First, the cute packaging:

She made me two adorable mini mitts!  I love them!

And she also sent some homemade biscuits for my pup.  Don't let the picture fool you.  The second I released him he gobbled up the biscuit and went looking for more!  Grin

Thank you so much, BetNoir!


Curried Chicken and Vegetable Soup:

1/2 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup olive oil
8 cardamom pods (green)
12 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 T Corriander
1/8 t cayenne
1 t curry powder
1 breast chicken, cut into small pieces
1 quart chicken broth
1 bunch kale, chopped
3 small carrots, chopped

In a large pot, heat olive oil over high.  Add the onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potato.  Fry until onions start to turn golden - stir to keep them from burning.  Add cardamom, cloves and bay.  Fry for about 5 min - till cardamom pods get puffy.  Add coriander, cayenne and curry powder.  Fry for about 15 seconds to a minute.  Add the chicken and continue stirring until it's no longer pink.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add the kale and boil for about 10 min.  Add the carrots and boil until just soft.  Turn off heat and let cool for about 10 min.  Enjoy!

Tomato and Pesto Pizza:

Make the pizza dough (see recipe below).  While the dough is rising, make the pesto (recipe below). 

Dust a baking sheet with corn meal and stretch and roll the dough out to the size of the baking sheet.  Spread the pesto (see recipe below) over the crust.  Place mozzarella slices over the pesto.  Top with tomato slices (about 4-6 medium sized tomatoes) and onion (1/4 - 1/2 red onion, thin sliced half rounds).  Sprinkle with minced garlic (1-2 cloves) and drizzle olive oil over.  Sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper and dry thyme.  Bake till the crust is golden and the cheese has melted and is starting to turn golden and crusty in parts (10-20 minutes at 475). Let cool for 10 min or so - that's some hot cheese!

Pizza Dough (slightly modified from Joy of Cooking)

Combine in a large bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer and let stand until the yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes:
  1 1⁄3 cups warm (105 to 115F) water
  1 package (2 1⁄4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  2 1⁄2 to 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  1 cup whole wheat flour
  2 tablespoons olive oil
  1 tablespoon salt
Mix by hand or on low speed for about 1 minute. Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or with the dough hook on low to medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer the dough to a bowl lightly coated with olive oil and turn it once to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place (75 to 85F) until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours. Preheat the oven to 475F. Grease baking sheet and dust with cornmeal; or place a baking stone in the oven and preheat it for 45 minutes.
Punch down the dough. Roll into a ball and let rest, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for 10 to 15 minutes. Prepare the desired toppings.

Pesto from Simply Recipes

      2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
      1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
      1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
      1/3 cup walnuts
      3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
      Special equipment needed: A food processor
1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Makes 1 cup.

Crockpot Chili

In a medium skillet, fry until golden:
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 4-5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 dried chile pasilla, chopped (you can sub any large, med-mild dried chile)
- 2-3 tbls olive oil
Remove from skillet and put into food processor (or blender) along with 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes. Process until mostly smooth.
Add sauce to crockpot.

In skillet, fry up
- 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
along with
- chili powder (2-3 tablespoons)
- cumin (1 Tbls or so)
- coriander (a couple teaspoons)
- dry mustard (1 Tbls, or so) - you can also use prepared mustard
Stir to break apart beef continue frying until cooked through.
Add to crockpot.

Toss the following ingredients into the crockpot also:
- 1 (14 oz) can kidney beans - drained and rinsed
- 1 (14 oz) can black beans or pintos - drained and rinsed
- 1 (14 oz) can corn (optional)
- 1 bottle or can of beer (12 oz)
- Another can of diced tomatoes
- Meat or poultry broth to cover (I often don't need any at all)

Cook on low for 6 hours or so.

Serve topped with grated cheddar.

Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip Scones
(recipe modified from the Joy of Cooking)
(reposted, hope y'all don't mind!)

preheat oven to 400

whisk together thoroughly:
- 2 c all purpose flour
- 1/3 c sugar
- 1 T baking powder
- 1/2 t salt

cut in using pastry blender:
- 6 T butter cut into small pieces
do NOT over mix - it should look like bread crumbs, not paste!

stir in:
- 1/2 c chocolate chips

whisk together and add all at once:
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 c heavy cream

Mix together with a rubber spatula until all dry ingredients are moist.  Then get your hands in there in knead it a few times to form it into a ball.  Don't worry if it doesn't all stick together but try to get it mostly into one single ball.  Then turn it out onto an ungreased baking sheet and using your hands, form it into a 3/4 inch thick round.  Cut it into 8 wedges and brush the tops with some heavy cream.  Then brush them a second time.  Finally, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake for about 15 min, until the tops are lightly golden, but before the bottoms turn dark and burn.
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the franz
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008 09:53:36 AM »

My Awesome Package from RedMenace

Thank you soo much RedMenace!
My Recipes

"Faux" Crabcakes

I swear these taste exactly like crabcakes only you don't have to go through the hassle of picking crabs!  A great dish for vegetarians too!

2 Large Zucchini
1 Egg, beaten
1 TBSP Mayonnaise
1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
2 TSP Old Bay Seasoning
~1 CUP Plain Bread Crumbs
Vegetable Oil

1. Grate the zucchini into thick shreds and drain using paper towels. 
2. Mix together the grated and drained zucchini, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay and bread crumbs in a large bowl adding bread crumbs as needed, until you have mixture that will easily hold together.
3. Form the mixture into patties and set aside
4. Pour ~1/4 inch of vegetable oil into a deep skillet (cast iron is best) and heat on medium high
5. Fry the zucchini cakes for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
6. Drain the oil off the cakes on a papertowel and serve warm with either seafood of tarter sauce.

Mountian Dew Cake
Kinda like serendipity_sarah's Bundt cake only lemony.

1 box of lemon cake mix
1 3.4oz box of lemon pudding mix
1 12oz. can of Mountian Dew
3/4 cup of oil
4 eggs

Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a well greased bundt or tube pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 for 45 to 50 minutes

Eggplant Rollatini

By far my most favorite meal!

1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 Bay leaf

2 cups plain dried bread crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 large eggplants, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant and lightly browned. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season with Bay leaf,Italian seasoning, salt, sugar, and pepper. Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large shallow dish, stir together the bread crumbs and flour. In a separate dish, whisk together the eggs and cream with a fork.
3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs. Fry each slice until golden brown in the hot oil, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
4. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto one side of each slice of eggplant. Roll up, and place in the baking dish seam side down. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the rolls. Cover the baking dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2008 11:28:37 AM »

Here's what I received from taloola! Thanks, taloola!  Kiss Kiss Kiss

Orzo Salad
(from Giadia De Laurentiis)

4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups red and yellow teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
About 3/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint, and enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve at room temperature.

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
(Yield: 1 3/4 cups)

Rhubarb Crisp
(from Everyday Food)
2 pounds rhubarb, sliced crosswise 3/4 inch thick
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, combine the rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup flour; set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine remaining 1/2 cup flour and the butter. Pulse until the butter pieces are pea-size. Add brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Sprinkle over rhubarb.
Bake until rhubarb is tender and topping is golden, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Winter Minestrone
(from Giadia De Laurentiis)

*This takes a little while to prepare, but oh my gosh, is it tasty!*

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound Swiss chard, stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
1 russet potato, peeled, cubed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
2 (14-ounce) cans low-sodium beef broth
1 ounce piece Parmesan cheese rind
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, pancetta, and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and potato; saute for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and rosemary sprig. Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes break down, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend 3/4 cup of the beans with 1/4 cup of the broth in a processor until almost smooth. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth, and Parmesan cheese rind to the vegetable mixture. Simmer until the potato pieces are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in the whole beans and parsley. Simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard Parmesan rind and rosemary sprig (the leaves will have fallen off of the stem.)

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

Fettuccine all'Alfredo con Prosciutto di Parma
(from Rachael Ray)

1 (12 ounce) package egg fettuccine
1/3 pound prosciutto di Parma
2 tablespoons butter
1 to 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1 cup (3 healthy handfuls) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 pinches ground nutmeg or about 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Coarse ground black pepper
A pinch coarse salt

Bring salted water to a rolling boil for the pasta and cook to package directions for al dente pasta.
Slice prosciutto ham into thin strips across. Separate ham ribbons and loosely pile them up and set aside.
Preheat a large skillet over moderate heat. Drain the pasta. Add the butter to the pan and melt. Add half-and-half to the melted butter. Stirring constantly, add cheese and cook sauce 1 minute. Season with nutmeg, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Turn off heat under sauce and add pasta to the skillet. Toss pasta until sauce coats the noodles evenly. Add prosciutto ribbons and toss to evenly distribute them.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
(from Rachael Ray)

1/2 baguette or crusty long loaf bread, sliced (12 pieces)
2 large cloves garlic, cracked away from skin
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
3 small plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
20 fresh basil leaves
Coarse salt

Preheat broiler to high, (if you prefer you can also grill the bread). Place bread slices on a broiler pan. Char bread on each side under hot broiler, keep an eye on it! Rub toasts with cracked garlic and drizzle with oil. Chop seeded tomatoes and place in a small bowl. Pile basil leaves on top of one another and roll into a log. Thinly slice basil into green confetti and loosely combine with tomatoes. Add a drizzle of oil and a little coarse salt to the bowl and gently toss tomatoes and basil to coat. Pile toasts around the bowl of topping. Place a spoon to scoop topping in bowl and serve.

More to come!
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2008 09:49:17 PM »

Checkout the AWSOME dishclothes Cinnamon Teal sent me!  It's hard to tell from the pic but one is a paw print and the other a kitty face!  I LOVE THEM!!!  She also sent the pups some dogs treats.  Thanks so much
for being a great swap partner!


Abbys Favorite Peanut Butter Puppy Treats

1 cup lactose-free milk         
1 cup all natural peanut butter      
2 cups whole wheat flour         
1 cup chopped oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-2 cups yogurt chips (optional*)

Preheat oven to 400
Mix milk and peanut butter in a large bowl until smooth
Combine flour, oats, and baking powder in a separate large bowl
Gradually add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture
Knead dough by hand, add small amounts of milk if dough is too dry
Roll out dough to thickness on lightly floured surface
Cut out treats using a dog bone cookie cutter

Bake treats on un-greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes.  Turn the oven off, but leave treats in the
oven to dry out for 1-2 hours.  Store treats in airtight containers or in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

* Optional: Once the treats are completely cooled, melt yogurt chips in the microwave. Dip of
each treat into melted yogurt and place on wax paper to harden. 

Pimento Cheese
3 oz cream cheese (softened)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1cup shredded Monterey jack
cup mayo
3 tablespoons pimento chopped
salt, pepper,  garlic to taste
3 dashes of Worcester sauce

Blend the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Mix in all the other ingredients by hand.
Store in the fridge.
Best if made the day before.

Irish Oatmeal (Vegan Friendly)
2 cups water or soy milk
cup Irish oatmeal (steel-cut) oats
1/8 teaspoon salt
Apple Raisin topping

Bring water to a boil in saucepan.
Add oats
Cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes
Add salt.
Lower heat to medium-low
Continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
Remove from heat and set aside for 2-3 minutes. 
Serve with apple Raisin Topping

Apple Raisin Topping for Oatmeal:
1 apple quartered cored and cut into bite size pieces
cup raisins
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium pot, combine all ingredients, bring to a low boil and simmer on medium-low for about 10 minutes, or until apples are soft.

This recipe is fairly quick to make. You'll never eat instant oatmeal again!

Ultimate Banana Pudding
2   3.4 oz Boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
3   Cups Milk
16 oz. Cool Whip
 8  oz. Sour Cream
1   Box Vanilla Wafers
2   Bananas

Use mixer to blend instant pudding and milk until thick
Add cool whip and sour cream to pudding
Layer bananas, wafers and pudding in bowl.

This pudding is a family favorite.  Anytime I take it to a potluck - I always get asked for the recipe!

NEW ADDITION!!!  Stuffed Green Peppers

6 large green peppers
1 pound ground beef
2 tablesppons chopped onion
1 cup cooked rice
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cut tops off green peppers and remove seeds and membranes
Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain completely.

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown and drain hamburger.  Add onion, cooked rice, salt, garlic salt and tomato sauce, heat on medium high until bubbly.

Stand green peppers up in large ungreased casserole dish. 
Stuff each pepper with beef mixture.
Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes
Uncover, sprinkle cheese over the stuffed peppers, bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and staring to brown.

This is a regular meal for my family.  We have it at least 2-3 times a month.  It's an easy. no-fail recipe that tastes great everytime.  ENJOY! 

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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2008 03:27:59 AM »

These are the fantastic produce bags I received from Bezoona.  I'm so excited too, because in a couple of days I need to go to the grocery store to get carrots, cucumbers and green onions (I'm making sushi), so I can use them.

First, the bags:

Now with my garden goodies in the bag.  The big one has my huge zucchini and the smaller one has some of my tomatoes (yum):

Thank you super super much bezoona.  You were an excellent partner and your first swap was wonderful (now I just hope you like what I'm sending you Embarrassed)


3 med           Cucumbers
1 cup       Plain low-fat yogurt
1 tbsp       Fresh lemon juice
1 tsp       Ground cumin
1 tsp       Dried mint leaves

Peel cucumbers, cut in half, discard the seeds and slice thinly.  Mix remaining ingredients together, then add cucumbers and stir together.

Servings 4, Calories 37, fat 0, protein 3g, sodium 46g


This sandwich is a healthier version of a sandwich I used to love to eat at a coffee shop and the sandwich was called four cheese and tomato sandwich.  This is a two cheese version.

2 slices   Whole Wheat Bread (I like the Bakers Inn
2 tbsp      Light (or fat-free) cream cheese of your
1 tbsp      Light (or fat-free) Miracle Whip or mayo
         Mozzarella slice
                   Tomato slices
         Cucumber slices
         Onion slices
         Any other vegetables you want
         Lettuce of your choice

On one slice of bread spread the cream cheese.  On the other slice put the Miracle Whip or mayo.  Put your lettuce on top of each slice of bread.  On the mayo side put your mozzarella slice.  On top of the other slice of bread, layer all your vegetables.  Top with the slice of bread with the Miracle Whip or mayo.  Cut your sandwich in half and enjoy.

AJAR (from recipesource.com)

3 tbs          Rice Vinegar
1 tbs          Sugar
tsp         Salt
1 dash       Black Pepper
1 med        Cucumber, peeled
cup        Red Onion, thinly sliced
2 tbs          Cilantro
1 small      Red or Green Chili

In a medium bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until sugar and salt are dissolved.  Quarter the cucumber lengthwise.  Remove the seeds.  Cut quarters crosswise into 1/8 inch thick slices.  Add cucumber, onion, cilantro, and chili to vinegar dressing; toss until combined.  Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.


8 oz            cream cheese
8 oz            sour cream
Spoonful      mayonnaise
2 tsp           curry powder
1 tsp           ground cumin
2 tsp           fresh lemon juice
1 tsp           salt
1/2 tsp        turmeric
2/3 cup       chopped celery
1/2 cup       scallions

First mix the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise.  I find an electric mixer works best.  Add the remainder of the ingredients (without using an electric mixer) and mix together.  Cut up some fresh vegetables and enjoy the dip.  This recipe is from the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  I doubled the recipe (because I absolutely love it). (edit: I don't think the above is double the recipe, I just autimatically do it anyways Smiley)


1 cup   Cucumber peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup   Mayonnaise
1     Garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp   Parsley, minced
1 tbsp   Chives and/or Scallions, minced
1 cup   Yogurt, plain non-fat

Stir together cucumber, mayonnaise, garlic, parsley, chives and pepper.  Fold in yogurt.  Chill.


You can find the recipe and see the picture at http://gourmetish.blogspot.com/2006/06/my-tomato-peace-tart.html
Tart Crust
1 cups       All-purpose flour
stick (6 tbsp)   Cold unsalted butter, cut into -inch cubes
2 tbsp         Cold vegetable shortening
2 tbsp         Freshly grated parmesan
tsp         Black pepper
tsp         Salt
2 to 4 tbsp      Ice water

Blend together flour, butter, shortening, parmesan, pepper, and salt in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) until mixture resembles course meal with some roughly pea-size lumps.  Drizzle 2 tablespoons ice water over and gently stir with a fork (or pulse in food processor) until incorporated.

Gently squeeze a small handful:  If it doesnt hold together without falling apart, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring (or pulsing) after each addition until incorporated, continuing to test.  (Do not overwork dough, or it will become tough.)

Turn out dough onto a work surface and divide into 2 portions.  With heel of your hand, smear each portion once in a forward motion to help distribute the fat.  Gather both portions of dough into 1 ball, and then pat into a disk.  Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, about 1 hour.  Preheat oven to 375. 

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable rim (I didnt have a tart pan, so I just used a pie pan and it worked just fine).  Roll rolling pin over top of pan to trim dough flush with rim.  Lightly prick tart shell all over with a fork.
Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights or rice (I used rice, it does work well for this purpose).  Bake in middle of oven 20 minutes.  Carefully remove foil and weights and bake until golden, about 15 minutes more.  Cool in pan on a rack.


Several cloves of roasted garlic
Leftover homemade pesto (you can buy it in the store, but look and make sure you recognize the ingredients so it is natural)
Fresh mozzarella (log-style is best) that has drained over paper towels to release moisture
Tomatoes of your choice, seeded
Fresh basil

The author didnt, but I did put in caramelized onions.  I will incorporate that into the recipe, but you can leave it out if you want to.

Preheat the oven to 400-425 degrees.  Spread the roasted garlic evenly over the bottom of the crust.  Spread a thin layer of pesto along the bottom of the crust.  Lay thin slices of fresh mozzarella over the bottom of the crust.  Be sure to fill in spaces with shredded fresh mozzarella.  Then what I did was put the caramelized onion on top of that and more cheese on top of the onions.  Not a thick layer, just spread thinly.  Arrange slices of tomatoes on top of the mozzarella but be sure to get ride of any excess moisture on the tomatoes.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted, the crust has browned, ad the tomatoes have withered a bit (but dont look mushy).  Take a paper towel and soak up any moisture/water that may have been released during baking.

Sprinkle with sliced fresh basil.

PANZANELLA (Italian Bread and Tomato Salad)

6 cups   Day-old crusty peasant-style bread, cut or torn into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup         Olive oil
       Sea salt and pepper, to taste
3 cloves      Garlic, minced
cup         Olive oil
2 tbsp          Balsamic vinegar
4 medium     Tomatoes, cut into small wedges
cup          Red onion, sliced
10      Fresh basil leaves, shredded
cup         Pitted green olives, halved
1 cup          Mozzarella (marinated if you like), cut into bite-size pieces

Preheat oven to 400F.  In a large bowl, toss bread, 1/3-cup olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.  Lay bread out on baking sheet and toast in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Remove bread from oven and cool slightly.  Whisk together cup olive oil and vinegar.  In a large bowl, stir together bread, tomatoes, onion, basil, olives and mozzarella until the salad is combined.  Stir in vinaigrette.  Let salad sit for 20 minutes or so to allow bread to absorb dressing and for flavors to blend (depending on how crisp or soft you like your bread) and serve. 

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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2008 08:38:38 AM »

here is the radtastic chicken hot pad that mandylikespie sent to me! isnt it awesome!!! it so fits in my kitchen and house in general! if only you guys knew how many chickens i have around! anyhow, here it is! i love it!

German Pancake aka Dutch Baby
This is my favorite breakfast ever!!! My grandma taught me this one!

4-6 servings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Butter/grease a large cast iron pan or the equivalent.

Ingredients: (these are approximate as i make this without measuring!)
6 eggs
1 T. sugar
1.5 tsp of salt
2/3 C. flour
2/3 C. milk
2 T. soft butter
1/2-1 tsp. vanilla

for serving: lemon wedges and powdered sugar...

Beat your eggs and mix in all ingredients in a bowl. Pour contents into your greased cast iron pan. Stick in oven on the middle rack so heat is distributed evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Then decrease heat to 350 degrees and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve with lemon wedges and sprinkled powdered sugar on top!

i like to add berries or other fruit (warm apples are good too)...enjoy!


Cream of Asparagus Soup
approx. 8 servings

1-1/2 lbs asparagus
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Leeks (cleaned and sliced)
3 Cloves Garlic
6 C. Chicken broth
2 C. Milk
salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the tough ends of the asparagus stalks. Cut asparagus into approx. 1 inch chunks.

In a large pot, heat oil. Saute your leeks until tender. Add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add about 3/4 of your asparagus and all of the chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and partially coverpot. Simmer until your veggies are tender and soft...about 20 minutes.

Stick your soup into a blender and puree. return it then to your pot. Add milk and stir. Add the rest of your asparagus so there are asparagus chunks (if you dont like chunky, you can cook all the asparagus as stated earlier)! simmer for a bit. Salt and pepper to taste. enjoy!

This last recipe is kind of difficult to explain but sooooo worth it....it is a lovely combo of flavors and is so good during the summer...or whenever really!

Green Papaya Salad (or can substiture papaya with cucumber)
(This recipe is from my sister in law...this salad is awwwesome. This recipe is not exact as i learned to make it by just tossing it together without measuring...feel free to do the same depending on the flavors you want to stand out the most.)
 *note that the papaya used is NOT ripe. It is green papaya.*

1 med. Green Papaya (I typically get this at Asian produce markets or Owajimaya if you have one) or 4-6 decent sized cucumbers, cut into thin shreddy slices!
Thai Hot peppers (as many as you think you can handle-perhaps start with one or two and work your way up. i use about 6-8.)
3-4 Cloves Garlic (leave skins on)
1 lime (quarter wedged)
1-2 large Tomato (diced or sliced)
1 handful of fresh green beans (chopped into about 1-1/2 inch pieces)
dash of salt.

To prepare your papaya: peal the green skin off with pearing knife or pealer. now, you can grate the papaya with a grater...but this makes for kind of a mushy salad...(this next part is hard to explain but here goes...) i basicly make shreds of papaya by holding the papaya in my left hand and tapping on the outer part of the papaya with a big knife til shreds are coming off of it. the shreds are usually a couple inches long and about 1/8 of an inch wide...there is no concise way to explain this! do this till you have plenty of papaya to feed your crew! i usually only use about 3/4 of the papaya. Put aside for now.

In a mortar and pestle pound your garlic and peppers and dash of salt into a paste. Add green beans and pound your green beans til they are bruised but still intact. Add lime wedges, papaya shreds and tomatoes. Mash/pound altogether. Stir with a spoon as you pound so the papaya and other ingredients absorb all the flavors...

(This salad is typically served with sticky rice...but you can enjoy it alone or with fresh green lettuce leaves etc. you can also add peanuts...and sometimes i add a bit of fresh cilantro to it which is delicious as well!)

*if you dont have a mortar and pestle: cuisinart your garlic and peppers and salt together to make a paste. mix in a bowl with your green beans and mash em til their bruised. Squeeze limes into mix and toss the skins in and mash em up a bit to get some of that flavor out. Add papaya and tomatoes and mash and stir it all up real good trying to mix all the flavors together.*


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An apple magnet and an apple dishcloth

OK, reserving to put my recipes as soon i as remember where i put them around the house.

Spritz cookies (from my grandmother)
1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour

I usually use a spoon and just drop them on a greased cookie sheet evenly spaced roughly the same size for even cooking. Bake at 420 for 8 minutes or until brown.

Boiled cookie (from an aunt on my mom's side)
cross between candy and a cookie

2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 a pound margarine
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped nuts (whatever nuts you like)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter (optional)

Cook sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa for 1 1/2 minutes. Starting counting when mixture reaches a full rolling boil (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and add oats, nuts, vanilla, and peanut butter (if desired). Beat well until blended. Spoon onto wax paper. Let them seat overnight to set up. May take a few tries to get it right.

Pecan Cake

2 cups butter or margarine, softed
1 (16-oz) package light brown sugar
6 large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
3 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped pecans

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
Dislove coffee granules in 3 tablespoons hot water; stir in milk and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. fold in pecans. pourbatter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.
bake at 325 for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. cool on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.

Eggrolls (American)

1 package of coleslaw mix
1 package of alfalfa or bean sprouts
1 package of seasoning blend (bell pepper, onion, celery)
1 pound of ground meat (beef, chuck, turkey, pork; which you prefer)
1/2 cup kikomann soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic salt or minced
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1 or 2 packages of egg roll wraps

i use a big pot so i don't have as much to clean up later. first fry your ground meat until done with or without seasoning blend. then you add coleslaw mix, sprouts, season blend (if you didn't cook it with the meat), soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Let cook for about an hour or until it looks done. After mixture is done. Take an egg roll wrap lay it out on a diagonal put about a tablespoon of mixture and roll it up similar to a burrito. then you put them in a fry daddy for a couple of minutes to cook wrapper until brown.

i am estimating on spices and soy sauce i usually just put it in i don't measure for this one.

German Potato Salad

5 lbs potatoes
1 package bacon
1 onion (tennis ball size)
6 eggs
German or white wine vinegar
a dash of yellow mustard (approx. 1/2 teaspoon) to taste
chopped peppers (optional)
chopped pickles (optional)

OK, first of all we don't measure when we make this, this is roughly the amounts we use to make it and it feeds approx. 6 adults (4 of those guys)

1.    boil potatoes until tender approx. 30 minutes, drain, cool, and slice or dice (whichever you  prefer)
2.    cook bacon until done, drain it a little bit, crumble or cut it up. keep bacon drippings you will use it as well
3.    chop onion, you can sautee in the bacon drippings if you would like to
4.     hard boil the eggs, drain, peel, slice or dice (whichever you prefer)
5.     combine everything, season to taste

You should be able to find the German vinegar at an international market

Mardi Gras King Cake Cup Cakes

1 box of yellow cake mix (follow directions and be sure to have eggs and vegetable oil on hand or whatever the directions call for on the package)
Paper cup cake pan liners

Prepare the cake batter according to package directions and spoon into the paper cup cake pan liners. Bake according to the directions on the package. Remove from the even when baked and cool.

Once the cup cakes have cooled, insert a plastic baby into the top of the cup cake. Gently press it into the cup cake. Spread the icing on top being careful to cover the hole made by inserting baby. Sprinkle green, purple and gold (or yellow) sprinkles liberally over top.


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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2008 03:48:33 PM »

I got my package from my wonderful partner hotfudge!

A zen hot pad and a woodburned wooden spoon with a lotus blossom - also very zen! I am loving these!

First Recipe - since you are OK with my time saving stuff:


about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 packages chicken gravy mix
1 can cream of chicken soup (or mushroom if you prefer)
about 1 cup fresh baby carrots cut in slivers by quartering them lengthwise or whole carrots cut in thin slices
one large whole onion (leave it whole for taste or cut it into large pieces if you do like them but your DH doesn't, or vice versa)
about half a cup of celery, cut in thin slices
one cup sliced mushrooms (or canned if you haven't any fresh)
one tsp poultry seasoning
one tsp onion salt (or powder)
one tsp lemon pepper
one tsp garlic salt (or powder)
one TBS parsley (ground) or a handful of fresh
either one package of purchased wide egg noodles or make noodles from scratch or use dumplings made from scratch as an alternative to noodles

Mix the gravy mix and the cream soup in a stock pot with about 3 cups of water. Add the vegetables and seasonings and start the pot cooking at a low temperature.

cut the chicken breast into chunks that are the right size for a bite - too large and it isn't soup, too small and they fall apart! Add this to the vegetable mix and turn the heat up to medium. Let this cook until the vegetables are done to suit you - they usually take longer than the chicken unless you like them REALLY crispy or cut them really thin. Give it about an hour, stirring regularly - though I tend to let it simmer longer just because I like to get the prep out of the way in the AM when I am not so busy. You might need to add a bit of water, but wait and see how much juice the ingredients release before you do.

If you are using store bought noodles, boil them in a seperate pan until the edges are white. Drain and add to the soup stock mixture and let them soak in the gravy for about 10 minutes or so for flavor. Throw a few dinner rolls in the microwave to warm, and serve.

If you prefer to make your own noodles, I will find Mom's recipe and add it to this.

If you prefer to do dumplings - I actually usually use the recipe on Jiffy mix for the dumplings (quick and easy, remember!) but you have to add 3 more cups of water to the pot and bring it to a boil to add the dumplings or they are just a mess of goopy dough on top. Add the dumplings one at a time with a spoon. Make sure to spoon hot juicy fluid from the pot over the top of each dumpling as you add it so they will cook all the way through - and stir frequently so the bottom doesn't stick.

Prep time depends on how much you add to the pot - generally geting it started is usually about 30 minutes and you can put it into a crock pot instead of cooking it on the stove top as long as you wait to add the noodles until you are almost ready to serve. Cooking the noodles and adding them in takes about 10 minutes once the water boils - so 40 minute prep time for the quicky version.

If you go with the homemade noodles or dumplings about 30 minutes more.


3 eggs
3 T cream or 3 T soft butter
1 t salt
1 1/2 C flour

sift flour & salt, cut in butter. Beat eggs in another bowl. Cut into flour mix. Roll out with rolling pin on floured surface and Cut into strips. Add into lightly boiling soup.


1 C water
1/2 C butter and/or lard
1 C flour
2 beaten eggs (5 for creamier puffs)

Boil water and shortening in pan. Add flour and salt. Stir until smooth and add eggs, stirring constantly - one at a time for puffs. Drop by spoonful into lightly boiling soup or onto a pan. If using pan method, bake at 350 degrees for approx 30 min. (I have never made the puffs - so don't know about those)


3 C flour
2 C sugar
6 T cocoa, rounded
2 t baking soda, rounded
1 t salt

2 T vinegar
2 t vanilla
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 C cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a 9 X 13 cake pan. Add the liquid ingredients and mix well, might seem a bit runny but that is fine. Bake for 35 minutes. This cake is very moist, and I think it is vegan friendly.  Wink


4 eggs
2 C buttermilk or soured milk
2 C flour
4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 T sugar

(make soured milk by adding 1 T vinegar to each cup of milk before adding to other ingredients)

"Beat eggs, add milk, add dry ingredients. Make in a hot abelskever pan/skillet."

This would be the really cute cast iron pan that has been on TV lately with a bunch of round holes in it that they are using to make giant donut hole looking fried pancakes. Those giant donut hole looking things are abelskiver!

"Make" them by pouring in a small ladle of batter into each part of the pan, and when the edges are looking crispy, flip them over with a toothpick until the other side looks crispy - then flip them out of the pan with the toothpick onto a plate. Making these is more fun than eating them, and they taste great no matter how you make them!

link to wikipedia for pic of pan - they are Danish, but the apple part is not so much true as far as I know - you don't have to put anything in them and they are great:

another link:

I don't know so much about all the rest of it, but this is my Danish Great-Grandma's recipe. She came here from Denmark and traveled with her husband and kids on a wagon train to the midwest - and did not lose her abelskiver pan from home. I like them best with powdered sugar so I can eat them with my fingers, LOL! Easter tradition when we were kids!

hope you all enjoy these - couldn't find that pie recipe, my DD rifled through everything and snitched some recipe cards so don't know what became of it...
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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2008 04:45:41 PM »

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... A Teaser...My fav cornbread recipe..

1 box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk

..stir... greased 8X8 pan..425 oven... life doesn't get any better... Cheesy Cheesy

..Just kidding... 3 recipes to come....

Easy Quick Peanut Butter Cookies..
( the ones I made when the boys told me at 10:00 at night they needed cookies for something the next day)

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix ingredients ( yep, no flour)..you can substitute splenda for sugar also..

roll into  walnut size balls and roll into granulated sugar..place on cookie sheet and press down with a fork... bake for 10-12 minutes until golden..remove to wrack... you can place a hersey kiss in the middle for extra yumminess

Chicken nachos

4 chicken breast cooked and shredded
2 cups salsa
16oz sour cream..

Mix together and place over tortilla chips on a baking sheet..you can use store bought or make your own tortilla chips by taking 9 inch tortillas and cutting them in 8ths then either deep fry and sprinkle with salt or layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees until crisp after sprinkling with salt... the homemade ones give you a TON for the money)

after the chicken/sour cream/salsa is spread on the chips... top with sliced green onions and shredded cheese and bake at 375 until cheese is melted and the chicken mixture warmed through.. usually 15-20 minutes



2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 lb(16oz) confectioners sugar...

Mix together and then roll into walnut sized balls... place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and set in the fridge over night or at least 6 hours... melt chocolate chips int eh microwave ( 30 second intervals) and dip the tops of the candy into the chocolate coating about half of the ball... these things are AWESOME!!  We make about 600 each Christmas as a family and pass out to friends.. we package them in Chinese take out boxes..

I recieved the most wonderful package from Daniethanas...just the thing to brighten my day!!!  I'm enclosing an "action" shot... isn't that kitty face the sweetest???  Thank you so much for my wonderful package!!! I hope you have yours, the DC says delivered and I would hate for your pressie to be in the wrong hands!! 

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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2008 06:28:22 PM »

KimsCozyKitchen sent me awesome sugar skull stuff for my new kitchen! I am in love with this fabric. So totally awesome.


Kitchen towel in it's designated place:

Nacho Casserole (AWESOME for a gaming session. With a decent sized cass. dish, it'll feed at least 5 people. If I know a guest is a picky eater, I ALWAYS make this. It has never failed.)

1 bag tortilla chips.
1 can condensed mushroom soup (think Campbells)
1 lb ground hamburger (I've made it with 2 lbs before for someone who wanted it really meaty, and it was good too.)
Shredded cheese. I usually use half a block, or 1 bag preshredded. You can use as much as you want. Cheesiness is awesome.
Toppers - Totally optional - I usually dice up some tomatoes, sautee onions, green peppers and mushrooms together, make guacamole and set out some sour cream and salsa buffet style for people to toss onto their casserole when they go to eat it. It really makes it more like nachos. I usually set aside an avacado and eat it with salt while I wait for the hamburger to brown. Yum!


   1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, in a skillet, start the hamburger meat browning.
   2. In a saucepan, heat up the mushroom soup. Instead of adding a full can of water as the directions likely say, only add half a can. You want it a little thick. In a smaller skillet start to heat the onions, pepper and mushrooms if you want to have those as part of the toppers.
   3. In the casserole dish, layer tortilla chips, 1/3 of the cheese. When the mushroom soup is heated up, put a thin layer of it over the chips and cheese then set back on the oven to keep warm.
   4. When the hamburger meat is done, layer a little more than half on top of the other stuff in the casserole dish.
   5. Repeat layers as so:chips, just enough to cover the layers you've just done, the rest of the meat, a thin layer of the mushroom soup (it's ok if you have some left over) and the rest of the cheese.
   6. Put the casserole dish in the oven, should be warm enough by now. Keep an eye on it, and when the cheese is all melted and gooey, it's done. You can top it how you wish, but it's awesome alone too.

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Beef potstickers w/ sweet and sour sauce (It take a while to make, and it's not nearly authentic asian, but a very Americanized version. Start at least an hour and a half before you plan on eating. It's fun to make with friends, and getting people to help will make it go by much faster.)

Need for Potstickers:
Wanton skins - You don't necessarily have to go to an asian market to get them. I find them pretty easily at Wal-Mart, usually by the organic food section in produce.
1 lb ground beef
1 egg
3 saltine crackers
Worcestershire Sauce
Grey Poupon - Optional, I only add this in when I'm feeling like having a little spice
canned chicken broth - I usually load up, because not only are they usually like 50 cents a can, if I make rice with this dish, I boil the rice in chicken broth instead of water, and add butter after it's cooked to make it really flavorful and yummy. Just for the potstickers, you might need as many as 4 cans. Also, sometimes I like to put some shredded cheese into the potsticker mix, but it's optional.

Need for sweet and sour sauce:
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons water


   1. On this one, totally wash your hands. Get a big bowl, and dump the hamburger meat and eggs in it. Crush up the crackers and add them. Slop a bunch of W. sauce and a little bit of soy sauce in it. You want the meat to be wet, and flavorful, but not floating in sauce, so use your best judgement. Add a little bit of ketchup. You're basically making meatloaf at this point. The grey poupon if you want it in there, some shredded cheese if you want, and use your hands to mix everything together. Knead it like dough, don't be afraid of getting your hands gross.
   2. Get the soap and wash the gunk off your hands and out from under your fingernails.
   3. Okay, get a small glass of water and a few plates. A small plate for working wtih the wantons, a big plate to put the finished ones on. You also want a bunch of paper towels.
   4. On the small plate, place a wanton skin, take a teaspoon and put a dollop of the meat mixture. Take your finger, dip it in water, and wet 2 side edges of the skin, in a 90 degree or ^ shape, get it? Now, fold over the two dry sides onto them. The wanton skins come coated lightly in flour, so the wet sides will use the flour to make an edible glue and stick the whole thng together. You'll have something that looks like a triangle. Wet the two points on either side, fold them to the other side. Wet that top point and fold it down. You've got meat wrapped in the skin. Set it aside on the plate.
   5. You're going to want to keep moist paper towels, and with each layer of wantons, top with a sheet of wet paper towel. It'll keep the wantons from drying out while you're working, which makes for crunchy wanton edges, which isn't what we want on this recipe. Keep making those potstickers until you run out of wanton skins or meat mix. Depending on how many skins you have or how thick you pack the wanton skins (you don't want it so thick you can't close them), you'll end up making 50 - 80 of the little suckers. See why I say it helps to have someone making them with you?
   6. In the middle of stuffing the wanton skins, you're going to want to take a break. When you do, start the sweet and sour sauce. Combine the juice, vinegar, brown sugar and ketchup in a saucepan, and bring it to a simmer. When you mix the cornstarch with water, you're going to want to stir it really good, and it'll need stirring again if you made it earlier before starting this whole shebang to disolve everything again. Add the cornstarch solution to the rest of the stuff in the pot after it starts simmering. Stir it. You'll want to stir it while it cooks, but once it's been cooking for about ten minutes, put it on a back burner on low heat to keep it warm.
   7. Crack open a couple of cans of chicken broth. If you're making rice with this, now's a good time to start it, because you're about to get kind of busy. Heat a pan up on one of the front burners. Make sure you have a lid for it, or a plate big enough to use as a lid. Make sure the skillet gets HOTHOTHOT! The best way to tell if it's ready is to get your fingers wet and fling the water onto the pan. If it slides across and sizzles up, it's ready. Don't use a nice, brand new pot. It could get ruined. If you need a new pot, you can find a pot with a lid for like 2 bucks at Wal-Mart. Cheap enough that if you fuck something up, it won't be a huge ruin of your cookware.
   8. Drop potstickers into the pot. Make sure they aren't touching, about an inch apart. Depending on how big the pot is, you can fit 5-10 of the little suckers on there. Count the seconds or watch the clock; let them sit there and cook WITHOUT YOU TOUCHING THEM for a minute and a half. It's hard. You'll thnk you're burning them, but it's okay. Don't touch.
   9. After the minute and a half, dump some chicken broth on them, just enough so they're sitting it and toss on the lid to the pan. Watch the clock or count seconds again. Don't remove the top for anything for another two full minutes. The agony of smelling yummy food and wondering if it's burning is less awful than undercooked meat.
  10. Remove the lid. The potstickers will look like little wrinkled testicles. I bet that's an appetizing thought, eh? Drain what broth is left, transfer the potstickers to a clean plate. Keep the plate in the microwave or oven to help keep them warm. Use a rag to wipe the moister from your pot, put it back on the burner. Wait until it's hot enough again; it should take long. Repeat the drop and wait process.
  11. When you're waiting for the pan to get hot enough to do the last batch of potstickers, that's when you're going to want to take the sweet and sour sauce off the hot burner (it shouldn't have been hot enough to be simmering anyway) and let it stand aside to cool a little. It'll thicken up while it cools, but it'll probably still be thinner than the sweet and sour sauce you get at a chinese restaurant. It's all good, man. You just made sweet and sour sauce from scratch.
  12. When that last batch is done, dinner is ready to be served. I usually put down rice on the plate, heap on potstickers to the rice and drizzle with the sauce, and a little bit of soy sauce too. A good side dish, if you're cooking dinner for someone important/special and you want it to be a full meal is some stir fried vegetables.

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Greek Style Chicken (My roomie bought a "skillet meal" from Wal-Mart (It was the Wal-Mart brand Sam's Choice) called something along the lines of Greek Style Chicken. It was absolutely delicious, and with a little bit of debate while we were eating, we came up with our own recipe for the same dish that tastes pretty comparable.)


1. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
2. Mediterranean Style Italian Dressing
3. 1 Lemon
4. 2 ripe tomatoes
5. Olives, rinsed and cut up
6. Salt and Pepper to Taste
7. Crumbled Feta cheese
8. Bell peppers
9. Mushrooms
10. Yellow onion


1. In a skillet, heat some oil, about three tablespoons is fine. Just eyeball it.
2. Chop up thawed chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a bowl and cover with dressing to marinate while the oil is heating. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the marinade as well.
3. Chop up 1 bell pepper, mushrooms and onion (as much as you want and anything can be left out of these three ingredients).
4. When the oil is hot, toss the onion, pepper and mushroom in and saute until onion is tender and slightly transparent. Mushrooms and peppers should be hot and your kitchen should smell really yummy!
5. Remove the sauteed vegetables onto a plate and put aside, toss in the marinated chicken and enough "sauce" that it was marinated in to have the chicken chunks sitting in liquid, but not by more than half, or covered in it.
6. Chop the tomatoes up.
7. It should take about ten minutes for the chicken to cook through, when the biggest pieces are pierced and no longer pink inside. Most of the liquid should have cooked down by now, but if there's still a lot, drain the chicken. You want a little bit of the sauce, but not much.
8. Toss in the tomatoes, olives and sauteed vegetables, and sit around on the heat a couple of minutes to bring the vegetables back up to heat. Remove from the burner, turn your oven off.
9. Top in the pan with as much crumbled feta cheese as your heart desires, and serve.

We stuffed this into pita bread pouches to eat it and it was SO yummy!


Kingston Chicken (I got this from a friend who is very vague about recipes. Each time I make it it tastes just a little different, but it's always good.)

Boneless, skinless chicken
Jasmine rice
Mai Tai cocktail mix
Southwest or Cajun spices (Emeril's SW spices are really good)
Worcestershire sauce
1lemon and 1 lime
Minced garlic and black pepper to preference.

Get a big ziplock bag and drop in chicken, mai tai mix, pepper, lemon juice, and spices. Seal and refridgerate it for a few hours. Start your rice and dump the chicken onto a skillet on medium heat with some of the marinade. Add 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, flip the chicken as sauce comes to a boil. Add your garlic and more seasonings to taste, and squeeze half the lime juice over it. Cook the chicken until it's well done, and serve over rice.

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Bacon, Cheese and Tomato Crescents (awesome for breakfast)

1 can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls.
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 c finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 c finely chopped red peppers (optional, my bf doesn't like these in here)
4 slices bacon, cooked, drained and chopped (I usually add more. =D)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, separate dough into 8 triangles, spread with cream cheese. Top evenly with remaining ingredients and roll up onto baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes and serve warm.
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2008 07:12:19 AM »

Oooo! Here's my awesome vintage style apron!!! I LOVE IT!! (i take forever to post, I know...but i love it!!)

and the necessary action shot, unfortunately not in the kitchen (scared to get it dirty)....dont mind the dorky look on my face Tongue

Thanks aml!!!!! You rock!!!!!!!!! Smiley

Recipe #1: Red Velvet cupcakes [Food Network]

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons red gel paste food coloring (see Cook's note)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
Red, pink and white miniature nonpareils, for sprinkling

Meringue Icing:
5 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
Pinch fine salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 to 3 drops pure almond extract

Equipment: Standard 12 (1/2 cup) muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the muffin tin with pink or white cupcake liners

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Occasionally turn off mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Reduce the speed to low, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until incorporated after each addition. Add the food coloring and vanilla and mix well.

With the mixer on low, alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream in 3 additions, beginning and ending with the flour, waiting until each addition is well incorporated before adding the next. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and soda, and once fizzing has stopped, add to the batter and mix well.

Divide the batter evenly in the tin, filling each liner about 3/4 full. Bake until cupcakes are set and spring back when touched, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

For meringue icing: Bring a few inches of water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan large enough to hold a standing mixer bowl above the water. Whisk the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt together in the bowl until combined. Set the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is smooth and hot to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at medium-high speed until meringue is cool and holds a soft peak, 4 to 5 minutes. With the speed on low, add the vanilla and almond extracts; increase speed to medium and continue whisking until mixture is glossy and holds a stiff peak, 1 to 2 minutes more.

To decorate: Using a spoon or offset spatula, spread about 1/2 cup meringue over each cupcake and sprinkle with nonpareils. Cupcakes are best served the day they are made.

Cook's Note: If you're unable to find gel food coloring, add drops of liquid food coloring until the desired shade of red is achieved.


Recipe #2: Grilled vegetables (so simple but so great!)

Yield: 4 servings as side dish

2 med zucchini
1 med-large Italian eggplant
1 pkg baby portobello mushrooms or 1 pkg of large portobello mushroom caps
1 large sweet onion
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

Use mandolin for zucchini and eggplant if you have. For zucchini, cut lengthwise and then cut each in half. Holding each piece up right, cut each piece into roughly 1/2" thick slices. Repeat with eggplant. Leave mushrooms whole. For onion, cut lengthwise through the middle of the onion, avoiding the roots. Cut onion with rings intact. For bell peppers, cut into matchsticks.

With the grill on medium heat, place a grilling sheet over the fire so your vegetables don't fall through. Before placing vegetables on the sheet, brush with oil first, placing oiled side down on the sheet. Let all vegetables cook for 5 minutes, brushing again with oil. Turn over and allow to cook until done. With zucchini and eggplants, you will be able to visually see whether they are done or not. The flesh of the vegetable will start to turn from white to a darker grill color. The mushrooms will start to darken. The onions and peppers will show grill marks. Serve either separated on the dish for presentation or serve mixed together for ease.


Recipe #3: Pasta with Oil, Garlic and Basil

Yield: 2 servings

8 oz penne pasta, dried (or you can use pasta left over, my favorite)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
5-6 leaves of fresh basil
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta to package directions; drain and set aside. Cut basil into chiffonade; set aside. Coat the bottom of a saute pan with olive oil and add garlic; heat to medium but do not burn the garlic. Toss cooked pasta in saute pan. Season with salt and pepper. Allow oil to cook through the pasta for 2-3 more minutes, tossing with spoon or tongs frequently to avoid burning. Pour pasta onto serving dish and sprinkle basil chiffonade on top.


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Recipe #1
Spaghetti with Lemon and Basil
cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup juice from 2 lemons
2 teaspoons grated zest from 1 lemon
1 small garlic clove, minced to a paste
2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
Ground black pepper
1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
cup shredded fresh basil leaves

1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.  Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and teaspoon salt together in a small bowl, then stir in the parmesan cheese until thick and creamy; set aside.

2. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the spaghetti into the boiling water and cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente.  Reserve cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot.  Stir in the olive oil mixture, butter, and basil, and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve, adding the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.
Tender Focaccia
2 cups boiling water
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
cup potato flour or 1/3 cup potato flakes
cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 to 3 tablespoons to grease the pan and the surface of the dough
to teaspoon kosher salt, sea salt, or fleur de sel, for topping

Put the hot water and 2 cups of the flour in a large bowl and beat for several minutes to develop a smooth batter.  If you have the time, add 1/8 teaspoon yeast once the batter has cooled to lukewarm, and set the sponge aside for several hours or overnight/ this helps develop flavor in the finished loaf, as well as the soft interior texture.

Whisk the potato flour with the remaining flour, dry milk, yeast, and salt.  Add this to the batter a little at a time, while continuing to beat.  Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Beat, by hand with a large spoon or with the paddle attachment of a mixer set at medium speed, for 8 to 10 minutes, changing to a cough hook when the dough begins to hold together.

After the dough has become smooth and shiny, put it in an oiled bowl, cover it with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 30 minutes.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a 12- or 14-inch round pan, or 1 tablespoon olive oil into each of two 8-inch round pans.  Place the dough in the oiled pan(s), gently stretching it to fit.  Let the dough rest for 30 minutes, then stretch it out a little more.  At this point you may refrigerate the dough in the pan(s), tightly covered, for up to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Just before baking the focaccia, dimple it with your fingers, brush it with a little olive oil, and sprinkle it with coarse salt or a few sprigs of fresh herb.  Bake the focaccia for 25 to 30 minutes, until its deep brown all over.  Remove it from the pan(s) and cool it for 15 minutes before eating.  Serve with flavored olive oil, or split for sandwiches.
Blueberry Grunt
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice (if the berries arent tart)
1 quart blueberries (or other berries), cleaned

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup buttermilk (When I made this, it worked fine with regular milk and a tiny amount of vinegar)

Blend the water, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a skillet and stir in the blueberries.  Bring to a gentle boil over low heat.

While the blueberries are heating, blend the dry dough ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Rub in the butter with your fingertips.  Quickly stir in the buttermilk.

Drop the dough in blobs over the blueberry mixture.  Cover and cook over low heat until the biscuit dough is done, about 15 minutes.  To serve, scoop up the berries and a biscuit and invert on a plate, so that the berries fall over the biscuit.  Spoon extra berry mixture over the biscuit.

I received from lindyv321, yesterday.  I'm so happy!!  She sent a bunch of awesome magnets in a decorated tin.  Here are the pictures:

First, the tin.  I love how she decorated it  Smiley

and now, here is are the square magnets.  My favorite is the small one with the salt and pepper shakers on it  Grin.

and here are the round magnets (a couple of square ones found their way into that picture  Tongue ).  I love the variety of food-ie pictures that lindyv321 put in the magnets.  They're great!

She also sent a postcard from where she lives, which was great  Smiley

Thanks lindyv321, this has been an awesome swap!  Grin Grin

ETA: You can see some of the magnets more clearly in this photo. Yay!:
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2008 05:18:44 PM »

So, to start with: thanks to JoJo for such an amazing package!! I came home so tired and this perked up my day  Grin

(sorry the pics are soooo huge)

This is what I came home to. Woohooo!!

Group Shot!! Sorry its sideways  Undecided  So, assuming its rightside up, clockwise: Craftster recipes (you must have amazing patience!!), the recipe box, the dividers, and the box lid.

close up of the insanely cute and mega awesome recipe box with its lid and dividers!!!

Jojo, thank you so much!! I looooove them  Kiss  Grin You were such a fantastic partner! Hugs!

My goodness- everyone's recipes sound so tasty! Especially the pimento cheese, i can't wait to try that one! Okay- I'm not very good at creating my own recipes, but I'm very loyal to the ones I find that are really good, and I love to share them.

I found this one on the Homesick Texan's blog (I forgot to grab the link, but she's very easy to Google). She has some amazing recipes- and I was craving some homemade pickles without all the fuss.

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

6 Kirby cucumbers, cleaned, stemmed and halved, lengthwise
1/2 cup of white vinegar
2 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of black peppercorns
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of fresh dill

Place salt, peppercorns, coriander seeds, garlic and dill in a sterilized 1-quart Mason jar.
Layer sliced cucumbers in jar, leaving 1/2 inch at the top.
Pour in vinegar.
Fill jar with water, seal with lid and shake for about a minute.
Refrigerate for six days, shaking daily.

Makes 1-quart jar of dill pickles. This simple recipe, however, can easily be multiplied.

**I like a really strong pickle, so personally I loved the garlic in here, and that there's no sugar. Obviously you could adjust the seasonings to taste. I've seen several recipes also include hot sauce or red pepper flakes if you like a spicy pickle.**

This is one I'd already posted- but I thought I'd replicate it here, just as an added bonus (I'll still post 2 more). It really is a fantastic recipe, especially if you like fall flavors.

1 15 oz.     canned pumpkin puree*
1 c.            sugar
1 c.            evaporated milk
1 tsp.         vanilla
1 tsp.         cinnamon
1 8.25 oz.   butter yellow cake mix
1 c.            chopped pecans
1/2 c.         melted butter (1 stick)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except pecans, cake mix and butter. Spread in a lightly buttered 9x13 baking dish. Distribute dry cake mix (make sure this is a "butter yellow" mix, not an ordinary yellow cake mix.
They are NOT the same and it will make all the difference in your end product!!) in an even layer over entire surface of pumpkin mix. Top with even layer of pecans (I like to use more than a cup) and drizzle melted butter over surface. Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
Keep a close eye after 25 minutes, the nuts can burn quickly.
*You can use a 30 oz can of pumpkin if you wish. It will give you a thicker layer of filling, and add extra vanilla and cinnamon to compensate. You don't have to add any extra evaporated milk. You can also combine one egg into the pumpkin mix if you prefer a more custard-like filling. Just make sure you bake it thoroughly to cook the egg. If the top is browning too quickly (a.k.a. burning...) cover with foil while baking.

My sister's copy says to top with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg- I used a box of DreamWhip and mixed the nutmeg in with that. (It was like fluffy eggnog- yummy!  ) and served in a bowl on the side. Super tasty!

Sorry its so late!! My final recipe! These are really kind of cheating, since you're using canned products, but its a tasty, filling meal when you need one fairly quick.


3-4 cups  Cooked chicken (or turkey), shredded or cut into 1/2 inch chunks
7 oz.  Can chopped ortega style chiles
16 oz.  Sour cream
1 can  Cream of chicken soup
3 cups  Shredded jack or cheddar cheese (plus a little extra to sprinkle on top)
10  Flour tortillas

Mix ortega chiles, 3/4 of sour cream (save rest for garnish) and soup. Then take approximately 1/4th of this mixture and mix with cut up chicken. Fill flour tortillas with a scoop of chicken mixture and handful of cheese. Roll enchilada style. Take another 1/4th of sauce mixture and spread in bottom of greased baking pan. Place enchiladas on sauce. Cover enchiladas with remaining sauce and cover baking pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-35 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake another 5 minutes. Garnish with tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream if desired.

**This would of course be easy to dress up should you want to. That's the great thing about the super easy recipes- lots of room for experimenting!!**

Hey, ladies- I just found these in an old issue of GH and they look too tasty not to share them. And the Apple recipe will be great for fall!!


1 8 oz. Fudge Brownie Mix
4 eggs
3 Tbsp. oil
cup mini chocolate chips
3 pkgs cream cheese, room temp.
cup sugar
1 can cherry pie filling (Lucky Leaf brand is recommended, probably because its their advertisement  Roll Eyes )
whipped topping, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-in springform pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, one egg and oil. Fold in chocolate pieces, and spread evenly in bottom of pan. Bake for 10-12 min. or until set. In a large bowl beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer until smooth. Add remaining eggs and beat just until combined. Mound half the can of cherries into the middle of brownie, leaving 2 inch edges around the outside. Spoon cream cheese mixture over the entire surface, spreading evenly to edges of pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is set but not too firm. Cool in pan for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Top cheesecake with remaining cherries. Garnish with whipped topping, if desired. Makes 8-10 servings.



2 c. quick oats, uncooked
1 c. AP flour
c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
tsp. baking soda
tsp. salt
tsp ground cinnamon
1 c. buttermilk
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lg. egg, lightly beaten
1 c. shredded apples (1-2 med. apples)
c. walnuts, chopped

Preheat to 400 degrees. Grease standard 12 muffin tin. in large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.
In med. bowl, beat buttermilk oil and egg by hand until well blended, then stir in apples. Combine wet and dry mixes, stirring just until dry mix is moistened. (Batter will be very thick and lumpy.) Add walnuts. Spoon batter into muffins tins, filling each full. Bake 23-25 min. or until muffins begin to brown and toothpick test is clean. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or cooled.
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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2008 02:23:40 PM »

Here we go!! Ive compiled a list of family favorites so I hope yall enjoy!


2 cups mandarin orange slices, drained
2 cups crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups sour cream
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups mini marshmallows

In large bowl, mix all ingredient together gently
Chill and Serve!!


2 medium Grannysmith Apples (peeled, cored, and coarsly chopped)
1 pint strawberries, diced
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
1 small orange
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Apple jelly or Apricot Jam

Place apples and kiwi in bowl and set aside.
Zest orange to measure about 1 teaspoon zest.
Juice orange to measure 2 tablespoons juice.
Add zest, juice, sugar and jam/jelly to fruit, mixing gently.
Refridgerate until ready to serve


8 flour tortillas
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray tortillas with water. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over tortillas.
Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges arranging into single layers on cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes until edges are lightly browned and crisp.
Cool completely before serving with Apple Berry Salsa.


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 onions, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 29 ounce can tomatoe sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning mix
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups uncooked pasta (we use the small shells, but feel free to use any other small pasta that you would like)

In large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
Brown the meat in the oil, breaking it up with a fork as it cooks.
When browned, add in the onion and bell pepper; cook and stir for about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients except for the pasta.
Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
Stir in pasta and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
Let stand for 15-20 minutes before serving.


6 Grannysmith Apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
8 graham crackers, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)

Place apples in a deep, non-metal baking dish (one that will fit into your microwave)
In mixing bowl combine all other dry ingredients, mixing together.
Add melted butter/margarine to dry ingredients, mixing well.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
Microwave on HIGH for 14-16 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Cool slightly, serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream if desired.


ENJOY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is the cute crocheted cup-o-joe I received from macreede.

Here are 2 recipes so far.  I have to seek out the other one I wanted to post
                  *CORRECTION-omitted from original post
                                 as of 9-27-08
                                                                  1 C. crushed walnuts
1 1/3 C. sugar                                                2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 C. cold water                                            pinch salt
1/2 C. grated carrots                                      *2 cups flour
*1 C. raisins*
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon

Boil ingredients in the first column, slowly, for 5 minutes.  Cool.  Never use warm.
Then mix ingredients from 2nd column with the cooled mixture.  Blend well.  Pour into ungreased 2 lb size loaf pan.  (My sister doubles the recipe and uses a glass lasagna pan)
Bake 1 1/4 hrs @ 350 deg or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

This is a really good cake.  My sister experimented once and diced up celery very, ver fine and put it in cake.  Now she does it all the time, it takes like like pieces of citron and makes the cake moist.  It tastes something like an applesauce spice cake.


3 eggs                                               1 tsp. salt
2 C. sugar                                          1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. oil                                               1 tsp. baking powder
2 C. grated zucchini or mashed banana    1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. vanilla extract                             1/2 c   chopped walnuts      3 c flour                                                                                                                                           1/2 C. raisins

Mix eggs, sugar, oil, zucchini (or banana) and vanilla extract well.  Add flour, salt, baking pdr., baking soda and cinnamon;  stir until blended.  Add walnuts and raisins. Pour into 2 greased and floured medium sized (1 lb.) loaf pans.  Bake for approximately 1 to 1/4 hrs., or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Note:  You may substitute the equivalent amount of artificial sweetener instead of sugar.  It may not rise as much, but it will still taste good.

Several years ago, I made this for a group of women.  I divided the dough in 1/2 before I added sugar.  I then put 1/2 the sugar in one batch and sweet and low for the equiv of 1/2 the sugar in the other, and baked 2 loaves in small 1 lb. loaf pans. The artificially sweetened cake may not rise as much, but it still comes out good. The women liked them both.
Here are more recipes:

Easy Sweet Noodle Pudding

12 oz. wide noodles                   1 tsp salt
3/4 c sugar                              4 well beaten eggs
3/4 c raisins                             1/2 c (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/4 tsp cinnamon                      3/4 c chopped walnuts (optional)

Cook noodles as directed: drain.  Add sugar, raisins, (nuts,) salt and eggs.  Mix well.  Melt the fat in a pan about 8 X 12 or 9 X 12.  Grease the pan and pour the rest of the melted fat into the noddle mixture and blend well.  Spread mixture in the baking pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake in moderate oven 375 deg for 55 minutes or until slightly browned on top.

Spinach Quiche  (This is delicious)

1 lb. muenster cheese                1 small onion, chopped
5 eggs                                     10-12 oz skim ricotta cheese
2 pkg frozen chopped spinach,      salt & pepper to taste
   thawed and drained
Grease the bottom of a lasagna pan with butter or margarine (I like to use glass one).  Line the baking dish with half of the muenster cheese as the bottom crust.  Mix the remaining ingredients together and spread the filling over the muenster cheese.  Tp with the remaining muenster cheese forming the top crust.  Bake @ 375 for 30 minutes or until egg mixture set.

Vegetarian Chopped Liver

4-5 hard cooked eggs                         1/4 c finely chopped walnuts
1 15 oz can french style string beans     1 TB  (olive) oil
1 lge onion                                         salt & pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and saute the onions over low heat until carmelized, about 10-20 minutes.  Chop the string beans in a food processor with the eggs, using the on/off or pulsing button.  (I use my electric mixer and it works out fine.)  Combine the vegetable/egg mixture with the onions and nuts and season.  Makes a nice spread for hors doevres.  Keeps well in the fridge or can be frozen, so I'm told.


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I posted my 3 recipes, plus two more.  Enjoy.

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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2008 08:13:31 PM »

Ro-Tell Chicken
1 lb Velveeta Cheese
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can Ro-Tel
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bag Doritos

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt cheese,soup, and Ro-Tel in saucepan.  Crumble chips on bottom of baking dish.  Add chicken to cheese mixture, then pour over chips.  Crumble chips on top, then bake at 350 for about 15 min. or until cheese is bubbly.


Sauce 2 lb sausage
5 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. parsley
1 1/2 tbsp. basil
1/4 to 1/2 tbsp. oregano
2 cans unsalted tomatoes
1 14oz can tomato sauce
1 8oz can tamato paste
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper

While browning sausage add garlic cloves.  After browning drain grease and all ingredients for the sauce into a stock pot and let simmer.  The longer it simmers on low the better the sauce or it can be done quickly if need be.


1 or 2 1 lb Cottage Cheese or Ricotta Cheese (which ever is preferred)
3 eggs
2 tbsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients in bowl and set aside.  In a 9 x 11 baking dish spread a little of the sauce on the bottom of the dish.  Open manicotti noodles and begin putting the stuffing into the noodles and placing into the dish.  After filling dish with noodles spread the sauce over the top of the noodles and place into oven for 1 hour.

Peanut Butter Pie

1 (7 1/2 oz) jar creamy peanut butter
1 (3 oz pkg.) cream cheese
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
1 graham cracker crust

Beat all ingredients together and place in graham cracker shell.  Refrigerate.  Top with cool whip.
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2008 12:16:23 PM »

I got the cutest mini mitts from perlabella:

and action shot:

perfect for my pots with steel handles!

Thank you so much!


100g  (a bit less than 1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter
100g  (1/2 cup) sugar
8g      (1/2 tbsp) vanilla sugar (equals 1-2 tbsp. vanilla extract)
200g  (1 2/3 cup) flour
1 egg

Mix together to a shortcrust pastry dough. First using a mixer, or a food processor, then kneeding the dough.

Roll out pastry, wrap around rolling pin and gently ease into springform pan, pressing into the base and side of the tin.
Preheat oven to 200C/400F

1 kg (2 pounds) slightly sour apples
Peel, core and quarter apples. Put them on top of the dough.

1 bottle (0,75l) white whine
250g  (1 1/4 cup) sugar
2 pkg   vanilla pudding mix

Cook pudding after instructions, substituting the milk with the wine, pour over the apples.

Bake for 40 minutes, covering the tarte for the last minutes with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
Cool to room temperature.

flaked almonds.
Roast the flaked almonds in a pan. Double the amount you think you need, so there are any left, when decorating.

1/4l  (1/2 cup) cream
1-2   "whip-it"  -- cream stiffener/stabilizer

Whip cream with "whip-it" and sugar/vanilla sugar to your liking. Put on top of the tarte, decorate with roasted almonds
(The "whip-it" is not absolutely necessary, but it keeps the cream from running on hot days)

I included some links to Dr. Oetker to clarify the meaning of some of the products used. I'm not sure, whether they are as common in the US as they are in Germany. That does not mean that Dr.Oetker is the only firm that produces them in the US.

CLAFOUTIS AUX CERISES (cherry clafoutis)

350g    (3/4 lb.) sour cherries, stoned

(if you use preserved ones, drain them good)

for the batter
4       eggs
100g    (4/5 cup) plain flour (7 tbsp)
90g      (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
250ml  (1cup)     milk 

Beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork and add the flour. Whisk in the granulated sugar and milk.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Grease a 20cm/8" diameter, 5cm/2" deep ovenproof dish. Spread the cherries in the bottom, then pour the batter over them.

Place in the oven, bake for 35 minutes.
Serve warm (accompanied with vanilla icecream after liking Smiley )


(serves 4)

2  cucumbers
1  onion
1-2 tbsp  instant bouillon powder
1/2 lb  diced bacon

1/2+ cup  sour cream
2-3 tbsp  tomato paste

Peel cucumbers, cut lengthwise and scrape the seedy part out with a spoon, set aside in a bowl.
Cut the cucumber into large dices.

In a large skillet/pot, on high heat, melt some butter/heat up some oil. Fry the onions and the bacon. Add the cucumber pieces and the liquid from the seedy part of the cucumbers. Sprinkle with the instant bouillon powder. The bottom of the pot should be covered with liquid about 1cm/ 3/4" of liquid, if not, add some water.

Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes at medium heat, stir occasionally. Add any more liquid, that might have accumulated in the bowl with the seedy part.
Season with sour cream and tomato paste. Serve with tomatoes.

All measurements are just meant to be guidelines, as this is a recipe of my gran and she would use whatever she had at hand. I have to admit, that I do that, too. You can also add/substitute tomatoes, peppers etc.


1 pkg spinach
1-2 cups sliced strawberries

Clean spinach und strawberries. Mix in bowl. Set aside.

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar (or twice as much red wine vinegar)
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion - finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a container with lid. Shake well before serving.
Can be made up a day or two in advance.

1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp water

Combine all ingredients in a non-stick frying pan or pot. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until melted sugar turns golden brown and coats almonds (approx. 5-10 minutes). Turn out on piece of greased foil. Cool an break into small pieces.
Double the almond recipe so that the time the salad ist ready to serve, therell be some almonds left.


Add almond pieces to salad. Add dressing just before serving.
Can be made with a combination of spinach and romain using fresh raspberries or a smaller amount of strawberries and mandarin oranges, kiwi, or blueberries.

alternative Dressing
if you dontt have raspberry vinegar

1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion - chopped

Combine all ingredients in a container with lid. Shake well before serving.
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2008 07:49:23 AM »

Recipe box from koalascout:

The back of the box:

Plastic bag holder from koalascout:

Vegan Chocolate Cake

1.5 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c vegan sugar
1/4 c  unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp white or cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 c water
confectioner's sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease and flour 8-in sq. pan only if you plan to unmold the cake before serving.

Combine flour, baking soda, sugar, cocoa, and salt in the pan (a bowl works fine, too, then you can pour it all in the pan at once). Level ingredients, then make three holes in the flour mixture. Pour vinegar in one hole, vanilla in another, and oil in the remaining one. Pour water over all. With a table fork, stir mixture very well, making sure to mix bottom and corners of pan. Batter should be almost smooth. Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before turning out of pan if you are going to do so. When cake is completely cool, dust with confectioner's sugar (or make some other tasty glaze).


Maple Cinnamon Glazed Almonds
(from http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com)

1 c raw almonds
1/4 c maple syrup
1 tbsp cinnamon

"Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Throw a silpat or a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet to prevent the nuts from sticking to the bottom and thusly burning. I prefer using a silpat because it creates less waste, but use whatever youve got.

"Throw all ingredients into a small bowl and combine thoroughly, being sure to coat all the almonds completely in the syrup and spice. Spread evenly in one layer on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Shake around a bit to flip them over and make sure they arent sticking too badly. Bake for another 5 minutes or more, until they turn a slightly darker brown or smell nutty. Careful now - Nuts go from lovely golden to steaming turd in no time flat.

"Remove from the oven and immediately take off of sheet, or they will continue to cook. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container."


Yeast-Free Applesauce Pizza Crust

2 c flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2/3 c water
1/4 c apple sauce

Mix all ingredients. Knead on floured surface until spreadable. Apply toppings, bake at 425*F for about 20 minutes.

(Notice the apple sauce takes the place of oil, so it's fat free! It's very soft and delicious!)
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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2008 01:31:28 PM »

Received from RondaS today.  She crocheted a lovely plastic bag holder for my kitchen.  Thank you Ronda!  Here's a pic of the whole thing, with a close-up of the bottom with a plastic bag coming out (as intended).

*Lemon Lush*
This is really a perfect summertime dessert.

1st layer
1 cup flour
1 cube butter
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
(double ingredients if you prefer a thicker crust - I do)

Blend like a pie crust and press into a 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes - cool.

2nd layer
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1 cup cool whip
1 cup powdered sugar
(I also double this layer)

Blend and pour over cooled crust.

3rd layer
1 or 2 pkgs prepared instant lemon pudding (# of pkgs is preference)

Pour over cream layer.

Chill at least an hour.  "Frost" with cool whip and serve.


Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is one of my husband's favorite cookie recipes.

2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3 bananas)
2 eggs
2 cups quick oats
1 bag chocolate chips

Mix ingredients and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.


Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

I've had this recipe since 1st grade - very yummy

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups pumpkin
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix ingredients and spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

3 Tbsp butter
4 tsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar

Cook in saucepan until sugar dissolves.  Let cool, then stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 3/4 tsp vanilla. 
Frost cookies while hot.


Roasted Rosemary Potato Salad

don't remember where I got this recipe, but it's a tasty change from your standard potato salad

2 1/2 pound tiny new red potatoes, halved or quartered
1 medium red onion, cut in wedges
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp snipped fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
3 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 450.  Combine potatoes, onion, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.  Toss potato mixture to coat well; arrange in a single layer in a greased shallow roasting pan.  Roast, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned, stirring twice.  Transfer roasted potatoes to a large bow.
In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and 2 Tbsp olive oil.  Pour over roasted potatoes, add peppers, and toss gently to coat.  Sprinkle with pine nuts.

*I've made it with halved grape tomatoes (roasted with the potatoes) and that was yummy


Chicken, cashew and green chile pizza
I make the best pizza around - just ask my hubby.  This is a fave that I make up and give to the kids teachers on the last day of school as a take and bake.

Pizza Dough
1 cup water
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp powdered milk
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp yeast

Mix in bread machine on dough setting, or in stand mixer.

Roll out and top with your fave sauce, chicken sauteed with a bit of garlic/salt/pepper, cashew pieces and canned green chiles.  Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.
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Hi all, I'm sharing a random collection of recipes:

This may SOUND weird, but try it, you will LOVE it...its a bit wintery, but mmmmm....tastes great with toasted bread or crackers

Hot Shrimp "Dip"

    * 1 pound peeled shrimp
    * 1/2 cup chopped onion
    * 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
    * 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    * 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (I personally never add this)
    * 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (or this Cheesy )
    * 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Dice up everything, including the shrimp, place into a baking dish, add the cheese and mix. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. Serve with toasted baguette or crackers.

Since I don't think anyone put a sangria recipe:

White Peach Sangria

    *  1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine
    * 3/4 cup peach flavored vodka
    * 6 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
    * 1/4 cup white sugar
    * 1 pound white peaches, pitted and sliced
    * 3/4 cup seedless red grapes, halved
    * 3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved

In a large pitcher or bowl, combine white wine, peach vodka, lemonade concentrate and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced peaches, red and green grapes.
Refrigerate sangria until well chilled, at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight to get the BEST flavor.Serve and watch out, its potent!

Muttabal - Eggplant dip (similar to baba ganough)

1 large eggplant
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of "Tehina" (Sesame seed paste, you can find it at most grocery stores in the international aisle)
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
salt and olive oil to taste

Place the eggplants under the grill for 30 minutes, until the skin is almost burnt. In the meantime, mix the two tablespoons of Tehina (sesame seed paste) with the lemon juice until it becomes a smooth light beige uniform paste. Remove the eggplants, and place them on a plate. Remove the inside of the eggplants and place them in a dish. The insides of the eggplant will be slightly watery, so mix it with a fork which would at the same time cut it into smaller pieces, almost a paste though not uniform in any way. Add the Tehina paste and mix well with the fork. Crush the garlic cloves with the chili pepper and add to the mixture. Mix well. Add salt and olive oil to taste.
You can also use a food processor if you prefer it to be a bit creamier.

I really wanted to post more middle eastern recipes but I have no idea about measurements or anything, just eyeballing everything, how terrible!

I just received a beautifully made potholder/trivet from my awesome partner myklia. I apologize in advance for the horrible webcam photos because my camera is already packed as I'm leaving in a few minutes...the colors do not show up as true, they are gorgeous colors of pale blue, green, apple green, and white. Its just precious and I love it!

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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2008 12:19:12 PM »

Here's what I received from aspatria! It's an adorable embroidered (fantastic stitching!!) magnetic bookmark for the cookbook of all of the recipes from this swap. it'll come in very handy!

Folded up:

The entire outside and the inside!

Venus de Milo Soup
The Venus de Milo is a place that hosts functions (weddings, proms, etc.) near the town I grew up in. They always served a delicious soup, and this recipe is a great re-creation of it. This soup is delicious when sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and served with a crusty bread!

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 cans Veg-All
  • 1 16-oz can tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-In a large pot, crumble the ground beef and then add the chicken broth, the soup mix, the celery and the water.
-Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the beef.
-Add the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 50 minutes.

Meat Pie
When I was in elementary school, my favorite lunch was French meat pie, served with mashed potatoes and gravy. If they served apple crisp for dessert, I was in heaven! This is the best recipe for meat pie that Ive ever tried. The seasonings are all pretty much to taste so you can adjust them to your liking.

  • 1 box Pillsbury pie crust (take out of refrigerator and bring up to room temp.)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • butter, salt, pepper
  • 1/2 jar Heinz brown gravy
  • Bells seasoning
  • Allspice, chives, parsley

-In a skillet, brown the ground beef and pork. Drain well.
-Peel and boil the potatoes. Then mash them with some butter, salt and pepper.
-In a bowl, mix together the meat and the mash potatoes.
-Add the Bells seasoning, allspice, chives and parsley, mixing well. Adjust spices as necessary.
-Unroll a pie crust and line the bottom of a pie plate.
-Pour in the meat mixture and cover with the second pie crust.
-Trim the edges of the crust and cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil to prevent burning.
-Spread a bit of butter on the top and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
-For best results, put in the refrigerator overnight before cutting. Slices may be cut and wrapped individually and frozen. They re-heat very well in the microwave.

Jims Favorite Rolls
When I was in college, I took a bread baking class at the college during the Christmas break. This is the recipe that I have used the most often; I make these rolls for every holiday, and they are my step-dads favorite. The recipe as listed makes a double batch, and only half is supposed to be used for rolls (the other half is supposed to be used to make a coffee ring). But, they are so tasty, I always make the whole batch into rolls! Im including the entire recipe as originally written, just in case youd like to make the coffee roll, too!

  • 2 packages of yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 3 tsp salt
  • spice to taste- mace (which is what I always use), anise, cardamon seed (crushed)
  • flour

-In a small bowl, mix up the yeast, the water and the teaspoon of sugar and set aside to rise.
-In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, evaporated mil, sugar, melted margarine, salt and spice.
-Add the raised yeast and then stir in flour until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
-Knead on a floured board for 5 to 6 minutes.
-Wash, dry and then grease the bowl and return the dough to the bowl.
-Cover and let the dough rise until double in bulk.

-Knock down the dough and divide in half.

-One half is converted into rolls by cutting off about 1/16th pieces with a knife, rolling each into a sausage about 5 inches long, and tying into a simple knot.
-These are placed on a greased cookie sheet and covered with a dish towel to rise for half an hour.
-They are then baked in a 375 degree oven for about 12 minutes.

-The other half is rolled into a strip about 8 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.
-Cover with the desired filling (A simple one is just a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, but one can also add chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins or even apricot jam).
-The strip is now rolled up carefully, then worked, by roller and by finger pressure, into a sausage about 14 inches long.
-Place on a greased cookie sheet in a circular arrangement.
-With scissors, snip cuts in the outer edge, about halfway through the sausage, at about one inch intervals.
-Cover and let rise half an hour.
-Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
-Place on a rack and while still hot, brush on a mixture of confectioners sugar and milk to make a glaze.

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since everyone has reserved the space for thier recipes and pics, this is where I am going to be posting my feedback on my group. Hopefully it will stay the last post on the gallery thread and comments will continue on the original thread as planned...


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RondaS's Group

serendipity_sarah <--> BrookOwens
Kimberly_Star <--> love2teach
RedMenace <--> the franz
Daniethanas <--> krazy4katz
lindyv321 <--> CrochetNinja
aspatria <--> craftADDchick
KimsCozyKitchen <--> Songs4Drowning

my group is all done!

feel free to PM me with questions or concerns, and remember to PM a note to both your partner and myself when you send or receive your packages, and to check in on the thread every week.

link to first page of gallery, where serendipity_sarah's group feedback is posted:

link to original thread for making comments (should take you to what you last read - if I did it right):
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