Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cathy's crock pot Pulled Pork

Pork roast
3/4 cup brown sugar
2-3 tsp worsteshire sauce
tsp ginger powder
tsp dry mustard powder
apple juice
large bottle Sweet Baby Ray's Honey bbq sauce
sliced provolone cheese (smoke flavor added is best)
Pioneer rolls - (like hoagie rolls)

Mix the brown sugar, worsteshire sauce, ginger and mustard into a paste. Rub over roast, and place in crock pot. Pour apple juice over roast, until just covered. Cook on low over night for lunch the next day, or all morning and afternoon for dinner. Remove roast, and empty crock pot of all but about a half cup of the juice/drippings. Replace roast, and add bbq sauce. With fork, break apart roast, and coat with sauce. Simmer on warm until ready to serve. Serve on buns with the cheese.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Texas Egg Rolls

1 package egg roll wrappers
2 packages cream cheese - softened
approx 1/2 small can diced jalapenos and all the juice
Oil for deep frying
Pepper jelly

With mixer, blend the cream cheese, jalapeno juice and jalapenos. Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture into each egg roll wrapper, and fold according to package. Deep fry until golden brown. Serve with pepper jelly. You can either warm the jelly in the microwave, and dip the egg roll, or spoon it on cold. I prefer the mild version (green), Bill prefers the red.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Zuppa Toscana

I don't know who all posts on this blog, or if you're all in Southern California or what...but up here in North Idaho we are entering soup season! This is a copycat Olive Garden recipe, but honestly, I like this version better.

1 lb Italian sausage
2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced lengthwise once and then in 1/4 inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 can bacon bits (I'm sure real bacon would be fine as well)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 C kale or swiss chard, chopped
2 cans chicken broth
1 quart water
1 C heavy whipping cream (I used regular and it was fine)

Cook sausage in a 300° oven for approximately 30 minutes. Drain and cut into slices. Place onions, potatoes, chicken broth, water, and garlic in a pot, and cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.

Add sausage and bacon. Salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for another 10 minutes and then add kale and cream.

Heat through and serve.

Tomato Corn Pie (sounds strange, tastes amazing)

Tomato Corn Pie
This seems like a lot of work but it was too delicious not to share and I think the next time I'll make it, it'll go a lot faster since I already know what to do. The crust is a biscuit-type and would also work well for a chicken pot pie. My husband and I LOVED it. Enjoy! (Taken from here).

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons or 3 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 2 teaspoons melted
3/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 3/4 pounds beefsteak tomatoes
1 1/2 cups corn (from about 3 ears), coarsely chopped by hand (my preference) or lightly puréed in a food processor, divided
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil, divided (skipped this, no harm was done)
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
7ounces coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (1 3/4 cups), divided

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt in a bowl, then blend in cold butter (3/4 stick) with your fingertips or a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal. Add milk, stirring until mixture just forms a dough, then gather into a ball.

Divide dough in half and roll out one piece on a well-floured counter, lift dough and invert into pie plate. Pat the dough in with your fingers trim any overhang.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. If your kitchen is excessively warm, as ours is, go ahead and put the second half of the dough in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Whisk together mayonnaise and lemon juice.

Cut an X in bottom of each tomato and blanch in a large pot of boiling water 10 seconds. Immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to cool. Peel tomatoes, then slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick and, if desired, gently remove seeds and extra juices. Arrange half of tomatoes in crust, overlapping, and sprinkle with half of corn, one tablespoon basil, 1/2 tablespoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and one cup of grated cheese. Repeat layering with remaining tomatoes, corn, basil, chives, salt, and pepper. Pour lemon mayonnaise over filling and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Roll out remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round in same manner, then fit over filling, folding overhang under edge of bottom crust and pinching edge to seal. Cut 4 steam vents in top crust and brush crust with melted butter (2 teaspoons). Bake pie until crust is golden and filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes, then cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hash brown quiche

Frozen or refrigerated hash browns
grated cheddar cheese
grated swiss cheese
cooked bacon pieces
diced canadian bacon
approx 1 Cup milk
approx. 6 eggs

Spray bottom of 9x9 pan with cooking spray. Add hash browns about 1 inch deep. Salt and pepper lightly, then brush with melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove pan from oven. Add grated cheeses and meats. Beat together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes, cheese and meat. The egg mixture should just cover potatoes. Sprinkle a little shredded cheddar cheese over top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-35 minutes, until eggs are set.

Banana chocolate chip bread

1/2 Cup applesauce
1/2 Cup softened butter
4 eggs
2 1/2 Cup sugar
1 Cup sour cream
1 T. baking powder
4 Cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (NOT imitation)
5 bananas mashed
3/4 Cup chocolate chips (regular or mini)

Mix in order of appearance. Bake in loaf pans for 50 min at 350 degrees. When tooth pick comes out clean, or center springs back at a touch, place in freezer for 1 hour. Store in ziplock bag in the fridge. I think it tastes best having sat overnight. Makes 3 regular loaves, or 5 mini loaves.

Billy's favorite White Salad

This is a salad in the loosest of terms:

4 C buttermilk
2 sm boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 (16 oz) tub cool whip
5 bananas cut in slices
2 lbs strawberries scliced

In a large bowl with mixer, blend buttermilk with pudding for 2 min. Fold in cool whip. Stir in bananas and strawberries. Chill and serve.

Cathy's salsa (pico de gallo)

6-8 vine ripened tomatoes, diced
1 white onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro finely chopped, mostly leaves
1 small can diced green chiles

1 T vinegar
1 T ketchup

Seasonings to taste:

garlic powder
onion powder
chili powder (opt)

Cheesy potatoes

1 bag frozen or refrigerated hash browns
1 can cream of potato soup
1 tub sour cream (16 oz)
10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
dash salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder
dash onion powder (opt)

Mix all ingredients except hash browns. Stir in hash browns. Place in a 9x9 or 9x13 pan. Bake on 350 covered with foil for 45 min. Remove foil, stir. Add a sprinkling of cheese, and bake for an extra 10-15 min.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bags of Gold

Hearty tomato soup:

1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp basil leaves
2 T butter
1 package softened cream cheese
2 cans condensed tomato soup
1 soup can milk

Bags of gold:

Bisqiuck dough mixed according to package
cubed cheddar cheese

Make bags of gold by covering cheese cube with biscuit dough and shape into a small ball (not too large, as they expand). In medium saucepan, cook and stir onion and butter until onion is tender. Stir in cream cheese. Gradually stir in soup and milk. beat with wire wisk until smooth. Add garlic and basil. Add bags of gold. Heat , but do not let boil. Gently stir until dough is cooked through.

Minestrone Soup - Crock Pot

I got this recipe from my Aunt who had a catering business for many years.
1/2 pound sausage
3 lg carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 can tomato sauce
3 cups caned tomatoes, undrained (diced)
3 cups water
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can green beans, undrained
3 beef bullion cubes
1/4 teaspoon basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 fresh clove of garlic, minced
1 cup dried macaroni noddles
grated parmesan cheese

In fry pan brown sausage then drain. place sausage and next 13 ingredients in crock pot. Simmer 8 hours on low. Add the macaroni noddles about 20 minutes before serving. sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Harvest soup (or so I call it)

Since it is harvesting time I seem to make this soup a lot. I don't have a real set recipe for it but I'll give you a round about recipe and you can do whatever you'd like to it. (It is really good for freezing)

1 pound ground beef (browned)
1 or 2 cans (8 oz) tomato soup
1 or 2 cups chicken broth (I add as little or as much of this as I want depending upon how much soup i want to make)
1 can petite tomatoes (fresh work too)
1/2 onion
Vegetables from the garden/freezer/can (my favorites are zucchini, corn, green beans, carrots)
Taco seasoning to taste (I like to use a mixture or regular and hot to spice it up a bit or I'll add a jalapeno or cajun seasoning for spice)

Combine ingredients and bring to boil. Continue boiling until vegetables are tender.

Taco Braid

Tonight's Dinner is a Taco Braid. Zane and I love this.

1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 sliced mushrooms
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1-2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced olives
2 pkg refrigerator crescent rolls

Prepare braid by combining rolls and rolling out dough as seen in picture. With pizza cutter cut strips a few inches long.

In a skillet, cook beef and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. Stir remaining egg into beef mixture. Cool completely. Place mixture down center of prepared braid. Braid edges over top. Brush with beaten egg. Bake 25-30 minutes at 375