Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate is like a new dream.  Now I live in Wisconsin so I may be crazy for making frozen hot chocolate but you just cannot resist this you really can't.  It is basically a frozen chocolate smoothie, can you really say no to that?

This recipe makes 1 Glass

6-8 Ice cubes
1/4 Cup Hot Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Cup Milk
Chocolate Syrup *Optional*
Whipped Cream *Optional*

Place all ingredients except for *optional* into a blender and blend until smooth.
Place into glass and top off with syrup and cream.
Breath deep and slurp away

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Looking for a way to use up the last of that turkey or maybe just in the mood for an amazing creamy soup?  This is it your whole family/ friends will love it, pair it with biscuits or corn muffins.

2 Stalks Celery Chopped
2 Carrot Sticks Chopped
1 Medium Onion Chopped
1 Cup Mushrooms Chopped
2 Cups Wild Rice
2 Cups Shredded/Cubed Turkey 
2 Cups Half/Half
4 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Tablespoon Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Flour

Place butter,celery,carrots,onion and mushrooms in a dutch oven until all the veggies are tender.

Mix in flour and stir until bubbly, gradually whisk in broth, bring to boil, stirring constantly, cook for 1-3 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in all remaining ingredients, return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes - 1 hour


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Steak Sandwich

This is my all time favorite sandwich.  It is quick and the whole family will love it and great to serve guests.
You can never turn down sweet sauteed onions over steak?

  • 2 Spanish or Sweet onions, sliced thinly
  • Dash of salt
  • 5  tablespoons of butter (separated)
  • 2 pounds of boneless rib steak, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Steak Seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 4 Hoagie buns, split
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment. Set aside.
Start your onions first. They will take longer than the steak. Heat 3 Tablespoons Butter until it melts, add the onions. Add a hit of salt to speed up the sweating process, and keep stirring every now and again, but not constantly. You can lower to a medium low setting if they are starting to cook too quickly. Slower is better with onions, so don't rush the process. Once the moisture is out hit them with the butter and continue cooking until they caramelize. The process should take about 15 minutes on a nice medium heat, or up to 25/30 on a lower heat. Transfer to a plate and set aside till needed.

Slice the meat as thinly as you can. It's helpful to have the meat cold during the cutting process if you're not adept with your knife skills. So you can pop it in the freezer for 15 or 20 minutes before cutting it if you like. Let the steak get to room temp before cooking.

Mix 2 Tablespoons of butter, garlic and steak seasoning together and add to a pan and melt.  Add the beef and cook while stirring it about occasionally. You can cook it to your taste. I'd recommend 3 to 5 for a medium rare, and 5 to 8 minutes for well done, which is how we like ours.
Add some salt and pepper to taste.

Butter your hoagie buns and toast them slightly on the inside by placing them on a hot skillet. Only takes about 2 minutes. Now place them cut side up on the cookie sheet.  Place on meat, onions and cheese.  Place back into oven until cheese is melted.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Patty Melt

Oh my favorite diner food buttery,greasy,burger topped with onions and swiss cheese covered with rye bred, no burger is better than this.

1 stick Butter

1 whole Large Onion,  Sliced

1-1/2 pound Ground Beef

 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon  Worcestershire Sauce

8 slices Swiss Cheese

8 slices Rye Bread

In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and soft.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, garlic, salt & pepper, and Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle.
Assemble patty melts this way: Slice of bread, slice of cheese, hamburger patty, 1/4 of the cooked onions, another slice of cheese, and another slice of bread. On a clean griddle or in a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and grill the sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown. Remove the sandwiches and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Turn the sandwiches to the skillet, flipping them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until cheese is melted.
Slice in half and serve immediately!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bacon Risotto Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy, cheesy and full of bacon, a risotto that is full off flavor and stuffed into a portobello, perfection!

12 oz Abrorio Rice
3 Cups Chicken Stock
4 Tablespoons Butter (separated)
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
6 Strips Bacon (crispy and crumbled)
Portobello Mushrooms 

Place rice, stock and 2 tablespoons butter into pan.  Stir while boiling for boiling, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes.  

Cook bacon and place into rice when rice is done cooking, salt and pepper to taste, fold in cheese and set aside.

Place 2 tablespoons of butter into pan and place mushroom in pan and cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are done cooking.

Stuff risotto into mushrooms and serve.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The best biscuits your taste bud laid buds on, ever.  This copy cat recipe will be worth the craving and skipping that trip to red lobster.  It is so simple and quick your friends and family will thank you.

Makes 12

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

For the topping
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper, if using.
In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and butter. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist. Gently fold in cheese.
Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop the batter evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
For the topping, whisk together butter, parsley and garlic powder in a small bowl. Working one at a time, brush the tops of the biscuits with the butter mixture.
Serve immediately.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Craisin Cookies

I sometimes wish fall would never leave. The smell of pumpkin and spices, the gorgeous colors, and the sound of leaves when driving down a back road.  These cookies were gone in just one day the whole family loved them, pumpkin cookies with sweet craisins and a white chocolate drizzle, I think I just created a new fall family favorite.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup Craisins 
  • Melted White Chocolate

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside
  • .In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. 
  • Mix in dry ingredients and fold in crasins Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
Let cool and put white chocolate on top of cookies