Friday, April 30, 2010
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup boiling water
1. Cream margarine and sugar until creamy.
2. Stir in molasses and well beaten eggs.
3. Mix boiling water and baking soda and stir into the molasses mixture.
3. Mix flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add all at once to the creamed mixture, stirring until well blended.
4. Pour into a well greased loaf pan, which has been lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake at 350º for 50 to 55 min.
Serve warm slices of gingerbread with whipped cream!
I decided to add a little extra and topped off my serving with slices of canned peaches and toasted sliced almonds. Scrumptious:)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Crunchy pea salad is great on the buffet table...and is quick and easy to assemble. My recipe is handwritten on a little card...copied from a magazine decades ago...and has been prepared many times over the years. It is good served on a bed of lettuce and topped with grated cheese as a luncheon salad...or makes a great side dish.Ingredients:
- 1 500 gram (16-ounce) package of frozen petite peas (slightly thawed)
- 1 cup chopped fresh celery
- 1/4 cup red oion, chopped
- 6 slices of bacon...cooked, drained and crumbled (or 1/2 cup real bacon bits)
- 1/2 cup salted cashews or dry roasted peanuts
- 3/4 cup ranch dressing (or Miracle Whip, if you prefer)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
- Gently fold the dressing into pea mixture.
- Add salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serves 8.
- You can make this salad well in advance, but might want to add the nuts just before serving.
- Use less dressing than called for if you prefer.
- Double the recipe for a crowd.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
recipe for two pie crusts
2 packages of lemon pie filling or double homemade
6 - 8 beaten egg whites for meringue
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar for meringue
- Pat pastry into rectangular shape, on floured surface then roll out to size of cookie sheet - actually a little more.
- Roll up onto rolling pin and unroll unto cookie sheet. Trim edges where they are too high and add pieces where it is too low. (cut and paste). Prick with fork.
- Bake until golden at 400 F about 15 min.
- Meanwhile, cook pie filling according to package instructions, or make homemade
- Pour hot cooked filling into baked shell and let cool slightly while beating egg whites
- Beat egg whites, gradually adding sugar. Beat just until wavy and glossy and will stand up if dabbed with a spoon. Do not over-beat. It is easier to spread if it's not stiff.
- Spread evenly onto pie crust, making sure the meringue touches the side crusts. For wave design, dab meringue with the back of a spoon.
- Bake at 400 F for 7 - 8 min until golden.
* NOTE - To keep meringue from sticking to knife while cutting, dip knife into hot water or run under hot tap water
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I always keep some frozen peeled shrimp in the freezer for days when dinner needs to be done in a hurry. There is no need to defrost the shrimp and the whole meal can be on the table quicker than running for fast food. This is almost a non recipe. . .I had to think and pay attention to what I normally put in it . . the flavours naturally work well together.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic . .minced
- 3 -4 cups sliced button mushrooms
- 3 cups precooked frozen medium shrimp
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 pound fettuccine ( I prefer fresh but dry is fine too)
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 fresh chopped basil
- paprika for garnish
- Put on a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. .and add a few teaspoons of salt. Cook the fettuccine once the water is boiling. Adjust for longer time if you are using dry. If you are using fresh pasta . .add the pasta after the sauce has simmered 5 minutes.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil and add the onion and mushrooms and garlic. Cook until softened and until the juices are released.
- Stir in the cream and the seasonings.
- Turn down the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and bring back to simmer and heat through.
- Add the basil to the sauce and stir to combine.
- Put the pasta on a platter.
- Pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle with the the grated Parmesan and give it a sprinkle of Paprika.
Monday, April 26, 2010
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg..I like to grate my own
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup raisins..next time I shall add chunks of apple with the raisins
1/2 cup buttermilk or milk
1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. Cut in butter till well blended.
3. Mix in raisins.
4. Gradually add milk stirring lightly with fork only until blended.
5. Spoon the batter into a greased 1 1/2 qt baking dish. I used my corning ware dish.
The batter will be quite thick.
6. Mix sauce and pour over the batter.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 3/4 cups boiling water
Bake in preheated oven at 375º for 30 min.
Let cool in baking dish for 15 min before serving. This allows the sauce to thicken up a bit.
Best served warm.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
as long is it is called Today.
We have no problem picking out our favorite team...or our favorite player...and cheering them on in their game. In many cases..we cheer for people we don't even know. We are not always quite as enthusiastic about offering our encouragement to those we are 'doing life' with. We need others to come alongside of us...and they need to hear us cheering for them. So throw your support behind the team of your choice (the Vancouver Canucks would be a good choice right now!)...but don't forget to cheer for those who need a little encouragement in the game of life.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
- 1 can tuna
- 1 good dollop of mayo
- 1 cup of diced cucumber
- 1 small bell pepper finely diced
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup finely diced dill pickles
- a dash of dill weed
- a tablespoon finely diced chives
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves
- 2 large tortilla shells
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the filling ingredients and lay the filling down on top of the romaine lettuce leaves the center of the tortilla shells.
- Wrap. .cut in half. . and serve.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Our family loves asparagus. When we were dairy farming in the late 80's, meaning, milking cows, our neighbors had an asparagus patch. We traded asparagus for milk. What a delicious treat. To this day, my children love nothing more than melted butter poured over freshly cooked asparagus. I have tried a few new versions and here is one recipe that past my families inspection. They are always asking for more.
- 2 Cups Asparagus, sliced into half-inches
- 1/2 cup of beansprouts
- 1/2 cup of red bell pepper.
- 1 Tbsp. of soya sauce
- 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil.
- 1 Tbsp. of sesame seeds.
- 1 Tbsp. of ginger, grated
- 1 Tbsp. of garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. of shallot/onion greens, minced
- Juice of 1 freshly - squeezed lime.
- In a frying pan, heat the sesame oil until it is smoking.
- Quickly add the sesame seeds, asparagus, ginger, shallot, and garlic.
- Stir-fry about 1 minute.
- Add the beansprouts and red pepper.
- Stir-fry for another minute.
- Remove from heat and add soy sauce and lime juice.
- Toss thoroughly
Always be willing to introduce something new to your family or friends. You might need to double this recipe.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is a tasty side dish that goes with any meal. Low in fat and sodium, but the lemon gives it the kick it needs. Our family really enjoys it.
- 2 zucchini
- 1 large red pepper or a combination of colors
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese (more if you like)
- 1 tsp. oregano
- freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, I usually do half a lemon
- 2 tsp. olive oil or 2 tbsp. fat free Italian dressing
- heat a large pan and add either the olive oil or the dressing
- add the sliced zucchini, garlic and peppers
- saute until just starting to soften
- squeeze over the lemon juice
- add the oregano and cheese
- stir and serve
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 pkg chili seasoning, such as Club House
- 1 can Heinz style chili beans (pinto and red kidney)
- 1 can tomatoes ( I use Aylmer Accents for chili)
- Cut chicken into bite size pieces and brown both sides in large frying pan.
- Add onion and celery. Cook, stirring a few minutes, then add peppers and cook another few minutes.
- Add chili seasoning, stirring to coat and then add tomatoes and beans.
- Simmer for about 1/2 hour. Serve with toppings such as sour cream and grated cheese. Good with cornbread and a mixed green salad.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Recipe for Coffee Crumb Cake
Ingredients for cake
3/4 cup bread and bun mix (I like Kinnickinnik)
1/4 white bean flour/white corn flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
2 egg replacement (1 1/2 tsp powder in 2 tbsp water)
1 cup milk
Ingredients for Crumb Mixture
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup bread and bun mix
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecan, almond, walnut or hazelnuts)
Mix dry ingred. together then make crumbs by rubbing the butter into the dry ingred. with hands. Then add nuts.
*mix flours together with baking powder, sugar and spices
*using hands rub the butter into the dry ingredients
*put liquids into mixer (eggs and milk)
*add dry ingredient/butter mixture and beat until batter is smooth
*spread into greased 9x13" pan and put crumbs on top
Bake in 350' oven for 40-45' minutes or until tests done.
Serve warm with ice-cream or cool as a snacking cake. Keeps well /freezes well.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says, Don't be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine, When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up--the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel.
It was a few years back, when someone shared this scripture visually with me. It stuck...and has never left me. The speaker suggested that we replace our own names into the verses, where ever the word YOU, was mentioned. Try that....It becomes a powerful lesson in trusting God. She also stressed that God never promised us an easy way out. Many times, believers feel because they have made a new step of faith, that life would be easy...
We all know that we will go through difficult times in our lives, but if we invite the Lord to go with us, it will make our load lighter. He did not say that he would keep us from difficult times. Going through difficult times can cause us to drown or force us to grow stronger. He promises that he will protect us. Just as a father would care for his child.
"I will be with you. Don't Be afraid, I am here to help you."
Renewed hope to all of you going through difficult situations.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
2 bunches raw broccoli, cut in small chunks
I med onion, diced (I omitted this)
1/2 cup raisins
8 slices crisply cooked bacon and cut in small pieces
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar (I used a little less)
2 tbsp vinegar
roasted sunflower seeds, approx 2 tbsp
Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar.
Pour over the ingredients except for the sunflower seeds, mix well and cover.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
Just before serving mix in the sunflower seeds.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
- Pastry for a 2 crust 9-10 inch pie (use your favorite recipe or purchase ready-made pastry.)
- 4 cups rhubarb...cut in 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Roll pastry to line 9-10 inch pie plate. Roll out top crust and set aside.
- In large bowl...combine eggs, sugar, flour and nutmeg until well blended.
- Add chopped rhubarb and stir to mix.
- Pour into prepared pie shell.
- Dampen edges.
- Top with second crust.
- Trim and crimp edge to seal.
- Pierce top crust with fork to vent.
- Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
- Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 35o°F and continue to bake for another 40 minutes...or until filling is bubbling and rhubarb is tender.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Yup, another chocolate cake recipe, can there ever be too many....;-).
I got this recipe from my friend Linda, and it is a favorite cake of hers.
The marshmallows float to the top when the cake bakes. It is a sweet and moist cake and I found that since there is 2 cups sugar in the cake and the Cola is sweet that next time I would cut down on the sugar, but that is only a personal preference. This cake didn't last long and everyone enjoyed it.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 cup
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup buttermilk ( I used milk with a teaspoon of vinegar added)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl combine flour and sugar.
- In a saucepan combine the cocoa,
Cola, butter, bring to a boil.
- Combine the boiled mixture with the flour and sugar mixture.
- In a separate bowl mix eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; add to the first mixture
- Stir in the marshmallows
- Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until cake tests done.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/3 cup
- 1 box confectioner's sugar, (1 pound, or 4 cups)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional, I did not use)
- In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and
Colato a boil.
- Stir in the sugar and mix well.
- Stir in nuts, if using.
- Spread over the cake while both cake and frosting are still warm.
Taste best cold from the fridge...;-)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
- 3 frozen or fresh skinless boneless chicken breasts or 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion . .diced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 796 ml or 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoon minced chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (you may use more after the sauce simmers a bit if you want it hotter
- 1 cup of diced roasted sweet red peppers (or you could just use 1 diced pepper which you would then add with the onion)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons flour
- Cube the raw chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Heat a large saucepan to medium high and then add the olive oil and the chicken and brown it all over.
- Turn the heat down to medium.
- Add the onions and garlic and stir until the onion is translucent about 5 minutes.
- Add all the spices and and stir for a few minutes allowing the spices to blend.
- Add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers and diced roasted red pepper. (these could be blended if you want a smoother sauce. .we prefer our sauces chunky)
- Combine the room temperature chicken broth and flour until smooth and add to the rest of the sauce.
- Stir in the lime juice last and allow to simmer 15 minutes.
- Serve with hot rice. You can use soft flour tortilla shells to the chicken sauce in or .. just put the sauce over the rice. . sprinkling with some shredded lettuce and a bit of shredded cheese and some guacamole on the side with crispy tortilla chips.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
A young child will be quick to hold his father's hand when afraid. They are willing to try something new, trusting that their dad will be there to catch them if they slip or fall.
God, our Heavenly Father wants us to have that trust in Him. Throughout scripture He invites us to trust in Him. He assures us that He will always be with us, and He will help us.
In Isaiah 41:13 God gives us a promise, and tells us to not be afraid.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
Saturday, April 10, 2010
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 egg beaten with water, for egg wash
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt and sugar in mixer bowl.
- Blend in cold butter at lowest speed until butter is in pea-sized pieces.
- Combine buttermilk, maple syrup and eggs.
- Add buttermilk mixture quickly to flour mixture. Mix until just blended.
- Dump dough onto well-floured surface and and be sure it is combined.
- Flour your hands and rolling pin...and roll dough to 3/4-inch thick.
- Cut into triangles or 3-inch rounds with a cutter.
- Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper...and brush tops of scones with egg wash.
- Bake for about 20 minutes...or until tops are crisp and golden.
- When the scones are done, cool for about 5 minutes.
- Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of glaze over each scone.
- Sprinkle with a few uncooked oats if desired.
Now here's the best part. These scones can be prepared in advance, covered and refrigerated overnight before baking. They are the perfect solution for serving something warm out of the oven for overnight guests.
Friday, April 9, 2010
My mother was born in Russia but for her middle years till she got married she lived in Persia and was influenced by the cooking there. Some of her cooking has a strong Persian influence. Growing up one of our favorite side dishes was her rice with raisins. It's a very simple way to add some excitement to plain old white rice.
Make your rice as you would usually do. For this post all I had was Jasmine rice so that's what I used. After your rice is cooked, saute 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/3 cup of slivered almonds in a generous portion of butter (You can increase the amount of raisins and almonds according to taste or the amount of rice you are cooking). The rice will love the extra butter so don't worry if it looks like a lot. When the raisins get all nice and plump add the raisins and almonds to the rice with all the butter and stir it in. My mother sometimes puts this mixture in the oven at this point for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees before she serves it. I usually just serve it right away. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 ripe bananas, chopped
- Preheat griddle between low and medium heat
- In large bowl, combine dry ingredients
- In another beat eggs, add yogurt, milk and butter. Stir in finely chopped bananas
- Stir wet ingredients into dry, stirring until blended
- Drop by extra large spoonfuls onto pre-heated griddle. You don't want to cook these too quick, because they are quite thick. Turn over once you see tiny bubbles forming on top. If they are too dark, turn down the temperature.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
With plenty of left over ham after Easter I thought I'd give these a try and with a few minor changes from her recipe I submit it here . . ..for your ham leftovers. I made them for lunch after our ham dinner and we enjoyed them very much.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 egg and enough milk in a measuring cup to make 2/3 cup total
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups ham
- 1 small onion
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1/4 cup cheese whiz (optional .. I like the added flavour)
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Measure the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into the food processor bowl.
- Add the cubed shortening and pulse until the shortening is small lumps like oatmeal.
- Combine the egg and milk in a measuring cup.
- Add the egg mixture to the food processor . .pulse until just combined.
- Turn the dough onto the counter and knead several times.
- Pat it into small rectangle, put in plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare the ham filling.
- In the same bowl which has been scraped clean . ..put the onion and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the ham and pulse again until the ham is also finely minced.
- Add the remaining filling ingredients and pulse until you have a well combined filling.
- Roll the biscuit dough to a 12 X 10 rectangle and spread the filling to the edges.
- Roll up jelly roll style and slice into 1 inch thick rolls.
- Bake at 425 for 20 - 25 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking make the cheese sauce in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.
- In a small saucepan or 4 cup microwave safe measuring cup. . . melt the butter.
- Add the flour and stir to combine and add the milk.
- Heat until bubbly.
- Add the cheese and the Worcestershire sauce and heat through.
- Serve the cheese sauce over the hot from the oven Ham Pinwheels.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The tomb is empty...our hearts are full!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This is a very tasty chicken dish that I made for our Bible Study Potluck. The recipe was requested a number of times, and I love being able to say, check out "Mennonite Girls Can Cook". It will be there. Hope you like it too.
- 1 chicken cut into serving pieces, I always skin the chicken, or use boneless skinless if you desire. *If you use boneless it uses less cooking time.
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/3 cup oil
Add pineapple and peppers and bake another 15 minutes or so.
- 1 cup sugar (I reduce it by a 1/3)
- 1 20 0z can of pineapple
- juice from a can of pineapple mixed with enough water to make it 1 1/2 cups.
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp. low sodium soya sauce
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 1/4 tsp. dry ginger
- 1 red or green pepper
Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
Pour over the partially baked chicken and bake as directed.
*If you are using boneless chicken, then just put in the pineapple and peppers in with the sauce and bake it about 20 minutes in total after browning the chicken.
Serve over rice.
Friday, April 2, 2010
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk or (3/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vinegar . .allow to sit a few minutes)
- 3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
- 1/4 of a package or 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- In the bowl of your food processor, put the flour, sugar, and butter.
- Pulse until it forms crumbs and then remove 1 cup of crumbs.
- Add the baking powder and baking soda and pulse a few times to combine.
- In a 1 cup measuring cup, put your milk and then add the egg and beat with a fork and then add to the food processor bowl.
- Pulse lightly until combined.
- Spread into a 9 X 13 greased pan or a 9 inch springform pan.
- Arrange evenly the cream cheese over top.
- Toss the cranberries in the food processor bowl and give them a quick pulse to roughly chop them. (they will get a bit of left over batter on them but it doesn't matter)
- Sprinkle the blueberries and cranberries over the batter..
- Combine the remaining crumbs and almonds and sprinkle on top.
- Bake on top rack for 40 - 50 minutes at 375 F. (check it at 35 minutes and then every 5 minutes after. . .each pan will need a different amount of baking time.)
Thursday, April 1, 2010
- Bring the water and chicken broth to a boil.
- Add the rice and simmer gently until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.
- Before serving stir in the dill and the lemon zest.