Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Favorite Holiday Recipes

We took a little survey this week and here are our family's favorite holiday recipes. I thought it would be a good idea to have all the links in one place.
For October:
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Caramel Apples
Pumpkin Bars
(I'll work on adding the ones that aren't posted yet!)

Candy Corn Cookies

The original idea is at "Our Best Bites" over here, and they look a LOT prettier, but this is to show that we tried Elizabeth's suggestion :) For some reason our dough was just too sticky to work with easily, but the cookies tasted just fine.Take your sugar cookie dough and tint 1/3 yellow and 1/3 orange, leaving the last third white. Layer in a loaf pan and chill.
Slice 1/4" thick. (You can trim the edges if you want.) Then cut into triangles and place on the cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with sugar and bake. We did 9 minutes at 350°.
Cute little cookies - much better than real candy corn (at least in my opinion)!

Pretzel Treats

I'm not seeing that this has been posted, so here you go. This is one of our family's favorite holiday treats. We've made them often, but apparently they disappear immediately, because Dad has never tried one before! I guess there are some advantages to sending all your boys off to college.Layer pretzels on a baking sheet. (We like to use the square Butter Snaps.) Top with an unwrapped Rolo candy. Bake at 300° for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently press an M&M or pecan onto the candy to "squish" it into the pretzel. Delicious!!

Deep-Fried Turkey

Wayne wants to deep-fry a turkey for Thanksgiving this year. Since it's been a while, he decided it would be a good idea to make sure everything still works. We're pleased to report that it does! If you haven't ever tried turkey cooked this way, do so. It's fabulous - moist and flavorful.Follow the instructions that come with the fryer you're using, but basically you bring 3 1/2 gallons of oil to 350°, drop in a turkey that's been seasoned (we tried injecting it this time with a basic vinaigrette), fry for 3 minutes per pound, remove and carve. It was the perfect accompaniment for the Dutch oven broccoli casserole that he also made.
I'm not posting the recipe (although you can always ask for it) because it wasn't my favorite way to eat broccoli, but it was still good. He combined broccoli, eggs, milk and cheese and then baked it until it was done. Pretty simple!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chicken Ranch Pizza

Chicken Pizza

1/2 cup Ranch dressing
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 ready-to-eat (12") pizza crust [which just means I made our regular crust and pre-baked it a few minutes before adding the toppings]
1/2 cup roasted red pepper strips, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
1/4 cup chopped green onions (omitted this time)
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450°. Combine salad dressing, cream cheese and tomato paste; stir in chicken. Spread mixture on pizza crust. Arrange peppers, olives and onions on top; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 2 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 cups chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars together. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients, then add chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

First tried in April 1995 - Delicious! Great texture!!