Saturday, January 29, 2011

Snow Ice Cream


We have so much snow....what ever will we do if it snows anymore. Where will we put it? The big dozers are out shoveling and pushing. Waiting it out until more snow comes on Wednesday. So in anticipation of more, should you get some too. Be ready with the recipe, to gather up some snow and dig in!



Ingredients
8 cups snow, or shaved ice
1 (14-ounce) can
sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract







Directions
Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in bowls.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Chicken Tetrazzini on a Cold Night

How about this weather we are getting and the icicles it makes??? These falling icicles can be hazardous. Frigid temperatures have the upper United States frozen. Just up in Maine, it is a reported 35 degrees below. Has me shivering......I don't enjoy it when it is super cold outside, that makes heating my house all the more expensive.

So for dinner, I thought I would make this favorite winter meal. You can add peas or broccoli even! And if you want to bypass the making of the white sauce, you can pick up a couple of jars of Low-Fat Alfredo Sauce by RAGU in your favorite supermarket. That's just a suggestion for my friends who like to cook the easiest way possible...LOL

Chicken Tetrazzini

INGREDIENTS
1/2 tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of sliced crimini mushrooms
1/4 cup of port wine or sherry
1/3 cup of flour
2 3/4 cup of chicken broth
1 1/4 cups of grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup (2 ounces) of cream cheese
3 cups of hot cooked linguine (about 1/2 pound of uncooked pasta)
1/2 cup peas , frozen is fine
2 cups of chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pound)
1 tablespoon of bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS
** Preheat oven to 350F.

**Melt butter in large stockpot coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, salt, and mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add port; cook 1 minute.

** Gradually add flour to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly (mixture will be thick) with a whisk. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

** Add 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and cream cheese, stirring with a whisk until cream cheese melts. Add the pasta , peas, and chicken, and fold until blended.

**Pour the pasta mixture into an 8-inch-square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

** Combine breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture.

** Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove casserole from oven; let stand 15 minutes.

Note: You could skip the making of the cream sauce and substitute with Low-Fat Alfredo Sauce (2 cups)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Snowman's Land....

As a former collector of everything Snowman, including my son, pictured here. It pains me to say that there are another 10inches of snow coming our way Wednesday. Is this what the winter has in store for us ? We've already hit the 50 inch mark......

I thought I would give you a glimpse of my larger snowmen, some that I have around the house now, and some that I position on the front porch. I had my photographer friend do some seasonal pics of the kids, and needed an idea for winter. So, I knew I could gather up the snowman, and borrow a couple from the florist's front window, and make this shot happen.

This would actually make a great Halloween Costume. I just took quilt batting, and sewed it into a tube and stuffed him up with bed pillows. then glued on some foam hearts for the buttons, and had him wear a white turtleneck and some winter accessories.

I'm sure he'll hate me for this pic,
when I show his future college girlfriend!!

If it is snowing where you are I hope this will give you the idea to go out and start rolling.....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

This week's Tuesday with Dorie pick was made by Betsy of A Cup of Sweetness. And what was her amazing selection?? Why, my all-time favorite recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. Yum

And what makes them even better is the glaze on top. And the more Zingyer and Zestier the better! Super simple to make. We loved them here at our house. They have a way of giving a little sunshine and warmth to the day. Especially after all this snow and rain we're having.

Thanks to Betsy from “A Cup of Sweetness” for a great choice! You can find the recipe here. ENJOY!

We give these 5 glasses of milk ,
for utter goodness!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Remember the No-Bakes......

Remember these???? A perfect blast from the past!
I used to make these as a kid, because they were cheap and everything was readily available at our house. I love these and my kids do too! Makes me feel like we're eating something good with all the oatmeal. And then if you add in some raisins or cranberries, maybe even almond....all the better.

Perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet and chocolaty, but don’t have a lot of time (or patience) to make a full-blown batch of cookies. The Peanut Butter and Oatmeal subdued the sweetness.

These really are as easy as they sound, and a great recipe to make with kids if you have any little hands eager to help in the kitchen. I’m sure they’ll love eating the “dough” straight from the bowl! The only suggestion I have is when you drop the dough onto the wax paper-lined sheets, they will pretty much set in whatever shape they are already in, with minimal spreading. After I realized this, I used the back of the spoon to smooth them out and flatten them a bit to give them more of a “cookie” shape.



CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO-BAKE COOKIES


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

**Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil for one full minute.
**Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla and oatmeal.
**Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Decorating in January

After all the tree trimming and decking the halls,
Christmas comes and goes, and so do the decorations.
What do you do then?

If your like me, you may have some Snowman hanging around.

Why not leave them out along with some other Wintery items?


Here, I have a festive bunch greeting you as you walk in the foyer.

I just love this snowman fencing made from
clothes pin-like dowels with orange toothpick noses.


I go around changing up all the frames,
and replacing them with pictures taken in the winter.



I add a couple of items to my pine centerpiece,
along with the cute placemats my Aunt gave me.

I leave out my Snowman dishes and mugs,
usually until there is no more snow fall.


I took away the greens and added the sweet skater silhouettes,
Reminding me how my family loves to skate.

And with the little flocked trees.......
How cute is that?
So this year to get you by during the winter,
Bring on the Snowmen!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snowy Morning?...How about Banana Bread French Toast!



The snow is upon us and the schools are closed. I think 20 inches overall in the last day. It is light and fluffy, so it is not snowman worthy, it doesn't want to pack well. Needless to say, it is another day of staying in and getting the oven a baking. I decided to make my delicious banana bread. I didn't have plain yogurt, so I added in Strawberry-Banana, that is why you see the red spots. It added a touch of sweetness.


Here they are rising in the oven this cold morning. This recipe makes 5 small loaves or 2 regular size. I myself, make the smaller loaves all the time. For this mornings breakfast, I decided to make Banana Bread French Toast! It is simple and easy.....



Just slice the bread in 1/2 inch slices, and dip in a (1 egg,1/4 c. milk , little bit of vanilla) mixture on both sides, just like you would regular French Toast. Brown on both sides.


Serve with a little maple syrup and sliced bananas. You will be sure to love it! Much more fancier than the usual.....


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fluff Filled Chocolate Madeleines

Today's TWD bakers made Fluff-Filled Chocolate Madeleines. The recipe was selected by Margo of chose Effort to Deliciousness on pages 170-171 of Dorie Greenspan's book, "Baking: from my home to yours".


These chocolate madeleines from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours, were quite easy to make. The hardest part was waiting for the batter to rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. After the requisite 3 hours, I took it out and proceeded to scoop it into the prepared madeleine pan. They were quick to bake. Then filled with fluff, let them sit, and the dipped in melted chocolate. Great for pastry trays or am elegant tea....

The hardest part you'll probably have is searching out that pan. Try an antique store that is where I got mine for 2 bucks....steal!

We give this 5 glasses of milk,
for utter goodness!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Healthy Cookie Diet

Have you heard of the Cookie Diet?
I would love to know how a plan like that would work. If I could eat cookies all the time and lose weight, that would be glorious.....

Recently, my daughter was working on a Girl Scout Project for a healthy snack. Since she adores cookies, I said "Why not try to make a super healthy lowfat cookie, like they advertise on TV". Together we came up with a delicious alternative, somewhat like a granola bar. The taste testers at the meeting, were not as thrilled as I was of course. They don't count their calories like the older generation does. They did admit to them being tasty, but nothing they would go to the trouble of baking. They prefer their OREOS, after all!

If your looking for a LowFat Diet Cookie, Give these a try!


HEALTHY OATMEAL COOKIES
Ingredients:
Dry ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of Large Flake Rolled Oats (smaller flake is ok too)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp of Flaxseed
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
Wet ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 Tablespoon Molasses
1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts


Preparation:
**In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
**In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray--your honey won't stick).
**Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour. If it isn't binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.
**COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
**Preheat the oven to 335 degrees (lower temperature due to the honey in the recipe which will burn more easily).
**Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking.
**Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy 3rd Anniversary TWD! Midnight Crackles

Happy New Year! It's a new year for Tuesdays with Dorie as well, and to kick it off, the founder of TWD, Laurie of Slush, and Jules of Someone's in the Kitchen, selected Dorie's Midnight Crackles for us to bake.
These are delish for sure! Especially the fact that they are made with real melted chocolate, not just cocoa powder. I think it is pretty neat that they crack like that when baked. That is how you know they are done. Once they start to crack , give them a minute and pull them out. These cookies are like the chocolate crinkles I make at Christmas time. I decided to roll them in granulated sugar before baking.
To see what the other TWD members thought of these cookies, visit the TWD blogroll. If you would like the recipe, visit Jules (website above), or buy Dorie's sensational book, Baking From My Home to Yours.
We give these 5 glasses of milk,
for utter goodness!