Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Strawberry Spinach salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

½ tsp lemon zest
2 Tb fresh lemon juice
2 Tb white wine vinegar
1/3 C sugar
1 Tb vegetable oil
1 tsp poppy seeds

¼ C sliced almonds, toasted
1 ½ C quartered strawberries
½ cucumber, sliced and cut in half
¼ red onion sliced into thin slices
6 oz baby spinach

Bran Muffins

Refrigerator Bran Muffins ***Time-Saver***

1 C boiling water
1 C Oat-Bran
½ C margarine
1 ½ C sugar
2 eggs
2 ½ C flour
2 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 C milk
2 C All-Bran bran buds

Mix water and oat-bran and let stand for 5 minutes. Mix margarine, sugar and eggs together. Add flour, soda, and salt. Mix. Add moistened bran. Alternate adding All-Bran and milk. Mix well. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Batter will keep a few weeks in the refrigerator. You may need to add more milk after the first night of being kept, as the bran will soak up liquid.

Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread

½ C margarine
2 eggs
1 C sugar
3 mashed bananas
2 C flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ C chopped nuts

Mix everything together and pour into lightly greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.
Can also be made into muffins if baked in muffin pan.

Blender Coconut Pie

Blender Coconut Pie

2 C milk
1 C sugar
4 eggs
½ C flour
6 Tb butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1 C coconut

In blender combine everything except the coconut. Blend 10 seconds, scrape sides and blend another 10 seconds. Add coconut, blend 2 seconds. Pour into greased pie dish. Bake at 350 50-55 minutes or until center is done. Serve warm.

Banana Cookies

Mom’s Banana Cookies

½ C Crisco
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 C mashed banana
2 C flour
2 tsp flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ C chopped nuts

Mix wet ingredients and add sifted dry ingredients. Mix well. Chill one hour.
Preheat oven 375. Drop teaspoonfuls 2” apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Cook 8-10 minutes.
Cool and frost.

Lemon-Butter Icing

1/3 C butter or margarine
3 C powder sugar
2 Tb lemon juice

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cindy’s Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

1 ½ stick margarine
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda in 1 TB water
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
3-3 ½ C flour

Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

½ stick margarine
powder sugar
food color

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

¾ C sugar
1/3 C fresh lemon juice and some grated rind
½ C butter
3 eggs, beaten

put everything in top of double boiler over hot water. Stir until well blended and begins to thicken. Pour into hot, sterile jars. Water bathe 10 minutes to seal.

Lime Ade


1 C fresh lime juice
1 ½ C sugar
10 C water

Blueberry Coffeecake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

1 C butter
1 C sugar
2 eggs
½ tsp almond extract
2 C flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C sour cream or yogurt
2 C blueberries
½ C chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baker.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beat well. Mix in almond flavor. Stir in flour and sour cream. Pour batter into dish. Sprinkle with berries and nuts. Bake 35-40 minutes. Pour glaze over while warm.

1 C powder sugar
2 tsp milk (enough to moisten)
½ tsp. almond extract

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

1 ¾ C flour
¾ tsp salt
1/3 C sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs beaten
¼ c melted butter
¾ C milk
1 C blueberries

Bake at 400.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

3 C ground soft wheat
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ C oil
¼ C honey
2 eggs
2 C milk

German Potato Soup

German Potato Soup

1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled *
1 chopped onion
1 leek, trimmed and diced
2 carrots, diced
1 C chopped cabbage
¼ C chopped parsley
4 C beef broth
1 lb potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
½ tsp caraway seeds
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ C sour cream

Except for bacon and sour cream, add everything to crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Remove bay leaf. Add sour cream and bacon. Stir and serve.

*May substitute ham pieces for bacon.

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

4 large baked potatoes with inside scooped out
2/3 C margarine
2/3 C flour
6 C milk
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 ½ C cheese shredded and divided
12 slices bacon ,cooked and crumbled
4 green onions sliced and divided
8 oz. sour cream

Melt butter in large pot. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Gradually add milk, Stirring until thickened. Stir in potato, salt, pepper, 1 C cheese, half of the bacon, 2 Tb green onion. Cook until heated, do not boil. Stir in sour cream and cook until heated. Do not boil. Serve with remaining cheese, bacon and onions.

Crock Pot Chalupa

Crock Pot Chalupa

1 lb pinto beans, soaked overnight and rinsed
2 or 3 lb pork roast
7 C water
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 Tb salt
2 Tb chili powder
1 Tb cumin
1 tsp oregano
4 oz chopped green chilies

Put everything in a crock pot and cook 5 hours on high until beans are done and roast falls apart. Serve with corn chips or Fritos and chopped tomatoes, cheese, onion, lettuce, etc.

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

1 egg
1 can condensed French Onion Soup
½ C dry bread crumbs
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of pepper
1 ½ lbs ground beef or turkey
1 Tb flour
¼ C water
¼ C ketchup
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
½ tsp prepared mustard
6 Cups hot cooked egg noodles

In large bowl, beat egg. Stir in 1/3 C soup, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Add beef, mix gently. Shape into 6 oval patties. Brown in skillet over medium heat 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside. Discard drippings. In skillet combine flour and water until smooth. Add next three ingredients an remaining soup. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Return patties to skillet. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked. Serve with noodles.

Greek Spaghetti

Greek Spaghetti ***Make Ahead***

1 stick of butter
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can sliced mushrooms
1 small can black olives, sliced
8 oz spaghetti cooked
Shredded cheese

Saute pepper and onion in butter. Spread spaghetti in 9x13 dish. Spread pepper an onions on top. Mix soup and ½ can water together. Mix well and spread over spaghetti and peppers. Spread mushrooms on top. Spread tomatoes next, then top with olives and cheese. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Poulet in a Pot

Poulet in a Pot ***Low Fat***

2 Boneless chicken breasts
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 potatoes, cut up
1 c mushrooms, sliced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 tsp basil
1 can chicken broth
½ C dry white wine

Spray dutch oven. Throw in everything. Cover and bake at 300 for 2 hours. Serve with rolls.

Cashew Chicken

Susan’s Famous Cashew Chicken

2 lbs chicken breast cubed – stir fry until done, then add:

Celery, chopped
Cashews , to taste. – stir fry, leave crisp.

Add sauce, cook until thick.

1 C chicken broth
¼ or ½ C soy sauce
2 Tb corn starch
Dash of Tobasco

Swiss Chicken Casserole

Swiss Chicken Casserole

6 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
6 slices swiss cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
¼ C milk
2 C herbed stuffing mix
½ C melted margarine

Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Arrange chicken on bottom. Top with cheese. Combine soup and milk. Spoon soup mixture over cheese. Sprinkle stuffing mix on top. Drizzle melted butter over stuffing. Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-6 hours.

Hot Mushroom Cheese Spread

Hot Mushroom Cheese Spread

8 oz cream cheese
½ C light mayonnaise
½ C shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tb Real Bacon Pieces
1 garlic clove, pressed
¼ tsp worchestershire sauce
½ C mushrooms, chopped finely

Preheat oven to 400. Combine everything and spread into pie dish. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until heated through. Serve with bread slices.

Cool Gazpacho Dip

Cool Gazpacho Dip

8 oz. cream cheese
¼ C sour cream
½ C shredded cheese
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
2 green onions, sliced

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, garlic and cheese. Spread into bottom of pie dish.
Sprinkle with remaining items. Serve with tortilla chips.

Mexican Two Bean Chili

Mexican Two Bean Chili

1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can pinto beans, rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans chicken broth
1 jar thick and chunky salsa
8oz tomato sauce
3 c cooked, shredded chicken
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 Tb chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin

Combine everything in a 4 qt pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, green onions, etc.