Monday, September 13, 2010

Fajita Soup

from Katie Tidwell

-1 lb chicken, cut in bite sized pieces
-1 pkg. fajita seasoning
-1 red and 1 green pepper
-1 onion
-1 can diced tomatoes
-1 can chicken broth
-1 can black beans
-hot sauce, salt & pepper to taste

-cook chicken in oil
-add veggies, cook until tender
-add other ingredients
-simmer for 30 minutes

Monday, May 24, 2010

Strawberry Cream Puff Cake

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Patterson Family Rating:
We made this one night when we had friends coming over for dinner. It really is good, it just isn't something that I would crave or want a regular basis. But if you like cream puffs, it is definitely worth trying.

Monday, February 1, 2010

5 Minute Individual Potato Gratins

(picture from What's on My Menu?)
-vegetable spray
-2 large russet potatoes
-1/2 cup cheese (the recipe called for swiss but we just used cheddar)
-2 green onions, finely chopped
-salt and pepper
-3/4 cup heavy cream

-preheat oven to 375 degrees
-spray 8 muffin tins with vegetable spray
-layer potatoes, cheese and onions in each muffin tin (we did 3 layers of potato)
-season with salt and pepper
-top each au gratin with 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream
-cover with foil and back for 30-40 minutes, remove foil halfway through
-invert them onto a plate and serve

Saturday, January 16, 2010

White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

-3 c all-purpose flour
-1 t baking powder
-1/2 t salt
-1/4 t baking soda
-8 (1 ounce) squares white baking chocolate
-1 c butter, softened
-2 c plus 2 T granulated sugar
-5 large eggs
-2 t vanilla extract
-1/2 t almond extract
-1 c sour cream
-4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet baking chocolate, melted
-4 (1 ounce) squares white baking chocolate, melted
-1 bag frozen raspberries, semi-thawed

-Preheat over to 350 degrees, grease 10 inch bundt pan and sprinkle 2 T of sugar in the bundt pan
-In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda, set aside
-chop 4 squares of the white chocolate and melt the other 4, set aside
-In a mixing bowl cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Stir in extracts and the melted white chocolate. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream. Beat just until combined. Fold in raspberries.
-Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with half of the chopped white chocolate. Repeat. Pour remaining batter on top.
-Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
-Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack
-Place cooled cake on a serving dish and drizzle with both melted white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate.

Serves 12 to 15

Oreo Truffles

These are SO yummy, and you could do so many different variations. But here is the basic recipe that we use most often.
-8 ounces softened cream cheese
-18 ounce package of Oreo cookies, crushed
-2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
-White chocolate
-1 T shortening

-Mix cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy, add the crushed Oreos and beat on high until well mixed
-Form into one inch balls, (I use a 1/2 T to measure the size)
-Chill in the freezer for about 2 hours
-Melt the chocolate chips and shortening with a double boiler or in the microwave
-Dip the Oreo balls completely into the melted chocolate using tongs or a toothpick
-Put on wax paper, after the chocolate hardens, drizzle melted white chocolate on top
-Keep in the refrigerator

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sausage Supper

1-1 1/2 lbs sausage (ground or link)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large green peppers, chopped
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
sprinkling of dried parsley
sprinkling of crushed red pepper (optional)
1 can tomato paste
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)
1 can sliced olives, drained (optional)
grated cheddar, and sour cream

Brown sausage in large deep skillet or Dutch oven. If using link sausages cut into pieces.

Add onion, green pepper, and celery, sauteing until halfway cooked. Drain excess fat.

Add remaining ingredients except olives, cheese and sour cream.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes or until liquid mostly absorbed.

Stir in olives and top with cheese; cover until cheese melts. (we don't do this)

Serve topped with sour cream.

This is quite tasty, but it definitely has a good bite to it. I took the picture after it had sat awhile, so it really looks much better. :)


Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Ever Apple Pudding

This recipe was featured on Tangled and True on November 17, 2009.

This is by far, my very most favorite dessert for Fall! It is a recipe that my Grandma Adams used to make, and I think of her everytime I make it. It seriously tastes like fall on a plate, it's basically an apple spice cake, with an amazing caramel sauce. So I guess you could say it is like a caramel apple cake. It is perfect for a Fall day.

Cake Ingredients:
-2 cups sugar
-1/2 cup softened butter
-2 eggs
-4+ cups grated apples (medium fine) -- it takes about 2 small or 1 medium sized apple per cup
-2 cups flour
-2 tsp baking soda
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Gradually add the sugar into the butter, creaming it well
Peel, core, and grate the apples
Add the eggs into the batter
then the apples
Add the dry ingredients
Bake in a grease 13x9 inch pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
(or 30 minutes for a half recipe in an 8x8 inch pan)
Sauce Ingredients:
-1/2 cup butter
-2 cups sugar (I use one cup of white and one cup of brown)
-1 cup cream
-3 tsp vanilla
-dash of nutmeg
Melt the butter
Add the sugar, and cream
Cook at medium heat until dissolved, then add vanilla and nutmeg
Done! This sauce goes together very quickly, I usually start it with about 10 minutes left on the cake.
Serve warm with the sauce on top.