Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cookie Man Cookies

½ c butter
½ c Nucco margarine
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Mix above ingredients well, then add:
2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 c cereal (rice krispies, frosted flakes, corn flakes, special K, chex, cerrrios, you choose etc.)
2 c oatmeal
2 c chips (chocolate, butterscotch, white, etc.)

Drop tsp on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 8-15 minutes. Always check first batch to perfect baking time.
Makes 4 dozen.
(My favorite combination is 1c.rice krispies, 1c. frosted flakes, 1 1/2 c. dark choc chips and 1/2 c. white chips)

Laura’s Easy Cheesecake

Graham cracker crust
3 eggs
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 c sugar
1 c sour cream

Mix cheese, add eggs, then sugar, then vanilla, then sour cream. Beat until smooth, spoon into crust.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, turn off oven. Keep in for 60 minutes. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Slice fresh strawberries and sprinkle with Hershey’s syrup.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

In a large ziplock, combine

3-4 Chicken breasts
½ c olive oil
few sprigs rosemary (fresh)
2 lemons, halved and squeezed
1 red onion, quartered
splash vinegar
salt and pepper

Marinate for 20 minute to 2 days.

Grill or bake until done. Leftover chicken makes an awesome base for chicken salad!

Buttery Cornbread

½ c cornmeal
½ c flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ c sugar
1 c milk
1 egg
¼ c butter

Preheat 8 x 8 pan at 400. Mix dry ingredient, add milk and egg. Stir by hand (don’t overmix). Put butter in heated pan until melted. Then add batter and cook for 15 minutes. Can double recipe in 9 x 13 pan and cook for 25 minutes.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sesame Noodle Salad

This is an incredible pasta salad. Has a great kick! If I am entertaining for a birthday party or something, I like to buy a two foot sub from the Fred Meyer deli ($11), ask for all the condiments on the side (lettuce, tomato, spread- so if you don't eat it all, the leftovers aren't ruined) and then make a salad like this to supplement. It is a hit! I usually double it or even triple for a really big crowd.

¼ c sesame oil
¼ c rice wine vinegar
¼ c vegetable oil
¼ c soy sauce
¼ tsp chili oil
¾ tsp chopped garlic
¼ tsp fresh chopped ginger

Cook 11 oz. angel hair pasta

Add sauce

Mix in the following:
1 bunch chopped cilantro
4 diced green onions
1 sliced red bell pepper
1 ½ tsp sesame seeds

Mix and add:
½ tsp dried ground coriander
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne

Michelle P

Michelle's Scrumptious Bran Muffins

1 c boiling water
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 c shortening
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
2 ½ c flour (I use ½ white and ½ whole wheat flour)
½ tsp salt
2 cups Post Bran Flakes
1 cup Kellogg’s All Bran – original
2 cups buttermilk

Pour boiling water over soda. Mix and cool. Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add cooled soda water and mix.

Add flour, salt, cereals and buttermilk and mix.

Pour into greased muffin pans and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

This recipe is great because you can make a few muffins and keep the rest of the batter in a sealed bowl in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Then you can have fresh muffins without all the mess. I’ve also made the whole batch of muffins and frozen them in separate bags so I can pull out six at a time. They freeze well. Enjoy!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Strawberry Tart

I don't know if I'd call this a 'recipe' or an idea?! Thaw a puff pastry and roll out to a rectangle. Cut desired shape and bake according to package directions. This could also be great for birthdays or baby showers and you can cut the puff pastry in the shape of an initial. Use one 8oz. container of marscapone cheese and whip with milk and sugar to desired taste and texture. Place sliced strawberries on top and enjoy. I drizzled white and milk chocolate on top of the 'heart' but that is optional as well.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chocolate Chip Scones

Submitted by: Shannon Dow

1 3/4 C. flour
3 tbs. fugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. butter
1 egg
1/2 C. chocolate chips (mini's are best for this)
4-6 tbs. half-n-half
optional: raw sugar

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut in the butter. Add in the chocolate chips. Stir in the egg until blended. Stir in the half-n-half until the dough sticks together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (you may need to use your hands).

Roll out into a 1/2 inch thick circle onto a baking sheet. Cut circle into 8 triangles and separate slightly. Brush egg or milk on the top to help the golden brown effect.
Optional: sprinkle raw sugar on the top

Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes.