Monday, December 26, 2016

Microwave Caramels

Microwave Caramels

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt, optional
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and milk in a 2-quart glass bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes, then stir. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes, stir and add vanilla (and salt and nuts if desired). Pour into a buttered 8" square pan and chill for 20 minutes. Cut with a plastic knife.

These were actually pretty good. I don't think I took any pictures, but we tried rolling a piece of this caramel into a ball, sticking it on a pecan and drizzling it with melted chocolate and it made a delicious mini turtle. It was to see if this caramel recipe would work for making turtles that I actually tried it. (I just don't have success with caramels needing a candy thermometer.) I think it will, but we ran out of time to test that theory this year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Dad's Grilled Salmon

I'll have to make this some day to get a picture, but this is the way my father-in-law cooks his salmon.


2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestshire sauce

Brush over salmon which has been placed in a greased foil pan. Let sit for about 30 minutes. Then grill until done.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pear and Feta Salad

When I saw the bag of pears sitting on the counter, I was inspired to look for a salad recipe using them and I found one - Pear and Feta Salad. It looked like it would be a great start for our dinner with the sister missionaries, and it was.

Combine or layer lettuce (we had butter lettuce in the fridge), sliced pears, candied walnuts (use a 2:1 ratio of nuts and sugar and heat them until caramelized in a frying pan, then cool) and feta cheese, then top with this salad dressing (mix all the ingredients in a blender for a minute or two):
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil