Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quinoa Salad

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 can chick peas
1 bunch chopped up fresh parsley
1 finely chopped red onion
3 cups sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
1 yellow tomato chopped
1 large peeled and chopped hot house cucumber
1 lemon juice and peel grated
1/3 cup olive oil
sea salt to taste
Toss all ingredients together, chill and serve.

Turkey Chili

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth
1 (7 ounce) can salsa
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, or coarsely chopped tomatoes packed in puree
1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 large can pinto beans
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble turkey into the pot, stirring with a wooden spoon to break apart as much as possible. Season with taco seasoning mix, coriander, oregano, chili flakes, and tomato paste, and mix until meat is evenly coated with seasonings. Continue cooking, reducing heat if necessary, until turkey is well browned.
Pour in beef broth, and simmer to reduce liquid slightly, about 5 minutes. Add salsa, tomatoes, and green chilies,pinto beans and continue cooking at a moderate simmer for ten minutes. Adjust the thickness at any time you feel necessary by adding water.
While chili is still cooking, heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion and green bell pepper, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent and bell pepper is lightly browned. Add onion and bell pepper to the chili, and continue cooking at a very low simmer.
Adjust the consistency with water as needed.
Ladle chili into serving bowls. Top with yogurt, green onion, and cheddar cheese, and serve.

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Chocolate Cake

    My grandson turned 3 yesterday and his Daddy and Mommy had a pirate party for him today. I had some problems with the cake but he seemed to really like it. I sure am glad he is only three. The cookie recipe you will find on this page under cutout cookies and they are listed under memories, I was thinking yesterday about when I made that same recipe for his Mommy when she turned five.

    2 cups hot coffee
    1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter, softened
    2 1/4 cups white sugar
    4 eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 - 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour coffee over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
    Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Frozen Yogurt

    I have been camping for the past ten days. We had two of our boys and three of their friends for seven of the ten days, then off and one two of my daughter, son, son-in-law and grandson came up to swim and join us for dinner, we had a blast. I am one who can't wait for camping trips to be over but I really want to go back. Anyhow back to the recipe and why we bought a ice cream make....Well we are going back camping the 4th of July and then we thought why not make our own ice cream while we are camping....then I thought okay lets make frozen yogurt so it will be a little healthy, if you notice my recipes I don't do a lot of healthy, I really did want to make this healthy but they I changed the recipe and did my own thing and I have to admit it is really good. :o)

    2 cups  plain yogurt
    2 cups pureed fresh strawberries
    1 3/4 c whole milk
    1 cup heavy cream
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract

    In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer or firm up in refrigerator freezer 2-4 hours before serving. Remove from the freezer 30-45 minutes before serving

    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    Coffee Cake

    This is the coffee cake my family demans I bring camping with us.

    1-½ stick butter, softened
    2 cups sugar
    3 cups flour, sifted
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1-¼ cup milk
    3 whole egg whites, beaten til stiff


    1-½ stick butter, softened
    ¾ cups flour
    1-½ cup brown sugar
    2 Tablespoons cinnamon
    1-½ cup pecans, chopped
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
    Beat egg whites and set aside

    In same mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar
    Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined; don’t overbeat
    Fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula until just incorporated
    Spread in a well-greased 9 x 13  baking pan
    In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle all over the top
    Bake for 40 to 45 minutes til a toothpick inserted comes out clean and nicely brown on top. Mine seemed done but not brown, so I turned on convection heat for a few minutes

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Club Sandwiches

    My son has been talking about Club Sandwiches for awhile now so I figure I would make them for dinner. I did them just a little different this time. I know you all know how to make club sandwiches but I wanted to add it here for my son while he is away from home (he joined the Air Force)  he can come on here and look for recipes. :o)

    This is why this  blog got started, my kids were getting older and moving out and they would call home for recipes, so I started a blog, it was not this one (I have no idea where the first one went) but I started adding recipes they ate while growing up and then it took off it to this somehow. I would love to find the first blog I started and add all those recipes here.

    Wheat Bread
    Toast bread. One on slice add mayo, turkey, Bacon, tomatoes, add another slice of bread (My husband loves mayo so I put some on all of his slices ours only has it on the top and bottom) then add ham, avocado and lettuce and then add the last slice of toasted bread and cut into 1/4 and stick a tooth pick in each 1/4 to keep together.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Hot Wings

    This is my favorite recipe for hot wings...

    ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
    ¼ cup hot pepper sauce
    3 tablespoons vinegar
    24 chicken wing drumettes
    1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
    ½ teaspoon paprika
    1 cup prepared, Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
    celery sticks

    Preheat oven to 350ºF.

    In small bowl, whisk together butter, pepper sauce and vinegar. Dip drumettes in butter mixture; arrange in single layer in large baking pan. Sprinkle with salad dressing mix. Bake until chicken is browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika.

    Serve with salad dressing and celery sticks.