Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Breakfast cake

I clipped a recipe from a magazine that is just absolutely delicious.

Breakfast cake

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour  (I used mostly wheat)
1 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup of whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1 egg
1 cup of buttermilk (I sour my milk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to one cup of milk)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup of applesauce (either sweetened or not... I think it needs the sweetened kind because this is not an extremely sweet cake)
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used maple)
2 cups of fruit.   I tried frozen berries the first time, but they were not sweet enough.  The second time, I tried canned, dark sweet cherries.  Perfect!

Grease a 9x13 cake pan.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Mix all wet ingredients separately except fruit.  Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.  Fold in fruit.  Bake at 375* for  35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  (20 servings)

I love this with coffee!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mushroom Noodle soup

I realize this recipe carb & sodium city, but today is the day before getting groceries.  I try to only shop twice a month so...  If anyone is like me, I usually have a few things left in the pantry (we always have tons of deer meat but who wants to cook that for lunch?).  This is what I threw together for lunch and it was just too tasty not to share:

1 package of Amish noodles
2 packets of mushroom gravy
1 packet of country gravy (white)
If I had them, I would add sliced fresh mushrooms too

Prepare the Amish noodles according to the package.  During the last 5 minutes (while the noodles are boiling).  Mix all 3 packets of gravy in about a 1 1/2 cup of cold water or milk.  Pour the gravy mixture into the boiling noodles and mix.  If you have mushrooms...add them too!
I will probably be bouncing off the walls in a bit after all those carbs (and very little protein) but it sure was good!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grilled pizza

This recipe was in our electric consumer newsletter.  The boys loved it.

I am typing from memory so I apologize for the un-sofisticated style here. ;-)

You need bread, white cheese slices of your choice (mozzerella, monterey jack, etc), basil, and pizza sauce.

Make a grilled cheese sandwich with the bread and cheese, except sprinkle the bread with basil before you grill it.  Use a pizza cutter to cut into long strips.  Dip in warm pizza sauce.

I think next time I am going to try to put mushroom slices or even pepperoni in the middle! Well.. anything that might top a regular pizza would probably be good.

Creamy Chicken Stir-Fry

The other night I just kind of created as I was cooking and it turned out really yummy!
Here are my instructions:
  • You need some cooked, diced chicken
  • Boil stir fry vegetables (the kind with lo mein noodles)
  • and white sauce or cream of chicken soup (or mushroom or celery)

After preparation, mix and enjoy a creamy one dish meal! 

*Edit: Thanks Lisa for naming my concoction!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

No Bake Cookies

This is a favorite around here!

No Bake Cookies (from our church cookbook)

2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1 stick of butter

Boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Have ready:

1/2 cup of peanut butter
6 T (1/3 cup) of cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups of oats
Pinch of salt

Mix all together. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet and put in refrigerator for a few minutes (optional), until cooled and set.