Thursday, December 19, 2013

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

- 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
 -1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, or chunks, peanut butter, mixture of whatever is on hand
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
 Cream butter and both sugars for 2-3 minutes at medium to medium-high speed, until very light in color. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 more minutes. Add all dry ingredients (except chocolate) and mix until just mixed. Pour in chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
Form cookie balls about 2 tablespoons in size (I used my cookie scoop) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and tops are starting to brown a bit.
Remove from oven. note: when you take the pan out of the oven, drop it straight down, flat onto the counter to force the cookies to suddenly settle. This makes for good texture and a handsome-looking cookie. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then slide the parchment paper/Silpat to a non-pourous surface to complete cooling.

Recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Moms German Green Beans

Melt some butter in a pan, add some chopped onion and cook till starting to brown, put it some flour till it gets pasty like, then pour in the juice from a can of green beans, stir and mix, then add green beans. Cook till warmed through. Sprinkle with a little dill weed if you wish. You don't want it to thick or too runny.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Tony Roma's Corn Fritter Casserole

2 boxes Jiffy corn bread mix
1 15oz can whole corn, drained
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 C milk
1/2 C onions, finely diced
1/2 C green bell pepper, finely diced
2 T butter
3 chicken bouillion cubes
1 1/3 C warm water
3 T melted butter
freshly ground pepper

Mix together the jiffy mix, corn, eggs and milk.
Coat bottom of a non stick skillet with vegetable oil.
Heat skillet to med -high heat.
Drop a spoonful of corn fritter mix into skillet.
Cook on each side until lightly golden.
Place on a paper towel to drain.
Add more oil as needed to complete frying all the corn fritters.
Melt 2 T butter in a skillet over med low heat.
Saute onions and bell pepper until onions are transparent.
Remove skillet from heat.
Place chicken bouillon cubes in 1 1/3 C water and dissolve..
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crumble corn fritters into a large bowl.
Add sauteed onions and bell peppers.
Add 3 T melted butter.
Pour dissolved chicken bouillon and water mixture over corn fritters and sauteed veggies and mix well.
Place mixture in well greased 8-inch square baking dish and cover with foil.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove foil and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Best steak Marinade

1/3 C soy sauce
1/2 C olive oil
1/3 C fresh lemon juice
1/4 C worchestershire sauce
1.5 T garlic powder
3 T dried basil
1.5 T dried parsley
1 t white pepper
1/4 t hot pepper sauce
1 t dried minced garlic

Mix in ziplock bag, add meat and marinade in fridge for up to 8 hours.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Black Bean and corn salsa

MMMMM this stuff is addicting!!!

1 can white sweet corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
2 T honey
juice from 2 limes or about 1/4 C
salt & pepper to taste
2 T chipolte in adobo sauce, chopped
1/4 C cilantro, chopped
2-3 green onions chopped
1 T olive oil

Mix well and enjoy. Eat it alone or Eat it with Tostitos. Put in over a baked sweet potato, Put in over chicken. Make things up. My daughter made this for dinner, and it was all gone before dinner was done, so she made another batch. Yep, that batch was almost gone before bedtime too.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Awesome Guacamole

Ok I think I finally perfected this dish.

3 avocados mashed
1 can Rotel with green chilies, DRAINED
1/2 sweet onion minced
1 T lemon or lime juice
black pepper
1 pouch Concord guacamole seasoning mix

Mix and enjoy!!!!!

Oh yeah and when I can find the pouches of Roasted corn at Sams club I add that instead of the Rotel. Maybe next time I find it I will mix both in and see what happens. I hate seasonal food that you fall in love with.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Little loaves of Barbecued meatloaf

1 C ketchup
2/3 C cider vinegar
6 T brown sugar
2 t beef bouillon granules

Combine these into a saucepan, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until granules dissolve. Set aside.

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 C bread crumbs
2 T chopped onion
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 C evaporated milk

Combine these in a bowl, stirring until blended. Shape into little loaves. Put loaves into a casserole dish with tall sides. Spoon sauce over loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serve immediately.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin

butternut squash (2 1/2 lb)
cup butter or margarine
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
cup Progresso® panko bread crumbs
cup grated Parmesan cheese
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Peel, halve lengthwise and seed squash; cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange with slices overlapping slightly in bottom of baking dish.
  • 2In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft and butter is infused with garlic flavor. Do not let butter brown.
  • 3In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, cheese and 1 tablespoon of the butter-garlic mixture.
  • 4Brush squash slices with remaining butter-garlic mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and bread crumb mixture.
  • 5Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork. Increase oven temperature to 425°F; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Before serving, sprinkle parsley over top.

Marinated Grill Flap Steak

Flap Steak

3 T soy sauce
3 T balsamic vinegar
3 T maple syrup
4 cloves of garlic, minced

Mix marinade and marinade for at least 15 minutes before grilling meat about 6-8 minutes.