Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Deluxe Clam Chowder

I actually got to help help making my husband's newest creation. It has many fresh ingredients, like the potatoes, celery, and carrots.  We were in the mood for clam chowder and this recipe delivered.

So here is the recipe.

Deluxe Clam Chowder

16 oz. of Baby Clams in juice Separate and save juice)
8 oz. chopped crab meat
8 oz bacon (Chopped)
6 medium Russet potatoes (Peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 medium yellow onion (diced)
1 Table spoon butter
2 10.5 oz. cans cream of celery soup
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon dill (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay spice

Place bacon in 5 qt. sauce pan and cook till crisp, drain grease. Add onions and celery till sweating, then add clam juice and potato cubes and cook until potatoes are fork soft. Add remaining ingredients except butter and mix well. After mixing add butter and let melt. Simmer and stir occasionally for 20 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 3 qts.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Turkey And Bean Burger

So my husband wanted to try something different, so he created this turkey burger.  Unfortunately, the photo does not show the salami and beans under the cheese.  But this did turn our really tasty.  

So here is the recipe.

Turkey and bean burger
1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients and form into 4 patties, set aside.

1 can normal baked beans
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke

In a sauce pan place all ingredients and mix well, simmer for 20 minutes to reduce liquid. Reduce heat to keep warm.

4 thin slices of Havarti cheese
4 thin slices of hard Salami
4 sesame seed hamburger buns

Toast buns. Cook Turkey burgers in skillet with a drizzle of olive oil to coat pan until done. Place salami, beans, then cheese in that order on top of burger, cover with skillet lid to melt cheese (about 30 seconds) place on burger bun and serve hot.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Beef Enchiladas

We are making these as part of a fundraiser for our church. This is a tasty and basic beef enchilada recipe.

BEEF Enchiladas
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 lb shredded Colby cheese
1/4 cup salsa (your choice of heat)
12 corn tortillas
1 large can enchilada sauce your choice of heat)
1 tablespoon Chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Brown and drain ground beef. In separate bowls; 1st bowl mix 3/4 lb cheese with the salsa, in 2nd bowl mix all spices together. Add spices to ground beef and mix well. In a shallow pan pour small amount of enchilada sauce to cover bottom and fill 1/8 in high. Dip corn tortilla into shallow pan coating tortilla completely, in center of tortilla place table spoon of ground beef and 3 table spoons of cheese mix. Roll tortilla and place in "Pam" sprayed 2 qt. casserole dish. repeat until casserole dish if full. cover enchiladas with remaining enchilada sauce and top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve hot. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Basic Oatmeal Cookies

I am not going to lie, I found this recipe on the back of the oatmeal container. However, it is really good and I want to jot it down for future reference.

1 cup butter (I use half shorting and butter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup nuts (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)

Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter mixture. Add remaining ingredients
Roll into 1 tablespoon size balls  place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes or until done. ( I did mine in 8-10 minutes)

So pictured I add 1 cup of crushed cereal (corn flakes and Special K mix) and I also coated the cookie balls in the crushed cereal before baking.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Breakfast Burrito

Who doesn't like breakfast burritos?  We are going to make these as a fundraiser for our church.

Breakfast Burritos
6 oz. breakfast sausage (your choice of spicy or mild)
1/2 cup hash browns (any style)
1 oz. shredded colby cheese
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 eggs 
3 tablespoons salsa (your choice of heat)
salt and pepper to taste
1 12" flour tortilla 

Cook sausage: drain and crumble add Taco seasoning. Cook hash browns till crisp and browned. Cook eggs scrambled adding the salt and pepper, then add sausage and hash browns, mix well. heat tortilla in microwave for 15 seconds to soften, place mixture, cheese, and salsa in middle of burrito and wrap. Serve hot. 

Sheppard's Pie In A Half Shell

Yum! A twist on a Sheppard's Pie, or a twist on twice
baked potatoes.

Sheppard's pie in a half shell
6 large Russet potatoes (baked at 375 for 1 hour)
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 can cut green beans
1 can Tomato soup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz shredded Colby cheese

Bake potatoes and let cool, cut potatoes in half length-wise. Using a spoon, scoop centers out of potatoes and place into a separate bowl and mash coarsely. In a sauce pan, brown ground beef and drain of grease, add all ingredients and spices to hamburger, mix well. spoon mixture back into hollowed out potato shells and place on baking sheet. Top with shredded cheese and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. serve hot.   

Friday, May 09, 2014

Cinnamon Marble Cake

I was inspired to make this after seeing a cinnamon roll pancake. I was going to try try to make the swirls like a cinnamon roll, but I decided to make it like a marble cake. I also initially decide to leave the cake and not invert it. A while later I had change my mind and try to invert it out of the pan. The cake just fell apart as I inverted the pan.

For the sake of this recipe, we will leave it in the pan. 

This recipe will make make a 8 inch cake.

1 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 t baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
1 egg
1 t vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients,  and the remaining ingredients. Beat with and electric mixer until blended then beat on medium speed for about a minute.

Take out 2 T of the batter and to it add:
1/4 cup soft butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 t cinnamon

Mix until well blended. This is the cinnamon filling
Grease and flour 8 inch round (or square) pan. Add the cake batter.  Dollop cinnamon filling on top of the cake. Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon filling through out the cake to make the marble effect. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until done. Cake will pull away from the sides and a toothpick will come out clean.

For the glaze add:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 T milk
1/2 t vanilla

Combine all ingredients, mix until smooth.

You can add the glaze while the cake is still warm, I waited until it cooled a little.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Kellogg's Special K Cookies

We had bought several boxes if Special K at the grocery store because it was on sale (and we needed cereal). So I got to thinking I wanted to make cookies withe the cereal. So after searching the I found a recipe on Kellogg's web site.
It initially did not look like a lot of dough, so I made them into small balls, about 1/2 inch. 

Another thing about the recipe, it called for 4 cups of cereal, but only 1 1/2 cups are mentioned in the directions. So I assume that the 4 cups of cereal equals to about 1 1/2 cups crushed.

The recipe also list variations you could add to the recipe, so I chose to add the 1/2 cup (or more) of chocolate chips. I bet this would be equally good with the coconut or date option.

In the future, I may try it with corn flakes, as I always have corn flakes around the house (because it is my favorite cereal) and not always have Special K.

So you can find the recipe here.