Monday, June 19, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Gourmet French Toast
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 T sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
Mix and apply to sliced french bread. The batter will seem really thick, but trust me - it makes a yummy coating for your bread.
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 3/4 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2/3 cups water
Put the above ingredients into a pot and boil until thick.
My family was pretty excited about this switch-up from the usual maple syrup. My daughter asked me to make it every time we have pancakes. It's easy and yummy enough that I just might oblige.
Posted by Michelle at 9:35 AM
Hawaiian Pasta Salad
8 ounces pasta (we like bow ties), cooked el dente and rinsed
2 cups diced ham
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained- save juice
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1-3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup reserved pineapple juice
1- 2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix together cooled pasta, ham, pineapple, pepper and green onion. In a small bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the pasta. Mix well and chill for at least two hours.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Egg Salad Sandwiches
6 large eggs, hard boiled
4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)
2 T. dried chives
1/3 cup shredded cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise (you may want to add a bit more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mash together with a potato masher: Cream cheese, mayonnaise, chives, salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, mash the cooled, boiled eggs. Add the bacon, cheese, and cream cheese mixture. Mash all together. Serve on bread, roll, or croissant.
Friday, March 24, 2017
These muffins are delicious and they're healthy too! I got it from ambitiouskitchen.com and have changed a couple of things but they're so good for you she recommends them as a breakfast muffin. I don't want to lose this recipe so I'm posting it on my blog-yum!
Sunday, March 12, 2017
-3 bananas, mashed
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-2 tsps vanilla extract
-2 cups white flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-3/4 tsp salt
-1/4 cup butter, softened
-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1 1/2 TBSP milk
-3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13x9 inch pan.
For the brownie part:
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.
3. Blend in bananas & vanilla.
4. Add flour, baking soda, salt and blend for 1 minutes.
5. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 23-25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Cool slightly (warm but not hot) and frost with frosting.
For the frosting part:
7. Heat butter while stirring in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
8. Watch it carefully when it reaches a medium brown color turn off heat, whisk in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, adding milk as it thickens, then add in vanilla.
9. Pour over the warm banana bread brownies immediately and smooth with a spatula.
10. Cool completely before cutting.
I got the original recipe from sugarapron.com, and I have made a few changes.
Friday, March 10, 2017
These really aren't a Japanese recipe. I just make them a lot in Japan, so that's what I wanted to title it. I need a recipe that works here. I need one that just uses butter and that I can figure out the flour. So I found this one online and have made it many, many times- so many I can't even tell you. We provide refreshments for English class and we take treats to people we visit, so we churn out the cookies. These are so easy and always turn out great.
Japan Chocolate Chip Cookies
¾ cup (170 grams) butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup hard flour
1 cup soft flour ( In Japan, they have many different flours. It took experimenting to figure out what kinds to use and how much. You can just substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour for the 1 cup hard and 1 cup soft.)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar)
Mix melted butter and sugars well. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Turn off mixer and add flours, salt, and soda. Mix in with mixer. Add chocolate chips and stir. Put dough in fridge for about an hour (or more.) You can keep the dough in the fridge for several days in an airtight container. I do it ALL THE TIME.
When ready to bake, heat oven to 325 F or 165 C. Line pan with baking paper. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto sheet. Bake until set and slightly browned- about 7 ½ minutes for small cookies. Let cool and store in airtight container.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Fiesta Lime Chicken
In a gallon-sized zip lock bag, put the following:
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (or you can substitute fresh lemon juice)
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Close bag and mix with hands. Add 4 chicken breasts and marinate at least one hour.
Put some oil in a large skillet and heat. Cook each breast on each side until no longer pink in center. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated cheese and cover with lid. Turn off heat and let sit until melted.
Serve over rice or in a tortilla. Top with the following pico de gallo:
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup onion or green onion, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Chopped cilantro, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Top with corn tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, lettuce and the pico. It is also delicious with sliced avocado on top or guacamole.
Serving suggestion: I like to serve it burrito-style in a large flour tortilla. I put about 1/4 rice on the tortilla, then the chicken, then lettuce, then the pico, then guacamole or avocado slices and roll it up.
I like to serve refried beans or black beans on the side.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
If you asked me what my favorite sandwich is, I would have a hard time choosing because I love a good sandwich. But this is definitely in the top five. It is easy to make and always, always makes me think of my parents because they made them often.
1 slice good bread
Artificial Crab meat (or you could use real, I'm sure)
1 slice cheese of choice (my parents always used Swiss, but any cheese will do)
Salt and pepper
Put bread under the broiler until browned. Take out of the oven and turn it over. Layer the crab and cheese on top. Put back under broiler until the crab is warmed and the cheese melted. Remove from oven and put sliced tomatoes and salt and pepper on top. Yum!
Monday, February 6, 2017
This cake is good; it's frosting is out of this world delicious! It is quick and easy to make and uses common pantry ingredients.
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup uncooked oatmeal (either the quick oats or the regular oats work)
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 scant cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 beaten eggs
Put the oatmeal and the butter, cut up, in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over them. Stir until the butter is melted. Add the flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until well blended. Add sugars and eggs and beat well. Pour into a well-greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Make little holes in the cooling cake by piercing with a fork. While still a little warm, frost with the browned butter frosting.
Browned Butter Frosting
1/2 cup (115 grams) butter
3 cups powdered sugar (about)
Milk, as needed
Put the butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter starts to turn brown. Little flecks of brown will come up from the bottom and it will smell nutty and yummy. Remove from heat before it burns! Beat in the powdered sugar and enough milk to make a nice spreading consistency.
Spread over the warm cake.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Comfort food at it's best! If you love macaroni and cheese and you love ham, you'll love this creamy, delicious casserole.
2 Tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1-2 green peppers, chopped
1 can mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
8 ounce package of noodles, cooked el dente
2 cups shredded cheese of choice
2 cups cubeb ham
In a large skillet, melt the butter and saute' the onion and green pepper on medium heat. Stir and cook until vegetables are soft and onions caramelize. It takes awhile. Remove from heat and stir in the soup and sour cream. Stir until all is melted and blended together, making a delicious creamy sauce. In a greased 3-quart casserole dish, layer three times: Noodles, Cheese, Ham, and Sauce. Bake at 350 until heated through and bubbly and cheese well melted- about 30- 45 minutes.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
I saw a recipe like this on one of those videos on facebook. It looked yummy. But I didn't save it and couldn't remember who posted it, so I just made this up as I went. It turned out delicious!
Chicken Pesto with Green Beans and Tomatoes
1 lb. chicken tenders
Salt and pepper
1/2-1 cup basil pesto
1 large package frozen green beans
1 lb. package grape tomatoes, cut in half
Salt and pepper the tenders (or I like to use Montreal steak seasoning) Mix with your hands. Put some olive oil in a large skillet and add the seasoned tenders. Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes until browned and juicy. Add the green beans and about 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook until green beans are done. Take off the cover and let steam off until almost dry. Add the tomatoes and about 1/2 cup of pesto. Turn off heat and mix together. Serve over cooked pasta (we like penne) that has some pesto (amount to taste) in it. So easy, so quick, and so delicious!