Friday, November 30, 2012

Lisa's Orange Rolls

This recipe comes from my sister's mother in law, Lisa.  These rolls are simply amazing!  They  are soft and fluffy, and packed with so much flavor.  Make sure you eat them hot with a nice glass of milk.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For the rolls:
-2 cups milk
-1 tsp salt
-6 eggs, well beaten
-1 cup sugar
-6 Tbs butter
-2 (0.6 oz each) yeast cakes OR 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
-8 cups flour
For the filling:
-1 cup or 2 sticks butter, softened
-1 cup sugar
-zest from 2 oranges
Directions:
Scald the milk.  Add butter and cool.  When lukewarm, add yeast and salt. 
Add the sugar to the well beaten eggs.  Pour into yeast mix.  Add 2 cups of flour and mix well.  Let rise for 1 hour.
Add the remaining 6 cups of flour and mix well with a spoon.  Do NOT knead!  Cover and let rise 1 hour.
While that's rising, make the filling by combining the butter, sugar and zest.
Divide the dough into 4 portions and roll oblong 1/2 inch thick.  Spread with filling, roll up and cut into 1 inch sections.  Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.  Let rise 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 F.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pecan Pie 2

I seriously love pecan pie.  This recipe is a little different than my first one on this blog.  In this one I used brown sugar as opposed to corn syrup.  The result was fantastic!  The pecans simply melt in your mouth in a delicous concoction of flavors.  Just enjoy! :)
Ingredients:
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup white sugar
-2 eggs
-1 cup chopped pecans
-1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
-2 Tbs milk
-1 Tbs flour
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup pecan halves
-1 (9 inch) deep frozen pie shell, unbaked
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place frozen pie shell on top and set aside.
Cream sugars and eggs.  Add chopped pecans, melted butter, milk, flour, and vanilla.  Pour mixture into prepared shell.  Arrange pecan halves on top.
Bake in preheated oven for about 55 minutes or until the pie has a slight jiggle in the center.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Curried Turkey Salad

If you still have some Thanksgiving leftovers, here's a great way to use them.  This salad is just wonderful, with the flavors combining beautifully.  I love the mixture of the curry with the mayo and heavy cream, the crunchiness of the green onions and walnuts, and the great taste of the roasted turkey.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1/4 cup mayonnaise
-2 Tbs cranberry sauce
-1 Tbs curry powder
-1 1/2 Tbs heavy cream
-1/3 cup dried cranberries
-2-3 green onions, chopped
-3 Tbs chopped walnuts
-1 1/2 cups roasted turkey (warmed up and skinned), diced
-toast (about 10 slices)
Directions:
In a medium bowl, mix mayo, cranberry sayce and curry.  Add the heavy cream and mix well.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Spread on toast.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just love these cookies.  You can definitely taste the pumpkin in them, and they are super moist, fluffy and soft.  Just delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 cup butter
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1 egg
-1 Tbs vanilla extract
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-1 cup quick oats
-2 cups flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add pumpkin, oats, flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Fold in the chocolate chips. 
Drop by spoonful on prepared sheets.  Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

This is another serious comfort food.  So creamy, so savory, so delicious!  You have to try this one.  I did not make the biscuits from scratch, as I do not have much time on my hands.  However, the biscuits were absolutely perfect with the gravy.  I used sage pork sausage, which gives the gravy even more flavor.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-8 buttermilk biscuits
-1 lb sage pork sausage
-1/4 cup finely chopped onion
-2-3 Tbs butter, if needed
-6 Tbs flour
-1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
-1/4 tsp salt
-2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
-2 dashes Tabasco sauce
-4 cups whole or 2% milk (don't go lower than that-you need the fat for the creaminess)
Directions:
Crumble the sausage in a large saucepan and cook until no longer pink.  Stir in the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. 
If there are less than about 3 Tbs drippings in the pan, add enough butter to equal that much.  Sprinkle the flour over the sausage.  Stir and cook for about 6 minutes, until the mixture starts bubbling and turns slightly golden brown.
Stir in poultry seasoning, nutmeg, salt, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce.  Cook for 1 minute. Slowly, add  the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened (about 15 minutes).
Pour gravy over biscuits.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mediterranean Chicken

Quick and delicious; just my kind of dinner.:)  This goes perfect with some mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-7-8 chicken drumsticks
-salt and pepper
-1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained and divided
-1/2 cup sliced pittet ripe black olives
-1/4 cup chopped onion
-2 tsp dried parsley
-1 tsp oregano
-2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 cup chicken broth
-1 cup red, green and yellow pepper strips
Directions:
Score chicken and season with salt and pepper.
Coat a large skillet with cooking spray.  Add the chicken and cook about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides.
Add 1/2 cup of the tomatoes and the olives, parsley, oregano, lemon peel, and garlic.  Cook 1 minute.  Add the broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the pepper strips and the remaining tomatoes with juice.  Simmer, covered, for about 10 more minutes.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fluffy DinnerRolls

Quick, easy and absolutely delicious!  I love how fluffy and yummy these rolls are.   Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1 stick butter
-1 1/2 cup hot water
-8 Tbs sugar
-2 tsp salt
-8-9 cups flour
-2 heaping Tbs yeast
Directions:
Heat the milk in a saucepan.  Add the butter and stir until nice and smooth, but do not boil!
Preheat oven to 170 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pour hot milk mixture into your mixer bowl.  Add the hot water.  Add the sugar, salt, and 4 cups of flour (1/2 cup at a time).  Mix for 1 minute.
Add the yeast and the rest of the flour, again 1/2 cup at a time.  There's enough flour when the dough scrapes the side of the bowl clean.  Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes (the dough might look a bit more sticky at this point, but do not add extra flour!).
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 5 minutes.  The plastic wrap will trap the heat in, which will make the rolls rise and be fluffy.
Shape the dough into 24 rolls and place them on prepared sheet. 
Place rolls in preheated oven and let them rise for 20 minutes.  Leave them in the oven and increase the temperature to 350 F.  Bake for 15 minutes (this includes the time it takes the oven to increase in temperature) or until golden brown.
Brush with a little siftened butter and serve warm.
Adapted from a recipe fround here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chili con Carne

I absolutely love this chili.  It's quick to put together and super tasty.  You can top it with shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, onions, or whatever you want.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 lb lean ground beef
-1 small onion, chopped
-3/4 cup water
-1 small bell pepper, chopped
-2 Tbs chili powder
-1/4 tsp ground pepper
-1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
-1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed tomato soup
-3 Tbs  tomato paste
-1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles
-1 (15.5 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Directions:
Combine ground beef and onion in a large non-stick  saucepan.  Cook until beef is no longer red.  Add all remaining ingredients, except beans.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Stir in kidney beans and simmer until thotoughly heated.  Top with favorite toppings.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

I love blue cheese and the sauce in this recipe makes it shine.  The blue cheese is perfect with the onion and the rest of the ingredients and they go really well on top of the steak.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4-6 nice steaks (any kind you like)
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1/2 stick + more ro rub butter
-1 large onion, sliced
-1 cup heavy cream
-4 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
-3-4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Directions:
Rub butter all over the steaks.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place on hot grill and cook until done to your likeness.  Set aside and keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt 1/2 stick butter into large skillet.  Add onion and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes.  Pout in the cream, a dash of pepper, and the Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil and add the blue cheese.  Stir until nice and smooth.  Spoon sauce over steak.  Enjoy!
Slightly adapted from a Ree Drummond recipe.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Broccoli and Shrimp Chowder

I love, love, love this chowder!  It's quick, easy and simply delicious!  It goes pretty well with some hot rolls.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 large potato, peeled and diced
-2 cups broccoli florets
-1 small onion, diced
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup milk
-salt and pepper, to taste
-14 oz cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails removed
Directions:
Place broth, potato, broccoli, and onion in large pot.  Bring to a boil, partially cover and cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.  Pour soup into blender and puree.
Return mixture to pot on low heat.  Add sour cream and milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes, or until hot.  Do NOT boil.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dirty P's Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs


This chicken is insanely tender and juicy!  It just melts in your mouth.  I also love that there's very little preparation with this, and the results are amazing!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in
-1 small red onion, thinly sliced
-4-5 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tsp ground ginger
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup orange juice
-1 tsp ground pepper
-oil, for the grill
Directions:
In a large non-reactive bowl,  combine onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, orange juice, and pepper.  Stir in the chicken, making sure is coated all over.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (ideally over night).
Brush oil on grill.  Preheat grill.
Take chicken out of marinade and place on hot grill.  Cook until done to your likeness.  Let rest 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!
Slightly adapted from a recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri.

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