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Posted in Cooking and Baking on December 15, 2012
How nice it is just in everyday life to have something that is easy to fix for breakfast or brunch. It is even better during the holidays when you have out of town company and guests you want to spend time with and you have something really good to eat . . . that was easy to fix! My Taylor Tots are made with my angel biscuit dough, sausage, egg and cheese and are delightful . . . It doesn’t get much better. these are the best fresh out of the oven. But, here’s a secret . . . they also freeze really well and with a few seconds in the microwave your guests will be hard-pressed to think you haven’t been slaving away in the kitchen since well before they woke up!.
PREP: 20 minutes
BAKING TIME: 10 – 12 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP: 375 DEGREES
SERVES – 10
1 can refrigerated flaky biscuits (such as “Grands”) or Angel Biscuits *
1-8 ounce cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
½ cup of grated cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)
½ cup cooked bulk sausage (such as Jimmy Dean’s)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Spray muffin tins with nonstick spray.
2. Separate each biscuit into three or four pieces (or roll out the Angel Biscuits very thin) and press each piece into a muffin tin, pressing down on dough lightly to mold into the muffin cup.
3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, milk, egg and cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined, just a minute or two.
4. Spoon a teaspoon or so of sausage into the muffin tins on top of the dough. Cover with about 2 tablespoons of the egg and cheese mixture.
5. Bake for about 10- 12 minutes until puffed and golden.
Thank you for reading. Enjoy your holiday season and your family . . . even the weird ones!
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Posted in Cooking and Baking on December 13, 2012
With the Christmas and Holiday season being so busy, we all need good protein-packed fuel. How else will you ever get done . . . Christmas Programs at the kids’ schools . . . shopping . . . special time with friends and relatives . . . more special programs at the kids’ schools . . . more shopping . . . you get the idea.
My Honey Almond Granola definitely fills the bill . . . it’s protein-packed . . . it tastes delightful and it’s easy to make . . . and the extra bonus . . . it will keep for a while!
I know you are busy so let’s get right into making our Honey Almond Granola!
HONEY ALMOND GRANOLA
PREP: 35 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP: 325 DEGREES
YIELDS: 9-10 CUPS
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 4 cups old fashioned oats, not quick-cooking
- 1 cup oat bran
- 2 cups whole almonds, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat oven to 325°.
- Spray two baking sheets with vegetable oil spray or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix the oats, bran, and almonds.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk the oil, honey vanilla, almond extract, dry milk powder, and salt.
- Pour the mixture (it will be gloppy) over the oats and stir, with your hands or a spoon, until well combined.
- Divide the mixture between the two oiled baking sheets and spread in an even layer.
- Bake for twenty minutes, stir the granola and switch the positions of the pans.
- Bake until the oats are golden brown and almonds look well toasted another 10 to 20 minutes; don’t overcook.
- Let cool completely in the pans.
- The oats may feel soft but will get crisp as they cool.
- When completely cool, stir in raisins.
The granola will keep for about 3 weeks if it lasts that long!
Now the best part . . . ENJOY!!
As always, thank you for the blessing of sharing my passion of cooking and serving others. Stay tuned for more great Christmas/Holiday recipes!
Posted in Cooking and Baking on December 10, 2012
Well it’s Holiday season and to me, nothing says holiday appetizer like Rosemary Cashews. My good friend Velda came to a Christmas party at my home several years ago and enlightened me as to the wonderfully unique flavor these cashews have as well as how simple they are to make. The rosemary adds a flavor like nothing else, and then you add to that, the saltiness and the slight kick from the ceyenne pepper and WOW! Thank you Velda . . . your legacy lives on!
Let’s make Rosemary Cashews!
PREP: 5 MINUTES
ROASTING TIME: 5 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP: 350 DEGREES
SERVES: 5 TO 10
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 Spread cashews out on a pan or cookie sheet
3 Toast in the oven until warm, about 5 minutes
4 In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and butter.
5 Thoroughly toss the warm cashews with the spiced butter
6 Serve warm
Wasn’t that easy?! Be sure you have this recipe handy when you serve these lest your guests will stalk you to get it!
As always, thank you for reading and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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Posted in Cooking and Baking on October 8, 2012
A super supplement to any meal is this Grilled Bearnaise Bread. You don’t have to heat it on the grill, an oven will work fine. It’s got a snappy flavor and will round out most any meal. We made this at our last grilling class and I usually look forward to some of the left-overs . . . not this bread!
Ready? Let’s go!
PREP: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP OR GRILL TEMP: 375 DEGREES
SERVES – 12 TO 15
½ CUP SHERRY VINEGAR
½ CUP DRY VERMOUTH
3 TABLESPOONS MINCED SHALLOTS
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH TARRAGON LEAVES
½ TEASPOON CRACKED PEPPER
1½ CUPS (3 STICKS) UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO ½“ SLICES
SALT TO TASTE
1 BAGUETTE, CUT INTO ½ INCH SLICES
1. Combine the vinegar, vermouth, shallots, tarragon and cracked pepper in a saucepan.
2. Cook over medium heat until the liquid is almost evaporated and the sauce is reduced, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Let stand until cool.
3. Combine the cooled sauce and butter in a food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth. Season with salt.
4. Spread 1 side of 10 slices of the bread with some of the béarnaise butter.
5. Arrange the slices together to form a small loaf and wrap lightly in foil.
6. Repeat the process with the remaining bread slices and remaining butter.
7. Bake at 375 Degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through.
As always, thank you for following and reading!
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Posted in Cooking and Baking on October 3, 2012
A lot of people think they don’t like lamb. I don’t either the way some people prepare it!We fixed our “Fred’s Rub” grilled pork chops at a dinner party a couple of months ago and they were a big hit! At the party , one of our friends walked up to me with lamb chop bone in hand and asked, “what is this?” I told her it was grilled Fred’s Rub lamb. She assured me is couldn’t be lamb because she didn’t like lamb and “this is fantastic!” That’s where we came up with the slogan . . . if you haven’t tried Fred’s Rub Lamb . . . you haven’t really tried lamb!
As for the Fred’s Rub . . . my father-in-law was one of the pioneer grillers back in the 50’s and 60’s. He came up with a spice mix of garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper. To my surprise, it is really quite good on everything from steaks to chops, chicken, veggies and even fish. You just have to vary the amount you use given the heaviness of the food you are preparing. In his honor, my husband Pat has put Fred’s Rub together in shaker bottles and labeled it as “Fred’s Rub”. If you would like to try it, just contact me and for $5.00 plus shipping you too can be a Fred’s Rub addict.
Let’s get grilling!
“FRED’S RUB” GRILLED LAMB CHOPS
PREP: 10 MINUTES
GRILL TIME: 5 – 10 MINUTES
Nice Sized Lamb Chops – about 2” across
Rinse lamb chops with water and dab the excess water off with a paper towel.
Place the lamb Chops on your favorite cookie sheet or pan
Sprinkle a fairly liberal amount of “Fred’s Rub” over the chops, taking care to completely cover them only on one side.
Place the chops over a medium hot grill (around 300 – 350 degrees) with the “Fred’s Rub” side down.
Allow to sear for 3 – 5 minutes and turn.
Grill on second side until the internal temperature of the chop reaches 140 on an instant read meat thermometer. This will be medium rare and will produce the best flavor. Overcooked lamb is the reason so many people “don’t like lamb”!
Remove the lamb chops, wrap in foil and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving!
That’s it! Aren’t those simple?! You amy want to try these at your next tailgating party!
Thank you for reading and enjoy!
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Posted in Cooking and Baking on September 26, 2012
What a wonderful dessert! It’s simple to do, looks great and it’s not bad on calories! What more can you ask for! Again, we prepared this at our last cooking class and it was a hit! At least it was as much of a hit as any dessert can be after an afternoon of cooking and eating. But really, it was perfect for that because it it is not too heavy and will work well as the final chapter to any meal.
CINNAMON GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH BOURBON GLAZE
PREP: 15 MINUTES
GRILL TIME: 12 – 16 MINUTES
SERVES – 8 TO 12
FRESH PINEAPPLE CUT INTO 2 INCH CHUNKS
8-12 CINNAMON STICKS
Using a metal skewer, made a starter hole in the center of each piece of the pineapple, skewer 2-3 pineapple chunks on each cinnamon stick.
Combine the butter, sugar, bourbon, ground cinnamon, cloves and salt in a saucepan and boil until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
ON THE GRILL
Preheat the grill to high. Clean and oil the grate. Grill the pineapple until nicely browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side, basting with the bourbon glaze. Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.
Thank you for reading!