Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Cookie Exchange-Linky Party





Welcome to my 2011 Christmas Cookie Exchange-Linky Party!

I'm looking for your best cookie recipes this Holiday season! 

Link as many of your favorite recipes and photos on the linky below...

Drop Cookies, Cookie Bars, Cutout Cookies, Sliced or Shaped Cookies or any special holiday confection you want to share.

The only requirement for this linky party is to share a link back to my site in a blog post for your recipe.  Write a new post or feel free to share recipes from your archive. 

Tis the season to be baking cookies....tell your friends to stop by and link up too!




This year I'm on a quest to find the perfect sugar cookie.   I found my first experimental recipe of the season in one of my collector cook books; Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, 1963 Edition. 

The flavor of the cookie was right on the button with a crunchy cookie texture.   The dough was easy to handle but the finished product was a bit rough which made decorating a bit sketchy.  I enjoyed this recipe but would like to find a more tender dough.

Ethel's Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Method:

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, blend together.  Chill at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.  Cut shapes with cookie cutter or press 1 tablespoon dough with tines of fork, sprinkle with sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies are delicate golden color
makes about 4 dozen







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Monday, November 21, 2011

Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup from Martha Stewart Living


Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup



I found this most delicious recipe in this months Martha Stewart Living Magazine.  I've made a couple of changes based on my pantry and will include my changes in the recipe.

A steamy hot bowl of this fragrant soup will be certain to warm you to the bone

Recipe:
10 ounces Chinese wheat noodles or rice noodles ( I used Thai rice noodles)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Thai yellow curry paste (I mixed equal parts Tikka Masala, coriander lemon base and hot curry paste, cumin and chili base)
4 cups chicken stock (I used 2-1/2 tablespoons chicken base and 4 cups water)
1 lemon

Method:
  •  Boil noodles according to manufacturer's instructions.  Drain and rinse under cold water. Toss with 1teaspoon oil.
  • Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook curry paste until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.  Whisk in stock,.  Raise heat, and bring to a boil.
  • Cut lemon in half, and squeeze 1 half into saucepan. Divide noodles into 4 bowls.  Garnish with basil or mint and lemon wedges.
Lemon Pepper Chicken:
4 large chicken breast, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness, to promote even cooking time
4 Serrano chili peppers
3 garlic cloves
1 lemon
2 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Slice Serrano chilies and garlic thinly
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy bottom skillet on medium heat, add half of the chilies and garlic, saute for about 30 seconds, add 2 seasoned chicken breast and saute until juices run clear,
  • cut lemon in half and squeeze juice from one half over cooked breast, cook additional 30 seconds, remove from pan and let rest until ready to serve
  •  repeat with 2 remaining chicken breast, and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes before slicing thinly. Garnish and serve



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Monday, November 7, 2011

Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce


Served warm, straight out of the oven, oozing with butter and a drizzle of hot Caramel Sauce, Bread Pudding is the quintessential comfort food!
Simple and creamy, my bread pudding recipe doesn't need nuts or raisin to add flavor it's perfect all on it's own! However, I'll occasionally add lemon or caramel sauce just to dress it up a bit!
 
Recipe:
 
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half and half
6 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
10-12 cups leftover bread
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt
 
Method:
 
Preheat oven 350
 
In a large mixing bowl blend together eggs and sugar, add cream and vanilla and blend to combine.
 
Tear leftover bread into chunks set aside, pour 1 stick melted butter into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, add bread and press firmly into butter, pour cream mixture evenly over bread, press bread down with a spatula to absorb cream, dot top with remaining cold butter, bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes or just until the center is firm but not hard. 
 
 
Serves 8-10




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Friday, November 4, 2011

New Email Address - New Blog Headaches!!

Isn't this always the way things go....change one little thing on your blog and then presto chango, your blogs a mess!! Where is a techie when you need one???

I just recently had to change my email from comcast to a gmail account.  I needed to update my blog with the new email so you could all reach me if necessary and as a result had to add myself and new email as a new Administrator to my own blog. 

What I didn't know was that if you delete the old account email and administrator you lose all of your blog stats, personal profile information etc.! 

What's even worse...I can't add my old comcast account back as the administrator because I can't get my emails from the closed account to verify the change!  It's enough to make me want to cry! 

Now I have to go edit my Feeds, update my Google profile, as well as change my email address on every blasted site I belong to!  UGH!!!

This is me...



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