Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Place foil in a baking dish; spray with cooking spray. Place chicken in the dish and season with the garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, and basil- to taste. Add 2 bay leaves. Slice 1 onion into rings or chunks and arrange around and on top of the chicken. Add 1/2 cup of water. Check throughout baking to see if more water is needed.
Bake at 375:
Whole Chicken: approx. 2- 2 1/2 hours
Split Chicken Breasts: approx 1 1/2 hours
Tenderloins: approx. 30minutes
Chicken is done when tender and juices run clear
2 cups shredded fresh zucchini
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour flour
1 cu whole wheat flour (I like to use King Arthur Whole Wheat flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c. cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Shred zucchini; place in strainer and press or squeeze with hands to get rid of some of the extra liquid. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, and oil together. Stir in the flours, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt, and cocoa, mixing just until all ingredients are combined. Add vanilla; mix; Add drained zucchini. Mix well. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes at 350°, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Notes for non-chocolate version.
Simply omit the cocoa.
You could also add about 1/2- 3/4 c. raisins and/or walnuts or pecans, if desired
Thursday, July 29, 2010
For me, one of the wonderful things about summer is enjoying lots of fresh fruit in many different ways. These muffins, for instance, are bursting with fresh summer fruits- peaches and blueberries!
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped fresh peaches
3/4 cups fresh blueberries
In a bowl, beat egg; add milk and oil; mix well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir into the egg mixture just until moistened. Stir in the peaches and blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° (375 for dark pans) for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5-7 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 10 muffins-12 muffins
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Here is a great dessert for a large family, like ours! This was Adam's (age 4) birthday dessert this year. The made-from-scratch icing really makes this easy dessert extra special.
3 boxed brownie mixes (9x13 size ea.)
Lightly grease a 12x18in. sheet pan (i know that might be a harder-to-find size- but if you have a large family, it is a great pan and would be worth the purchase..find it here)
Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions
Allow to cool completely
Chocolate Butter Cream Icing:
1 stick margarine, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pound (about 4 cups) confectioners sugar
6-8 T. cocoa
2 T. margarine, softened
Dash of salt
Place 1 stick margarine, 1/4 c. milk, 1/4 tsp.salt, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Cover with about 2 cups of sugar. Begin mixing slowly- add the other 2 cups of sugar and slowly mix until sugar is moistened. Increase mixing speed and mix until blended and fluffy.
In a small bowl, mix the cocoa, 2 T. margarine, and dash of salt. Add this to the prepared butter cream mixture and mix well. Add milk a Tablespoon at a time until frosting reaches spreading consistency (approx. 1 or 2 Tbs.)
Spread over cool brownies
1 large bag of M&Ms
Immediately after icing the brownies, sprinkle with your choice of M&Ms.
Serves approx: 30 people
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
3/4 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
3/4 c. confectioners sugar
1 1/2 Tbs. milk
Cream butter, gradually adding sugar. Add vanilla, milk and salt. Blend in flour; mix well. Press into bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350.
1/4 c. butter
1 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 c. confectioners sugar
Combine caramels and milk in top of double boiler. Heat until caramels melt, stirring occasionally. remove from heat and add butter and sugar. Mix well. Add nuts. Spread over crust.
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. evaporated milk
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Combing chips and milk- melt. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over the caramel. Cool. Cut into squares before serving.
2 lb. frozen hash browns
3/4 c. melted butter, divided
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1pint (16 oz.) sour cream
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 c. crushed corn flakes
Thaw potatoes. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, salt, pepper, onion, soup, 1/2 c. of the butter, sour cream, and cheese. Place in a 3 qt. casserole dish. Mix remaining butter and corn flakes. Sprinkle over the potato mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. YIELD: 12 servings.
* To prepare ahead of time, cover with foil and store in the refrigerator. Allow more time to bake if cold.
In bread machine combine the following ingredients:
1 1/4 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. honey (or sugar)
1 1/2 Tbs. butter
1 1/2 Tbs. dry milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
Set bread machine on dough cycle. When completed, lightly knead and form into a loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan. Let rise in a warm place (30minutes- 1 hour) Bake at 350 until done (approx. 25-30 minutes)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
1 1/2 to 2 c. sugar
2 Tbs. vanilla
2 c. milk
3 qt. clean snow
Combine sugar, vanilla, milk and eggs in saucepan. Boil until sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Cool completely; set pan outside in snow to chill. When cold, combine syrup and snow. Mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c. confectioners sugar
1 pkg.. mini chocolate chips, divided
Beat first 3 ingredients together.
Add sugar and 3/4 chocolate chips
Form mixture into a ball
Once chilled, roll in remaining chocolate chips
Serve with Wheat Thins or Graham Cracker Sticks
I thought I'd give you some links to some tasty recipes that I use for Christmas.
Holiday Poke Cake
This first one is the recipe for the cake that we always called the "Jesus Birthday Cake". Mom only made it at Christmas, and we would put candles on it and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It's a very pretty cake with the red and green http://brands.kraftfoods.com/jello/recipe.aspxs=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&wf=9&recipe_id=53185
Orange-Chip Cranberry Bread
Here is a tasty bread recipe that is perfect for this time of year- complete with cranberries and walnuts, and a little orange zest for an added flavor. This is a good recipe to bake in small bread loaves and give as gifts to neighbors and friends.
Easy Oreo Truffles
1 can (20oz.) crushed pineapple, drained (save juice)
3 c. boiling water
1 c. pineapple juice
1 can cherry pie filling
2 (small) pkg. cherry jello
Add boiling water to jello- stir to dissolve
Add reserved pineapple juice (note: if pineapple juice doesn't amount to 1 cup- add water to equal 1 cup)
Refrigerate until thickened, but not congealed
Add filling and pineapple
Refrigerate until set
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cool whip
Cream together sour cream, vanilla, and cream cheese
Fold in whipped topping
Spread gently over set jello.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
1 cup vanilla frosting
7 drops yellow food coloring
32 miniature peanut butter cups
1 package fudge-striped cookies
32 pieces orange mini- Chiclets gum (we used colored M&M's instead)
1. In a small bowl , combine frosting and food coloring. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
2. Holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip top of cup in yellow frosting. Position over center hole of a cookie, forming the hatband and crown. Add a buckle of gum or M&M. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Honey Roasted Peanuts
Mix all these ingredients together in a large bowl you can seal up tightly, to ensure freshness. (you choose the portions)
The cookies have a really good taste!
~Marilyn...from Marilyn's cookbook Homemade with Love
1 c. shortening
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 unbeaten eggs
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
3 c. rolled oats
Combine shortening, sugars, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and eggs. Beat thoroughly. Stir in walnuts. Sift together flour and soda. Add to shortening mixture and blend. Stir in oats. Place dough by tablespoons on greased cookie sheets, leaving a little space between. Press with a fork. Bake in 350 oven for 12 to `4 minutes. Cool about 2 minutes before removing from sheet.
YIELD: 5 1/2 dozen
VARIATION: For Lollipop Cookies prepare dough as directed above. Just before baking, insert a lollipop stick, paper drinking straw, or wooden skewer into each mound of dough with sticksparallel to the sheet to make it look like a lollipop. Decorate with facial features. (use Candy corn, M&Ms, gumdrops, raisins, etc.) Bake as directed.
~Marilyn......From Marilyn's cookbook Homemade with Love
2 c. pinto beans, cooked and drained
2 c. Northern beans, cooked and drained
2 c. red kidney beans, cooked and drained
1 qt. pork and beans
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 onions, cut up
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 c. ketchup
Preheat oven to 325. Combine beans in a large casserole dish, reserving liquids. Fry the ground beef and onions briefly. Add the brown sugar, salt, garlic, vinegar and ketchup. Cook 5 minutes and pour over the beans. Bake, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours, adding additional liquid if beans become to dry. YIELD: 10 to 12 servings
Monday, September 14, 2009
My husband gobbles this pizza up, and he said he didn't used to like homemade pizza!
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. wheat flour
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 c. water
2 Tbs. canola oil
Sprinkle in garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano to taste.
1. Combine all ingredients into bread machine pan
2. Select dough setting
3. When dough is finished, remove and set on greased 12x15 jellyroll pan ( or cookie sheet)
4. Preheat oven to 400
5. Spray hands with cooking spray, to make it easier to work with the dough
6. Press dough evenly into the pan
1 jar pizza sauce
8 oz. bag pizza cheese or mozzarella cheese
1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped Canadian Bacon
(or any topping of your choice)
8. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly
9. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
Note: These also work great, using the bread machine to make the dough. Just add the ingredients as directed for your bread machine, set on the dough setting, and then proceed with step 4
1/2c. Butter of Margarine
5. Bake in greased pans @ 400 for exactly 10 minutes.
6. Ice while hot.
1/4 c. marg
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. milk
Melt margarine in saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Cook 2 minutes over low-medium heat while stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and gradually stir in confectioners sugar, vanilla, and milk; stir well.
Yield: Frosts a 9x13 sheet cake. (to frost a layer cake, you'll need to double the recipe)