Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Goodie Bags

We have very few trick or treaters who visit our house. It is unfortunate because my husband loves Halloween and decorates the yard. This year we decided to do Halloween goodie bags verses the giant bowl of candy because we usually end up eating most of the bowl of candy ourselves. We did a few candies and some non candy items for the baggies. I like them :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Apple Braid

For the apple braid I used this recipe. I had a hard time with the dough sticking to the paper but I will be making this recipe again. It was just so easy and it tasted great.

Cream Puffs

My husband's work assigns breakfast duty and he was in charge of breakfast a few weeks ago. I made a few things for him, cream puffs and an apple braid. He made some pork schnitzel, potatoes with onions and cheese, and bratwurst.

This cream puff recipe comes from my mother. I have no idea where she originally got it from.

Small Cream Puffs
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 4--%. Heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at one time; continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by the rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 25-30 minutes or until puffed and golden.

Vanilla Cream Pudding
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Blend sugar, cornstarch, and salt in two quart saucepan. Combine milk and egg yolks; gradually stir into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat; stir in butter, vanilla, and almond extract. Cool slightly and chill in fridge.

Chocolate Icing
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons hot water

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat, stir in sugar and water. Beat until smooth.

Cut off tops of pastry. Pull out soft dough. Carefully fill puffs with vanilla cream pudding. Replace tops and frost with chocolate icing.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bush Beans

During the summer I would harvest these guys and just have a small handful at a time. It was not enough to make a real side dish out of them. They seem to really be enjoying this cooler fall weather. I clipped enough beans today to toss them in the beef stew I was making.

Beef Stew

My coworker had a baby a week and a half ago. My gift was to make food for her. I made her a smoked turkey and mashed potatoes before the baby was born but on Monday I made this beef stew with some Grands biscuits and my apple cake.

I followed the Paula Deen recipe and needed to add in a bit more water part way through cooking. I remade this recipe today for my husband and I and I added fingerling potatoes and some of the green bush beans from our garden. I added all the vegetables at the beginning of the cooking process, not after an hour and a half.

French Onion Soup

Plus some pork, friend green tomatoes (from our garden), potatoes with chili (from our garden) infused oil and rosemary (from our garden). I bought the french onion soup bowls from the thrift store. They are just like my moms :)

The summer garden has been winding down but we have some fall items planted!