Kitchen Delights 2/28/19
Some folks love the snow, others don’t like this much snow. To me, it reminds me of years ago, when we had high banks of snow. We have not had this much snow for years. I love it, it’s so white and pretty. The pine trees had snow tucked in each branch. Snowmobile people, ski people, are having lots of fun. When I was a child, I loved going out and playing in the snow. I had this one area near the woods, that I would make blocks of snow (they were the gifts I sold in my store).
I live along the Crow River in Hanover. The river never totally freezes over, but the snowmobiles are riding on it. That’s so dangerous!
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
4 baking potatoes, washed & diced
1 qt. chicken broth
1 c. heavy cream or half & half
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided, white or yellow
Cooked crumbled bacon
Scallion greens, chopped, for garnish
Chop white parts of scallions; reserve the green parts. In 5-7 qt. slow cooker, combine potatoes and scallions; add broth and seasonings. Cover, cook on low 5-6 hours, until potatoes are tender. Cool soup; puree. Return to slow cooker. Stir in cream and half the cheese. Cover, cook for 20-30 minutes longer to melt the cheese. Slice scallion greens. Serve soup topped with the greens, bacon and remaining cheese.
Yield: 8 servings
Berry Cream Cheese Tarts
1 box Pepperidge® frozen puff pastry (sheets)
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. berry jam (any kind)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cut pastry into 8 rectangles; press edges to seal. Place on the parchment paper. Spread on cream cheese, top with some jam. Roll each one up. Cut 4-5 slits on top of each one. Sprinkle tops with sugar. (To make the sugar stay on, and to make them shiny, brush tops with beaten egg white, then sprinkle the sugar on.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Great Keeper Coleslaw
1 med. head cabbage, cut fine
1 carrot, grated
1 rib celery, chopped fine
1 green pepper, cut up fine
1 yellow pepper, cut up fine
1/2 c. rice vinegar
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. celery seeds
Salt & pepper, to taste
Place all veggies in a plastic container. Combine dressing ingredients: vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, salt and pepper. Pour over veggies; toss to coat. Store covered in the refrigerator. Will keep for 3 weeks.
Amish Baked Chicken
1 chicken, cut in parts, like legs, wings, thighs, breasts
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 T. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder, opt.
1/2 tsp. pepper
Combine flour, oil, paprika, salt, onion powder and pepper; dip the chicken parts into the mixture. (Do one at a time.) Place in greased roaster or baking pan.
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. ketchup
2 T. grated onion
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. minced parsley
Combine the 5 ingredients; pour over the chicken. Bake at 325 degrees for 2-1/2 hours.
Yield: 8 servings
Amish Hamburger Pie with Onion Biscuits
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped fine
Salt & pepper to taste
10-3/4 oz. can tomato soup
Brown ground beef in large skillet; add onion, salt, pepper and tomato soup. Transfer to a large greased pie pan. Set aside.
1-1/2 c. flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter or shortening
1 egg (beaten)
1/3 c. milk
1 tsp. celery seed
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
Combine the three dry ingredients. Add celery seeds, cut in butter. Combine egg and milk; add to the dry ingredients. Mix in onions.
Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a round cutter, cut out biscuits. Place them over the meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10-12 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings
Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread
2 to 2-1/2 doz. frozen dinner rolls, slightly thawed
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
3 oz. pkg. butterscotch pudding (cook & serve kind)
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
Spray 2 regular size loaf pans with cooking spray. Cut dinner rolls into quarters. Place sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Place the wedges of dough into mixture (about 8 at a time), stir to coat. Drop them into the prepared pans.
Sprinkle the dry pudding mix over the rolls, use all of it, covering the rolls in both pans. Place butter and brown sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Turn off heat, whisk to blend in the butter. Pour over dough in pans.
Let rise until doubled in volume. Bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 25 minutes. Turn over onto wax paper as soon as you take out of the oven. Can also do in a casserole dish or a bundt pan.
Yield: 2 loaves
This is a favorite at my house. Everyone who eats it loves it, they will want to make it often!
Fudge Pound Cake
3/4 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. milk
2 T. sour cream
1 chocolate cake mix
3 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat for 5 minutes. Grease and flour (or, instead of flour, sprinkle with cocoa) bundt pan, or two loaf pans. Pour filling into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
Frost with your favorite frosting, or serve each slice topped with whipped topping.
Yield: 16 servings
Aspirin-Not Just for Headaches:
• Banish acne overnight: To get rid of a pimple, crush an aspirin in a dish, add just a little water to form a paste. Use a cotton swab to apply to the pimple. Leave on overnight. Wash off face in the morning.
• Eliminate stubborn stains: Simply wet the stain, sprinkle on a crushed aspirin. Wait 15 minutes, then scrub off with a wet sponge.
• Repair tiny nail holes: Crush three aspirin in a small dish, add enough water to make a paste. Fill the hole, smooth it out using the back of a spoon.
• To get rid of dandruff flakes: Crush two aspirin, mix in a little of your shampoo. Massage into scalp, rinse out after 5 minutes.
“Anger is one letter short of danger.”