Monday, October 27, 2008

Mexican Cornbread

Anthony made homemade apple BBQ sauce and ribs. I'm making a side dish of Mexican cornbread to go with it. We are also having tater tots, salad, and coleslaw. We are going all out for dinner tonight. I hope we have leftovers for tomorrow. I feel like I spent a lot of money at the grocery store.

Mexican cornbread

1/2 cup melted butter
8 ounces sour cream
2 eggs
15 ounces sweet cream corn
11 ounces white shoe peg corn- drained
11 ounces whole kernel corn, with red and green peppers- drained
8.5 package of corn muffin mix (we use Jiffy)

Heat oven 325
pray glass baking dish (2 quart)
mix butter, sour cream, and eggs
add corn and muffin mix
stir until moist
pour into baking dish
bake 45-55 minutes

Friday, October 17, 2008

Apple Cake

This is the recipe my mom uses. I love how its so simple to put together. We are having house guests this weekend and its perfect for dessert or breakfast :)

Fresh Apple Cake

Cream Together:
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons vanilla

Sift together:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add 2 cups apples cut fairly small. Mix all together. Makes a thick batter. Press into a greased tube pan (I used a bunt pan). Bake one hour at 350 degrees.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple Sauce

Since we went apple picking on Sunday I have a lot of apples.
I peeled and diced about 10 apples
I threw them in the crockpot with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar plus dashes of cinnamon.
Now they are baking in the crock.
When the apples are soft I'll put them in the food processor and we'll have some hot applesauce for dinner!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Crock Pot Bow Tie Chicken

Crock Pot Bow Tie Chicken

The review. Very good meal but it's lacking something. I would add broccoli or I would add mushrooms with peas to the pasta. I think the crunch of the broccoli would be perfect.

We served with garlic bread made from leftover hamburger rolls. haha. I should submit my meal to the trash eats community. It did have cream of crap soup plus garlic bread made from hamburger rolls

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 8oz. pkg cream cheese (I used 1/3 fat)
1 c. sour cream (I used fat free)
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
3 T Parmesan cheese (I ommited because I didnt have any)
2 c. chicken bouillon water
1 1/2 T. Italian seasoning (I forgot but since there is a whole packet of ranch it was still seasoned)
1 T minced garlic
Chicken (I used three thin breasts)

Put all of this is the crock pot and cook. Serve over pasta (I used rigatoni because thats what I had).
So I had the super thin chicken breasts and it took maybe 2 hours on high
Normally I'd cook it on low for longer.

You need to know your crockpot. If I had thick chicken breast I'd probably cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sugar Cookies

DH decided that we'd have our Halloween treat decorating party TOMORROW.
He let me know yesterday

I ran home today to make sugar cookie dough. I used this Martha Stewart recipe because someone used it in their blog recently for making cute birthday cookies.
Here is the blog

I like that they are a firm sturdy cookie but they still seem soft in the middle.

Sugar Cookies
Source: Martha Stewart

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated. With mixer running, add egg, brandy (or milk), and vanilla; mix until incorporated.
2. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
5. Decorate with Royal Icing, optional.

When rolling our cookies out they were really really sticky. We used a ton of flour. It was fun and messy and when I say we I mean intern S and I, not DH

I'll have photos tomorrow. We'll have lots of photos during the party :)

I also made Hersheys Perfectly Chocolate cake recipe into cupcakes for the party.
It's on the back of the can of cocoa too

I did not make the frosting because tomorrow I'll be making a boatload of buttercream to color with my gel colors. Lots of orange, purple, green, and black.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Crockpot Chili

We ate a HUGE lunch at Cheesecake Factory before going downtown to view the Jim Henson exhibit. It's the last day it's open and DH promised to take me. I was disappointed in it actually. It was smaller than I thought and didn't have anything from Labyrinth.

I decided to throw together some chili for a late dinner. We aren't hungry but probably will be when 9pm rolls around.

Crockpot Chili Recipe
1 packet of chili seasoning
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 (15oz) can of kidney beans, not drained
2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 pound ground beef, browned

Brown the ground meat and then stir everything together in the crockpot. I've got mine on low and it'll probably be cooking for at least 4 hours today.

Later I'm going to make some Jiffy mix cornbread. Yes it is a lazy Sunday :)

Indian at Home

We had two leftover steaks that we needed to use up.
We wanted to make Indian food so I took my chicken Tikka Masala recipe and instead of adding chicken added our steaks.

Recipe from "Complete Indian Cooking"

"Chicken" Tikka Masala

Masala Sauce
4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
2 onion, thinly sliced. I used just 1 onion because I wasnt using a lot of meat and I wanted a good balance
1 inch piece of ginger root, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 cardamoms, bruised. I did not have these and couldn't find them at the grocery store and I didn't have time to visit Penzys
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons hot water I used some of the boiling water that was cooking my rice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
We threw in some frozen peas

Make the sauce by heating the ghee or oil in a large skillet or saucepan; add the onion, ginger, and garlic and cook over gentle heat, stirring frequently, until softened but not colored.

Add the spices and fry, stirring for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add the cream, tomato paste, water, sugar, and salt. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring, then lower the heat, and simmer gently, stirring, for 10-15 minutes. We cooked the sauce for about 10 minutes and for the last 5 minutes we included the precooked meat and the frozen peas.

We served this over some brown rice and had Trader Joes Garlic Naan on the side. It was really really good. I'll be making it again.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Great Steak

Safeway had a huge 6 pack of steaks for $16. They were nice thick, not too fatty, no bone kind of steaks. I grabbed them up. I also bought 2 cucumbers and some dill to make Bettina's cucumber salad.

When I got home I threw the steaks in a ziplock bag with some balsamic vinaigrette, minced garlic, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper.
They marinated about 2 hours.

I peeled and thinly sliced my cucumbers, threw them in a bowl, added sour cream and splashes of vinegar, then salt and pepper. I chopped up my fresh dill and threw that in too and stirred. I set it in the fridge for about 2 hours also.

Then I had some quick biscuit mix, cheddar garlic flavor. All I had to do was add water and drop them on a cookie sheet. The biscuits were actually pretty good. They could have used a little butter brushed on top. Maybe next time :)

After dinner we had dessert. Its ridiculous to eat this well on a Wed night right?
Brownies and ice cream. All Safeway made, but still yummy. I microwaved my brownie before topping with french vanilla ice cream and some peanut butter.