Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cheese Bread

I know we all know how to make garlic and cheese bread, but this is a recipe with a twist. My grandma Rayna makes this bread and it is a HUGE family favorite. So much that there is NEVER a piece leftover and if you don't get one quick, its GONE. I hope you family loves it as much as ours!

Cheese Bread

1 loaf of french bread (can be either store bought or homemade.)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 1/2 - 2 cups grated cheese

Turn oven on to broil. Mix green onions, mayonnaise, and cheese. Mix well, set aside. Slice french breach down the middle and place on a cookie sheet. Spread a thin layer of cheese mixture on the bread. Place bread in oven on broil for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Wait a few minutes, then slice and enjoy!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This soup is so wonderful!!! With all the gloomy, wet, rainy weather we have been having it was a great time to start making soup. My family loves this recipe. Thanks to Kelli for sharing it with us and to Jaime for sending me the recipe after Kelli moved.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

4-6 potatoes
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup green onions
10 strips of bacon / or pre-cooked crumbled bacon
1 cup cheese

Bake potatoes in the oven until done. (Some people like to boil them, but I think the soup tastes different.) Peel and cube potatoes. Melt butter in large sauce pan, stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, bring to a boil. Stir frequently or it will scorch. After it boils, cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in sour cream. Add potatoes, crumbled bacon, and cheese. Garnish each bowl with cheese, green onions, and bacon. When reheating soup the next day, add some milk to thin soup, also don't heat in the microwave, it will scorch.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Updated Recipes

Just wanted you to know that I have updated my recipes so that they are now sorted into categories and are also searchable. So now when you are in a hurry, you can find some a jiffy!

Have fun cooking!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jicama Carrot Orange-Chipotle Slaw

Tuesdays at our house used to be know as Take-Out Tuesday. But now, they are more like Try-Out Tuesdays. I know, I can hear you laughing out loud; but it is true. I am home on Tuesdays so that is the day of the week that I try new recipes. So since it is Tuesday, here is the new recipe.

Tonight we had Lime Tortilla Chicken (see Feb post) and Jicama Carrot Orange-Chipotle Slaw. The recipe is by Rachel Ray and was featured in Food Network magazine and recommended by a friend. Kelly was right, it was terrific. Next Jicama recipe: Jicama Slaw by Bobby Flaw.

Jicama, Carrot Orange-Chipotle Slaw
Rachel Ray,

1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 orange, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons adobo sauce
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 pound of jicama root, peeled
2 cups carrots
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves

Whisk the marmalade with orange juice, chipotle sauce, vinegar and oil. Cut the jicama into pieces to fit in the feeder of a food processor. Place shredder attachment blade in bowl and shred the jicama and carrots. Toss jicama and carrots with dressing and cilantro. Serve. (If you are making this ahead, leave the dressing off until ready to serve.)

Let me know what you think, even my kids liked it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our Favorite Breadsicks

So I tried a new breadstick recipe tonight, another favorite on the Sisters Cafe Blog. It was a huge hit! I put Parmesan cheese on the top and the kids loved it. Anthony says they need more garlic. Anyway, give them a try. They are very easy to make and super fast. (I did use my Kitchen Aid mixer to knead them, its so much faster.) I haven't tried it with 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat flour, but I am sure it would work great. Have fun baking!

Our Favorite Breadsticks

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Butter for pan

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar and let it sit and bubble for a few minutes. Add the salt and flour. Knead for 3 minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Melt 3-4 tablespoons of butter and pour most of it onto a cookie sheet. Roll dough to cover cookie sheet. Brush remainder of butter on breadsticks and sprinkle with garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, and parsley (or whatever seasonings you like). Raise for 10-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. You can roll them out to fit a cookie sheet and they will be puffy and soft. If you prefer a thinner, crunchy breadstick roll them to fit a cookie sheet and a jelly roll pan. Either way they are great!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple Crisp

This is a super fast dessert that makes the whole house smell great. The instructions are for an 8x8. To fill a 9 x 13 double it. Also, a great add-in is some fresh or frozen craberries. Yum! (I don't peel or slice my apples, I use my Pampered Chef Apple Wedger. Saves time and fingers. Also, it gives the kids an opportunity to help.)

Apple Crisp

Slice and spread in a greased 8x8 pan:

6 peeled apples

Sprinkle with:

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water

Mix and spread over apples:

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup quick rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup nutes (optional)
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. We like to serve with vanilla ice cream.

Carrot Cookies

These is a HUGE family favorite! I got this recipe from my Grandma Ouzts when I was in college. I love to make these cookies at Easter time because they are so light and cake like. They are even great without the icing.

Carrot Cookies

Cream together:

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar

Add and beat well:
1 egg
1 cup carrots(cooked & mashed)

2 ½ cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp orange juice
2 tsp orange rind
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes. Spread with the following icing.

Grated rind from one orange
Juice of ½ orange
Powered sugar to spreading consistency