Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pumpkin Tea Bread

My mom has made this recipe since I was young growing up in Fairborn, Ohio.  It was a recipe given to her by our across the street neighbor, Ruby Schauer.  Mrs. Schauer always made the best food...divinity, homemade strawberry preserves...

My mom always made this bread at Thanksgiving.  They moved here 5 or 6 years ago.  Last year I started making the bread as her dementia was worse.  On September 11th, we lost my mother to a stroke.  It's been rough, but with the upcoming holidays, I've been really feeling her loss.  She was a wonderful, sweet lady.

Pumpkin Tea Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 cups flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t baking powder
1 t cloves
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t baking soda


Combine sugar and oil.  Beat until well blended.

Add eggs and blend.  Add pumpkin.  Blend.

Sift flour and add remaining ingredients.  Add to the pumpkin mixture and beat several minutes until well blended.

Pour batter into ungreased tube pans lined with wax paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool in pans.

Straight out of the oven

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Homemade Turkey Soup (Betty Crocker)

Wednesday at work, we put together a  Thanksgiving meal with everyone bringing a dish.  I made a 7.5 lb turkey in my roaster.  It came out moist and delicious.  I only used butter, salt and pepper on it like I do at home.

I froze the carcass and brought it home to make soup.  I have never used a carcass (or ham bone) to make soup before.  Well....now I have and will do it again!  I found the recipe on Betty Crocker.com.  It smelled great while making the broth.  I couldn't find pearl barley so I used quick barley.  I added it to the last step.  It was still great tasting.  I added some bouilon cubes and some more salt and pepper.  I will definitely make this again.

The recipe can be found on the Betty Crocker website here.

Raspberry Sorbet

Friday, while shopping at Kohl's with my daughter and her family, I decided to get a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker.  It makes 1 1/2 quart servings.  For dessert for tonight's dinner, I decided on the Raspberry Sorbet.  YUMMY!  And, EASY!  I will definitely make this one over and over.  I would like to try it with different fruits.

Raspberry Sorbet

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
pinch table salt
4 cups frozen raspberries, thawed


1.  Prepare a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in medium saucepan set over medium-low heat.  Cook mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved.

2.  Once ready, add salt and raspberries.  Using an immersion blender (I put mine in a regular blender), blend until smooth.

3.  Strain the mixture, half at a time through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds.

4.  Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours, or over night.

5.  Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.  The sorbet will have a soft, creamy texture.  If firmer consistency is desired, transfer to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.  Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Makes about 5 cups.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

One of my favorite blogs is Plain Chicken.  Steph has some such delicious looking food!  I love chicken & dumplings, and so does my now 17 year old son.  This recipe happened to catch my eye.  I loved it!  It was easy to make which was a huge plus!  My son thinks it needed different spices, but I liked it the way it was.

I like the way the flour mixture firms up while baking but still has liquid from the broth.

I forgot to take a picture so I am "borrowing" the one from Plain Chicken.  The recipe can be found here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cookin' With the Deens - Peach Cobbler

The recipe for this week for Cookin' With the Deens was picked by Michele.  I was eyeing this one, too!  It was very easy to make and very good.  My grandson helped with the fruit part.  I will definitely make this one again.  I used frozen peaches.  Very yummy!

Peach Cobbler

5 c sliced fresh or frozen peaches.  Unpeeled.  Thawed and drained if frozen
3 T plus 1/3 c packed light brown sugar
1 T plus 1 c all purpose flour
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 T cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Toss together peaches, 3 T brown sugar, 1 T flour, lemon juice and cinnamon.  Spoon into 2 quart dish and bake 10 minutes

Meanwhile, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter until resembles coarse meal.  Stir in 1/4 c boiling water just until dough comes together.

Spoon dollops of dough over baked peaches.  Bake 25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.  Cool slightly before serving.

Delicious ala mode!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Food Around the World - Fried Mozzarella

This month's theme is Italy for the Food Around the World club.  Who doesn't love Italian food?!  We love it in my house.  I was really excited when Kelly picked this theme!

Last weekend we had a big meal at my house.  I decided to make these for dinner.  My daughter, Kelly, and my son, Jimmy, helped out.  We did not let them sit in the freezer long enough.  Therefore, when Jimmy friend them, they came out more like fried mozzarella blogs instead of sticks!  But, they were still deliciouso!

Fried Mozzarella

16 pieces String Cheese, Removed From Wrappers
½ cups All-purpose Flour
2 whole Eggs
3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes
Canola Oil, For Frying
Marinara Sauce, For Dipping
2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
Slice string cheese pieces in half, for a total of 32 pieces.
Place flour in a small bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk.
In another separate bowl, combine panko bread crumbs with parsley flakes.
TO ASSEMBLE: One by one, roll mozzarella sticks in flour, then dunk in egg/milk mixture, then place in panko crumbs. Use your hand to sweep crumbs all over the mozzarella stick. Gently remove and place on a tray or cookie sheet. Repeat until all mozzarella sticks are coated.
***Place tray in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to flash freeze.***
TO COOK: Heat 1 1/2 inches canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add mozzarella sticks 8 at a time. Watch closely and turn over to evenly brown, cooking less than 2 minutes. Do not allow cheese to bubble and leak.
Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

My son, Jimmy, frying the mozzarella and my son-in-law, Steve, helping to prepare rest of dinner.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cheesy Muffins

I found this recipe in the most recent Paula Deen Magazine.  The recipe seemed easy and it had cheese in it. Yum!  I made these to go with our Sunday dinner.  My granddaughter Samantha helped me.  They were delicious and the grandkids could not stay out of them!

Sorry the picture isn't very good.  I forgot to take a finished picture so this is a cropped picture.  These are real delicious with honey, too.  I probably should have filled the muffin pans up more.  I made about 2 3/4 dozen.

Cheddar Muffins

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3 T sugar
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray 24 miniature muffin cups with non stick baking spray with flour.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, and sugar.  Add buttermilk and eggs, stirring just until combined (mixture will be lumpy).  Stir in cheese.

3.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Serve warm.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Peanut Butter Do-si-do Chocolate Chip Cookies

Being a Girl Scout Leader I was very excited to see this recipe on Picky Palate's site.

These cookies were DELICIOUS!  My son must have ate about a third of the baked cookies!

You can find the recipe here:  http://picky-palate.com/2013/03/25/peanut-butter-do-si-do-chocolate-chip-cookies/#more-26971.  The recipe is very easy and results were so good!


Cookin' With the Deens - 1st post

This is a new cooking club - Cookin' With the Deens.  The cookbook we are cooking out of is From Mama's Table to Mine by Bobby Deen.  Bobby lightens up his mom's recipes to be 350 calories or less.
The Book We Are Using
Our first two recipes are Cajun Sliders and Twice Baked Cheddar Potatoes.

Both recipes were really good, but I'm not my favorite.  We tweaked the potato recipe so it's not so "lightened up."  By we, I mean my daughter, Kelly and I.  These were good, tho.

The burgers I made some with the spices and hot sauce and some leaving out these items.  I wasn't sure if my grandkids would like them.

I double the recipe so we could each have 2.

Cajun Sliders

6 oz 93% lean ground turkey
6 oz 95% lean ground beef
1 T ketsup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, plus extra for the vegetables
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1/2 red bell peppers, cut lengthwise into 8 strips
4 round onion slices from 1 small onion
1 T, plus 1 tsp fat free mayo, or low-fat (used regular since it's what I had)
2 tsp spice brown mustard
4 small sandwich buns

1.  Preheat the broiler.  Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, beef, ketsup, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun season and the hot sauce.  Form the mixture in 4 fat patties (a little wider than the buns).

3.  Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.  Cook the patties, covered, turning once until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer, 8 to 10 minutes total.

4.  Meanwhile, place the bell pepper strips and onion slices on the prepared baking sheet.  Season with a pinch of the extra Cajun seasoning and lightly spray with cooking spray.  Broil, without turning, until browned along the edges, 3-5 minutes.

5.  In a small bowl, stir together the mayo and mustard and spread on the inside of each bun.  Put a patty on the bottom of each bun, top with an onion slice and 2 strips of bell pepper crossed over each other, and cover with the top bun.

Twice Baked Cheddar Potatoes

4 medium russet potatoes
1 cup grated low-fat Cheddar cheese (I used regular)
1/2 cup fat free, or low fat, Greek yogurt (used cream cheese)
1/3 cup skim milk (1%)
3/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
paprika to taste
3 scallion (white and light green parts only) thinly sliced (skipped)

1.  Preheat the  oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cut a slit in the top of each potato and lightly spray the skin all with cooking spray.  Arrange the potatoes on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet and bake until tender, about 1 hour.

3.  Slice off the top third of each potato.  Scoop out the insides into a medium bowl and mash with the cheese, yogurt, milk, salt and pepper.   Return the potato shells to the baking sheet.  Scrape the mixture back into the potato shells.  Sprinkle with paprika and bake until golden, 20-30 minutes.  Toop with scallions and serve. (I added more cheddar to top).

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Paula Deen's Flash-in-the-Pan Steak Fajitas

My daughter and I were talking the other day that fajitas sounded good.  In the most recent Paula Deen magazine there were several fajita recipes.  I decided to try the steak ones.  Boy were they delicious!  Everything is cut up and marinating the night before so there is not much to do the next evening.  Easy.

The recipe can be found here:  http://www.pauladeenmagazine.com/recipe_results.php?id=3485

Photo: Paula Deen's flash in a pan fajitas.  It was delish!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pioneer Woman Meatloaf and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Dinner!  Pioneer Woman meatloaf and her mashed potatoes.  Yum!

I know it has been AGES since I posted any recipes. Hopefully, that will change.  I was just so busy for such a long time between work, Girl Scouts, grandkids, son.  Rest is busy but work is starting to ease up some.

Tonight I decided to make the Pioneer Woman's Meatloaf and her creamy mashed potatoes.  My helped me.  I got a late start on it so we did not eat until after 8:00.  But, we all thought it was worth the wait!  It was so good.  The catsup, brown sugar, dried mustard and tobasco topping caramelized on top and you also put the leftover sauce on your meatloaf before eating.  The meatloaf recipe is located here:


The potatoes are just as yummy!  Kelly did the potatoes.  The cream cheese, butter and half and half, plus baking makes it one of my favorites!  This is where the potatoes recipe is found:


Photo: Pioneer Woman mashed potatoes.

This is definitely an awesome Sunday night dinner.  Takes a little too long for me for during the week.  I will definitely make this again!