Monday, January 19, 2015

Chewy Cookie Bars

To lazy to make cookies? Make these great chewy cookie bars, all you have to do is mix, pour, pat and bake, that simple!  These were gone in less tha 24 hours, my family and guests loved them.

Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda together; set aside. In a separate large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugars in until combined. To the butter-sugar mixture, add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips. Turn out batter into the prepared pan, pressing into an even, smooth layer with your hands.
Bake until bars are lightly golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 23-26 minutes. Let cool to room temperature in the pan. To remove bars, lift the foil overhang and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Angle Food Cake French Toast

This is perfect for any morning breakfast or brunch.  I make tjis usually Christmas mornings because well it is delicious and I mean look at the colors!

It is sweet, very soft and a total crowd pleaser.

1 pre made angle food cake *cut into slices*
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 

Mix eggs,milk,vanilla,cinnamon into a bowl and soak slices of cake into mixture.

Cook on all sides until done about 1 minute each side.

serve with syrup or fruit with cream

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.