Monday, September 29, 2014

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

The only thing that would be better than a tall glass of milk is sandwiching a little bit of ice cream in the middle of two of these and making an ice cream sandwich!

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies                                     Printable Recipe  

1-1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1-1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups mini semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Apple Pecan Bundt Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Fall has arrived and I'm ringing it in with this beautiful bundt cake.  I love cakes made in this pan.  So simple and the pan does most of the work. All I did was drizzle on some glaze and sprinkle on the pecans. And gorgeous cake!

Apple Pecan Bundt Cake with Apple Cider Glaze                      Printable Recipe

1-3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used French Vanilla)
1-1/2 cup canola oil
3 cups all purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup chopped pecans

Glaze and Topping:
2 Tablespoons apple cider
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons chopped pecans

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grilled Vegetable Lasagna

Cut the carbs (and gluten!) by ditching the noodles and using zucchini and yellow squash instead.

Grilled Vegetable Lasagna

1-2 small zucchini
1-2 small yellow squash
1 jar or 4 cups marinara sauce
1 pound ground beef (optional)
6 ounces ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
grated Parmesan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

One day I had lunch out with my husband.  Chicken fried steak was their special of the day. I thought to myself that I need to figure out how to make this at home.  My fried steak is crunchy and the gravy is over the top.  It reminds me of the milk gravy my mom made when she fried chicken. Little crunchy breading bits speckled throughout. 

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy (with Gluten Free Options*)      Printable Recipe

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4-6 (4 ounce) cube steaks (or tenderized round and cut your own pieces like I did)

30 wheat saltine crackers, crushed
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper (and optional, we prefer not so much black pepper)
few dashes cayenne pepper
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Pizza Zucchini Boats

I have to give credit to my husband for this one.  He came up with the idea on his own.  I helped him carry it out.  We used small zucchini here but you can use larger ones.  You will need to cook them longer to get them soft.  Change up all the toppings as you like them.   I will give you a guide as to how we put our tasty dish together.

Pizza Zucchini Boats

Small Zucchini
Pizza or Marinara sauce
Ground Beef
Pepperoni Slices
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese or Italian Blend Cheese

Friday, September 5, 2014

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Parmesan Cheese

If you are already grilling other foods you might as well throw some corn on while you are at it and save heating up your kitchen. Now let's talk cheese.  I saw a chef on TV once put Parmesan on his corn and I thought he was nuts.  Turns out the saltiness of the Parmesan is just what this corn needs.  Try it, you won't be disappointed. 

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Parmesan Cheese                            Printable Recipe

Sweet Corn (Husk On)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Black Pepper (optional)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Freezing Sweet Corn

Freezing sweet corn is easy to do and the best way, in my opinion, to preserve it.  There are many who can it in jars but the cooking method for that I think takes away from the freshness.  My mom shucks and removes the silks from hers and freezes them on the cob.  I don't have space to do that so I remove mine from the cob to freeze.  This is my method.  There are some who add extra ingredients to their corn, like sugar, but if your corn is sweet it doesn't need it.

Freezing Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Large pot
Sharp knife or a kernel cutter tool
two large bowls that nest in each other
measuring cup
zip shut quart freezer bags
jelly roll pan