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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Made Concha For The First Time


Totally unrelated, I want to make this:

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Back to why we are here.

So how did we decide on making a Mexican sweet bread without never having even eaten one? My son and I saw some prepackaged ones in the store and thought to ourselves, we can make this from scratch. My son Google for a recipe and found this one.

Authentic Mexican Concha Recipe - Mexico in my Kitchen

Like I said, we have never had one so we were not sure how it was supposed to turn out.  So it is a roll with a shortening, powdered sugar topping on top. You have to option make a chocolate topping.

 I decided to make the dough portion in my bread machine. This might not be a wise decision.    I thought it turn out a little tough, but it was tasty.  The dough did not seem to double its size. It might need more time to rise. The topping comes off a little too. You are supposed to put on some shortening on top of the roll before putting on the topping. I had my grandson help me, so he might not have put enough shortening on some of the rolls.

If we try this again, I will not use my bread machine. I will also make it will the chocolate topping.

Maybe we will buy some of the prepackaged ones to get an idea of how they are supposed to be.

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Sunday, September 04, 2022

Brownie and Frozen Yogurt Poppable

This is a low-sugar brownie I made. It only has 1/2 cup sugar for the 8-inch pan. It also has an avocado in it, and some low-fat yogurt in it instead of butter and eggs. It does have some cinnamon in it to give a little more sweetness. Overall, I really don't like them. It was o.k. I will try this again adding a little more sugar. 

These little frozen yogurt bites are o.k. A bit overpriced for 6 little balls.

Here is a poppable on top of the brownie. This did not work out because the brownie was soft and the frozen yogurt was hard. I should have waited for the frozen yogurt to thaw a little.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Tasty Eats

 I only have 3 tasty eats to share. It can be called 2 sandwiches and dessert.

First up is an avocado egg salad sandwich. It is two eggs. and avocado, about 1/4 cup mayo, and salt and pepper. The bread is a superfood bread from Trader Joe's.

This is an immatation lober roll. It has imitation crab meat, mayo, green onion, and salt and pepper.
I made these applesauce oatmeal bars without the applesauce. Turns out that the applesauce started to spoil, so I used cooked apples instead. Still turned out really tasty. I will have to try it again with applesauce.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Banana Cranberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies


I have seen this cookie on My Fitness Pal, and I knew I had to try it. The recipe on the site has 3 ingredients. Mine has 4 ingredients. Oats, bananas, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries,

Pulse in a food processor 1 cup of oats until it is a flour-type consistency. 

Mash 3 medium bananas

Add the pulsed oats, an additional 1/2 cup of oats, 2 tablespoons each dried cranberries and sunflower seeds

Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet. flatten into a cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes for a soft chewy cookie, cook longer for a crunchier cookie

This cookie is what I expected. It does not have the texture of a typical cookie. it is more of a dense cookie. There is no added sugar, so you get the sweetness from the bananas and the cranberries. I do think that these cookies are perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack. So do give these cookies a try.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Applesauce Cookies

I had come across this recipe in my vintage Betty Crocker Cookie Book. I knew I had to make them. It has all the ingredients my husband likes.  This cookie did turn out to be a hit, my husband loves it. The applesauce gives the cookie a soft cake-like texture. The raisins and spices make this cookie taste like my Raisin Spice Cookies.

Here is the recipe for these cookies.

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

2 Cups of well-drained applesauce - very important!

1/2 cup cold coffee

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cloves

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs, Stir in applesauce and coffee, Add in remaining ingredients, and chill for at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 400 degrees F,  Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes until it is done.

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Egg in the Hole

I think the egg in the hole is also called Toad in the Hole. Anyway. I had this for the first time and it was tasty, especially with homemade bread. I added butter to the bread, and put it in the frying pan
I should have greased my pan (or had a good nonstick pan) because my egg stuck to the pan. I also toasted my hole too.

I will definitely make it again, especially if I have leftover homemade bread.

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Friday, July 01, 2022

Raisin Spice Cookies 2.0

So this is it, my final version of my husband's favorite cookie. His mother had made them all the time and insisted I get the recipe from her. I posted the original recipe back in 2011.  In the original blog post, I had mentioned that she gave me the flour measurement for 1 1/2 batches and the remaining ingredients were for a single batch, I thought that was strange to do that.

My husband was asking for raisin spice cookies, this time I looked over the recipe. In the end, I decided to mimic the recipe after a certain chocolate chip cookie I already knew.

So here is the final recipe for Raisin Spice Cookies:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup butter - I used 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups raisins

Cream butter and sugar. Combine the eggs and vanilla.

Combine the dry ingredients, and add to the butter mixture. Add in the raisins Mix until just combined.

Drop about 2 tablespoons (I have a cookie scoop) onto a greased cookie sheet (I have a silicone baking sheet) and bake for about 8-10 minutes in a 350-degree oven or until the desired doneness. 

That is it, my now goto recipe for raisin spice cookies.

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Tasty Eats - Molasses Cookie Recipe

 Time to share some tasty eats we had throughout the week, or so. My husband is injured now and can't work. This means I think of meals at dinner time.

The first few dishes my son made. He made some coconut shrimp and a salad with a berry vinaigrette dressing.

These next two come out of a Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook.
Doing a quick internet search for these recipes.........

Not much luck, this is closest to the dessert, which is a cappuccino cream:
Substitute one cup of milk with one cup of cold coffee, and leave out the almond liqueur.
I made a bread pudding.

I could not find one for the chicken. My dish has cut-up chicken thighs, a red pepper, Italian seasoning, cream cheese, milk to this out the cream cheese, and noodles.

I do want to try this recipe:

This was a quick meal of creamed peas, mashed potatoes with leftover feta cheese in them, and baked chicken with barbeque sauce.
I was at the grocery store and wanted to make something quick. This was o.k.
I have already done a post about these toffee bars.

I do believe that this molasses cookie could be vegan. I guess it depends on how the molasses is made. The recipe came from a vintage cookie book. The recipe has no eggs or butter in it because these items were either expensive or hard to come by during WW II.

Here are the ingredients that want into this cookie:
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon of shortening
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of molasses
3 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon of baking soda (yup, that is correct)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon each ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon (these are optional)

Cream the sugar and shortening
add in molasses
mix dry ingredients
alternately add water and the dry ingredients
drop by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. I use a silicone baking sheet, You could use parchment paper.
bake at 350 degrees F oven for about 12 minutes

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Tasty Eats.

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Sunday, June 05, 2022

Toffee Bars

I tried out a different toffee square recipe from a vintage cookbook. This is similar to the type of recipe that has a bottom cookie layer and a sweetened condensed milk baking on top with a few mix-ins. This one doesn't have any mix-ins, but it does have a fudge frosting on top.  This cookie is a definite hit.

Ingredients for the cookie layer:

 1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour

Ingredients for the toffee layer

14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients for the fudge frosting:

1 ounce of unsweetened baking chocolate
 2 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanillaCream the first three ingredients of the cookie layer.  Stir in flourPat in 9 x 13 un-greased pan. Bake 350 until lightly brown, about 15 minutes.
In the meantime, make the toffee layer:In a saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, butter, and salt.  Cook over low heat until butter is melted. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick and smooth,  about 5 minutes, Add in vanillaSpread the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the baked cookie layer. Cook for about 12 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown.In the meantime…Make the fudge frosting.In a saucepan, combine butter and unsweetened baking chocolate. Melt over low heat until chocolate and butter have melted. Take off the heat. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add just enough warm water, about a couple of tablespoons until it is a smooth consistency.Once the bars are done, spread the frosting while the bars are still warm.  Cut into bars while it is still warm.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Farmer's Market Finds

 My husband and I recently went out to a local farmer's market. While we were there we picked up some eggs (because we were completely out), some salad greens (for me), and some pecans (I got the candied ones.

I loved the candied pecans, it is like a cinnamon roll on a nut.
I made an egg salad sandwich with the eggs.
I also scrambled some eggs.
Of course, I made a salad with the salad greens.  I also put some salad green with the egg salad sandwich.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 I was thinking of my husband when I created these cookies. I created this cookie by combining two of his favorite cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and ginger snap cookies.

I also wanted to add some healthy stuff to a cookie. This cookie has oatmeal, flaxseed, and raisins. Overall it is still a cookie loaded with sugar.  My husband also liked these cookies, so I am likely to make these on a regular basis.

Here is how I made these cookies.

You will need:

1 cup of butter (I used half shortening)

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

 3 cups oatmeal

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup flax seed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

First, cream the butter and brown sugar. Then add the eggs. molasses and vanilla. Add all the remaining ingredients.  I used a cookie scoop to form my cookies onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking sheet. You can use parchment paper or just grease the cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until done.


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Sunday, May 08, 2022

Tasty Eats Mosaic

From top left:
1, One pan Mexican rice.
2. enchiladas, my son made this from scratch.
3. cinnamon rolls, Yum!
5. My husband made stuffed mash potato patties,
6. My husband made cowboy beans.
7. I made Tik-Tok ramen. Highly recommend!
8. Homemade dutch oven bread. You can find the recipe here.
9. Brisket on top of macaroni and cheese

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Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Steak and Eggs

Hello! if you are here from the Sustainable Pinterest Challenge, Welcome to Just Winging It, my Food blog.  I usually have it on Treasures Made From Yarn. But since this month's challenge is recipe-related, I thought it would be appropriate to have it here.

My son works in the kitchen of a retirement community. He had brought home a bunch of steaks and crab cakes that normally would have been thrown out.

So I decided to make steak and eggs. you can find the Pinterest link here.

I sauteed some chopped onion in some butter and added the chopped steak and added the crab cake. I made some scrambled eggs and added some shredded cheese. I just put the onion and steak mixture on top of the scrambled eggs.  It was tasty, except that adding the crab cake was a bad idea. It probably would have been tasty with mushrooms. I did put ketchup on this, I have always added ketchup to scrambled eggs.

So that is it, I hope you check out other posts from the challenge.

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