Saturday, February 26, 2011

CAKE MIX COOKIES

1 Box Cake Mix
2 T. Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Stick Butter
2 Farm Fresh Eggs


Preheat oven to 350*
Mix all ingredients until blended, and creamed together
Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet
Bake 8-14 minutes (depending on oven temp)
Cool on a wire rack
Makes 24 cookies
Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Black Bean Salad with Feta Cheese Salad

Ingredients:
1 can of drained black beans
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 chopped green onions
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
2 ounces feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 minced garlic clove
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl gently. Cover it and chill for sometime in the fridge. Enjoy this low calorie salad!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

The recipe might have to be cut in half depending on your bread maker but it is the best recipe and it makes fabulous rolls or buns.

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups all purpose flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
or any combo of the above...
2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp. oil
1 egg

PREPARATION:
In large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, the yeast, and salt and mix well.
In saucepan, heat milk, water, honey, and oil until a thermometer reads 120-130 degrees F (warm)
Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Beat this batter for 3 minutes. Then, gradually stir in rest of whole wheat flour and enough remaining all-purpose four to form a firm dough.
Sprinkle work surface with flour and knead dough, adding more flour if necessary, for 5-8 minutes until smooth and satiny. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning the dough in the bowl to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, until double in bulk.
Punch down dough and divide into 2 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll or press each piece of dough to a 14x7" rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal and place dough, seam-side down, into greased 9x5" bread pans, making sure short ends of bread are snugly fitted against the sides of the pans. Cover and let rise in warm place until the dough fills the corners of the pans and is double in bulk, 30-40 minutes.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until bread is golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. I like to brush the bread with butter when it's still hot from the oven for a softer crust.


You can put the wet ingredients on the bottom, the dry on the top, and press the "dough" button. The machine does all the work.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Found this recipe here http://whatscookingamerica.net/Cake/pbcheesecake.htm

CRUST:
1 1/2 cups (about 22 cookies) cream-filled chocolate cookie crumbs, including the filling*
3 tablespoons butter, melted

* I use Oreo cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and position rack in center of oven (too high or too low of rack placement will cause baking problems). Lightly grease (butter) a 9-inch springform pan.

In a food processor, whirl cookie crumbs to fine crumbs. Add butter; whirl 5 to 10 seconds more

Place crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan being careful not to get crumbs on sides of pan. Press crumb mixture firmly and evenly over the bottom. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool crust completely on a wire rack. Maintain oven temperature.

FILLING:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature*
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

* To quickly bring cream cheese to room temperature, place unwrapped package(s) in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until slightly softened. Do not let it melt or get warm. Refrigerate if it does.

NOTE: Use a conventional (regular) oven rather than a convection oven in baking your cheesecake. The forced hot air from the convection oven causes too much browning and can often cause the center of the cheesecake to collapse.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and peanut butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. NOTE: Do not over beat the mixture. You want to avoid beating air into the mixture. Too much air will make the cheesecake fall.

Add sour cream and lemon juice. Add chocolate chips, mixing until blended into the mixture. Pour cheesecake mixture into prepared cookie crust, using the back of a spoon to spread evenly over the crust (this helps get rid of any extra air bubbles).

Place cheesecake in center of middle oven rack. Position a baking pan filled halfway with hot water on lower rack. Bake 15 minutes, then lower own temperature to 300 degrees and bake another 70 minutes or until edges are light brown and center is almost set. NOTE: There should be no wet spots or liquid areas in the center of the cheesecake. Remember that a cheesecake continues to cook when it is removed from the oven.



How to prevent cracks in your cheesecake: When the internal temperature of a cheesecake rises beyond 160 degrees F. while baking, it will always crack. To prevent this from happening, use an instant-read cooking thermometer to test its doneness. Take it out of the oven when the cheesecake reaches 150 degrees F. at the center to avoid over baking.



Turn oven off. Let cake stand in oven, with door ajar, 30 minutes or until center is completely set. remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. NOTE: A wonderful looking baked cheesecake (with no cracks), can crack as it sits on the cooling rack because the cake shrank during cooling and clung to the sides of the springform pan. To avoid this from happening, cool the cheesecake for only a few minutes, and then, using a paring knife, free it from the sides of the pan before allowing it to cool completely.

Prepare Chocolate Topping. Spread Chocolate Topping over cooled cheesecake. Let Chocolate Topping cool and set. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours before cutting (the cheesecake will solidify to a perfect consistency during this time).

To serve, slide a small knife around edge of cake to loosen it and remove sides of the springform pan; transfer onto a cake plate.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.


CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons powdered (confectioner's) sugar

In a medium bowl combine sour cream, melted chocolate chips, and powdered sugar.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coca Cola Fried Chicken

Coca Cola Fried Chicken
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene 2004


1 cut up fryer or approx 3 lbs Chicken Breasts
12 oz Coca Cola
1 cup Ketchup

Remove skin rom chicken and place in skillet. Mix Cola and Ketchup
together. Pour mixtures over chicken. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer.
Let simmer until chicken is tender

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Black Walnut Ice Cream

This one is for Dad...his favorite Ice Cream


1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped black walnuts, divided
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
5 large eggs yolks
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line all of the walnuts in a single layer on a small baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 5 minutes and then let cool.

Pour 1 cup of the cream into a large bowl; set aside. Whisk together the egg yolks in a separate medium bowl; set aside.

Using a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, half of the black walnuts, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup of the cream until warm. Cover, remove from heat and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

Rewarm the mixture then slowly pour into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Scrape back into the saucepan.

Heat over medium heat while stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula (about 10 minutes). Pour the custard into the 1 cup cream through a mesh strainer and stir. Press on the walnuts to extract as much of the walnut flavor as possible, then discard them. Mix in the vanilla and stir over an ice bath until cool.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. After transferring the ice cream from the maker to the container, stir in the remaining black walnuts. Freeze until ready to consume.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spinach and Mandarin Salad

Spinach and Mandarin Salad
INGREDIENTS

1 bag baby spinach � (I always rewash), go through and discard any tough stems
1 small can Mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 small red onion, halved lengthwise and shaved thin (optional)*
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted
1/4 pound single piece pancetta, cut into 1/4" dice
Shaved Parmesan to garnish
Olive oil

Balsamic-Honey Dressing:
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
Pinch salt and pepper
Grated zest of one orange
Juice of 1/2 an orange
1/2 cup light olive oil

PREPARATION:
1.Preheat oven to 350�. Toast walnuts on a small baking sheet for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through until fragrant. Do not allow the nuts to burn. Turn onto a plate.
2.Heat a small saut� pan over medium heat. Glaze the pan with olive oil and add the pancetta dice and cook, allowing to brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
3.In large salad bowl, place the spinach, orange segments, walnuts, red onion and toss together. Pour in enough dressing to give a light and flavorful coat. Taste and correct seasoning, grind over some fresh black pepper to taste. Plate salad and top with reserved pancetta.
Alternately, sprinkle pancetta over top of salad in bowl

Balsamic-Honey Dressing

1.In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except olive oil until smooth. Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Check seasoning.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Old-Fashioned Red Candy Apples

Old-Fashioned Red Candy Apples

8 medium sized apples

8 wooden sticks

3 cups white sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
Wash and dry the apples. Remove any stems or leaves and insert a wooden stick into the end of each apple. Set apples aside.

Heat and stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a little syrup dropped into cold water separates into breakable threads.

Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and food coloring, if using.

Dip one apple completely in the syrup and swirl it around a little with the stick to coat. Hold the apple above the saucepan to drain off excess. Place apple, with the stick facing up, on a well greased pan.

Repeat with remaining apples. If syrup thickens or cools too much, simply reheat briefly before proceeding. Let cool completely before serving.


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