Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hendrk's Gin Black Mojito

Cocktail shaker
mint leaves (I use 1/4 cup- loosely packed)
juice of 1/2 lime (saved squeezed out 1/2- for rim trim)
Mojito rim trim sugar (or any sugar)
Hendrik's Gin
Mathilde Cassis Liqueur (Black Currant liqueur)
lime soda water
hot fresh made simple sugar- 2 tbs water/2tbs sugar- cooked in microwave until sugar is disloved

Put well torn mint in shaker.  Pour in hot simple syrup. Squeeze in juice of 1/2 lime. Add 4 oz Hendrik's gin and 2 oz Cassis liqueur. Let stand.  Use squeezed lime on rim of two martini glasses- wet rims with lime, then dip in sugar.  Cut two 1/2 slices of lime from reserved 1/2 to garnish glasses.  Put ice in shaker, and add 3/4 cup lime soda water.  Shake briefly- pour in to glasses.  Enjoy

Easy Peasey Pizza

I know- it's upside down!  Too lazy to correct this.  How does it even GET upside down?

At any rate- start with pizza crust- I got a 4 pack of these at Costco- Molinaro's- YUMMY

First one- sauce (included),Mexican blend shredded cheese from Trader Joes, green onions, and Parmesan cheese

Second- sauce, feta, green onions, and fried onions (really good- one of my kids' favorites)
third- sauce, Mexican blend cheese, sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, a sprinkle of Parmesan on top, followed by a dusting of dried cilantro
Last one was a 1/2 and 1/2- on half feta with friend onions, 1/2 mexican blend cheese with fried onions.

Here's the cherry tomato pizza:

The cheese and green onions pizza:
The feta, green onion and fried onion pizza:
The 1/2 and 1/2- one side feta and fried onions, the other side Mexican blend cheese and fried onions:
Those fried onions are KILLER on pizza.  So good. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Home Made Cookie Taste- for Lazy Folks

Every now and then, I crave a molasses cookie- but usually not enough to make them from scratch.  Thank you Betty!

All you need to add are 1. a stick of butter 2. an egg and 3. One TBS of water!

Stir with a spoon and you're done!

They're so good:

What's in them?

Peanut Chicken Soup!

Start with a chicken carcass.  I usually bake a chicken, and then throw whatever we don't eat in to a stockpot, and put in enough water to almost cover the chicken:
I also put in two whole white onions, chopped.

Cook the chicken until the meat falls off the bones.  Then fish out the bones (or strain the soup, and get all the bones- although that's a lot of work, and I never do that).

Add peanut soup mix, and two TBS curry powder:

Then cook for about 40 minutes- until the soup thickens nicely.  You can garnish the soup with chopped green onions, chopped peanuts, or serve it plain- it's wonderful soup!

You can also add potatoes, chopped or sliced carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, celery root, and cream- as well as just about anything else you think might be good.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Really Easy Shepherd's Pie

If you plan ahead on this, it will be super easy!

You will need:
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups diced celery
5 cups mashed potatoes
21 oz ground beef (I use one square of the Costco organic beef 3 pack)
gravy (turkey or brown or mushroom)- 1 cup

Saute onions and carrots.  Push to side when onions begin to get transparent, and add beef.  Cook beef until most of the pink is gone- see pictures:
When the beef is almost cooked, add celery, and cook till beef is done, then add gravy, stir, and cook for about 5 minutes, put in casserole dish- leaving at least 1 1/2 inches to the top of the dish.  Press meat and veggie mixture down- see below.

Top veggies with the mashed potatoes, and then texture the potatoes with a fork.
Bake at 350 until the mixture bubbles from the sides, and the peaks of the potatoes are brown:

This will hold in a warm oven for quite a while- or you can halt the cooking a tiny bit early, and keep it at 200 while you get other foods ready.  You WILL enjoy this- it's wonderful.  And you can put just about anything in it you want to- this just happens to be a combo I like.