Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet and Sour Sausage

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Sausage
2 Tbsp. Soya Sauce
½ cup Ketchup
1 tin Tomato Soup
1 cup Brown Sugar
4 Tbsp. Vinegar
4 Tbsp. Cornstarch
2 cups Water
1 tin Pineapple Tidbits, optional

1 link Farmer Sausage

Slice farmer sausage into pieces and put into casserole dish. Bring first 5 ingredients to boil. Mix cornstarch and water and add mixture to boiling ingredients. Stir until glossy, add pineapple tidbits. Pour sauce over sausage (unbaked). Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Serve with rice.

Smartie Cookies

C helped me bake cookies yesterday. His job was putting the M&M's onto each cookie. He all of a sudden said, with a big smile, "Hey, I touched all the cookies, so I get to eat them ALL." :)

I used M&M's instead of Smarties (thanks Marlena for the recipe ;)) Smartie Cookies

1 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups smarties ( I use M&M's, either mini or regular size)

Cream togethers first 5 ingredients. Add flour, soda and salt. Mix well. Add smarites. Bake at 350 for 8 -9 minutes.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cinnamon Buns

This is the same dough I use to make buns, so sometimes when I make buns I'll use some of the dough and make one 9x13 of cinnamon buns. :)
I often have trouble with the middle of the cinnamon buns not being baked all the way, so I tried baking them on a cookie sheet. That seemed to work better as far as being more well-done, but I added too much sauce and made a mess of my oven... and the floor... and the counter. So, next time I'll just add a little less sauce or a deeper pan. ;)
Cinnamon 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

2 – 3 cups Margarine, melted
4 cups Brown Sugar & 2 cups White Sugar

2 cups Cream
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 cups Corn Syrup
4 Tbsp. Margarine

Mix together water, oil, salt, sugar and eggs. Add 2 cups flour and yeast and mix. Add flour (a cup at a time) to make nice dough (so that they dough is not too hard, but not sticky either). Let rise in dough bowl until double in size (about 1 hour). Roll dough out on floured counter (do ½ at a time). Spread ½ of the margarine onto dough. Sprinkle ½ of the sugar mixture over top. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Roll up and slice into 1 – 1 ¼" slices. Place into greased 9 x 13 pans. Let rise about 1 hour. Bake at 350oF for about 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cook ingredients for the sauce and cool slightly before using. Pour sauce over top of cinnamon buns, just before done and bake for 2-3 minutes longer.

Hamburgers, Meatballs, Meat Loaf

This recipe can be used for hamburgers, meatballs or meatloaf.

2 lbs. Hamburger
½ pkg. Onion Soup Mix
2 Dashes Pepper
¾ tsp. Salt
1 Egg
½ - ¾ cup Bread Crumbs or Oatmeal
¼ cup Water
1 small Onion
¼ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Mix together all ingredients.

For hamburgers: roll into balls and flatten into hamburger patties. Bake at 350oF for 15 minutes or BBQ.

Meatballs: roll into balls. Bake at 350oF for 15 minutes.
Meatloaf: Spray loaf pan with Pam. Place meat mixture in pan and spread ¾ cup (or more) ketchup on top. Bake at 350oF for 1 - 1 ½ hour or more until done.

Here's a picture of meatballs made from this recipe...

Taco Soup

Yummy! I could eat this soup once a week in the winter!
Taco Soup
2 lbs. Hamburger
½ cup Onion, chopped
28 oz. tin Whole Tomatoes, with juice (I use 2 cups chopped Tomatoes (frozen, from my garden)
1 tin Pork ‘n’ Beans, undrained
1 tin Corn, undrained
2 tins Tomato Soup
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning (or 1 1/2 Tbsp. Homemade Taco Seasoning)
1 - 2 cups Water (optional, depending on how liquidy you want your soup)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated

Brown hamburger with onions. Drain fat. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese. Simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls. Top with grated cheese; serve. Serves 6-8

Chicken Quesadillas

These are a really quick supper and nice if you need to use up some leftover chicken or chicken strips...

Chicken Quesadillas
5 Chicken Breasts, cooked & cubed or Chicken Fingers, baked (I usually do the chicken fingers)
1 large Onion
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
1 Tomato
2 cups (or more) Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese, grated
Tortilla Shells

Bake chicken. In a bowl, mix together Chicken, onion, Peppers, Tomato and cheese. In a greased skillet, place 1 tortilla shell and spread chicken mixture over ½ of the shell. Fold over and fry for a few minutes, until bottom side is browned. Flip over and fry other side until browned. Cut into 3rd’s. Serve with Salsa and/or Ranch Dressing.

Lazy Napolean Torte

This is dessert is so yummy, and you'd never guess it was made with soda crackers!!

Lazy Napolean Torte

Unsalted Soda Crackers (about 3 packages)
4 eggs
2 cup sugar
6 cups milk
2 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 package of Dr. Oetker's Vanilla Pudding
Whipped Cream (Real is always the best ;))

Beat eggs with a wooden spoon, add the sugar mixed with the pudding mix and beat again.
Stir in the milk and cook over medium heat til the pudding thickens. It can also be done in the microwave. Take off the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Put a bit of pudding on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Now begin layering the crackers with the pudding using enough pudding to cover the crackers. It should give you about 4 layers. Top the last layer off with some whipped cream or whipped topping. Let sit in the refrigerator over night or several hours so the pudding soaks through the crackers and softens them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bacon Omelette Roll with Salsa

I have to confess, I took this picture off of the website where I got the recipe. ;) My picture didn't turn out well. But this is really what it looks like when it's done! :)

Bacon Omelette Roll with Salsa

8 eggs
1 cup milk
1/3 cup flour
1 red pepper, finely chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
1 cup Kraft Mozza-Cheddar Shredded Cheese
1 cup salsa, warmed

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with parchment paper, with ends extending over shortest sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray. Beat eggs, milk and flour in large bowl with whisk until well blended. Stir in next 4 ingredients; pour into prepared pan. Bake for 14 to 16 min. or until edges are almost set. Top with cheese; bake 2 min. or until melted. Roll-up omelette immediately, starting at one short end and peeling off paper as omelette is rolled. Place on platter; cut into slices. Serve with salsa.

Chocolate Roll

This is my grandma's special Christmas & Easter dessert. They are so yummy! I often prefer vanilla over chocolate, so I tried using vanilla pudding instead of chocolate and it's great too! :)

In the oven, ready to bake (don't mind my messy oven ;))...

Flipped over onto a dampened tea towel sprinkled with icing sugar...

Rolled up in the tea towel...

Cooled and unrolled, spread with filling...

Rolled up, ready to cut...

Chocolate Roll

4 Eggs, separated
1 cup Sugar
5 Tbsp. hot Water
½ tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 cup Flour, sifted
¼ tsp. Salt

2 cups Whipping Cream
1 pkg. Instant Chocolate (or Vanilla) Pudding

Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add ½ the sugar and continue beating until it is dissolved. Add boiling hot water, the rest of sugar and vanilla. Beat well. Sift flour before measuring, then sift again with baking powder and salt. Add this and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into cookie sheet, lined with wax paper. Bake at 350oF until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on a damp tea towel, sprinkled with icing sugar. Trim off edges if crusty. Roll up in towel and let cool. Mix ingredients for filling. Once roll is cooled, unroll and spread on the filling and roll up. Wrap in wax paper and place in plastic bag and freeze.

Tip: Also tastes great if you replace the chocolate pudding in filling with vanilla pudding!!

Homemade Yogurt

I make homemade yogurt regularly. My hubby never used to eat yogurt (the store bought stuff), now he eats it everyday (usually more than 1 container a day! ;)) It's actually quite easy to do too, if you have the right ingredients :)

This is what the yogourmet packages look like. You can buy them at Herbal Choices in Winkler. I box has 6 packages...

This is what the yogurt looks like after it's been in the oven overnight...

This is a container of yogurt with jam at the bottom, all ready to eat!! ...
Homemade Yogurt

4 Litres Milk
Yogourmet culture

Pour milk into large pot (dutch oven). Heat milk up to 180 degrees, stirring especially when it gets above 150 degrees and higher. Cool milk to 105 degrees. I usually fill my sink with ice water so it cools off quicker. Turn oven on for about 2 minutes, just to make it warm in the oven. Turn on oven light. Mix 4 packages of yogourmet culture into the cooled milk and stir. Place pot (with the lid on) into oven overnight or for 6-8 hours (the longer you let it stand, the more tart it gets). Then, the next morning I put the yogurt into containers. You can add 1-2 tbsp. of fruit or Jam to each container of yogurt. Our family favorite is strawberry jam made with cane sugar. :)

Oat Pancakes

Oat Pancakes

1 ½ cups Oatmeal
2 cups Milk
1 cup Flour
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp. Baking Powder
¾ tsp. Salt
3 Eggs
¼ cup Oil

Mix oats and milk in small bowl. Set aside until milk is almost absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl. Stir well to blend. Add eggs and oil to oat mixture. Beat well. Add oat mixture to flour mixture all at once, mixing until smooth. Pour batter by ¼ cupfuls onto preheated, lightly greased griddle. Bake until fluffy and bubbles break on surface. Turn and bake other side.

Serve hot with butter and/or syrup. I made this syrup:

Tip: Pancakes can be frozen and re-heated in your toaster. Cool completely before freezing.

Beef Ranchero

This is one of those "granny recipes" that you could use any amounts and you can't mess it up.

Beef Ranchero

1 1/2 lbs. Stewing Beef
1 Onion, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
1/2 - 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning (depending on how spicy you like it)
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce
Flour Tortillas
Fry stewing beef until almost done. Add onions and green pepper and fry until tender. Add taco seasoning and bbq sauce (enough to make the mixture nice and wet). Heat oil to 350. Wrap filling in tortilla and hold together with toothpicks. Make sure oil is hot. Deep fry until golden brown and crispy. Serve with salsa.

Fried Ice Cream

These are SOOOO yummy, but probably not the most healthy! ;)

Fried Ice Cream
1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream
½ cup Corn Flakes, crushed
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Sugar
1 Egg
Fresh Oil, for deep frying
Honey or Butterscotch Topping
Whipped Cream

Scoop out 4 or 5 balls ice cream. Return to freezer. Mix crumbs, cinnamon and sugar. Roll balls in ½ mixture and freeze again. Beat egg and dip balls into egg. Then roll in remaining crumbs. Freeze until ready to use. For thicker coating, repeat. When ready to serve, heat oil to 350oF. Place balls into oil for less than 1 minute. Immediately remove. Drizzle with honey or butterscotch and top with dollop of whipped cream.

Skor Bars

Wow, I just realize how behind I am with blogging my recipes!! I still have some Christmas baking I haven't posted...

Skor Bars
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Butter or Margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 pkg. Soda Crackers
1 pkg. Milk Chocolate Chips
Graham Crumbs or Crushed Peanuts (I used skor bits here, but Peanuts are my favorite!)

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and line crackers in 1 layer. Boil sugar and margarine for 3 minutes (until syrupy). Pour over crackers and bake at 350F for 5 minutes. Take out and pour chocolate chips over base and let it sit for a bit. Take a knife and spread. Top with graham crumbs or crushed peanuts. Cool and break into pieces.