Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jens White Bread

Bread is my thing. I LOVE IT! It is tradition here at our house, every time I make jam which I have done a couple of times recently, homemade bread is a must.

1 C Water
1 1/2 C Milk
1 stick of butter
6 C flour
1 tea salt
1/2 C sugar
1 Tlb yeast

Melt butter and add water, milk butter and sugar together in microwave or stove top, heat until very warm but not hot. Add 4 C flour to mixer then pour liquid in and mix 1 minute then add yeast, let mix for 2 minutes add remaining flour and salt, let knead for 5-8 more minutes. Remove from mixer and let rise in a greased pan, cover with a damp cloth until dough doubles. Removed from pan onto a well floured counter space and make bread loaves as desired. Place loaves into greased bread pan and bake 325 until golden brown. Removed from oven and let cool slightly and remove from pan, let cool completely on wire rack until ready to bag.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Italian Chicken Stew

2-5pm church led to the creation of this yummy Crockpot delight.

3 frozen chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken
1 can milk
1/2 bottle lite zesty Italian dressing
3 potatoes - peeled and diced
1 1/2 C baby carrots
1 onion - sliced and diced
1/4 tea basil
1/4 tea thyme
1/8 tea oregano
1/2 tea pepper
1/2 tea seasoning salt
2 chicken bouillon cube

Toss all these ingredients in the Crockpot, pouring Italian dressing on top and run. Let stew for 5-6 hours on medium heat

Fabulous French Dip

This is a savory wonderful meal. I love it all loaded up but the virgin style sandwich at bottom is wonderful also, with or without Au Jus, is makes my mouth water.

1 Flank steak
1 okg Liptons Onion soup mix
1 cup water
* Bake flank steak at 250 covered for 3 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, shred with fork and let rest, it should virtually shred on its own.

In sauce pan combine the following:
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 C water
1 C diced tomatoes slightly pureed (8 oz)
1 Tbl dried onion
1 tea sugar
1 garlic glove
dash of lemon pepper
dash of seasoning salt
1 beef bullion cube
* Bring to a slight boil then add shredded beef and let simmer on low for 15 minutes.

1 sweet onion - thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper - thinly sliced
2 tbl olive oil
* Saute in frying pan

Monterrey Jack cheese - shredded

Au Jus prepared as directed

Serve on soft hoggie roll, lightly buttered and toasted. Garnish with peppers, onions and cheese if desired and Au Jus on the side.


*** VARIATION - This can also be done in the Crockpot. Bake steak (can even be done the night before), shred and place all ingredients including raw peppers and onions in Crockpot, let stew for a minimum 2-3 hours.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mandarin Pasta Salad

This is an adapted recipe that came from an old friend years ago and for some of you old timers a similar version was in my Farkle recipe book also. I love it, it is a perfect combination of flavors, one of my favorite pasta salads.

1 tsp Fresh Ginger Root – peeled &finely chopped
1 Garlic clove - minced
1/3 – ½ C. Rice vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
¼ C. Orange Juice
¼ C. Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbl soy sauce
juice of one lime or lemon
1 pkg Lipton’s Onion Soup mix
2 tsp Sugar

Wisk or blend together ginger root, garlic, vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

8 oz. Bow Tie Pasta – Al Dante and cooled
½ Cucumber- scored and thinly sliced
½ C. Red Bell Pepper – diced
½ C. Red Onion – coarsely chopped
1 pkg (6oz) Baby Spinach leaves
1/2 C Chinese pea pods
2 Tbl cilantro (optional)
1 Can (11oz) Mandarin Orange
2 C. Chicken – Cooked and diced
½ C. Slivered almonds – toasted

Mix salad ingredients together and gentle toss, reserve the spinach, place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour chilled dressing over salad and serve immediately.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pretty Puff Balls

Thanks to my super friend Natalie C. who know how to throw a serious party, did these oh so cute puff balls for her sons birthday party last week and then gave me the great idea to do them too. I loved them and they were super easy to make and made the room look so festive. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing her great party decor secrets.

Instructions for 1 puff ball

10 sheets of colored tissue paper
fold in 1 inch accordion style, length wise
tie tightly with wire in the middle
then fan our the tissue paper and
tie transparent string or ribbon in the middle and hand from ceiling.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hawaiian Haystacks

This is a WAY simple, not at all boring yet not too fancy either. Probably one that you have all done in some variety before but it is still one of our favorites. Great for busy days, prep early on in your day and eat when you can! We love it.

3-4 chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken
2 1/2 C milk
1 C sour cream
1/2 tea garlic/seasoning salt
1/2 tea pepper
1 Tbl dried onion
2 bullion cubes

1 red bell pepper - finely chopped
3 celery stalks- finely chopped
5 green onion stalks- finely chopped
1 tomato - diced
1 can pineapple
1 can mandarin oranges
1 C Yoshidas Sauce
1 can crunchy chow mein noodles
2 C shredded cheese
coconut (optional)
slivered almonds (optional)

sticky rice

In a crock pot place frozen chicken, cream of chicken, sour cream, milk and spices together and mix, let cook slowly for several hours until chicken in cooked throughout and sauce is bubbly.

Serve over rice and chow mein noodles and top with garnishments of choice and drizzle with yoshidas sauce.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fresh Fruit Tart

This is one of my mothers recipes and is one of my FAVORITES! It is pretty much a summer dessert but in Austin, summer is right around the corner :)

3/4 C Butter soft
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 C flour

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in flour and blend well. Press dough firmly into a round (12inch) pan or a 2 piece round pan with fluted sides. Bake 350 for 25 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and place pan on wire to cool.

1 10oz package vanilla milk chips
1/4 C heavy whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese - soft

Melt cream and vanilla chips together in microwave 1 minute, stir and add cream cheese heat again in microwave for 30 seconds. Beat well, until smooth and creamy. Spread over cooled crust and let cool to set.


1/2 C pineapple juice
1/4 C sugar
1 1/2 Tbl cornstarch
1/2 tea lemon juice

On stove top with medium heat, stir together sugar, cornstarch and juices, bring to slight boil and stir until thickened. Set aside to cool slightly.

Arrange fresh, thinly sliced, fruit on top of of filling then top with glaze. Place in refrigerator a minimum 1 hour and serve. YUM!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Super Soft Sugar Cookie

This great recipe came from my super friend Shelia. She is my go to "cookie lady" and I love her so. These are my favorite soft sugar cookies.

2 C sugar
1 C soft butter
2 eggs
1 tea vanilla
1 C sour cream
5 C flour
4 tea baking powder
1/2 tea soda
1/2 tea salt

Cream together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Roll out dough on a floured counter top. Place cookie shapes on lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake 350 for 10 minutes then remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes and then remove from baking sheet to a wire rack, let cool before frosting.

Yields approximately 5 dozen

Cream Frosting
4 oz cream cheese
1/4-1/2 C butter
3 Tbl heavy cream/or milk
1 tea vanilla
powdered sugar (until desired thickness)