Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Potato Corn Chowder

With the arrival of Fall comes many things: colorful, crunchy leaves, pumpkins and hay bales, the wearing of sweaters, cinnamon spiced candles...and soup! Here's a great recipe for a hearty soup that is perfect on a cool, fall day.

1 T. salt
5 c. cubed potatoes
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 tsp. parsley flakes
4 c. milk, divided
3 c. corn
4 slices of bacon, diced
1/3 c. diced green pepper
1/3 c. diced red pepper
3 T. cornstarch

Cook salt, potatoes, onion, garlic powder, broth and water in large saucepan until tender. Add parsley flakes, red pepper, 3 cups milk and corn. While this is heating, fry bacon, green and red peppers in a separate skillet. Drain off some of the fat, then add to soup. Combine 1 cup milk and cornstarch in separate bowl. Gradually mix into soup and cook to thicken. Serve hot.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese always pleases, and if you've never made it from scratch, you don't know what you're missing! Here's a great recipe for a creamy, made-from-scratch version. Enjoy!

1 6 oz. pkg. macaroni
3 T. butter
2 c. cubed American cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
2 T. minced onion
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook macaroni and drain. Mix in butter, cheese, milk, onion, salt and pepper. Turn into a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 45 minutes. Serve hot.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Nut Cake

A great cake to start off the month of October! Enjoy!

1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. cooked pumpkin
3 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. maple extract
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars thoroughly, then add eggs and pumpkin; mix well. sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt in separate mixing bowl. Add alternately with milk to sugar mixture. Fold  in flavor and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan, and bake for 1 hour, or until cake tests done. May be dusted with powdered sugar or served with your choice of glaze. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Patti's Corn Pudding

First of all, if you are thinking corn + pudding = gross, you are probably right! Don't worry, though, this is really more like a corn casserole! It is exceptionally moist, and I just love the flavor and texture. This is my mom's recipe, which she got from her good friend Patti many years ago. Try this for your next side dish!

Corn Pudding

5 T. butter
1 c. yellow corn meal
1 c. grated mild cheddar cheese
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 can cream-style corn
2 eggs
2 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
dash of garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and place butter in a square baking dish. Allow butter to melt in dish while oven is preheating.  Meanwhile, combine all other ingredients with a whisk in a mixing bowl. Remove melted butter from oven and pour into other ingredients, mixing well. Transfer entire mixture into the dish, and bake for one hour.  Serve warm.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Waldorf Chicken Salad

All I have to say about this is... BEST CHICKEN SALAD EVER!!! (Yes, I am yelling at you via Internet speak, and if I were actually with you, I would probably be enthusiastically smacking your leg or patting your arm for emphasis.) Here's the recipe:

Waldorf Chicken Salad

2 c. prepared chicken, cut up
1 medium sweet apple, diced with peel (Red or Golden Delicious)
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 c. seedless red grapes, quartered
1 c. walnuts or pecans, diced (you may toast these first)
1 c. mayonnaise

Cut prepared chicken into bite-sized chunks and place into mixing bowl. Chop apple, celery, grapes and nuts, and add to chicken. Add mayonnaise and stir gently until well-combined. Serve as a sandwich spread or as a topper for crackers. This is especially elegant when served on croissants.

To Prepare Chicken:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and take approximately one large chicken breast or three leg quarters--with skin--and place on baking sheet. (Be sure to first rinse chicken with water and pat dry with a paper towel.) Season chicken on all sides with a generous sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until chicken is done.  After chicken has cooled, remove and discard skin. Remove all usable meat from the bone and set aside.

Though baking the chicken is my favorite way to prepare it (it holds more flavor this way), you may also boil it, or if you're in a real hurry, you can used canned chicken instead. However, taking the extra time and effort to bake it first is well worth it, in my opinion!

A key to this dish is using a good mayonnaise--you want to use one that has flavor to it and doesn't just taste greasy; however, I don't recommend using Salad Dressing (Miracle Whip) in place of mayonnaise--it will not taste at all the same. If you are concerned about calories, try using a low fat mayonnaise instead (I will warn you, though--the low fat won't be as yummy as the real deal.) I am currently a fan of Portmann's brand mayonnaise.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mocha Cupcakes with De Luxe Espresso Frosting

WARNING! This recipe is for serious chocolate and coffe is not for the weak of taste!!  Enjoy with caution! =)

Mocha Cupcakes
1 Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
2 T. Instant coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners, and spray the inside of each liner with a quick busrt of non-stick spray. Prepare cake mix according to directions, adding in instant coffee. Pour into prepared liners and bake for 18-22 minutes.  Cool and top with De Luxe Espresso Frosting.

De Luxe Espresso Frosting
3 c. sifted powdered sugar
3 T. cocoa
1 T. instant coffee
1/4 tsp. salt
2 squares baking chocolate, melted
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. pasteurized egg whites
1 c. marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix powdered sugar, cocoa, instant coffee and salt in large bowl. Add softened butter, melted chocolate and egg whites.  Mix until combined and add marshmallow creme and vanilla. Cream ingredients until well blended and instant coffee has completely dissolved. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

You will want to make sure you have a pot of hot, fresh coffee on when ready to serve these!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

I found this recipe via Pinterest a couple days ago and made these for my husband as a "football food." They were very yummy, super-easy, and rather fancy looking! I am definitely adding this to my "go-to" list of foods to make for special occasions such as showers, reunions, potlucks and other get-togethers. 

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 c.  all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 T. Italian seasoning
pinch of salt
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 c. whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. cubed pepperoni
1/2 c. pizza sauce
Spray a 24 cup mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes with a whisk.  Add milk, egg, cheeses and pepperoni and blend thoroughly. Spoon out into muffin pan and bake for about 25 minutes.  Serve warm with heated pizza sauce for dipping.
The center is moist and cheesy, and the red pepper flakes add a dash of heat and sophistication.
*This recipe comes from a blog called Sweet Tea & Stilettos.
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