Friday, January 20, 2012

Electric Pressure Cooker

This new little item was a christmas gift to us sisters. I am LOVING mine. We all are having a hard time finding recipes we like, that utilize this baby- so we are coming up with our own. New pressure cooker recipes are coming!
Personally I am loving this for cooking meat. I seem to manage to plan all my meal out for the week, but forget to take it out of the freezer half the time! So this gem is saving me!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bourbon Chicken (without the bourbon )

Bourbon Chicken

Recipe from Big Oven

5 chicken breasts
2 T oil
1 t garlic
1/4 C apple or pineapple juice
1/3 C brown sugar
2 T ketchup
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 C water
1/3 C soy sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T cornstarch

1. Cut your chicken into small 1-2 inch pieces with some kitchen scissors.
2. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Once it is hot, pour
2 T Olive Oil into it.
3. Add your chicken pieces to the pan and let them cook for about
10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. The chicken will start to get a bit juicy and bubbly. Put the lid on the
pan, slightly tilted and drain the juices out into the sink. Return the
pan to the stove top and continue cooking over medium high heat.
5. Into a medium sized mixing bowl combine 1 t garlic, 1/4 C apple
or pineapple juice, 1/3 C brown sugar, 2 T ketchup, 1 T apple cider vinegar,
1/2 C water, 1/3 C soy sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 1 T cornstarch.
Whisk it all together until the cornstarch is dissolved and all ingredients are
well combined.
6. When your chicken has a nice brown sear on some of the pieces...
pour the sauce into the pan. Stir it around to cover all the chicken pieces.
7. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan with the lid at an angle
to allow some of the steam to escape. Let this baby simmer away for about 20
minutes, stirring a couple of times during the cooking period.
8. Serve over white or brown rice.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chicken Parmesan - Easy


5 Chicken Breasts, tenderized
2 T Olive oil
1/4 C Half and half- or heavy whipping cream
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 C Spaghetti Sauce
2 C Mozzarella Cheese
2 C Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Basil- or dried if you dont have fresh
Bag if Italian Croutons


Place olive oil, cream and garlic in bottom of 9x13 bake dish
Place chicken in dish
Cover with spaghetti sauce and basil
Cover with 1 cup of each mozzarella and Parmesan
Top with croutons
Sprinkle rest of the cheese all over the top

Bake 350 for about 45 min (make sure chicken is 165 degrees

Can serve over noodles or just with salad

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Made these today- I was fooling around with a couple different recipes and came up with this one. My family told me to frame it, so I guess it's worth posting :)

1/2 C Butter- unsalted
1/4 C Crisco
3/4 C Sugar
3/4 C Brn. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

2 C All- Purpose Flour
1/2-3/4 C Oats (I start with 1/2 C then add more if batter is too wet still after combining
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Milk Chocolate Chips


Mix butter, Crisco and sugars for about 2 min. not too long or cookies will be flat
Add eggs, one at a time
Add Vanilla, mix briefly

Combine dry ingredients except oats- sift and then add slowly to wet ingredients, combining only until flour is combined. Add oats until batter is thick, but bot dry kind of think :)

Add C Chips and then I find, the best tasting cookies come if you put batter in container and then put in fridge for an hour or even over night. The flavor is better. But either way- these are great. I didnt refrigerate these tonight, and kids loved them.

Healthier versions:
Recipes from Mom



¼ Cup of oil

¾ cup honey

¼ cup of butter

¼ cup of water

1tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp. salt

¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

2/3 cup chocolate chips

3 to 31/2 cups Grain mix Flour

Measure oil and honey, pour into mixing bowl

Add butter and beat until creamy

Add other ingredients, gently fold in flour

Form into balls and flatten with a fork

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -12 min.



¾ Cup oil

½ Cup honey

¼ Cup molasses ¼ Cup water

½ Cup pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp baking soda

2 Cups rolled oats

½ cup raisins or dried cranberries

21/2 cup Grain Mix flour

Combine all bake at 350 8 min.

Friday, January 6, 2012

6 grain Bread

Changed up a recipe from Anitra Kerr a bit- got this:

6 Grain Bread

Add 4 C warm water (100) to mixer
Add 1/2 C Powdered Milk (I used Moo's milk brand)
-1/2 C Veg. Oil
-1/2 C Honey
1 C 6 Grain
3 C White Wheat flour
Mix for 2 min

Add 2 T Yeast, turn mixer back on for 30 sec
Then add 2 T sea salt ( you dont want to add yeast and salt together, salt will kill yeast)
Then add about 6 C flour (might need more depending on humidity)

Let mix for about 5 min

I put EVOO on the table, folded my dough a few times until smooth to touch

Then let rise until double

Punch down (gently) and shape into loaves

Let rise again until double in size

Bake 350 - about 20 min. then cover with foil and bake another 10
(I test this by turning the bread on it's side and thumping it with my finger, if it sounds hallow- it's done. )

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Quinoa Bites

Going to try this week:
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.