Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Breakfast Bundt Cake - Seriously!!!


Every morning I have to feed two grown men breakfast.  Some days, that can be challenging.  They quickly get tired of eggs and bagels EVERY day and, usually, that early in the morning, I am not that energetic to whip up a "gourmet" breakfast (sorry guys!).  So when I see recipes for "breakfast" casseroles, etc., I am thrilled!!

Not exactly sure where I found this recipe, I am thinking maybe on Facebook.  Anyway, this recipe comes to us from www.easyrecipesly.com.

Unfortunately, this will require a trip to the grocery store, but I think it will be worth it.  As the website's name implies, it is a very easy recipe to make.

Breakfast Bundt Cake by Easyrecipesly.com

Ingredients:

1 cup diced Ham (I used a little bit more than that because I had more and didn't want to waste it).
2 c frozen Tater Tots (do not thaw!)
1 dozen eggs (yes the whole dozen!!)
1 can (8) Pillbury Grans Biscuits (do not bake - keep raw)
2 c cheese - I used mild Cheddar - your choice
1/4 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

Grease your favorite bundt pan.

Whisk all the eggs together



Cut up the 8 biscuits into small pieces



Mix all the ingredients together and spoon  into bundt pan.

Bake for about 45 minutes (mine wasn't completely done, so I covered the top with aluminium foil and baked another 10 minutes).

Remove the pan from the oven and turn the bundt pan onto a platter.


I served it with some sliced strawberries.


Entire Recipe:

Breakfast Bundt Cake by Easyrecipesly.com

Ingredients:

1 cup diced Ham (I used a little bit more than that because I had more and didn't want to waste it).
2 c frozen Tater Tots (do not thaw!)
1 dozen eggs (yes the whole dozen!!)
1 can (8) Pillbury Grans Biscuits (do not bake - keep raw)
2 c cheese - I used mild Cheddar - your choice
1/4 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

Grease your favorite bundt pan.

Whisk all the eggs together

Cut up the 8 biscuits into small pieces

Mix all the ingredients together and spoon  into bundt pan.

Bake for about 45 minutes (mine wasn't completely done, so I covered the top with aluminium foil and baked another 10 minutes).

Remove the pan from the oven and turn the bundt pan onto a platter.

ENJOY!!

Verdict:

Anything I serve in my house that has eggs and/or potatoes has to be doused in ketschup.  If I could, I would buy ketschup in 50 lb drums (can you see me putting THAT through at the check out counter!!).  Anyway, the Breakfast Bundt Cake was a hit after it was smothered in ketschup.    I bet this would be really good with pork sausage!  Definitely a keeper recipe!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Canning tomatoes


I always think of my Mom each year when I put up tomatoes.  Fortunately, last year and this year my tomato garden has been very productive and all the cans of tomatoes have been from my own garden.

I remember when my Mom taught me how to can tomatoes so many, many years ago.  We used to drive out in the country to one of the farms that had a little stand and buy "seconds."  Back then, they didn't have farmer's markets on every street corner 7 days a week.  We would,  occasionally, go down to Findlay Market outside of downtown Cincinnati and buy tomatoes there.

As I am putting these up in my cabinet for this winter, I always think of my Mom and tell her thank you for all that she taught me.

My Mother-In-Law's French Dressing Recipe

A couple of days ago I was searching one of my cookbooks for some recipe and this typed index card fell out.  It was my Mother-In-Law's recipe for French Dressing.  I have already tried my Mother's recipe, so I thought I would give my Mother-In-Law's a try.

A word of warning . . . this makes a lot of french dressing!!!  I cut the original recipe in half and it made almost a half gallon of french dressing!

It is a very simple recipe to make and you can whip this up in about 5 minutes or less.  And you probably don't have to make a mad dash to the grocery store either.

The ingredients below are for half of the original recipe:

Doris Emmich's French Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups catsup
2 cups salad oil (I used canola oil)
2 cups white sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 T garlic powder
1 1/2 T onion salt

Using a blender, mix all ingredients and blend at high speed for about 5 minutes.
Refrigerate.

ENJOY!

Verdict:

Since I am the only one that eats salads in my family, I didn't bother the two resident experts.  This tastes like the french dressing you get in the store without all the additives and preservatives.  Which dressing did I like better, my Mom's or my Mother-in-Law's.  I really can't say.    They both are similar, but I think my mother's is a tad bit sweeter.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pork Chops Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes

I don't exactly know how I stumbled upon this recipe.  Maybe it was one of those "pop-up" things on Facebook - you know what I mean - they "send" you pages that you might be interested in because I don't remember ever hearing of this blog or webpage before.

This recipe comes to us from the Foody Schmoody Blog.   As always, I made some changes to the recipe which I will mark with an **

This is a really easy recipe to make.  Chances are you will have to make a trip to the grocery store for the ingredients.  Surprisingly enough, I did have most of the ingredients, except the spinach.   

Pork Chops Stuffed with Goat Cheese by Food Schmoody

Ingredients

1 to 2 T butter
5 boneless pork chops ** (her recipe said 4 - mine made 5)
4 cups fresh spinach
4 oz goat cheese ** (I used 5 oz. goat cheese)
1/3 cup julienne style sun dried tomatoes drained, packed in oil ** (I didn't have those - mine were just sun dried whole tomatoes - so I chopped them up into small pieces)
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs ** (I used crumbled up Ritz crackers)

Directions:
Rinse the spinach and place it in a microwave safe bowl with a fitted cover.  (her instructions are to microwave it with 1 T water on high for 1 minute until wilted - it took me about 3 minutes to get my spinach wilted).


Drain the water from the spinach in a colander.

In a separate bowl, mix together the goat cheese, wilted lettuce and sun dried tomatoes.


Cut a slit in each pork chop, making it deep enough to create a pocket, but not enough to cut the pork chop in half.

Spoon the spinach mixture into each pocket and coat each pork chop on both sides in the crumbs to coat.


Heat the butter in a large skillet and add the pork chop.  Cook about 4 to 5 minutes until nicely brown (I put a cover over the skillet while it was cooking) and turn over.


Entire Recipe:

Pork Chops Stuffed with Goat Cheese by Food Schmoody

Ingredients
1 to 2 T butter
5 boneless pork chops ** (her recipe said 4 - mine made 5)
4 cups fresh spinach
4 oz goat cheese ** (I used 5 oz. goat cheese)
1/3 cup julienne style sun dried tomatoes drained, packed in oil ** (I didn't have those - mine were just sun dried whole tomatoes - so I chopped them up into small pieces)
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs ** (I used crumbled up Ritz crackers)

Directions:
Rinse the spinach and place it in a microwave safe bowl with a fitted cover.  (her instructions are to microwave it with 1 T water on high for 1 minute until wilted - it took me about 3 minutes to get my spinach wilted).

Drain the water from the spinach in a colander.

In a separate bowl, mix together the goat cheese, wilted lettuce and sun dried tomatoes.

Cut a slit in each pork chop, making it deep enough to create a pocket, but not enough to cut the pork chop in half.

Spoon the spinach mixture into each pocket and coat each pork chop on both sides in the crumbs to coat.

Heat the butter in a large skillet and add the pork chop.  Cook about 4 to 5 minutes until nicely brown (I put a cover over the skillet while it was cooking) and turn over.

Verdict:

Yep, we have another winner!  My resident expert, aka my husband, loved it.  I thought it was pretty good myself.  It was super easy to make.  The pork chops were nice and moist.  My other "expert", will be taste testing his tonight for his lunch (he works 3rd shift).  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blueberry Cheese Pie

Trust me!!!  This is even better than it looks!!  And it is super easy to make!!  I did cheat and use a store bought graham cracker crust (I know - oh the horror!!!).
I found this recipe in Melissa's Southern Cookbook.  The recipe is entitled "Granma's Famous Blueberry Icebox Pie."  I made this pie for Memorial Day and it was a HUGE hit and I thought it would be perfect for the 4th.  BUT, this time I thought I would make a few changes . . .

The recipe calls for 2 8 ounce packages of soft cream cheese.  Well, I have a recipe from Mary Jane Toth's Cheesmaker's Journal for Farmer's Cheese which is excellent!!!  Best goat's milk cheese I have ever tasted.  So I made a batch of the Farmer's Cheese (using goat's milk) and used that in the recipe instead of the cream cheese.  The pie was superb!!!!

Granma's Icebox Blueberry Pie by Melissa

Ingredients:

1 graham cracker pie crust (she does include a recipe or you can buy one from the store)
2  8 oz packages of softened cream cheese (or goat's milk farmer's cheese)
1 (2.6 ounce) box Dream Whip (use both envelopes)

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 18 oz blueberry pie filling

Farmer's Goat's Milk cheese - this is the BEST goat's milk cheese recipe around!!!



In a medium mixing bowl, using a mixer add the cream cheese/farmer's cheese, Dream Whip, cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts.


Beat together for about 2 minutes.

Spoon the mixture into your pie crust and spread evenly around.

Top with the pie filling.


Put the pie in the refrigerator for about 4 hours before serving.

Entire Recipe:

Granma's Icebox Blueberry Pie by Melissa

Ingredients:

1 graham cracker pie crust (she does include a recipe to make your own or you can buy one from the store)
2  8 oz packages of softened cream cheese (or goat's milk farmer's cheese)
1 (2.6 ounce) box Dream Whip (use both envelopes
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 18 oz blueberry pie filling

In a medium mixing bowl, using a mixer add the cream cheese/farmer's cheese, Dream Whip, cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts.

Beat together for about 2 minutes.

Spoon the mixture into your pie crust and spread evenly around.

Top with the pie filling.

Put the pie in the refrigerator for about 4 hours before serving.

ENJOY!!!

Comments:

As I mentioned before, I made this for Memorial Day and it was a HUGE hit. So this is definitely a keeper recipe.  And I think you could use almost any pie filling for the topping - strawberries, cherries, blackberries, etc.  Excellent recipe!!!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Frank and Bean Sandwich

It was one of "those" evenings where I had no clue what to make for dinner.  I stared at contents in my refrigerator for several minutes and had no inspiration for dinner.  Carryout had no appeal either.  I had a hungry family to feed and dinner time was fastly approaching.   So I turned to my "library" (as my husband calls it) of cookbooks.  I was sure I could find SOMETHING worth making.

And there, buried way back in the corner was the Campbell Soup "Cooking with Soup" cookbook.  As if ordained by the Cooking Angels, I opened up the cookbook to the page with this recipe.  Lo and behold, I had all the ingredients!!  It was a miracle!!  Once again my family would not go hungry!!

This is a real easy meal to make.  It takes about 10 minutes total to prepare this.

Frank and Bean Sandwich by Campbell Soup

Ingredients:

6 frankfurters (I used bun length hot dogs)
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 T butter
1 can (11 1/2 ounces) condensed bean and bacon soup**
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 sweet pickle relish
6 hot dog buns

Directions:

In a skillet, melt the butter and brown the frankfurters and onions.


In a separate bowl, mix together the soup, water, ketchup and pickle relish.



Pour the soup mixture over the frankfurters in the skillet and let simmer for several minutes.


Serve the frankfurters on the hot dog buns and spoon the bean sauce over the sandwich.



**I would think that you could easily substitute baked beans for the bean and bacon soup.

Entire Recipe:

Ingredients:

6 frankfurters
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 T butter
1 can (11 1/2 ounces) condensed bean and bacon soup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 sweet pickle relish
6 hot dog buns

Directions:

In a skillet, melt the butter and brown the frankfurters and onions.

In a separate bowl, mix together the soup, water, ketchup and pickle relish.

Pour the soup mixture over the frankfurters in the skillet and let simmer for several minutes.

Serve the frankfurters on the hot dog buns and spoon the bean sauce over the sandwich.

ENJOY!

Verdict:

My resident experts (aka husband and son) loved it.  I am not a big fan of hot dogs and beans.  I thought it was OK.  Will I make it again - yes because "the experts" loved it.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blueberry Buns

I accidentally stumbled upon this recipe through another blog. I believe it was "Eat Your Cookbooks."  She was giving away several cookbooks and one of them was Joan Nathan's King Solomon's Table, a cookbook about Jewish cooking.  On my husband's side on the family, many generations ago, they were Jewish.  Not sure when or why they converted to Christianity . . .   

I digress  , , , I thought it would be interesting to look up the author on the Internet.  She does have a web page plus a facebook page and has written numerous cookbooks on Jewish cooking.  PLUS she has several recipes on her website.  This is where I found this recipe.  So I thought I would make these for my husband to honor his distant Jewish relatives.


Fortunately, I did have most of the ingredients (and blueberries are reasonably cheap in the supermarkets!).  I did not have sour cream, so I substituted plain yogurt).


Blueberry Buns by Joan Nathan

Ingredients:


2 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, divided, plus flour for kneading (I used King Arthur's UnBleached All Purpose Flour)
1/2 teaspoon of salt ** (I omitted)
1 c sugar, divided, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
1 T yeast
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
2 heaping T sour cream (I used plain yogurt)
1 1/2 C blueberries (about)
2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger (optional) - I omitted

Directions:
Combine 2 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and 3/4 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. add half the butter. Mix well.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. 
Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water and stir into the flour mixture. 
Add the 2 whole eggs and the sour cream, mixing well with a spoon. (You can also put everything in a standing mixer.) Then cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 2 hours until the dough doubles in volume.
Using your fingers, blend the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar with the remaining butter and set aside in a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Dust a baking board with flour and roll out the dough to a circle about 1/8 inch thick, adding more flour if the dough sticks (the dough is VERY sticky!!!).


Cut into 12 three-inch rounds (I used the ring from a large mason jar) and press at least 12 blueberries** into each round of dough and sprinkle with a little of the remaining tablespoons of sugar and the candied ginger if using. Then, cradling the filled circle of dough in one hand, use your second hand to carefully pinch it closed into a 3-by-5-inch oblong shape. Repeat with the remaining dough and blueberries. Put the buns on the baking sheets.
Brush the buns with the remaining egg yolk, pat the streusel – the flour-sugar-butter mixture – on top of the buns, 
and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden – don’t worry if some of the juices boil over. That is part of the buns’ charm.
**Yield: 12 blueberry buns - I got 18 buns.
Entire recipe:
Blueberry Buns by Joan Nathan

Ingredients:


2 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, divided, plus flour for kneading (I used King Arthur's UnBleached All Purpose Flour)
1/2 teaspoon of salt ** (I omitted)
1 c sugar, divided, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
1 T yeast
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
2 heaping T sour cream (I used plain yogurt)
1 1/2 C blueberries (about)
2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger (optional) - I omitted

Directions:
 Combine 2 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and 3/4 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. add half the butter. Mix well.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. 
Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water and stir into the flour mixture. 
Add the 2 whole eggs and the sour cream, mixing well with a spoon. (You can also put everything in a standing mixer.) Then cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 2 hours until the dough doubles in volume.
Using your fingers, blend the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar with the remaining butter and set aside in a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Dust a baking board with flour and roll out the dough to a circle about 1/8 inch thick, adding more flour if the dough sticks (the dough is VERY sticky!!!).
Cut into 12 three-inch rounds (I used the ring from a large mason jar) and press at least 12 blueberries** into each round of dough and sprinkle with a little of the remaining tablespoons of sugar and the candied ginger if using. Then, cradling the filled circle of dough in one hand, use your second hand to carefully pinch it closed into a 3-by-5-inch oblong shape. Repeat with the remaining dough and blueberries. Put the buns on the baking sheets.
Brush the buns with the remaining egg yolk, pat the streusel – the flour-sugar-butter mixture – on top of the buns, and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden – don’t worry if some of the juices boil over. That is part of the buns’ charm.
**Yield: 12 blueberry buns - I got 18 buns.
ENJOY!!
Comments:
I did drizzle these with a powdered sugar icing which made them WONDERFUL!!! These are definitely a winner!  My husband was snacking on them all night!!  And I put 3 of them in his lunch for today.