Sunday, May 31, 2009

Triple (or quadruple) Berry Pie

Found this recipe and had to try it out. I used frozen fruit, defrosted it and mixed it as the recipe states. When all of the fruit around here comes on fresh, I'd like to try it that way, but I had lots of frozen berries, so that's what I went with this round.

This pie was awesome! We loved the combined berry flavors!
John's rating: 9+

Two 9 inch pie crusts

2 cups fresh blueberries rinsed and drained, you can also use blackberries or a combination of both (I used 1 cup of each)

1 cup fresh raspberries rinsed and drained

4 cups fresh strawberries rinsed, stemmed and halved (mine were sliced)

2 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar divided

1 large egg lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Press 1 pie crust into a lightly greased pie pan. In large bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. In small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water and stir until smooth and then add in 3/4 cup of the sugar. Pour cornstarch, sugar and water mixture over the berries and toss. Let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour berries into pie shell and place remaining pie shell over the top and crimp edges together (you can also cut pastry into strips and weave into a lattice pattern). Brush top of pie with beaten egg and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cut slits or pattern in the top of pie to vent. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes until crust is lightly browned.
If edges brown too quickly tent pie with foil.

Pie is delicious served warm or cold with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Fritters

1/2 cup milk (I used pwd.)
1 Tbsp. oil
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 slightly beaten egg
1 medium apple, finely chopped or grated

powdered sugar

Heat oil to 365. Combine dry ingredients, then stir in the wet just until mixed.

Drop by Tbsp. (I use my largest cookie scouper) into hot oil. Fry about 4 minutes, turning half way through for even browning.

Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot.


Serve Warm!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Using Powdered Milk

I've been using pwd. milk in place of milk in my cooking. So far, it has worked great in everything I have used. I use the ratio of 3 Tbsp. of pwd. milk to 1 cup of water. I add the pwd. milk to the dry ingredients and the water with the wet.

Here's a chart:
Milk Water Dry Pwd. Milk
1 cup 1 cup 3 Tbsp.
3/4 cup 3/4 cup 2 1/4 Tbsp.
2/3 cup 2/3 cup 2 Tbsp.
1/2 cup 1/2 cup 1 1/2 Tbsp.
1/3 cup 1/3 cup 1 Tbsp.
1/4 cup 1/4 cup 3/4 Tbsp.

At christmas I needed some sweetened condensed milk...so I made some using pwd. milk. I couldn't tell the difference in the end product. I don't plan to ever buy sweetened condensed milk again when I can make it so much cheaper.

Sweetend Condensed Milk:
14 oz can:
1/2 cup Hot Water
1 cup dry pwd. milk
1 cup sugar
1 T. Butter

Blend VERY WELL in blender (I use the VitaMix)

Other things I plan to try:

Buttermilk:Add a Tbsp. of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Evaporated Milk:(12 oz. can)
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup + 1 T. Pwd Milk

Blend VERY WELL in blender.

Sour Cream: Cool Huh?
I came across this one day on the internet and I know I bookmarked it...so when I find it I will post it!

I am also trying one more thing, starting tonight. My friend (Thanks Cindy) told me she has been mixing pwd. milk at night and mixing it half and half with store bought milk to save a little on milk. She said chilling it over night is key, and she has not had complaints from her family on the taste...so I mixed mine tonight so we will see what my family thinks tomorrow!

Fast, Soft Breadsticks

These were nice and soft and I had them ready in just over an hour. Next time I want to try using some flax seed in place of some of the oil, to cut done on the fat. It would also be good to use some wheat flour in place of the flour.

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Directions
Make dough. Roll out into a 10x12 inch rectangle. Cut into strips about 3/4 inch wide. Give each strip a twist or two and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Let rise for at least 20 minutes or more if you have time.
Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.
Brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese as soon as they come out of the oven.

*Found this recipe on recipezaar:
http://www.recipezaar.com/Quick-Soft-Breadsticks-71360

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mom's Meatballs-super easy

1 cup apricot jam
1/2 bottle catalina dressing
Meatballs, precooked frozen ones from Costco

Pour in crockpot and mix until all meatballs are covered. Cook on high 2-3 hours.

Serve over warm rice.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Orange Blueberry Smoothie

1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
1/2 - 1 cup water
1 cup frozen blueberries
4 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

**Make it a power smoothie by adding 5 Tbsp. of protein pwd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Banana Bread


This is my favorite banana bread recipe.


Makes 1 loaf:

1/2 cup butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix together. Bake in loaf pan 350 for 1 hour.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Orange Mango Cantaloupe Smoothie

1/3 container Mango Orange concentrate (org. recipe says to use passion orange)
1 cup water
1 cup frozen cantaloupe

Blend until smooth.

*Make it a power smoothie by adding 3 Tbsp. protein pwd.

Razzleberry Pie Smoothie

1 cup apple juice (we used 2)
1/2 tart apple (granny smith)
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries (we used seedless pulp)
1 to 1 1/4 cups ice

Blend until smooth.

Can top with raspberry newtons.

*Make it a power smoothie by adding 2 Tbsp. protein pwd.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crock Pot Enchilada Chowder

Found a recipe for this on recipezaar...I adapted it a little:
It made a lot and was rich with the cheese, but it was good served up with some warm chips.
John's Rating: 9

Mix in crock pot:

1 pint crushed tomatoes (I used a potato masher to make them a little finer)
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup browned hamburger with onion
1 bag frozen corn (I used white)
1-2 Tbsp dried green peppers


In seperate bowl, whisk together:
1 pint enchilada sauce
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk (I used 1 pint water, 6 Tbsp. pwd milk)

Cook on low in crock pot 6-8 hours.

Stir in cheese.
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup shredded mont. jack
(I used Mixican Velveeta because that is what I had)


Top with crushed chips and sour cream, if desired.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Onion Rings

2-3 big sweet onions, peeled and sliced thin into rings

DIPPING MIXTURE
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk

Slice onions and let them sit in dipping mix for about an hour.

Mix in gallon size ziploc:
CRISPY COATING MIXTURE
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoning salt (or regular salt, can use less than 1 teaspoon if desired)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup panko crumbs

Directions
Heat the oil to about 350 degrees.

Drop onions, a batch at a time from the egg mixture into the ziploc bag. Toss to coat well. Drop into hot oil.

Keep in oven on warm until all the onions are ready...it you can keep your husband from eating them as they come out! :)

Banana Cream Pie

This banana cream pie had a really thick cream. John is now not a fan of the quick pudding banana cream pies...it is so much better when made from scratch!  We really enjoyed it.


Crust:
1 1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup sugar

Mix and form in pie pan.

Filling:

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk (I used 6 Tbsp. pwd milk, 2 cups water)
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium firm bananas

Directions
In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt; stir in milk and mix well.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Stir a small amount of cream mixture into egg yolks; return all to saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from the heat.

Add butter and vanilla; mix well; allow to cool slightly.

Slice the bananas and mix with cream mixture. Pour into crust.

Cool; before serving, garnish with whipped cream or Cool Whip and bananas.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Teriyaki Burgers


Fresh Pineapple, cut into rings. One for each burger. (Or use canned, but fresh is WAY better)
Ground Beef
Yoshida Sweet and Sour sauce (from Costco) or a Teriyaki sauce (Lately I've been using Kikkoman's thick glaze and I really like it!)

Marinade pineapple in some sauce. Mix ground beef with some sauce and form the meat into patties. (Or if you're in a hurry, which happens a lot around here, just slap the sauce on the meat and pineapple rings as you grill it)

If time allows, let them marinate in the fridge for a few hours.

Grill burgers. After turning the burgers, place the pineapple on the grill. Cook pineapple for a few minutes on both sides.

Top grilled meat with cheese. (Lately we've been using a slice of pepper jack cheese...yum!) Serve on buns with all the fixings you like.

Banana Colada

This didn't "Wow" us, but it had a pleasant flavor.
John's rating: 6

1 cup lite, unsweetened coconut milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 banana
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 to 1 1/4 cups ice

Blend until smooth.

*Make it a power drink by adding 1 scoop (5 Tbsp. of protein pwd.)

Mountain Blueberry Smoothie

I liked this....John is not a blueberry fan because of the skins.
John's Rating: 4-5

1/4 cup white grape juice concentrate
2 Tbsp. cran. rasp. juice concentrate
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 to 1 1/4 cups ice

Blend until smooth.

*make it a power smoothie by adding 1 scoop protein pwd.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Special Occasion Alfredo Sauce

You'll see why it's "special occasion" when you read the ingredients...we can't eat this everyday, but it is so, so good!
John's Rating: 10 (he said this was the best alfredo sauce he's ever had)Ingredients
1/2 cup sweet butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Add the garlic, cream, white pepper and bring mixture to a simmer. Stir often. Add the Parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is smooth. When sauce has thickened add the Mozzarella cheese and stir until smooth. STIR FREQUENTLY.

*I didn't like the little bits of garlic, so I blended it in my VitaMix at the end to make it nice and smooth.

While the sauce cooks, boil noodles.

Egg Noodles with Pea Flour

I was wondering what I could make with some pea flour I made. This was the recipe I tried it in, and it was great. I topped the noodles with alfredo sauce, but they would be really good in a chicken noodle soup.
John's Rating: 9

1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup pea flour (dry split peas ground into flour)
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 egg yolks
1/4 to 1/2 cup water

In KitchenAid put flour and salt, make a well and add eggs. Mix together. Slowly add water a little at a time until a ball forms. Do not add too much water! Knead dough. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 4. Roll dough really thin (I used more flour to keep it from sticking and rolled it with my plastic pie crust maker) and cut into thin strips, no larger than 1/4 inch wide.

Do not pile the noodles very thick...they will mold back together.

Heat water to a boil and cook in salt water or broth for 10 minutes or so.

You can also lay out the noodles and let them dry. The original recipe said to let them dry 2 hours before using, I didn't have time today, but maybe that would make them better....I'll have to update if I ever plan this far in advance.

I also read somewhere the dough could be frozen for up to a month.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pink Snow

Named by Kyla because it was pink, and she loves to eat snow.
John's Rating: 9

1/4 cup cranberry raspberry concentrate
2 bottled peach halves
1/3 cupISH juice from peach jar
1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup french vanilla coffee mate
2 cups water
6 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy.

Hand Tossed Pizza Dough

This is a family favorite.  My kiddos love pizza.  This makes 2 large pizzas, the size of my pizza stone. 

Mix and set aside:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbsps. yeast
3 Tbsp. oil


In mixing bowl:
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 3/4
cups flour

Mix dry and wet ingredients (knead) Let dough rise 30 minutes to an hour. Cut dough in half, roll each into a circle.Top with toppings and cook in oven at 425 until done.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

F.D. Smoothie 2

1/2 cup prepared concord grape juice
3 cubes frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup french vanilla creamer
water
ice

Blend until smooth

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Something new on the menu tonight:
John's Rating: 9

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. stove top stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces.
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until moistened.
Layer: chicken, basil, cheese, stuffing mix, cheese in baking dish
Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

*We might try marinating the meat next time with some sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, it was just a tad bit dry.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Super Easy Crock Pot Enchiladas

In the crock pot for dinner tonight:

Ingredients
1 (8 count) package frozen burritos
1 pint enchilada sauce (I add a little water to my sauce since it is thick)
2 cups shredded cheese
sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)

Directions
Put a little bit of enchilada sauce in bottom of crock-pot. Then layer burritos - sauce - cheese. There is no right way to do this, just make sure there is a little of sauce on each burrito.
Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3.
Serve with Sour cream and Salsa if you wish.