Archive for June, 2010

Zuchini Bread

Grandma K’s

2 cups grated zuchini

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 cup oil

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons orange rind

1/2 cup nuts

1/2 raisins

Bake at 350 degrees F.  50 minutes

Easy Biscotti

1/2 cup canola oil

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon anise extract or 3 drops anise oil

3 1/4 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl beat together oil, eggs, sugar and anise until well blended.  Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough.  Divide dough into 2 pieces.  Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet.  Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet and press down to 1/2 inch thickness.

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from baking sheet to cool on wire rack.  When the cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices.  Place slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet.  Bake for an additional 6-10 minutes on each side.  Cookie slices should be lightly toasted.

Sweet Brain Jello

made this one last Halloween using Jameson’s brain shaped jello mold.  It was very large so I need to remember to double the recipe if I do that again.

1 package lemon jello

1/2 cup boiling water

1 cup chopped celery

1 small onion

2 teaspoons vinegar

3/4 cup mayo

2 cans tuna

1 small can chopped pimento

Dissolve jello in hot water.  Drain tuna & mix all ingredients.  Add cooled jello & mix well.  Pour into oiled mold.  Refrigerate.  Serve with crackers.


3 cups flour

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and salt.  Blend ingredients until well combined and add water, one tablespoon at a time to form a dough.  Toss mixture until it forms a ball.  Kneed dough lightly against a smooth surface with heel of the hand to distribute fat evenly.  Form into a ball, dust with flour, wrap in wax paper and chill for 30 minutes.


1 lb. round steak, coarsely ground

1 lb. boneless pork loin, coarsely ground

5 carrots, chopped

2 lg. onions, chopped

2 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1/2 c. rutabaga, chopped (can substitute turnip)

2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Divide the dough into 6 pieces, and roll one of the pieces into a 10-inch round on a lightly floured surface.  Put 1 1/2 cups of filling on half of the round.  Moisten the edges and fold the unfilled half over the filling to enclose it.  Pinch the edges together to seal them and crimp them decoratively with a fork.  Transfer pasty to lightly buttered baking sheet and cut several slits in the top.  Roll out and fill the remaining dough in the same manner.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Put 1 tsp. butter through a slit in each pasty and continue baking for 30 minutes more.  Remove from oven, cover with a damp tea towel, cool for 15 minutes.

Rootbeer Cookies

from JeffE’s mom

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margerine

1 egg

1/4  cup buttermilk or water

1 teaspoon rootbeer extract

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

rootbeer glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 1/2 teaspoon rootbeer extract

2 tablespoons hot water

Mix brown sugar, butter and egg in bowl until fluffy.  Stir in buttermilk, rootbeer extract, flour, soda and salt and mix until smooth.  Cover.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet.  Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful 2 inches apart.  Bake 6-8 minutes.  Cool completely before glazing.


I used to have a great white chicken enchilada recipe… I lost it years ago and have been looking for something similar ever since.  I’m putting this here so I can try it, rather than because I’ve tried it.

1 chicken
4 cans Cream of Chicken soup
1 white onion, chopped
6 jalapeno pepper slices, chopped
1 small can mushrooms, drained and chopped
1 pkg. flour tortillas
16 oz. sour cream
1 large package Mexican-style shredded cheese

Boil chicken in a large pot. While boiling, chop onion, jalapenos, and mushrooms. Sauté in a skillet until flavors are mixed well. Set onion mixture aside.

In a large bowl, combine 3 cans Cream of Chicken soup and the sour cream. Mix well and remove enough of the mixture to cover the top of the 9’x13″ baking pan. Set aside. (You should have a small bowl and a larger bowl set aside with the chicken soup and sour cream).

Once chicken is done, cool and debone chicken into small pieces. Put chicken pieces and onion mixture in with the large bowl mixture. Mix well.

Get your baking pan and tortillas out. Cover the bottom of the baking pan with a thin layer of the small bowl mixture. Put about 2 large spoonfuls of the large bowl mixture into each tortilla and roll it up and place it in the pan until full.

Cover enchiladas with the mixture from the small bowl. Cover with a thick layer of cheese.

Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixtures are bubbling.

Feeds family of 4.

Submitted by: Kristal Ellism

Jalapeno Jelly


* 1 large green bell pepper
* 12 jalapeno peppers
* 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
* 1 pinch salt
* 4 1/4 cups granulated sugar
* 4 ounces liquid pectin
* 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped


1. Combine the green bell pepper and 12 jalapeno peppers in the container of a food processor or blender. Process until finely chopped. This can be done in batches, if the peppers do not fit.
2. Transfer the peppers to a large saucepan, and stir in the cider vinegar. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through at least 2 layers of cheesecloth, and discard pulp. You should have about 1 cup of liquid.
3. Return the liquid to the saucepan, and stir in the salt and sugar until dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When the mixture comes to a rolling boil (one that cannot be stirred down), boil for one minute, then stir in the liquid pectin.
4. Stir in the remaining jalapeno peppers, and ladle into sterile jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Seal jars in a hot water bath. Refrigerate jelly after seal is broken.

Mexican Lasagne

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
Salt, pepper, and taco seasoning to taste
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes, chopped
8 flour tortillas
2 c. cottage cheese
1 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese with peppers
1 egg
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
2 c. shredded lettuce
1/2 c. chopped tomatoes
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 c. sliced black olives

Brown beef; add seasonings and tomatoes. Heat through. Cover bottom and sides of 13 x 9 inch pan with tortillas; layer meat mixture. Place another layer of tortillas. Combine cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and egg. Pour over tortillas. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and olives.?

Pumpkin Bread

This one I used at The Afterdark for muffins

3 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon baking soda

Stir together all dry ingredients.  Mix in pecans.  Add all liquid at once to flour mixture stirring well.  Pour into  greased pans or greased or lined muffin pans.

350 degrees

20-25 minutes for muffins

45-60 for bread

Giant Snickerdoodles

2 cups butter, softened

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

5 1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons cream of tarter

2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon sugar:

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Mix butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.  Add flour, cream of tarter and baking soda.  Make balls using a 1/4 cup measuring cup.  Roll balls in cinnamon sugar.  Flatten to approximately 3/4 inch thickness on pan.

350 degrees 13-15 minutes

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