Monday, January 30, 2012

Turkey Turnover

I use to make these all the time after Thanksgiving when my kids were young. I think the last time I made these was when we lived in Morgan Hill.

Heat oven 375
Pastry for 1 single crust pie crust.
2 Tablespoon soft butter
1 cup cooked turkey (diced or shredded)
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2/3 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup sour cream
Prepare pastry (I buy the box one) combine turkey, onion, celery and sour cream. Place mixture over half the dough and crimp edges. Brush with melted butter and bake until golden.
If I make my own pie crust I make small ones.
This turnover was thrown together really fast since I had just gotten home from work and everyone was asking what was for dinner.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


1 cup sugar (for the caramel)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Equal volume of regular milk (use the can to measure)
3 eggs
1 8-inch ring mold
Put the sugar in non stick skillet and keep turning the pan until the sugar melts into a golden brown caramel and spoon it up the sides of the mold.
Combine the condensed milk, regular milk and eggs in a blender. Whip until smooth. Pour this mixture into the mold and place it in the center of the roasting pan with water. Bake the flan for about 1 hour. It will turn golden brown on top and start separating from the sides of the mold. Let it cool to room temperature and place in refrigerator, preferably overnight (at least 6 hours).

Just before serving, run the tip of a knife around the inside of the mold. Place a deep platter over the mold and invert: the flan should slide out easily. If not, give the mold a firm but careful shake. Spoon the caramel sauce on top and serve. Serves about 10

Chicken in Coconut Milk

2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground coriander
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
2 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 (14 ounce) cans light coconut milk
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

In a medium bowl, mix the cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and coriander. Place the chicken in the bowl, season with salt and pepper, and rub on all sides with the spice mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken in the skillet. Cook 10 to 15 minutes on each side, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat the remaining olive oil in the skillet. Cook and stir the onion, ginger, jalapeno peppers, and garlic 5 minutes, or until tender. Mix in the tomatoes and continue cooking 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk. Serve over the chicken. Garnish with the parsley.
I served it with rice that I cooked up with some onions. I like cooking rice like this but with chicken broth and throwing slivered almonds and parsley in it. I just did this one with the onions and garlic
2 cups long-grain white rice
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups hot water

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion in the oil for one minute. Stir in the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown. Add the rice and salt and cook and stir until the rice begins to brown. Pour hot water over rice mixture and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and allow to simmer until the water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chocolate Muffins

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Toffee pieces to sprinkle on top before baking.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sour cream, water, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

This was taken with my cell phone so it is not a very good photo.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I am off work today and figure I would clean carpets (we have a new puppy, need I say more) make a turkey for dinner and some homemade bread. Well as the bread is rising and the turkey is in the oven so I thought I would make a sandwich for all of us for lunch. My 16 year old just ask that I put no avacado on his, my 12 year old did not want anthing to do with it and my husband ate two. He does not like a lot of things that I like so it always worries him when I make stuff I like. But it went over very good.
2 thick slices whole wheat bread
cream cheese, softened
slices cucumber
tablespoons alfalfa sprouts
tomato, sliced
leaf lettuce
ounce pepperoncini, sliced
avocado, mashed

Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon cream cheese. On one slice of bread, arrange cucumber slices in a single layer. Cover with sprouts, Layer tomato slices, lettuce, and pepperoncini. Spread other slice of bread with mashed avocado. Enjoy

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Toffee Cookies

I use to make these a lot when my girl's were teens and would send them to college for the girl's, i was just thinking about them. Once I make them I will post a picture.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup dried cherries
4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup toffee pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour and baking soda.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice during mixing. Add the egg; mix on high speed to combine. Add the vanilla; mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.Add flour mixture to egg mixture, and mix on low speed until well combined. Add the oats, cherries, chocolate, and toffee pieces; mix to combine after each addition.Spoon a heaping tablespoon of dough onto a lined baking sheet. Repeat, spacing 2 inches apart.Bake cookies until golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 tea vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tea salt
1 cup chopped pecans
powder sugar to roll warm cookies in
Cream butter until light and fluffy, add sugar, vanilla and nuts and mix well. Shape into walnut size balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (cakes muct not brown, do not over bake) Roll inpowder sugar, cool and roll again in powder sugar. I will add a photo once I make them.

Lemon Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tea baking powder
1/2 tea salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tea lemon peel
In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl beat together the eggs, milk, oil and lemon peel, add to the flour mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased and flour loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean. With a long skewer (while loaf is still in the pan) poke holes in loaf all the way through. while bread is hot, slowly drizzle hot glaze over bread and let sit in pan on a rack until cool about 15 minutes
In a small pan combine
4 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cups sugar
Stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

Mazatlan Madness

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion

16 oz. can refried beans

4 oz. can green chilies diced and drained.

½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

¾ cup taco sauce

1 medium avocado mashed

1 cup sour cream

¼ cup chopped green onion

8 oz. can pitted ripe olives, sliced

Tortilla chips.

Cook meat and drain,
spread the beans in a microwave safe dish, top with meat, layer with chopped chilies,
cheese and taco sauce microwave on high
for five minutes.

Combine the avocado and sour cream and spread over heated
mixture. Garnish with green onions and olives. Serve with tortilla chips.