Saturday, July 31, 2010

Good Friends, Good Food

Hosted by Denette and Heidi
June 2010

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Jalepeno Jelly

• 13 jalepenos (4 whole, 9 seeded)
• 3 medium peppers (1 orange, 1 red, 1 yellow)
• 3 cups vinegar
• 10 cups sugar
• 4 ounces of liquid pectin (I prefer Certo brand)

Remove stems and chop jalepeno, remove stems and seeds from peppers – all in food processor. Pour peppers in pot and add vinegar. Cook on outside stove and add sugar bringing to a hard rolling boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Put 1 tablespoon of butter in pot to reduce foaming. Skim foam from top if there is any.
Remove from heat and add pectin. Boil for another 1-2 minutes. Pour into hot sterile ½ pint jars. (12-14 jars needed) Boil the seals in a saucepan to keep hot. Pour hot jelly into jars leaving 1/4 “ space from top of jar. Tighten screwbands and let sit upside down for 24 hours with a towel over them. *Only make one recipe at a time.

Lime Honeydew Slush

• 1 honeydew melon, cubed
• ½ gallon lime sherbet

Thaw sherbet until soft. Place in blender with pieces of honeydew melon and blend until smooth. Refreeze. To serve, scoop into glasses or bowls and garnish with a wedge of lime.

Fruit Kabobs with Sweet Balsamic Dressing Dressing

• ½ cup powdered sugar
• 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
• ¾ cup grape seed or canola oil
• 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

In blender or food processor, combine all dressing ingredients except oil and poppy seeds. With machine running, slowly add oil to make a thick dressing. Stir in poppy seeds.
Arrange fruit kabobs with fruit of choice. Top with sweet balsamic dressing (above). You can serve sliced fruit on top of Bibb lettuce and then top with balsamic dressing.

Grilled Herb Shrimp

• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 medium yellow onion, small-diced
• ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
• ¼ cup minced fresh basil
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ¼ cup olive oil
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 pounds jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per pound), peeled, tails on, devined

Combine the garlic, onion, parsley, basil, mustards, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. Add the shrimp and allow them to marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals, and brush the grilling rack with oil to prevent the shrimp from sticking. Skewer the shrimp. Use 5 or 6 shrimp on a 12” skewer for a dinner serving. Grill the shrimp for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Serve with the Mango Salsa (below). Serves 6 people.

Mango Salsa

· 2 tablespoons olive oil

· 1 ½ cups diced yellow onion (2 onions)

· 2 teaspoons peeled, minced fresh ginger

· 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

· 2 ripe mangos, peeled, seeded, and small-diced

· 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

· 2 teaspoons light brown sugar

· 1 teaspoon kosher salt

· ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

· 1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalepeno pepper, to taste (1 pepper)

· 2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves

Saute the olive oil, onions, ginger in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the mangos, reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 more minutes. Add the orange juice, brown sugar, salt black pepper, and jalepenos: and cook for 10 more minutes, or until the orange juice is reduced, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the mint. Serve warm at room temperature or chilled. Makes 2 cups.

Citrus Salad Toss

• ¼ cup sugar
• 2/3 cup pecan halves
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil
• ¼ cup lime juice
• 2 tablespoons orange juice
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
• 1 teaspoon grated orange
• 8 cups torn leaf lettuce
• 8 cups torn romaine lettuce
• 1 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1 large orange, peeled, sliced
• 1 pint strawberries, cut in half
• 2 avocados, thinly sliced

For the pecans, mix the sugar with the pecans in a small skillet. Cook over low heat until the sugar melts, stirring to coat the pecans well. Spread on foil and cool; break pecans apart. For the dressing, combine the oil, lime juice, orange juice, sugar, lime zest and orange zest in an airtight jar and shake well. Chill until serving time. For the salad, combine the lettuce, onion, oranges, and strawberries in a large salad bowl and toss gently. Chill until serving time. Add the avocados to the salad just before serving. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently. Top with pecans. Note: Mandarin oranges may be substituted for fresh oranges.

Twice Baked Potatoes

• 6 large potatoes
• 1 cup milk
• 1 square butter
• ½ cup sour cream
• 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
• seasoning salt
• salt and pepper

Cook potatoes in hot oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour. Prick with a fork to make sure it is done. When it is done, cut the potato in half lengthwise. Let cool and scoop out the potato centers into a bowl, leaving the skins intact.
Heat milk and butter together and then add all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl with the potato centers. Beat ingredients with hand mixer until well blended. Add the seasoning salt, salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the potato center mixture into the skins and bake again at 325 degrees until warm. When the potato is warm all the way through, turn off the oven and top with cheese until it is melted. Garnish with chopped green onions and bacon if you would like.

Seared Tri-Tip

• 1 large trip tip roast (I like ‘Morton’s Brand from Costco-it is already marinated)

Turn grill on High and sear each side of Tri tip until almost black. Doing this keeps all of the juices on the inside making the roast very moist. Once you sear each side, turn the grill off and let the roast sit for ½ hour until it reaches medium rare.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Chicken Kabobs

• 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 cup white vinegar
• 1 cup corn oil
• 1 cup soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 tablespoon black pepper
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• ½ cup Worcestershire saue
• peppercorns
• ½ cup sesame seeds
• 1 chicken breast per person (adult)
Mix all ingredients together to make marinade. Trim fat off chicken breasts and marinate in mixture for 2-3 hours. Thread chicken on skewers and grill chicken on barbeque until done.

Grilled Garlic Herb Bread

• 1 loaf or crusty artisan bread (baguette, pugliese or ciabatta)
• 8 tablespoons butter
• 3 cloves of minced garlic
• 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
• 2-3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
• aluminum foil
Cut loaf of bread in half lengthwise and open up. In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, garlic, basil and parsley. Mix until well combined. Spread half of the mixture on each half of the bread. Place halves back together and wrap in double aluminum foil, sealing edges tightly.
Place on upper rack of grill heated to between 375-400 degrees. Allow to cook about 15 minutes. Remove from grill and unwrap

Bite-Sized Oreos

• 1 package of oreos(2 sleeves)
• 1 brick of cream cheese, softened
• dipping chocolate
Crush oreos in blender and add the brick of cream cheese. Blend both together and form into small balls. Chill in refrigerator until cold and firm. Dip in chocolate and put on wax paper in the refrigerator.

Lemon Cream Cheese Pie (or Tarts)

• 2-8” baked pie crusts (or 12 tart shells
• 1 ¼ cups sugar
• ¼ cup cornstarch
• 3 eggs beaten and strained
• juice from 2 lemons
• 1 ¼ cups water
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• yellow food coloring (optional)
Cream Cheese mixture:
• 6 ounces cream cheese
• ¾ cup powdered sugar
• ¾ teaspoon vanilla
• ¾ cup whipping cream, whipped
In a double boiler, mix sugar and cornstarch. Add eggs, lemon juice, and water. Cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla and a couple drops of yellow food coloring. Cool.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat well. Fold in whipped cream. Fold cooled lemon filling into cream cheese mixture. Place in baked pie crusts or tart shells and serve chilled.

Cheesecake Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

• Strawberries, clean and dry (the bigger the better)
• original cheescake, prepared (Costco, easy and good or frozen)
• dipping chocolate (I like the Belgian chocolate from Trader Joe’s)
Slice the strawberries on the side with out breaking it open. Hull out the middle of the strawberry. Fill in the strawberry with as much cheesecake as you can. Dip the strawberry in your melted chocolate. Chilll-Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Fiesta Mexicana

Hosted by Erika and Angie ...
May 2010

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4 Pepper Salsa

  • ½ Red Pepper
  • ½ Yellow Pepper
  • ½ Orange Pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded)
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ½ white onion
  • ½ cup Mango (diced)

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can whole corn (drained)
  • 2 large tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (cut into small pieces)
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
Chop the onion, jalapeño, and cilantro into small pieces. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Mix marinade and pour over mixture 15 minutes before serving.

Jicama-Mango Guacamole

4 medium very ripe avocados, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 medium plum tomato, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup finely diced ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup finely diced peeled jicama
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium chipotle in adobo, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
In a large bowl, gently stir the avocados with the tomato, onion, mango, jicama, cilantro, chipotle, jalapeño and lime juice until well mixed but still slightly chunky. Season with salt and serve with chips.

Mixed Grill with Cilantro Pesto

  • 4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) center-cut bone-in pork chops
  • 4 (6-oz.) beef tenderloin fillets (about 2 inches thick)
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Cilantro Pesto
Garnishes: fresh cilantro sprigs, rosemary sprigs, chives

Sprinkle pork chops and beef fillets evenly with desired amount of salt and pepper. Grill chops and fillets, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°). Grill chops 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until done. Grill fillets 8 to 10 minutes. Turn fillets over, and cook 5 more minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Remove chops and fillets from grill, and let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Cilantro Pesto. Garnish, if desired.

Cilantro Pesto
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Pulse first 6 ingredients in a food processor 10 times or just until chopped. Drizzle olive oil over mixture, and pulse 6 more times or until a coarse mixture forms. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Pasta Mexicana

  • 2 (9-oz.) packages refrigerated angel hair pasta
  • 3/4 cup Mojo de Ajo
Toppings: freshlyqueso fresco cheese, sliced avocadoes, baby tomatoes, pine nuts, and fresh chives

Mojo de Ajo

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 whole guajillo chilies*
  • 3/4 cup bottled minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Heat oil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat to 350°. Using tongs, submerge 1 chile into oil, and cook 5 seconds; remove and drain on paper towels. Let cool 5 minutes or until completely cool. Repeat with remaining 2 chilies. Remove and discard stems. Process remaining portion of chilies in food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until crumbled into small flakes.
Cook garlic in hot oil in same saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in chile flakes, lime juice, and salt. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days. Allow mixture to come to room temperature before using.

Water Punch

  • 1 TBSP Citric Acid
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Extract
  • 5 QTS Water
  • 2 Cups of Sugar

Grapefruit Margarita

  • 2 tablespoons colored sanding sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 6 teaspoons pomegranate syrup or grenadine
  • 1-1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup sugar
Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish or plate. Slice six thin rounds from the middle of lime; set aside. Rub lime wedge around rims of six glasses; dip each rim in sugar to coat. Pour 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup into bottom of each glass.

Place grapefruit juice, ½ cup sugar, and 2 cups ice cubes in a blender. Process on high speed until ice is crushed. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup.
Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.

Fiesta Coconut Pecan Sundae

Mexican Chocolate Sauce
In a heavy small saucepan combine ¾ cup semisweet chocolate pieces, ¼ cup butter, ½ tsp ground pasilla or chili pepper (optional) and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted. Add 2/3 cup granulated sugar; gradually add one 5-ounce can evaporated milk (2/3 cup), stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently over low heat for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove heat. Cool slightly.

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

  • 2-12 ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 2/3 cups coconut, toasted
In a large bowl combine evaporate milk, coconut milk, sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in whipping cream, lemon/lime juice, and vanilla. Stir in 1 1/3 cups of the toasted coconut. Freeze in a 2-qt ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side. Place the cooked tortilla in a tortilla warmer; continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.

Trattoria Italiano

March 2010

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Italian Soda (Orange Passion Mango)

Italian soda or lime soda
Heavy Whipping Cream
Fine sugar for rim of glass

Fill an 8 oz glass with ice, pour in any flavored drink ( We used Archer Farms Orange Passion Mango or you could use lime soda). Drizzle 2 Tbs. Grenadine on top with 2 Tbs. Heavy Whipping Cream. Garnish with lime and a sugar rim. (To sugar rim of glass just pour small amount of grenadine on plate and place the rim of your glass in it, then place rim in sugar. Place upside down on cookie rack so the sugar won't run down the glass).

Artichoke Dip

1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup Mayo
1 package cream cheese (softened)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1 14oz can quartered artichoke hearts

Preheat oven to 425

Cut artichokes into smaller pieces. Combine sour cream, mayo, cream cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and artichokes. Top with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Place in an 8X8 dish (I use a round 8 inch bowl) and cover with foil. Bake 1 hour with foil on, remove foil, and cook for an additional 15 min. Serve warm with baguettes or chips.

Parmesan Frisco

  • Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 400. On large baking sheet put 1/4 cup Parmesan in a circle and spread out, still keeping it in a circle. Bake for 10 min. on both sides. Serve warm or within 1 day.

Caprese Salad

  • 1/2 pound Fresh Mozzarella cheese-sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 lg fresh tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 Cup fresh basil leaves
  • course ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil

In a circular design around the side of a serving plate, alternate fresh mozzarella slices with sliced tomatoes. Tear fresh basil leaves and sprinkle liberally over the slices. Just before serving drizzle on olive oil.

Cantaloupe Granita

Look for the ripest melon you can find, it should have a sweet fragrance and firm exterior. Granita can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks.
  • 1 Cantaloupe
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. water
1. Using a sharp knife, cut melon in half lengthwise. Remove seeds with a spoon and discard. Slice off skin. Cut melon into large chunks.
2. Place in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a Stainless steel bowl and set aside.
3. Combine sugar, lemon juice, and water in a small saucepan. Cook over med heat until mixture has thickened slightly. Remove from heat, let cool completely.
4. Stir sugar syrup into melon puree, place in freezer, uncovered, until mixture is chunky. ( about 2-3 hours, whisking every 20 minutes to keep it from becoming a solid. Serve in shallow bowls.

Sourdough Chicken Parmesan

  • 4 Trimmed chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Cups Homemade sourdough bread crumbs (can use store bought)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup Extra-Virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (on top of chicken)
  • 8 Oz Linguine or Spaghetti
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes ( I like Muir Glen Organic Crushed tomatoes with basil)
  • 1/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Salt and pepper
Place chicken breasts smooth side down on large sheet of plastic wrap. Cover with second sheet of wrap and pound to 1/4 inch thickness. Beat egg and a heaping 1/4 tsp. salt in a small pie plate. Mix breadcrumbs, a heaping 1/4 tsp salt and a couple grinds of pepper in another small pie plate. Preheat broiler. Working with one ate a time, dip both sides of each cutlet in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture. Set aside for a moment. Add 2 tsp of salt to the boiling water and then add linguine. While pasta is cooking , heat oil over med-high heat in 12 inch skillet. When oil starts to shimmer, add cutlets and saute until golden brown on each side, about 5-6 min. Transfer cutlets to a wire rack and top with equal portions of Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Place over cookie sheet so you don't mess up your oven. Place pan of cutlets 4-5 inches from heat and broil until cheese melts and is spotty brown. Drain spaghetti. Serve immediately.

Sauce: In large saucepan, heat garlic and oil together over med. high heat until garlic starts to sizzle. Stir in the rest of ingredients and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer about 10-12 minutes for flavor to blend. ( I usually make this first and just let it sit on the stove on low heat while a make the chicken, that way it reduces alittle and becomes thicker. I also use this just for my spaghetti sauce all the time. My kids love it!)

Breadcrumbs: Leave 8-10 slices of sourdough bread (2 cups) out for 24 hours. Chop finely into crumbs.

Asparagus Bundles with Tomato Vinaigrette

  • 8 Spears of Asparagus
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and cut into 5 x 1/2 inch sticks (8 each carrot)
  • 6 Green onions
  • 3 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
In 1 qt. boiling water with 1 Tbsp. salt, blanch asparagus for 3 minutes. Remove asparagus and place in iced water to stop cooking process. In same cooking water add the carrots and cook for 4 minutes. Blanch in water as well. Blanch green onions in the same cooking water. Drain. Take 2 asparagus spears and 3 carrot sticks, and tie together with one green onion. Do this 6 times. Set aside. In medium mixing bowl, mix together the tomatoes, mint, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. When ready to serve asparagus bundles, place on serving platter and top with vinaigrette and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 pints strawberries, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • ground black pepper
1. Bring vinegar, granulated sugar, and lemon juice to simmer in small heavy-bottomed saucepan over med. heat. Simmer until syrup is reduced by half (to approx. 3 Tbs) about 3 minutes. Transfer vinegar syrup to small bowl and cool completely.
2. Lightly toss berries and brown sugar in lg. bowl. Let stand until sugar dissolves and taste. Toss. Divide berries in individual bowls. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Panna Cotta

  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 (12 oz) bag bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 2- quart casserole dish.

In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining 1/2 cup milk and let it dissolve for 2 minutes. Combine the cold milk and gelatin with the hot milk and sugar. Stir to dissolve the gelatin, about 5 min. (Heat the milk gently if the gelatin is not dissolving). When dissolved, combine the eggs with the warm milk mixture, whisking constantly to avoid scrambling the eggs. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a lg. measuring cup or small pitcher.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate over simmering water in a double boiler. When the chocolate is melted, gradually combine the mild and egg mixture with the melted chocolate, stirring between each addition to create a smooth chocolate mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the top with almonds. Place the casserole dish in a large baking pan or roasting pan and add hot water to the larger pan until the water comes halfway up the sides of the casserole dish. Place both pans in the oven and bake the panna cotta until the sides are firm and the center just jiggles slightly. (about 1 hour). Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve with whipping cream. (4-6 servings)

Junk Market Bistro

Hosted by Melissa and Nicole
February 2010

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Mormon Muffins

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening (or butter)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 qt. buttermilk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups 100% bran buds
  • 2 cups bran flakes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Add baking soda to the hot water and let cool. Whip shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs slowly. Mix well. Add the buttermilk, flour and salt. Mix well. Add the soda water very slowly. Mix in the two bran cereals into the mixture with the chopped walnuts. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake @350 degrees for 18 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.

Muffin mix must sit in the refrigerator over night before baking. Muffin mix will last one week, covered and refrigerated.

Makes 3 dozen muffins

Grilled Salmon Sandwich

  • 1 lb salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions
  • 2 tsp. blackening or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 Tb mayonnaise
  • 4 crusty rolls
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 plump tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced

Oil grill rack, preheat grill to high.

Rub seasoning on both sides of salmon.

Grill until until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Mash together avocado and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

Spread the avocado mixture on the bottom half of each roll.

Top with the salmon, arugula, tomato and onion

South of the Border Sandwich

  • 8 sandwich rolls split open or 1 loaf French bread
  • ½ cup olives chopped
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3-cup sour cram
  • 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  • ¾ to 1lb cooked turkey thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados sliced
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup pepper jack or Monterey jack cheese, shredded

In a bowl, combine olives, chili powder, cumin and salt; set aside 2 Tb of this mixture. Add mayonnaise, sour cream and green onion to the remaining olive mixture. Place bread on an ungreased backing sheet and spread 1Tb of the mayonnaise mixture on each slice or roll. Top with slices of turkey and tomatoes. Spread with another Tb of mayonnaise mixture. Top with sliced avocado and cheese. Sprinkle with reserved 2 Tb of olive mixture.

Bake @ 350 for 15 minutes or until heated through. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Homemade Potato Chips

One potato per person

Thinly slice potatoes on a mandolin slicer. Rinse the sliced potatoes in cold water to remove some of the starch (they will be chewy if you don’t do this).

Spin in a salad spinner to remove most of the water.

Fry in peanut oil @350 until crispy.

Drain on paper towel and lightly salt.

Once cooled, toss with freshly grated parmesan cheese and finely chopped fresh parsley.

Spin in a salad spinner to remove most of the water.

Fry in peanut oil @350 until crispy.

Drain on paper towel and lightly salt.

Once cooled, toss with freshly grated parmesan cheese and finely chopped fresh parsley.

Spinach Pasta Salad

  • 1 pkg spinach
  • 1 cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 can olives
  • 6 oz. crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese
  • 6 oz. fettuccini pasta
  • Bernstein’s cheese and garlic Italian dressing

Oriental Pasta Salad

1 pkg fresh spinach
1 8oz pkg bow tie pasta
2-4 TB sesame seeds
1 can water chestnuts or ½ cup chopped celery
1 cup bean sprouts

½ cup oil
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sesame seeds
3 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
½ tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. fresh garlic minced
Shake dressing jar until sugar is dissolved. Let sit until warmed to room temperature before pouring over salad. (This salad is really good with grilled chicken that has been seasoned with lemon pepper.)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Over medium heat sauté:
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • add, and mix well
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • then add
  • 3 14 oz cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups half and half
Bring to a boil then reduce to low and add...
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 15oz can creamed corn
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • 5 cups diced chicken
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 pkg fajita seasoning

A Little of This and that Tomato Soup

You can put in more or less of what ever you like.
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • palm full of onion flakes
  • 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 3 15 oz cans Italian stewed tomatoes, puréed in the blender
  • 1 big can or 2 small cans spicy V8 juice
  • 1 bag shredded carrots
  • ½ head cabbage, chopped
Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer until carrots are tender

Devil’s Food Cake With Chocolate Satin Frosting

Devil’s Food Cake
  • 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12 Tb. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tb. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch cake pans and set aside. Place the chocolate in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate melts Do not let the chocolate cool too much or it will harden. If this happens, place the pan back on the heat for a few minuets.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, and beating well after each addition. Beat until well blended, then add the vanilla and melted chocolate and stir by hand to mix.

Add the flour to the mixture, alternating with the sour cream, to the egg-butter mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist and blended. Do not over mix. Stir in the boiling water and mix until well blended (the batter will be fairly runny). Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake 45 to 50 minuets, until the cakes are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Remove from the pans and continue to cool on a baking rack.

Once the cakes have cooled completely, use a serrated knife to slice the top rounded portion of each to make a flat, even surface. Discard trimmings. Place one of the layers cut side down on a cake plate. Top with about 1/3 of the frosting and spread evenly over the top of the cake. Place the other layer of the cake on top cut side down. Top with the remaining frosting and spread over the top and sides of the cake.

Mrs. Milman's Chocolate Frosting

  • 24 oz. Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. light corn syrup

Place chocolate and cream a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until combined and thickened (about 20-25 minuets). Increase heat to medium, cook and stir 3 minuets more. Remove pan from heat.

Stir in corn syrup. Chill until cool enough to spread, about 2 hours, check and stir every 15-20 minuets. Use immediately.

Makes 6 cups

Fruit Sorbet

Purée in food processor. Pour in ice cream maker and follow manufacturers' instructions.
  • ½ papaya
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 banana
  • add juice from 1 lime
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar