Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Oatmeal Bread

I got this recipe from a friend in Delaware. It is amazingly good. Spencer is not a roll guy but he ate three! He said these are the best rolls he's ever had. It's also a great way to use your food storage.

Oatmeal Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cracked wheat
1 cup quick oatmeal (do not use old fashioned)
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon oil
2 cups boiling water

Combine above ingredients in the bowl of your mixer and let cool to lukewarm.

½ cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
Pinch of sugar

Combine above and let bloom.

Add yeast to warm whole wheat mixture. Add 3-4 cups of flour and knead until soft dough is formed. Dough will be sticky. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

Roll out on a floured board. Cut with biscuit cutter and dip circles into melted butter. Fold in half, and arrange folded dough in rows nearly touching the other. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

For bread:
Cut into 2-3 balls and form into loaves. Place on an oiled cookie sheet, cover and let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. When done, bread will have a hollow sound when rapped on the bottom.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Red Beans and Rice

1 lb Small Red Beans
Lots of Water
1 TBS Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
2 TBS Cajun Seasoning (found at the dollar store, love it!)
1 Tsp Onion Powder
1 Clove Garlic - minced
Kielbasa Sausage (this is pre-cooked link sausage)

Soak Beans overnight in cold water, Drain and add to Crock Pot Cover beans with enough water to have a few inches above the beans, add all seasonings (yes, you can do real onions and different seasonings, I put mine together in about 5 minutes so I was in a hurry) Cover and cook in the crock pot on High 7 hours or Low 8-10 hours (you may need to add additional water). Slice Sausage layer plate under and on top of sausage with paper towels and cook 6-8 minutes in microwave. Add towards the end of cooking. Serve over Rice.

Real Rice
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Rice
1 Tsp Salt
Bring to a Boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20-25 minutes.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Honey Lime Enchiladas

6 Tbsp Honey
5 Tbsp Lime Juice (or the juice of 1 large lime)
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 lb Chicken, cooked and shredded
8-10 Flour Tortillas
1 lb Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
16 oz Green Enchilada Sauce
1 Cup Heavy Cream
Chopped Green Onions
Chopped Olives

Mix the first four ingredients and toss with shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour. Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Fill flour tortillas with chicken, green onions, olives and shredded cheese. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese, green onions, and olives. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until brown and crispy on top.

It is impossible to describe how muy delicioso these enchiladas are! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Super Yummy Pork

My friend gave me this delectable recipe. It is super easy, and super yummy!

Pork Roast or Pork Chops
1 Can Apple Pie Filling
1 Box Stuffing Mix

Make stuffing according to package directions. Place pork in crock pot, cover with apple pie filling and stuffing. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Yep, that's it! You won't believe how good this comes out. I got my pork roast from Costco so it was fairly large (over 5 pounds). It was also frozen when I put it in so I cooked it on high for 2 hours and then on low for 5. If using a smaller roast or chops, it will probably take less time to cook.

This is a great Sunday or any-day-you-don't-want-to-think-too-much-about-dinner recipe. Just put it in in the morning and forget about it until you're ready to eat!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Roasted Shrimp with Butter noodles

I know, a little excessive. I just finally got time to post stuff. Tonight we had Roasted Shrimp with Buttered Noodles. Another Barefoot fav from her new book. Chad basically did everything since I was deveining (is this even a word?) most hated of all jobs beyond dead naked chicken work.

Pre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
Raw Shrimp deveined with tails on. However many you need for your meal.
On a baking sheet toss shrimp with:
a little Olive Oil
Fresh Garlic or garlic seasoning
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper.
Honestly you could use any kind of seasoning, spices, anything. I just used the above.
Serve with Rice or noodles.


With our new Family Fitness Challenge I have been so craving sweets. I have been replacing and hopefully retraining my brain to want fruits and veggies rather than candy. I know that I still have to do all in moderation with some fruits having a lot of fructose. So with all the soon to be dead apples from Christmas I decided to make applesauce. This was a Barefoot Contessa recipe done several years ago and is delightful! Plus it made our house smell all yummy and Martha-ish. If anything it helped my sweet fix. I packaged it in to small containers and taking it for breakfast. I did alter the recipe as it still had too much sugar for me and I wanted to focus on the natural sugars that the fruit has. If you want the original you can go here.

2 Oranges zested and Juiced
1 Lemon zested and Juiced
3 lbs of Granny smith Apples (about 6-8)
3 lbs of Sweet Red Apples (about 6-8)
1/8 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Butter
2 Tsp ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Cloves

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples (reserving the peel of 2 of the red apples) and toss them in the juice. Pour the apples, reserved apple peel, and juice into a nonreactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot. Bake for 1 hour, or until all the apples are soft. Remove and discard the red apple peel. Mix with a whisk until smooth, and serve warm or at room temperature.


So we have been cooking a lot more at home and working on different varieties too. So here are 2 different kind of potatoes done kind of the same way. First Sweet potatoes.
And then Red Potatoes.
Cut either in cubes or in half and then I pre-cooked the Sweet Potatoes since they take so much longer to cook. I put them in a Steamer in bag in the microwave and set it for 5 minutes. Both sweet and red were cooked in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Toasting each cut side, and then putting a lid for about 3 minutes. After that you season them however you like. For both I cleared a small spot in the middle of the pan, let my garlic cook for about 30 seconds and then stirred the potatoes.
For the sweet potatoes I added some smoked paprika (my new fav spice), salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. For the red potatoes, I added some herb mix that had rosemary, onion, garlic, pepper, and then a little Parmesan cheese.
Talk about amazing, Chad's only complaint was that I didn't make enough.