Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pizza Buns

Pizza Buns

1 lb. Pepperoni or Hamburger (I used Pepperoni)
1 lb. Bacon, prefried
1 tin Mushrooms, drained
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 medium Green Pepper, chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste
¼ tsp. Oregano (if using Hamburger)
1 – 2 tins Tomato Soup
Mozzarella Cheese
Mix all ingredients, except for cheese. Simmer on low for 30 minutes or bake at 350oF for 1 hour (I always bake mine in the oven, it requires less supervision and doesn't burn on!). Spread hot mixture onto buns and sprinkle cheese over top. For soft buns: broil just until cheese is melted. For crispy buns: bake at 350oF for 13 minutes.

Tip: Works great to make 2 or more recipes and put into margarine containers (single meal portions) in the freezer for a fast, easy meal!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Homemade Noodles

I made homemade noodles yesterday for the noodle soup. My family prefers these over store-bought noodles. They are a bit of work, but very tasty! I don't have a noodle machine, so I cut them all by hand. Here are some step-by-step pictures...


Roll dough out thinly...

Roll it up, as you would for cinnamon buns...

I slice through the roll, through the center, so the noodles aren't so long...

Use LOTS of flour when cutting the noodles up...
Put noodles into a sieve to shake out extra flour...
Cook and rinse with hot water...

Homemade Noodles
6 Eggs
12 Tbsp. Water
3 tsp. Salt
Flour
Note: Use 2 Tbsp. Water for every egg used.

Mix together all ingredients. Roll out with rolling pin until thin. Roll up as if making cinnamon buns and cut into thin slices with a knife. Boil until tender.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Broth cooking...
All ready to be put into the fridge for lots of quick, easy meals...

Chicken Noodle Soup

Stock Pot (¾ full of Water)
4 – 5 lb. Chicken, whole
4 medium Onions, cut into chunks
2 stalks Celery, chopped
3 large Carrots, whole
8 Whole Star Aniseed
2 – 3 tsp. Whole Black Pepper Kernels
8 – 9 Bay Leaves
1 – 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen Parsley
1 cup (or more, I add about another 2/3 cup) Chicken Soup Base
Salt, to taste
Butter, to taste
Noodles
Cook meat for 2 hours in stock pot. Add onions, celery and carrots. Add spice ball containing: Star Aniseed, Black Pepper and Bay Leaves. Add parsley and Chicken Soup Base. Cook together for one hour more. Strain into container. Take out meat, cut up and put into soup. Throw away junk. Add salt and butter. Cook noodles separately, as per package instructions and add to broth. (or check out my next post for Homemade Noodles) :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

White Buns

I had a productive day today, but boy do my legs hurt! I spent alot of time in the kitchen. I baked buns, made Chicken Noodle Soup and homemade noodles for the soup. It feels good getting alot accomplished in one day!

Dough is in bowl to rise:

Rising... ;)


Make dough into buns and place on pan and let rise again...




Baked & ready to eat!! :)




White Buns

4 ½ cups hot Water
1 cup Oil
3 tsp. Salt, heaping
1/3 cup Sugar, rounded
2 Eggs
2 ½ Tbsp. Instant Yeast, rounded
Flour

Mix together water, oil, salt, sugar and eggs. Add 2 cups flour and yeast and mix. Add enough flour (a cup at a time) to make nice dough (so that the dough is not too hard, but not sticky either). Let rise in dough bowl until double in size (about 1 hour). Roll into buns and place on pans. Cover pans with thin plastic and tea towel. Let rise about 1 hour. Bake at 425oF for about 13 minutes or until golden brown.

I'll post the Chicken Noodle Soup and Noodle recipes tomorrow. Too tired now... :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Apple Enchiladas

These are so yummy, and SO easy to make!




Apple Enchiladas


21 oz. can Apple Pie Filling (or 3 cups Homemade)
6-8 inch Flour Tortillas
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Sauce:
1 Tbsp. Butter
½ cup Corn Syrup
½ cup Brown Sugar
½ cup Cream

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan. Spoon about 1 heaping ¼ cup Pie Filling evenly down center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or add cinnamon to the pie filling before placing into Tortilla); roll up, tucking in edges, and place seam side down in prepared dish. Cook ingredients for sauce and pour over enchiladas and let stand for 30 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream. Enjoy!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

YAY!!! We got our camera back today!! It felt like Christmas! ;)

I baked Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday and I still had a few left over after our weekend company and I brought 3 dozen to church last night! I usually make 2 or 3 recipes of these at a time, they don't seem to last very long...


Chocolate Chip Cookies


¾ cup Margarine (I always use butter, but margarine works great too!)
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
½ cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 cups Flour (or more, about another 1/2 cup)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
¾ tsp. Salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips (Chipits - milk chocolate are our favorite!)

Cream Margarine. Add sugars, vanilla and eggs and beat well. Add flour mixed with baking soda and salt. Mix well. You may need to add a bit more flour (½ cup) until dough is not too sticky to work with. Add chocolate chips and mix well. Roll into small balls and place onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8 – 10 minutes (I bake them for 8 minutes). Do not over bake!!!! Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Camera is on it's way

Our camera was having issues, so I sent it away to Canon and they replaced the part that was causing problems, free of charge!! That means I'll start posting on my blog again shortly! :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Broccoli Salad

This has got to be my favorite salad!! I love most anything with the bacon & cheese combination. :) We had a pizza party for my mom's birthday on Saturday and my sister in-law brought this salad. I had to use mom's camera, because mine is getting repaired. :( That also explains the lack of posts lately.






Broccoli Salad


1 lg. bunch Broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
½ lb. Bacon, cooked and chopped
1 medium Onion, chopped
6 oz. Cheddar Cheese, shredded


Dressing:
1 cup Miracle Whip
2 Tbsp. Vinegar
½ cup Sugar


Mix dressing ingredients and pour over vegetables and cheese.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Saskatoon Pie

A couple weeks ago, I made a bunch of Apple & some Saskatoon pies to put into the freezer. So easy when you get last minute company. Just pop one into the oven and it can bake while you're visiting. Makes the house smell wonderful too. :)


Saskatoon Pie

3 cups Saskatoons
3 Tbsp. Tapioca or Flour
¾ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Lemon Juice

Line a pie pan with pastry (Click here for recipe: http://tasteofhomemade.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-pie.html ). Mix the sugar and tapioca and add to the berries. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Cover with top crust, crimp the edges together well and cut two or three vents for the steam to escape. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375F and continue baking for about 20 – 25 minutes longer, until the crust is nicely browned.


If you're baking a frozen pie, you don't have to wait until it's thawed. You'll just need to let it bake longer. :)

Farm in a Pan

This is one of those "recipes" that's not really a recipe. You can't go wrong. Works great with leftover potatoes. I always seem to cook too many potatoes for supper, so it often works out that we have this as a Saturday lunch with all our leftovers from the week before. :)

Farm in a Pan

Potatoes, cut into pieces
Ham (I used sandwich meat here), cut into pieces
Eggs
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Fry potatoes until browned. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper. Add ham and fry until heated through. Crack eggs into a bowl and mix. Pour eggs into pan and sprinkle with more salt & pepper. Stir and cook until eggs and done. We usually have this with toast and strawberry jam. :) Quick & easy! (and empties out the fridge too) :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Pie

I love this pumpkin pie recipe! It's so good. Not too strong, but has a great flavor!


Ready to go into the oven:




Bake, ready for some whipped cream:

One piece left, just for me: ;)
Pumpkin Pie

2 Tbsp. Flour
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. Cinnamon
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
¼ cup Syrup
1 cup Milk, scalded
2 Eggs, well beaten
1 ½ cups Pumpkin, cooked

Mix all together, except eggs and cook in double boiler (or microwave). Beat eggs. Add a little filling at a time to eggs, stirring constantly. Pour into unbaked pie shell http://tasteofhomemade.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-pie.html and bake at 350F until firm.

Pie Dough

This pie dough recipe is so nice and flaky. On the next blog post, I'll post a recipe for the filling for pumpkin pie. mmmm, good!

Pie Dough

5 ½ cups Flour
2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 pkg. Tenderflake Lard
1 Egg
1 Tbsp. Vinegar
Cold Water

Mix first 4 ingredients. Add Tenderflake. Mix together the egg and vinegar in a cup and add water to make 1 cup. Mix all together. Roll out dough and place into pie plate. Bake at 350oF until golden brown. Makes about 8 single crusts.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pancake Syrup

This pancake syrup is so yummy! I usually make two recipes and store it in the fridge. It stays good for a long time!



Pancake Syrup

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

3/4 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup Butter

2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup

1 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix together all ingredients in a LARGE pot. Boil for 7 minutes. Add 1 tsp. Vanilla.

As this syrup boils, it will really puff up in the pot. So, make sure you use a large pot. I use a dutch oven for 2 recipes of this syrup. :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Puffed Apple Pancakes

I got this recipe from my neighbor and we've used it a number of times this fall with apples I've got from other people's trees. ;) These are very similiar to the apple pancakes that "Pancake House" in Winnipeg serves. :) YUM!

Puffed Apple Pancakes

6 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 cup Flour
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter
2 Apples, peeled and cut into pieces
2-3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Preheat oven to 400 F. Melt butter in oven in 9x13 pan. Mix eggs to cinnamon in a bowl. Put apples into pan on top of butter. Pour batter over apples and then sprinkle with brown sugar and additional cinnamon (however much you want). Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with syrup.
I'll post a homemade syrup in my next blog post. :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Taco Seasoning

I got this recipe a number of years ago, now I never use store-bought Taco Seasoning anymore. It has a really good flavor. :)

Taco Seasoning
1 ½ Tbsp. Garlic Powder
¼ cup Oregano
½ cup Paprika
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 ½ tsp. Cumin
¼ cup Salt

Mix together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 Tbsp. / pound of hamburger.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lazy Tacos

I was first introduced to this "recipe" by my sister quite a while ago. We had them over for supper on Sunday and we had this. It's very simple and something not quite so heavy for a Sunday, seeing as we're not usually really as hungry on Sundays anyway...


For this pan I used multigrain rounds (Tostitos) and marble cheese:

For this pan I used Old Dutch Arriba (Nacho Cheese) chips and Cheddar Cheese:
C calls these natural cheese chips... and I don't correct him ;) lol

Taco Meat:
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 medium Onion
2 lbs. Hamburger
1 tin Pork n' Beans
1 tin Tomato Soup
1 pkg. or 2-3 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning (I have a recipe for homemade taco seasoning, I will share that with you on the next post)

Cook onions until soft, add hamburger and fry until browned. Add rest of ingredients and cook for 10 minutes or until flavors are combined.

Layer:
1 bag chips (or less, depending on size of pan)
Taco Meat (as much as you want)
Cheese

Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and meat is hot. Serve with Salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Scrum-Delicious Burgers

We had these burgers for supper yesterday. It's just a yummy twist on regular burgers. My kids actually mixed the topping for me while I BBQ'd the burgers. It's that easy!! :) (mind you, I had to wipe the floor after they were done, but that's ok... ;)





Scrum-Delicious Burgers

6 Hamburger patties (we love Spenst Bros.' burgers)

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 tin Mushrooms, drained
¼ cup (or more) Miracle Whip
12 Bacon Strips, cooked and cut into small pieces (I actually just put a handful or two of Real crumbled Bacon Bits)


Prepare 6 burgers as you normally would. Barbecue burgers. Mix other 4 ingredients and once burgers are about 5 minutes from being done, place mixture on each burger. Cook until cheese is melted.


mmmmm, they are so "SCRUMMM-DELICIOUS"! ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Brownies

I served these brownies yesterday when my sister and brother in-law came for supper. There were a few leftover pieces and they didn't all fit into my container when I put them away to store them, so I had a piece for breakfast. ;) Don't tell me none of you have never done that?? lol

These are also good served with ice cream, if you like...



Brownies

2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Oil
2 Tbsp. Cocoa
2 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 cup Sour Milk (milk with 1.5 Tbsp. Vinegar)
1 tsp. Vanilla

Icing:
1/2 cup Butter
3 Tbsp. Cocoa
Salt, pinch
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups Icing Sugar
6 Tbsp. Milk (or less)

Mix flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. In a pot, put butter, water, oil and cocoa. Bring to a boil. Pour over the flour mixture and mix well. In a seperate bowl, mix eggs, baking soda, sour milk and vanilla. Add this mixture to the rest. Pour into cookie sheet (pampered chef ;)). Bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Mix ingredients for icing and spread on slightly warm cake. Enjoy! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I really like this dish. My family is not too crazy about it, but they'll eat it. :) When I first heard about this dish, I thought it was going to be very spicy. But it's not at all, and I don't care for spicy food. If you'd like it to have a bit of spice, I would add more of the Cajun Spice. Also, if you don't like mushrooms, I would suggest you don't even bother with this recipe. ;)






Cajun Chicken Pasta


4 Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
2 tsp. Cajun Seasoning
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 medium Onion
1 tray Sliced Mushrooms
2 cups Cream
1/4 tsp. Basil
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Lemon Pepper
1-2 Tbsp. Cornstarch

Mix chicken with Cajun seasoning, let chicken sit for awhile. Fry until done and set aside. Saute peppers, mushrooms and onions in butter. Add remaining ingredients. Add chicken and serve over your favorite cooked pasta. (I used angel hair pasta)

For me, it could use a bit more flavor yet, so next time I think I'll add a bit of Chicken Soup Base. I like to experiment ;) Enjoy! :)