Friday, May 29, 2009
8 oz. Russian salad dressing
8 oz. lingonberry jam
1 package onion soup mix
6-8 chicken thighs
Combine the salad dressing, jam, and onion soup mix. Pour over the chicken. Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes. Serve over rice. Serves 6.
I also learned that lingonberries are from the cranberry family. My original Russian Chicken recipe calls for apricot/pineapple jam, but I've also seen variations using cranberry sauce. I guess that's why it turned out so well.
Russian Salad Dressing
1 cup ketchup
2-3 tablespoons sugar
3/8 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon Worcestshire sauce
1/4 to 3/8 cup olive oil
Combine all ingredients.
Note: to make 8 oz. for the Russian/Lingonberry Chicken recipe, just divide this in thirds. Or, make up the whole recipe and use the extra on salad.
After it's boiled for a minute, remove from heat and stir in about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of maple flavoring. That's it!
To store our syrup, I use recycled containers from past campouts. The other day I felt the one we had was past its prime, so I bought a new bottle. My "I don't like change" son revolted! Fortunately, his older brother is here to finish off the bottle so we can refill it with the "normal" mixture. And I guess I'll send a bottle of the secret ingredient with him when he leaves home!
Jeff eats a lot. He exercises a lot too, so it's okay. But I don't think he gets enough vegetables, so when I suggested adding some spinach to this simple salisbury steak, I was pleased that he followed my advice. And he said it turned out to be another delicious creation!
Combine a leftover cooked hamburger patty (when Jeff's around we cook extra on purpose) with some mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, onions and spinach (just toss in a handful from the bag of frozen spinach). Heat through and serve over rice. Add a dash of Tabasco sauce if you want.
Jeff did some more creating this week. This quesadilla is made using a wrap. Top it with refried beans, a cooked hamburger patty cut in pieces, tomatoes, and cheese. Then fold it in half and grill it on both sides. Garnish it with salsa and ranch dressing. Today he added avocado slices because we finally had some in the house. Delicioso! (Can you tell he made more than one!)
1-2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I omit)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can water
3/4 cup uncooked cracked wheat (can substitute brown rice)
1 (5 oz) can Chinese noodles
Brown meat in frying pan. Add onion and sauté briefly. Stir in everything else but the Chinese noodles. Pour into large greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with Chinese noodles. Cover and bake at 350° for an hour. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.
Yes, it does look and taste like it should have worms in the title, but it's still delicious! And it's great comfort food. Add some green vegetables and it's even better.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Rice Krispy Treats
¼ cup butter or margarine
4 – 4 ½ cups marshmallows
6 – 6 ½ cups rice krispies
Melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Take off heat and stir in rice krispies. Pat into buttered 9x13” pan.
Now that the kids are gone and we don't make these frequently, I often discover that the marshmallows in the pantry have gone stale. Here's a website that has a lot of suggestions for ways to use up stale marshmallows. Some of them are ingenious, like stirring into hot cocoa, ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even cold cereal (think Lucky Charms). You could add a slice of bread to the bag for a day or two to help "rehydrate" them. If you don't want to deal with any of these suggestions, putting the bag of marshmallows into the freezer before they go stale will keep them fresh.
Wayne made the second recipe in our new cookbook (The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook) and it was even more delicious than the first one! I never would have thought of serving cauliflower for breakfast!!
1 head cauliflower, separated into florets
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large onion, thinly sliced in half-moons
3 garlic cloves, mashed
1/3 cup olive oil
Boil cauliflower in salted water with lemon juice. Remove when barely tender. Fry garlic in oil until golden brown and discard. Sauté onion in same oil for five minutes. Add cauliflower and cook for five minutes. Beat eggs until frothy. Salt and pepper to taste and add to pan. Spread evenly and cook over medium heat. When eggs leave sides of pan, invert a plate over the pan and flip omelette onto plate. Slice omelette back into pan to brown on the other side. Repeat. Serve hot. Serves 4.
(We topped it with salsa at the table.)
It's always fun to watch Jeff fix his lunch! For this one he cooked a package of ramen noodles, but didn't add the seasoning packet (which will save the next time someone wants a light broth soup). He drained the noodles and put them back in the pan with a little seasoned olive oil, mushrooms, green beans and cooked chicken. When that was all warmed through he tossed in a few cherry tomato halves and ate it. He said it was a keeper.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
Prepare a brownie mix as package directs and pour into a 9x13" baking pan. Prepare a package of chocolate chip cookie mix and dollop onto the brownie batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool and serve.
That was the original recipe. We don't keep brownie and cookie mixes in our pantry, so we just made our regular brownie and chocolate chip cookie recipes and then combined them (using just part of the cookie dough) before baking. It's yummy. Actually, we experimented with a new brownie recipe - the one from the Make-a-Mix Cookbook, and that's the one Steven decided he liked better.
6 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons salt
8 cups sugar
3 cups unsweetened cocoa (an 8 oz. can)
2 cups shortening
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, then cut in shortening. Cool in a cool, dry place. Makes about 17 cups.
Our Best Brownies
Combine 2 1/2 cups Brownie Mix with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs. Spread into an 8" square pan. (Mixture will be stiff.) Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. (Double for a 9x13" pan.)
3/1/2017 - I'm going to try cutting the recipe in sixths to make a single batch. We'll see how it works. Seemed to work okay!
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
Notice that it is a stiff batter, but it spreads a bit in the oven:
Going through high school, Wayne worked in an Italian restaurant. He learned to really appreciate a good Fettucini Alfredo. But he also learned how to make Chicken Parmesan. And that's what he fixed for my special Mother's Day dinner.
We had a jar of spaghetti sauce in the pantry, which he tasted and added seasonings to until it was just right.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup chicken broth or water
(or make your own chicken gravy)
2 cups diced chicken
4 cups cooked long-grain rice
Combine soup and chicken broth in a medium saucepan to make gravy. Stir to blend. Add chicken. Simmer about 8-10 minutes, until heated through.
Layer on plates-first stack rice, chow mein noodles and chicken gravy. Add toppings as desired.
Makes about 8 servings.
chow mein noodles
diced or sliced tomatoes
diced green pepper
chopped green onion
pineapple chunks or tidbits
shredded cheddar cheese
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
2 bananas, sliced
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg (4 servings each) instant vanilla pudding
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (8 oz) carton Cool Whip, thawed
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter together and press evenly onto bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Arrange banana slices on crust. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in the milk. Add the pudding mixes and stir until well blended and thickened. Spread evenly over banana slices. Spoon pineapple evenly over pudding mixture. Spread cool whip over pineapple. Refrigerate 3 hours or until ready to serve.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cookies
½ cup margarine or butter
½ cup shortening
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1-2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts and/or M&M's, optional
Cream butter and shortening with sugars. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Combine and add dry ingredients. Mix in chocolate chips and optional nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes.Listen for the timer to go off! Let sit on the cookie sheet for just a minute, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling. Store them in a covered container before Dad comes home.This is just the basic Nestle's Tollhouse cookie recipe. However, when we moved to Florida we discovered it needed some adjusting. My best guess is the humidity gives the flour a higher moisture content, so we had to add more. Normally we have extra-large eggs, but today we used regular large ones. So, we didn't need quite as much flour. Also, a couple of years ago the formulation of our regular margarine changed and ruined our cookies. We did some experimenting - with real butter, 3 types of margarine, and butter-flavor Crisco. The butter-flavor Crisco won the taste test, so that's what we use now, along with regular Crisco. We like puffy cookies, not flat ones.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip
by Karine Tolman
1 (15 oz.) can cannelloni or navy beans
1 small jar roasted red peppers, drained, (about 1 cup)
3 oz. cream cheese (or use sour cream)
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of ½ a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
salt & pepper to taste
Pureé all in blender or food processor. Serve with baked pita chips.
1 cup salsa
1 cup corn (use canned or frozen)
1 can (14.5 oz.) white kidney beans (rinsed) and/or
1 can (14.5 oz.) red kidney beans (rinsed)
1 can (14.5 oz.) black beans (rinsed)
1 can (14.5 oz.) tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
Brown ground beef. Then add all remaining ingredients and cook for 10-15 minutes until hot. Serve. (All of these ingredients can be adjusted to taste.)
Note: Blanca Gerlach also uses this recipe, but with only one can of beans instead of three.
It would look much prettier topped with some salsa and sour cream!
Black Bean Soup
1-2 onions, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups chicken stock
7 cups cooked black beans
2 tablespoons lemon juice or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder, optional
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
celery, carrots, green peppers if desired
Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for a while. Top each serving with chopped green onion, sour cream, and/or grated cheese. Can also serve over rice. Serves 8.
1 ¼ cups dry white beans
12 oz. Italian sausage, sliced
4 cups water
1 ¾ cup beef broth
½ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic minced
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 zucchini, sliced (or yellow squash)
1 can (15 oz) Italian tomatoes
1/3 cup dry red wine or water
5 oz. thawed frozen spinach
Soak beans overnight. Drain and rinse. Brown the sausage and drain. Combine beans, sausage, water, broth, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, zucchini and tomatoes in crock pot. Cook on low for 11 hours. Just before serving stir in the spinach. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired. Serves 4.