Friday, August 25, 2017

Stovetop Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs and Fresh Parmesan Cheese.

You can use a Cast Iron Skillet or a Griddle on the Stove.

Thyme Leaves

Fresh Chopped Parsley

Fresh Chopped Rosemary

3 TBS Olive Oil
1 Small Head of Cauliflower ( trimmed and cut into small florets.
Fresh Shaved Parmesan Cheese
2 TBS Fresh Chopped Parsley
2 TBS Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 TBS Fresh finely Chopped Rosemary
Pepper to taste

In the Skillet on Medium High Heat:
Oil, until Hot.
Pan Roast, stirring often for 15 minutes until Golden Brown.
Stir well to keep it from burning.

After 15 minutes:
Reduce Heat to Low.
Continue heating for 5 minutes.
Stir to combine well.

Transfer to a Large Serving Bowl.

Fresh Shaved Parmesan, to taste.
Pepper, to taste
Mix well.

Serve Hot.
Top individual servings with additional Parmesan Cheese.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

White Chili con Queso

I live in Texas and we eat a lot of Chili con Queso at home and in restaurants.
It originated in the Northern Mexican State of Chihuahua. It's a smooth, creamy sauce made from melted cheeses, cream and chili peppers.
It's traditionally served with Tortilla Chips and also used as a topping for Fajitas, Tacos and Migas.
I have many other favorite Chili con Queso recipes on the Blog.

I serve our Chili con Queso in this hand forged Mocajete. It was made by our local Blacksmith.
The interesting aspect about it is that it can be heated in the oven to serve hot Queso ,
it can also be frozen to serve Ice Cream. 

Diced Fresh Jalapeño Pepper.

I have many Cast Iron Skillets that are virtually non-stick. I keep them in pristine condition.
You can make this recipe in the Skillet and serve it from the Skillet.

Here's what you'll need:
A Large Cast Iron Skillet
An Oven Broiler

3/4 lb. of White American Cheese, cubed into small pieces. Divided
1/4 lb. of Queso Quesadilla, cubed into small pieces.
1 1/4 C Half and Half
3 TBS Diced Fresh Jalapeño.
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Chili Powder

In the Cast Iron Skillet on Low heat:
American Cheese
1/2 C Half and Half
Stirring until melted and creamy smooth.

Remaining American and Queso Quesadilla Cheese.
Remaining Half and Half.
Continue cooking and stirring until melted and creamy smooth.

Mix to combine well.

Black Pepper
Red Pepper
Chili Powder
Stir to combine well.

Transfer to the Broiler until Golden Brown.

Serve Hot accompanied by Tortilla Chips for Dipping.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ritz Cracker topped Yellow Squash Casserole with Diced Green Chiles

I love Yellow Squash Recipes in a variety of ways. I think I like it as much as I like Corn Recipes.

Baked and ready to serve!

Ready to Bake

Ritz Cracker topped Yellow Squash Casserole with Diced Green Chiles

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
An 8" X 8" Baking Baking Dish sprayed with a Vegetable Cooking Spray.
A Potato Masher

2 pounds of Yellow Squash, cut into 1/4" slices.
3 TBS Butter, divided.
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 - 4 oz. can of Diced Green Chiles, undrained.
1 tsp Adobo Seasoning
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 C Shredded Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend
1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1 C Finely Crushed Ritz Crackers
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a Large Skillet or Large Saucepan with a Lid, on Medium High Heat:
1 TBS Oil
1 TBS Butter
Until hot.

Salt and Pepper to Taste.
Cook, uncovered, stirring often for 10 minutes.
Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Remove from Heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Mash with a Potato Masher.

Diced Green Chiles
Adobo Seasoning
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
Stir well until completely blended.

Spoon into the Pan.
Top with Crackers.
Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan Cheese.
Drizzle with remaining 2 TBS of Butter, melted.
Cover with Foil.

Bake 35 minutes.
Remove Foil, continue Baking for 5 - 10 minutes, just until Golden Brown.

Serve Hot.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Apple Bars

How have I missed posting this recipe? I have so many Apple recipes that I'm going to consolidate all of them into 1 Apple Recipe Post.

Apple Bars

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" X 13" Casserole Dish brushed with Pan Release Mix:

Equal parts of:
Vegetable Oil

Mix together well and store in a Mason jar.
Make as much as you want. 1C of each, 2C of each, 3C of each, you get the idea!
It keeps "forever" in the refrigerator!
It never has enough time to last forever in our refrigerator!
I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

3 C Flour
4 Apples, I use Jonagold or Fuji. Peeled, Cored and Diced small.
2 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 C Fresh Orange Juice
2 Eggs
1 C Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Salt

In a Large Mixing Bowl with a Wooden Spoon:
Baking Soda
Mix well by Hand.

Spoon into the Casserole Dish.
Bake for 45 minutes, until Golden Brown.

Cut into Squares to Serve.

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Chocolate Peppermint Treats

Here's a great Holiday Treat to give as gifts or for Stocking Stuffers.

This is my Double Boiler

You can create your own Bain Marie like this.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Treats

Here's what you'll need:

A Sheet Pan lined with Silpat or Parchment Paper.

A Double Boiler or Bain Marie.
White or Dark Chocolate Chips.  (5 Cookie Cutters will need approximately 8 oz. of Chocolate)
Peppermint Chips (either crushed Candy Canes or Purchased Peppermint Chips)
A Variety of Holiday Cookie Cutters.
Silpat or Parchment Paper.
Decorative Holiday Cellophane Gift Bags and Ties.


Prepare Melted Chocolate in a Double Boiler or Bain Marie.

Arrange the Cookie Cutters on the Sheet Pan that has been lined with either
Silpat or Parchment Paper.

Fill each Cookie Cutter about 1/2 full.
Tap gently across the top of the cookie cutter with a wooden spoon to smooth out the chocolate.
Sprinkle with Peppermint Chips.

Allow to Cool completely.

To Release:
Gently tap  on a Hard Surface and Pop the Chocolate out with your Thumb.

Wash the Cookie Cutter, dry completely and reuse or hang on your Christmas Tree.

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Manicotti Casserole

Here's a simple Italian Casserole.

Manicotti Casserole

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 11" X 17" Casserole Dish
A Pastry Bag to Fill the Manicotti Shells

5 1/2 oz. of Manicotti, cook according to package directions.
1 Pint of Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3/4 C Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided.
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp Dried Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 - 20 oz. Jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce

In a Large Bowl:
1/2 C Parmesan
Salt and Pepper
Stir to combine well.
Transfer the filling to a Pastry Bag to fill the Manicotti.

In the Casserole Dish:
1/2 of the Pasta Sauce

Pipe each of the Manicotti Shells with Filling.
Place them in the Dish on the Pasta Sauce.
Top with remaining Sauce.
Sprinkle evenly with remaining Parmesan Cheese.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve Hot.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tex - Mex Fritos Corn Chip Salad

I live in Texas, Tex - Mex Country. We love our cuisine. It's the one thing we miss when we travel. It's never the same as home. We have the best Tex - Mex and Mexican food here.
Here's a very popular Tex - Mex Salad. I have other recipes using Fritos Corn Chips. They add crunch and flavor to many recipes.

Tex - Mex Fritos Corn Chip Salad

A Large Serving Bowl.

You'll combine all of the ingredients in the Bowl except the Fritos Corn Chips.
They'll be added at the end, just prior to serving.
This keeps them from getting soggy from sitting in the Salad.

You can also add them to individual servings.

2 cans of Corn, drained well.
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced.
1/2 Green Bell Bell Pepper, diced.
1 small Red Onion, diced.
1 - 4 oz. can of Diced Green Chiles, drained.
2/3 C Mayonnaise
2 tsp Chile Powder, your choice.
1 1/2 C Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Small Bags of Fritos Corn Chips (more if you like them) The amount you add is your preference.
There are a variety of flavors you can use based on how much spice you like.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Amish Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Cookies

We have a lot of Amish neighbors in our town in Colorado. Every Wednesday there's a Market downtown. Several Amish families have tables with their homemade baked goods. We bought some cookies that were delicious but they wouldn't share the recipe. I came home and had to replicate the
taste. They're delicious.  I just took these out of the oven to share with our friends at the Quilt Shop today.

Amish Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Cookies:

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper.
A 1 1/2" Cookie Scoop.

2/3 C Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 C Brown Sugar
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter, Chunky does not work.
2 TBS Honey

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Baking Soda
Mix well by hand.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Peanut Butter
Mix to combine well by hand.

Wet ingredients to Dry ingredients.
Mix well, just until combined.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Use the Cookie Scoop and drop dough onto the Sheet Pan, 2" apart.

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
Remove Pan to a Rack to cool 10 minutes.
Transfer Cookies to the Rack to cool completely.

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Apple Cheddar Casserole

I remember the first time I had a thick, melted slice of Sharp Cheddar Cheese on a piece of hot Apple Pie. It was at the Bloomingdales's Café in New York City, in the late 70's. It was delicious. Since then
I've served it that way.
Here's a Casserole recipe that combines the two tastes.

I'm testing this recipe using Pears and Walnuts. I'm making it for Christmas and I'll post the final recipe with pictures. I'll add it to the bottom of this page.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A 1 1/2 qt. Casserole coated with a Vegetable Cooking Spray.

5 C of Peeled, Cored and Diced Apple. I use Jonagold or Fuji.
3 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice.
8 TBS Butter, melted.
1 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 C Flour
1 C Whole Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
2 C Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Lemon Juice
Toss to coat well.
Spoon into the Casserole Dish.

In the same Bowl:
1 C of the Cheese
Stir to combine well.
Spoon over the Apples.
Spread evenly.

Bake 45 minutes.
Top with remaining Cheese and continue Baking for 15 minutes.

Serve Hot.

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Lemon Pie with a Chex Cereal Crust

Here's an interesting recipe for a Pie with a Rice or Corn Chex Cereal Crust.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" Pie Pan
A Fine Mesh Sieve to Strain the Filling.
A Hand Held Electric Mixer for the Whipped Cream.

To make the Crust:
3 1/2 C of finely crushed Rice or Corn Chex Cereal
1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
12 TBS Butter, melted

Mix all ingredients together in a Large Mixing Bowl.
Press into the Pie Pan. on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake for 17 minutes.
Remove Pan to a Rack to Cool Completely.

To make the Filling:
3 Eggs
3 Egg Yolks
1/2 C Fresh Lemon Juice
8 TBS Butter, chilled and cubed.
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Zest of 1 Lemon

In a Glass Heat Proof Bowl over a Saucepan of Simmering Water:
Lemon Juice
Whisk constantly until Butter is melted and the mixture begins to thicken. (5 - 8 minutes)

Remove from Heat.
Place a Sieve over a Bowl and Strain the Filling.
Set aside to cool completely.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl with the Electric Mixer:
Heavy Cream
Confectioner's Sugar
Beat to Stiff Peak.
Fold by hand into the Lemon Filling Mixture.

Spoon into the Crust.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Just before serving, evenly sprinkle Lemon Zest over the Pie.

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