Saturday, February 6, 2016

BEST easy chocolate frosting with real chocolate (Theo's)

You will need:
1 3oz bar Theo's chocolate (I used peppermint stick)- but you can use 3 oz of any chocolate
3 cups powdered sugar
1 stick margarine- softened to room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cups whole milk or cream- room temp

Whip butter and add vanilla and liquid (milk or cream)- slowly beat in powdered sugar until smooth.  Melt chocolate bar in microwave- do NOT overheat.  Check every 15 minutes until it is complete softened.  You do NOT want it bubbling.  Use a spatula to get out all the chocolate, and quickly mix the chocolate into the vanilla frosting.  This is delicious as soon as you make it (soft and fluffy).  IF you leave it a while it will dry out a bit, but is still fabulous.  It's like candy on your cake, and it's a family favorite.  If you vary the flavor of candy bar, and play around with the extracts, you can make some really interesting combinations.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fast and Easy Crockpot Indian Golden Lentil Curry Soup with ham and onions

3 cans of Amy's golden Lentil Curry Soup
1 cup chopped ham
1 large onion copped small (or diced, if you don't like large pieces)

Put everything in the crockpot  and cook for 4 hours on high, or 6 on low.  Enjoy!  Soup should be bubbling- if your crockpot cooks more slowly, just add a little more time.  And this is great on toast!  Or served with a poached egg!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Lemon Curd in the Microwave!

Loved this recipe:

It's super easy.  I used Very Large Costco lemons- so I only needed 2 to cut 1 cup of lemon juice and enough lemon zest.  I could not believe how easy and delicious this was.  I will be eating a lot of this.  Hopefully my clothes will still fit.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Savory Peanut Flour Curry Cookies

I spent some time figuring out how to make a savory cookie.  After some experimentation, I give you a very yummy curry peanut savory cookie:
Preheat oven to 375

1 cup peanut flour
1 cup regular flour (I used bread flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking bowder
1 egg and 2 yolks (I think you could just add 2 eggs- but I had some yolks from this morning, and I wanted to use them up)
1/4 cup salted butter
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbs balti curry powder
2 Tbs poppy seeds
1/8 cup minced or chopped onion (I tried both- both are good- just depends on how big you like your onion chunks)

Mix everything together and then add:
Approximately 4 Tbs water (I added water until the dough held together well- and as I was pouring, not measuring, I'm not totally sure on the water- but pour and mix until the mixture just holds together in a nice firm ball.)

On parchment paper make the dough into 2" round and press down (should be about 3/4 inches high)
Bake about 10 minutes- until just turning slightly brown (I flipped one over to check the bottom- and it was very lightly browned. ) I do like sweet cookies- but these are amazing! I love them.

Here's a picture:

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Best Easy Cottage Cheese Bread for Your Breadmaker

With a crust that toasts to a cracker like crunch, and a soft puffy interior, this is one delicious white bread.

Put in Breadmaker:
1/2 cup luke warm water
1 cup cottage cheese (I use Humboldt Creamery organic)
3 cups bread flour or white flour
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp yeast
1 beaten egg
2 Tbs canola oil
1 1/2 tsp salt

Run on regular cycle- and enjoy!  If you get the dreaded crater top- reduce the liquid, or put in a tiny bit more salt (1/8 tsp at a time)- until the crater goes away.  That's how I evolved this recipe, from a melange of other recipes I found online.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Best Bread Machine

I love this machine.  It's one of my favorite helpers around the house.  Put the mix in, or your own ingredients (see my easy white bread recipe) and you've got wonderful, better than store bought, bread in 3 hours.  There's a quick cycle, but I don't use it, since I don't like it as well.  I prefer the crust and grain of the loaf with the full cycle- and so far we haven't run into any bread emergencies that wouldn't wait a few hours.

The machine is easy to use (to tell the truth, I only use about 6 of the settings regularly).  And most of the time I just use the 1st setting- basic.  I can program it- but I usually don't.  95% of the time I just put the ingredients in, and start it.  Sometimes I bake the bread while I'm awake, and sometimes I just let it work overnight.  It's always great.

I love being able to make delicious bread for pennies a loaf without all the garbage store bought breads have in them.  I've used all kinds of mixes, and flours, and they've all worked great.  Our favorite mixes have been from King Arthur (brioche), Hodgson's Mill  (European cheese and herb bread), and Bob's Red Mill (the rye!)

If you don't have a breadmaker yet- this one is cheap, reliable, easy to use, and lots of fun.  Start baking today!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Best Rice Cooker Ever

We eat a lot of rice, and rye, and barley and other grains- and this rice cooker does it all.  I've had it for over 7 years, and it just keeps on going.  I just love it.  My sushi rice is perfect, as are the darker rices- brown, red and black, and it's a snap to clean.  My daughter had a cheap little rice cooker from Costco in her dorm, and it was fine, for what it was, but it doesn't hold a candle to this.  If you expect to use a rice cooker for many years, make the investment and get a Zojirushi.  You won't be sorry you did.  Programming is easy, and you have many options.