Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Raspberry Cheesecake Loaf


I picked up some fresh raspberries from Costco and also had a 8oz block of cream cheese so I figured I would put them to good use. I did eat some of the raspberries fresh yesterday and at least I was a little good. The loaf is cooling right now, I cannot wait to see how it turns out. 
My son is eating my Cranberry lemon loaf I made for church tonight so I might have to go hide it.

Hope you give this a try and come back and let me know what you think.

2 cups flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
zest of three large lemons
Small container of fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 c room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
Juice of the three large lemons and then enough milk to make 3/4 cup

8 oz Cream cheese
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 cup powder sugar

Mix cream cheese until smooth, add in egg, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until smooth, set a side.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan and set aside.
Mix milk and lemon juice together and set aside.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in lemon zest, and nuts, set aside.
Cream, butter, sugar, and egg together until smooth. Mix in lemon/milk mixture .Stir in four mixture just until moistened. Gently stir in Raspberries. Pour 3/4 batter into prepared pan, take a spoon and make a long hollow indent/ canal in the center of the loaf, I added my cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag, you can use a Ziploc bag or spoon, fill canal with a really good amount of cream cheese (depends on how much you like) take the remaining batter and evenly put along loaf, use a spoon or offset spatula and smooth around sides, when it bakes it will cover the cream cheese.
Bake for 1 hour or until skewer inserted away from the cream cheese mixture comes out clean. Let sit in pan for about 20 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool. It is very important this cools completely otherwise the cream cheese will ooze out.
This loaf was just something I made up at the last minute, will let you know how it turns out.

Update,
The flavor is really good and moist, I think it is because the cream cheese got adsorbed from the loaf batter. Once it cools completely I will take a picture of the middle of the loaf. I have been using my cell phone and not my camera because I am too lazy to get my camera out. 😊

Orange Cranberry Loaf Bread

I started Keto up again for health reason so I told myself I would not buy any more flour or sugar, well really it was butter or sugar when I ran out but I need butter for Keto. Well as you can see that did not last long, I don't care what anyone says, I have not tasted a good Keto bread or dessert recipe yet. If you have one post it below and I will give it a try. I just don't like the taste of fake sugar in desserts.  I only drink Sweet and low in my ice tea but hot tea has to have sugar.  For those  of you who know me know I am weird. 😀
So anyhow, back to my loaf bread. I seem to be on a loaf bread kick right now. I bought some fresh cranberries and wanted to do something different besides my Cranberry bar recipe. http://aprilshomecooking.blogspot.com/2008/11/cranberry-bars.html (These are really good)
 So I decided on a range Cranberry Loaf. I will admit the cranberries are a little tart for me so next time I think I will chop them a little before adding them to the flour, I just wanted those whole cranberries in the loaf so it would look pretty. 
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

2 cups flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
zest of two large oranges
1 1/2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 c room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup orange juice (juice of the two large oranges)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan and set aside.
Whisk together our, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries and nuts, set aside.
Cream, butter, sugar, and egg together until smooth. Mix in Orange juice.Stir in four mixture just until moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit in pan for about 15 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Banana Bread


I love banana bread, I am always on the look out for new recipes to try out. Today I made three different loaf breads and I wish I could say I followed them to the T but for some reason I have a hard time not adding my own twist to it.
This loaf baking happened because I went to IKEA and found some thinner loaf pans so I had to use them, now I need to go back and pick up some more. The ones I have are too wide and they make my loafs look too wide.

Check out http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_Bread/ for this yummy recipe.
I was good and only added two small ingredients to it.

2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tea baking soda
1 tea cinnamon
1/2 tea nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 tea vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 and spay a loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl mash bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir in melted butter, mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla. Mix in the flour.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to one hour or until tester comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for a few minutes, remove from pan and cool completely before serving.
 When you slice into a warm loaf of banana bread and it taste good you know it is a great recipe. Banana bread is always better when you wrap it and let it sit a day or two but this one was good warm. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I added the cinnamon and nutmeg to mine and the extra 1/4 cup sugar, head over to simplyrecipes.com and check out her recipe.

Tessa's Spice Cake


I was in Costco today and these was a new cookbook these and as I was looking through it I came across this recipe and wanted to try it, I have been trying to be good and not buy anymore cookbooks so I came home and looked up the recipe. Let me just say I will be buying this cookbook.  The name of the cookbook  is  Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi Check it out on Amazon, I think you will love the recipes in it.
Give this recipe a try, you will not regret it. These would make wonderful Christmas gifts. The flavors are a wonderful blend. I wish you all could taste this right now, it is my new favorite. This will be on my dessert table for Christmas for sure.

3/4 cups butter, soften
3/4 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cups dark brown sugar. okay I have to confess, I did not have dark brown sugar so I added some molasses, about 1/8 cup
finely grated zest of 1 large orange
3 large eggs
1/2 sour cream
1 T vanilla
1 t pumpkin spice mix
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 t salt
1 t apple cider vinegar
Powder sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 spray a loaf pan and put parchment paper on the bottom and set aside.
I will be adding powder sugar when it cools,I think it is
perfect without it.
Place the butter, sugars and orange zest in mixing bowl with paddle attachment and beat on medium high speed until light and smooth.
In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs by hand. Add sour cream and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
Sift together pumpkin pie spice, flour and salt together into a separate bowl and set aside/
In alternating batches with the machine on medium low speed, add a third of the egg-sour cream mixture to the creamed mixture, followed by a third of the flour mixture, continue with the second and third and beat until combined. In a separate small bowl combine the baking soda and the vinegar together, this mixture will fizz up a little that is fine, add this to the batter and as soon as everything is combine turn off the machine. Don't worry if the mixture starts to split at this point it will still cook up well. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 70 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let cook in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and set a side to cool completely, Dust with powder sugar.



Posole

4 Tablespoon olive oil, divided.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tablespoon ancho chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin
14 1/2 oz can diced fired roasted tomatoes
8 cups chicken broth
4 chicken thighs
29 ounce can hominy, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt to flavor
Tortilla

In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until hot. Add onions and cook and stir for five minutes until lightly browned. While onions are cooking add remaining oil to a frying pan and heat over medium heat until hot, add chicken and cook until brown on each side.  Add the garlic, ancho chili powder and cumin to the onions in dutch oven, cook stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring until most of liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce to medium,add chicken to dutch oven, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Add hominy to dutch oven and cook for another 20 minutes.
Remove chicken, cover the pot and reduce to low to keep hot. Shred chicken into bite size pieces. Season with salt to taste.
Stir chicken back into the pot cook until heated 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Just Call Me The Cookie Monster

I have some coworkers coming for dinner tonight, I went to Costco to pick up a pumpkin pie but it did not feel right not making a dessert so I figured I would make some cookies. I bake cookies at least 3-4 times a week, the funny thing is they are probably the one thing I am not that crazy to bake. It could be because at work we would make cases of them.
Here is a fun easy recipe for chocolate chip cookies.I like to stuff them with either Oreo or caramel and these ones are stuffed with Dulce de Leche, I could eat this stuff with a spoon. 😃

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

1 cup butter, soften
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 2 teaspoons hot water.
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 bag mini M&M's
1 can Dulce de Leche

you can add nuts, toffee bits, or leave out the M&M's and add another cup of chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks. You can stuff it with a marshmallow, shopped up pretzels. Make it yours, add what you like. Chopped up candy bars. Take a picture and come back and share it with us.

Preheat oven to 350
Cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter along with the salt. Stir in the flour and add chocolate chips, and M&M's or anything you like.
drop by teaspoon, on a lined cookie sheet I use a cookies scooper, the thing that looks like a ice cream scooper but smaller.
I put six on a cookie sheet, I put a indent with my finger in the middle of the cookie and fill with Dulce de Leche, then grab a small amount of cookie dough and cover the Dulce de Leche completely up.
Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are nicely brown.

I hope you give this a try and come tell me what you think.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pound Cake with liquid Cherry Gold

This is why I suggest you add half the
batter in the 1/2 the cherry batter, so it
will swirl all the way through,

Okay, I am just kidding it is not gold. But I was making a recipe my youngest son Daniel shared with me and found some jar cherries at Trader Joe's in a heavy syrup and knew I had to save it and use it in a up coming recipe.
I had some strawberries that needed to get used up so I went to work making a pound cake. I poured the leftover cherry syrup into a small amount of batter it is in the oven right now so I am not sure how it is going to turn out but I will let you know

I pretty much bake every day it is the taking pictures of the baked goods that I forget about. I hope to set up my camera soon and start video recording them and setting up a Youtube page one day.

This morning I brought over to church a coffee cake, apple strudel and spice cookies. Tonight I am bringing over a pot of soup and pound cake, strawberries and fresh whipped cream. I bet everyone can't wait until I go back to work so I will stop baking.

Here is the pound cake I made, give it a try and let me know what you think. You do not have to use the cherry syrup, just leave out 1/3 cup of flour if you don't use it.
his is a very dense cake because of the cream cheese.

This is the cherry syrup I used
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cherry syrup, I did not measure, it was just what was left over I would say about 1/4 cup

Preheat oven to 325, grease and flour a tube pan or bread pan. Or better yet just spray with with spay that has flour in it.
In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 3 cups flour all at once on low speed and mix in, add vanilla. Pour 1 cup of batter into another bowl and add cherry syrup and the other 1/3 cup flour and mix until combined, if you use bread pans this will make two. Pour half of the batter into which either pans you use, the add 1/4 of the batter to each pan or 1/2 of the batter if you are using a tube pan. Swirl cherry batter through first batter you put into the pan. Pour on remaining pound cake batter and then the remaining cherry batter on top and swirl through again.
Bake got 80 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Coffee Cake



 I thought I wrote a blog for this recipe yesterday and I went looking for it and it was not to be found, then I remembered I did not like the way the photos turned out.
I found one slice left over so I took a quick photo with my phone.




1 1/2 cups pecan, finely chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 T butter, melted
2 cups flour, minus 3 tablespoons
1/2 tea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 Butter an 8x10" pan

Pulse pecans in a food processor until they are small pieces, add sugars and pulse a few more times until mixed, add butter and pulse until mixed. Set aside.

You can do this by hand also and break the pecans up with a rolling pin in a zip lock bag, I am not able to use a rolling pin yet so I used the food processor. 

Beat  butter and sugar together until well blended. Add eggs and blend until mixture is smooth, add vanilla and sour cream, mix until blended.
Blend in flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda just until mixed, do not over beat.
Spread half the batter in prepared pan, sprinkle half the nut mixture on top of the batter, carefully so you do not disturb the crumb mixture add remaining batter and smooth to cover crumbs. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top and press down lightly.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until pick comes out clean.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Apple Strudel















3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
4 Honey Crisp Apples, peeled,cored and sliced thin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Grated rind one one lemon and juice of one lemon
1/2 cup bread crumbs
12 sheets phyllo pastry
3/4 cup butter melted
powder sugar for dusting

Peel, core and thinly slice apple. In a bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon grated lemon rind.  Stir into the apples, add juice of one lemon and half the bread crumbs.

Preheat oven to 375 Grease two baking sheets.

Carefully unfold the phyllo dough sheets, keep the unused sheets covered. Life off one sheet and put on a clean surface, and brush with melted butter. Lay a second sheet on top and brush with butter. Continue until you have a stack of si butter sheets

Sprinkle 1/2 of remaining bread crumbs over the last sheet and spoon half the apple mixture at the bottom long width of the strip.

Starting at the apple filled end, roll up pastry, as for a jelly roll. Place on a baking sheet, seam side down, and carefully fold in under the ends to seal. Repeat with the second strudel. Brush both with butter.

Bake the strudel for 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Dust with powder sugar, Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

*you can all raisins and chopped nuts to the apple mixture if you like.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

About 36 years ago my husband's job had a potluck and someone from his job brought this lemon poppy seed cake. My husband loved it, I was just learning to cook around this time. When I say I was just learning I mean I was opening up boxes and following the instruction on the box, I don't think I really made anything from scratch yet. Now it is very rare I use a mix, but when I was baking for the coffee bar I am setting up for church tomorrow I thought of this super fast east recipe and knew I had to add it to the layout.
My youngest son gave me a recipe he makes from his job for scones so I thought I would make them for tomorrow. I changed a few things in the recipe, I was at Trader Joe's (I love that store) and found these yummy cherries I had to get to add into the scones, well that will be my blog post for tomorrow so stay posted for the recipe.

Preheat over to 350

Lemon Poppy Seed, Scones, Banana Nut
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant lemon pudding   
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons poppy seeds

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl,you can use a mixer if you want but I did it by hand.  Add the water and oil and mix well, beat eggs in one at a time Add poppy seeds and mix until poppy seeds are well incorporated.

pour batter into a well greased bunt pan and bake for 45 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
Cool for ten minutes before turning out of pan.

Glaze

1 cup powder sugar, sifted
3/4 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Mix and set aside until cake is completely cooled then pour on top.

Give this recipe a try, it makes a great potluck recipe and is so easy to make.
Let me know if you make it and how you like it.

Enjoy

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Scones

Before being baked
My youngest gave me this scones recipe. He was looking for a soup recipe and told me if I sent him one he would send me a scones recipe. The base can be used for any flavor but he said he likes the cherry and chocolate.
While I was at Trader Joe's I was grabbing a jar of dark cherries in light syrup and then right next to it I seen a small jar of cherries in a thick syrup and had to get it and try it out.
As I was pouring the syrup into a bowl it got me thinking of another recipe I will be making it.

Preheat oven to 400

Lemon Poppy seed, Scone, Banana Nut bread
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces KerryGold butter, frozen and grated   
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 T half and half

Mix flour, sugar and baking powder and knead in frozen grated butter. Mix eggs, sour cream and half and half in a bowl. Fold into dry ingredients.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface knead lightly 4-6 times. Pat into a circle and cut into about 1 inch thick.
Transfer to a lined cookie sheet and chill over night in the refrigerator, you can just add the bowl of mix dough in the refrigerator and shape them in the morning, but I am setting up a coffeebar in the morning for church and this will save me time if I do it all today then just pull them out and put in the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until pick comes out clean.

Give them a try and let me know what you think. I am thinking about making a lemon poppy seed, or cranberry, blueberry the possible are endless.

Enjoy.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Banana Pecan Bread

Hello Bakers,
I bake pretty much everyday, I just forget to blog everyday. I bought myself a little camera so I could start recording my baked goods but so far it has just sat in the box it came in, I also intended to take photos of this banana bread but I guess I get so excited about baking I forget about it until it is too late. One of these days I hope to get it together.
I had a few bananas that were screaming to be baked and I knew I was going to try another recipe and add my own wist to it, I for some reason can never seem to make the same recipe when it comes to banana nut bread. I have a great recipe for whole wheat banana nut bread that I use to make many, many years ago, maybe I will try to see if I can find it. 
A few years ago I made a cranberry cake with cream cheese mixed it the batter and it was really good so when I seen this recipe I had to try it and I just changed it a tiny bit. 

Give it a try and and come back and let me know what you think.

3/4 cup, soften butter
1 8oz package cream cheese, soften
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed rips bananas
1 tea vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tea baking powder
1/2 tea baking soda
1/4 tea salt
1/2 tea cinnamon
1/4 tea nutmeg
2 cups chopped pecans, divided

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in one cup chopped pecans.

Our into two greased 8x4 inch loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans. Bake loaves, covering with foil if they darken too quickly for 60-75 minutes until toothpick inserts comes out clean. Cool loaves for ten minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before slicing. I like to wrap mine and let it sit until the next day or freeze one loaf for a later use.



Enjoy,

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tropical Banana Bread


  • I've had some bananas I needed to use up so it got me thinking of banana nut bread. I have a blog I follow so I thought I would try one of her banana nut bread recipe, my taste buds have been really weird for the past month so not sure if it is me or the recipe, my husband thought it was good. But anyhow it got me thinking about banana nut bread, then I seen the macadamia nuts I had left over and then my imagination took off and that is where this bread came from. Let me know if you try it and what you think. 
  • I think these would make great muffins.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • Topping
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease loaf pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. mix in melted butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over loaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 56-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Dutch Apple Cheesecake bars.

Hello everyone,

It has been a crazy year for me. Went out of work three months later then my doctor advised me to for my hands and then in March of this year I had surgery that had some problems with healing so now I am trying to learn to get by with one hand. My right hand is my worse but my surgeon does not think I should get it done, so hopefully I will have use of my right hand for a long time still.
 Typing takes a little longer with one hand and cooking takes double the time but I am still trying to cook for as long and I can.
So I thought it is about time I breath a little life back into my blog. If I am not cooking, looking through cookbook then I am making up recipes. I have a recipe on my blog for Cranberry bars that everyone who tries them loves, I have changed them up a few different ways and today I have a few more ideas floating around in my head. But today I decided to make the base for my Cranberry bars and then I was going to just add can apple pie filling to it since peeling apples are one thing I know I cannot do. well, this got me thinking about other things I could also try and this is the recipe I just threw together, Enjoy, let me know what you think of them if you make them.

Checkout my cranberry bars on my blog also while you are here.
http://aprilshomecooking.blogspot.com/2008/11/cranberry-bars.html

Preheat oven to 350




Crumb base

2 cups flour
2 cups old-fashion oats
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1.5 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 tea. baking soda
1/4 tea salt
1/2 tea cinnamon
1/4 tea nutmeg
1 cup, unsalted butter melted.

Mix together  all ingredients  in a large bowl. Pat a little more then half the mixture in a 9x13" pan and bake for ten minutes, set aside the rest of the mixture.

Cheesecake base

16 ounce cream cheese, soften
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tea. vanilla

2 cans apple pie filling

Mix cream cheese and sugar together in a mixer until well blended, add eggs, milk and vanilla.
Pour cheesecake base on top of baked crust, Pour apple pie filling on top of cheesecake base and top with remaining crumb mixture and bake for 40-50 minutes until cheesecake is set and crust is golden brown.












Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bran Muffins

I love bran muffins, but they must be moist and flavorful. Well as I am recovering with surgery on my hand I figured I would play around recipes.
I will have to say these are by far my favorite recipe. I will post a photo later.
I added them to my Facebook page so I have copied them over from there so I won't have to type too much.


I love a good moist Bran muffin. And since I'm only working with one hand since my surgery on my left I figured bran muffins would be an easy thing to play with.
I'm going to try making these again and put the carrots or zucchini and nuts stop in it. These are great just the way they are but they would be wonderful mixed with other stuff too. These might just be my favorite friend muffins ever.
I just bought a generic box a bran flakes while I was at the store yesterday. This is actually a spare of the moment idea.

1.5 cups wheat bran cereal
1 Cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 a teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin cups
Mixed together wheat bran and buttermilk and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Be together oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla and add to butter milk brand mixture.
Sit flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture period at chia seeds and stir until just blend it add raisin and Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins baked for 17 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
I made Regular Size muffins and mini muffins. This would be a good batter to have on hand should last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator if you like to make muffins everyday and have warm muffins for breakfast. Or you can freeze them and just take them out and defrost

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Creme brulee

for those of you with a Instant Pot you are really going to want to make this.

Creme brulee

8 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
2 Cups Heavy cream.
pinch of salt
vanilla, I just poured some in maybe almost a tablespoon.
vanilla beans.
I had some pods in a bottle of vanilla my daughter made, I used up all the vanilla but kept the pods in the jar.

beat eggs, add sugar and mix, add remaining ingredients, mix well.
Pour into ramekins and cover with foil. Add a rack to your instant pot and put ramekins in. You can stack the ramekins if you need to on top of each other.
add 1.5 cups water to instant pot. set  to  manual for 5 minutes. Let the steam release naturally for another 15 minutes before opening the lid.
Chill for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
 after it's chilled turn on the broiler sprinkle with turbinado raw cane sugar and stick under Broiler until melted. Keep a close eye on it so it does not burn. Enjoy!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Chimichurri Steak Home Chef meal #3

Hello everyone,

So today I made the third meal in my Home Chef delivery.  I was not very impressed with this meal, the flavor was good but I ran into some problems, the potatoes had some rotten spots I had to cut out to be able to use, but that can be normal with potatoes so it was not a big deal. Who ever packaged this meal left out the spices which I understand accidents happen. But like I said the flavor was good. I was not very impressed with it and my husband said it was just alright not as good as the last two.
 I am looking forward to my next meals coming this Thursday. So I will be back making my own meals until Thursday once more. Since tomorrow is July 4th I am making BBQ ribs, we are doing low carb so I am replacing my potatoes in my potato salad with cauliflower. Can't wait to try it out tomorrow.
Happy 4th of July everyone, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mesquite Chicken Home Chef Meal #2

Meal number two,

I have to say it is really nice to come home from work and have these meal packs ready for me to make. It makes it so less stressful trying to figure out what to make for dinner when you've had a tough day at work. I love how simple it is to prepare everything and I love the recipe cards so I can make the recipes over again.
I got the three day meal plan and tomorrow is my last day until next week, Both meals have been really tasty, my husband told me tonight that these meals are very good.
Well, tonight for dinner was Mesquite Chicken with loaded potato wedges. The chicken was good but I really loved the loaded potato wedges. Crispy baked potato slices, topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, cooked mushrooms and green onions. I cannot say enough good things about the potato wedges.
 The meal was super easy to make and so tasty. So far I have been very impressed with this service.
Tomorrow meal will be Chimichurri Steak.


https://www.homechef.com/invite/jRJmKuzvV6WY   Check it out, you will not regret it.






Friday, June 30, 2017

Grilled Honey-Mustard Steelhead Trout.Home Chef

Hello Everyone,

It has been awhile since I posted on this blog, I do most of my stuff on Facebook, which has not been much since work keeps me so busy.
I am sure I am not the only one who gets stuck in a rut with dinners. When I get home from work I just make whatever is fast and simple. Well I have to be honest, I did not sign up for Home Chef because of the ease of having all the ingredients sent to me. I signed up so I would get out of my rut and and try something new. My box arrived yesterday, I was very impressed with how fresh the ingredients were.
My husband is not a huge seafood person, if it is not deep fried he does not want to eat it. Well I decided since my son is in Switzerland meeting his girlfriends family and touring all over for the next six weeks I figured I would add some seafood for a change.
The first recipe I made today was Grilled Honey-Mustard Steelhead Trout. To say it was delicious would be an understatement. Yes, my husband enjoyed it very much, so much so that he finished what I could not eat of mine.
The trout was so fresh, the produce was fresh and crisp. I loved all of it but I think my favorite part was the relish, but all of it together was so delicious  and so fresh tasting. I cannot wait to make it again.
I thought it would be fun to blog about my experience with Home Chef, I am also thinking about trying a few other meal delivery programs also. So come along with this adventure with me. It will be nice to start blogging again.  I posted some photos below for you to see,
Go on over and check out Home Chef,  https://www.homechef.com/invite/jRJmKuzvV6WY
I think you will really like it, you get $30.00 off your first order. I not only got $30.00 but when I signed up I for a extra $10 so that was $40 off three meals.






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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pasta

Bavarian Sausage
Asparagus
Squash
Mushrooms
red onion
Pasta
Parmesan cheese
Fresh Basil
Heat oven to 350. Cook sausage until done. Remove Sausage and slice when cool enough to handle, set aside.
Turn oven up to 400, slice all veggies and add to pan and cook until tender.
While veggies are roasting cook pasta.
Drain pasta, add sliced sausage and veggies and juice. Add cheese and chopped fresh basil. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Grilled Cheese











Two slices bread,your choice. I like whole wheat.
2 slices Havarti cheese
Fresh basil
2 thin slices tomato
Soft butter.
Butter bread both slices of bread, put a slice of cheese on on the side that does not have butter in it, add tomatoes and to large leaves of fresh basil.Cook until golden brown and cheese is melted.

When you super picky son tells you that you should make these for school lunches then you know they are good. Enjoy.

Grilled Cheese







Two slices bread,your choice. I like whole wheat.
2 slices Havarti cheese
Fresh basil
2 thin slices tomato
Soft butter.
Butter bread both slices of bread, put a slice of cheese on on the side that does not have butter in it, add tomatoes and to large leaves of fresh basil.
Cook until golden brown and cheese is melted.
When you super picky son tells you that you should make these for school lunches then you know they are good. Enjoy.

Strawberry Bar








I bought this pan a year ago and have been wanting to making something with it. But work kept me super busy this past year so I never seemed to find the time make anything. Well yesterday I seen the pan in my pantry and figured I would put it to use. I know I wanted something light and not too sweet and fast. So I used a box strawberry cake mix to start it all off.
1 Box Strawberry cake mix
1 large container Strawberries
Blueberries
2- 3 pkg Knox gelatin (the small packages that come five to a box)
2 cups Heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 c powder sugar
1 t vanilla

I am horrible when it comes to making up recipes, I never measure so I pretty much guessed the amounts. You cannot go wrong on the amount. I added more Knox gelatin then I listed above in the one I made I think it was too much in mine so I would suggest 2-3 pkg the most. I would use two next time.
Bake cake as directed on box. Cut while warm and fit into bottom of spring form pan (or you can use any pan)
Mash about 2 cups whole strawberries and add 1/2 cup sugar and knox gelatin and let sit for about 15 minutes while cake is baking. Heat to dissolve gelatin. Cool, when cool whip heavy cream until soft peaks, add powder sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff. When strawberry mix is cool (do not allow to gel) fold in all but one cup of whipped cream. Pour half into pan on top of cooled cake. Remove stems off left over whole berries and arrange in pan along edge. Put blueberries in the center. Fill with remaining strawberry mixture to cover berries. Chill to set. When set decorate top with remaining whipped cream and fruit.

Strawberry Bar








I bought this pan a year ago and have been wanting to making something with it. But work kept me super busy this past year so I never seemed to find the time make anything. Well yesterday I seen the pan in my pantry and figured I would put it to use. I know I wanted something light and not too sweet and fast. So I used a box strawberry cake mix to start it all off.
1 Box Strawberry cake mix
1 large container Strawberries
Blueberries
2- 3 pkg Knox gelatin (the small packages that come five to a box)
2 cups Heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 c powder sugar
1 t vanilla

I am horrible when it comes to making up recipes, I never measure so I pretty much guessed the amounts. You cannot go wrong on the amount. I added more Knox gelatin then I listed above in the one I made I think it was too much in mine so I would suggest 2-3 pkg the most. I would use two next time.
Bake cake as directed on box. Cut while warm and fit into bottom of spring form pan (or you can use any pan)
Mash about 2 cups whole strawberries and add 1/2 cup sugar and knox gelatin and let sit for about 15 minutes while cake is baking. Heat to dissolve gelatin. Cool, when cool whip heavy cream until soft peaks, add powder sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff. When strawberry mix is cool (do not allow to gel) fold in all but one cup of whipped cream. Pour half into pan on top of cooled cake. Remove stems off left over whole berries and arrange in pan along edge. Put blueberries in the center. Fill with remaining strawberry mixture to cover berries. Chill to set. When set decorate top with remaining whipped cream and fruit.