Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two Muffins

Kellogg's - Our Best Bran Muffins

1 1/3 c flour
.5 c sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1 tsp salt
1.5 c Kellogg's All Bran Original
1 c milk
1 egg
1/3 c shortening (I substitute applesauce)

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bow, combine All Bran cereal and milk. Let stand 2 minutes or until cereal has softened. Add egg and shortening (applesauce). Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into 12 muffin pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 400 degrees about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

*I like to eat these hot, warm and even cold! I press sliced strawberries and sprinkle sugar on top before baking or load them with blueberries.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Swedish Hotcakes

Mix together:
2 eggs
1.25 c milk
.25 c vegetable oil

1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbls sugar
.5 tsp salt
1 c flour

Stir well until there are no lumps. Pour 1/3 c of batter into heated, greased pan and swirl pan to form flat circle. When edges start to curl and small bubbles appear, flip and cook on second side until golden.

Topping suggestions are: melted butter with cinnamon & sugar, maple syrup with fresh fruit, fruit with whipped cream... the topping possibilities are endless.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Julia Child's Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine (Cream and Bacon Quiche)

The classic quiche Lorraine contains heavy cream, eggs, and bacon, no cheese. The bacon is usually blanched in simmering water to remove its smoky, salty taste, but this step is optional. Diced, cooked ham, sauteed briefly in butter, may replace the bacon.

For 4 to 6 servings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3 to 4 ounces lean bacon (6 to 8 slices, medium thickness)
1 quart water
An 8-inch partially cooked pastry shell placed on a baking sheet

3 eggs or 2 eggs and 2 yolks
1.5 to 2 cups whipping cream or half cream and half milk
.5 tsp salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
1 to 2 Tbl butter cut into pea-sized dots

Cut bacon into pieces about an inch long and .25 inch wide. Simmer for 5 minutes in the water. Rinse in cold water. Dry on paper towels. Brown lightly in a skillet. Press bacon pieces into bottom of pastry shell.

Beat the eggs, cream or cream and milk, and seasonings in a mixing bowl until blended. Check seasonings. Pour into pastry shell and distribute the butter pieces on top.

Set in upper third of preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until quiche has puffed and browned. Slide quiche onto a hot platter and serve.

* I normally cook my bacon like normal and toss it right into the egg mixture. Tonight I used cooked deli ham - did not saute it, sorry Ms Julia. I also like to be a quiche rebel and add in broccoli tops!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Orange Pull-Aparts

ORANGE PULL-APARTS from Shirley Aaron
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C sugar
3 Beaten eggs
2 Pkgs. yeast
1/4 C. Warm water (to activate yeast)
1 C. Hot water
2 Tsp. salt
4 1/2 C. Flour
1/3 C. Shaklee N.P.S. or I just added flour instead when I didn’t have it.
Orange rind, grated
Melt butter, let cool; add remaining ingredients in order given. Let stand until raised double.Punch down and refrigerate. Next day, 3 hours before serving, roll into rectangle the size of the Tupperware pie sheet (mine measures: 15 X 21 inches). Spread with soft butter completely and sprinkle with sugar and grated orange rind. Cut into 2-inch squares. Stack squares into towers and stand them up in greased Bundt pan (butter side of square to the next unbuttered square) until pan is full. Press down and let rise to the top of Bunt pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 min. until golden brown.
Notes from Lizzie: Shaklee NPS is a protein supplement: I added more flour. If you have a pie sheet I recommend using it to roll the dough out. Take directly from frig. and roll out before the dough gets real sticky on you (some light flouring required). Here's a photo of the "towers" but keep in mind my dough was a little warm and thus gooey.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

I've had this recipe for ever and finally decided to make it, boy have I been missing out! It's so yummy, we gobbled it right up! The recipe makes a very large quantity, but I halved it and only used 2 lbs meat, turned out wonderful.

6 lbs pork loin
2, 16 oz cans salsa
2 cans coke
3 cups brown sugar
raw tortillas (or hamburger buns)

Place pork in crock pot and fill it 1/2 way up the pork with water. Cook on high for 5 hours. (I cooked on low overnight.) Drain off liquid. Cut pork into thirds. Mix together sauce and pour over pork. Cook an additional 3 hours on high. Shred pork with forks. Leave on low til ready to serve.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sweet Pork Salad

We had this meal at my girls cooking club. It is soo good. It tastes like the saled you buy at Costa Rica, the restaurant. This receipe can be found at the sister's cafe It can also be found at The second website is one of the gals in my cooking group. She is an awesome cook.

Shredded Sweet Pork
3 lb pork roast
1 c brown sugar
1 c Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tb dried minced onions

Cook all ingredients in a crock pot on low all day (abt 8 hours). One hour before serving, remove roast and shred it. Dump out all cooking juices and place shredded pork back into crockpot and add...1 c brown sugar and 1 c red enchilada sauce

Cilantro Lime Rice

3 c water
3 c rice
4 cubes chicken bouillon
4 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tb canola oil
2 Tb fresh lime juice
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1/2 onion1 can green chilies

Blend cilantro, onion, and chilies in food processor. Bring water to boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Garlic Black Beans
1 can black beans
1/3 c tomato juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
2 Tb canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tb chopped cilantro

Heat oil then add cumin and garlic until garlic begins to pop. Add rest of ingredients and serve warm. *I would at least double this recipe--but I really like beans!

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
3 tomatillos, peeled and quartered
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/2 c sour cream
1 pkg dry buttermilk ranch dressing
1 c fresh chopped cilantro
6 green onions with ends, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp sugar1 jalapeno, sliced thin - add to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

To assemble salad: Grate cheese onto a tortilla shell and place in oven under broiler until cheese is melted and shell is puffy. Top with romaine lettuce, beans, rice, and pork. Garnish with tomatoes, avacado, pico de gallo, whatever you like. Top with dressing and crispy tortilla strips.
*The recipe calls for cotija cheese, but I used sharp cheddar.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Roxi's Crescent Rolls

This recipe can be found in the family cook book. I was hungry for a roll and this sounded fun and easy. I did change things up a bit in that I started the dough around 10 in the morning, rolled them out around 2ish in the afternoon and baked them up at 5 pm for dinner. The dough was very soupy when I scooped in out of the pot. Hugo thought it was very funny to see my fingers all gloopy, gunky with the dough. I added a lot of flour to be able to roll them out. I should talk to Roxi to find out what the recipe is like if made overnight. Anyway, they worked and are sweet tasting and very addicting rolls. I highly recommend them!

Melt together in a large stock pot and let cool:
1 cup milk
1 stick butter
Mix together and moisten with 1 cup of warm water:
1 pkg or 1 T yeast
1 T sugar
Add above two groups to this in stock pot and then add 4 cups flour
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt

Mix ingredients with wooden spoon until well blended. Cover with pot lid and let it sit overnight. Divide into 2 pieces. Roll on floured surface into two big circles (1/4" thick). Cut like pizza and roll into crescent shape. Let rise 3 to 4 hours on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. After removing from cookie sheets, brush each roll with butter.

*Okay, just realized that I didn't grease the cookie sheets or brush with butter - didn't miss either step at all. I also completely filled two large cookie sheets with these rolls. Was it the added flour or the recipe itself, I'm not sure. Talk to Roxi! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nutcracker Mice

I took this idea from Roxi May. She made them for a Christmas in Wisconsin and I thought they were darling and delicious! I made them in December for a party and they were a hit. Ali asked if I would post them here also.

Here's what you need:

Maraschino cherries WITH stems

Hershey Kisses

Almond slivers

Baker's dipping chocolate (baking aisle) or if you want to use the longer method

Candy BBs or icing for eyes

Dip cherries in chocolate and place on wax paper. Prop a Kiss up against the cherry and position the ears with the almond slivers. Dab on the eyes and place in frig to cool; for serving, remove from wax paper and display.